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Jay-Z x The 2011 GQ Men of the Year

Jigga, along with Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon and a couple of others, gets another Man of the Year nod from GQ Magazine (his first was in 2006). Interview by Alex Pappademas is up. And, of course, he and Beyonce’s child will be listening to Reasonable Doubt:

“There will be a lot of that,” he says. “And a lot of other records, all pivotal, important records. There’ll be Ready to Die, there’ll be Illmatic.”

Last GQ cover below, still on the low like a Caesar (see: The Blueprint 2: The Curse, #12).

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 3 Comments

Michael Jordan x GQ Magazine 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time Cover


Michael Jordan covers GQ Magazine‘s February 2011 issue as one of its 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time. Other names on the list include “Broadway” Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali and, of course, Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

For Air Jordan’s entry, writer Bethlehem Shoals of FreeDarko takes the greatest basketball player of all time to task for miscues (overall assholeness) that have tarnished his reputation as of late. Shoals does point out that when #23 entered the NBA and was without his epic reputation, good and bad, he truly was a game changer, literally and figuratively.

Yep, on the cover his Airness is rocking the Air Jordan 7 in its OG White/Light Silver-True Red colorway—aka “Hare Jordans” thanks to Nike’s marketing campaign that incorporated Bugs Bunny—which places the cover photo around 1992. See the commercial for the Air Jordan 7 below where Jordan is rocking the Bordeaux colorway, which happens to finally be getting the retro treatment. That’s all folks.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Basketball, Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Kicks, Music | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

VIDEO: Bob Marley & The Wailers “Stir It Up” (Live)

Was reading an excellent story in GQ Magazine’s January 2011 issue by John Jeremiah Sullivan about his traveling to Jamaica to find Bunny Wailer, the last living member of the original Wailers (the precursor to Bob Marley & The Wailers). The story recommends the above clip—a live performance of “Stir It Up” on BBC show The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973—for those unfamiliar.

Bunny Wailer (sporting a fez) is to Robert Nesta Marley’s left while Peter Tosh is on his right rocking a purple sweater and sunglasses looking spectacularly fresh. In the clip below the group performs “Concrete Jungle” on the same show. Greatness.

RELATED:

The Essential Bunny Wailer Playlist [GQ]

December 26, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Drake x GQ Man of the Year Cover

Say what you will, Drake is winning. Toronto’s own—along with Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Colbert, James Franco and Jeff Bridges aka “The Dude”—is one of GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year cover subjects, filed under “Breakout of the Year.”

Bun B’s video for “Put It Down,” featuring Drake, below.

RELATED:

J. Cole Talks Drake Collab & Jay Electronica [2DopeBoyz]

Drake Requests DJ Premier for Sophomore Album [HipHopDX]

Rihanna Feat. Drake – “What’s My Name” Video [The Smoking Section]

November 16, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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