Archive for September, 2012

McLaren P1 Concept Revealed Ahead Of Paris Debut.

McLaren has revealed the first photos of the P1 concept, which will be shown at the Paris Motor Show, previewing the hypercar that we’ll all know as the new McLaren F1.  “The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again,” explained Ron Dennis, who helms McLaren Automotive. “Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit,” adds McLaren MD Antony Sheriff. Performance-wise, the supercar should at least be on the same level as the brand new 12C Spider (625hp, top speed of 328km/h and capability to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds).

McLaren fans will have to wait for the Paris Motor Show, from September 29 to October 14, to get more info on the speedster’s specs. The model on display in Paris will be a concept, with the company aiming to launch a production model by the end of 2013. The P1 is expected to cost £800,000, but with production limited to 500 models, the P1 production run may be sold out to existing McLaren clients and high-profile collectors without going on general public sale.

YMCMB At The 2012 VMA’s.

The YMCMB team hit up the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards followed by the Beats By Dre after-party.

Watch the video below.

Apple Design Director To Create Leica Photo Camera.

Leica and Apple, two of the most desired brands in the world of design, are getting together to produce yet another fascinating — and very expensive — product.  Lately everything that has come my way seems to be somehow German. No exception with this German photography company which is working with Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior VP of Industrial Design, on the design of a one-off version set to be auctioned for charity.  The collaboration was announced by Andreas Kaufmann, Leica’s head, at international photography and imaging fair Photokina in Cologne this week.  Jonathan Ive is responsible for many of Apple’s iconic designs such as the iPad, iPhone, iMac and the MacBook Pro.  It is not the first time Leica collaborates with high-profile names in the design and fashion world. In 2010 the German brand unveiled a camera designed by Walter de’Silva, an automobile designer for Audi.  De’Silva was asked to recreate the classic Leica M9. The special edition was strictly limited to only 500 cameras worldwide for a price of over $32,000.  Early this year Leica teamed up with Hermès to produce a limited edition. The 300 copies of the M9-P were available for a price of around $25,000.  The two brands also produced an even more exclusive edition, the Jean-Louis Dumas model, available for over $50,000.  The German brand unveiled this week a flashy design by British designer Paul Smith as part of the Leica à la carte program, a program that allows users to customize their cameras. The design will be available in October.

T.I. Interview With Cipha Sounds And Rosenberg.

In this interview, T.I. talks about his book, music, family and hidden racism with HOT 97′s Cipha Sounds, Rosenberg & K.Foxx.

Freeway’s Diamond In The Ruff Photo Shoot (Behind The Scenes).

Renowned Philadelphia artist Freeway continues to prove that he is a one of a kind lyricist with his latest solo album, “Diamond In The Ruff.” Serving as his first official full-length album since teaming up with Jake One for the critically acclaimed 2010 project, “The Stimulus Package,” “Diamond In The Ruff” has been years in the making and is truly Freeway’s most illustrious album yet.  In this video, Freeway gives a look behind the scenes at the photo shoot for his upcoming album, Diamond In The Ruff. Freeway gives viewers a sneak peak of what visuals they can expect from Diamond In The Ruff.  Diamond In The Ruff will hit retailers worldwide on November 13, 2012 via Babygrande Records.

Bollinger Champagne Pays Tribute To James Bond.

James Bond‘s soft spot for the martini is no secret, but a 50-year anniversary requires champagne. Enter a French brand that has decided to fete the spy’s longevity on the silver screen in style, with a box set titled “Bollinger 002 for 007″.  Inside the case, a silencer-styled box inspired by the accessory on Bond’s Walter PKK pistol houses a bottle of champagne. To access the bottle, you have to enter the code 007 and press the iconic pistol logo that is often seen in the film’s opening credits.  Inside the box lies a bottle (boasting a James Bond design) of Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 – “the most exceptional vintage of the past decade,” according to Mathieu Kauffmann, Bollinger‘s chef de cave. The  ”Bollinger 002 for 007″ box set will go on sale for €150 October 1 in select outlets. Skyfall is due to have in the UK on October 23.

Fabolous in Jamaica.

