Legendary hip-hop group House of Pain made a special side trip from their current tour to visit Boston, MA yesterday in celebration of their Adidas x House of Pain collaboration sneaker for St. Patrick’s Day. The group worked with Concepts on a green Adidas Campus sneaker to celebrate the holiday. As well as the Campus sneaker, a special t-shirt by Slick from Dizzisit, who was also in attendance, was developed.
After the Concepts event, House of Pain performed a private St. Patrick’s Day show at the Roxy in downtown Boston – one hell of a special treat on the holiday of the Irish. (Source: Highsnobiety)
Steven Lopez Launches The After Midnight Series – First Installment Features Erykah Badu!
Respected Los Angeles artist Steven Lopez will begin work on his latest piece in the “After Midnight Series” featuring soul goddess Erykah Badu. The After Midnight Series is a personal excursion for Steven to combine his two passions, music and art. It is this combination that has inspired the After Midnight Series and in the process brought Steven together with such musical greats as Chaka Kahn, Sade Adu, Aretha Franklin, India Arie, Jill Scott and his first inspiration into the After Midnight Series, Erykah Badu. Steven researches each artist’s photo history, discography, and live performances to begin the creative process. Once versed visually and aurally, Steven selects a favorite and many times inspirational song to focus on and begin the painting process. His manner of painting synergistically with music is heavily influenced and constantly nurtured at the world famous Mint Club in Los Angeles where he performs his craft in front of a live jazz audience regularly. Jazz, soul, funk, and hip hop are all ingrained into Steven’s artistic style beginning with his days as a respected graffiti artist and to his current exploits as a contemporary artist with a unique vision. Steven works with many of the top agencies, brands, and record labels including Reebok, Nestle, X Games, Coachella, Vans, the United Way, Global Inheritance, and Spy Optics among others. His art has also been featured on such networks as BBC, The Discovery Channel and FUEL TV among others. Steven is excited and honored to work with Erykah Badu, saying “Erykah is one of my favorite artists of all time and I’ve been looking forward to interpreting her music since I saw her perform in 2005 during the “Sugar Water” tour stop at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.”The After Midnight Series will include 100 limited edition giclee prints signed by both Steven and Erykah. The signing will take place on March 24th in Badu’s home town of Dallas. They will be available for purchase, Midnight April 15th exclusively through www.aftermidnightsoul.com.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to Badu’s charity organization, Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development — or B.L.I.N.D. Beautiful Love Inc. was established in 1997 and provides community-driven development for inner-city youth through music, dance, theater and visual arts.
For those that don’t know, J Dilla was a great music producer who died of lupus. Now his mom has lupus and needs help with her medical bills. This Obey (Shepard Fairey) collaborative poster with B+ will benefit Dilla’s mom “Ma Dukes”. It is an edition of 400, measures 18 x 24, and priced at $55. Goes on sale Friday, Feb 20th at obeygiant.com so get that wallet/creditcard ready. Source: Individual Sole…more after the jump.
First ?uestlove and now ATQC! This high ankle version of the classic Jordan 1 is inspired by the album artwork of the 1993 acclaimed album Midnight Marauders by hiphop icons A Tribe Called Quest. They feature a black upper constructed primarily from tumbled leather, along with a black, red, and green pattern on the toe box and quarter panels which draw inspiration from the album artwork. They have officially been labeled the Air Jordan 1 (I) Retro High Strap Sole to Sole, but many are nicknaming them the Tribe Called Quest or Midnight Marauders Air Jordan 1. They are very limited, and are now available at select accounts including BNYC Online.