Posts Tagged ‘Back’

Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Pushed Her Album Back

Nicki Minaj has been teasing a big announcement after canceling her recent appearance on Ellen this week. Considering your outlook on life, the reveal is either a blow for the Barbz or presents a silver lining. The good news is that Queen drops on August 10. Unfortunately, that means the album is pushed back from the original June 15 date.

“The album itself I think I want to put out on August 10,” Nicki said on Instagram Live. “I want to put out my second single, which I’m really, really excited about, and I want to now start an official countdown. I also want to do some things where I invite some of my actual fans to the studio and listen to the album and listen to the songs.”

The “Chun-Li” rapper previously announced the title and release date of her album at the Met Gala in classic Nicki fashion.

“I’m the bad guy and I wanted to make sure bitches knew that the bad guy is here,” Minaj told E! News in May. “Album dropping June 15th. It’s called Queen.”

Before the announcement, Nicki did tease fans on Instagram about her latest song, which looks to be the second single she references on Instagram. Minaj tagged YG, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean in a video with a caption that reads, “Big

Meet the Painter Who’s Taking Sneaker Art Back to its Origin

Cardboard has a strong significance in the history of sneakers and the hip-hop culture that helped birth the footwear fixation we know today. The material that made the boxes shoes were sold in became a vehicle for both branding and nostalgia, while the medium in more traditional sizing and storage was flattened and refashioned as a stage for break dancers in NYC and beyond.

For New York product turned LA artist Ryan Flaitz it is the canvas for all of his creations. Painting under the signature of Flaitz Whatever, the child of the ’90s has become the man with the brush, boxing out any outside expectations by reviving his favorite sneakers and pop culture icons one cardboard creation at a time.

Painting his whole life, the brush played the background to sports growing up. As an adult, they’ve intersected as his day job as the founder and artist at PSD Underwear — which houses Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Bulter and more as endorsers — collided as another creative outlet but also a base for clients. Always interacting with athletes, many sports stars have picked up his paintings with all others coming from referrals. Because of this, he has the freedom to do what he loves without having to worry about an outside audience. There’s no worry to get rid of things, so he’s able to turn down most offers and simply makes what he wants.

What he wants is to recreate the kicks he coveted as a kid while also playing to pop culture and his new home of Los Angeles. “I’m an LA artist, so I wanted to create an edgy collection by painting the clean-cut characters roughed up. I mixed Mickey with the movie The Crow, put him in Chucks, and after that it was on to the next and I have a 12 piece collection. I’m actually selling the Kermit piece I did which I’ve been holding onto since I did it when Cleveland won the championship and LeBron got his third ring. I finally got a good offer and it will be the first to leave the collection.”

The good offers may help validate the worth and hard work, but they don’t dictate the direction. For Ryan, it’s all about doing it for his own expression rather than the approval of the public, something that ironically mirrors his sneaker game.

“I enjoy being more underground than out there in the flashiness of the public. It’s funny, because this is based off of shoes and my favorite pair of shoes are those OG Nike Flights. Most people would say that’s crazy but I feel like they’re the realest pair of shoes I own because they’re originals, they’ve aged and I know when I wear them no one else is gonna have them. There’s a lot of life in them and they’re from the ’90s. I love ’em.”

The shoes may turn heads for collectors, but the work gets even more attention. “My work definitely gets a reaction,” says Ryan. “Once it’s framed it really takes it to another level.” While this proves true of painted recreations of shoes like the “South Beach” 8s or renderings of Sonic the Hedgehog, it even spans to a recent piece called Beast Mode that’s composed of over 200 pieces of cardboard, standing at 9 feet tall.

So, for any artist looking to come up or get on what advice would Ryan give?

“As cliche as it sounds, you’ve just gotta stay true to yourself and believe in your value. I remember the first time I painted on cardboard the first 20 people that saw it said, ‘That’s cool but you’ll never be able to sell it.’ But I knew that I could create the value because of the talent I was given and how hard I worked at it. The longer I held on the more the value increased and now I’m reaching numbers I never thought I’d reach. Just continue to do it if you enjoy it and don’t worry about what’s popular in the public eye because times change. When I was young, it was more about wanting to look cool and people to like you, but as you grow up it’s all about the people you care about and if you make them proud that’s all that matters.”

Keep up with Ryan’s work on the IG account @flaitzwhatever. All photography by @jpshotyou.

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Tyler, The Creator Lets Frank Ocean Know He’s ‘Running Shit’ On ‘Bring It Back’ Verse

Tyler, the Creator has been in a giving mood. In March, he dropped “OKRA” and gave props to Valee after being influenced by his style. Last night (April 11), Tyler decided to show love to Trouble, Drake, and Mike Will Made It by adding a verse to “Bring It Back.”

