A Closer Look at the Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Virgil Abloh is one of the most copied men in fashion and sneakers. The latter, of course, stems from his collaborative collection with Nike, “The Ten,” which sent shock waves through the community in 2017. The final sneaker from that offering to release, Abloh’s Off White x Converse Chuck Taylor, take on an entire life of its own outside of the Nike releases. That trend continues with its successor.

Teased first by Complex and subsequently today by @pyrates, leaked product images showcase the classic Chuck 70 design joined by Abloh’s signature factory-esque branding with imposing black and white midsole stripes. An orange zip-tie matches the shoe’s gleaming outsole, giving way to a potential Halloween theme matching that of the Chicago native’s impending Nike Blazer collaboration.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Although widely thought to release on Monday, October 8, neither party has confirmed details for the Off White x Converse Chuck 70. Stay tuned for additional info.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Lil Peep And ILoveMakonnen Link Up One More Time For ‘Sunlight On Your Skin’

Last week, iLoveMakonnen unveiled a collaboration with late singer and rapper Lil Peep the pair made before Peep’s untimely death in November 2017. That song, “Falling Down,” also featured contributions from rapper XXXTentacion, who Makonnen said hopped on the track after being inspired after Peep’s death. X was killed earlier this year, making “Falling Down” a melancholy posthumous link-up between the two.

Now, Makonnen has released an alternate version of the song, called “Sunlight on Your Skin,” that features his own vocals alongside Peep’s. It’s largely the same as the one we heard last week, but Makonnen’s vocals add some additional lyrical melodies between Peep’s gravelly recitation of the chorus.

Makonnen posted a clip of the song on Instagram on Thursday (September 27) with the simple caption, “For all the OGs.” He also took to Genius to annotate the song, adding some commentary about the contents and inspiration behind the song.

“Rainy days when you’re together but sunny days when you’re apart, you love each other so much that you would rather spend the rainy days together than to have the sunny days alone, even though the sunny weather is preferred by most,” he wrote. “So it’s like we will stay together all these rainy days and I’m with you until the weather changes, because the love is that strong.”

Check out “Sunlight on Your Skin” above, and dive into the story behind “Falling Down” in the MTV News video below.

Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood” Custom Travels to the Wild-West

The Air Jordan 4 is arguably one of Tinker Hatfield’s most renown creations. Ever since its introduction, the AJ4 has transcended sports, film and music. From its appearance in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing to being used as the silhouette for various Jordan collabs (such as those for Eminem and Travis Scott), the 4 is in a league of its own when it comes to recognition and importance to both sneaker and pop culture.

In light of that, customizer Ceeze went back in time by giving the Air Jordan 4 a Western look like never before.

Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

The upper was reconstructed using brown alligator, black stingray and black shark to bring to life a rugged, Western look for the pair. The custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood” is a luxurious rendition of the Wild-West from a sneakerhead’s perspective.

Take a look at the pair below, and be sure to follow the artist here. Are you feeling these? Would you rock them? Let us know in the comments on social.

Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

Custom Air Jordan 4 “DeadWood”

It’s Official: Lil Wayne Is Finally Releasing Tha Carter V This Week

I can’t believe I’m saying it, but Tha Carter V is almost here. For real this time.

Lil Wayne himself has announced that, after years of anticipation and leaks, the mythologized album will finally see the light of day on Thursday (September 27), his 36th birthday. The impending release comes seven years after Carter IV and follows a half-decade of agonizing delays and intense legal battles.

Wayne shared the news in a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, thanking the loyal legions of fans who have stuck with him over the years. “Y’all hung in there with me, so I can’t do nothing but thank y’all for all the love and all the passion,” he said. “I always give y’all all of me, but with this album, I’m giving you more than me. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to. I hope you enjoy it.”

For those that need a primer, Tha Carter V — the fifth edition of a series that dates back to 2004 — has been in the works since at least 2013, when Weezy first said it would be released. But the album was held in limbo for years as legal battles were waged between Wayne and Cash Money Records founder, Birdman. Their disputes were resolved in court earlier this year, and last month, Birdman joined Wayne onstage at Lil Weezyana Festival to publicly apologize to the rapper, ultimately clearing the way for Tha Carter V‘s release.

To help ramp up the excitement, Wayne has installed a countdown clock on his website, which is slowly but surely ticking its way to zero. Just hang in there a little longer, folks.

