Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 “Sail” Set for Fall

Virgil Abloh is busy with Louis Vuitton, but he’s also focused on pushing out more Off-White x Nike collaborations. Such was seen recently as the new Off-White x Nike Blazer in “Sail” just surfaced during the Paris Fashion week.

This time around, a mock-up of the new Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 in Sail has surfaced. The new colorway of the Air Max 90 shares the same design with the first Off-White x Nike Air Max 90. The mock-up shows the shoe also shares similar color panels with the newly surfaced Off-White x Nike Blazer in the “Sail” scheme.

The new Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 “Sail” is said to be dropping in October according to @Pyrates

Stay tuned with Nice Kicks for updates.

Meek Mill’s Powerful ‘Stay Woke’ Performance Doubled As A Tribute To Two Fallen Rappers

Since his release, Meek Mill has been on a quest to fight for criminal justice reform. Last night (June 24), the Philadelphia rapper took the battle one step further with the moving debut of his new song “Stay Woke” featuring Miguel at the 2018 BET Awards.

Mill began the performance rapping in a Philadelphia street as chaos unfolds around him. Over the course of the four-minute song, police officers arrest a group of black men in the street, a stray bullet kills a young girl, and Meek is surrounded by incarcerated men of color.

One of the most striking features of Mill’s performance was his wardrobe. The “1942 Flows” rapper was clad in a hoodie that paid tribute to XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, two rappers that were both killed on last week (June 18). The lyrics of the song also shed light on Mill’s thoughts about hip-hop’s current generation. Meek starts the second verse off rapping, “Picture me ten years younger with some tats on my face / Taking a bunch of Xannys with the strap on my waist / Pointing at the camera like mama ain’t teach me manners.” He goes on to state that he “can’t judge” rappers like X and Wopo, but is merely trying to “understand them.”

Ever since Meek was released from prison, he’s been vocal about the injustice and inequities that first put him in the system and the decade-plus fight to get him out. In an interview with Lester Holt of Dateline NBC, Mill was direct about his current predicament.

“I don’t feel free, Mill said. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now.”

Unfortunately, Judge Genece Brinkley did not immediately grant Meek and his attorneys a new trial after they presented evidence questioning the credibility of one of the officer’s involved in his original arrest, reports Billboard. The judge stated that she would rule in “due time.”

Listen to “Stay Woke” below.

What If? // LeBron James Free Agency Western Conference Edition

With the 2018 NBA Draft out of the way, free agency discussion has resumed and intensified, most namely in regards to where LeBron James is headed next.

Last week, we explored the King’s options should he decide to stay on the East side of the Association, so now we’re looking West at the few teams that have the best chance at landing LeBron.

We’ve narrowed them down to four top contenders and outfitted four past silhouettes from his signature Nike LeBron line in their team colors to see what it might be like should he call a new place home after this summer.

Houston Rockets

San Antonio Spurs

Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Lakers

BROCKHAMPTON Return From Brief Hiatus With Emotional ‘Tonya’ Performance

BROCKHAMPTON’s June 20 performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was always going to have a dark cloud hanging over it. It marked not only their first late-night performance, but also their first public appearance since the group parted ways with Ameer Vann amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The group took the opportunity to perform “Tonya” featuring Jazmine Sullivan, serpentwithfeet, and Ryan Beatty. The BROCKHAMPTON members sat on the floor with crossed legs and wore coordinating flannels as a screen behind them played a video of boys playing at the beach. The metaphor of innocence and reminiscing about better times was powerful, albeit not subtle.

One of the more eye-opening moments of the performance came from Kevin Abstract. During his candid verse, the band’s leader potentially alluded to the Ameer controversy, rapping, “I’ve been in my feelings on an island in the dirt / I feel like brothers lie just so my feelings don’t get hurt / I said, I’ll try vacationin’ / I’ll try to run away.” Abstract’s lyrics are similar to a press release issued from the group which stated, “We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.”

The performance was also notable because it revealed that the group changed the name of their album from Puppy to The Best Years of Our Lives. It hasn’t been announced when BROCKHAMPTON will release their next album, but it does look like they are returning to the stage, according to Consequence of Sound.

PUMA RS-0 “Play” Pack // Closer Look

With the reboot of its vintage running shoe, PUMA releases the latest iteration of its RS-0 line with the “Play” pack — a continuation of its exploration into cultural genres.

Inspired by the video game culture of the ’80s, the German footwear imprint, for styling versatility, utilizes translucent padded inserts and a tri-color outsole, while creating contrast with a subtly painted upper — coming in black, grey, pink and white. These motifs serve a referential purpose, as they connect to the fanfare and joy created by the retro consoles, controllers and notable characters that enchanted many enthusiasts. Final touches, like an embossed Formstrip and RS-logo on the tongue and outsole complete the offering.

Retailing at $ 100 USD, shop the collection at select retailers and PUMA’s website.

Chance The Rapper Explains What An Otterbox Has To Do With Love On ‘Forever Always’

Here is a brief list of what love constitutes for Chance the Rapper: waking up early, making bacon, patience, perseverance, waiting, dating, and needing a better OtterBox so the calls won’t drop. Guess love sometimes means protecting your phone from all types of cracks, dings, and your regular wear-and-tear.

Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always,” also featuring Rex Orange County, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryann Ward, and Yebba sees the Chicago MC waxing poetic about the trials and tribulations of love over sweet and soft production from CottonTale.

