BMW M1 Hommage Concept Revealed

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BMW M1 Hommage

It has been an interesting weekend. In honor of the M1’s 30th birthday, BMW decided to reveal the M1 Hommage, a concept that pays tribute to the original M1. The new design was shown at a private party over the weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este.

The M1 Hommage was placed next to an original M1 and the 1972 Turbo Concept. Nearly thirty years ago, BMW has entered the supercar market with the M1, which shortly became an icon in terms of performance. BMW are no strangers to retro design, the Mini global success is the perfect example. The M1 Hommage combines the retro style with modern elements, and it stands out by its aggressive and wide body style.

Looked from a side, the M1 clearly mimics the older design, which is easily recognized by the louvered rear window, the BMW badge placement and the metallic bronze paint, just like the first M1 prototype in 1972.

The purpose of the new M1 project is uncertain and the M1 Hommage is strictly a design exercise meant to celebrate the past of its supercar. The car displayed at the Villa d’Este Concours was  a non-functional prototype, with no engine and interior, but with working lights and steering. Of course, the speculations will start flowing now and many people will probably look forward to a future design similar to the M1 Hommage, but there are no clues on whether BMW will ever manufacture an M1.

We have heard many rumors in the past that a 1 series M version might be built in the future, but each time we have spoken with BMW executives, the rumor has not been confirmed. In my opinion, I would rather see the retro style M1 being brought back  rather than an M1 based on the 135i.

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Stars Align to Honor Tupac on His Bday w/Benefit Concert

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AFENI SHAKUR AND MIKE EPPS JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT A STAR-STUDDED BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HIP-HOP ICON TUPAC SHAKUR SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY MIKE EPPS, CO-HOSTED BY M1 OF DEAD PREZ !

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts is proud to announce a star-studded birthday celebration & all-star benefit concert presented by Afeni Shakur and Hollywood actor/ comedian Mike Epps (June 16, 2009) in honor of the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, it was announced today by Epps’ Naptown Productions.

The unique partnership was created by Epps, who despite juggling a national comedy tour, promotion of the new DVD “Funny Bidness” and two box-office films, “Next Day Air” and “Janky Promoters”, decided to augment his schedule by honoring the late rapper’s birthday with a fund-raising event to support The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and an unforgettable birthday celebration.

“I’m a long-time fan of Pac’s music. It’s always been the soundtrack for overcoming struggle and when my life was in a desolate place it was his messages that helped bring me through,” says Epps. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his inspiration. It’s an honor for me to stand alongside his mother, Afeni Shakur in celebrating such a personal Continue reading

dead prez’s “Pulse Of The People” Tracklisting

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via HipHopDX

M1 and Stic.man [click to read], collectively known as dead prez, have collaborated with DJ Green Lantern [click to read] to create their most recent project Pulse Of The People. The project is just the third album in the independent album series, Turn Off The Radio.

Pulse Of The People features artists such as Styles P [click to read], Chuck D and Bun B. DJ Green Lantern produced the whole album and it will be released off Invasion Music Group/Boss up Inc. label.

We titled the album Pulse Of The People because we have our ear to the ground. We’re listening to the pulse of the people from the ground up,dead prez group member M1 stated to HipHopDX at a listening session earlier this week.

Dead prez and DJ Green Lantern linked up after participating in the Rock The Bells tour. The album Pulse Of The People is set to release June 23rd.

Track Listing:

WRBG
Runnin Wild
Don’t Hate My Grind featuring Bun B
Warpath featuring Ratfink
Gangsta, Gangster featuring Styles P
Afrika Hot!
NYPD featuring Johnny Polygon
Summer Time
Refuse to Lose featuring Chuck D and Avery Storm
Life Goes On
Helpful
Pulse
Stimulus Plan
My Dirty Valentine