And in the meantime, please enjoy this now-iconic Wayne moment, in GIF form:

A New Nike React Element 87 is Coming

The Nike React Element 87 might be the shoe of the year, and more colors are coming from Nike to feed the fans.

This time, Nike React Element 87 is coming in Wolf Grey/Thunder Blue/Total Orange/Black. Recently, py_rates shared a group of official images on the new Nike React Element 87 rumored to be dropping soon. It looks like this pair will also feature the signature translucent upper and famed cork insole.

No official release date has been confirmed yet, but stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more info.

Childish Gambino Reportedly Postpones This Is America Tour After Injury

As of a few days ago, Donald Glover was out on tour, en route to hit 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada apparently as his last hurrah under the moniker Childish Gambino. But a reported foot injury has left Gambino unable to complete the rest of the tour, for now anyway.

Over the weekend, his show in Dallas was seemingly cut short due to his injury. Now, Fam Rothstein, one of Glover’s creative partners, has taken to Twitter to clarify that the nine remaining This Is America dates have been “postponed, not cancelled,” Billboard points out.

The first date affected is Wednesday night (September 26)’s gig at The Forum in Inglewood, California, which venue organizers announced on Twitter. Details of the injury are still unconfirmed, though TMZ reported that Glover might’ve suffered a broken foot.

Before the injury, Glover took time during his Chicago tour stop to honor fellow musician Mac Miller, who died earlier this month. “He was so nice. Y’all don’t know, like, he was the sweetest guy,” he said before launching into “Riot.” “A lot of critics were like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass white dude,’ just like they’re like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass black dude.’ And we used to talk, and this kid, he just loved music.”

Whatever the nature of his injury, Glover seems to be taking some time to get better before he ventures back out to close the live-performance chapter in Childish Gambino’s career. At the start of 2018, at the Grammys, Glover was asked if he was really retiring the Gambino persona, and he said he was.

“I stand by that,” he said at the time. “I’m really appreciative of this. I’m still making another project right now. … But I like endings. I think they’re important to progress.”

Michael Kors Acquires Versace for $2.1 Billion USD

Milanese fashion house Versace is reported to be sold to the tune of $ 2 billion USD later this week, according to a report from Italian publication Corriere della Sera. The newspaper is reporting that Donatella Versace has called a staff meeting for Tuesday where an official announcement will be made.

It has been stated that Michael Kors is the lead suitor for the potential purchase, with Tiffany & Co. as a close second. In recent months, Tapestry, the company that owns Coach, has been in talks with Versace to build a US-based multi-brand fashion conglomerate similar to Paris-based LVMH and Kering, respectively. This move could be the first step towards that destination.

Upon purchase, it’s said the Versace family will still play a role in the company. At this time it’s unclear in what capacity. Blackstone Group LP, who purchased 20 percent of Versace in 2014, plays a part in this deal as well. However, much like Versace’s currently unknown role following a subsequent purchase, it’s unclear if the private equity firm will maintain or sell its stake in Versace.

Donatella Versace and her brother, Santo Versace, have essentially run the company since 1997 when their brother Gianni was murdered. Donatella acts as the company’s lead creative director while Santo works as a company chairman.

Jonathan Akeroyd, Versace’s Chief Executive Officer since 2016 when he was lured away from Alexander McQueen, has been preparing the company for an initial public offering. A Versace IPO has not yet come to pass.

Versace has recently been the toast of sneaker culture given its budding Chain Reaction silhouette conceptualized by former YEEZY designer Salehe Bembury. Since becoming the Head of Sneaker Design at Versace in fall 2016, Bembury has heightened the brand’s sneaker profile tenfold. It’s uncertain if or how his role will change if the company is purchased by Kors or Tiffany.

The former, Kors, last year purchased Jimmy Choo for $ 1.2 billion. The acquisition was the first beyond its namesake brand.

Update 9/25: It’s official. Michael Kors has acquired Italian fashion house Versace for $ 2.12 billion USD. They will also take on Versace’s debts. Much of the transaction will deal in cash and close in the fourth quarter of 2019. The buying price of $ 2.1 billion is over two times more than Versace’s current value.

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Fat Joe Has “Thousands” of Sneakers and Is Still Collecting

Depending on who’s telling the story, the 1990s are considered the Golden Era of Hip Hop. There were various artists birthed during this period, each authentic in their own delivery and all hungry to prove themselves through their lyrics.

