Air Jordan 7 Low Pack Takes Flight Next Week

At first thought, an Air Jordan 7 Low doesn’t sound like the best idea. However, in execution, the shoe itself isn’t nearly as bad as the initial thought of it.

With the help of a classic Air Jordan 7 colorway and two other styles that ring true in the Jordan Brand lineage — Concord and Taxi — the rollout of the 7 Low couldn’t have been more strategic. This marks a more favorable outcome than when the shoe was first unveiled ten years ago, in 2008.

Only seen and not released back then, it took a full decade for this idea and subsequent execution to come into full view. Look for the Air Jordan 7 Low Pack featuring the “Bordeaux,” “Bright Concord” and “Taxi” on September 27 via Nike SNKRS at 10am EDT.

Air Jordan 7 Low NRG

Release Date: September 27, 2018
Price: $ 140

Air Jordan 7 Low "Bordeaux"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Bordeaux”
Air Jordan 7 Low "Taxi"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Taxi”
Air Jordan 7 Low "Bright Concord"
Air Jordan 7 Low “Bright Concord”

Cardi B Is The ‘Queen Of Talkin’ Shit’ In Pardison Fontaine’s New Video

We haven’t heard Cardi B on wax since her feature on Lil Yachty’s “Who Want the Smoke” in July, and a lot’s happened to the Bronx MC since then. Most notably, she and husband Offset welcomed a baby girl together in July, but she’s also found herself at the center of a heated, ugly feud with Nicki Minaj.

On Thursday (September 20), Cardi turned the focus back on music with a fresh feature on Pardison Fontaine’s new single, “Backin’ It Up.” Cardi and Pardi are longtime friends and collaborators — he wrote two of her biggest hits, “Bodak Yellow” and “Be Careful” — and Cardi recently shared a video of them partying together years before she blew up. She wrote of their new collab, “I’m really happy to be joining him on his next single BACKIN’ IT UP, which will be dropping later on! I did the song and shot the video while I was 5 and a half months pregnant! I was cranky as fuck but I knew that it was going to be a Hit! Hit! Hit!”

In the newly released video, Pardi and his crew post up in a pizza shop before taking over a dimly lit dance floor. That’s where Cardi joins the fun, rocking a big fur coat and spitting characteristically confident lyrics. “I’m the queen of talkin’ shit and I’m backin’ it up,” she proclaims, later asserting, “Bitches think they fuckin’ with me, must be sick in the head / Why don’t you chill with the beef and get some chicken instead?”

It’s unclear whether “Backin’ It Up” will appear on Cardi’s upcoming project, which she originally targeted for a September 1 release. That date has obviously come and gone, but no matter when her new material arrives, it’s good to see her back.

Kanye West Debuts YEEZY Basketball Shoe

After years of samples and speculation, it appears the YEEZY Basketball Shoe is officially here.

Debuted by none other than Kanye West himself, the man of many projects recently joined Instagram and just uploaded a pic of him wearing the new hardwood model.

Upon closer look, the shoe sees the same styling as the second model thought to be that of the YEEZY Basketball line. A weave upper is perhaps most compelling or apparent at first look with 3M hits on the heel and tongue also adding to the intrigue. Capping off all the wildness is a semi-translucent sole which extends onto the upper for a nice visual overlay.

YEEZY Basketball is said to debut in the NBA this season. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for updates.

Chinatown Market is Making Bootleg Chuck Taylors & So Should You

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The phrase “Just Do It” is back at the forefront of sports and pop culture, but perhaps it’s just as relevant in fashion and design.

For Mike Cherman, the mind behind the KITH logo, countless Nike Sportswear projects and the brand Chinatown Market, his JDI attitude toward creation is spreading with the intent of more DIY apparel and footwear on the market.

Teaming up with Converse, the Cali resident returned to his home of New York to disrupt the red carpets of Fashion Week to set up shop at the brand’s NY flagship to create bootleg Chucks with his team of experimenters and the people of the Big Apple.

From lacing LeBron with 1 of 1s to having Erykah Badu slide into his DMs, hear why his bootlegging brand is changing the laws of collaboration and shifting the perspective on Do It Yourself style.

Nice Kicks: First off, how’s it feel to be back in New York and tell us about the Converse event.

Mike Cherman: It’s really good to be back in New York and we’re excited to bring some of our customizations here for Fashion Week. We’ve got everything from airbrushing to rhinestones to glitter transfers to hand-painting to the printing gun. We brought almost our entire office out here, so I’m pretty much a little babysitter. [Laughs] We brought it all out so I’m super excited.

