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ILLAMERICA Holiday 2014 Collection

ILLAMERICA Holiday 2014 Collection

Just a few weeks away from Christmas, ILLAMERICA has dropped its Holiday 2014 collection. The lookbook below highlights the brand’s new design for shorts, hats, hoodies and shirts. Check out the collection below, and if you like what you see, head on over to ILLAMERICA’s site to knock out some holiday shopping.
Tyler, The Creator - Wolf (Documentary)

Tyler, The Creator – Wolf (Documentary)

Tyler, the Creator has blessed us with a gift, one that reminds us why we love hip-hop and the culture that surrounds it. At his Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, he released a documentary detailing the making of Wolf, his most recent album. Tyler has always been known for his work behind the video lens, and in...
Wale & Jerry Seinfeld Cover Complex

Wale & Jerry Seinfeld Cover Complex

Wale and Jerry Seinfeld will grace the cover of Complex Magazine‘s December/January issue. The two have developed a close friendship over the years, as Seinfeld was a huge inspiration for the DC rapper’s Mixtape About Nothing and More About Nothing projects. Now, Folarin is getting ready to drop The Album About Nothing. And, you guessed it: Seinfeld is...
J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Trailer)

J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Trailer)

Last night, out of the blue, J. Cole announced the title and release date for his third LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Along with unveiling the December 9th release date, Cole dropped a seven-minute trailer that features him coming back home to Fayetteville, North Carolina. While at home, he visits some familiar places, including: where spit his first cypher, the roller...
Review: Pygmalion Music Festival 2014

Review: Pygmalion Music Festival 2014

Written by Brad W. (@Brad_C_Williams). Photography by Robert Marohn. Champaign’s annual Pygmalion Music Festival is always one of the biggest music events of the year. While Porter Robinson and Ab-Soul had great performances, those who were able to attend last weekend’s festival experienced the 10th anniversary to this cornerstone three-day celebration. Admittedly, this year’s lineup did not include...
Photos: Ab-Soul's These Days Tour in Urbana 9/25

Photos: Ab-Soul’s These Days Tour in Urbana 9/25

Last Thursday, Urbana locals and UIUC students were treated to the biggest hip-hop show so far this semester. As part of his These Days Tour, TDE representative Ab-Soul made his way down to central Illinois with Dreamville’s Bas and Atlanta rap duo EarthGang. As with any exciting tour that hits the area, UPC was in the building to witness and...
Migos - Bando (Short Film)

Migos – Bando (Short Film)

Atlanta’s Migos is far and away hip-hop’s most popular group at the moment. Recently, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff teamed up with Complex Media to deliver the first ever trap-musical. Watch the short film above, which features previously released music such as “Contraband,” “Birds,” “Migo Dreams” and “Bando.” Be sure to drop a comment and let...
Wale - The Album About Nothing (Trailer)

Wale – The Album About Nothing (Trailer)

Wale teases his upcoming Album About Nothing with a new trailer. The project will feature Folarin’s friend Jerry Seinfeld, much in the same vein as the DMV artist’s well-received Mixtape About Nothing and More About Nothing. Check out the clip above and expect Album About Nothing to drop in the near future.
Interview: Claw Money

Interview: Claw Money

The walls of Leaders1354 got blessed recently with a brand new mural done by none other than New York City’s own Claudia Gold, aka Claw Money. To celebrate the wonderful work Claw has done, LDRS and the good folks at Hennessy opened up the store for people to come in and check out her work, as well as to cop the...
Leaders1354 x CLAW&Co. In-Store Event

Leaders1354 x CLAW&Co. In-Store Event

On August 2nd, come out to Leaders1354 in Chicago and witness one of the world’s greatest graffiti artists, Claudia Gold, aka CLAWMONEY bless LDRS by painting a mural in-store. The event goes down from 7pm to 10pm with drinks on deck courtesy of Hennessy. In addition to the event, LDRS and CLAW have collaborated on three different t-shirts designs which will...
Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute

The tech giant known as Google has ventured into the world of art by creating a forum where you can explore and brush up on your art knowledge with Google Cultural Institute. By partnering up with museum, cultural and archival institutions like The White House, Brooklyn Museum, Musée d’Orsay, Paris and The National Gallery, London you...
Interview: Goldroom

Interview: Goldroom

Earlier last month, we were given the privilege of sitting down and speaking with L.A. based DJ/Producer Goldroom as he was preparing for his set at Primary Night Club in Chicago. The brilliance behind the solo project Goldroom is an extraordinarily kind and inviting individual born into this world as Josh Legg. He has been...