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BJ The Chicago Kid is the Next Artist Featured in ‘PRIMED’ [Video]

Music Choice will feature Chicago rapper BJ The Chicago Kid in PRIMED, its new artist initiative, July 1-17, 2016. The robust programming initiative gives artists unprecedented access on Music Choice including exposure on the #1 Free Video On Demand network, on TV with Mediabase reported Music Channels and interactively with Music Choice Play.

BJ the Chicago Kid’s current single “Woman’s World” will be featured on Music Choice R&B Soul Music Channel. Additional tracks from his breakout album In My Mind will also appear on Music Choice Hip-Hop and R&B and ALT R&B Music Channels along with the Hip-Hop Video Channel. This episode of ‘PRIMED’ will appear across Music Choice’s entire national footprint including On Demand, Music Channels, Musicchoice.com and the Music Choice App.

To kick off the campaign, Music Choice will air a never before seen exclusive performance entitled ‘1 Mic 1 Take’ live from Capitol Studios filmed on location in Los Angeles.

Go To: Music Choice On Demand>PRIMED

Sneakers as a Kid:

“Man I remember tryna get school shoes as a kid. It was a set amount of money for me to get shoes with. You know clothes, you gon…you gon get what you get, but shoes you had this much money. So if you wanna add and add to this to get something better than what you know you can get with this, then you do so. *pointing to sneakers* My first pair of Jordan’s ever. These are my first pair of Jordan’s ever: The Olympic Jordans. I had a choice to get these or the Air Raid’s as a kid, and I ended up getting the Jordan’s. That’s crazy! A lot of things I couldn’t get when I was a kid. I buy what I love now. You know? Why why why wouldn’t um a young man that can do. I don’t go crazy, but I have my fun sometimes. You gotta reward yourself.”

Check out the clip above.

Street life in Chicago:

“Some of my friends are you know still in the street life in Chicago and other places I just keep ‘em in my prayers. Having friends that did whatever they did in the streets and me going to church and understanding what that life is like too. I feel like the knowledge of both is what keeps me alive to this day. To understand something doesn’t mean you have to do it. A lot of ‘em um when I was a kid, and I tried to do whatever I wanted to do They were like ‘B man you rock with us, but you know this ain’t for you man.’ You know what I mean? They were very honest…and I appreciate that because peer pressure can be a lot or just pressure that don’t they don’t even know they giving you as a kid you know it, it could be a lot on your decisions um those decisions can alter your life. I could definitely not be here. Easy…easy…easy.”

Peep the clip below.

Photo: ©Music Choice/Terrance Radcliff

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Reebok Classic launching new iteration of Allen Iverson’s Question Mid sneaker “Only The Strong Survive”

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Reebok’s “Year of the Question,” celebrating the 20th anniversary of Allen Iverson’s landmark signature model, is showing no signs of slowing down yet, as another strong colorway hits the market in early July.

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Dubbed the Question Mid “Only The Strong Survive” in reference to Iverson’s lifelong mentality, the vibrant orange colorway of the Question Mid is inspired by his toughness and attention-grabbing style on and off the court.

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The Question was designed with Kevlar fibers in the atomic red woven upper with reflective toe caps and tongues referencing his flashy play and ball handling skills. In place of the usual #3 embroidered on the midsole’s heel are two pieces of Iverson’s body art: a bulldog and diamond.

The Question Mid “Only The Strong Survive” will drop for $139.99 on Friday, July 1st at Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz and Finish Line.

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Art Credit: Mike Giant, a top tattoo artist coming out of Boulder, CO, provided his signature artwork for the below graphic for the Question Mid.

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Reebok x Kendrick Lamar Classic Leather Launching July 1st

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Reebok Classic continues its collaboration with multi-platinum selling Top Dawg Entertainment artist Kendrick Lamar, launching his third capsule collection, which celebrates one of the brand’s most iconic sneakers, the Classic Leather.

For his third capsule collection, Kendrick Lamar teamed up with designer Ian Paley (of Garbstore fame) to put their spin on the Classic Leather.

The deconstructed aesthetic is highlighted by a longitudinal seam that runs down the shoe separating blue and red. While the split seam continues to tell the unity and neutrality themes that Kendrick has explored with the past two Reebok Capsule collections, the design dives further into Kendrick’s life, representing the significant crossroads that he has faced.

The seam is a metaphor for the major decisions he has been forced to make – from championing gang neutrality throughout his upbringing to using his artistry to make a difference in his own community and the world over.

