Ok I decided this Life Series shit is gonna be very, very real now. Here's the 2nd joint so far. The music is produced by my man B Ski and once again the artwork is a collaborative effort between myself and one of the most talented guys I know, Reno Msad for Spek Studios, (he was late to Twitter, get your follow on here). Enjoy!! Hats off, we blast off with the mask off...
This is pretty interesting design-wise. Not to sure about actually pulling it off day to day but I'd at least try it on. There's a photo of Pharrell wearing it, looking extra silly here. Pinpointing the World's Fair on the map in the back is a nice touch. That all down neck line does look pretty warm, too.
I know they're not the same brand but down below there's an ill Silly Bape Thing lookbook video you should check out.
Really feeling the overall feel of the pictures. They're tinted blue in a way and high fashion. Real clean. The styling by Christiane Arp is quite remarkable, being able to have everything stay classic and yet be so up-to-date. Gotta love a high-quality Vogue shoot.
take a look at the series by Alexi Lubomirski here
Ye took to Twitter just as we were getting home earlier and expressed his feeling on the mothafuckas leaking unfinished music. He pretty much says as punishment he's not gonna be dropping one of his popular G.O.O.D. Friday tracks this week. Sucks but it is what it is. As you know, the biggest artist can have their massive record drop undone and I won't even mention that shit on here. Fuck that. You can get it on every "hip-hop blog" out there why on earth would I need to join the fun? You stand out more by not in my opinion. Not to mention I'm an artist and this shit's gotta suck.
This is so nice. The beautiful and classy Berry opens up about her new fragrance. Gimmick x 1,000 but I love it. So sensual. Shot at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, where it seems a lot of famous art is taken.
On his Rock the Bells look the kid sits down and talks Hip-Hop for a little bit. I like what he says a lot. Dred has me really paying attention to this kid. Still waiting on something official from his debut. I remember he was talking about working Anthony Keidis and that's something else right there. Shout to Karmaloop for always having their ear to the street, too.
This is some ooootttthhherrrrr shit. No homo just in case but these guys did this thing right. Jeremih has some serious melodies throughout. So I understand this is a remix? Well the original must be dope. Sex with your lady should sound something like this sometimes, don't lose focus.
God damn, more boots! I was recently in Soho and peeped the new Moncler store by Amk's Apple Location over there and wanted to go in but we were running late. Not sure if they would have had these but I'm psyched about checking them out asap. Vintage Leather in a dark brown with funky laces. Cheers to the Fall.
God damn there's a reason these two have such a huge buzz. This shit kicks ass. The video, shot in Brooklyn of course, (looks like Red Hook) is equally as awesome. Directed by the visionary Phil Pinto. Give it up for professionals.
Why not? Something new from the kid all ill and official and shit haha. My man Ronin is the one crooning throughout while we peace out the Summertime together. I'm feeling the artwork by Reno Msad and I so much I really might fuck around and do a whole series. We'll see. In the meantime, bump this while you're getting some head, works like a charm.
Seen these around a few places and the thing is, I can respect the design a lot. I don't think they'd particularly look hot on me but I'm sure covering the right bone structure they'd be quite beautiful. What a crock of shit, right? Word. Made in a collaboration between the brand Hov put us on to and reputed italian company Marcolin, the line of 8 hybrid shades pick up on the classic aviator style and come in both black and tortoise shell.
Sort-of feeling this but I think more than anything I'm impressed Free's still going. Mad respect right there. Nahright got to premiere both the mp3 and video of the first offering from Free's Diamond In The Rough dropping soon. Dope beat by Jake One. Video Directed by Jimmy Giambrone, co-directed by SetFree.
Feeling this cause it's so God damn free. The kind of video you have to live before you can shoot. Cameos from everybody and I don't know the stories behind each but these aren't just regular famous people sightings. You got DJ Premier scratching throughout. You got Ryan Leslie playing a serious lick toward the end. You got exclusive footage of Kanye West on a photoshoot for one of those colorful chairs he likes. I mean, this is serious business. Into it.
Yo, for real a huge shout to this kid. It's the young guy you might have seen me talking about on Twitter a couple weeks that took his own life. Just kills me. I have special place in my heart for a skater kid, too, I can't front. Shout to his family and friends and people who miss him. The wake was something else. Brandon really had touched good peoples lives and for that he will be remembered. R.I.P. my man, really dope shot up top.
