Exclusive // Nick Young’s “Still Swaggy” Adidas Pro Model PE

words & images // Nick DePaula:

At the start of the 2000s, the Adidas Pro Model 2G was perhaps one of the more widespread worn sneakers in the country, as the no frills $ 75 team shoe graced the feet of everyone from middle school hopeful hoopers to suburban high school squads to #1 ranked AAU players and ABCD campers like LeBron James and Lenny Cooke.

The shoe enjoyed a dominant run through the first half of the decade, showing up in simple home white colorways with team color accents, and later exploding in bold full patent leather looks. Then, they simply went away for more than a decade, as the brand tried unsuccessfully to modernize the 2G’s design a few times over, before switching gears and launching a new batch of Team Signature models towards the end of the 2000s.

After breaking out his own player exclusive pair of the Top Ten 2000 earlier in the season, the ever-stylish Nick Young became the perfect player to debut the re-make nearly twenty years after its original run and add the Pro Model 2G to his Adidas sneaker rotation.

In a clean white upper with alternating blue and yellow stripe logo hits, his size 14 pair also features his “Swaggy P” pyramid logo along the tongue, as “STILL SWAGGY” text replaces the commonly found “PRO MODEL” phrasing along the side of the shoe.

“Haven’t seen or hooped in a pair of Pro Models since AAU and high school in 2003-2004,” Young captioned on Instagram after first debuting them. “So many memories.”

Check out Swaggy P’s latest player exclusive from Adidas below, and stay tuned for more detailed looks at his batch of custom pairs for this season.


G-Eazy And Charlie Puth Party Through The Decades In New ‘Sober’ Video

G-Eazy broke out the costume trunk for his latest video, rocking throwback looks from decades past for the Charlie Puth-assisted “Sober.”

The Colin Tilley-directed video kicks off with a bloodied and bruised Eazy waking up in a pile of trash, seemingly suffering a hellish hangover. He stumbles into a building that turns out to be a kind of portal, and spends the rest of the vid traveling through time. First he downs beer in the Prohibition Era, then he’s a horny husband in the ‘50s, and then he’s a long-haired hippie reveling in a psychedelic ‘70s house party. The vid comes full-circle after Eazy’s transformation into a ‘90s rave kid who runs from the cops and eventually finds himself landing in that same pile of trash.

Puth, meanwhile, doesn’t get too involved in the chaos, only appearing to sing the chorus from atop a roof in a junkyard. Bummer for him.

“Sober” follows the Halsey collaboration “Him & I” as the latest single from G-Eazy’s third album, The Beautiful & Damned. For more from the rapper, see him reading his most “extra” Instagram comments in the vid below.

size? and adidas are Releasing a St. Patty’s Day Exclusive

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, UK retailer size? is joining forces with adidas to revive a timely release from the brand’s 2010 City Series.

The adidas Dublin, originally released back in 1976, comes in its aforementioned City Series style with a lush emerald-green coating of suede over the upper. Further, contrast three stripes branding works in company with a black outsole. A shamrock is placed at the insole to ensure that the shoes sentiment is consistent with its overarching theme.

Look for the size? x adidas Dublin “St. Patrick’s Day” on March 17 exclusively at size? in-store and online.

size? x adidas Dublin "St. Patrick's Day"
size? x adidas Dublin “St. Patrick’s Day”
size? x adidas Dublin "St. Patrick's Day"
size? x adidas Dublin “St. Patrick’s Day”
size? x adidas Dublin "St. Patrick's Day"
size? x adidas Dublin “St. Patrick’s Day”


People Are Freaking Out Watching Drake And Travis Scott Play Video Games

Who knew celebrities like Drake and Travis Scott are normal humans who do normal human things? Today (March 15), the internet went crazy after Drake joined famous Fortnite player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to play the friendly survival video game.

Fans could see the “God’s Plan” rapper and Ninja play on the popular live-streaming video platform Twitch. Ninja is one of the most famous people on the platform, which led to an Instagram follow by Drake, reports Kotaku.

However, the fun didn’t stop there. Travis Scott and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers joined to ratchet up the chaos. At one point, Scott goes, ”God’s plan, let’s get it,” when Graham revives him in the game. The proceedings looked so fun that Logic, Post Malone, and Lil Yachty all had something to say about the game on Twitter.

According to CNET, the stream broke the all-time concurrent viewers record on the platform with 600,000 people checking in to watch a virtual Drizzy and La Flame. The previous record was 388,000 views logged by Dr DisRespect.

Of course, a viral Drake moment wouldn’t be anything without fans, celebrities, and Twitch itself turning the event into memes.

A Closer Look at the Under Armour HOVR™ Phantom

An animated closer look — by Maxim Zhestkov – at the HOVR™ Phantom delves into the build of the dynamic runner. Conceptualizing the sneaker as a nexus of functionality and technology, Under Armour touts it’s the “perfect combination of cushioning, energy return and longevity.”

