MPC Drum Machine Ring

MF Doom once referred to himself as a “keen drum machine buff who fiends for more green stuff”. Too Chez, Mr. Dumile, your humble GearCrave editor could be described as the same. Doom and other hip hop greats like Kanye West, DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Hi Tek owe a lot of their sound to that drum machine above, the MPC 2000 and its family. The MPC, or MIDI Production Center, could be considered the heart of hip hop. It took the torch from the classic SP1200 sampler as the beatmaker of choice of hip hop’s greatest producers. If you’ve heard a hip hop beat in the last 20 years, chances are it was made with this machine…

Designer Bill McMullen has immortalized the MPC in rings of sterling silver (above) and gold. This run of silver is sold out, but the gold-plated era edition remains in stock. For those who wish to rock their street cred on their fingers, get this MPC drum machine ring while its hot… [hipyoungthing]

Buy: $225

GearCrave Giveaway: Soul Calibur IV (x5)

Update – Congrats to synchronicity, sinewave, magflare, richard and bouncer boy 15.  You’ve earned yourself a free copy of SCIV!

Soul Calibur IV was released in late July to raving reviews from gaming media.  The fourth installment in the Soul Calibur series included new characters, guest appearances from the Star Wars galaxy and finally an online component allowing players to face off on the web.  A character customization element makes this game even more immersive, allowing players to build their own Soul Calibur fighter from the ground up.  Beyond the normal Soul Calibur realm, Darth Vader, Yoda and a secret apprentice appear as fully playable characters which compete in the Soul Calibur IV arena.

GearCrave has teamed up with the video game music remix community OverClocked Remix to give away 5 free copies of Soul Calibur IV to our collective readers.  Continue reading below on how to sign up for the GearCrave and OCremix Soul Calibur IV giveaway.  And GearCravers, if you’re a fan of video game soundtracks and remixes, you absolutely must not miss!

How to Win a Free Copy of Soul Calibur IV for Xbox 360 or PS3

To qualify for a free copy of Soul Calibur IV, you must sign up and comment. Here’s how:

  • Sign up for the GearCrave email newsletter. (you can do so here, unless you’ve already signed up for a past giveaway)
  • Comment on this page and tell us why you’d like to win a free copy!
  • If you’re an OCremix member (welcome to GearCrave!), be sure to mention your member name in your comment!

It’s that simple. We’ll select five winners at random at the end of the week.  Please note that this giveaway is only available to U.S. readers.  Best of luck GearCravers, and thanks to Midway Games for joining GearCrave in this great giveaway. This contest will end on Monday, September 1st, 2008 at 11:59p.m.  Winners will be announced the next day. Best of luck, GearCravers

GearCrave Interview: Jake Nickell, CEO of

(Jake Nickell, bottom right, and the Threadless/SkinnyCorp Crew)

Arguably the biggest name in T-Shirts, has gone from a forum-based t-shirt design contest to a multi-million dollar t-shirt empire. By fostering community interaction and embracing the work of talented designers from around the world, they’ve built a strong business and an impressive catalog of tees. GearCrave sat down with the founder and CEO of ThreadLess to discuss t-shirts, cravings, and the ever popular lightning round.

For the uninitiated describe what is the wonderment that is

Threadless is an ongoing call for tee shirt designs. Anyone can submit a design, they are voted on by the public and the best designs are selected for print and sold from the website. Designers of selected designs receive $2,500 in cash and prizes with the chance to receive another $10,000 at the end -of-the-year Bestee awards.

We’ve seen Threadless change a lot over the years. What started with selling t-shirts on the web has progressed to a brick and mortar store along with the introduction of new products like hoodies, wall decals, etc. What’s next for Threadless?

Right now we’re really interested in advancing our kid’s line and setting up better distribution around the world. We have 2 new notable additions to our product line in the works as well that should be announced in 2008.

Where and when do you see the next store opening?

Probably a kid’s store in Chicago and another store in Boulder, CO – hopefully by end of 2008.

Threadless’ corporate umbrella also hosts some other fun projects. Can you share anything about some other skinnyCorp projects you’re currently excited about?

We’ve been putting a lot of work into Naked and Angry ( the past year and starting this spring we plan to release a new product every month through that project.

In the nearly 8 years that Threadless has been in business, you’ve likely seen countless t-shirts go to print. To date, what is your personal favorite Threadless tee?

My favorite changes pretty much every 2 weeks. Right now this tee with this crazy UV ink rules.

jake nickell one

GearCrave’s focus is to showcase the coolest gadgets, gear, entertainment, design and style on the web. Beyond style, we’d like to talk more about what you’re craving on the web right now. In short, this is our chance to get to know you, Jake Nickell, the “guy behind the guy”.

What is the must-have gadget in your life that you can’t live without?

I’m addicted to my iPhone… checking email and bloglines and such, taking pictures, etc. It’s becoming a problem! Ha!

What car do you wish you had in your garage right now?

I have a 1970 International Scout 800A SR-2 that I need to put a new engine in and fix up – I wish it was done and in the garage!

What was your favorite movie of 2007?

I like almost every movie. I have a 5-month old baby at home so it was hard to go see movies last year but I really enjoyed 300. I’m a sucker for a good action 🙂

Apart from Threadless where is your favorite place to buy clothes?

I’m really into Nau ( – they have a good thing going on. I also like outdoorsy brands like Helly Hansen, the North Face, Patagonia.

Which gadget can you not travel without?

Always need my laptop and cell, but that’s about it. It’s nice to have a camera. And diapers.

What has been your most indulgent purchase?

Electric go-karts for the office.

What album is hopelessly stuck in your head right now?

The acoustic Against Me album… I could listen to it forever.

jake, jacob, jeremy

Alright, Jake– are you up to it? Time for the GearCrave Lightning Round!

Mac, PC, or Linux?

Mac and PC, must have both!

Sports car or Hybrid?


Blondes or Brunettes?


Video games or the Great outdoors?

Great outdoors

Elvis or the Beatles?


The Office UK or The Office US?


Novels or Biographies?


Myspace or Facebook?


MacGyver or Chuck Norris?


Ninja’s or Pirates?

Pirates please.

Thanks for chatting with us, Jake. For those of you unfamiliar with ThreadLess, be sure to give them a visit. Also don’t miss out on NakedAndAngry, whose products we’ve covered a few timeshere on GearCrave. Also, keep your eyes on GearCrave for more interviews– and be sure to subscribe to the GearCrave RSS feed!