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Playboy Magazine’s Top 23 Air Jordans of All Time

Playboy Magazine doesn’t exactly exude sneaker knowledge but Matt Halfhill of NiceKicks put together its Top 23 Air Jordans Ever list, so there. Chicks (called “Sole Mates”) and kicks, certainly an eye pleasing combination. You have to be a member to see the entire list, but surely images are floating around already. Preview/teaser vid, with a horrible voiceover and some suspect facts, is above.

True Blues at #20? Too low! [Spotted at CounterKicks]

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Basketball, Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Kicks, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

KRS-1 x Air Jordan III x Fresh for ’88

Yes, there was a time when Larry “KRS-1” Parker (and thus Boogie Down Productions) had the rap game on positive smash. When he stepped out of the Jeep rocking the Black and Cement Grey Air Jordan IIIs (0:48 mark) in the “My Philosophy video (directed by Fab 5 Freddy)… Official streetwear before there was “streetwear.” Fresh, for ’88.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, The Boogie | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Oprah Interviews Ralph Lauren

Oprah conducted the first televised interview with Ralph Lauren in 20 years. Yep, O chopped it up with the man born Ralph Lifshitz (in the Bronx!), creator of the ultimate lifestyle brand that bears his name and whose wears and apparel have been co-opted and flipped by a legion of freshly dipped Hip-Hop heads. A fave quote from the interview, posted at

I didn’t have a vision as in, This is where I’m going. I had a vision as in, ‘This is what I love to do.’ The ties, as simple as they were, looked very different from other ties. They were wide and unusual. I never said to myself, ‘I’m going to be the greatest.’ I just wanted to do my own thing. I’d worked for a tie company, and I said, ‘Can we do this kind of tie? I think we could sell them in New York.’ This older guy who ran the company said, ‘No—the world is not ready for Ralph Lauren.‘”

Will post a rip of the new interview—it aired yesterday (May 18)—if and when it is available, but there are clips from the episode on Oprah’s site including a tour the Double RL ranch.

Aspiration leads to inspiration. Right DP?

Vodpod videos no longer available.


The ‘Lo Lifestyle x Vintage Hip-Hop Videos

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, News | , , | 1 Comment

Supreme Japan Benefit T-Shirt

Simple. Clean. Supreme creates a tee to benefit humanitarian efforts in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. All of the proceeds from their sale will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The tees become available April 8. Now that’s dope. [Peeped at Slam x Hype]

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, News | , , , , | 2 Comments

DOWNLOAD: Tez McClain “Jordans & A Gold Chain”

“The street raised me up giving a fxck, I thought Jordans and a gold chain was living it up.”—Nas “Street Dreams”

On “Jordans & A Gold Chain” ATL rapper on the come up Tez McClain spits a couple of verses about some of the fundamentals needed to stunt. Obviously, my affinitity is for the Air Jordan shouts in rhyme. Give Tez a shot (Don Cannon likes him), he’s got bars. L.T. Moe ((Ludacris, Ghostface, Murs) on the beat, Jordan 3s makes the cipher complete. [Props to the homie Branden J. Peters]

DOWNLOAD: Tez McClain “Jordans & A Gold Chain” | Mediafire


February 18, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Kicks, Music, News | , , , , | 2 Comments

Pauly D x Dirty Sneakers x Formula 409

#1. “I’m over here trying to clean my sneakers. I can’t concentrate. All this fighting…like, they’re talking about f**king relationships, my sneakers are dirty!”—Pauly D

#2. Pauly D, of The Jersey Shore infamy, is using Formula 409 to clean his kicks.

Salute that man.

How To Dress Like The Situation & Pauly D From Jersey Shore [Complex]

Pauly D Admits To Owning More Than $30,000 In Sneakers [Celebrific]

February 13, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Kicks, News, T.V. | , , , | 2 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

Air Jordan III – Black History Month 2011

The cement greys are getting copped shortly off of g.p., but these Black History Month Air Jordan IIIs with the black and gold colorway are a must. [Pics swiped from High Snobiety and Nice Kicks]

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Basketball, Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Kicks, News | , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO: Thirstin Howl the 3rd f/ Professor X “What It Iz Brother Lo?”

The maestro of all Lo Life and Polo lifestyle purveyors Thirstin’ Howl the 3rd drops “What It Iz Brother Lo,” the lead single from his upcoming Natural Born Skiller album. The voice of the late Professor X (aka The Overseer) of X-Clan adds a nice, commanding touch to the Anger Bangers produced track. Props to the ever aspirational Dallas Penn with the alley-oop.

Below, Thirstin’s vid called “How Lo Can You Go?” where he shows off some ill ‘Lo accessories that you wish you had in your collection. ‘Lo chapstick for the win.

The ‘Lo Lifestyle x Vintage Hip-Hop Videos

Polo and Hip-Hop, an Oral History [XXL]

January 1, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.


The Essential Bunny Wailer Playlist [GQ]

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