Fashion Girl of Today:Love this purple

Love this purple
by elizabethkeene

Under Armour HOVR House Lifts Off in LA

lead image via UA, additional photography by Oscar Castillo

Going up on a Wednesday, Under Armour defied gravity and basketball bias launching their HOVR House party pop-up at NBA All-Star Weekend in LA.

The performance runner with lifestyle legs offers a floating feel with an anti-gravity design first met by the wearer upon making contact with the anatomical insole. Industry mainstays like a knit upper, smartly branded heel cage and heel-to-toe cushioning see the specs needed to cut time on the track while UA’s HOVR Foam offers lower impact and higher energy return for going the distance. Really about that action? The shoe comes in connected form for those looking to track their times with the MapMyRun App.

While marbled mid tops and icy white low top takes on the HOVR laced attendees at the party pop-up from Jordan Speith to Amine, the floating fortress in Hollywood provided a preview to host of upcoming colorways — most notably school spirited offerings prime for March Madness.

Of most note to UA faithful, a smooth UCLA pair sees blue to white gradient fade similar to that of coveted Currys while brand institutions like Notre Dame, Wisconsin and others will see retail release this spring.

Get an inside look at the LA HOVR House below and look for Under Armour’s anti-gravity gathering to touch down at SXSW in Austin, TX in March followed by a Washington, DC pop-up in April. To RSVP for those HOVR House locations click here. To purchase a pair of HOVRs, click here.

Rejjie Snow’s Dear Annie Album Is Here At Last

After years of patiently waiting, Rejjie Snow has finally released his debut full-length album Dear Annie on 300 Entertainment. Leading up to the big drop, the Irish rapper put out the project in two parts, but now all of the songs can be consumed together as intended. Rejjie’s record runs 20 tracks deep and features a variety of special guests including Anna Of The North, Aminé, Jesse James Solomon, Danna Williams, Jesse Boykins III and more to enhance the quality of his rich sound.

From start to finish, Dear Annie is an enjoyable expression of the highs and lows of Rejjie’s journey as a black man trying to find himself within the context of a creative world that often turns against him. Whether he’s grieving an ex, sipping his troubles away, stressing about money, or seducing a MILF, there’s no doubt that you’ll find some common ground. Set off your weekend right and bump the entire hip-hop project in full below.

Fashion Girl of Today:The Perfect Valentine’s Day Dress

The Perfect Valentine's Day Dress
by elizabethkeene

Designing The Adidas FutureBoost Creator NDP With The Brooklyn Creator Farm

words // Nick DePaula
images // Jeffrey Jason & Nick DePaula

To kick off the brand’s massive 747 Warehouse St. celebration during NBA All-Star Weekend, Adidas is looking to showcase several of their brightest innovations and future concepts.

Marking the first time that the Brooklyn Creator Farm brought their collective tools and talents to a public brand event, Farm leaders Marc Dolce, Denis Dekovic and Mark Miner hosted a series of 2-hour Maker Lab workshops earlier today, challenging creators to come up with their own silhouette and design on the spot.

“We want to give you 10% of the shoe, and then the rest is entirely up to you to create,” outlined Dolce.

Taking early inspiration from the trio’s celebratory group photo from when they first joined the Adidas brand in late 2014 — which I actually shot on a rainy Portland day — I was able to work alongside Dekovic and the Farm’s master maker Eric Wise to bring my design to life over the course of two hours.

With five toolings at our disposal, we started with the Crazy BYW platform, one my favorite designs in recent memory from the brand. I also happened to be wearing my pair, which came in handy as Denis grabbed some tape and pen for a few mock toe-down designs along the way. From there, we toyed with additional parts and pieces, before sticking to a mostly sleekened and minimal look.

Styled in hues of McCarren Concrete and Hawthorne Blue, the FutureBoost Creator NDP combines forefoot Boost and a 4D printed heel together, merging two of the brand’s biggest innovations for the very first time.

The upper features an exaggerated and laceless silhouette, with a lateral support wedge offering a texture and color break. Branding along the collar combines the Nice Kicks speech bubble with my own NDP logo, a combination of my initials and my affinity for throwing terrible behind-the-back pass turnovers during pickup runs.

Follow along throughout the process of concepting, hacking and making the Adidas FutureBoost Creator NDP, designed in tandem with Brooklyn Farm creators Denis Dekovic and Eric Wise. The BCF pop-up will be finalizing the construction this weekend, with a final look at the assembled shoe on the way. Let us know what you think on Instagram at @NiceKicks and @NickDePaula.