Over the unorthodox beat, Tyler’s pitched-up voice raps about his lucrative shoe deal with Converse, flexes about his Casio watch, and the importance of investing in stocks. The Golf Wang businessman also finds time to shout-out two of his R&B friends, mentors, and inspirations. Towards the middle of his verse, he lets Solange and Frank Ocean know an important message — “Shout out Solo that’s big sis / Shout out Frankie that’s big bro / Ya lil’ homie running shit no question.”

Before the release of the song, Tyler took to Twitter to describe how the track came together.

“travis ( taco) played me this song last week and the pocket of the snare and kick drum had me like wow,” Tyler wrote. “then i heard the guy rap, trouble is his name, and i was like wow i love this song. i face timed mike will and was like wow this song, and he sent the instrumental and i was like bet, this will be fun.”

What is the next beat Tyler, the Creator should demolish?

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Iggy Azalea Shares How A ‘Mental Retreat’ Helped Pull Her Career Back From The Brink

Iggy Azalea isn’t where she once was. The “Fancy” rapper’s fall from grace is well-documented. Fights with hip-hop legends like Q-Tip, tone-deaf comments about appropriation, and battles with her former label Def Jam derailed her career. In a candid interview with Billboard, Azalea describes how a trip to a mental retreat helped her deal with anger issues and reckon with the importance of her mental health.

“I’ve never really sat down and had an honest conversation with professional people,” Iggy said. “It was good to say something to somebody who could give me the tools and information on how to make my life manageable when I’m feeling those things. So it was really useful — I’m glad that I went.”

Later in the interview, the Australian artist voices her hope that the music industry creates programs to help celebrities deal with the pressures of fame.

“I really wish there was more of an infrastructure within the music industry to make sure that the artists have people they can go to,” Azalea said. “Like physical therapists in sports. The teams have people looking out for [players], that make sure they’re okay in every element, and the music business doesn’t have that — they just throw you out there. You get used to it and you’re still successful, but it’s a lot to deal with.”

Iggy also discusses how her “Savior” co-star Quavo, Demi Lovato, and Kesha are the only artists who have been there for her during this difficult time. Read Azalea’s entire interview with Billboard here.

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Drake And Trouble’s ‘Bring It Back’ Video Is A Moody Masterpiece

Today (March 26), Trouble and Mike Will Made-It released the video to “Bring It Back” featuring Drake. The black-and-white short film focuses on the Atlanta rapper navigating the streets and how that intertwines with his partner’s life as a stripper. The video culminates with an appearance from Drake as he plays video games with Mike Will and raps his verse to Trouble.

Last Friday (March 23), Trouble dropped his project, Edgewood. His debut features guest verses from The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Boosie Badazz and production from the Ear Drummer head honcho.

Earlier this month, Mike Will Made-It announced that he was signing Trouble to Ear Drummer Records his imprint on Interscope Records. In a statement to Complex, he discussed what makes the Atlanta rapper so special.

“No other producer and artist combo can pull off what Trouble and I are about to do,” Mike said. “Edgewood is only the beginning. I really felt like it was time for a level up for Trouble — I’ve been watching his grind for years now, since we were young as fuck, coming up in Atlanta on the music scene, trying to make something out of nothing. Trouble is the only person from the city who’s going to give you that raw, pure, honest, real rap, mixed with originality, new flavor, new flows and new lingo. He has the grind, work ethic, and dedication to back it up and the city knows.”

Listen to Edgewood below.

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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.

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Rick Ross Is Back To Being A Boss In First Photo After Reported Hospitalization

Rick Ross, a.k.a. Ricky Rozay, a.k.a. the biggest boss that you seen thus far, has returned. Today (March 8), the Black Bottle Boy returned to Instagram with a simple message, “Ain’t nothing like home

Look Back At The Best Stance x NBA On-Court Socks

words: Ray P.

Today we welcome a new NBA Season and it’s an exciting time for both the teams and spectators alike. Not only do we get to see the best athletes from around the world compete, but we also get to rep our squad with amazing gear made by different sportswear brands the NBA has partnered with. In the past two years, professional basketball saw a lot of flavor added to the court as Stance landed an unprecedented deal to be the brand that makes on-court socks for the players and off-court socks for the fans. Stance is known for changing the sock game with their colorful motifs and incredible sports storytelling.

About a half decade ago, Stance unveiled its first collection of NBA socks. These socks, which were limited to select boutiques only and hard to get, featured sublimated images of NBA legends. Safe to say, the Stance x NBA collabo popped off. Over the course of the next few years, while popularizing legends and team socks, Stance was working behind the scenes with the NBA to secure the rights to the NBA on-court socks. 

