Vintage #WCW Tifani Amber Thiessen

 

She melted our hearts ealry Saturday morning as “Kelly Kapowski” on Saved by the Bell, and later in our teens she appeared on 90210. Always hot, from the 90s all the way to today. Check out the slideshow of her vintage hotness!

And This Week in Sneaks…

Dover Street Market Nike Air Jordan
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Jordan 1 x Dover Street Market
Price: $185
Release Date: 4/16/15
These are a must have to me but, they will only be releasing over seas at NikeLab
locations. This shoe has the limited tag on them so you know everyone and their mama
will be trying to get their hands on them. An all Obsidian patent leather upper makes
this shoe hot.

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The CLOT x Nike Lunar Force 1
Price: $150
Release Date: 4/17/15
Ever since CLOT and Nike did the Air Max 1 collab a few years back, everyone has been
waiting on their next collab. Well you don’t have to wait much longer as they have finally teamed up once again for a new collab, and this time the Air Lunar Force 1
is the silhouette. Nike is throwing in a patch and a bag with the shoe; both are a very nice
touch for this release. Getting an extra item with the shoe is always an added value.

Lebron 12 Gamer
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Kids Lebron 12 “Gamer”
Price: GS-$160, PS-$90 and TD-$60
Release Date: 4/17/15
Team small foot and the kids are getting hooked up with their own pair of Lebron 12s.
Just like the nickname of this shoe, this shoe was inspired by Lebron and his kid’s love for video games.

nike elite series team collection
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Nike Basketball Elite Series Team Collection
Price: $200-$275
Release Date: 4/17/15
Nike made this collection a few years back and they are keeping this collection going. The collection consists of: Kobe 10s, KD 7s and Lebron 12s. No new players have been added to this year, but I have a feeling Kyrie Irving will be added to this collection down the line sometime.

jordan 13 low hornets
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Air Jordan 13 Low “Hornets”
Price: $170
Release Date: 4/18/15
Alright now this is a must have shoe in my opinion; the must have of this weekend. The colorway, just like the nickname, honors the team MJ owns: the Charlotte Hornets. A lot of people don’t like new Jordan colorways at all but these are just plain clean. These are the first 13 lows of many to release this year. Definitely digging what the Jordan brand is doing by bringing back the 13 lows.

AJ 7 Court Purple Lola Bunny
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Air Jordan 7 “Lola Bunny”
Price: $140
Release Date: 4/18/15
The ladies are also getting hooked up this weekend with their very own pair of Jordans. I can see these get the Mocha 3 status down the line, people will sleep on them now but will want them later when they are a must have.

Non Nike Sneaker Releases for 4/10-4/11

Fila MB1 aka Mashburn 1

Fila MB1 aka Mashburn 1
Price:
Release Date: 4/10/15
Set to make its first ever retro for Fila. The MB1 will be part of the “Turning Tide” Pack.

Fila Overpass

Fila Overpass
Price: $75
Release Date: 4/10/15
The other half to the “Turning Tide” Pack. I just recently found out that Fila made Runners. Growing up in the 90s I only knew Fila through Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill, Jamal Mashburn and LL Cool J.

Footpatrol x Asics "Storm" Collab

️Footpatrol x Asics “Storm” Collab
Price: $179
Release Date: 4/11/15
The Asics Tiger Gel Kayano Trainer is the silhouette for this collab. The shoe sports blue, pink and white for a nice spring feel to it. The upper will come waterproof for the suede so you can wear them rain or shine this spring.

Packer Shoes x Diadora N.9000 "Dinamo Zagreb" Collab

Packer Shoes x Diadora N.9000 “Dinamo Zagreb” Collab
Price: $200
Release Date: 4/11/15
Packer shoes been killing the collab game as of late, and this time the inspiration for this collab comes from the Croatian soccer team Dinamo Zagreb. The material of this shoe looks top notch with the premium pigskin suede and mesh combination. The color of the shoe is the teams away uniform from their 2008 season.

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Asics Gel Lyte 3 “Okayama Denim” Pack
Price: $120
Release Date: 4/11/15
This pack was only released overseas, but this Saturday we finally get them in the States. Both of the shoes in the pack are looking real good, Asics fans have to be real happy with this news.