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The Reebok x Kendrick Lamar “Classic Leather” will be available Friday, July 1st, in Adult sizes ($109.99), Grade School ($64.99), Pre-School ($59.99) and Toddler ($41.99). Retailers will include Reebok.com, Shoe Palace and Sneaker Villa.

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In Fashion: Reebok Releases Two New Classic Leather Packs – Reebok Classic x FACE Stockholm and Classic Leather “Color Pack”

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Reebok Classic continues its partnership with FACE Stockholm, pairing the modern, bold colors in FACE Stockholm’s on-trend make-up palettes with iconic Reebok Classic silhouettes for your boldest finish yet. Sneakers are the last thing that women put on to complete their look. It’s the piece that ties their look together, makes a statement about their confidence and helps identify who they are. The Reebok Classic x FACE Stockholm collection will not only provide the finishing touch to every look, but it will also leave a lasting impression.

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Inspired by the colorways in FACE Stockholm’s seasonal collection, each Classic Leather shoe features a leather upper along with a tonal midsole and outsole for a bold, stand out finish. Additionally, each insole features a rosette color pop with Reebok x FACE Stockholm co-branded logo and offers an inspiring quote from brand founders Gun Nowak and Martina Arwifdson 

“Sometimes you just have to look down to find your inspiration. Wear the colors that you love!”

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Fashion blogger of Sincerely Jules (Julie Sarinara) is the face of the SS16 Reebok Classic x FACE Stockholm campaign.

The Reebok Classic x FACE Stockholm Classic Leather is available in “Sharing,” “Modesty,” “Philosophy,” and “Respect” colorways, and retails at $84.99.

Additionally, Reebok Classic is putting a seasonal twist on its must-have shoe for the spring, the Classic Leather. Bringing back the original and revered release in a number of new “color packs” in addition to the traditional white gum, this stylish silhouette remains a sneaker collection stop. The classic runner you’ve loved for decades, the Classic Leather features state-of-the-art updates, while maintaining it’s fresh and bold character. The spring “color pack” for women includes two feminine color ways, pink or blue gum bottom, that highlight its simple and sophisticated shape.

Pick up your pair of seasonal Classic Leather’s for $75 at Reebok, Reebok.com and Lady Foot Locker.

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We Like: Reebok 20th Anniversary Question Mid ‘MAJOR’

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To honor the latest release of the iconic AI shoe, DC boutique MAJOR took inspiration from AI’s college team in impeccable form. The bold colorway combines an all-reflective material for the upper—inspired by Iverson’s flashy style of play—with the recognizable kente cloth graphic print from the uniforms of Iverson’s era with the team.

Below the icy blue outsole, you’ll find a graphic of AI’s bulldog tattoo, his first of many more that decorated his frame over the years. Further special detailing includes insoles printed with the zip codes of the Georgetown area of D.C.

The MAJOR x Reebok Question will be available in limited quantities for $180 in-store at MAJOR on March 18th at 11 AM followed by an online release on the 19th.

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Reebok and Kendrick took a few students from his former Compton High School to the Grammys

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Last night, Reebok Classic and Kendrick Lamar continued their mission to inspire and encourage youth by taking students from his former Compton High School to the biggest Music Awards of the Year.

Honoring Kendrick’s past while celebrating his future, Reebok Classic give students from Compton the opportunity of a lifetime, to be part of his incredible awards experience. Central to what Kendrick stands for is his connection to his fans and his message of inspiration, a message that is shared by Reebok Classic.

Students were invited to spend time with Kendrick, allowing them to share in a personal and highly significant day, ahead of attending the ceremony to watch their idol perform and accept multiple awards. During their time with Kendrick they were given the opportunity to have a Q&A session, during which they learned that he is just as inspired by them as they are by him.

The students captured their journey from Compton to the ceremony, including their candid moments with Kendrick, through a series of imagery and video content.

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Kendrick Lamar was nominated for an amazing 11 Awards at last night’s ceremony. An accomplishment that most artists haven’t even come close to touching, Kendrick is a true inspiration with a story to tell. His passion, integrity and authenticity have brought him to where he is today.

Kendrick, stunned audiences worldwide with a legendary performance of “The Blacker Berry” and “Alright,” during which Lamar hit the stage with his crew in white Reebok Classics.

To celebrate Kendrick’s ground breaking achievement and pay tribute to his Compton roots, Reebok Classic treated students from his former high school, Centennial High School, to a once in a lifetime experience which honors Kendrick’s past while celebrating his future. Each lucky student exemplifies the attributes that shone in a young Kendrick and embodies the characteristics that Reebok Classic encourage; having the courage to express who they are and a willingness to stand out from the crowd.

