Ultra - A.B.O.R.T. Spring Collection

The homie Maly is getting ready to drop the Spring collection from Ultra, featuring a few creative pieces such as the "Dry Scalp" tee as well as some more simpler logo tees. A.B.O.R.T. should be available this Friday in select retailers and in the webstore. More pics of the collection after the jump.

The Hundreds RSWD x POST New Era & Tee Release

The Hundreds just dropped their newest installment from their POST and RSWD collection. The RSWD cap features black pinstripes atop a white hat with a black leather bill, the POST cap features red instead of black. TH also dropped this matching 3/4 baseball tee too. Head down to THLA for your RSWD gear and THSF for all your POST merchandise. More pics after the jump.

A Bathing Ape "Sta" Carabiners

Available in purple, blue, silver, black, gold and pink. You can scoop one up at all Bape stores as well as online today.


Eminem - Not Afraid (Prod. Boi-1da)

Here goes the very first single off of Eminem's upcoming album Recovery. Dude's still got it.

Pac Div - Don't Mention It (Mixtape)

Unexpected mixtape from Pac Div featuring 13 tracks of dopeness. Download and tracklist below.

Eminem - Despicable Freestyle

Here's some new Eminem, the new single is said to be dropping this Friday. Marshall goes in over Drakes 'Over' and Lloyd Banks 'Beamer, Benz or Bentley'.

LDRS Logo Fitted - Neon 95'

LDRS just let loose some pics of their latest New Era Cap. The traditional logo cap comes in the popular grey/neon green colorway to commemorate yet another release of the Air Max 95 Neon. The fitted will be dropping soon so follow them on Twitter to stay up on the release dates. Hit the jump for another pic.

Game - The Red Room (Mixtape)

The Red Room mixtape hosted by DJ Skee not Drama is supposedly dropping today. Until then you can peep the artwork and tracklist to the joint below. Also check out the 400 Bars Skeemix which takes on a more 300 Bars-like format with Game going in over 50+ beats instead of Exhibit C for 20 straight minutes. Be sure to check back later today for the Red Room mixtape.

Update: Mixtape up.
1- 400 Bars (The Skeemix)
2- Ha Ha ft. Nipsey Hussle
3- The Professionals ft. Menace, Maad Maxx, Kanary Diamonds
4- Revolver Or The Semi ft. Mysonne
5- Drop The World ft. Kanary Diamonds
6- Never Stop Hustlin ft. Fabolous
7- Gangsta
8- Gangs Of New York ft. Jadakiss & Jim Jones
9- Trippin ft. Kanary Diamonds
10- Everything Red ft. Lil Wayne & Birdman
11- First Lady ft. Kanary Diamonds
12- Lowrider ft. Busta Rhymes
13- It Must Be Me ft. Pharrell
14- Maad Maxxx Freestyle
15- Dopeman ft. XO
16- Diamonds ft. K-Young
17- Heartbreak Hotel ft. Diddy
18- Slangin Rocks
19- Shake (TRV$ Remix)
20- Over- Juice & Mysonne (Bonus Track)

Air Jordan IX Retro - White/Citrus/Deep Forest

It's not secret on how big a year Jordan Brand is getting ready for, here's some pictures of a brand new Jordan IX Retro that has just been announced for 2010. The dark green midsole and citrus accents almost have these looking like a Seattle Supersonics PE. No word on a release date just yet but there's been word that only 2,000 pairs have been produced so expect these to drop as a QS. Hit the jump for more pics.

420 Soundboard

Maven Nike SB "Skunk" 4/20 Display

Every stoners favorite day of the year has finally arrived and what better way to really set it off then by scooping up a pair of "Skunk" Dunks. Nike SB caused quite the buzz when pictures of their newest High top Dunk released, resembling a very stinky strain. The folks over at Maven in Burlington, VT took this opportunity to get creative and set up a unique front window display to say the least. Not gonna say much more of the display except that is quite possibly the DOPEST shoe display I've ever seen, and if you don't quite get it then I guess today's not the day for you haha. Check out more pics of Mavens display after the jump.

R.I.P. Keith "Guru" Elam

July, 17 1976 - March, 1 2010
"Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal"

Below is a letter written by Guru explaining to the world about his illness, his love and gratitude for Solar, as well as some not-so kind parting words for DJ Premier.

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.

I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody's feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.
Did this letter sound a bit fishy to anyone else? I wouldn't be surprised after all the controversy Solar caused. Regardless, Rest In Peace Guru.

The Hundreds 420 Release

To continue with the stoner theme, The Hundreds is releasing a special tee and New Era cap tomorrow to celebrate the un-official holiday. The New Era features a Green Adam Bomb and a wooden button up top, and yes the hat is made from hemp. TH will also be dropping a matching Green Adam Bomb tee on an environmentally friendly t-shirt.

These are dope, but I would suggest saving your funds for something a little more... traditional you could say. More pics after the jump.

