14 Mar
The latest in DJ/producer Amerigo Gazaway Soul Mates series

Nashville producer Amerigo Gazaway has launched a new mashup series called Soul Mates, aimed at combining legendary artists of yore with the best talent from today. The first installment conflates Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) with legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye. Titled Yasiin Gaye, the idea of the series is for the finished [...]


If you’ve ever wondered about the history of Stan Smith, and how his shoes became a staple in skateboarding, adidas has come to inform. Did you know the famed tennis player actually cut his teeth performing 360-kick flips in Pasadena? Or that he practiced No Complies on the graffit-strewn asphalt of the Brooklyn Banks? Well, [...]


2 Jul
Sophomore tape from 18-year-old Brooklyn emcee

Young ass Brooklyn emcee Joey Bada$$ returns to the limelight with the follow up to his debut mixtape from last year, 1999. A bunch of producers got behind the boards of the 17-track Summer Knights mixtape — from living legends like Primo and Alchemist to hot hands like Oddisee, Statik Selektah, Lee Bannon, Kirk Knight [...]


You need only catch a couple lines from Thunderbird Gerard‘s debut EP T.R.O.U.B.L.E. (which we posted HERE, as well as below) to get a sense of the Brooklyn-via-London-via-Berlin emcee’s sensibilities. Hailing back from an era where rappers actually communicated, it’s not surprising Gerard has such a cosmopolitan pedigree. The debut EP is in fact allegorical, [...]


13 Feb
Photographer Jason Shaltz shoots Shaun Ross for NYC label

Once again our man/LIAS contributor Jason Shaltz aims his Canon and blows it up for New York streetwear label MISHKA. This time its for their Spring 2013 Lookbook featuring model Shaun Ross who just may be Yellowman’s long lost cousin. Respect to MISHKA for hiring a model who doesn’t “look like a model” and shows that [...]


LIAS friend and contributor Jason “Id rather be at an ICP Show” Shaltz took to his lens to photograph NYC-based label MISHKA‘s latest lookbook. This time around our man duked it out in the ring at the legendary Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn with up-and-coming (and still undefeated) pro boxer Zachary Ochoa for the Death Adders: [...]


In collaboration with adidas, Jay-Z ‘s culture site Life + Times premiers a new mixtape created by hip-hop beat veteran DJ Neil Armstrong. Mixing for eclectic hip-hop legends like The Roots, De La Soul, Kanye West and even formerly the Jigga himself, the Adidas Global Ambassador carries a deep knowledge of musical history and impeccable turntable skills. With a musicologist’s touch, Armstrong has [...]


28 Aug
Showcasing the softer side of Alexis Krauss & Derek Miller

Brooklyn-based duo Sleigh Bells (Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller) blasted their way into the music scene and onto everyone’s radar with explosive bass hits, aggressive guitar riffs, and celestial vocals off their debut album Treats in 2010. After turning on the crowd to their powerful sound, a question that crossed my mind was, ‘Where do [...]

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