Mar 312015


This fall will see Scion expand its line-up with its first-ever sedan, the sporty 2016 Scion iA, along with the iM 5-door hatchback, both of which were previewed here. The compact design of the iA sedan is fronted with a familiar hexagon lower grille and sharp-eyed headlights, while piano-black bumper treatments and chrome detailing on the grille surround and tailpipe provide added style to the distinctive look. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter engine generating 106 hp, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Mileage is rated at an impressive 42 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg in the city. Inside the cabin is a standard 7-in. Display Audio system with touch screen, 6 speakers, remote interface and a rear-view camera, plus Voice Recognition for various multi-media system features. The vehicle arrives in Scion dealerships this fall with an MSRP of $16,000 for the mono-spec model.

The 2016 Scion iM hatchback has muscular lines complemented with piano black grille treatment, standard sporty body aero kit, LED daytime running lights and side bezels with a honeycomb mesh pattern of the sort seen on Scion’s FR-S sports car. The 137-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, using Valvematic continuously variable valve timing technology, is mated to a standard 6-speed stick shift with Hill Start Assist, which prevents roll-back on an incline.
The optional automatic is an intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission, sport-tuned for responsive driving. Performance combines with efficiency for a 37-mpg highway fuel economy rating. The interior boasts a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display providing displays for the audio system and other functions, and a 6-speaker Pioneer sound system. Buyers can expect an MSRP of under $20,000 for a fully equipped mono-spec model when the car launches this fall.

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Mar 312015


Through its Select Collection program, UK retailer size? is set to release two exclusive adidas Originals silhouettes, the Tubular Runner and EQT Racer. Both models are executed in monochromatic designs done up in neutral shades, each built with a mix of premium materials across the upper .The kicks come in either black or medium grey finishes, with the black pairs coated in tonal fashion and the grey pairs mounted on a contrast white midsole. The adidas Originals Select Collection Tubular Runner and EQT Racer are scheduled to launch this Friday, April 3rd, at size? stores and online.

Release Date: 4/3/2015 (Friday)

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Mar 312015


Publish Brand introduces the second installment of its PublishMONO collection, featuring a monochromatic theme using simple black and white shades to stand in for the contrast between shadow and light. Standouts from the elevated range include the Olwin, a slouch jogger constructed from poly, cotton, and mesh, with back ankle zips for additional functionality and styling, and the Ricourt raglan button down, a baseball inspired shirt with a poplin body and mesh sleeves. They’re joined by the Konrad, a dojo style mercerized twill jacket with an over sized hood and exaggerated lapels. The PublishMONO 2 collection is available starting today through Publish retailers and online.

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Mar 312015

If for some reason you’re not stoked about having a new stock Honda S660 parked in your driveway, Mugen is out with a brand new range of accessories for you to look through. Including both style and performance modifications, Mugen allows you to further personalize your driving experience, including both interior and exterior tweaks as well as several performance changes. Inside the cabin, options include a new carbon fiber rearview mirror, gear knob, and new floor mats, while outside you can now equip your S660 with an aero kit comprised of a front and back spoiler, new side skirts, fenders, and a ventilated hood. A gloss black grille, hardtop, and engine cover add a nice bit of contrast to the look. For those looking to go big, a new carbon fiber wing and 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels in a complementary dark gunmetal finish can also be picked up. Performance changes are minor, but include a sports-tuned suspension, a high-performance braking system, and an optimized oil system. Each of these pieces are available now in part or all together so continue after the jump to see just what you and Mugen can do to your S660.

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Mar 312015


Last week, we partnered up with German sneaker store Afew to give you guys a chance to win a pair of sneakers from the Pharrell Williams x adidas Originals Superstar Supercolor Pack. Designed by the fashion and music icon, the classic Three Stripes silhouette returns in a massive range of fifty colorways. After receiving lots of entries, we’re happy to announce that the winner of our #AfewxFreshnessSupercolor giveaway is @nomifrijlink! Congratulations and many thanks to all who participated. Remember to follow @freshnessmag on Instagram!

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Mar 312015
de la soul

Under 48 hours ago De La Soul made a Kickstarter page to fund their first album. The trio, responsible for albums such as 3 Feet High And Rising and De La Soul Is Dead and widely regarded as one of the most classic hip-hop acts of all time, presumably made this decision so they can continue the independent route they’ve taken so successfully, and set their target at $110,000. Within a day they had beaten it, and within two they have now received almost double that amount in pledges. Rewards include exclusive De La kicks, autographed limited edition vinyl, back stage access to shows and Trugoy the Dove‘s very own platinum plaque for 3 Feet High And Rising (although that last one’s already gone). It goes to show that support for the independent artist is still there – arguably with the internet it has grown – and now we can look forward to a massive, and interesting, De La Soul release later this year. Read some info below, and pledge here!