Boundless NY x Snoop Dogg - 420 Shirt

What better then a Snoop tee to celebrate tomorrows holiday. This is part of a collab between Boundless NY and Snoop as part of his Malice N' Wonderland tour. There will only be three hundred pieces available at Boundless NY shops, online, and at Snoops shows tonight and tomorrow. Spark up.

B.o.B - Airplanes Pt. 2 Feat. Hayley Williams & Eminem

Here's the track you've all been waiting for off of B.o.B's upcoming album The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The first version of Airplanes hit the net last week and caused quite the buzz but now we get Pt. 2 of the song featuring none other then Marshall Mathers. If you still haven't listened to B.o.B you're seriously missing out, dude's definitely gonna be the next big thing and he's here to stay. No one hit wonder from this man. Anyways, download link below. Be sure and go out and actually BUY this album when it drops April 27th.

Sorry Folks

Updates Coming Soon, Hang With Me.

Game - 400 Bars

If you're a Game fan like I am then you should be familiar with his infamous 300 Bars freestyle that pretty much "Ethered" 50 Cent and G-Unit as well as a few more freestyles such as 200 or 120 Bars. Well I now bring now 400 Bars. Thats right folks, 400 Bars. A 20 minute freestyle over Jay Elec's Exhibit C beat. Of course Game comes hard and pretty much refreshed my memory on my he's my favorite Rapper (not rap Group, you already know my favorite). Be on the lookout for his Red Room mixtape hosted by DJ Drama.

State of Mind - City of Destiny tee

Now available. Hit up the Facebook page if you want one for yourself. More pics after the jump.

Wiz Khalifa - Kush & Orange Juice (Mixtape)

After a long wait the Khalifa man has finally dropped his latest mixtape project. Spark a L, grab a glass of OJ and take a listen. And for my Washington folks don't forget to head to the Nectar Lounge for Wiz, Fashawn, Jasmine Solano and local MC Logics on May 15th. Tracklist and link down below.

Game - It Must Be Me Prod. The Neptunes

This shit right here? This shit is dope. Here goes the Pharrell produced single off of R.E.D. Game sounds like he's got something to prove. Im hyped for this album now.

Pic credit: Taydoe TV

Snoop Dogg - That Tree Ft. Kid Cudi (Official Video)

Not the best music video Ive seen but oh well. More Malice is in stores now.

Big Sean - Bullshittin' Prod. The Olympicks

Here goes the first official single off Big Sean's debut album Finally Famous with production by The Olympicks.

SUPERB Chapter III: Colossal

The homies over at Superb just shot over their actual Spring Collection this time lol. Superb is really looking unstoppable, already in their third chapter they are creating quite the buzz in the streetwear world. You know the deal, hit the jump to peep the rest of Colossal.
Superb delivers its third season and continues to build its classic look by maintaining their signature minimalistic color-palette and attention to detail. This season depicts the company's aggressive attitude with a symbolic portrayal of force, action, and ambition. The line takes inspiration metaphorically from colossal structures, systems, and ideals incorporated into principles that shape the mindset of one who journeys to build a legacy. Superb opens up the third chapter in its book with the objective to further reinforce their identity; individuals bound to control outcomes without exception. The collection is delivering to all Superb dealers near you. View the complete lookbook on their website.

B.o.B - Airplanes Ft. Hayley Williams

Never in my life did I think I would do two things, start my own clothing line and find myself listening to Paramore. Well lately those exact two things have been happening, Northwest State of Mind is catching buzz and so is Paramore to my ears. Well neither of those two things are the main point of this post, well sorta, B.o.B AKA Bobby Ray just dropped his newest single Airplanes off of The Adventures of Bobby Ray which will be hitting stores April 27th and if it isn't #1 on the charts Ill be pretty surprised to say the least. Airplanes features vocals from Paramores Hayley Williams who adds the perfect touch to this track. Go download this on iTunes and support this dude!

J. Pinder - Code Red EP

Brand new EP from Seattle's own J. Pinder presented by GOODS and Grand Groove. Featuring guest appearances by Toki Wright, Big Pooh, Guilty Simpson and more. Download link and tracklist are down below.

Stevie Crooks - Crooklyn (Official Video)

Here's the official video for Stevie's lead single Crooklyn off of his Diamonds & Guns project. Mask on.

The Expendables (Trailer)

Im seeing this.


Air Jordan II Retro Release Date Changed

Instead of May 1st the white/black/varsity red IIs will be pushed back a few weeks until the 22nd. SO many OG colorways retroing this year. How am I gonna manage?

Nuggets vs Sonics Highlights

These two teams are among my favorites for many reasons. Pretty much my entire family is from Colorado so I've been following the Nuggets for a long time now, and I don't even have to discuss the Sonics/Thunder situation... Although Detroit is still probably at the top of my favorites these two are in a close second, still wish Joe D woulda pulled the trigger on Melo... But anyways it's cool to see the Sonics actually in the playoff race this year. And if you even question the fact that KD35 will be the best player in the NBA in a few seasons you better think twice. Denver got the W in this contest, but check out the highlights to see some crazy dunks.

