Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2010 Mercedes Benz SLS

Designed to evoke memories of the iconic 300SL Gullwing from the fifties, the Mercedes SLS AMG also fills a gap in Merc's range left by the outgoing McLaren SLR. And judging by these detailed photos its styling promises to be every bit as dramatic as its forebearers.

Gullwing-style doors, hinged at the roof, will no doubt be the big talking point, but what's under the skin is just as impressive. Packing a 555bhp AMG 6.3-litre dry-sumped V8 with 650Nm of torque, it's capable of covering the 0-60mph sprint in 3.7 seconds and continuing on to a top speed of 197mph. Fortunately carbon-ceramaic brake discs will be offered as an option to scrub off the speed with ease.

An aluminium space-frame body helps to keep weight down to a manageable 1.620kg. Combine this with the latest seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a near-perfect 47:53 front-rear weight distribution and the front-engined Merc should be as good to drive as it's on-paper figures suggest.

It's not just the Gullwing doors that link this car to it's predecessor from the Fifties, either. The elongated bonnet, extra-wide grille and oversize three-point star are all reminiscent of the legendary 300SL. But modern touches like the extendable rear spoiler (which deploys above 75mph for added downforce), LED running lights and unique alloys (20-inch at the rear, 19-inch at the front) ensure a classic design is brought bang up to date.

Climb inside the compact passenger compartment and you're greeted by jet-engine inspired air vents. The silver instrument cluster features an F1-style LED shift lights and the speedometer runs all the way to 225mph, while taking pride of place on the centre console is the seven-inch multi-media screen. Finest-quality materials are used throughout the cabin, and nowhere is this more perfectly demonstrated than with the magnesium-backed sports seats - a metal that's particularly strong and light.

The SLS can be yours for around $260,000 - Less than half of the price of the McLaren. More pics inside.


Death of Chicago Teen, Derrion Albert, caught on Tape & Nas writes an open letter

In attempt to identify more people involved, Fox has released video of a brawl in Chicago last Thursday that left 16 yr old honor student, Derrion Albert, beat to death.

I can't lie this tape is pretty disturbing as I can't help but to think of the stupid things we used to fight over as teens and I'm sure this fight was over something just as stupid! Parents have lost a son and as of now 3 black teens lives will be changed forever as they are charged w/ 1st degree murder for Derrion's death! It's time we take initiative and try to mentor and talk some sense into these youngins as much as possible!! My prayers are with the Albert family and their friends!!

Check out the open letter Nas wrote to the teens of Chicago below!

Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool. Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling , that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But….

We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, fila’s , and name plate chains. Deaths over “he say she say”!!!!! “I’m from This block or I’m from that block”, or “my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay”!!!

I remember feeling like I was the hardest “n*gga” breathin. And I couldn’t wait to prove it. But let’s think. What r we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.

You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who’s watching us young warriors, look who’s throwin us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Lovin to bury us in the ground or in jail were we continue this worthless war on one another. Young warriors…. We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz This movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, boys n the hood , blood n blood out, Belly!

When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS….and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I’m with you young warriors. You’re me and I’m you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Birdman, Drake, and Lil Wayne - Money to Blow (video)

Nike Air Total Max Uptempo - Reggie Miller

Nike released this tribute to NBA sharpshooter, Reggie Miller, today at the House of Hoops. It features the colorway from Reggie's old team, The Indiana Pacers, and even includes the pinstripes! These are kind of dope! more pics inside

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jay Z teams up with Rhapsody for The Blueprint 3

Jay Z shot this Rhapsody commercial that reenacts all of his past albums leading up to "The Blueprint 3". Rhapsody also is giving you a chance to listen to the album in its entirety a week early! Listen here!! Look for "The Blueprint 3" in stores on 9/11/09. Check inside for all of the album art as well as all the lyrics! Yes the album will come w/ all the lyrics.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

VH1 Behind The Music: Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne's "Behind The Music" airs on VH1 on Thursday September 10, 2009 at 10pm

Nike Air Carnivore Summer 2010

Like I said before, Somebody at Nike must read my posts cause I begged for these to come back along w/ a few more of the retroes that will be released in 2010 in my "Kicks We Miss" segment! The Air Carnivore came out in 1993 and til this day is still my fav Nike!! A must cop for me, what about you??

Wale Putting On for DC on BET's Rising Icons

What can I say? This is a good look for DC music and Go-Go!! Love or Hate Wale you got to respect youngin moves! Lookout for Wale's "Attention: Defecit" album October 20, 2009.

Bonus: Check inside for 106 & Park performance & Interview