[Music] J€: “Earthquake”

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If you’ve been paying attention to the blog or our moves on social media then you know that we’ve been working closely with our skate team that is assembled from our LDRSK8 shop on 1013 E 53RD ST. Around Lolla the squad got hooked up with RevoltTV where they were featured in a segment that was largely built around several members and last month we rolled out our LDRSK8 Summer look book with the young south side kids prominently featured. For a team that’s mean age is closer to a driver’s license than bar entry, it’s not a bad movement to get going. Well, true to their generation, these kids do more than just skate and here I have the most recent track from one of our team members, Johnathon, who goes by J€. The track is a smooth ride and J€ does his thing alongside it, seamlessly riding the Canis Major production to create “Earth Quake”. Check it out here below and be on the lookout for more from the LDRSK8 team very soon.

[Music] Na$im Williams: “Sex Me” (Ft. Sulaiman)

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Chicago’s own Na$im Williams has been growing plenty over the past couple of years. While most across the country have been talking about Mano’s departure as Kanye’s DJ, another young talented producer seems poised to rise from the Treated Crew ranks. Currently gearing up for a move out of his hometown, hopping for the lights of the coasts, Na$im graced listeners last night with a preview of his latest track, “Sex Me” featuring none other than Sulaiman who does his thing over the flipped R. Kelly sample that is a beautiful lead-in for Williams’ expected R&B-infused project which is reportedly still under construction according to Fake Shore Drive. Stay tuned for more on that, but for now check out the minute-long snippet, available below.

[Design] Beats By Dre Unveils California Headquarters

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Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre made huge headlines earlier this year when their sale of the Beats By Dre brand to Apple netted the pair a cool reported price of $3 billion. The company which was culled from the ideas and innovations of Monster Cables has grown into an international image benchmark. Seen strapped to the heads of athletes, models, artists and celebrities of all walks of life, the Beats headphones and off-shoot music store are easily one of the hottest brands in the world today. The other day, Hypebeast reported on a series of photos released by the Beats camp which allegedly lay out the new Culver City, Calif., headquarters for the company’s 650 employees. True to other innovative tech companies, Beats has a building entirely dedicated to meeting and getting to know others in the company with a mixing studio, café, gym and swing space. Iovine, for his part, worked closely with Bestor Architecture to create a entirely unique working space. Check out the pictures below and click here for an interview with Barbara Bestor over at designboom.

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[MUSIC] Mick Jenkins: “The Water(s)”

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Chicago’s Mick Jenkins has some pretty serious thoughts about water. Aside from being the namesake for his highly-anticipated project, The Water(s), the natural resource is also the first thing listeners hear on the opening track “Shipwrecked”. The 22-year-old rapper is the latest to rise from the city with poignant lyricism and a clear aesthetic that is understood throughout his catalog. The difference with Jenkins has been his ability to migrate from the city and grow his brand elsewhere in the process.
Whereas many artists feel the need to stay firmly in front of the camera lens at all times, Jenkins has been comfortable in the background, his 6’5’ frame juxtaposed against a personality that keeps him within thoughtful circles. On The Water(s) he employs a powerful metaphor between the idea of free water as a right, framing it against the practice of doling out tracks for the low. Check it out for yourself below.

[GEAR] Claw Money Collab Now Available!

On the heels of our in store event with renowned graffiti artist, Claw Money and Henessy, we just dropped our full collab with the New York-based artist online. The partnership resulted in four different designs across our tees and tanks as well as a full mural on the south wall of the shop at 672 N. Wells. The colorful designs are a perfect crossover for both LDRS and Claw Money and we just recently got everything up and available on the website, here. Give everything a look at the link and check out the photos below from our photographer Brooklyn Wheeler who was on hand for the event and hooked us up with a handful of images. Hurry up and stop in before we’re all out!

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[Events] Leaders x Lollapalooza Weekend (Chance The Rapper, RevoltTV, Claw Money & More)

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It’s been a very busy week here at Leaders 1354. Starting last week, we hosted Chicago hip-hop legend Common for an in-store listening session and meet and greet for his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling which dropped on July 22. The actor/rapper hung out with fans and signed albums that were sold on site. It was all part of a larger promotional push that has seen his album pop up all over the city and beyond as Common looks to unite two generations of the city with his tenth studio album. and click below for a full roundup of all the weekend’s festivities!

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The Social Experiment Pop Up Shop

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[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.

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

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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.

Photos by Brooklyn Wheeler