Sneaker Releases Week of 4/6-4/11

Nike Air Max 90 Premium ID

Nike Air Max 90 Premium ID
Price: $170
Release Date: 4/6/15
I have personally never grabbed any iD’s from Nike before but am seriously considering these. You can now choose from four animal prints, spotted, leopard, zebra and cheetah in pony hair. If you like wild shoes that stick out, these are right up your alley.

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Nike SB Lost Art Collection

Nike SB Lost Art Collection
Price: $85-115
Release Date: 4/8/15
Nike teamed up with Lost Art Skate Shop from Liverpool for this collab. The collection consists of the Nike Project BA Premium and Nike SB Bruin Premium.

Nike Lebron 12 Low 'USA'

Nike Lebron 12 Low ‘USA’
Price: $175
Release Date: 4/9/15
Definitely feeling the 12 lows more then the Highs so far. Lebron USA lows always had a clean look to them, and white with the gum bottom is a nice touch on these.

Women's Nike Air Max 1 Ultra City Collection

Women’s Nike Air Max 1 Ultra City Collection
Price: $180
Release Date: 4/11/15
Nike been doing this City theme for the past few years, and it’s been a hit. This go around is only for the ladies and Nike killed it again. With London, Milan, New York, Paris and Tokyo all returning for this collection, Nike added a new city as well with Shanghai joining in. Nike also added a bag for the shoes in the collection; very nice touch Nike.

Women's Nike Air Max 1 Ultra City Collection

Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Gym Red’
Price: $230
Release Date: 4/11/15
I’m a fan of Foams in general so this is a cop for sure. It doesn’t look like Nike is stopping with the red theme anytime soon. It all started with the Red October Yeezy’s, then it made its way to other Nike lines, and now the latest victim to this red theme is the Foamposite Pro.

Air Jordan 11 Low 'Georgetown'

Air Jordan 11 Low ‘Georgetown’
Price: $170
Release Date: 4/11/15
This is a must for Jordan 11 fans, and Georgetown fans alike. This color pays tribute to MJ’s college days where North Carolina battled Georgetown. These get a cop from me.

Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Release Date: March 15, 2015
Rating: 90

Released a week earlier than planned, To Pimp a Butterfly is the third studio release by LA’s very own, Kendrick Lamar. The name “To Pimp a Butterfly” is a play on the famous required high school reading, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. For those that have never read it or don’t really remember the story, it’s more or less about racial injustice in the south preceding the civil rights movement. Trust me, when you listen to the album, the name works. As does the cover art. You draw your own conclusions on the meaning of it, but I think it’s pretty clear.
Since his emergence, Kendrick’s style has evolved from a West Coast, mainstream friendly sound, to one with a message not giving a fuck if it’s friendly to radio or the mainstream. There is a noticeable change in his sound over the three albums, but there has always been a consistent social message embedded therein. His albums, specifically this and his last album, tell a story usually broken up over each track on the album. In the case of to Pimp a Butterfly the story is told in the form of spoken word. Kendrick Lamar’s message is delivered directly and indirectly. Some things are laid out in front of you to see and hear, others aren’t – specifically with this album; you need to pay attention when giving this a go for the first time. Dr. Dre is the executive producer while Boi-1da, Pharrell, and Flying Lotus chipped in on production of individual tracks. George Clinton, Ronald Isley, Snoop Dogg, and Bilal supplemented vocals on a few tracks. No shortage of star power for sure. Even with that, there are no club bangers and there’s no summer anthem. This isn’t the album you blast with the cars window down. This is an album you listen to with yourself.
Personally, I loved the album beginning to end. Every track served its purpose as a chapter in the story. Even in the case of a couple tracks where the music didn’t sound right the lyrics and vocals carried the track. My favorites were King Kunta, Momma, and I. It’s damn near impossible to pick a quotable lyric from this album. I could copy and paste the lyrics to every song and set your web browser on fire. Legit, the whole thing pieces itself together, so there really isn’t a standalone bit that I could capture and be like, “here, this verse is the shit.” Fuck it, I’ll try… Here’s the end of the track I. It’s an acapella / spoken word verse:

