Agenda Report // Showroom Style at Day 2 in Long Beach

photos by Gabe Oshin

As the anticipation mounts for Agenda Festival tomorrow in Long Beach headlined by Brockhampton, the trade show is still in full swing.

With shop buyers and brands most focused on future product and meetings, the showroom floor still proves a runway of sorts for all involved. Thus was the case yesterday, as attendees brought out everything from custom creations from Nike’s LA All-Star activation to Yeezy boots in the summer season.

Day 2 saw releases from Off-White and the Kanye camp plentiful, with the Air Jordan 1 still the most popular silo from Mike’s franchise but not the only one that came to play. From “Cool Grey” 3s to YG’s Reebok collab, see what was worn in The LBC in the photos below.

The 5 Most Shocking Moments From Drake’s Scorpion

Drake’s new album Scorpion is a sonic fable. It isn’t clear if Graham ever read the story of The Scorpion and the Frog, but the tale of the arachnid who requests a trip across the river on an amphibian’s back perfectly parallels the rapper’s current predicament. Over the course of 25 tracks, he seems to grapple with fighting against his nature or succumbing to it. In the original fable, the scorpion ends up piercing the back of the frog and contributing to both of their demises. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like Drake is comfortable going out like that.

Drizzy has been here before. On More Life‘s outro, “Do Not Disturb,” he demonstrated a sense of clarity about beef and the way it twists and contorts artistry — “Yeah, ducked a lot of spiteful moves / I was an angry yout when I was writin’ Views / Saw a side of myself that I just never knew / I’ll probably self-destruct if I ever lose, but I never do.” Scorpion isn’t self-destruction, but it does arrive at a time when Drake isn’t quite in control of his narrative.

Scorpion clocks in at 90 minutes, and much of that time deals with the fallout of Pusha T’s Drake-dissing “The Story of Adidon.” A majority of the project’s A Side concerns itself with sending potential shots at Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, numerous bars defending his choice to keep his son out of the public eye, and pitching Graham as the eternal underdog.

Below are the most shocking revelations on Scorpion and what they mean in the context of Drake’s career.

  1. He Raps About His Son… A Lot

    Standout Lyric: “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid” — “Emotionless”

    As far as baby reveals go, Pusha T emphatically rapping, “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home,” was great for him and horrible for everyone else involved. So much of Scorpion is concerned with correcting the narrative that Graham is — in Pusha’s words — “a deadbeat.” There’s even a line on “8 out of 10″ where Drake spits, “The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to.”

    Elsewhere on the album, “March 14″ finds Drake coming to terms with having a child with a woman he met twice and admitting that he’s only seen his son once. In this case, the reality of the situation is more brutal than anything Pusha T said.

  2. Guess Drake Wasn’t A Fan Of The Kanye Albums

    Standout Lyric: “All sevens, no sixes, rest easy, get some shut eye” — “8 out of 10″

    The genius of a Drake subliminal is trying to identify his intended target. On “8 out of 10,” he seems to throw shade at the five albums Kanye produced in 2018. “Nonstop” sees Drizzy calling out rappers “pullin’ gimmicks ’cause they scared to rap,” which is a two-pronged barb — the first part of the lyric likely references the strategy of G.O.O.D. Music’s release schedule, while the second sounds like an indictment of West using writers like CyHi The Prynce, Chance the Rapper, and even Drake to help with his latest solo album.

  3. Did Drake Just Admit He Dated Bella Hadid?

    Standout Lyric: “My house is full of supermodels just like Mohamed Hadid” — ”Sandra’s Rose”

    Last year, rumors circulated that Drake dated Bella, which was awkward because the model famously dated Drizzy’s OVOXO brother The Weeknd. On Scorpion, Drake drops multiple hints that he may have had a brief fling with Bella. On “Finesse,” for example, he raps, “Should I do New York? I can’t decide,” which is a possible allusion to New York Fashion Week. He continues dropping clues by potentially referencing Bella’s sister Gigi: “You and your sister / Too hot to handle.”

    Something tells us Zayn might have a problem with that particular bar.

  4. The Blackface Controversy

    Standout Lyric: “They always ask, ‘Why let the story run if it’s false?’ / You know a wise man once said nothin’ at all” — “Emotionless”

    Drake already addressed the blackface controversy in a written statement, but the leaked photo still doesn’t sit well with many people. On “Emotionless,” he hints about why he didn’t speak up sooner — though wouldn’t that bar and his aforementioned statement constitute saying something?

