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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.


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.


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.


Unlaced: adidas Designer Robbie Fuller Talks The adiZero Rose 2.5


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


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”


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.


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.


Jarren Benton – “Shut Up B*tch”


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.


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.


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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