For the last decade, we’ve been independent artists, free of a record label interfering in our creative process. This will be our first De La Soul studio album in eleven years. We’re excited and ready to create. It’s been essential that we find ways to fund, record and release new music. Typically the fans have been the ones who support and appreciate our vision, so using Kickstarter and giving our fans the opportunity to be a part of the process just feels right. We see Kickstarter as a home for creative minds and a wonderful platform; where people who believe, respect and see the vision, can support an idea and make it a reality.

True to our Hip-Hop roots, we make music without limits. This new album will incorporate elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock, Country Western and anything else we’re feeling in the moment. To us, music is the influence of sounds, sounds in all vibrations and sizes, telling a story or pointing a direction. Some of these sounds we call samples, samples we use to make songs.

Sampling is basically copying a piece of sound, from one recording, and reusing it to create a new recording. It is how De La has always made music. The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case “sample,” have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the “sample police.”

Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn’t done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we’re going to sample ourselves.

Over the last three years, we’ve hired some of LA’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. They played everything from banjo to upright bass, sometimes up to a dozen musicians at once; simply allowing sounds to integrate. We did 90% of these recordings in one of LA’s most classic studios, Vox. We chose Vox because we wanted our recordings to have that creamy analog warm mixing board sound that the old records our parent’s once played had. With over 200 hours of sounds, and vibes, equal to about 250 to 300 full-length vinyl LPs, it’s time that we get to the work.

Here’s the interesting part. We are now in the process of going back to that 200+ hours of music, listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous “sample police.” What we’ve done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from. In our world, what we’ve created is freedom, freedom to make the art you believe in without having to compromise your vision. That’s what we’ve always wanted most, that’s what we’ve always believed in, that’s what we’ve fought for, and that’s why we’re doing this Kickstarter with you.


Mar 312015


Having launched in January 2015 with a premium “Diamond Quest” colorway, the Nike Air Bo 1 subsequently fell off the radar. The latest Bo Jackson signature has resurfaced this month in two new colorways, one in White and Midnight Navy, the other in Black and Atomic Red. The former features a predominantly white leather build, while the latter uses black nubuck construction reminiscent of Nike cross trainers from the Swoosh’s ’90s heyday. Additional details include a perforated vamp, speckled midsole and icy translucent midsole. The black pair has tonal tiger stripes on the toe — a callback to Bo’s Auburn alma mater — to complete the look. The kicks are available now through select Nike Sportswear retailers, including Villa.

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Mar 312015


Im like a kid on xmas when new walls go up in my neighborhood. Shout out to the #newwavecrew on this #dgone tribute.. #bushwick #graffiti #graffitiart #hiphop #brooklyn


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Mar 312015

With a stellar resume of car safety technology, Volvo turns its focus toward our first mode of transportation with their new reflective LifePaint. Working with UK-based design firm Grey London, the Swedish car maker designed a spray paint that is only visible at night when light shines on it. While it’s not a permanent solution – it only stays on for about 10 days after application – it’s a huge step in the right direction for those who need a temporary solution for riding at night without having to permanently turn your bike into a rolling LED light show. Although initially designed for bikes, LifePaint can also be applied to clothes, helmets, shoes, dog leashes, and backpacks because it’s easily washable. Right now it’s only available in a few cycling shops in England, but Volvo has plans for a larger global launch. Continue after the click if you want to see more of what LifePaint can do.

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Mar 312015

For three seasons, Matiere has ebbed largely under the radar, gradually picking up a steady stream of enthusiasts for the brand’s conceptual, street-style influenced menswear.

For AW15, the brand’s designers Scot Shandalove and Jake Zeitlin traveled from England to Hong Kong then France and Japan, before a stop in Italy and Portugal led them back to the US. They sought out both morsels and chunks of inspiration along their circuitous route throughout the world.

“Traveling takes us out of our comfort zones and really goes a long way to keeping the mind fresh and the creativity flowing,” explains Zeitlin. “Not to mention that’s the best way to find unique fabrics and construction techniques, which is Matiere’s foundation.”

The theme of this season is intelligent clothing that offers dual functionality whenever possible. This is perhaps most keenly observed with zip-off sleeves and removable hoods, but is evident in more subtle details like a woven shirt/’shacket’, which can be layered depend on your mood mood or the weather.

They’ve taken Japanese cotton-bonded herringbone and crafted it into functional windproof outerwear, integrating acid washed techniques and deconstruction in non-traditional ways.

Normally a garment is acid-washed after it’s completely constructed. “We only wanted to use the technique on certain panels of our coat to achieve a geometric, graphical look. It makes the coat’s construction very labor intensive. We acid wash the fabric before construction, so there is a huge amount of tonal variety within each wash. After the wash, we cut each panel so that the tones match, based on the fabric’s reaction to the acid in that area. Then we sew the coat together with the non-washed pieces to get the final product.”

In addition, they’ve utilized Japanese double-knit jerseys and cotton/wool/alpaca-blended fleece as well as fine wool shirting fabrics.

Stand-out pieces include a waterproof raincoat, the Rocco, crafted from waxed Japanese nylon that’s been fully-taped, seam-sealed and–keeping on theme of removeable accents–features a removable fish-tale and hood. “The back silhouette it creates is quite sculptural. I love the waxed nylon fabric, magnetic closures, and the zip-off tails. It’s a great mix of form and function.”

