Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mack Maine x Royce Da 5’9″ x Talib Kweli - Genocide

What’s this? A Mack Maine joint I actually fuck with? Even his verse!? Ahh man, 2012 isreal. Shouts to Flex (especially for not tagging haha).

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Bow Wow x Lil Wayne - Sweat

Nearly three months after the song dropped, Bow Wow hits us with the official video.

The Weeknd x Montreal (Unofficial Video)

Does any other artist have as many unofficial videos made for their songs? I swear, every day there is a new one for The Weeknd. Dah well… if they’re done right, no need to complain right? So check as High5Collective puts their spin on track-two off Echoes Of Silence.

Scrilla x Young Jeezy - I Ball, I Stunt

A$AP Rocky & Jeremy Scott: Knock ’Em Out The Box (2012 Cover Story)

A$AP Rocky & Jeremy Scott: Knock ’Em Out The Box (2012 Cover Story)Interview by Joe La Puma; Photography by JUCO; Styling by Matthew Henson; Click Here For Additional Credits.
Today’s rap game is crowded with artists, but there are only a few stars. It’s the reason magazines and blogs keep recycling the same subjects, and why fans can count the rappers worth talking about on their hands. But take it from us: A$AP Rocky is a star.

Critics ask, “What has he done?” For starters, the 23-year-old Harlemite put out two of the best songs of 2011—the lean-induced “Purple Swag” and the infectious “Peso”—followed by a must-hear mixtape, LIVE.LOVE.A$AP. Finally, after a flurry of high-stakes negotiations, Rocky and his crew landed a $3 million deal with RCA/Polo Grounds.

But the young rapper’s draw is deeper than his bespoke flows. Witty and intelligent, flashy but down-to-earth, he’s the type of artist whose charisma fills a room. As A$AP makes the rounds at L.A.’s SmashBox Studios, every dude on set gets a dap, every chick gets a cheek kiss. And when it comes to fashion, Rocky’s no rookie. Before the rap money, A$AP was pushing weight so he could afford brands like YSL, Rick Owens, Raf Simons, and—you guessed it—Jeremy Scott. But things are better for A$AP now. As far as scrambling for Jeremy Scott threads, consider this Complex cover his connect.

Jeremy Scott knows all about star power. He’s the go-to for Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Rihanna. His playful remixes of pop-culture iconography and masterful use of prints and metallics have transcended fashion runways and splashed all over the streets. His off-the-hook collaborations with Swatch watches and Longchamp bags are rivaled only by his surreal adidas line, which has taken the tough-to-please sneakerhead world by storm. The Missouri native has been called “Fashion’s Last Rebel,” and he’s been hailed as the only suitable heir to the Chanel throne by be-all-end-all designer Karl Lagerfeld. Scott’s respect stems from his fearlessness. He does exactly what he wants, and he knows how to translate that vision to the world.
Rocky and Jeremy never met before this shoot, but the respect is mutual and the chemistry effortless. This is what happens when worlds collide.

You've name-dropped Jeremy in a bunch of songs. When did you first notice his designs?A$AP: Around 2008. We started doing the whole thing. He used to come out with Mickey Mouse shit, three tongues, African patterns and shit. I started getting exclusive shit from France. I liked it so much because the only way you can find it is if you go on eBay, and you’re paying double. There’s no way an average person is gonna have it.
I wake up saying I'm going to look the best I can look and do what the f*ck I want.
—A$AP Rocky
Jeremy: Can I ask you a question? What does A$AP stand for?

A: It stands for “Always Strive and Prosper.” Which is cool, because it’s a positive thing. It’s constructive. People forget how important the youth is sometimes. They determine the future, you know? We respect our elders, so it’s an honor for us to have recognition from you guys. Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Jeremy Scott—that means a lot to us. Just like Jay-Z, Nas, and 2Pac—you guys mean that to us. Seriously.
J: Thank you, thank you.

A: This is more than just a rapper and a designer getting together. This is bringing the cultures together and clashing them.

A$AP, you’ve called yourself the flyest motherfucker on earth.A: I might have said that when I was high or something. [Laughs.]

