Here’s our August installment of the shopping guide for all your avid BallerStatus.com visitors who love the newest stuff. Check out our handpicked choices below.

Wu-Tang inspired tees
While the legendary Wu-Tang Clan are wrapping up their European tour, RZA and his crew served as an inspiration for various new lines. Manifest reunited with classic albums like Iron Flag and The Wu to design a C.R.E.A.M. tee and a shirt that features the names of each group member, while Ghostface Killah himself visited Hoodman Clothing and DownsideUp NYC to give some input and approve their creations — of which Ghost signed some limited pieces. Hoodman’s first design, 718 Banger, reps NYC’s outer-boroughs with a backdrop of Shaolin’s Verrazano Bridge on the back, and the trademark vial from The Big Doe Rehab with them crispy Benjamins. On their second creation Hoodman threw on the first Wu bar to hit your eardrums — “Ghostface, catch the blast of a hype verse!” One of Ghost’s original photos decks out the front. The collaborative effort between Ghost and Downside Up NYC is called Starks, which has been hand signed and numbered to 125 pieces total.

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Manifest C.R.E.A.M. and Wu Members tee, $27: One Anthem.com
Ghostface Killah x Hoodman Clothing collabo tee, $60: Hoodman Clothing
Ghostface Killah x Downside Up NYC collabo tee, $50: Downside Up NYC
Black Van is a So. Cal based clothing label — created by Damon Robinson, who lives/works out of the “Ghetto Mansion” in LA — that produce a line of hoodies they call the Black Van Hoodlums. Each hoodie can be worn as a regular sweater, or can be turned around and the hand-stitched mask — inspired by Mexican wrestling legends — can fully cover your face. Recently, Watts rapper Jay Rock rocked one of the company’s hoodies in his music video “Lift Me Up.” There are currently five different designs, all retailing for $134. To check out the hoodies, or purchase one, visit BlackVanIndustries.com.

Black Van Industries

Going for gold with Benny Gold
Benny Gold is an independent graphic designer based in San Francisco who’s best known for his work with Huf and Mash. Benny has created the original identities, for both brands, and continues to contribute to them on a regular basis. He also works with many notable clients, including Stussy, Nike, Adidas, Real Skateboards, Ipath and DVS footwear. In addition to freelancing, Benny has recently debuted his signature clothing label. The Benny Gold line is based on the concept of staying youthful and striving to be the best you can be. The reference to gold symbolizes success and achievement. Stay Gold. Also, for the first time, he’s proud to offer a collaboration design. Andy Jenkins, Art Director of Girl Skateboards, has been kind enough to lend his hand for shirt design. The Benny Gold brand is available at select retailers worldwide: visit Going for gold with Benny Gold Benny Gold is an independent graphic designer based in San Francisco, who’s best known for his work with Huf and Mash. Benny has created the original identities, for both brands, and continues to contribute to them on a regular basis. He also works with many notable clients, including Stussy, Nike, Adidas, Real Skateboards, Ipath and DVS footwear. In addition to freelancing, Benny has recently debuted his signature clothing label. The Benny Gold line is based on the concept of staying youthful and striving to be the best you can be. The reference to gold symbolizes success and achievement. Stay Gold. Also, for the first time, he’s proud to offer a collaboration design. Andy Jenkins, Art Director of Girl Skateboards, has been kind enough to lend his hand for shirt design.

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The Benny Gold brand is available at select retailers worldwide: visit BennyGold.com for an overview of the stores. BennyGold.com for an overview of the stores.

Acrylick’s summer line
After having recently opened their flagship store in Los Angeles, Acrylick Clothing released their new summer collection. Acrylick knows that clothing has more power to influence and express than people see. Their clothing stands strong in always having meaning and purpose along with good aesthetics. The founders use graffiti, fine arts, music, design and philosophy as their tools. The collection includes the The End Of The Jiggy Era shirt, the Nas inspired Half Man Half Amazin tee as well as various caps and windbreakers. Exclusive color ways can be bought at their flagship store and in the online store. For more information on the new line, visit Acrylick.net or contact anne@acrylick.net.

Madden 09 (Xbox 360 and PS3)
The Madden football franchise is the must have for any football gaming fanatics. Since its inception, it’s gotten better and better, especially since its transition over to the nextgen consoles. This version however, has the most changes and upgrades EA has ever done between releases. They’re getting rave reviews, and it’s already a fave among gamers. It’s in stores, dropping right in time for football season. While you watch the regular season, start your own season in the game. Buy it now on Amazon.com for the XBOX 360 or the PS3.

Mighty Healthy caps
Mighty Healthy officially stepped onto the fashion scene in 2004 with its New York inspired line. Founders Ray Mate and Denis Iderman began Mighty Health as a creative collaboration that reflected their life and experiences. The new Mighty Healthy X New Era hat collection features powerful yet clean and simplistic imagery and embroidery embodying the classic NY steez Mighty Healthy is so infamous for. The caps are available in two different designs: The Varsity 08 New Era Hat, which comes in red and blue, and the The BuckTown New Era Hat, which also comes in two different color ways. The BuckTown New Era Hat features a band panel wrapping over the top of the hat, Mighty Healthy logo embroidery on the back panels, and an embroidery under the brim reading “BuckTown.” Both caps are priced at $40 and are available at Karmaloop.com.

Nike “McFly” Hyperdunk
Nike and Kobe Bryant recently launched the Nike Hyperdunk, Nike’s lightest and strongest basketball shoe ever and one of the many superior, lightweight performance product innovations the company unveiled to support athletes from over 100 countries who will compete for gold in 32 sports in Beijing this summer. “Our performance product for Beijing is some of the best work Nike has ever done,” said Nike President and CEO Mark Parker. The Hyperdunk is the future of basketball footwear. At only 13.0 ounces, the Nike Hyperdunk is 18 percent lighter than the average Nike basketball shoe. Kobe runs an average of 2.5 miles a game—less weight on his feet means more energy on the court. The Hyperdunk combines two new Nike innovations: Flywire technology and Lunarlite foam. Flywire redefines footwear construction, shaving off weight and adding strength, allowing athletes to be lighter on their feet and faster on the track and on the court. Lunarlite foam features a unique cell structure making it lightweight and ultra responsive as a cushioning system. Quite simply, the revolutionary Hyperdunk delivers all the support you need on the court with the least amount of weight. Jump higher. Cut sharper. React faster. Be more explosive. The Hyperdunk represents the future, and the future begins in this year’s playoffs. The Hyperdunk is available in various color ways. For more information visit Nike.com.

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Beijing Olympics 2008 Video Game (PS3)
While we have yet to actually play this one, playing against friends on these olympics games back in the day were quite fun. This is definitely something to get into the spirit of the Olympic Games going on right now. It’s only available on the PS3 however. Buy it now at Amazon.com.

Kanye Shutter Shades
These aren’t exactly new, but if you haven’t gotten your shutter shades yet, it’s about time you did. Just a little fun item we thought you might like. They come in several different colors and are just $5.99. Get your pair at Amazon.com.