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Larry Smith, Producer for Run-D.M.C. has Died
2 hours ago
Hip-hop forefather and seminal producer Larry Smith has died on Thursday night, as reported by radio host Combat Jack. He was responsible for producing Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" and "The Breaks," Run-D.M.C.'s first two albums with Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, and two albums by Whodini. These, along with many others, were records that were both classics on their own at the time and also strong influences for future works by other renowned artists. In 2007, Smith suffered from a stroke which left him unable to speak. On Twitter, Rev. Run sends his condolences: "Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times....Larry Smith." May he rest in peace.

By HP CHEUNG (Read More)

FORMER NIKE MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO SELLING THOUSANDS OF STOLEN SNEAKERS
1 day ago
Back in April we learned that former Nike employees, Tung Ho and Kyle Yamaguchi, were major players in a scheme which generated hundreds of thousands of dollars. Today, Yamaguchi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport, receive and sell stolen goods for shipping 42 pairs of stolen sneakers to a buyer in Florida in April 2013 for $62,000.

That 'buyer in Florida' is Jason Michael Keating, would paid roughly $680,000 for more than 630 limited edition sneakers that were stolen from 2012-2014 and is now being federally charged along with Ho- thanks to Yamaguchi's cooperation with the police.

Yamaguchi struck a deal and he'll only be looking at five years of probation instead of five years of jail time when he is sentenced on March 31st. He will also be paying $50,000 in a criminal forfeiture but that's pennies compared to what he was raking in.

While working at Nike between 2006-2012, Yamaguchi (the promotional manager at the time) ordered sample pairs from China to Nike's Beaverton, Oregon headquarters and flipped them to Keating. Once Yamaguchi left The Swoosh to start his own company, Ho took over his position as promotional manager and he acted as a middleman.

A police raid of Ho's home earlier this year turned up nearly 2,000 limited Nikes;

Ho told investigators that he made $15,000 selling the shoes on EBay and also sold them through Yamaguchi, court documents said. Ho explained that he would order the sample sneakers from a Nike factory in China and have them shipped to him. He would then negotiate a price with Yamaguchi for the sneakers.

Yamaguchi said Keating pays for the shoes in person or via wire transfers and the payments typically ranged between $5,000 and $30,000 and sometimes could be more, the affidavit said. Keating traveled to Portland for larger payments, making cash withdrawals from several different bank branches to collect the amount he needed for the purchase, the affidavit said. After the payment was made, Yamaguchi said he would then ship the sneakers to Florida.

By KYLE ROONEY (Read More)

G.O.O.D. Music Signs Kacy Hill
2 days ago
Kacy, a 20-year-old former model for American Apparel, acted as a backup dancer on Kanye West's Yeezus tour before signing to his label.

She told Dazed and Confused: “A lot of my music right now is about the genesis or the creation of a person.” She also said fans can expect “music that feels good and creates movement in redefining pop and its interaction with fashion.”

Kacy Hill released her debut single and video 'Experience' in September.

By Laura Donaldson (Read More)

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