What do you think this cover with Jeremy will do for your fashion cred?A: Everything. Because this guy’s a legend. He’s our hero, and we love what he does.

Jeremy, you’ve collaborated with some major players in rap. How does it feel to be co-signed by A$AP, one of the leaders of the new generation?J: I’m very appreciative. I love hearing the stories about what my work means—not only to him, but to the kids he came up with. His friends, all of Harlem. For me that’s my ultimate goal: to touch people’s lives. The real people on the street. Of course I love having accolades from the fashion world and I’m thrilled with Rihanna and Gaga and Katy and everyone wearing my clothes. But when the real kids are using their money—
A: —Mmm-hmm.
J: —To buy something to express to the world who they are, to say, “This is who I am because I’m wearing this,” that is the ultimate compliment for me.
Hip-hop is one of the only communities that really started its own trends. It's the only new music that's come along in eons.
—Jeremy Scott
You both push the envelope in your respective fields. Is that what’s most important to you, doing your own thing?
A: My own thing is all that matters to me. And it feels good when I get props for doing what’s best for me. I like when people admire it and relate to it.
J: The only box I’m in is a shoebox. That’s my challenge every time—to push the boundaries, to constantly be challenging, and at the same time doing what I feel is right. It’s easy to make something absurd. Sometimes people say, “Whoa”—like what I’m doing is crazy. It’s not for everyone. I have a special role and I take it deadly serious. I spend my life, all of my waking hours, working and thinking and trying to create and perfect new ideas.
How important is getting cosigned by your peers for each of you?A: Very important, it’s one of those things that you feel grateful for.
J: I feel lucky that people who came before me have given me mad props. I can’t find a better example than Mr. Lagerfeld. It’s so flattering. He’s the most iconic fashion designer of our time. To have him champion me so fully and let me into his world, these are things that I never expected when I was in school thinking about fashion.

Why do you think hip-hop is so fascinated with fashion and vice versa?A: As black people it was our thing to show that we’re not living in poverty and that we can afford extravagant things—that kind of stuck with us. So when our great-grandparents were putting on their favorite outfits, it was to put on a front for the hard times. And hip-hop is a bunch of people that never had nothing. Fashion is just an expression. It’s an art. It expresses your taste. Good taste is important in hip-hop. I wake up saying I’m going to look the best I can and do what the fuck I want to do. And that’s what it’s all about. I don’t know if I articulated it good because I’m pretty high right now—and I have a lisp and I’m going to Mars right now.
J: [Laughs.] The thing is hip-hop is one of the only communities that really started its own trends.
A: Wow.
J: That’s why I’ve always been inspired by hip-hop artists, because they transform things—even just the jean, turning it around, inside out, sagging it—all these different things. Yes, of course we get little things from other music movements, but hip-hop has been like, Pow! It’s really inspiring and it’s the only new music that has come along in eons. Rock and roll has been around—it’s changing forms. But hip-hop is major.
A: That is so crazy.

The beautiful thing between hip-hop and fashion is what’s going on here at this shoot. Some people may ask, “Why are these two together?” But this guy loves your clothes. You love the music.J: Absolutely.
A: Yes. It can happen anywhere. It can happen in rock. It can happen in punk. It can happen in funk. But hip-hop would cherish it more because it never happened before. It’s the unexpected—like having a black president. We cherish that.
J: We almost had a black Republican nominee—that’s even more mind-boggling!
A: In hip-hop culture, things are changing every day. For Jeremy to do this with me is different. I wear braids and I’ve got gold teeth and I look up to a fuckin’ designer and his name is Jeremy Scott. I’m from Harlem. People know me. I’m certified. I love these designers. I love Rick Owens. I’m just keeping it real. This is what I do. I’m keeping it on a whole ’nother level with you. When this comes out it’s gonna be a talked-about fuckin’ cover. This is going to be talked about for fuckin’ eons and centuries and ’til infinity.

