(Photos) My Mixtapez & Jordan Brand Honor The 20-Year Anniversary of Biggie’s Passing With Rare Childhood Photos

My Mixtapez and Jordan Brand linked up for a special art activation at SXSW over the weekend, taking place at the My Mixtapez House. The gallery revealed exclusive and rare childhood photos of the legendary Biggie Smalls, commemorating the 20-year anniversary of his passing. The event also featured performances by The LOX and Diddy’s sons, Christian and Justin Combs. Also in attendance were Ma$e, Nick Grant and Gizzle. Biggie’s manager, Wayne Barrow, and Bad Boy president, James Cruz, unveiled the exclusive Notorious B.I.G. x Jordan 13 shoe at the event as well, designed as a collaborative effort by My Mixtapez and Jordan Brand. The shoe will be released to the public on B.I.G.’s birthday, May 21.

(Video) NBA: LOL Rip Hamilton Recalls Michael Jordan Telling Him He’s Not Good Enough to Play in Jordans

We all know Michael Jordan can be harsh, and Rip Hamilton was just another player to experience his wrath.  On a recent episode of ESPN’s The Jump, Richard Hamilton discussed what it was like to play with His Airness.  When Rip was a rookie in Washington, Jordan was finishing up his legendary career.  The Hall of Fame trash talker told the youngin he wasn’t worthy of playing in Jordans, saying, “My sneaker is for All Stars.”

(Video) NBA: Blake Griffin & Jimmy Butler Ready to Battle ‘Space Jam’ Monstars in New Jordan Ad

A few months ago, Michael Jordan said he preferred Blake Griffin to be the star if there was a Space Jam sequel ever made.  Well, now he got his wish, sort’ve.

(Video) NBA: Fans Think Jordan Brand & Russell Westbrook Took A Shot At Kevin Durant In This New Ad

Along with the release of the coveted Retro Air Jordan I next week, Jordan Brand is also releasing the “Banned” Air Jordan 31 the same day. With the date fast approaching they released a new ad starring Russell Westbrook, who is the main ambassador of the sneaker. The issue at hand however is not the sneaker itself but more so the wording used in the ad. As Russell starts to run and take off, a voice says “Some run, some make runways”. Could the “run” be in reference to Kevin Durant leaving for the Warriors to try and win a championship? And the “runways” be in reference to Russell extending his contract to stay in OKC? It’s doubtful that the Jordan Brand being associated with Nike would actually take a shot at a player under the same umbrella but your guess is as good as ours. However plenty of fans on Instagram certainly believe it’s a shot in KD’s direction.

(Video) Sports: Soccer Superstar Neymar Explains How Michael Jordan Inspired Him

Soccer superstar Neymar is now a Jordan Brand athlete, and in a new promotional video, he explained when he got his first pair of Jordans and how the GOAT Michael Jordan inspired him.

NBA: Michael Jordan Says He Is Still Very Much Involved In Decision Making For His Brand

If you thought Michael Jordan just sits back and collects enormous royalties from Nike and his own Jordan brand you would be mistaken. While in China for the NBA Global Games, where his Hornets will play for the crowd, MJ talked among other things, the business surrounding his brand. He makes it clear, nothing goes down without his say so.

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