What’s In Their Wardrobe? // J Balvin

Perhaps the most well-known musician on the planet right now, J Balvin‘s making moves beyond the pop charts, appearing on practically every style feed out there. His streetwear selection is eclectic and he makes the house label silhouettes pop even more with a newfound edge. Accredited for saying influencers like Pharrell inspire his own style, Balvin is constantly bringing a revamped perspective to the scene, while making it look like he’s always one step ahead of the trends. A proponent of mastering the details, he realizes it’s the sneakers, clothes, accessories, and confidence all tied together that separates the notions of something standard vs. raising the standards.

One of the crucial components of J Balvin’s style over the years is the element of taking risks where the reward is a higher payout. Whether that’s wearing an assortment of patterns, colors that don’t necessarily go together, or blurring the lines between casual and upscale, he recognizes that in today’s fashion scene – anything’s fair game.

Patterns Perfected

An advocate for sporting some of the wildest patterns on the scene right now, J Balvin is wearing everything from two-toned jeans, obvious camouflage prints, and plenty of plaid shirts that enhance his Reggaeton inspiration with a rockstar twist. Similar to previous features like Travis Scott, there’s an element of personalization that has become so relevant in today’s streetwear scene. For J Balvin, that might be wearing Air Jordan 1 “Quai 54s” with black skinny jeans from AMIRI that have been patched with leather, checkerboard, and bandana prints – sometimes all at the same time. Additionally, J had also been known to wear checkered leather jackets, rasta striped shirts with green track pants, or pairing paisley jackets with three hues of plaid on one shirt.

Supreme color blocking.
Supreme color blocking.
When your everyday look requires all the colors in the rainbow.
When your everyday look requires all the colors in the rainbow.
Anything goes, including Velcro Air Force 1s.
Anything goes, including Velcro Air Force 1s.
Walk on the wild site by making all black stand out.
Walk on the wild side by making all black stand out.
J Balvin experiments with merging plaid and camo tones with his jacket and tee combo.
J Balvin experiments with merging plaid and camo tones with his jacket and tee combo.
Ghosting all the norms of fashion etiquette.
Ghosting all the norms of fashion etiquette.
Coveted essentials that won't allow you to stay hidden.
Coveted essentials that won’t allow you to stay hidden.

Finding the Fit

Claimed to have stated that he enjoys fashion as much as music, J Balvin has been seen at an assortment of fashion shows throughout the past few seasons and it would appear as if he had learned a few things to incorporate into his own style – like the way his wardrobe fits. Attending shows like Chanel and John Elliott, who both focus on the fit of their silhouettes, J has adopted a chameleon-like persona in his fashion sense that allows him to execute a number of trending looks that significantly differ from each other with ease. Some days that might entail and oversized VETEMENTS sweatshirt that’s just the right size of oversize, while on others, he’s demonstrating the proper way to nail the double-denim look without crossing into Canadian tuxedo territory.

An all-black palette is geared for anything the day throws at you.
An all-black palette is geared for anything the day throws at you.
Back from the 90s.
Back from the 90s.
Slightly exaggerated brings out a tailored touch.
Slightly exaggerated brings out a tailored touch.
Two-toned with the Prada Cloudbursts.
Two-toned with the Prada Cloudbursts.
Monochromatic magnificence.
Monochromatic magnificence.
Stuff You Can't Find on eBay
Stuff You Can’t Find on eBay
Fashion's easy when to stick to the basics.
Fashion’s easy when to stick to the basics.
Switching up the standards for black and white pairings.
Switching up the standards for black and white pairings.
A fashion sense that's able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
A fashion sense that’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
The oversized trend has gone to new lengths.
The oversized trend has gone to new lengths.
Carrying the same tones from start to finish.
Carrying the same tones from start to finish.

Summer Safari

Wild in his fashion sense, J Balvin is constantly switching up his summer style by wearing exotic silk Hawaiian shirts, souvenir embossed bombers, and even leopard print jackets that don’t go unnoticed when venturing the concrete jungle. Along with the color of his hair that varies from green, yellow, and even tie-dye, J’s wardrobe is adopting anything from tastefully vibrant to timeless and bold. He’s also into wearing the upscale t-shirt and basketball shorts look that consist of OFF-WHITE basics with Balenciaga Speed Trainers to Fear of God’s floral shorts and Vans. Either way, it says that he knows how to wear casual without being lazy.

Wild in the concrete jungle.
Wild in the concrete jungle.
Spelling out summer style essentials.
Spelling out summer style essentials.
Leopard print gives your neutrals a boost.
Leopard print gives your neutrals a boost.
J Balivin isn't Skepta-cal about tie-dye.
J Balivin isn’t Skepta-cal about tie-dye.
Vacation vibes.
Vacation vibes.
The right way to wear shorts and a t-shirt, even if it is foggy.
The right way to wear shorts and a t-shirt, even if it is foggy.
The summer weather is a perfect opportunity to add a pop of pink.
The summer weather is a perfect opportunity to add a pop of pink.