Within the sole, which is built from durable rubber with optimized traction and flex, lies the key features of the footwear. The wearer’s stride is aided by Under Armour’s proprietary HOVR™ system built from a soft durometer foam and wrapped in an energy web — providing responsiveness and increased kinetic return. An embedded sensor completes the tech setup to provide connectivity to the MapMyRun app. Contrasting the utility of its lower-half, the upper features a blend of materials that serve to secure and support the foot. Knit — on the toe and ankle collar — and the perforated chamois secure the foot while Speedform 2.0 promotes medial and lateral comfort.

Watch the featurette on the sneaker’s latest black colorway below and head over to UA’s website to purchase the latest HOVR Phantom on March 16.

How Swae Lee’s Producer Gave Him The Sauce For His First Solo Song

On February 28, Swae Lee emerged from his chrysalis with “Hurt To Look.” Since 2014, the public has watched Lee transition from the prepubescent sugar rush of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone” to the nocturnal adrenaline spike of “Black Beatles” two years later. He’s brought titans of pop like The Weeknd and Future into his world. Lee’s pen inspired a nation to get into “Formation.” His hook was literally and figuratively “Unforgettable.”

What many may not know is that Andre “Bizness Boi” Robertson along with Fwdslxsh and EY helped create the bed for Swae to so expertly flex on “How To Look.” The 30-year-old spent years building toward this moment. In 2011, his grandmother assisted the then-aspiring producer in his move from Milwaukee to Atlanta. Over the course of three years, Bizness worked with artists like T.I., Lil Scrappy, and Trae the Truth. In 2014, his relocation to Los Angeles led to work with PartyNextDoor (“Don’t Run,” “You’ve Been Missed,” “Don’t Know How”) and 6Lack (“MTFU”).

It takes a village to build a pop star, and Bizness is helping lay a solid foundation for the Rae Sremmurd star-turned-soloist. In an interview with MTV News, Bizness Boi reveals the origins of “Hurt To Look” and describes what it is like to collaborate with Swae Lee.

MTV News: How did you first connect with Swae Lee?

Bizness Boi: So my homie Jon Wells — he’s a DJ for them. He was just listening to me and Ye Ali’s [L.A.-via-Indiana rapper-singer] music. Basically, they heard it. They was on a tour bus. Rae Sremmurd was on a tour bus. Then Swae Lee was like, “Yo, who is that?” Then he let ‘em know. He’s like, “Yo, who making these beats?” Jon hit me like, “Yo, Swae and them are loving your beats. Can you send a pack?”

So I started sending beats to Jon, and Jon would forward them over to Swae Lee. Then Jon was like, “Send them straight to Swae Lee now.” So I was sending, sending, sending beats. So I DMed [Swae Lee] one day. I was just reaching out to him. I was like, “Yo, I’m gonna send you a pack today.” He hit me back like, “Yo, I love your beats. You already got two on my album.” I was like “Oh, OK.”

MTV News: How did “Hurt To Look” come about? Was it something that you had in mind for Swae Lee? What was the origin?

Bizness: When I work with artists, I like to give them new sounds and new types of beats, basically. Just so they can step outside their box. Just push themselves.

I was sending him all types of beats. He gravitated to the newer sounding — I don’t want to say pop beats, but, like, the single that just dropped, more of those types of beats he was gravitating to. The “Hurt To Look”-type sound, just something different from the Rae Sremmurd stuff.

MTV News: Have you gotten a chance to get into the studio with him and see how he records and writes?

Bizness: Yeah, when we came back from OVO Fest, he invited me over. ‘Cause we was like, “We’re flying back today.” Me and my manager were flying back that night. He’s like “Yo, as soon as you touch down, pull up to the crib.” I pulled up. I was doing beats.

He actually records himself. He know how to record himself, do all the effects and everything. Basically, he if like a beat, he’ll just load it up and then put the phone right there and press record and go in.

MTV News: What do you think it is about your production — Swae Lee ghostwrites, so does PND — that attracts them?

Bizness: I just understood throughout my journey, once you work with writers and R&B artists, artists period, it’s our job as producers to make the most melodic or simple beats possible, if that makes sense.

If you put too much in the beat, it kinda takes away from their creativity, because they’ll be restricted on melodies and stuff like that. So when I make beats, I try to keep it minimal, but real standout-ish.

Q&A // DeMar DeRozan Discusses Carrying The Nike Kobe Protro Torch

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Every young player has a superstar they idolize, pattern their game after and look to emulate. Whether it’s a hairstyle, approach on the court or even wearing their signature sneakers, trying to mold your game after the league’s most accomplished stars is nothing new.