       

We Break Down Where Drake’s $1 Million Went In The ‘God’s Plan’ Video

Drake has been in a giving mood, and it all came to fruition in the video for “God’s Plan.” Over the course of almost six minutes, we see crying faces, smiling children, and Drake’s generosity at the center of it all. Drizzy even hopped on Instagram stories to ask his followers to get into the giving spirit.

“I am not into challenges on IG,” wrote Drake. “I find them annoying…but today I am going to challenge everyone to just go out and do something for someone, anything, the smallest thing, just to bring another human being some joy and please tag me in it somehow so I can see all the love being spread.”

Viewers know the 6 God gave away $ 996,631.90 to the residents of Miami in the “God’s Plan” video, which begs the question — where did all of that money go? There is so much happening onscreen that if you blink, you might miss the latest good deed from Toronto’s reigning king.

Below, MTV News compiled a rundown of Drake’s best deeds and how much they cost. Unfortunately, we probably didn’t catch them all.

  1. OVO Market Sweep

    Total: $ 50,000

    Drake gave Miami residents the most epic game of Supermarket Sweep. “Anything you guys want in the store is free,” Drizzy says through a megaphone in the middle of the grocery store. According to E! News, the trip cost Graham $ 50,000.

  2. Started Out Doin’ College Shows

    Total: $ 50,000

    The Miami Hurricane reported that Drake gave a $ 50,000 check to Destiny James, a junior studying public health at the University of Miami. In an Instagram post thanking Drake, James wrote, “You don’t understand what this means to me. I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you.”

  3. Icy Like the Frost School

    Total: $ 10,000

    Drake can also be seen giving the University of Miami Frost School of Music a $ 10,000 donation in the video.

  4. Toy Story

    Total: $ 69,500 donation = $ 50,000 directly to the shelter + $ 19,500 in Target gift cards to families

    Drake donated a $ 50,000 check to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, which supports and provides for homeless women and children. On top of the donation, the Toronto rapper also handed out $ 150 Target gift cards to 130 women and toys for all the children, TMZ reports.

  5. Fast Times At OVO High

    Total: $ 25,000

    A significant portion of the “God’s Plan” video was filmed at Miami Senior High School in South Florida. Drake did more than let students be extras in the visual, He also gave $ 25,000 to the school and agreed to design OVO uniforms for the scholars, reports ABC News.

  6. Fire And Desire

    Total: $ 20,000

    The City of Miami Fire Department also got some love from Graham with a $ 20,000 check.

  7. Shut Down Saks Fifth

    Total: $ 10,000 (honestly, probably a lot more)

    The 6 God took over Saks Fifth for a special woman, Odelie Paret. The head of OVO was inspired by a Miami Herald story, which details how the housekeeper’s commute can take almost three hours as she works at a physically demanding job to support her family. Drake and Antonio Brown from the Steelers reportedly treated the woman to a spa day, dinner at StripSteak, and a shopping spree.

  8. Random Acts Of Kindness

    Total: Priceless

    Honestly, Drake gives away so much in the “God’s Plan” video it is almost impossible to calculate it all without calling up the OVO accountant. We may never know what deal Drizzy got on the cars or the stack of cash he hands out to each family. Thankfully, that isn’t the point. You don’t have to be one of the biggest rappers alive to make someone’s day. Sometimes all it takes is some well-choreographed dance moves and a kind deed.

YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID” Releasing at BAIT LA Pop-Up

Parental discretion is advised on the YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID” collabo. Slashing C’s and dropping F bombs, the alphabet boys might be scared of these brazy ‘boks set to drop at the BAIT x Reebok popup space in Downtown LA during NBA All Star Weekend.

Dressed in red and celebrating YG’s “Su Woo” single that drops the same day, a Kevlar and ballistic nylon upper sets the stage for bones branding on the insoles and plenty of personality.

Those looking to cop a pair of the YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID” can do so at the BAIT x Reebok popup space, located at 1054 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA.

The hours for the popup are as listed below:
Thursday from 3-9PM
Friday from 2-9PM
Saturday from 11-7PM.

YG x Reebok Classic Nylon "4HUNNID"
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID”
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon "4HUNNID"
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID”
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon "4HUNNID"
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID”
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon "4HUNNID"
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID”
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon "4HUNNID"
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID”
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon "4HUNNID"
YG x Reebok Classic Nylon “4HUNNID”

Lil Skies & Francia Raisa Bond Over Their Love For Roses On TRL

The TRL studio was poppin’ when Pennsylvania rapper Lil Skies and Grown-ish star Francia Raisa dropped into the building. During a fun discussion about tattoos, Francia and Skies wound up bonding over roses, which they both have tattooed on different parts of their bodies. Skies identifies with being a dark rose, which is why he incorporated it into the title of his latest mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose. As for Francia, she got a rose inked on her ankle to stick it to a disapproving ex.

