Nas’ Brother Jungle Takes VIBE Through Queens Bridge Projects [Video]

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“After taking VIBE back into the apartment where Nas grew up, the Queenbridge rapper’s young brother, Jungle, brought us to a few of the most important places mentioned on Ilmatic. When Nas was just a teenager, one of his family’s closest friends was brutally murdered in the same neighborhood that they grew up in. Known as Ill Will to the boys, Jungle took us back to to the exact place where Nas’ best friend was gunned down.”

“It was definitely a somber moment in our tour, but Will’s passing was also a huge wake up call for a young Nasir Jones to make his rap dreams a reality. In part 2 of VIBE’s exclusive video tour of Queensbridge projects, Jungle relives that fateful night and shows us where the image for the Illmatic cover was shot.” Watch video after read.

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Dropping April 26th: Pigalle x Nike Air Force 1 Collection

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French Based Pigalle and Nike have teamed up for a special Air Force 1 Collection, which is composed of a pair of Air Force 1 Low’s, an AF1 High joined by acid-wash/tie-dye tanks + shorts completed by a Nike x Pigalle cap. So far Dover Street Market is the only retailer checking in with the exclusive good’s releasing April 26th, hopefully they make it to additional retailers with Tier-0 accounts. This collection seems a bit puzzling being that the sneakers lean more on the high end side design wise while the clothing plays the athletic side of the spectrum. Take a closer look at the collection below and let us know what you think. Keep it locked here at 8and9.com for more updates on this collections arrival at additional retailers.

 

In Store’s Now: White Mountaineering x Saucony Shadow Original

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Saucony and White Mountaineering’s collection of Shadow Originals is one we have been looking forward too since our first look. Today we finally got word that the collections is available and arriving to select Saucony retailers. For this collection White Mountaineering designed three dope pairs of Saucony Shadow Originals representing both brands well. Two of the designs seem pretty standard with a price tag allot higher than most Shadow Originals, the third pair is about $90 more due to its premium black leather upper. Take a look at all three White Mountaineering x Saucony Shadow Original’s in the gallery below and grab a pair from retailers like END who have the sneakers in-store and online. Keep it locked here at 8and9.com for more from Saucony and the Shadow Original.

 

 

Coming Soon: Bait x Asics Gel Lyte III “Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues”

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Take a look at the latest teaser of the upcoming Bait x Asics Gel Lyte III bringing us the third installment from their “Basics Model-00″ collection. From what we can see this Basics Model-003 “Nippon Blues” sports a navy red and white color-scheme similar to the Ronnie Fieg x Asics “Denim” Gel Lyte III. So far there hasn’t been any release info but based on the fact that the teasers have started to pop up their release should be around the corner. Our money is on early to mid summer. Keep it locked here at 8and9.com for more updates and release info on these Bait x Asics Gel Lyte III ”Basics Model-003 Nippon Blues”.

 

 

In Stores Now: New Balance CM496 – 2-colors

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New Balance dug deep in the crates bringing back a running legend the New Balance CM496 which has just started to arrive at select New Balance retailers like Concepts. The CM496 is a silhouette not recognized by most of today’s New Balance enthusiast, but the old-school can say they’re glad New Balance has brought  the design back in classic form. These CM496 feature a suede and mesh combo with a small dose of navy blue leather sitting on white midsoles accompanied by a white lining and white laces. The second pair of New Balance CM496 features a swap of the first with a predominately navy upper contrasted by white and grey accents throughout the design giving these the same classic feel as when they first released which is an element New Balance has masted making truly timeless footwear. Take a closer look at both color-schemes in the gallery below and grab a pair before they’re gone. Keep it locked here at 8and9.com for more from New Balance and the CM496.