For LA native DeMar DeRozan, that player was unmistakably Kobe Bryant.

As the Raptors’ four-time All-Star has now reached the heights of the league himself, he’s done so literally in Bryant’s footsteps along the way. He’s worn literally every model from Kobe’s line throughout his career, from the Huaraches and first three Zoom Kobes while at Compton High School, to the Kobe IV during his lone season at USC and a lengthy list of pairs later on with Toronto.

For the past several seasons, Nike has looked to DeMar to help carry the torch in a sense, building custom PEs of the Kobe AD series for the scoring 2. With Bryant’s namesake series now undergoing a “Protro” revamp, you can look for him to once again be breaking out a variety of his own personal pairs.

Nice Kicks recently caught up with DeRozan to discuss his latest batch of player exclusives from Nike, where he stores his stash of sneakers and his relationship with Kobe over the years.

Nick DePaula: As you were growing up in LA, what are some of your earliest memories of Kobe?

DeMar DeRozan: Seeing him get drafted, being bald headed, and then having the fro and every accomplishment that came with it. For me being a Laker fan, back when they played at The Forum, was the greatest thing in LA. To be able to go watch the Lakers play at The Forum are my first memories.

NDP: What kinds of things did you learn from his footwork, post game and style of play over the years as you started to develop yourown game?

DD: It was everything. I used to grow a fro out when I was young, cause he had the fro. [laughs] As a kid, we all gravitate to some player that you try to imitate or be like, and Kobe was definitely that.

NDP: You’ve been with Nike your entire career, what was the first Kobe shoe you played in and do you have any early favorites?

DD: The Huaraches were the first, but for sure my favorites are the 1s. It’s pretty cool to see them be re-released and come back out and see the response that they’re getting from people.

NDP: As a guy that’s played in Retro Jordans, Foams and a bunch of Retro stuff, what’d you think of Nike’s plan to update and upgrade the original Kobe models with the Protro concept?

DD: I thought it was awesome. I thought it was about time. [laughs] I was always wondering what it’d take for them to start retroing [Kobes]. So many dope early-on Kobes haven’t been re-released. I think it was the perfect time for them to be able to come back out, for a new generation to be able to adapt, and for the older crowd that understands, to get them too.

NDP: Of course, Kobe scored 81 back in ’06 in the Kobe 1. What do you remember about that game?

DD: I remember it being an early game. I was sitting on my bed, just at home watching the game. I remember they were losing, and the game was really not all that interesting. [laughs] It was kind of dead in there, and it wasn’t jumping like it normally was. That second half came around, and the next thing you know, I remember literally sitting on the edge of my bed watching every single shot. I was really tripping out, and wondering if I was playing a video game or something.

NDP: The last couple years, you’ll wear the new AD one game, 8s the next and then break out a Kobe 11 – how do you decide what you’re going to wear on a game-by-game basis?

DD: It’s just however I’m feeling. I got a little place in the arena that I call my “vault.” I have all types of shelves of shoes. Sometimes, I just tell my equipment manager to pick me a pair and surprise me. We have a routine now where sometimes he’ll just pick out my shoes. It’s pretty cool to have that selection of shoes, especially with it being my favorite brand of shoes.

NDP: How many pairs are in the vault?

DD: It’s shelves. You gotta get a stepladder to get them. It’s kind of ridiculous.

NDP: You have access to pretty much everything at Nike, but is there one pair of Kobes you’ve never been able to get?

DD: No. [laughs]

NDP: With Nike and Kobe really driving this idea of Protro, have you given much thought to what you would do to update some of the other Kobe models? Is there any one that sticks out that you’d like to see come back?

DD: I remember when the 3s came out, with the webbing and how they looked. At that time, it set the bar for a design. People used to look at how much those stood out, just by the design. The 3 is one of them shoes that really stood out, and I used to call them “The Spidermans.”

NDP: If you had to pick one, what’s your favorite Kobe model to play in?

DD: For some reason, I love the high-tops, the 9s. I go to them a lot. A lot of people wasn’t really on the 9s like that.

NDP: I got so used to playing in Lows after the 4 and 5, that it was hard to go back.

DD: That’s the weird thing for me too, because I’m always big on the Lows too. The 9, maybe because they stick out and how comfortable they are. People just wasn’t on them like that, but that’s still one of my favorites to go to now.

NDP: You had your own PE release of the ‘Comp10’ Kobe AD last season and now PEs of the 1 Protro – what’s it like to be headlining this new Kobe Protro series?

DD: Man… [pauses] Just you saying it, and every time that conversation comes up or I see a shoe months before they come out or I’m told an idea, it still trips me out. I grew up watching him and idolizing his game, then playing against him and playing in his last All-Star game with him. It’s a shoe [series] I’ve worn my whole career. To have that really come full circle is definitely something I can’t even put into words.

