Marvin Bagley III Becomes 1st NBA Player To Sign With Puma In 20 Years

At Duke, Marvin Bagley rocked Nikes and became one of the top players in his class and will be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Bagley however, will switch from the Swoosh to PUMA once he actually enters the NBA.

That’s right, Bagley is going to be hooping in PUMAs in the NBA. Bagley will become the first player to wear PUMA since 1998, when Vince Carter played in them. But Bagley isn’t just going to be playing in PUMAs, he also is signing a massive deal with the company.

According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski, Bagley will sign a five-year deal with PUMA. Bagley’s deal with PUMA will be the largest rookie sneaker contract since Kevin Durant with Nike.

Durant’s first deal with Nike was for seven years, $ 60 million. So while Bagley’s deal is two years fewer than Durant’s and not yet disclosed, he apparently is going to be making a lot more money per year.

Krawczynski also reports that PUMA is “negotiating with other draft picks” and may possibly sign a few more soon-to-be rookies to sneaker deals. If that happens, then perhaps PUMA may be the next big sneaker player in the NBA landscape.

Drake Still Isn’t Over That Girl Who Said He Couldn’t Sing On 2 Chainz’s New Song

Drake has an excellent memory. On 2 Chainz’s “Bigger Than You” featuring Quavo, the Canadian rapper references a time when people weren’t as excited to hear him break the melodies out — “‘Member shorty told me she thought the raps good, but the singing’s off.’”

Considering the previous bar mentions a time when he had a pre-paid phone it is safe to assume this was probably anywhere between 2007 – 2009, where Drake was first coming into his singing voice on projects like So Far Gone. What is the chance this is the same girl who told Drake he’d never be “as big as Trey Songz” on “From Time?”

Thankfully, “Bigger Than You” isn’t all about women who said Drake needed to work on hitting the correct notes. Quavo handles the hook, which is about warning fans he’s on “baller alert,” while the fine ladies are on “caller alert.” 2 Chainz also blesses us with the punchline, “Chain so big, should have came with a kickstand,” which same.

In February, Chainz announced the release of his next album, Rap Or Go To The League, in front of a blimp. On Instagram, the Atlanta rapper described the theme of his fifth studio album would center on race relations and the stereotypes he faced growing up.

“With the height of racial tensions across America I felt I should do my part in explaining some of the brain washing formulas used in my community,” Chainz wrote. “This album not only touches on those who did succeed thru entertainment but those who didn’t! Welcome to Rap or Go TO THE LEAGUE!”

BILLY’S x Vans Classic Slip-On “Off The Wall Check” // Coming Soon

Vans and Japanese sneaker retailer BILLY’S are making the “Off the Wall” mantra a more literal slogan by highlighting the checkerboard Classic Slip-On with a series of labels featuring the aforementioned phrase throughout the upper. Set on a crisp white midsole, a black heel collar adds a subtle contrast that accents the California-inspired silhouette nicely.

The BILLY’S Vans Classic Slip-On “Off The Wall Check” is expected to release this Saturday, June 16 at BILLY’S online shop.

BILLY’S Vans Classic Slip-On “Off The Wall Check”

BILLY'S Vans Classic Slip-On "Off The Wall Check"
BILLY’S Vans Classic Slip-On “Off The Wall Check”
BILLY'S Vans Classic Slip-On "Off The Wall Check"
BILLY’S Vans Classic Slip-On “Off The Wall Check”


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Nicki Minaj Gets Candid About What Being Single Meant For Her New Album

One can learn many things from a breakup, like the joys of sending reckless DMs or eating alone at a restaurant as you sneer at everyone condescendingly judging you. For Nicki Minaj , she learned that single life can actually be super inspirational. In her latest cover story for Elle, Minaj discussed what it was like being single for the “first time in my life” and how that affected her upcoming album.

“I went through a moment where I got to know myself again, and then I went through a moment where I got to know myself as the rapper again,” Minaj said. “And then I locked [myself] in the studio” — see? — and I didn’t want to leave. Spiritually, I’ve experienced more growth in the last six months of my life, of my career, than I have in the last eight years.”

In the past, Minaj has been linked to Safaree Samuels, Meek Mill, and, most recently, Nas. The two New York rappers reportedly split in late 2017, according to TMZ.

Elsewhere in the interview, the “Chun-Li” rapper described the challenges of being in relationships and how she got through the transition of being on her own again.

“I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself, for whatever reason,” she said. “As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me.”

Minaj’s latest song, “Rich Sex,” is about why one shouldn’t have intercourse with brokies and fits nicely into the discussion she had during her cover story. Hopefully, when Queen arrives on August 10, fans will get a more complete look at Nicki’s thoughts about relationships, breakups, and everything in between.

Fashion Girl of Today:Billie Jean

Billie Jean
by RuxandraIoana

The World Cup is Returning to North America

Before this summer’s World Cup officially kicks off we already have good news Stateside. As Yahoo Sports reports, the US, Mexico and Canada will be hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Returning to North America for the first time in 32 years, the soccer spectacle is set to see 60 games played in the US with ten a piece taking place in Mexico and Canada. Of those 60 games, proposals suggest the opener to take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the semi-finals to go down at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, with the finals concluding at and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Other US cities in the running to host games include Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Congrats to the US, Canada and Mexico on the bid win. Expect bidding wars for the US soccer deal to heat up in the years to come as Nike has rights to the team until 2022.

Lead image via WSJ

Childish Gambino Surprising Students With A Performance Of ‘This Is America’ Gives Us All The Feels

Donald Glover and Chance the Rapper just proved that “The Worst Guys” can also be the best guys. Yesterday (June 11), Glover surprised a room full of Chicago youth at OpenMike by performing Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” As social video reveals, as the beat to the song started playing, the auditorium erupted as students rushed to the stage, while Gambino broke out his signature dance from the video.