A$AP, you’ve talked about this before, but why do you still think there’s homophobia and ignorance in rap?A: I’m not homosexual. That’s not where I’m at with my life. But I can still be greatly inspired by a homosexual. It has nothing to do with their sexuality. If I start discriminating against people, that will stop me as a person. That’s ignorant. What the fuck does that have to do with anything? It’s not like I want to date this motherfucker—I’m inspired by this dude. This isn’t about fashion, it’s what he personally did for me. I’m not saying I’m going to be an activist. I want to enlighten those brothers. I used to be like them, but I’m a grown-ass man. I don’t care what another man does with his time.
J: Why does it exist in the world? I don’t know. It’s just one of those things. I don’t know why people care about what other people do. When this becomes an issue in politics, that’s the thing that boggles my mind. I heard on CNN that Republicans won’t get behind Mitt Romney because of abortion and gay marriage. Why do you care?

Did each of you want to stand out from a young age?J: I did for sure.
A: When I was 20 I got fed up with doing shit just because it was the popular thing to do. I became miserable trying to keep up with trends so I started setting them on my own.
J: I always felt there was a fire burning inside me that was different, that was stronger. I grew up on a farm. I was removed from everything.
From an early age I was wearing things in a different way. Once in seventh grade I was wearing like seven shirts all together and I would say, 'My mom told me to dress warm today.'
—Jeremy Scott
A: That is fuckin’ amazing! You grew up on a farm? You see what I’m saying right now? He grew up on a fuckin’ farm! I grew up in Harlem and my music sounds like it’s from Houston, from Cali, or Westbumblefuck, for that matter. He grew up on a fuckin’ farm and look at this. Look at this!

J: I always felt that I was supposed to go on to do something else.
A: Did it take getting off the farm for you to become more creative?

J: I was already. From an early age I was wearing things in a different way and starting to figure out how to get things that I could either customize or make myself. Even with what I was given, I would totally twist it, turn it, put it together. I remember once in seventh grade wearing like seven shirts all together.

A: [Laughs.]

J: And then I would say, “My mom told me to dress warm today.”

A: [Laughs.]

J: I had all these different concepts that I would come up with, and every day at school was like a fashion show. The only reason I wanted to go to school was for people to see what I was wearing. I’m a lot more tame now because I have a fashion show. I used to have to have it all on me. I bought a Flavor Flav–style clock from the captain of the football team in my French class. I was always mixing different cultures, and there were people who said, “You shouldn’t do this because you’re white.” Especially in a place that was not urban. And I was all about hip-hop, and mixing different things with my high-fashion inspiration.
A: I told you it’s all about balls. You got to have balls to do it. Who can take that criticism? Someone with big fuckin’ balls, honestly. I’m serious. That’s what it takes. What designers inspired you?
J: When I first realized there were fashion designers I think I was 14. Gaultier was doing unusual things. I was also inspired by so many diverse things—hip-hop, punk, and even stuff at the mall. Everything was converging, and I would customize my own stuff so that I would have things that were personal or unique.

What would you consider your breakthrough moment?A: Right now. [Laughs.] Also when I signed my deal. You know that was a crazy fuckin’ deal to happen for me.
J: I feel like I’m always having a breakthrough.
A: That is so crazy. I should’ve said that!
J: [Laughs.] But it’s true. There are always so many goals and new things I want to achieve, and I feel so blessed for everything and so humbled by people’s support. When I turn on Twitter there’s people writing “I love you,” and they don’t even know me. It’s such a nice feeling. We all have bad days, and I don’t take it for granted. I really don’t, ’cause I’m a people person. I want some love.

When the going got tough, did you guys ever consider giving up?A: Before I made it? Yeah, a lot of times. I’ve been through deep shit, like hella depressing shit where I doubted myself and I felt like it’s taking too fuckin’ long. And then I thought, “This is what I do best and I know I’m good. And if I know I’m really good, then the world has to know it.” And I kept pushing for it. There were times that I was like, “Fuck it man. I just want to keep selling drugs.” But I kept going.

