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Jumping Over the Jumpman: Does Anyone Have the Hops?

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There is no shortage of think pieces, stat sheets, highlight reels and barbershop debates solidifying Michael Jordan’s rightful claim to the throne. Widely considered the “greatest of all time,” even before his retirement(s), his Royal Airness is often mentioned alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali and Tony Hawk for propelling their respective sport into the globalizing conglomerates they are today. While Ruth jumpstarted one of the most recognizable brands in the world, Ali injected style and intellect to a most violent sport, and Hawk grinded skateboarding into popular culture, no one’s legacy continues to soar quite like Mike’s, thanks in part – or rather mostly – to his revolutionary line of sneakers with Nike and his eponymous Jordan Brand.

But why is it that MJ and his sneakers remain so popular more than a decade after his last professional game? And most importantly, at least for us sneakerheads, how much longer will his dominance atop the footwear industry prevail?

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Ray iLLa drops latest Visual “Loyalty” ft. Dreezy

The homie Ray iLLa and I go back to high school. His music is probably some of the realest I’ve heard. This new single “LOYALTY” featuring Interscope’s newest signee, Dreezy is nothing less than REAL. The track is completed by another dope production from C-Sick. Be on the lookout for his new EP entitled “Situations”.

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Kendrick Lamar Reveals New Album Art

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Kendrick Lamar may speak softly in terms of media outings, but when he does announce something – its worth listening. The Compton artist took to none other than his (markedly neglected) Instagram to reveal the album art for his forthcoming album – which has been confirmed as To Pimp A Butterfly in his new cover interview with Rolling Stone. While the precise meaning of the title is still ours to find out, the cover is something of a statement in itself: unapologetically defiant, unpatriotic, ironic, blasé even. Pick up the latest issue of Rolling Stone to learn more about K-Dot’s latest work, which is due in stores on March 23.

Source: HYPETRAK

Kendrick Lamar Announces Name, Pre-Order and Release Date for New Album

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FINALLY! Feeling like this is out of left field, Kendrick Lamar has announced his forthcoming follow-up LP to 2012’s good kid m.A.A.d city will be available for digital purchase on March 23. Listed as [Untitled] (no word on whether that’s the album’s name or just a placeholder), the iTunes pre-order page mentions it will include 16 tracks with the recent single “The Blacker the Berry” the only one currently listed. Pre-order Lamar’s LP here.

Source: HYPETRAK