Nike Moon Racer Debut Colorway Asks “Permission For Takeoff”

Nike has been extremely prolific this year debuting desirable new silhouettes. For starters there’s the shinning achievement known as the React Element 87. In addition, other formidable styles like the Vapor Street Flyknit and Pegasus Turbo are also pushing boundaries of both performance innovation and technological advancements.

Joining the fray next month is the Nike Moon Racer. Inspired by the famed Nike Moon Shoe that was handmade by Geoff Hollister under the tutelage of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, in 1972, this relic stands as the guiding force for a modern-day counterpart.

Nike Moon Shoe (1972)
Nike Moon Shoe (1972)

With an enlarged Swoosh that bleeds onto the lace collar from the lateral siding, the shoe bears similarities to certain OFF WHITE x Nike releases. Framing appears to take from the Nike Cortez while contemporary React tooling enhances the speckled midsole. That midsole, of course, could be a direct nod to the “White Cement” Air Jordan 4.

This budding silhouette is set to release on August 2 at premium retailers like Sneaker Politics. Take a detailed look at the Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff” below.

Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”

Colorway: Black/White-Wolf Grey
Style #: AQ4121-001
Release Date: August 2, 2018
Price: $ 150

Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”
Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”
Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”
Nike Moon Racer "Permission For Takeoff"
Nike Moon Racer “Permission For Takeoff”

M.I.A.’s New Documentary Traces Her Rise From Refugee To Pop Star

If ever there was a pop star impossible to pigeonhole into one particular box, it’s M.I.A., the musical maverick behind hits like “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls.” That’s exactly why the upcoming documentary about her life, identity, and career, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., is so eagerly anticipated — and on Thursday (July 19), the film got its first official trailer.

The doc, directed by Steve Loveridge, chronicles M.I.A.’s life growing up in civil war-torn Sri Lanka. She eventually fled to Britain with her family at age 11, using art as “medicine” along the way.

“I had to deal with the fact that I was different and I was an immigrant,” the 43-year-old recalls in the trailer. “Music was my medicine. It just blew up so quickly. I lived through war, came as a refugee that is now a pop star. What are the goal posts?”

Along with exploring the roots of M.I.A.’s music, the trailer also delves into the artist’s political and social activism. She’s long been an outspoken (and, at times, controversial) voice for human rights and multiculturalism, and with the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies currently under fire, her doc is bound to be an essential watch. In fact, she’s already offered to share the project with Trump himself:

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. debuted at Sundance earlier this year and is due for release in the U.S. on September 28.

Kid Cudi Says He’s ‘Reborn’ After Going To Rehab For ‘Suicidal Urges’

Kid Cudi has gone to hell and back. Thankfully, with the release of his critically acclaimed collaborative project with Kanye West, Kids See Ghosts, the Cleveland rapper is finally receiving his flowers. It isn’t easy being one of the most influential artists of the last decade. In a new Billboard cover story, Cudi opens up about life after entering rehab for “depression and suicidal urges” and how it has changed his music.

“It hasn’t been said that I’m good, that I’m OK,” Cudi said. “On Passion, Pain, I never let the world know that I’m good, because I wasn’t good yet. I was thinking, how can I let the world know? It was great when Kanye wanted to use [the song], because it was perfect for both — we are both reborn after what we went through. I couldn’t have made a song like “Reborn” until now, because I didn’t feel reborn yet.

“Reborn” is one of the most inspirational songs on Kids See Ghosts. During the second verse, the Cleveland crooner proudly sings, “I had my issues, ain’t that much I could do / Peace is somethin’ that starts with me.” It is the highlight of the album and represents a place for West and Mescudi to open up to fans about their current personal struggles.

Later in the interview, Cudi also opens up about the October 2016 message he posted on Facebook and his reaction to the outpouring of support. In the post, the Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ artist described how he hasn’t been “at peace,” since the beginning of his career, as a result of anxiety and depression ruling his life.

“[I] saw that the response was all love and support, and it really touched me,” he continued. “I was in a really bad place, and at the time, I felt like I was letting a lot of people down. It was really hard for me to even write that letter, but I needed to be honest with the kids. I needed to. I couldn’t live a lie. I couldn’t pretend to be happy.”

Read the entire cover story at Billboard.

PUMA Brings West Coast Vibes to Its Iconic California Silhouette

Foraying into sneaker culture 35 years ago, PUMA‘s classic California silhouette is now receiving a modern makeover. Originally conceived for tennis, the model made a swift transition to the streets, becoming an instant wardrobe staple for its laid-back fashion cues. Now for a new generation, the German-imprint looks to artists like Nipsey Hussle to help sustain the California’s original essence while imbuing popular West Coast vibes.

Subtle backdrops and casual styling reminiscent of Southern Los Angeles complement the model’s motifs. Featured in red and black, the upper contrasts suede and nylon with tumbled leather underscoring the heel and lace guard, all paired with a nubuck formstrip. Embellishments, like the gum sole and accents emblematic of the brand, swathe the shoe to complete the offering.

Scroll through the images above, and to shop for the classic kicks, head over to PUMA’s website.

