01. Vybz Kartel puts Clarks footprint on Jamaica

“Clarks shoes are back in fashion, thanks to dancehall artist Vybz Kartel. Jesse Serwer charts a 30-year love affair between Jamaican rudeboys and Britain’s premium sensible footwear” (Guardian)

02. Kanye West recruits Madlib for new album

“Kanye West has reportedly hired plenty of help for his untitled follow-up to 808s & Heartbreak. Everyone from Q-Tip to DJ Premier to Pete Rock to the RZA has been rumored to be working with the Chicago-native, and now another beatmaker has come out of the woodwork to reveal his involvement in ’Ye’s highly anticipated return to rap.” (XXL)

03. Strikeforce postmortem: The fall of Fedor

“Emelianenko, 33 and with a 32-1 record heading into Saturday’s fight with Fabricio Werdum, has spent the past three years as one of the sport’s best fighters and its single most divisive personality.” (ESPN)

04. TSY Style Hall of Fame | Tom Wolfe, The original thin, white duke (Pictured)

“Recently, in the wake of the recession, Wall Street greed, and the wreckage of Lehman Brother, Merrill Lynch, Bear Sterns et al, the term “Master of The Universe” keeps getting thrown around to describe these fallen titans of Lower Manhattan.  Whenever I hear this term I always think of the man who penned it, my nominee for the TSY Style Hall of Fame, Tom Wolfe.” (The Selvedge Yard)

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