Caught this earlier before a lot of the rap blogs got wind. It's a pretty interesting look into a nighttime New York I don't think even I've seen in many, many years. It just isn't dark like this anymore on a normal way home. Turns out it's Chris' first new video in four years and he' s been confirmed to be working on his first audiovisual album ever. Exciting shit from the once-wildly popular Director. Wish they included Nas' verse. Debuted last night at The MoMa.
This is crazy! Will Yan says blogged how he ran into a friend of his, Daymon Green who's just collaborated with the folks over at Goodwood. This is pretty sick but I can see it getting played out pretty quickly haha. You gotta either be the first to wear it or never pick it up! It's a shame cause it's that dope of a design. Maaan, Polo over everything yo.
This is something else. Pretty sure Rozay's got one but these are the new Aston Martins with the sweet name of One-77. Yeah I'm a fuckin' sucker for this stuff. There's a seriously in-depth video introduction to the gorgeous car as well as more info available here.
Maaan I'm feeling this. 27 is my fucking number and I just got into fitteds again something heavy so you know I need this. The hats are a tribute to New Yorkers and their heavy-weight baseball franchise and the fact that 2009 marked our 27th Series win. Not to mention these are dumb exclusive at a limited edition of only 100 on sale for $50. They should be ready to go from The Reed Space now and you can follow the guys at Twitter for updates, too. Get some more info on the project here.
I look up to guys like Kanye West and Jay-Z, and I enjoy reading and learning about better money management. Who knows, maybe you like knitting, fucking caramel apples and Oprah, I don't care. Either way, support print. Keep the medium alive.
Got to catch this with Darvin and the boys last night and we laughed like crazy all the way through. Thanks to our friends at Strike Gently, you don't need the friends, blunts, flatscreens, snacks and general feeling of community. You can watch Sunday night television on Mondays while you should be working. Be my guest here:
Couldn't forget about this damn record. It came out around the same time Kanye dropped what's probably the best G.O.O.D. Friday release yet and got lost in the mix. I personally didn't hear till the next day or something. Anyway, it's pretty dope and you should have it. Once again, Wayne's new I Am Not A Human Being LP drops tomorrow.
There's a reason Complex' website is # 1 with a bullet and this is the kind of feature that makes it so. Combat Jack, though not a household name by any means, is the kind of storied Hip-Hop guy you gotta respect purely for how many years he's been doing it and the experiences he holds. As present-day blogger/radio personality at Daily Mathematics and one-time entertainment lawyer for the likes of Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, etc., the guy's been there, seen that repertoire is just that dope. If you care about the culture in the slightest you're gonna find something interesting in his article.
He sits down with Complex to discuss the details, from his angle, of 25 Rap classics and their aftermath. Nothing too crazy or drawn out here, just fuckin' great if you care.
Have you seen this? I'm all about doing different things and thinking out the box and all but I'm not sure what the underlying message is in this one. What mess is Shorty spewing exactly and do we have to call this art? Just asking. Kinda interesting I guess.
Fuming at the bullshit belt I recently bought which broke after a month. I pretty much swore off any other brand but Ralph Lauren yesterday on Twitter haha. You get what you pay for, man. Gotta remember that. This is nice but it's only available on a traveling van currently stationed in LA. If you care to read more about it go here.
My man Dred put me on to this. It's just one of those incredibly well done overviews of the whole damn city of Love. I mean, read just a snippet of what these guys did:
We had never shot a time-lapse before, we had never put one together. We were just two guys who came to Paris to photograph. To make beautiful images. And we did. And we didn't stop. It became a battle against our batteries. " Why take one when you can take one-thousand" we'd laugh. Sometimes staying at a spot all day. Biking or walking from place to place. Mispronouncing words we didn't know. Two more packs of Camel's gone. We shot and shot and uploaded wherever we were. Even ran through the terabyte we brought with us and had to buy another one at Rue Montgalet ( nightmare ). Fell asleep on the Alexander III bridge while the clicks of our camera shutters became an urban lullaby. Wandering around the streets of Paris armed with $20,000 in gear, we took Paris head on. -
I normally could give a fuck less about the adventures of Kim but paired with the maverick that is Richardson I've let down some of my defense. Not to mention that crushed blue velvet chair is to die for. I understand this is something shot for The London Times at The Chateau Marmont.
Do check out Terry's Diary where there's all sorts of fun times chronicled.
Gotta give it up for the outfit, man. Sean wears it right too, can't front. Picked up the new XXL yesterday and was instantly really impressed with Ye's layout. It's just super clean and ill looking, with details seriously on point. Them boys from NR have the full post here.