  5. No More YMCMB?

    Standout Lyric: “Soon as this album drop I’m out of the deal” — ”Is There More”

    The era of YMCMB might finally be coming to a close. Scorpion has the potential to be the last album in Drake’s contract with Young Money/Cash Money, if his lyrics on “Is There More” are to be believed. And on “Survival,” he even references being “independent,” which might usher in a new era of lucrativeness for the “God’s Plan” rapper.

Agenda Report // Sneaker Invaders Descends in Long Beach

photos by Gabe Oshin

Vintage video games and sneakers have long had shared audience with the latest SEGA x PUMA collab catering to such. While said marriage has usually resulted in footwear offspring, we saw the opposite equivalent at Agenda Long Beach with the debut of Sneaker Invaders.

An arcade game, the aesthetic and game style is that of Space Invaders with classic footwear replacing that of aliens and aircraft. Both the models and music from the game cater to each decade at each level, reprogrammed with the digital sound and look from said era.

Get a glimpse at the game below and check out their website here.

Drake Was The Only Person To Get 21 Savage A Birthday Gift In 2016

Do you think 21 Savage is thanking Drake later for taking care of him on his birthday? Did the thoughtful gift give 21 more life? Hopefully, nothing is the same for the fledgling friendship between the two stars.

Apologies for the Drizzy puns, but the release of Scorpion is imminent. It can’t be helped.

In a recent interview with GQ, 21 told the magazine how Graham’s red Ferrari 488 rental was the only birthday gift the Atlanta rapper received for his 24th birthday.

“Drake brought me one [Ferrari] for my birthday to ride around L.A,” Savage said. “He the only one that got me something for my birthday that year. Don’t nobody else get me shit but Drake.”

Unfortunately, 21 doesn’t divulge why no one got him a birthday gift in 2016. Did no one think of getting him a monogrammed knife or gold-plated hockey mask? The “Sneakin’” star also showed additional respect for Graham later in the interview, describing how the Toronto MC uses his platform to shine a light on new acts.

“Drake just a genuine-ass good-hearted person,” he continued. “He did a lot of shit he didn’t have to do. He do a lot of shit for up-and-coming rappers, period. I don’t think he get his respect for that. Every fuckin’ year, he pull a new artist up. Ain’t no other artist on his level do that shit.”

Read the entire interview at GQ.

The Vans Deconstructed “Inside Out” Pack is Already Selling Out

Even before “The Ten” collaboration with Nike released last year, there were rumors that Chicago-native and now Louis Vuitton designer, Virgil Abloh, was working with Vans. The partnership was never official or spoken upon in a true public forum. It was just something that reverberated within sneaker culture, sticking where it could but ultimately falling flat.

Vans "Inside Outside" Pack
Vans “Inside Outside” Pack

Although the collaboration never truly came to pass, Abloh’s design genius left a lasting impact on Vans. Their newly released “Inside Out” pack is uniquely tied to the deconstructing nature of “The Ten,” breaking down the gloss of sneakers and exposing its inner most dynamics through a sartorial lens. From misplaced components to exposed details, the pack — which features both the Sk8-Hi and Slip-On — not only takes generously from Virgil’s creations, but in its own brilliance reworks silhouettes that best align with those concepts.

Given how visibly stimulating the Vans “Inside Out” Pack is — and considering the moderate retail cost — the earliest pairs to hit retail are already gone. Haven received and subsequently sold out of their stock. Stay tuned for more details on incoming stock at additional stores.

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Vans “Inside Outside” Pack
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Cardi B’s ‘Bronx Fairytale’ Came To Life At Her Lavish Baby Shower

The world is just weeks away from the arrival of Baby Bardi, and to celebrate, Cardi B and Offset threw a baby shower in Atlanta on Tuesday night (June 26). In true Cardi style, it was “A Bronx Fairytale”-themed, and it was just as lavish and lit as you’d expect.

The (not-so) newlyweds danced the night away amid bouquets of pink flowers and pink balloons, shown on Cardi and Offset’s Instagram Stories. The “I Like It” rapper also shared a pic of her and her hubby on Facebook, which shows him cradling her baby bump (peep the giant giraffe made out of flowers creeping over his shoulder). Unsurprisingly, the couple accessorized their gorgeous threads with heaps of icy jewelry.