The collection’s price point begins at $100 for premium basics, up to $1K for more technical outerwear.

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Mar 312015

Born Unique “Think Twice” Freestyle produced by Dj Premier. Directed by Gadget(DigitalHustleFilms) Born Unique is back to business after a two year hiatus due to legal issues. Fresh home from his state vacation “Think Twice” is his first official release since his 2012 release Heathen Season feat Shabamm Sahdeeq, Apathy,Wais P & Nickelus F. “Think Twice” the Dj Premier assisted instrumental freestyle is his introduction back to front lines of the golden era sound in which Born takes pride in keeping alive. Born Unique is currently working on his follow up Lp, Born Aga7n which will be released via Twisted Irish/Battle Axe.

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Mar 312015

Whereas 2013’s “Thrive” street album was very feature heavy boasting contributions from Freddie Gibbs, Planet Asia and the Gold Chain Military, jean Grae, Gangrene and Phil the Agony, Big Twins’ 2015 debut of “Thrive 2” on RBC Records boasts an impeccable line-up of producers on the 21 track album effort. Statik Selektah, Alchemist, Marco Polo, Sid Roams, Vanderslice, DJ Woool, Twiz the Beat Pro, Chuck Strangers, Knxwledge and more compliment the soundscape for Twins eclectic and always recognizable voice as the Infamous Mobb QB emcee tells tales highlighted by some of the albums standout tracks “Live Life”, “Adore It” and “Get it Poppin”.

Today, Fans will be able to purchase “Thrive 2” from Itunes, Amazon and all digital retailers in both its retail and deluxe formats. Stay tuned for several more videos to come in the months of April and May from Big Twins in support of “Thrive 2”

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Mar 312015


Japan has stood at the forefront of fashion and design for as long as we can remember. It’s the birthplace of labels like Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, A Bathing Ape and plenty others like it. In many ways, Japanese style has defined streetwear as we know it today. Always redefining the stands of “cool”, Tokyo is home to some of the best shopping districts in the world. From the busy streets of Shibuya to the bright lights of Shinjuku and the trendy second-hand stores of Harajuku, there’s a little something there for everyone. Head over to Courvoisier to check out the Best Neighborhoods for Shopping in Japan.

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Mar 312015


Earlier this month, Kanye West headlined a series of performances at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the art museum and cultural center founded by LVMH. After seeing bits recorded by fans on social media, we’re finally treated to a proper look with a recap video and it’s nothing short of absolutely incredible. True to Kanye form, it blends the worlds of art, music and fashion with stunning floor to ceiling LED panels that lit up the room with images of nature. If you remember, this is also the event that debuted the Steve McQueen-directed video for “All Day”. Take a look at the impressive clip below.

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Mar 312015


Following several long months of speculation, Jay Z finally announced TIDAL, the first artist-owned music streaming service. Yesterday’s star-studded ceremony included some of the biggest names in the industry, including Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Madonna, Usher and more, with Calvin Harris and Chris Martin joining in via webcam. TIDAL will offer CD-quality audio and high-definition music videos at $9.99 a month for standard sound and $19.99 for High Fidelity sound. “We want to create a better service and a better experience for both fans and artists, and that is our promise to the world,” said Keys. TIDAL will compete with similar services like Spotify, Deezer and the soon-to-be-launched Beats. To find out more or subscribe, head over to their website and be sure to check out the clip below.

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Mar 312015


PUMA introduces their newly unveiled Ferrari Premium Collection, a capsule that celebrates the 10 year anniversary of their ongoing partnership with the luxury Italian sports car manufacturer. The range features 10 high-end lifestyle pieces that draw inspiration from the racetrack. Made in Italy with meticulous craftsmanship, the pieces boast classic tailored styles that are re-designed through a sports infused lens and are all handsomely detailed with the iconic horse logo. The PUMA Ferrari Premium Collection will be available starting tomorrow, April 1. Take a look at all the styles below and head over to the next page to watch a beautifully filmed campaign video.

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Mar 312015

South Bronx, New York producer/DJ G-rod presents his new single “Perspective”, featuring Queensbridge emcee Nature, best known for his work alongside Nas and Foxy Brown as part of The Firm, and PB. G-rod first stepped out with “Untouchable”, his collaboration single with Chi-Ali who he has known since his days recording with Black Sheep. “I’ve always been a fan of Nature so when the chance came to record with him I immediately jumped at the chance,” G-rod says about the new single. “At the end of the day I just want to leave a mark in the culture & be in conversations among producers I look up to and of course doing what I love.”

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Mar 312015

Staten Islands Own 1Mt also known as (one man terra) Is back with another single “No Time 2 Waste” featuring Nino bless & Agent Lead Of Team Alliance Produced By Sinima Beats off his New debut album “Non Omnis Moriar” coming out on easter April 5th 2015 also featuring: Mr. Cheeks (of The Lost Boyz) & Chris Rivers (Baby Pun) & more.

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