The new-look sampler is part of Supreme's SS21 collection, which will be rolled out from February 18. It's a fully working piece of kit, with 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 7" multi-touch display, built-in speakers and stereo studio monitoring.
The AKAI MPC Live II sampler is synonymous with hip hop, with producers historically sampling old tunes to make new beats. Supreme's new drop has a hip hop theme running through it as it also features a T-shirt with Notorious B.I.G on it and a T-shirt with the artwork of 'H.N.I.C' - an album by Mobb Deep's Prodigy - printed on it.
You might be thinking you've seen Supreme-branded music tech before. Well, we duped you all with our April Fool's back in 2018 with mock-ups of a faux limited-edition collaboration between Supreme and Pioneer DJ. Supreme actually did link up with Numark on a turntable in 2020, too.
Other garments in the collection are a varsity jacket designed by Jamie Reid, the artist behind Sex Pistols' 'Never Mind The Bollocks' and an Iggy Pop puffer jacket.
As expected in Supreme's drops, there's a bunch of miscellaneous items including a Zippo lighter, a fridge, an umbrella, a Panton chair and loads more.
AKAI had a busy 2020, releasing its beat-making software MPC Beats and announcing the MPK Mini MK3, a MIDI controller which features MPC Beats, samples from MPC Expansions and virtual plugins such as AI
Preview the Supreme SS21 collection here and check out the B.I.G and Prodigy items below.
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