What’s better than just taking a trip to Jamaica to perform? Being Fabolous in Jamaica to perform for the ATI Weekend in Negril. In this short video, Fabolous shows off the great time he had during his recent trip to Jamaica on the road.

Juicy J feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – Bandz Make Her Dance (Remix).

The endlessly lovable Three 6 Mafia walking id Juicy J recently recruited a couple of big stars, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, for the remix of his gleefully dumb strip-club anthem “Bandz A Make Her Dance.” And while that remix’s video isn’t exactly a great music video, it does have the following things: A creeped-out skull-face effect, living CGI lion statues, conspicuous online-porn product placement, and multiple Project Pat cameos. So, I mean, too many can’t really be mad at it. J.R. Saint directs.

The Z Cured Brace.

Unlike the average arm sling, the Z-Cured sling was designed to lock in a variety of positions to enhance both comfort and functionality to cater to different types of arm injuries. Made of alloy steel aluminum and durable ABS plastic, the lightweight stabilizer can move with the arm while holding it in a fixed position, maximizing the arms usability while speeding up recovery time.

Reassemble Glasses.

These incredible shades work wonders for privacy.  Especially overly curious girlfriends, or snoopin brothers and sisters in your house.  The trick itself is in the screen, which appears blank until you see them from behind the Reassemble Glasses.  Just don’t think it’s odd if people see you staring at a blank screen.

Incredible Photos By Theo Gosselin.

The lighting, colors, composition, exposure, everything is amazing in Theo‘s photographs. This nineteen year old guy from France can easily become your favorite photographer. Just take a look at these great pictures.

Pagani Will End Zonda Production With 764 Passione

Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani is apparently building the very last Zonda that will ever roll out of its factory in Modena. After that, the model will be permanently retired after twelve years of production that started with the original Zonda C12. Tipped to be called the Zonda 764 Passione, it is said to be finished in unpainted carbon fiber with pink highlights, such as pink painted brake calipers, pink trimming lines in the body, and some pink elements of the engine. Being based on Pagani’s most recent Zonda 760 line, the 764 Passione will feature the same 760-horsepower 7.3-liter AMG V-12 fitted to the 760 RS and 760 LH. The reported reason for this being the last Zonda is due to AMG having ceased production of the mighty V-12 that goes into every Zonda.

Yvan Rodic – Street Style Blogs

Street style blogs are one of the great online phenomena of the past decade. They have become a core reference tool for fashion houses and designers who monitor them for global inspiration and to learn how trends are being adapted on the street – and all without leaving their desks. Yvan Rodic, the photographer and creative behind the facehunter, gives the reader a window into the edgier side of street style. Rodic delivered many unique moments of inspiration direct from the pavement; the kinds of startling images that eluded many of the other most popular style blogs. His latest venture is a new site, proudly under his own name – Yvan Rodic. Essentially a travel diary, Rodic documents the interesting people he meets in all sorts of places.

MPC Minute With araabMUZIK.

Akai’s MPC Renaissance, their new hardware/software digital audio workstation promises the classic MPC feel with increased processing power.  Producer AraabMuzik provides a brief demonstration of what it looks and sounds like being banged on.

Nas Feat. Amy Winehouse – Cherry Wine.

Nas unleashes the official trailer for ‘Cherry Wine’ featuring Amy Winehouse which serves as the 5th music video from his new album “Life is Good”.  It’s a courtly love song that builds on Nas’s elder-statesman status and the chemistry of Nas and Winehouse.

Holographic Painting.

Yosman Botero has brought holographic painting to the next level. His creations are painted on glass and then encased in plexiglas creating that eye popping effect. Check out his method.

Wooden Carpet.

German textile designer Elisa Strozyk is showcasing her wooden textiles carpet made from veneer offcuts. Her technique in creating this piece is to laser cut the veneer pieces and bond them onto fabric. The wooden carpet can lie flat on the floor, but can also be playfully positioned due to its surprisingly flexible form. Conceptually, her work intends to look at materials in new ways. She is interested in re-evaluating our presumptions about the resources we use, especially as our environmental wealth continually diminishes today.

60% of Cars Will Be Connected By 2017.

