“I had started some previous business relationships with Jimmy Iovine. We had a great chemistry with each other. When I sat down with Julie [Greenwald, Atlantic COO] and told them that I had an interest to go sign with Jimmy and they didn’t make it rough for me. Lyor [Cohen, WMG Chairman] and Julie were nice enough to let me get my [Bad Boy] name. I was able to take the name over to Interscope and to still in stay in business with them. I am not abandoning any of my artists over there, I still have that imprint. But all my future recordings, including my recording contract, that will be at Interscope Records.”
According to Combs, the new Bad Boy label with Interscope will operate like a small boutique label, with an emphasis on signing unique talent.
“We are going to take our time with the amount of acts that we sign,” Combs stated, adding that the label will cater to “superstars.” We want to find those very unique artists. We want to build something very special that’s not already out there.”
This season, we’re bringing you the highly anticipated “Cut & Sew” range. Polished and mature, the new collection effortlessly blends collegiate athleticism and style. The “RBG ,” “RBG Patchwork” and “Brooknam” jackets are each peppered with plenty of clever details. Colorful hand crafted prints (mixed with hand drawings by Mos Def) are set against sleek monochrome materials; Pops of zesty yellow and blood red are used to accent buttons, zippers and mesh linings. The mixture of bold prints set against streamlined design creates a contemporary fashion sensibility throughout the entire collection.
"As you grow as an artist who are some of the musical influences you have admired, and have gained inspiration from?
I’m inspired by the classics. The Sade’s, Nas’s, The Beatles etc. When I was younger I was definitely more into Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop alone but having brothers and friends that put me on to Rock and Alternative Music and working in cafes with these kids from Texas playing Dylan, Cash mothafuckin’ Sufjan Stevens. There’s been moments you know? Moments that changed everything. There was Jay-Z and his “Streets Is Watching” shit for me. There was learning The Beatles were just fucking incredible and we’re over here rapping on loops, rhyming words together."
Linking up with Apple Corps Ltd. – the London-based company that manages the legacy and musical catalog of the The Beatles – Rei Kawakubo and her famed label COMME des GARCONS makes an official announcement of an upcoming bag project paying tribute to the legendary British band. So far, it seems like the collection will feature a selection of bags under The Beatles/COMME des GARCONS label with the first releases set to make a debut at Dover Street Market in London as well as Gyre in Tokyo, then followed by a wider release. According to the press, it seems like the deal between both parties will be a long-term arrangement, leaving the opportunity for future product open to interpretation. Stay tuned as further news makes itself available.
The REAL reason i deleted twitter, in MY own words.. i wanted to keep my mind to myself again, u kno, like how it use to be. i put so much of ME into my music i gotta draw the line somewhere. plus my words fall into the wrong hands a lot. I’ll leave u with this cool quote i came up with “Hear he, Hear he, no one shall ever get close to me, think of then and think of this, iam now the man the myth”….spread this quote to all u kno To my fans, i do love u and ill see u at the shows and give up daps and pound when i can. sometimes shit can be crazy and i wont have time to stop and talk. with that being said dont ever think im turnin my back on u cuz id never. u never turned ur back on me and i wont forget that. everyone that has met me knows if i can stop and say wut it be, then ill stop and say wut it be…anywho, u like ME cuz im ME and this is ME taking control of my life again. THANK YOU to all who copped and supported my debut album. shit is still surreal to me but iam def on cloud 9. first weeks sales were 104,419 copies sold. iam very blessed to have so much support from all of u guys. for once in my life i finally feel important. goodbye, i love u all sincerely. til we meet #inthesestreets peace and love from ur bud, Cud
Contrary to what Nas has to say, ill rappers wear J Crew. I even got this nigga Dred fronting in some lambswool. Get with it, it's how men should dress. Doing something a little different and commendable in my eyes, they start this Open Studio thing which gives us an inside look into seven different artists workspaces as they share their thoughts and creativity and swag (kidding, they never use that awful word). It's pretty cool. Check it out in it's entirety here.
That's Painter/Sculptor Lucien Smith pictured up there. Thanks Leeezo.
*BTW, my friend Leeezo said I should be featured in one of these. She's so wise.
Contributing Editor is a magazine of sorts and the focus seems to be fantastic fashion and photography. I'm with it. This series caught my eye because the girl is so God damn beautiful and dresses like a sk8er.
I'm so extremely excited about this film. In GQ there's an article about Spike Jonze you simply must read if you know what's good for you. I'd have it up for you but I can't find it online. It talks about the years and dedication to making this film the right way. There a great quote I read that I shared on Twitter, that I'll share with you, "I didn't set out to make a movie for a nine year old, I set out to make a movie about being nine years old" -Spike Jonze
In theaters October 16th
*The song playing is so fantastic I just had to take care of you. I bought it, but you have it.
Oh God. Ok I mean, I'm actually not sure how I feel about this broad. Sometimes I feel like she's so hot and so whore-like it's too much for me. There isn't anything sweet about her features really. Like, I need the sweet you know? Anyway, I'm sure she tastes sweet.
New Music off The Loft Sessions EP dropping next Tuesday, September 29th right here. This joint right here features additional vocals from famous kids Acc's 2ESAE, Hot Mop Films's own Dred, & of course Miss. Lanalana. Eat your heart out boyyy.
I'm depressed about this I'm not gonna lie. I know what needs to be done, I do as much myself as I possibly can so I don't have to rely on other people but in the end, I rather it be complete and precisely the way I intended before I put something out half ass. If you were waiting for this today, my apologies but no matter what I'm dropping it next Tuesday. Now I'm off to make the release even bigger, being that I have an extra week of promotion. Everything happens for a reason. Stay tuned.
Darvin Silva ran this across me a few hours ago and it was crazy. There's a couple of records that sound good money right now today which is wild when you think about McCartney recording this in his basement in the late Seventies.
My brothers at ilictronix have more on the project here
Gotta love this show. We were talking about it last night, how dope it is that they're exploring each character all the way. We're not just getting full Vince all the time now. Everybody is getting their time to burn. Ari made Lloyd a beast. Can't wait to see how this goes. Turtle's about to get his spin-off popping just watch.
I've been looking for this for a little bit and come to find out it's been a bit overlooked. These is great. Jay does "Encore" into the excellent new "Thank You", as well as "Roc Boys" over live instrumentation in the lounge with Jo Whiley. I love how the new interviews and stuff coming out are different and they're making Hov stretch a little bit. Letting him answer the same questions over and over again is so corny.
I love this bitch's last name so much. Sorry. Um, it's the hot chik from one of my favorite shows House, she um, cleans up nice? I took Dred to the airport for his hiatus this morning and did what I love to do at airports which is buy magazines. This is a great one. Support print/naked chiks, whatever.
Let's clarify, even though I think Kanye was very much in the wrong, rude, drunk, and depressed, I also believe he was very sincere in his many apologies. I agree with Hov because people are so quick to drag you through the mud, so quick in their extremely sober state to remind you they hate you, they think you're terrible, and you should be punished, that I wonder everyday just who the crazy ones really are. If you don't know what it's like to be a passionate person, one- I feel bad for you, and two- you should know, we're the type of people that will give it to you straight no chaser, and just as quick as we're capable of hurting you, ain't nobody can make you feel as good as we can baby. I promise you that.