And now you’ve got one of the hottest mixtapes of the year. If you could play it for anybody in the world, who would it be?
A: Let me take my time with this. I would play it for my brother. He died. So I would play it for him.
God is blessing me and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve been poor. I’ve been hood rich. I’ve been heartbroken. I've been sad.
—A$AP Rocky
How does losing your brother affect you on a day-to-day basis?
A: I try not to think about him at all. It hurts. But this is his way of blessing me, like looking over me. I don’t mean to sound like a cornball—because people might be reading this, like, “Oh, he’s about to talk some bullshit”—but I really feel like my brother’s up there. God is blessing me and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve been poor. I’ve been hood rich. I’ve been heartbroken. I’ve been sad. God is great, man. And I plan to keep Him in my life—and my brother. I’ll never forget about him, ever.

What about you, Jeremy? Did you ever feel like giving up?
J: Yeah, after my fourth show everyone decided to turn against me. I did a show that was all gold and it was in the middle of [a period of] minimalism, and people were like, “This is too brash and too tacky.” And, yeah, it was harsh to have Anna Wintour in your front row and all these people like André Leon Tally suddenly saying, “Oh, you should never design again.”
A: He said that?
J: Yeah, and other people said some really harsh shit. I weathered it and survived. So I’ve had tough times but I never felt like I shouldn’t do it. It was just tough to bear ’cause everyone wants a little love. Those are the things in life that make us stronger.
A: What year was that?
J: That was ’98, ’99.
A: Well look at you now.

What made you keep going?J: It’s funny because the outfit Rihanna wears at the finale of her tour is something she asked me to duplicate from that show. She was freaking out. She said, “This is amazing! Can you make me one of these?” It was a full circle moment. I just try never to get too caught up in that.
I don’t want to be negative about it. If other people didn’t have the vision—that’s their lack and their misfortune. And that’s not going to be mine. Any artist has to go through these journeys, like what you’ve talked about. That’s the artist’s way. That’s what we have to do and that’s our burden. Maybe other people can’t bear that. We bear that for others. That’s part of our job and the reason people appreciate us.


The Internet x Purple Naked Ladies + Documentary

Today Odd Future’s The Internet has released their full length album ‘Purple Naked Ladies’. Along with the album, they have released a short 20 minute documentary film, that you can now see here after jump.

Nike Air Force 1 30th Anniversary Tees

Having debuted in 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 will enjoy its 30th birthday this year. The shoe was created by designer Bruce Kilgore and introduced as the first Nike basketball shoe to feature Air technology. They were originally worn by NBA players including Moses Malone, Mychal Thompson and Michael Cooper (and, until his retirement last year, the mercurial big man Rasheed Wallace). Little has changed in the iconic sneaker that’s now been released in over 1,700 color combinations, with many more variations to come throughout the milestone year. Nike will also be releasing special commemorative tees made up of five new styles that pay tribute to one of the most influential sneaker designs in the history of the game. Check them out after the jump. 

ANYthing Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Lookbook With Venus X

Keeping with its tradition as a brand for New York City’s underground culture, aNYthing (aka A New York Thing) enlisted Venus X, Who's Sexy AF by the way, as the model for its Spring and Summer 2012 Collection Lookbook. A rebellious herself, the green hair New York original is leading the resurgence of punk music and fringe art in the Big Apple. Seen as an agitator, for reasons good or bad, Venus X often controversial and blunt approaches have won her plenty of fans and foes. Yet thanks to her GHE20G0TH1K mixed genres and media party, none could dismiss her considerable influence on New York, the same way how aNYthing have shaped neighborhood by East Broadway, a junction point between NYC’s Chinatown and Lower East Side.

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Levi’s Spring/Summer 2012 Tie Collection

When it comes to Levi’s, it goes without saying that the big draw is the denim. Beyond the obvious though, this classic American company is no slouch when it comes to other key pieces of a fit. On the accessories tip, we’ve got a preview of their range of ties on the way for Spring/Summer 2012. Split between bow-ties and regular length pieces, the collection grabs a smart set of materials like linen and chambray for a cooler spring look. As a bonus, the preview provides a bit of context, showing the ties matched up with accompanying Levi’s gear. Follow us after the jump for the full shots from the Levi’s Spring/Summer 2012 Tie Collection. 