One of my favorite things to watch are actors or music people I like sit and kick it with Dave Letterman. Dave is just a class act, there's none better. You might remember last year when Joaquin announced he'd be retiring and pursuing a rap career? Anyway, hilarity ensued and he hit the famed Letterman show in a truly bizarre showing. Fast-forward to present day, it was all a hoax and the two champs live to talk about it.
Low put me on to this. Still don't think the official album version is out but this one has the robot-sounding hook 'Ye performed on MTV. Also gives me a chance to put up the interesting accompanying artwork.
Feeling the Varsity jacket look this Fall. Might just have to get one and do a little something to it to make it my own. These guys did it right in a few different. Here's what they had to say. "Made in San Francisco, California. - We teamed up with local sportswear company Golden Bear (est. 1922) on a new set of cotton varsity jackets. Made in San Franciscoâ€™s Potrero district, the jackets feature timeless styling with a contemporary twist featuring tartan plaid lining and leather pocket details."
Actually pretty happy about this whole thing. Nicki 86's the characters and the crazy voices but instead goes for something a little realer for the first official single off her Pink Friday debutdropping November 23rd.
A beautiful dress by Dolce & Gabbana and strong and inspired pose for Devon Aoki at the grounds of the iconic Hollywood sign found on the top of Mount Lee. There's some others with clothing privided by Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Gucci you can find here. Love this girl. Her and her brother just killing it.
Seems like the boys at Staple are starting Fall off right with a few pieces Jeff put up today from the new collection. Happy plaid carried over from the last few seasons. It really just depends on the color patterns you're going with. I'm into the cinch sack as they call it, pictured above. Probably better for Springtime but a great looking bag nonetheless. Couple of light jackets that are nice, too. Check out the full post here.
*Don't even act like I haven't defended this kid in the past either. Everyone wants to talk so much shit about him like they'd do any different if they were a super rich rapper at 16 years old. I don't wanna hear any of it.
*Fif says he's not cutting his hair till he finishes the new album.
This is crazy well done. One of my favorite blogs of the moment, everythingyoulovetohate, is friends with this guy Jon who's a mean photographer and funny ass motherfucker. He went around with Shepard Fairey a bit and he's the featured artist in their Limited Tee Series that are available here.
Never been too into Jordans myself but as I get older I can appreciate the hood classiness of a pair haha. These are something else entirely but they maintain a Jordan-esque look for sure. They're a rugged remake of the brand’s 6 Rings hybrid sneaker. Great assortment of premium textiles and a solid construction. I'm definitely feeling the all black joints over the latter.
This is so dope. Another great example of using your brain and imagination to create something that doesn't cost a lot of money to produce. Montréal director Renaud Hallée must of had some fun that day.
This is soooooooooooooooo dope. Listening to Warren Buffet talk about he came to be the 80 year old man he's become is so mothafuckin' inspiring. Don't over-state things, don't over-promise. Be humorous, be truthful with yourself and those around you. Stay the course on the things you're good at and stay clear of the things you aren't. I mean as simple as some of this stuff sounds it's that good to hear. I watched this whole damn thing twice. For me it's not about the millions you want to make for whatever reason, it's just about being able to wake up and be happy in your life, be happy working. That's the dream I've had since I could remember and to this day I'm chasing that shit. So proud of big brother Hov over here. It takes him a while but he gets into his own groove. I'm sure it's nothing short of a trip sitting next to Warren Buffet even for the king of New York rap. I think one of the most interesting things about this from a guy in music's perspective is the sad truth that there is no great answer to the problems Jay speaks of in the business. It really is changed forever and what people need to realize is that the staying power and succession an artist has comes from being the best damn artist around. The guy who could put on the "once in a lifetime experience every single time". There's so much in that. Anyway I'm sure people from all walks of life can benefit from watching a lecture as diversified and wealthy in knowledge as this. Don't be crazy, click the thing.
Love a solid flight jacket. I had one back in the day I tore up and rebuilt and it was my favorite shit I owned. It's long gone now and I think it might be time for something new. The guys at Swagger have collaborated with Alpha on their classic MA-1 jacket. It comes in black, military green and white, and features some small added details that just do it for me. However, when it comes to flight jackets, it's all about fit. We'd have to see.
It's amazing to me how certain guys are just fast-tracked. Almost like, almost like... they have a team behind them! Ha! All jokes aside though, homeboy can really spit. This is only the second time I'm hearing about him and I'm impressed. First Lowkey put him up and was talking about him and about how he's next, now Nahright's all over it. His mixtape Jon Connor as Vinnie Chase: Season 1 drops next week. Looking forward to hearing what this kid could do.