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Kendrick Lamar backstage with his dancers.

The students spent time with Kendrick as he prepared for the ceremony ahead of being given a full red carpet experience, attending the GRAMMY Awards ceremony to watch their idol perform and pick up his multiple awards.

Photos: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images, Mark Davis/Getty Images with permission from Reebok

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We Like: Reebok Question Mid 20th Anniversary – Question Mid “Unworn”

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of one of the most iconic sneakers of all-time, the Question, Reebok is releasing 20 different colorways throughout the year to commemorate the shoe and the man that introduced it to the world, Allen Iverson.

This Question Mid “Unworn” is modeled after a colorway from 2000 that was originally set to be worn by Allen Iverson in February 2000 during the annual exhibition basketball game that took place in Oakland, CA.

It was set for a global release with major hype in the basketball world as it, along with Iverson, graced the cover of the most popular sneaker magazine. The colorway was ahead of its time, as no one was yet wearing crazy colored sneakers in the game.

After some back and forth with Iverson about wearing the shoes leading up to the game, he ultimately opted not to wear them and this “Unworn” colorway never saw the light of day, making this the Iverson shoe that never was.

Although these sneakers never left Iverson’s duffle bag that day, he went on to be the leading scorer in that game with 26 points, creating a unique story for this pair that was inspired by the 2000 host team in Oakland.

This Question features navy blue nubuck toe and heel hits with a yellow leather upper and a translucent blue outsole with the Reebok Question logo and Iverson’s iconic jersey number 3 on the heel.

The Reebok Question “Unworn ” will release for $140 on Saturday, February 20th in the US at Reebok.com and Finish Line.

As a reminder, the Question Mid OG will launch tomorrowFridayFebruary 12th, for $140 at retailers including Reebok.com, Finish Line and Sneaker Villa.

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Heat For Your Feet: 4 FLY Kicks Dropping This Weekend!

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Guess what time it is? That’s right time to do some serious sneaker shopping! Nike and Jordan and Asics are bringing the heat for grown ups and kids this weekend. Hit the gallery below to see what kicks are dropping that should catch your eye this weekend!

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Heat For Your Feet: Four FLY Kicks That Should Catch Your Eye This Weekend!

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Winter Storm Jonas might have definitely put a damper on your plans to hit the streets and pick up some kicks. Unless you were these hypebeast , you stayed your behind indoors and probably did your shopping online, or turned on Netflix and most definitely chilled. Well this weekend the snow is melting and it’s time to get back at it this weekend.  Jordan, Saucony, and Adidas are dropping some certified FLYNESS this weekend. Peep your fly options in the gallery below.

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FLY Kicks of The Day: Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro “Beach” (Photos)

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Jordan  Brand and Chicago native  Don C will be linking up again for a second time with the release of the Air Jordan 2 Retro ‘Just Don’ “Beach”. This certified fly sneaker successfully brings luxury to the basketball court with its use of premium materials.

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After the success of the first collaborative effort between Jordan and Just Don, this second go around is an absolute no-brainer.

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The first Air Jordan 2 Retro X Don C collaboration

The Air Jordan 2 Retro “Just Don” a.k.a “Beach” will be available on Nike.com via a drawing. So luck will definitely be necessary to land a pair or unless you want to purchase them on EBAY where they are already available.

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These bad boys will run you a smooth $650 and that includes the sneakers, a red leather hat with the Jordan wings logo and pin. The ‘Just Don’s will also be available in kids sizes (GS) for $350, Just Don and hat are not included for the kiddies.

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The Air Jordan II brought luxury to the hardwood. Originally crafted in Italy from the finest of materials, the storied silhouette’s level of luxury is now raised by Chicago’s own Don C. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Don C came up at a time when the Bulls, number 23 and his Air Jordan sneakers took over the city. Don C launched Just Don in 2011, helping bridge the gap between sportswear and luxury fashion with unique, upscale caps. Following their debut collaboration in 2015, Just Don and Jordan now present the new Air Jordan II by Don C. Complete with a matching Just Don x Jordan Cap in the pack, the Air Jordan II is draped in quilted leather for a luxurious take on the 1987 icon.

 

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The Just Don x Air Jordan 2 “Beach” drop this Saturday on Nike.com at 10AM. Good luck fly ones scoring a pair. Hit the gallery below see more detailed images of the Just Don x Air Jordan 2 Retro “Beaches”.

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