Later on, Francia shared her feelings on friendship and how it’s something that is really important to her, as demonstrated by her decision to donate her kidney to her BFF Selena Gomez.

“I think the important thing about friendship that people forget is just because you give doesn’t mean you always have to receive,” she said. “Our friendship is amazing and it’s continuing to be amazing, it hasn’t changed. I think that’s what friendship is about, being there for one another but not expecting anything in return. It’s unconditional love honestly.”

After Lil Skies opened up about his mission to live a healthy life without drugs, he performed “Red Roses” with Landon Cube. The track has been played more than 29.8 million times on Spotify and continues to rack up streams. Watch the whole set in the video below and tune into TRL on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

Nike Air Garnett // Throwback Thursday

KG. KGEE. KGEE21. KG21. The Big Ticket. Da Kid. KG PICK 5.

No matter the acronym, they’re all synonymous with the man for whom they were coined: Kevin Garnett.

Welcome to today’s Nice Kicks Throwback Thursday. Here, we continue with our NBA All-Star Game theme and pay tribute to yet another mid-90s basketball model worn on court during the annual February basketball classic: the 1998 Nike Air Garnett.

KG took the NBA by storm when, as a tall, skinny kid from Mauldin, South Carolina by way of Chicago’s Farragut Academy, he single-handedly transformed a struggling Minnesota Timberwolves basketball franchise in desperate need of a new identity and leader.

Minnesota’s mid-90s mighty underdog, KG’s career is equally extensive and noteworthy as his Nike kicksology. The 2008 NBA Champion, 2004 NBA MVP, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, 15x NBA-All Star, 2003 NBA ASG MVP, and 2000 Olympic Gold medalist was properly laced by Nike during the earlier part of his legendary career including models such as the Air Jordan 11, Air Zoom Flight, Air Max Uptempo, Air Max Uptempo 3, Air Way Up, Jumpman Pro, Air Flight Max, Air Max Uptempo 3.0, Air Vis Zoom Uptempo, and Jumpman Team.

It wasn’t until 1998, however, when KG finally received his very own Nike signature line with the debut of the Air Garnett, his footwear of choice at the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in NYC, his All-Star Game debut. In the showcase, KG scored 12 points and handed out 2 assists in the game including a gorgeous alley-oop pass to Kobe who finished with an emphatic slam dunk, much to the delight of NBA on NBC commentators Bob Costas and Isiah Thomas.

The Air Garnett truly embodied and captured KG’s spirit, essence, and style vis-a-vis excellent aesthetics and the use of high-quality materials and construction. Featuring the words “Kevin Garnett” on the heel tab, the shoe incorporated a thick tumbled leather upper, phylon midsole, jewel technology, and visible heel with encapsulated forefoot air sole units.

Multiple colorways released including black/varsity royal-metallic silver, white/midnight navy-field green (emerald) colorway, and a rare all-black PE colorway as well. Of note, KG’s PE version featured his number 21 on the tongue in place of the word “Air.”

Unfortunately, due to legal issues pertaining to the use of his name on the heel tab, the Air Garnett has not been given the retro treatment and likely never will.

Perhaps one day, Nike will produce a quality retro and return this pair to the hardwood where it so rightfully belongs.

Remember: anything is possible, and always keep it fly as hell.

lead image via SI

Watch Tyga & Iggy Azalea Celebrate Valentine’s Day On TRL

The TRL studio was overflowing with love today as Iggy Azalea and Tyga decided to spend their Valentine’s Day with DC Young Fly and Tamara Dhia. During the show, the rappers reflected on their love lives, shared some valuable advice to properly woo your boo, and gave updates on their upcoming projects.

Iggy also shared a sneak peak of her lyric video for her comeback single “Savior” featuring Quavo. After running through the trending topics, the rappers opened up even more about their personal lives in a heated round of I Did It (where Iggy did not hesitate to throw some serious shade at her ex Nick Young). A fan dared Iggy to read the last text message she sent and she willingly obliged… Turns out it was a text to Paris Hilton about attending her birthday party, NBD.

Last but not least, Tyga performed his latest single “Temperature” for the studio. Re-live the moment below and tune into TRL on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

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