In five years the connected car will become a mainstream reality with more than 60 percent of the world’s cars offering features such as built-in internet, wireless connectivity and smart notifications. By 2017 market researcher ABI expects the figure to exceed 80 percent in the US and Western Europe as new cars get pumped full of smarter technology. Developing regions such as Latin America and Eastern Europe will also see a large jump in the number of new vehicles with telematics; Brazil and Russia will lead the trend, driven by country-specific mandates. “In-car connectivity is quickly transforming the automotive industry, enabling passive and active safety and security and offering infotainment and connected lifestyle services to consumers but also enabling new car ownership, usage, and experience modes such as car sharing, (semi)-autonomous driving, dynamic demand-response electric vehicle charging pricing, and customer and vehicle relationship management services including prognostics and preventive maintenance,” said ABI VP and practice director Dominique Bonte. Car companies such as Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Audi and BMW are not the only ones developing connected cars of the future.

Fabolous In Cannes.

With a passport tatted up like Lil Wayne, Fabolous shows the rest of us just how fab his life is these days. Check it out in the video below as he travels to the lovely south of France to perform for the people.

Your Facebook Is False.

The character of Dwight Schrute has not only become a much-loved staple of television, but also a series of popular memes entitled “Schrute Facts” based on his series of “False!” retorts to just about anything. Which is why it’s so great to see actor Rainn Wilson bring the character and meme to life in the real world by reading some random tweets in the video above and giving his trademark analysis and thoughts about their validity.  Check it out.

Lupe Fiasco Food And Liquor 2.

Lupe Fiasco has revealed that he has completed recording his new album Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 and is previewing the project for his label Atlantic Records in New York City, New York. Announcing the news on Twitter, Lu revealed that the LP is in NYC and that he’s having the 1st Label Listening Session for the follow up to Lasers. For the release of Lasers, the Chicago, Illinois rapper’s LP was delayed on account of the imprint. With Food & Liquor 2, Lu said that the only thing that could keep it from releasing would be whether or not it’s a double-disc project.

Food & Liquor 2 is done. Release date? I dunno. Let’s just say…July. The only thing that’s holding Food & Liquor 2 up…is whether or not it’s gonna be a double CD or not.”

The Grand Taxonomy Of Rap Names.

Here are 282 sobriquets from the world of rap music, arranged according to semantics and covering everyone from KRS-One to Tech N9ne. While this chart depicts a complex web of relationships between rap names it also shows how various name origins, from physical attributes to audacious misspelling, are all interconnected. Click on the pic for a better view.

Robert Bradford – Recycled Toy Sculptures

Robert Bradford creates his life-size and larger-than-life sculptures of humans and animals from discarded plastic items, mainly toys but also other colorful plastic bits and pieces, such as combs and buttons, brushes and parts of clothes pegs. Contrary to some reports, he’s not a self-taught artist who tinkered in his shed one day and suddenly decided to create something out of his kids’ discarded toys. He is a London-born and U.K. and U.S.-trained visual artist who, like many artists, also had another career on the side. His was that of a psychotherapist.

In 2002, he started to consider the possibilities that his children’s forgotten toys could have as part of something bigger. Bradford says he likes the idea that the plastic pieces have a history, some unknown past, and that they also pass on a “cultural” history as each of the pieces represents a point in time. Recycling is not his primary concern, but each sculpture certainly keeps quite a few pieces from becoming landfill. Some of the sculptures contain pieces from up to 3,000 toys.

Aquarium Bed By Acrylic Tank Manufacturers

If you like aquatics, then you will absolutely love this amazing headboard fish tank. The fish tank spans the bed, resting on matching tables at either side. There are even some bedside lamps cleverly built into the actual aquarium. The 650-gallon tank was custom built be the people at Acrylic Tank Manufacturers.

Metal Swan

The Serenad chair’s was created by Ali Alavi. This elegant form is inspired by the unique sleeping position of the swan with it’s head between its wings as it floats on the water. Its soft yet extravagant shape is off-set by a surprising reflective chrome finish that mirrors the colors and patterns of everything around it. Definitely not appropriate for every interior style, but place it in the right room with the right surroundings and it’s sure to make a statement.