Nike SB Eric Koston 1 – Vintage Green/Metallic Silver

Back before Eric Koston locked down his own signature silhouette, his Nike SB Dunk models stayed repping the flossier end of the spectrum, generally dipped in gold to some degree. Now that he’s got a bit more room to roam via the Nike SB Eric Koston 1, we’re seeing his lineup diversify a considerable amount. The latest colorway shown here goes for a deep green on the suede upper, grabbing a pale silver to give them just a bit of pop. Can you appreciate the laid back look or do you prefer your Koston’s with that flashy appeal? Continue reading to get the full photos to make up your mind and be on the lookout for these at Nike SB accounts like Premier.

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Bei Maejor x The Truth

S/O one time to the hometown (Detroit) boy @BeiMaejor with his new video "The Truth". Everyone should definitely check out it out. This is what I like to see music with substance!!

Lil Wayne x Bruno Mars - Mirror

Check out the new Weezy and Bruno Mars video "Mirror"

Araabmuzik x Instrumental University Mixtape

Its here people the Instrumental tape you all been waiting to jump on. Ya Boi Araab hits us with Instrumenal University. All rappers and actors, haha, Download NOW!!!!

The BEATLES Comme des Garçons Rucksacks

New for Spring 2012, the BEATLES Comme des Garcons collection will be introducing some backpacks. Rucksacks in tartan prints or in all black, both with the iconic green apple and beatles logo, will be available in two sizes. Also, two new tartan shirts will be produced, in either red or blue check. these will be sold exclusively at Dover Street Market, and Comme des Garçons Paris and New York shops from February 17th, until they launch elsewhere in April.

POPbottles by Anna Utopia Giordano

In an interesting new project Italian illustrator Anna Utopia Giordano remixes known alcohol brand bottles with iconic toy brands. The result is Barbie Vodka, Lego Rum, Fisher Price Whiskey, Nintendo Gin, Disney Champaign and Marvel Martini.
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Nike Dunk High Premium QS – 2012 All-Star Game Pack

Nike has long utilized the NBA All-Star game as a platform to launch special releases. This year they are taking the ‘All-Star’ inspiration quite literally, as exemplified by the galactic flavor of the Kobe, LeBron, and Durant signature sneakers on tap for that weekend. Keeping the their eyes on the stars but turning down the bombast a bit, Nike will also release this trio of Nike Dunk High’s. From the militaristic fonts stamped across the sneaker to the removable swoosh and tongue patch, the pack has an obvious NASA feel. Follow us after the jump to take a look at all the sneakers included and check back with us for release info on the Nike Dunk High 2012 All-Star Game Pack. 

IF & Co. x Air Jordan XI Concord Diamond Pendant

Always prompt with his opinions, jeweler Ben Baller will be the first to tell you his disfavor for Air Jordans. But he just couldn’t help but to talk about the latest Air Jordan XI Concord diamond pendant from his label, IF & Co. A total of 50 carats worth of black and white diamonds went onto this miniature pair of Air Jordan XI Concord and L.A. Dodgers fitted cap, Baller pointed out that even the kicks’ outsoles are exact replica to the original. While there are no words on its availability, if you need to know the cost then its obvious that its already too expensive for you. 
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NIKEiD Air Force 1 – Cement Pattern/Elephant Skin Design Options

Its actually “cracked cement” instead of “elephant skin”, or is it just simply “cement”? While debate about its actual designation will continue on for the decades to come, one aspect all can agree upon is the enduring popularity of Nike‘s cement /elephant skin design pattern. In part, due to its overwhelming demand, another because of Air Force 1′s 30th anniversary this year, Nike iD will star to offer the icon applique as one of its design options. The first of limited design engagement to start at Midnight this Wednesday, February 1st. Log onto to NIKEiD‘s website for more details and continue after the click for a look at some early samples via The-Toe-Box

*NOTE* NIKEiD just announced that only 750 pairs will be available for the Cement/Elephant pattern design option. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
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