That, eventually, came to fruition. And Stance performance basketball socks became a thing, as NBA players took the court in them during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. 

Now, with Nike on court, Stance is doubling down on their efforts to propel NBA casual, fan and lifestyle socks to the next frontier. There are new NBA player collections, team logo and legend packages in the works. 

So stay tuned, cause Stance x NBA is just beginning.
— Tzvi “T” Twersky / Director of Licensed Sports, Stance

Before the new season kicks off with all Nike gear on-court, Nice Kicks wanted to look back at the past two years and recognize some of the best Stance x NBA socks seen throughout the league. 

KOBE DAY

Giving one of the GOATs flowers while he can still smell them. No final season shook up the world more than Kobe Bryant’s since Michael Jordan and Stance was sure to honor the Black Mamba correct.

This limited-edition collection launched three styles only to sell out immediately, was replenished later and sold out again. Both numbers 24 & 8 were honored as Bryant was great in both eras.

The socks were originally only intended to be worn once in the NBA, on the March 6 game against the Warriors. The reaction was so stellar, though, that the Los Angeles Lakers decided to wear them again for the season finale/Kobe’s finale. This is the first piece of on-court apparel worn that honored a current player (and not a retired one).

For Stance, this was a really exciting project to work on for a number of reasons. Namely, the idea was brought to them very late in their process, so they had to make this happen on a very protracted calendar. It pushed Stance to and even past their limits—all in the name of a great design, exceptional sock and unforgettable moment.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

Worn on-court in the NBA in 2016 for Martin Luther King Day, Stance created a banger for BHM not only stylistically, but also for what it represents. The socks were worn with all different types of sneakers and it looked amazing on everyone.

You know a design is awesome and holds cultural significance when LeBron James, one of the world’s biggest athletes who gives back to his community as well as speaks up for social injustice including Black Lives Matters, wears it. This is one of the few rare occasions you can spot King James in special event socks because he usually sports a unique custom made fit engineered by Stance and himself.


TIM DUNCAN DAY

21 21 21! Tim Duncan low-key had one of the greatest careers of all time and that’s exactly how he wanted it to be. With authenticity being very important to Stance, they kept things simple with a patch of Duncan’s number on a pair of black and white socks– it looked clean, too.

The limited-edition socks were only available to players and fans at the arena that night on December 18th, 2016. Coach Popovich personally OK’d this project and design.

“As we all know, the Spurs do everything with a purpose. They talk, they practice, they play…with a purpose. They don’t waste any movement or do anything extraneous. That extends to their wardrobe and, so, we kept that in mind with these socks. Instead of trying to be extra, we kept it simple and just added a “21” patch to an existing striped style. A simple—and perfect—way to honor The Big Fundamental.” — Stance Hoops


NEW YORK KNICKS CORE

New York merchandise is always hot, but during the 2016-17 season the Knicks saw their core socks rise to become one of the most popular styles Stance Hoops offered. While simple in design, yet stylishly effective, these socks were worn on-court often and early by the Knicks and their unicorn Rookie Kristaps Porzingis who brought new energy to the team. Unlike other Stance socks, the NY Knicks Core sock was uniquely designed to have the NY stand alone unlike other team socks which have Stance and NBA logos embroidered on the back.


JUST DON x NBA ALL-STAR 2016

Is his name King Midas or Don C? Because everything he touches is gold. This collaboration was a limited-edition halo piece that complimented the inline All-Star Game socks. These pushed the limit of what you can do on a sock, and also—with hearts on it—pushed NBA design past anywhere it had ever been before given their usual strict limitations.

When Stance left these in the locker room for the players, they were put in a box specially designed for the occasion, along with a matching Just Don Valentine Day hat. For months, you could see guys—Dwade, James Harden, Andre Drummond, etc.—rocking those hats.

Working along side Stance in the design process, Don C is recognized as a great designer, an innovator, and, best of all, a great person. He was responsible for the concept of marrying Valentine’s Day and All-Star Weekend, since they coincided. The added touch, another first, was each pair of socks had an individual number on the bottom out of 500.


MILWAUKEE BUCKS LOGO QTR

New logo who dis? The Bucks have the most slept-on sock in the NBA and uniforms. With Giannis leading the way, those boys will be a nightmare on the court for opponents and they’ll do so in style.

“As the Bucks embraced a new uniform and identity, we did our part and tried tying the whole kit together at the foot. This design, from a technical perspective, is difficult and is a testament to our impressive design and product teams.” — Stance Hoops


PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS “RIP CITY”

Stance honoring the nickname of the Blazers on a sock is pretty amazing. If you’re a fan of Portland, this is a must cop pair. It holds historical value dating back to 1971 as play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely shouted out, “RIP CITY! All right!” during an ill-advised long distance made field goal (in the pre-three point line era).