Glover and Chance’s relationship goes way back. The Chicago rapper opened up for Childish Gambino early in both of their careers and even teased fans with the possibility of a joint mixtape. Chance, along with the poet and activist Malcolm London, host OpenMike, which is a monthly event where Chicago high school students can present artwork to their peers and receive professional development. The monthly event honors “Brother Mike” Hawkins, who helped artists like Chance, Vic Mensa, and Saba first get their start at the YouMedia Lyricist Loft event.

Last week, FX announced that they ordered a third season of Atlanta. At an Emmys FYC screening and panel on Friday (June 8), Glover compared the upcoming season of Atlanta to one of Kanye West’s most successful albums.

“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Glover told IndieWire. “I feel like this is our Graduation. This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”

Under Armour is Treating Oakland to Exclusive Curry 5s at “Steph VR” Pop-Up

Continuing to honor Stephen Curry’s third NBA championship, Under Armour is releasing two different exclusive iterations of the Curry 5 along with six versions of the Curry 4 Low at a pop-up shop in Oakland this week.

The two new versions of the Curry 5 come in a “Copper/Black” and “White/White” colorway. The “Copper/Black” iteration is inspired by Curry’s college tradition of dropping a penny in a bucket every day. The “White/White” version is appropriately named as it’s white throughout and has a gum outsole.

The six iterations of the Curry 4 Low are inspired by the Warriors All-Star’s love for candy as each version is a vibrant colorway like tonal blue, greenred, purple, orange, and yellow. All six versions also have gold detailing at the heel and corresponding matching laces with gold tips.

Besides for the new versions of the Curry 5 and Curry 4 Low, the pop-up will also feature a cinematic VR experience, which artistically celebrates Curry’s third championship.

Opening this weekend at 1500 Broadway in Oakland, the Under Armour pop-up will be open on Tuesday, June 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST and on Wednesday, June 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST.

Under Armour Curry 5 “White/White”

Under Armour Curry 5 “White/White”

Under Armour Curry 5 “Copper/Black”

Under Armour Curry 5 “Copper/Black”

Under Armour Curry 4 Low

Under Armour Curry 4 Low

Under Armour Curry 4 Low

Under Armour Curry 4 Low

Under Armour Curry 4 Low

Under Armour Curry 4 Low

Lil Wayne And Meek Mill Were The Comeback Kids Of Summer Jam

A decade ago, Sha-Ron Prescott asked a question that would unknowingly plague rap fans for years: “Hey, Mr. Carter / Tell me, where have you been?” On a dreary Sunday night (June 10) at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Lil Wayne emphatically waltzed through the drizzle and said “hello” like he never left. For a brief moment in a turquoise fur coat, I saw the man who made me believe he was “The Best Rapper Alive” emerge like a former welterweight champion. He was rusty but determined to take one more swing at the title.

But Sunday night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam was about the newfound freedom of two men. In a week, Weezy went from being reportedly released from a six-year lawsuit that derailed his career to hitting the stage on the 10th anniversary of his classic album Tha Carter III. Assured, confident, and muted, Wayne walked the stage as a man unshackled. That he was sharing the stage with Meek Mill — a rapper who was literally unshackled a few months prior — was serendipitous, to say the least.

Watching Wayne and Mill was bittersweet. Nothing is promised when it comes to black men, especially concerning the privilege to work unabated. The parallels between the two were uncanny. Wayne and Meek both saw gun charges and subsequent prison time halt their careers in 2007. While Wayne has been clear ever since, Meek’s been fighting the same fight for over a decade. During both of their sets, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill looked like men content to be workshopping their comebacks in front of their people — yes, black and brown.

When Meek Mill arrived like a bat out of hell with an ATV as his fiery chariot, it felt like this stage was where he always belonged. The pressure of surviving Philadelphia’s criminal justice system and the memeification of his image by Drake forced Mill to transform into something else, something better. His entire set, from “Dreams and Nightmares” to “1942 Flows,” was about one thing — inspiration.

The cocky MC I remembered performing “Rosé Red” in a University of Delaware auditorium in 2012 was now a preacher who treated the audience like his congregation. Mill was a man giving words of wisdom to people who looked just like him. His dreams were their own, and his fight to avoid a system built to keep him enslaved was a war that ravaged their families and friends as well.

In contrast, the stakes for Wayne were more insular. Ten years removed from the album that cemented his name in the rap pantheon, the New Orleans rapper could easily survey the musical landscape he helped create at his artistic peak in the mid-to-late aughts. The Future, Young Thug, and Lil Baby songs blaring out of the MetLife Stadium parking lot owed part of their existence to the path Wayne forged.

As he crouched to sing “Lollipop” in his signature croak, it shined like the blueprint it was always meant to be. His off-kilter, auto-tuned smothered sex anthem sounded alien in 2008. Now the song could be plugged between the latest Lil Uzi Vert or Gunna song on Rap Caviar, and it would sound at home. Weaving through hits like “A Milli,” it was like a talented fighter shadowboxing with himself, earning back goodwill that never should have escaped him.

Hip-hop is fickle. Rap fans have a tendency to forget our stars with the same speed a child forgets a toy a few days removed from Christmas. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Drowning” got more cheers than Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” which is understandable, no matter how much of a jam it is 28 years later. Regardless, Wayne and Mill proved you can’t snuff out legends. A decade ago, Sha-Ron Prescott asked where Mr. Carter had been. Lil Wayne replied, “Around the world and I’m back again,” and somehow that statement is truer now than it was then.

Fashion Girl of Today:The joke part II

The joke part II
by RuxandraIoana

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