Making his way onto the scene in 1993 with his debut single “Flow Joe,” Fat Joe remembers the ’90s vividly. While he can tell a story from those times like no one else, in never fully holding onto the past, he’s allowed himself the ability to be able to reinvent himself time and time again to continue to deliver hit records still to this day. Along with his dedication to his first love of music, Joe has always been committed to staying fresh and is one of the most prolific sneakerheads in the world. His November 2004 appearance on MTV Cribs, in which he licked the soles of a deadstock pair of “Olympic” Air Jordan 7s, spawned a generation of copycats.

He essentially took sneaker culture viral before that was a thing.

With his ties to both hip-hop and sneaker culture, it was a perfect pairing when Foot Locker decided to team up with Joe to continue with their “Discover Your Air” campaign. In the spots, the Don challenges select taxi cab riders, which includes the likes of rappers LGP Qua, Sheck Wes, and comedian Haha Davis to join a ’90s hip-hop inspired karaoke session. The digital spot is launching in celebration of the Foot Locker Nike Air “Frequency” Pack, which salutes ’90s iconic hip-hop.

We caught up with Joe to speak about some of his most memorable moments and sneakers from the ’90s, his thoughts on the current state of the sneaker culture, his upcoming role in Night School and what five sneakers he would wear for the rest of his life.

Nice Kicks: How much fun did you have with this project with Foot Locker? Being in the cab and getting these unknowing people to karaoke…

Fat Joe: Some of them are modern-day superstars, like HaHa Davis and Sheck Wes. It’s a different flow in the ’90s, you know what I mean? If they didn’t know the record, it’s hard as hell to recite it. I can’t even do Naughty By Nature in 2018. That boy Treach was flowing so crazy. It wasn’t an easy task at all.

Nice Kicks: I was disappointed that there wasn’t any “Watch the Sound” or “Bet Your Man Can’t Triz.”

Fat Joe: [Laughs] Nah, but we have “Flow Joe” in there. That’s my first track ever. We also had “Mass Appeal” by Gang Starr. It was a great time. It’s authentic. It’s New York City. We’re in the yellow cab, listening to ’90s hip-hop and it’s all a celebration of the three Air Max that came out with the collaboration with Nike and Foot Locker and that’s why there’s that yellow and black. It was really dope and really authentic.

Nice Kicks: Your career started in the ’90s. What are some of the most memorable moments for you from that time?

Fat Joe: Man, I have seen so much. They use to have these seminars, these DJ battle seminars. Rap Radar, Clark Kent and I saw everyone come up. I saw Nas when he first came out with his album. I seen Jay when he first came out, Cam’ron when he first came out and obviously Pun. So all those iconic figures — including Biggie. This is when me and him first started as kids.

Nice Kicks: As far as sneakers go, I know this is a tough one but what were some of your favorite sneakers from the ’90s?

Fat Joe: Speaking of this collab, the Air Max 95 is one of my favorite sneakers to go to. I love the Air Force 1. Barkleys, Bo Jacksons and that’s the top four I can think of right now.

Nice Kicks: You were one of the figures that I think helped with the commercialization of the culture because I remember watching you lick the bottoms of all these clean Air Force 1s on Bobbito’s show. When you look at what the culture has become, what are your thoughts on how it’s grown?

Fat Joe: I think it’s better but I just never thought it would get so big and expand and be such a phenomenon. I just did it because I love sneakers. I never knew there would be trade shows, Sneaker Cons, Complex shows and all the things going on in the sneaker game. I didn’t know it would get that big.

Nice Kicks: How many pairs of shoes would you guess you have in your current collection?

Fat Joe: Man, I have a whole bunch. I don’t know how many but I can tell you it’s in the thousands.

Nice Kicks: At this point, they have to have to be going to your sons now.

Fat Joe: [Laughs] Yeah, or I’ll donate them to a museum or something like that. You know, what’s crazy is, we had a premier for Night School and I peeped Kevin Hart peeping for my sneakers, even though he was earring a suit. I was like, “Yo?” and he was like, “I know you always kill ‘em with the sneakers.” I was like, “Damn.” Even Kevin Hart is on point about the sneaker game.

Nice Kicks: I see on your IG, from time to time, you’ll still flex but are you still heavy into collecting?

Fat Joe: Yeah, I am. I’m just more spoiled and subtle about it. Right now, I have on the Jordan 3 “Georgetown” joints on like it’s regular and it really ain’t. I’m just spoiled right now. I’m really spoiled.