This is a dope sock, but very slept-on because the Blazers were one of the few teams that preferred black and white socks for the most part, so fans didn’t really get a chance to see these enough. The RIP CITY design is printed, not knit like most STANCE NBA socks, via a dope process the production team innovated.


RAPTORS THROWBACK “TORONTO HUSKIES”

The Toronto Raptors threw it back to 1947, way before your time and my time with this uniform. Yet another sock from Stance and the NBA that holds historical value. We could argue the socks made the jerseys look way better every time they were worn together. This was one of the most inspired and well-worn designs. Just peep how it looks on DeMar’s feet.

“This sock, as you can see, took the most creative liberty and, in turn, turned out as one of the standouts. Thanks to the Raptors, for giving us such dope material to work with, and thank our design and print team for turning up!” — Stance Hoops

Fun Fact: The Toronto Huskies only were together for one season in 1946-47 for the BAA, a league that became before the NBA, before disbanding.


Image via Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

SOLID QTR – “Black” & “White”

The traditional sock with NBA logo will forever be a staple in sportswear fashion thanks to Michael Jordan. Before Stance came around, NBA socks were hard to come by. Now, you can actually buy the NBA socks the athletes wear. However, quarter length NBA Logo socks were still exclusive to athletes and not available the public in the 2015-16 season. They were so fire on-court, though.

After much demand, Stance listened to the kids and in 2016-17 launched the quarter length sock, which became one of the best selling socks at all channels of retail. That was a great decision.


NUGGETS CORE

Another fan favorite sock as the design is really cool, but credit also goes to Denver having really loyal fans. They are so loyal, people posted some amazing pictures on IG of this sock—which illustrate the mountains of Colorado—while hiking the mountains! You have to respect a sock designed for Basketball that transcends outside of the court.


NBA RISING STARS

Give it up to The Boy. With the 2016 NBA All-Star game being held in Toronto, Drake’s OVO Raptors jerseys served as the inspiration for this stellar pair of socks that sold out on Stance.com instantly! Although this sock had no OVO branding, many Drake fans count it as merch that needed to be owned for their collection.

NBA players such as Karl Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, and more were spotted wearing this sock during the Rising Stars Challenge along with an array of dope kicks on court.


 


(Image via Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

CHINESE NEW YEAR COLLECTION

Limited-edition and only available in select local markets. This was a hit with players and fans as they looked fire both on and off-court. The CYN collection was one of the few special event socks the Warriors embraced and wore. The Warriors, Raptors, Wizards, and Rockets sported their socks on-court as well.

“This is the first time Steph Curry wore the calf length crew sock from Stance. Traditionally, Curry chose to wear the quarter length socks throughout the season which would be hidden under his ankle braces. Stance selected CYN teams who have previously honored Chinese culture and have massive dedicated fan bases in the easter hemisphere.” — Stance Hoops


CAVS LOGO

Love ’em, or hate ’em, the Cavs have some pretty sick uniform colors– Wine, Gold, Navy. Whichever color combination you choose it’s going to look good. One can argue Stance made the some of the best kits for LeBron and company. The primarily navy pair sports yellow accents and wine colored stripes while the Cavs Logo is featured on the back side. This is a case of a simple sock done well.


You can shop the full range of Stance x NBA On-Court socks for only $ 10 online.

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Fashion Girl of Today:Never left sexy to bring it back

Never left sexy to bring it back
by Aphrodite

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Agenda Report // FILA Brings Back Classics & Updates Heritage Line for Fall/Winter 2016

FILA is approaching the fall/winter 2016 season with steady momentum prime to blow. Continuing to re-introduce brand staples while equally updating heritage models from the early 90’s, their upcoming offering aims to click on all cylinders of lifestyle, sporting and performance.

Original colorways of the FX-100 set the tone in White/Black and Black/Red, standing as easy favorites among brand purists and new adopters alike. There’s also the Overpass 2.0 Fusion, which takes foundational design cues from the original model and adds modern enhancements to ensure contemporary specifications.

Grant Hill’s famed FILA ’95 also plays a pivotal role in the brand’s strategic roll out for the upcoming season. Here, the shoe ventures deeper into the lifestyle realm, rendered in a black upper with an iridescent glow wrapped across the base.

Check out the FILA Fall/Winter 2016 preview from AGENDA Vegas below.

FILA FX-100

FILA FX-100

FILA FX-100

FILA FX-100

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA Overpass 2.0 Fusion

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

FILA 95

photo by Zaul Zamora

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