Nice Kicks: The bootleg Chucks have made a huge splash. How’d the idea first come about and how does this event see the next evolution of it?

Mike Cherman: You know, that whole thing came out of the idea of taking two of the most demanded things in pop culture and smashing them together. For us, constant experimentation takes place in our office and that experimentation led us to that. Obviously, that bootleg was such a strong idea but it’s really about us continuing to tell the story of customization and the idea that Chucks can change all the time.

As consumers of the Chuck we know it’s a longstanding staple that hasn’t changed in years, but it’s our job to show that they’re so much more. You can really go crazy with them as a canvas. They’re so perfect for us to play with.

Nice Kicks: Growing up in the 2000s whether it be gear or kicks, what was your relationship to both streetwear and bootleg gear?

Mike Cherman: From a young age, I used to go into New York City with my dad. We’d go to Chinatown after he got out of work and we’d go to dinner and buy toys. That left an impression on me as a kid.

But I think the bigger picture is that we’re trying to take the whole DIY nature of what bootlegging really is and that’s creating ideas that don’t already exist and allowing them to happen. It’s almost the idea of forced collaboration. It allows us to constantly create new ideas that maybe the powers that be don’t want to see, but the idea for us is to show the consumer that the ideas are constantly coming.

Converse Chuck Taylor Chinatown Market

Nice Kicks: The bootleg Chucks have been gifted and worn by the likes of LeBron James, Nigo and Erykah Badu. How did that interest come about and what’s it like to see them sport your creative work?

Mike Cherman: You know man, the beauty for us is about the idea and less about the credit. It’s beautiful when you see LeBron get those shoes and then Erykah Badu hops in your DM and says, ‘I need them!’ I’ve been growing up listening to her since I was a kid so it’s amazing to see something like that happen.

It’s the validation of the idea, you know? We’re not out here to say Chinatown Market did this. It’s more about can we inspire that DIY nature in the marketplace? After this event, you’re gonna see hundreds of kids who went and made their own Converse and activated it themselves to create their own bootleg. To me, that’s inspiring and our idea in the first place: DIY, make it yourself and go for it. That kind of spirit is what’s going to lead the next generation of creators.

Nice Kicks: Irony and humor are at the heart of the brand. Is it perfect time to be printing a Swoosh on shoes or branding product as Nike when others are doing crazy stuff like cutting the logo off their socks?

Mike Cherman: Exactly, man. We’d like to have that statement to know that we’re behind all those things [that Nike is doing]. We’re not on the other side.

Converse Chuck Taylor Chinatown Market

Nice Kicks: Lastly, what’s next from Chinatown Market on the footwear tip?

Mike Cherman: Constant innovation on how we approach footwear projects. I think you’re going to see some really interesting things from us over the next year. We look to just continue to build our relationship with Converse and try to make some interesting projects.

We want to shake up the industry in regards to how people look at collaborations and how they look at small brands and how they can shake up the bigger landscape of retail across the US and across the world.

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Noah Cyrus And Lil Xan’s ‘Live Or Die’ Video Immortalizes Their Doomed Romance

Two weeks after Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan very publicly and messily announced their breakup, we’ve gotten an unexpected reminder of their fleeting summer fling.

See, brief as their romance was, the 18-year-old singer and 22-year-old rapper managed to be quite the productive couple, recording and releasing the mellow, synth-heavy collab “Live or Die” in August. And on Monday (September 17), they unceremoniously leaked the track’s accompanying video, which immortalizes their doomed love in one very shadowy clip.

Cyrus co-directed the vid alongside Tony Corella, and it finds Xoah in happier times; cuddling and kissing by a fireplace as a spotlight illuminates their moves. Meanwhile, they pledge their loyalty to one another by promising, “When you lay by my side / I see the whole world through your eyes / Ride or die, you and I.” Sure, it’s pretty awkward to watch now, but just pretend you’re seeing it *without* the prior knowledge of knowing these two might’ve broken up over an X-rated Charlie Puth meme.

In happier news, Noah is gearing up for the release of her debut EP, Good Cry, which arrives on September 21. Xan, meanwhile, may or may not be quitting music altogether, so cherish “Live or Die” while you can.

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36 // Release Date

Just like their collaboration with Vans last fall, Japanese clothing label, nonnative has applied the same design approach onto the Old Skool Style 36.