Vic Mensa Explains How Gun Violence Has Affected His Life In New Op-Ed

Vic Mensa is one of the most vocal rappers in hip-hop when it comes to important issues. In March, he attended March For Our Lives and told MTV News, “With gun reform, what I’m screaming is, ‘Ban assault weapons. Ban the AR-15, point blank.’” In a new Rolling Stone op-ed, the Chicago rapper delves deeper into how gun violence has affected his life, describes why he is in favor of banning AR-15s, and briefly touches upon being arrested for gun possession in March of 2017.

“I was 18 when Cam died,” Mensa wrote. “Too young to buy a handgun or Hennessy, but old enough to buy an AR-15 or be shipped off to war. In the wake of the recent influx of mass shootings, I have come to question Brian’s words. Must we accept the devastation of gun violence as the reality of life as an American? Or can we reject that terrible fate?”

Cam was a close friend of Mensa’s who was killed as a result of gun violence. He has memorialized him on songs like 2017′s “Heaven on Earth.” Later in the op-ed, he touches upon why his opinion is still valid, despite being convicted for a firearm offense. Last year, Mensa was pulled over in Beverly Hills and told cops he was carrying a gun and a concealed-carry permit, which was registered to him in Illinois, but not California. He is currently serving a two-year sentence of informal probation.

“I write these words understanding and acknowledging that many people in our nation will regard my opinion as completely invalid, due to a conviction for a firearm offense in 2017,” Vic continued. “As someone who clearly supports gun ownership, I believe it is time we stop allowing distractions to divert our attention from the single most important piece of gun control legislation currently possible: a widespread ban on assault rifles.”

Read Mensa’s entire op-ed at Rolling Stone.

Nike Debuts Signature Shoe for Russell Wilson

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Nike Dangeruss Wilson 1 has surfaced with its eyes on the ESPYs.

Serving as the signature sneaker for Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback receives a model made for high-intensity gym workouts and dressing up outside of it.

The Dangeruss Wilson 1 drops tomorrow at Nike.com and at Nike and Nordstrom stores in Seattle and Portland.

Chance The Rapper’s Next Philanthropy Mission Is About Making Sure Everyone Gets A ‘Chance At Greatness’

Chance the Rapper might not be releasing an album this week, contrary to previous reports. The confusion was warranted considering that his interview with the Chicago Tribune teased that a new project was arriving “in time for the Special Olympics” — the 50th Anniversary concert of which he is producing and headlining on Saturday (July 21).

However, the update isn’t all bad news. During the discussion, the “Forever Always” rapper did describe in a very inspirational manner why his commitment to supporting the Special Olympics is important.

“I haven’t done as much work as possible with the intellectual and physical disabilities community,” Chance detailed. “But overall we’ve been about access, just trying to make sure everyone is given their chance at greatness. And greatness isn’t something segregated. When I looked into the history of the Special Olympics, that it started here 50 years ago and how many [Special Olympics] athletes we have in Chicago — 7,000 — I felt we should be a part of it.”

During the interview, Chance also opened up about the challenges of collaborating with artists in the major label system when you’re independent.

“Music has value,” he continued. “I put my music out there for free because I wanted people to see and notice it as a beacon for what I’m doing, in terms of how unorthodox I wanted my approach and my delivery of each piece of music to be… The bigger concern for artists now is navigating the legal issues of owning your music, your publishing, your distribution. It has been difficult for me to release music with artists who work with the majors. A lot of stuff I’ve worked on hasn’t come out since Coloring Book because it’s hard.”

Hopefully the labels back off of Chance because we need that Kanye West-produced seven-song album.

Lonnie Walker IV Donates 300 adidas Crazy BYWs To Hometown Basketball League

Days before he got drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the No. 18 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Lonnie Walker IV signed with adidas. And now that Walker has officially made the NBA, he’s already giving back to his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania by donating 300 pairs of the adidas Crazy BYW to the city’s Blacktop Basketball League.

Here’s more on Walker’s donation from Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle:

Brown said the “Crazy BYW” model sneakers will be distributed to players on the eight teams that reach the league’s four championships games, to the middle and high school student interns who help organize and run the league and to youth players who are considered in need.

Sneakers also will be shared with Reading’s KTB youth program and with the high school boys and girls programs.

Just an awesome gesture by Walker and one that will surely make an impact in the lives of the youth in his hometown.

Kodak Black Is Reportedly Getting Out Of Jail Early

Kodak Black’s jail sentence is reportedly being shortened. According to Pitchfork, Bill K. Kapri, better known as Kodak, is expected to be released from jail on August 18. His lawyer previously told the publication that the Florida rapper would be out of jail by September 17.

In January, Kodak was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and faced seven charges, including grand theft of a firearm, neglect of a child without great bodily harm, and two charges of probation violation or community control/felony. In April, the felony charges were dropped, but Black was sentenced to 364 days in jail for probation charges of driving with a suspended license and associating with people engaged in criminal activity. However, he was granted credit for time served.

Although he will be released soon, Kodak’s legal troubles aren’t entirely over. In a separate case, Kodak Black was indicted on sexual assault charges where he was accused of sexually attacking a woman in Florence County, South Carolina in 2016.

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