CottonTale has been a longtime collaborator of Chance’s, contributing four tracks to 2013′s Acid Rap and touching almost every track on 2016′s Coloring Book. Additionally, the keyboardist and producer makes up one-fifth of The Social Experiment, the Chance-affiliated band who released Surf. In a 2015 interview with The Fader, Chance described that each member of the group is more than their instrument.

“It’s really never been like, ‘Peter lay keys, Nico lay some horns, Nate put down some programmed drums, Chance write a rap verse,’” Chance said. “Every record has like 50 people on it. The idea is to make a singular, four-minute-and-30-second song that feels like a year’s worth of music.”

Listen to Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always” below.

Don C’s Jordan Legacy 312 Pays Tribute to Bo, Billy Hoyle & Agassi

Inspired by Mike in regards to tooling, Don C’s upcoming Jordan Legacy 312 hybrid will also pay tribute to fellow Swoosh icons.

Seen today as part of Jordan Brand’s Fall 2018 Lineup, the pair pulling from the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 3 and Air Alpha Force finds inspiration from the likes of Bo Jackson, Billy Hoyle and Andre Agassi.

The first is the famed “Medicine Ball” colorway, donned on Jackson’s Air Trainer III silo and seen on screen on Spike Lee in Do The Right Thing.

The second is also cinematic, playing off the Nike Air Command Force worn on the hardwood by David Robinson but more famously on the asphalt by Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump.

The last takes to tennis, riffing off Andre Agassi and his beloved Nike Air Tech Challenge II in “Hot Lava” hues.

Get a glimpse at each get-up above slated for fall release.

Charli XCX Is On Her ‘Marilyn Monroe Shit’ In Lil Xan’s ‘Moonlight’ Video

Charli XCX has been getting her girl-power on in 2018, with features on Rita Ora’s “Girls” and Tove Lo’s “Bitches,” and an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour with Camila Cabello. But for her latest move, the Brit pop machine leaves her posse behind and goes for a midnight ride with Lil Xan in his “Moonlight” video.

Directed by Austin Peters, the nocturnal visual finds Charli on her “Marilyn Monroe shit” and having a drunken late-night adventure with her 21-year-old partner-in-crime. She warned us on her most recent song, “5 in the Morning,” that she’s a badass insomniac, and this vid only proves her point. Charli serves looks in a seedy motel room before linking up with Xan at an abandoned pool and on a joyride down the empty L.A. streets, discovering all the possibilities that pop up while the rest of the world is asleep. All the while, Xan shows off his softer side with the introspective hook, “Happiness is all that matters, this I hope you know.”

“Moonlight” appears on Lil Xan’s star-studded debut album, Total Xanarchy, which arrived in April and boasts additional features from Diplo, YG, Rae Sremmurd, and 2 Chainz. The Cali rapper has a new project, Heartbreak Soldiers, due out this summer.

For more on Xan, check out his most recent interview with MTV News below.

SSENSE Links with Reebok for 3M Centric Run.r 96 Collaboration

After making its excitable retail debut earlier this month alongside a hightop knit counterpart, there’s much to look forward to regarding the Reebok Run.r 96. It’s the type of shoe that defies tradition, barks back at conformity, and triumphs through innovation and strategic risk. Further, its striking yet minimal canvas is ideal for collaborative design. The first to test those waters is retail giant SSENSE.

Depicting the duality of night and day, SSENSE looks to the sky — more intimately the moon — for its inspiration. Covering the low-cut style entirely in 3M materials, the gleaming upper is representative of a full moon and its illuminating glow.

SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96

Perched atop a compartmentalized sole unit that takes from an unreleased Pump Evo Prototype from 1996, a mesh exterior joins a lace toggle at the shoes centermost point adding another aesthetic layer to the contemporary design.

The SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96 will release on June 28, the next calendar date when a full moon will be at work. Pairs will be available both on and in-store at SSENSE Montreal.

SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96

Release Date: June 28, 2018
Price: $ 260

SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96
SSENSE x Reebok Run.r 96

Cardi B Already Knows How She’ll Handle The Stripper Conversation With Her Daughter

Cardi B is unabashedly real in a music industry that seldom thrives on that rare and specific quality. The Invasion of Privacy rapper recently showed off her intimate baby-bump photo with Offset for the cover of Rolling Stone, but that isn’t the only surprising portion of the profile. In her interview, Cardi describes how she will handle speaking with her daughter about stripping as a profession.

“I’m going to tell her everything. Everything,” Cardi said. “You have a choice. I could maintain you. I could spoil you if you go to college. Or if you want to be independent, go ahead.”

Cardi then details how she would discuss the subject of stripping if it is a job her daughter wanted to pursue.

“When you a teenager and you 18, 19, you can’t get no job that pays you more than $ 200 a week,” she continued. “You want to become a stripper? ‘Cause I became a stripper ’cause I ain’t have no choice. You gonna be getting your ass smacked by n—– that have less money than you, less of an education than you, but they going to feel like they better than you because they feel like you need them. You want to live like that? That’s how I’m going to talk to my kid.”

Tough conversations with her daughter aren’t the only things the “I Like It” star has to worry about right now. Earlier in the interview, Cardi briefly discusses how she hopes to juggle motherhood with the challenges of touring with Bruno Mars starting in September.

“What I envision is my tour bus has my own personal room, and I just want to be with my baby,” she said. “Only time I don’t have my baby with me is when I’m getting my hair done, makeup done, performing. I don’t want to miss one second. I don’t want to miss no smiles, I don’t want to miss no new movement, I don’t want the baby to confuse me and the babysitter.”

Read Cardi B and Offset’s cover story at Rolling Stone.

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