Each silhouette is constructed with a hairy suede upper that swaps out the traditional laces for a zip-up application instead. That being said, the laces haven’t completely disappeared, as they’ve been converted into a tassel design, while the iconic checkerboard pattern lines the formation of the leather sock-liner. Additionally, each offering incorporates leather insoles for an elegant design and next level comfort.

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36

The nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36 is expected to release at select retailers, like COVERCHORD on September 26.

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36

Release Date: September 26, 2018

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36

Kanye’s New YANDHI Project Looks A Lot Like Yeezus 2

Early Monday morning (September 17), Kanye West’s Twitter contained two very puzzling items: the word “YANDHI” (written on a Post-It note under Adam Driver’s name, suggesting the two would pair up for an upcoming Saturday Night Live episode), and an image of a bare MiniDisc without any context.

It wasn’t unlike when his 2013 album Yeezus dropped, complete with its artwork of a naked CD with a red sticker on it. Naturally, this caused people to begin speculating that Yeezus 2 was on its way. And then, the details came in — Kanye will indeed perform on SNL on September 29 (with Driver hosting), and that same day, he’ll also launch a project called YANDHI.

Kanye has also changed his social media avatars to a white screen, meaning he could be prepping the beginning of a new era. If YANDHI is indeed a full album, it would be Kanye’s third this year, after Ye, which debuted in June at Kanye’s star-studded Wyoming ranch blowout, and his Kid Cudi collaboaration, Kids See Ghosts. Two weeks ago, Kanye also dropped the new song “I Love It” with Lil Pump, complete with a music video that’s already been parodied for its ridiculousness.

But the news doesn’t stop there! Kanye also took the stage with Chance the Rapper on Monday night to confirm that yes, they are indeed making a joint album together — as they’ve been teasing for weeks now — and it’s called Good Ass Job (a title Kanye’s been teasing for years).

This is a lot to take in, so now’s might be a good time to throw on some music (maybe “Good Ass Intro” or “Ultralight Beam”) and mull it over for a while. And, you know, consider turning on notifications for Kanye’s and Chance’s tweets.

Chapter II x PUMA Suede // Release Date

PUMA teams up with Mr. Flawless as part of their Chapter II collection that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Suede. Mr. Flawless, a custom jewelry designer for Chapter II, lends his creativity and inspiration to the Suede itself, adorning the silhouette with a series of detachable metal charms and snowflake designs.

Decked out in a taffy toned suede application on the upper, the heels are each stamped with the Chapter II logo, while both brand logos appear on the tongue.

Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede

The Chapter II x PUMA Suede is expected to be available at select retailers and online on September 20.

Chapter II x PUMA Suede

Release Date: September 20, 2018

Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox Collection // Release Date

Carhartt WIP has teamed up with Converse for a trio of One Star Ox offerings that sport a series of neutral tones to complement the upcoming fall season. Each shoe is equipped with a durable nylon upper for a rugged military look, while Carhartt WIP patches appear on the tongues.

Lastly, each shoe features a D-ring application on the heel for a special forces aesthetic.

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox

The Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox Collection is expected to release at select retailers, like Sneaker Politics on September 20th.

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox Collection

Release Date: September 20, 2018
Price: $ 110 USD

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox

Nick Grant Tells Us How He Turned Inspiration From A Will Smith Movie Into A Song

1974′s iconic Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is one of the sport’s all-time bouts. Before the pair squared off for eight rounds (ending with Ali toppling Foreman), local spectators in the crowd chanted their support for Ali, the underdog, in their native Lingala, “Ali Bomaye!” — translation: “Ali, kill him!”

This rallying cry has since become a go-to mantra in hip-hop, including for The Game in 2012, and now for South Carolina up-and-comer Nick Grant — the MTV PUSH artist for the month of September.

As he told MTV recently, he first encountered the phrase while watching Will Smith’s portrayal of the legendary boxer in 2001′s Ali. So he updated it with his own name for a song he called “Nicky Bomaye.”

“I just took that based on my position of the game and how I want to compete and contribute and always just want to be the best,” Grant told MTV. “Because that’s what hip-hop was based on from the start.”

He continued the boxing theme by calling DJ Khaled, whose trademark motivational maxims feature on the studio version of the track, the Mickey and/or Apollo Creed to his Rocky. “He’s encouraging me and talking me through it because in this time, I’m one of the guys that’s pushing that heavy and trying to put it back into the culture where people start to respect it again,” he said.

Watch Grant break down the meaning behind the song above. Then watch his full performance of “Nicky Boyame” below.

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