About The Author

With each post MZ holds onto a piece of his childhood. Then he goes back to work because kicks & gadgets get more expensive with each passing year. Follow him on Twitter @MZ_OF_TSS.

Yo Gotti

“Testimony” – Review Of Yo Gotti’s Live From The Kitchen

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Just when it seemed like Live From The Kitchen was destined to permanently take residence on the island of shelved albums, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yo-gotti">Yo Gotti</a> was able to cut through the industry politics and get his project out to the public.

P.O.Y.B.L

Melody Thornton – P.O.Y.B.L Mixtape

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Perhaps I was in the minority in this line of thought, but I was always under the impression that Nicole Scherzinger was the only member of the Pussycat Dolls who possessed a distinguishable voice.

SNEAKERS

Coming Attractions: Nike Dunk High Deconstruct Premium

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Last year, the good folks over in Beaverton released enough AF1's to distract me to the point that I didn't purchase a single pair of Dunks.

The OF Tape Vol. 2

Odd Future – “Oldie” Video

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Say what you want about the Odd Future collective but they know how to move the needle and evoke a reaction, in a climate where everyone is fighting for the spotlight that's a great skill to possess.

The Pre Season

Noah Caine – The Pre-Season Mixtape

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Given the parallels drawn between sports and music I’ve come to the conclusion that mixtapes are the closest thing we have to the NFL Combine.

SXSW 2012

Killer Mike – “Untitled” (Prod. By El-P)

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Last week, Sway and Devi Dev were broadcasting live in Austin from Nice Kicks and had a slew of guests stop by throughout the "Sway In The Morning" show.

Salaam Remi

Nas – “The Don” (Prod. By Salaam Remi, Da Internz & Heavy D.)

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It couldn't have been more than two or three days ago while leaving the gym that I overheard someone bragging about having eight new <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/nas" target="_blank">Nas</a> songs.

the dream

The-Dream – “Roc” Video

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Say what you want about The-Dream but he’s very good at two things: knocking up R&B starlets and knocking out hits for himself and whomever else he deems worthy.

VIDEOS

Unlaced: adidas Designer Robbie Fuller Talks The adiZero Rose 2.5

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Adidas designer Robbie Fuller has one of the toughest jobs in the footwear industry.

SNEAKERS

Derrick Rose Takes On The Knicks With His Mom In His Heart & On His Feet

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Regardless of the NBA's season's length, a visit to Madison Square Garden is always a special occasion.

Noah Caine: The Pre Season

Noah Caine – “The Crown”

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Hip-Hop's crown is something that is earned rather than gained.

The Great Debater

Skyzoo – “Could’ve Struck The Lotto” x “Written In The Drums” Videos

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Almost eight months have passed since <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/the-great-debater">The Great Debater</a> dropped and Skyzoo is doing his part to keep it from fading to the back of our memory banks with the release of the “Could’ve Struck The Lotto” video.

Swiff D

Phonte – “Dance In The Reign” Video

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What better way to kick off Charity Starts At Home's visual campaign than with "Dance In The Reign.

SNEAKERS

Coming Attractions: Nike Air Max 2012

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All things considered, the Air Max 2011 counts as my favorite sneaker of the past year.

The Div

“Life Is Good” – Review Of Pac Div’s The Div

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Anyone familiar with the three-on-three basketball scene knows there are two types of teams competitors should be weary of: the star-studded bunch whose rep precedes them and the trio of slick combo guards who make up for any shortcomings with a solid grasp of the fundamentals and teamwork.

SMKA

Jarren Benton – “Shut Up B*tch”

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I really wasn't sure what to expect when <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/jarren-benton">Jarren Benton</a> first set foot on our Perfect Attendance stage back in October with a Davy Crockett 'coon hat on.

Music

Jean Grae – “U&Me&EveryoneWeKnow”

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You can miss <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/jean-grae">Ms. Grae</a> with all that talk life and liberties, it's all about Cake Or Death for her in 2012.

#Jay Z

The iPod Shuffle – Jay-Z’s “A Week Ago”

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After securing my <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/12/question-of-the-day-are-you-copping-the-concord-xis">Concord XI's</a> a few days ago, I can finally sit back and take stock of what transpired over the last week.

MUSIC VIDEOS

LxE For The Uncool – “The Format” Video

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Tis' the season for giving and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/l-x-e-for-the-uncool">LxE For The Uncool</a> is dropping off a little stocking stuffer in the form of rhyme.


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