I promised Dave I’d never use the phrase “fuck ni**a”
He said “think about what you saying: ‘Fuck ni**as'”
No better than Samuel on D’Jango
No better than a white man with slave boats
Sound like I needed some soul searching
My pops gave me some game in real person
Retrace my steps on what they never taught me
Did my homework fast before government caught me
So I’ma dedicate this one verse to Oprah
On how the infamous, sensitive N-word control us
So many artist gave her an explanation to hold us
Well this is my explanation straight from Ethiopia
N-E-G-U-S definition: royalty; King royalty – wait listen
N-E-G-U-S description: Black emperor, King, ruler, now let me finish
The history books overlooked the word and hide it
America tried to make it to a house divided
The homies don’t recognize we be using it wrong
So I’ma break it down and put my game in the song
N-E-G-U-S, say it with me
Or say no more. Black stars can come and get me
Take it from Oprah Winfrey; tell her she right on time
Kendrick Lamar, by far, realest Negus alive

I’m so conflicted. I probably changed this album rating like 20 times during the course of writing this review. Even while listening to it, I was thinking about how it would be interpreted by the general public. It was definitely one of, if not the hardest, to rate. It’s brilliant, it’s raw, it’s real, but it’s very different. The one thing that bugs more than anything is the message of the album is going to be lost on so many. I’m not going to get political because this isn’t really the right forum for it. Suffice it to say, the message in this album is unapologetic, relevant, and necessary. Don’t go into this album listening with just your ears, listen with your heart and mind. Be forewarned; don’t expect good kid mAAd city or Section.80. The sound of the album is a blend of spoken word, jazz, funk, and of course hip hop. The album does have a bit of a background story going on throughout. Kind of similar to the structure of the story in good kid mAAd city. Without giving too much info away… I’ll end it with this… Tupac is alive.

RIP Kicksplorer

Kicksplorer

Well first off, I want to thank each and every one of you who tagged “Kicksplorer” for the last two years. I really appreciate it, and I will be giving a special S/O and blog on Sunday to say thank you to everyone I can. Loyalty is hard to find in this world today, and it means a lot to me. From now on, the new hashtag is #freshemporiumkicks, and I’ll explain why.

Kicksplorer
Kicksplorer

In my last S/O post, I explained the story behind the term I created, Kicksplorer, I owned the domain name for some time, and basically it was version 1.0 of what later became Freshemporium.com. When I make business decisions I sit on them and stew for awhile, so I opted not to develop version 1.0 and instead went onto this project as a passion, and a more all encompassing approach to style, fashion, and men’s interest; not JUST sneakers as the first site would have been. So with that being said, shame on me, I can’t be too angry at the “COCKSPLORERS” in the Philippines who decided to take over the domain name as well as the hashtag (even though it had 7500 tags over 2 years before they even used it once). It is disheartening, as it’s like someone stealing your baby. After speaking with an attorney, if I tried to pursue any kind of intellectual property claim against the COCKSPLORERS, it’d basically be like throwing money into a fire, as they have no U.S. assets to go after. So, I guess I will have to sit back and watch to see if they move into this country with their business.

So, because I will not allow OUR sneaker shots be used to promote a business so dastardly built off my own ideas, I want everyone who is, or has tagged “Kicksplorer” to now tag #freshemporiumkicks, and I will do a monthly or 2x monthly shoutout for the kick pics, on this site, as well as instagram. Again, I apologize for the change, but it is indeed necessary, so remember to remove the old tag from your lists. Let these douche bags promote their own business, and we will move on.

Thank you,
Mr. Sneakerjunkie

Vintage #WCW Tyra Banks

 

Tyra wasn’t always an annoying talk show host, in my day she was the most bangin’ model…period. Her curves were wild, in an age of waifish heroin addled models, she changed the game and let the world know, beauty has meat on its bones, and some titties too! Tyra was a regular on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and was on the cover of almost every style mag out there in the 90s. I don’t think we’d have a girl shaped like Kim K/West being idolized for her looks if a woman like Tyra didn’t pave the way first; changing how

we view beauty in the fashion industry, and as a society.