Pharrell's Greatest Footwear Moments

Complex put together a list of Skateboard P's dopest sneaker moments. Kinda hard to believe dude just turned 37 this past Monday, yes 37.

Seattle Icons T-Shirt

For all my Seattleites head over to BengalYucky to cop yours today.

Win Entire Outkast Catalog

2DopeBoyz and Outkast.com are putting together a truly Dope contest, with the winners receiving the full Outkast Catalog. Stankonia, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Aquemini, ATLiens, Speakerboxxs/The Love Below and Idlewild are all included both in CD and Vinyl format. Head over to both 2Dopeboyz and Outkast.com to double your chances of winning.

Big Boi - Shutterbug

The single drops tonight @ 9PM. Be sure to check back here for the track.

Update: Here goes the latest single to drop from Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, if this isn't one of the top 5 most anticipated albums in this year then folks are trippin. I'm expecting greatness. As for this track I give it a 10/10, beats fire, and Antwan goes in as usual.

Vans x Supreme Spring/Summer 10' Old School/Chukka

Its about that time of year again, as part of their Spring/Summer collection Vans and Supreme have gotten together once again to drop two new styles of the Chukka and Old School. This time around the shoes feature both suede and canvas uppers as well as contrasting snake skin material. The two pairs will be available in-store and online in the US on June 8th and in Japan on June 10th. More pics after the jump.

Fice - 253

Got to see this dude perform for the first time the other night down at The Cool, this videos from a performance a couple months back but this song is too dope not to post. If your from the 253 you better bump this shit!

Get With It

For as long as I can remember I've always been into fashion in one way or another, and it's always been my dream to eventually have my own clothing line. Well that day has finally come, I'd like to introduce y'all to Northwest State of Mind. If you've been a longtime follower of my blog then you know that this site used to be called A Quick Intermission, since the .com domain name was taken I decided to rename the site. It just so happens that the name of the site is the name of my upstart line as well.

Our goal for the brand is not to achieve worldwide or even national success (well not now at least), the plan is to simply create some dope clothes for my fellow Northwest people but more importantly my Tacoma/Seattle people.

If you have a Facebook become a fan of the page, if you don't you can stay up to date on what's going on by following me on Twitter @MitchNW or by simply following this very blog.

Thanks for all the support we've received so far, we're really only three weeks into this and already creating a buzz. Keep that Northwest State of Mind strong folks...

Travie McCoy - Lazarus (Artwork)

His solo debut drops June 8th, dont sleep on this dude.

The Cool x LOV

Tacoma's very own streetwear boutique The Cool threw a party last night to celebrate not only the release of Life of Villains Spring drop but their own one-year anniversary as well. Unfortunately due to some legal troubles Shawn Chrystopher who was supposed to perform couldn't make it to Washington so instead Fice and SOTA rocked the shop with DJ Semaj on the tables. All in all it was a pretty dope night to say the least. Check out some more pictures of the night after the jump.

Jason Mayden x The Shoe Game

Jordan Brands Senior Footwear Designer Jason Mayden talked it up with G-Roc from TSG about the brand itself, future products, and the direction of the brand going forward.

All City Chess Club...

Look for a full length project from this entire roster in the near future!

HUF x New Era Spring Delivery Rd. II

HUF just dropped their second delivery of their Spring cap collection with partner New Era. There are six new colorways of the traditional H cap and a duo of linen caps referred to as "The 6pack". More pics after the jump.

Nike Air Penny III - Metallic Silver HOH Release

Personally, other then black and red colorways I'd have to say dope silver and black cw's come in a close second. When one thinks of silver and black cw's on a Penny shoe the Foamposite One quickly comes to mind. Well here goes the latest Penny to get the "Raider" treatment, the Air Penny III seen above sports a clean metallic silver and black upper. These will be a House of Hoops exclusive drop this summer so be sure to hit up your local store or your distant connect to make sure you get your hands on a pair of these. More pics after the jump.

B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray Available for Preorder

Available in three different packages, the Explorer, the Jetsetter, and the Adventurer. Head over to Bobatl.com to preorder your copy today.

SVPERB Chapter III: Colossal

If you're not up to date the homies at SVPERB are truly on their grind and are one of the hottest up and coming lines out today. Their third chapter, Colossal is set to drop very soon so be on the lookout. You know the deal, hit the jump for more pics.

Update: Lol, the good folks at SVPERB really fooled a ton of people with the news of their Chapter III collection Colossal dropping the other day. Apparently this wasn't the actual collection and the one that is going to drop is way doper.

Space City All-Stars - Final Four

The homie Concise Kilgore just hit me with this track off of DJ Quiz's mixtape Quiz Knows A Mixtape. Produced by King Midas, Conicise along with Scottie Spitten, D Rose and Damien Randle give us their own interpretation of the Final Four.

And if you haven't already go download Indecent Proposal from Concise Kilgore. You wont be disappointed.

Ken Block x Curren$y

Rally driver and co-founder of DC Ken Block took Tha Hot Spitta for a ride on some snow covered roads in Utah. Listen to the screams lol.