Cardi B previously detailed plans for a vibrant baby shower in this month’s Rolling Stone cover story, saying, “I want a lit baby shower. My baby shower’s not starting at no 5:00. My shit is going to start at 9 p.m. because that’s how I celebrate, that’s how Caribbean people celebrate.”

Earlier this week, Cardi confirmed to the “nosey fucks” of the world that she and Offset actually got married back in September, ahead of their onstage engagement the following month. And while the couple definitely appears to value their privacy, at least they’re still letting fans in on some of the Baby Bardi hoopla.

Check out more fun-filled pics and videos from the shower below.

Gucci Blind for Love // Available Now

Gucci recognizes that love is blind so much that they embroidered it onto their high-top trainer.

This silhouette features a premium full-grain leather that features a completely black makeup that’s contrasted by a pair of off-white laces that match the “Blind for Love” embroidery on each shoe. Lastly, this style is accented with Gucci’s signature webbing on the heel with red and navy tones to match Gucci’s signature appeal.

The Gucci Blind for Love silhouette is now available at select retailers like Matches.

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Lakeith Stanfield Apologizes After Releasing A Freestyle Filled With Gay Slurs

When Lakeith Stanfield isn’t playing Darius on Atlanta or transforming into a leading man for movies like Sorry to Bother You, he moonlights as a rapper. Stanfield is one-half of the duo MOORS with L.A. producer HH. Unfortunately, over the weekend his bars got him into serious trouble after many people took offense to a freestyle where he drops numerous gay slurs. In a video posted to Instagram and Twitter today (June 26), Stanfield apologized for the controversial lyrics.

“I make videos all the time, which I usually end up deleting soon as I make ‘em. I assume characters that have different viewpoints and different views on life and just different perspectives,” Stanfield says. “Some things my views are aligned with, and some things my views aren’t aligned with, and this character that you’ve seen is a character that I’m definitely not in line with and I definitely don’t believe those things.”

“So I just want people to know, like, coming from me, that I’ve never been homophobic,” he continues. “Have never agreed with homophobic thought or hatred toward anyone for that matter. I’m a person that moves in love and I want to promote and continue to push that.”

Twitter user @_BayBey shared the since-deleted original Instagram video where Lakeith debuted said “character.” Lyrics like, “Boy, you’re dressed like trash, you a eight-six / Take that choke chain back, that’s some gay shit,” and “F–, I don’t really like to brag, but I’m straight, rich,” are only some of the lines that have many offended.

Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” // Coming Soon

Corresponding with an AJ3 of the same nicknaming, the Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” pulls palette from an exhibition game played in Spain. Taking to the Barcelona hardwood two years prior to the Olympics, Mike would offer Spanish fans a preview of his excellence by dropping 37 points in said showing.

Paying homage to both the shoes he wore and the city, this AJ5 finds street art styling appearing all over the upper to the tune of racer blue, sail and cone hues.

Reports peg the Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” to have an August 4th release date thought early September has also been suggested. In either event, preview them above and below.

Air Jordan 5 “International Flight”

Release Date: August 4, 2018
Price: $ 190

Cardi B Admits She Secretly Married Offset In 2017

Cardi B had enough of the rumors and set the record straight on her relationship with Offset. Contrary to popular belief, the Invasion of Privacy rapper has been married to her daughter’s father far longer than many knew. Earlier today (June 25), TMZ released Cardi and Offset’s marriage certificate, which revealed the two had been legally married since September 2017. In a Twitter statement, the “I Like It” rapper described why she chose to keep this fact secret.

“There are so many moments that I share with the world and then there are moments that I want to keep for myself,” Cardi wrote. “Getting married was one of those moments! Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing up to do, but we was so in love we didn’t want to lose each other, [there] was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married.”

One of the sweetest moments in recent hip-hop history is Offset proposing to Cardi B in Philadelphia on October 2017. The Bronx rapper goes on to thank her husband for giving her the special moment of being proposed to and fulfilling one of her dreams.

“I appreciated and love my husband so much for still wanting for me [to] have that special moment that every girl dreams of when he got down on his knee and put a ring on my finger and he did that for me,” she continued. “Well now since you lil nosey fucks know at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock.”

Now can we all please give Cardi some privacy? Read her entire statement below.

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