[GEAR] New Nike SB In Stock (Store Only!)

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Last week we dropped our latest skate gear showcasing the LDRSK8 team in their element around the 53rd St. store and this week we back that up with a fresh release of the latest Nike SB Dunks in several distinct colorways that range from low  to hi-top. The shoes will be available only in the store at the 1013 E 53rd St. location so get off the couch, put down the remote and get out to the shop to cop the latest from Nike SB.

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[Events] The Social Experiment Pop Up Shop

Chance has been a regular here at Leaders long before he was headlining Lollapalooza. The kid has been hanging around the shop since he was rapping in the halls of Jones Prep and we’ve been proud to see him grow into the artist he is today. Well, with the gang back in town we saw no better way to tip our collective cap to Chance and the gang then by allowing a takeover of the store today from 5-8 where fans/friends and the like can come through to pick up official merchandise from The Social Experiment team of Nate Fox, Peter CottonTale, Stix and Donnie Trumpet who boast one of the most eclectic and eye catching merch lines for any touring hip-hop fusion band in America. Check the flyer below for more details.


[Audio] Chance The Rapper Talks Collabs With J.Cole, Wyclef & More


Chance The Rapper’s star has certainly risen since he hosted his 10 Day listening party on a rainy day here at Leaders nearly three years ago now. The young continues to climb his ladder of success this weekend as he returns home from a summer of festivals that took him as far as Europe to help headline Lollapalooza. It’s a very exciting time for young Chancelor, listen to what’s going on in his world in this interview with London’s own DJ Semtex.

LDRS Skate 2014 Summer Look Book

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Leaders expanded to LDRSK8 back in 2012, opening a store back where it all began in Hyde Park, with the goal of giving young skaters on the south side a place to congregate and something positive to be a part of. The store has evolved into a full-service skate shop complete with decks, equipment, tools and more. The sub-genre if you will has built a following unto itself, much thanks to the skate team that Diego and Corey have helped curate out of the 1013 E. 53rd St. storefront. The squad, which is comprised of Jonathon Comprindo, Hideaki Nomura, Ryan Tibbs, Aaron Davis and Elliott Hendricks recently got on their modeling game for a quick trek around their stomping grounds to show off the latest in LDRSK8 apparel, which was also featured prominently across the chest of rapper Isaiah Rashad this past weekend at Pitchfork Festival. Click through the photos below and keep it locked to both the Leaders and LDRSK8 blogs for continuing updates on the team and the brand. Shop all the LDRSK8 apparel HERE.

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[Events] Common In-Store Event July 26

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Chicago’s own Common is currently on a promotional tour in support of his tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling which was released yesterday via Def Jam. The project features local up and comers Dreezy and Lil Herb and is a clear report on the current state of Chicago rooted in experience of having walked the streets years before, before “Chiraq” came to prominence as a cheap marketing ploy (Leaders does not carry ‘Chiraq’ shirts, by the way). Anyway, we are proud to announce that one of Chicago’s finest products will be at the store at 672 N. Wells this Saturday from 2-4 PM. Purchase of Common’s album, available at the store beginning at 11 AM to get a wristband for the meet and greet. Check out the full flyer above.


[Video] Alex Wiley: “Ideas (Adderall)”


Closed Session’s lone signee, Alex Wiley has been turning 2014 into the year of ‘The Village’. After blazing into the new year with a slew of new music, the 20-year-old MC dropped his sophomore project, Village Party to rave reviews and a mention as one of the best project of the year so far by The Huffington Post, among others outlets. Enjoying the success of his latest drop, Wiley found some time to release a video for the track “Ideas” off of Village Party today on Noisey.

The video, shot by frequent collaborators VisualMecca, finds Wiley amidst an amphetamine-induced whirlwind of purples and frenetic cuts and effects that we have come to expect from the team at VisualMecca. Wiley wear a Pharrell-hat and trench coat, set amongst a Willy Wonka-like midwestern prairie. Anyone who has popped an adderall for one reason or another can attest to the barrage of thoughts, conjectures and feelings the drug can flood the mind with and Alex Wiley, a self-professed “ADD kid” certainly captures the spirit of those moments well here in his latest video rendering from Village Party. Check out the whole thing, streaming after the jump. Continue reading

[Recap] Leaders x Heineken BBQ 7/16


Leaders and Heineken teamed up last weekend for a night of beer, food and friends at the W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive. With the sun setting in the west behind the opposite side of the building, the party picked up with DJ D Nice handling the music. With Leaders gear on seemingly everyone in attendance, it was certainly an event to remember. If you weren’t there, don’t worry, we got you on some photos, here below.

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Leaders x TDE at Pitchfork Festival 2014


Pitchfork Fest was exactly what we thought it was, except with a lot more hip-hop this year than year’s past. To be sure, it was more of a TDE takeover than a hip-hop based festival, with Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Schoolboy Q all performing while Kendrick Lamar delivered an inspiring end to the weekend, comfortable in his Sunday headlining spot. One thing may have been familiar about the L.A.-based crew though was the Leaders logo prominently displayed across the chests of both Rashad and SZA, each of whom stopped into the store before the festival to kick it and pick up some fresh gear. Check out SZA below in the Leaders Street Fighter tank and Rashad, in the Leaders Skate B/W Raglan which he was featured wearing in the New York Times Style section today, all below. Continue reading

Twista Drops Pair of New Singles


Twista, easily one of the most legendary hip-hop artists to emerge from Chicago, has gracefully transitioned into a new phase of his career by helping to foster the overwhelming amount of talent that has sprung up here over the past few years. Quickly recognizing the swell of artists, Twista has jumped on tracks with the likes of Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Caleb James, King L and even recently signed new up and comer, Bandman Kevo to his Get Money Gang Imprint. This week we saw two new tracks from Twista that showed the full range of the mile-a-minute MC as he teamed with YP for “Stop” and then today dropping “Friend of Mine” featuring Chief Keef and Stunt Taylor. Twista is Chicago hip-hop’s uncle and he has thrown an arm around the new generation in a way other artists of his stature have not. Check out the tracks and keep an eye out for that Dark Horse album, out August 12. Hit the jump for the tracks. Continue reading

[Album] Common: “Nobody’s Smiling” (Stream) + In Store 7/26


Last week Chicago’s own Common hosted a listening part for his tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling at Untitled in the Loop. The event, hosted by Miller and Complex, offered fans a first listen at the latest from one of the most impactful artists of our generation, with him playing host-breaking down each song to contextualize his art for those in attendance. Today, the world gets the same treatment, sans Common commentary, with the full album stream of Nobody Smiling hitting the Internet today. The album is excellent. A truly full look at Chicago today, the project encapsulates many sides and voices of Chicago, featuring verses from the likes of King L, Lil Herb and Dreezy, who all also appear on the rotating artwork used for the cover. Common tends to go above and beyond on every other release and this one is no stranger to that pattern. Take a listen to Nobody’s Smiling, streaming below and catch Common in the store at 672 N. Wells on July 26.

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