Leaders 1354 is all about those who choose to take charge of those around them, push forward in a progressive manner, gathering peers and the like with them. In a sense, we are about leaders, whether they manifest themselves in the classroom, onstage, between the lines or in everyday life, we here at LDRS make a point to supports, create and help to build leaders that we can all be proud of. For our Fall 2014 line we wanted to do something different from the typical look book that underlined the aforementioned values so we tapped young up and coming videographer Thelonious Stokes to head out to the city’s west side and provide the locals with sandwiches and LDRS gear to prove why he and his brother Satchel are seen as leaders amongst their peers. Thelonious, who came up shooting videos for Taylor Bennett, mans the camera and continues the movement of #SaveChicago championed by the younger Bennett. The Fall line features pieces and logos that should be familiar to longtime and new LDRS fans alike and plays on several aesthetics of the brand over the years. We are proud to bring you the exclusive visual for our fresh fall offerings, check it out below.
We opened LDRSK8 in Hyde Park to give kids on the south side a place to get the gear and rides they deserve without breaking the bank or leaving their neighborhood and in the process have developed our LDRSK8 Team from kids around the area that frequent the shop. One of those is 14-year-old Aaron Davis who recently got a camera on him as he skated around his hometown. Over the next few months we are going to be rolling out plenty more to get you acquainted with the guys on the squad, some of which we used to model our Summer Look Book, so definitely keep it locked for that. For now though, check out what Aaron has to offer below.
Well, it’s Thursday again. The week is damn near over, the weekend is creeping in and we’re headed back in time once again for our Throwback series highlighting The ‘Go Experiment which was filmed back in 2010 in a partnership with Fake Shore Drive. Shot in the store at 672 N. Wells, check out the predecessors that made the scene today what it is. OG’s like Rhymefest, Que Billah and Pugs Atomz rock the mic while Dave Jeff handles the hosting duties. Check it out for yourself below and keep an eye out for more ‘Go Experiment coming soon.
If you follow the blog regularly then you know we use this space to champion those we recognize leaders around our city and beyond. During a powerful week that has seen continued protests in Ferguson and Common bring out Mike Brown’s parents at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for an emotional moment of silence we get this piece from the upper crust of Chicago MCs doing what artists from Chicago do best: provide informed social commentary on the world around them. Speaking from voices that span generations and neighborhood lines, the trio espouse well-intentioned bars that ruminate on everything from the socioeconomic stereotypes of being a young black man to the assumptions of the world. Chance, rocking a LDRS Skate hat might sum it up the best: “called me a thief, called me a boy, call me a coward/at least he didn’t call me from county with an hour worth of advice on a five day/why Dough Boy not have the same pops he had on Friday/I’d rather be a real man than a real n***a, real talk.” Salute on this one guys.
It’s Thursday again and we had to bring something out of the vaults for y’all. Today, we pull out a classic with Episode Five of the ‘Go Experiment featuring the likes of Twone Gabz, Teefa, Sulaiman, The Rocketeers, Mike 100s, Vic Mensah (note the ‘h’), Mic Terror and J. Ivy. The video is about as nostalgic as you can get, tossing it all the back to 2010 when the clothes fit a bit differently and cornrows were a bit more prevalent. It’s cool to take a look back at the scene pre-blast off of 2012 and recognize the acts and artists that not only established Chicago then but continue to do so today whether it be in front or behind the scenes. Suli and Mic T hold it down while the rest of the lineup certainly does their thing. It’s pretty funny to see Vic rocking the over-sized glasses, ‘fro and behind the head, over the ear headphones, knowing where that all ended up. For his part, he spits an early written that would eventually become his verse on Kids These Days’ “Summerscent” single. Check it all out here below.
The title track off his most recent project release, Nick Jr. returns with fellow Chicagoan St. Millie for a visual rendering of their track, “To Be Continued” which dropped today with a premiere over at RESPECT Mag. Davy Greenberg of Elephilms fame handles the near stop-motion video that finds the pair of Treated Crew affiliates kickin it around town with some clever editing techniques that bring the whole thing together for a easy watch that does a good job contextualizing the track. Hit it here for a full stream of To Be Continued and keep it locked for more on Nick Jr. coming soon.
Curren$y is coming back to town and Leaders is teaming up with Sneaker Pimps, Monster, Akoo, JasonMarkk, Crep Protect for the show this Sunday at The Mid featuring Saint Millie and Shye. We want all of you good folks to make it out for the show so we’re going to help out a couple of our loyal customers by giving away a pair of tickets. To win one of the tickets all you have to do is come into the store at 672 N. Wells and make a purchase, any purchase and you will be instantly entered into a raffle to win one of the tickets. Simply grab something from the store and make sure Tone gets your Twitter handle. Come Saturday at 7 PM we’ll choose two names to be up at The Mid on Sunday from 4 PM to take in one of hip-hop’s hottest talents. If you’re on your tweets, hit that hashtag, #LDRSxCurrensy.
While appearing on Peter Rosenberg’s latest installation, ‘Late Night With Peter Rosenberg’ Los Angeles-by-way-of-North Carolina comedian Jerrod Carmichael had the good intuition to rock the grey Leaders blur tee during his time with the vaunted NYC radio host. If you know Leaders by now you know we’re all about working with, supporting and helping to create leaders in all walks of life so we couldn’t be more proud of a guy like Jerrod who makes his live television stand-up debut on October 4 on HBO. The event will be his first comedy special ever, so he’s essentially starting from the top. Check out the full interview below where Rosenberg grills the up and coming comedian on his upbringing, linking with Funny or Die and what life’s been like over the past couple of years.
Leaders has grown alongside the music scene as it has blossomed into one of the country’s finest and today we dug in the vaults a little bit to dredge up an older piece from GLC and a baby-faced BJ The Chicago Kid for the video for “So Real”. Shot three years ago, a majority of the visual takes place right here in the Leaders store on Wells in the city’s Loop and acts as a sort of precursor for what was to come. Hollywood Holt, Vic Lloyd and a handful of familiar faces make cameos throughout and BJ proves why he is currently establishing himself as somewhat of the Nate Dogg of Chicago’s hip-hop renaissance. Take it back a few years with this Elephilms-directed video for “So Real”.
Vic’s been killing it lately on the visuals, most recently for “Feel That” and “Down On My Luck”, the former of which featured some pretty dope dance moves from well-known dancer Ian Eastwood. The pair linked up again to show off more of the kid’s moves and continue to put Vic’s blossoming acting skills on display. All in all it’s a pretty cool little piece and definitely worth a look. Shout out to Ian for the Leaders cap!