Nice Kicks: Night School releases this week. What role do you play and how did you get involved with the project?

Fat Joe: The role I play is a guy named Bobby. He’s an inmate, who is locked up and he’s taking night school classes via Skype to get out of jail earlier. It’s a whole lotta jail stuff going on in the background on the computer screen while everyone else is in the class. Everyone is looking for a second, third or fourth chance at life. It’s a bunch of challenged individuals who are trying to get their GED and it’s hilarious Tiffany Haddish is the teacher and she’s like the girl you grew up with and she became the teacher. That releases September 28 and I’m excited about that one.

Nice Kicks: How was it working with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish?

Fat Joe: Ah man, two people who are at the top of their game and in their prime. Kevin Hart is probably one of the top three international superstars in the world. Tiffany is the most lit female actress in the game right now. I’m blessed, bro. I’m blessed.

Nice Kicks: We talk about the ’90s and that time and you’re one of the guys that have managed to thrive as the times and hip-hop have changed while other peers of yours haven’t made as seamless of a transition to the times. How have you managed to adapt and still progress?

Fat Joe: Music is my life and it’s my first love. I signed a contract with the music gods and I promised myself to never fall asleep on the job, always stay on my toes and always know who the next people coming up are, always know what the new sound is, always stay relevant and current. I come from the ’90s era and I feel like I’m one of those guys waving the flag of the ’90s era, like, “Hey, we’re not gone.” Don’t count us all out. We still know how to make hit records and incredible music.

Nice Kicks: I’m going to put you on the spot for the last question — If you had five pairs of sneakers to wear for the rest of your life, which would those be and why?

Fat Joe: Man… It would be the Air Force 1 “Linen,” the Jordan 3s, Jordan 4s, the Air Max 95… Ugh, I’m trying to think of something ill.

Nice Kicks: You gotta add the Terror Squad “Eminem” Jordan 4s.

Fat Joe: [Laughs] Yeah, yeah. You gotta have the holy grail in there. That would be the fifth one and I’m all good.

Travis Scott Pays Musical Tribute To Mac Miller: ‘Always Be My Boy’

Ever since Mac Miller’s tragic and untimely death at age 26 earlier this month, fellow musicians have paid tribute to the young rapper and producer with a slew of heartfelt messages. Some came via social media shortly after the news broke. A whole host of Mac’s fans, meanwhile, assembled in his hometown of Pittsburgh for a candlelight vigil attended by his family.

Still others, like Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar, used their platforms onstage to speak from the heart. Over the weekend, Travis Scott became the latest artist to follow suit, devoting a portion of his show in Las Vegas to deliver a musical salute.

“Malcolm, that’s my boy / Mac Miller, I love you / Always be my boy,” Travis sings in the clip above, captured and circulated on social media (via Pitchfork). “Mac Miller, you the one / We love you, fucking boy.”

It recalled the direct tenor of how many Mac tributes have gone in the wake of his death. Gambino called him “the sweetest guy” at a concert in Chicago, and Lamar praised Mac as a “great musician, great writer” on Complex’s Open Late With Peter Rosenberg. “Just always had a smile on his face, and that’s something that I commend,” he said.

These tributes are all incredibly sweet, and more will likely come in as the weeks, months, and years go on after his death. To remember Mac in Mac’s own words, watch the MTV News compilation below, tracing his origin, his rap rise, and his infectious personality that made him so beloved.

Air Jordan XXX3 Debuts FastFit Technology for Laceless Liftoff

Informed by the utility of space suits and the same speed tooling as the Nike Zoom VaporFly 4%, the Air Jordan XXX3 was officially unveiled last night in downtown Los Angeles.

While NASA know-how and race day propulsion both clear the XXX3 for takeoff, the shoe’s calling card is undoubtedly FastFit.

Debuting the latest innovation from Nike HQ, FastFit makes the Air Jordan XXX3 literally laceless for perhaps the most visually unique and performance shaping signature from the line since the shrouded stance of the Air Jordan XX8 and its FlightPlate debut.

FastFit allows wearers to tighten their shoe with the pull of the forefoot strap, creating a full 360-lockdown with no need for double knots. Just the same, when hitting the bench for a break or leaving the gym, the lockdown is released by pulling the side loops.

Look for the Air Jordan XXX3 to debut online at Jordan and at select accounts on October 18th. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more on the model, its upcoming colorways and FastFit technology.

Air Jordan XXX3

Release Date: October 18, 2018

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