They say it's ridiculously good and I'm very much looking forward to seeing it asap. Quick but potent review by the NY Post here.
The brilliant opening scene utterly nails the source of Zuckerberg’s drive and insecurities, as he tries to impress a girl he’s been dating (Rooney Mara, star of the upcoming English-language version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy). When he promises her that his skills as a computer programmer will ultimately allow her entree to Harvard’s elite social structure, she witheringly replies: “You’re going to go through life thinking girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. It’ll be because you’re an a - - - - le.”
While we won't be getting any more Louis shows on FX until next April, the new movie Hilarious of all new jokes is in select theaters now and all over the internet. I searched high and wide for it and you can watch it here hassle-free. I'm just that awesome a blogger. Filmed on April 18, 2009, Louis recorded the special and it's actually the first stand-up comedy film to be accepted into Sundance. Pretty sweet. Mad I missed the screening at the IFC Center in NYC. Need to get better at these sorts of things.
Feeling this mostly cause I have the utmost respect for RZA's moves as a producer and just humble dude, but the look into his studio here is just not to be messed with. Maaan, it must be nice to work like that. Here, Nike 6.0 has him freestyling about professional snowboarder, Mason Aguirre.
In my humble opinion this is the type of record Fif thrives on. Detailing his pain all while holding a gun to your mothafuckin' temple. Anxious to see/hear the man win I can't front. The blogs leaked this out last week and 50 went ahead cleaned it up, finished it and sent it to mastering, then he leaked it his damn self through his Twitter.
This song didn't even hit me like that till a night a few weeks ago we were in the city and Flex was just going in on the joint. Fucking tough ass record. Nice to see Nore eating so well (hahahaha shots, why not) and getting the original Flava Flav and his face to pop up all through this.
Though we weren't too sure of what to expect, HBO delivers yet again on an interesting new original series with some very high-profile contributors. It starts a little slow but 45 min in you realize just how good the story being told can become. Not to mention it's produced and directed by a certain Marty Scorcese.
I like this a lot. You gotta know what the fuck you're doing to pull it off but I'm thinking in the next couple months, with the right fitted and maybe a pair of Chuck Taylors you'll be straight. Don't be afraid to try new pieces of good quality and left-field style. Magic can happen. Upside down pockets, contrasting fabric on the cuffs and true Mother of Pearl buttons make this a go.
I'm really into what Mark Dean is doing right now. Watching the intricate details with the fine brush warrants a great deal of respect. Artist, Tac, gives us an inside look into the last preparations of the show opening on September 18th, where Veca presents six new large scale paintings at Western Projects.
Got caught up over the weekend and forgot to post the boys' G.O.O.D Saturday joint. I like it. Has a real dope, smooth ole-school feel to it. As much as I respect Swizz as a producer I think it's safe to say he has the worst verse on this thing. It's just simple-ass-rapper shit, my bad. Ye' kills it like he's doing with everything nowadays. Maan, music is good right now.
What can I say? From being intrigued, to straight up hating, to being turned on, to being confused, to being blown the fuck away (i.e. her Monster verse), it's safe to say we're officially in love with Nicki M. The bitch just got it, simple as that. Complex wanted to go a different route than the usual colorful, animated direction most publications have gone with in the past so for their first cover with the girl from Queens they keep it simple in black & white. Do remember this is the flip cover from that controversial Kid Cudi joint that crash landed on these interwebs Friday.
Click here for the full cover story + photo gallery
The October/November 2010 Issue of Complex Officially Hits Stands October 5th.
While the pretty little girl fiercely attacked me in her last video and had me all Chris Breezy on that ass, this time she takes it back to simpler times. Times when men worked on big cars, and girls wore pink dresses. All jokes aside, this shit is done really well and we're all really proud of our homegirl Mala Reignz. Still hitting, still promoting her latest. Go get em, girl!
Saw these earlier at Hypebeast and being so big and chunky they kinda scared me haha. Saw them again and I realized how hot they can be if worn right. They're just great quality made from a cattle leather in a high top with a quilted throat, metal loop hole accents, and rugged rubber sole. You're gonna need a pair soon anyway so make a solid choice and go with something different and ill. Just my opinion.
One of the coolest beats I've heard in a minute, last week I helped my man from Def Jam loop it for Ghostface so I just had to touch it myself. Lowkey just helped in premiering it. Artwork by yours truly (with a little help).