NDP: You mentioned playing against him in his last All-Star Game. Is there a moment that really sticks out for you on the court against him?

DD: We played in LA once, and we had the game won. He pulls off one of those crazy games and forced the game into overtime. He ended up winning the game and had like forty-something. That’s one of those games – I remember every single shot he took, you could hear the crowd gasping while the ball was in the air, and you could hear the excitement as soon as it went through the net. It was one of the craziest atmospheres. You just saw him willing himself to the win.

NDP: Away from the game, is there anything he’s helped you with advice wise? 

DD: Kob is kind of like the Bat Signal. If I need him, I just put the Bat Signal up. [laughs] He’ll be there for sure. It’s not one of those relationships where I abuse his time. When we have a conversation and talk about something, or something arises, the mutual respect is always there. Whenever we see eachother or do speak, it’s definitely something that can last for a long time until I need him again.

Kanye West Is Apparently Back On His Mountaintop Making Music

Kanye West famously recorded his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in Hawaii, and the stories of personalities as disparate as Rick Ross, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Nicki Minaj making music amid clouds of weed smoke are legendary. As West works on his new LP, reportedly in picturesque Wyoming, I can’t help but wonder: Are such revelries happening on this majestic mountaintop out west?

According to some recent updates from eagle-eyed Kanye fan accounts, the answer might be yes. And that’s exciting.

Above is a sample of the natural wonders by which West has apparently surrounded himself, along with a quick little snippet of his own head (complete with what looks like pink hair). Photos on fan accounts seem to confirm this, as well as Kim Kardashian’s presence out there too, doing some skiing.

But even more important than West’s hair or Kim’s slope work is who else has seemingly made the trek up to Kanye’s mountaintop creative kingdom (and it does seem to be creative, as per this shot of recording/editing software). In the past week or so, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Nas, A$ AP Bari, King Louie, and The-Dream have all been reportedly spotted in Wyoming, along with producers Jeff Bhasker, Wheezy, and Pi’erre Bourne.

Of course, just because all these talented musicians and writers happen to be in the same general location as Kanye at the same time he is doesn’t mean they’re recording with him. And even if they are, there’s no guarantee that their contributions will be made into final songs at all, let along songs that make it to a hypothetical eighth West LP.

But it still could mean that. And that’s good news, especially after West’s erratic behavior and eventually canceled Saint Pablo Tour at the end of 2016.

The last we heard from him, he popped back up on Instagram for a day — Valentine’s Day — as a grand romantic gesture for his wife. Maybe the next thing we’ll hear is a song or two — music he didn’t have to go all the way to Hawaii to make.

Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet” Drops This Month

Following the retail debut of the Nike Air VaporMax 97 earlier this month in the coveted “Japan” edition, in a few weeks time the model will release in another original colorway.

The OG “Silver Bullet” edition of the hybrid model is reported to release before the end of March – fitting when you consider Air Max Day lands on March 26. The upper is true to the styles original construction from 1997, while the midsole tooling is of course updated with VaporMax cushioning.

Specific release details for the Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet” are not currently available. Stay tuned for more details and also peep the “Black Reflect” colorway.

Nike Air VaporMax 97 "Silver Bullet"
Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet”
Nike Air VaporMax 97 "Silver Bullet"
Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet”
Nike Air VaporMax 97 "Silver Bullet"
Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet”
Nike Air VaporMax 97 "Silver Bullet"
Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet”
Nike Air VaporMax 97 "Silver Bullet"
Nike Air VaporMax 97 “Silver Bullet”

Cardi B Proudly Reveals Her Album Is Dropping Very Soon

Last night (March 11), Cardi B proved once again that her charisma could take over any award show she goes too. Cardi started the iHeartRadio Music Awards off with a performance of “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi” before walking away with the Best New Artist award. During her speech, she gave fans an update on when they can expect her long-awaited debut.

“My album will be coming in April,” said Cardi. “Yes, sir, April. Stay tuned, motherfuckers.”

The “Motorsport” star also took time out of her acceptance speech to thank her publicist, label, and fiancé Offset. However, it wouldn’t be a Cardi speech without a little bit of bite for her detractors.

“I want to thank my fans, Bardi Gang, because even when I’m wrong, they be like, ‘She’s still right,’” said Cardi. “I want to thank my haters too, because they be downloading my stuff so they can hear it and talk crap about it, but it benefits me.”

In a Beats 1 Radio interview with Julie Adenuga, the “Finesse” rapper described why she will always rap about her haters.

“I’m always gonna talk about them because I hate them,” said Cardi. “I hate y’all. I wish y’all catch something. … I’m not too cool to tell your fucking ass something. Like, how your fucking square ass is gonna talk about me?”

Guess we’ll have to wait until April to see what the anti-Cardi brigade has to say about an entire album of slander.

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