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Kanye West, J. Cole, And More Pay Tribute To XXXTentacion

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion died Monday (June 18) at the age of 20 after being shot in South Florida. The young rapper’s ascent was plagued and partially indebted to his ongoing legal troubles. The “SAD!” artist served jail time and faced a slew of charges, including a domestic violence case dating back to 2016.

His propensity to troll the hip-hop elite coupled with his provocation of critics made him one of rap’s most contentious figures. Since news of his shooting and death, many in the hip-hop community have taken to social media for an outpouring of support.

One of XXXTentacion’s closest friends and fellow South Florida rapper Ski Mask the Slump God took to Instagram to post a picture of his fallen associate. In October 2017, Ski Mask distanced himself from the “Look At Me!” rapper after claiming he threatened his family on Instagram. However, in one of the most surprising moments at 2018′s Rolling Loud, the two rappers hit the stage together. At one point during the performance, XXX told Ski, “Yo bro, I love you, bro.”

One of the more surprising condolences comes from J. Cole. In X’s 2017 XXL Freshman freestyle, he dissed the Fayetteville MC with the lines, “Don’t understand why J. Cole talkin’ ’bout false prophets / But didn’t mention higher-ups / Change your name to Amber Cole / These fucking entertainers is playing it by the rules / Sucking government dick for safety to stay cool.”

Despite X’s freestyle, in a January interview with Adam Grandmaison of No Jumper, Cole called the South Florida rapper “talented.”

“This got me fucked up,” Cole tweeted today. “RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”

Perhaps the most high-profile response came from Kanye West. While the Chicago rapper has never collaborated with X, he did share that he is inspired by the South Florida artist.

“Rest in peace,” Kanye tweeted. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”

Read the rest of the music world’s reactions below.

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J. Cole Explains Why He Felt ‘A Certain Type Of Way’ When Kanye Called Him

Why Did J. Cole Stop Drinking?

KOD, or “Kidz On Drugs,” is an album that deals with the hardships of addiction. In one of the most vulnerable portions of the discussion, Cole shared what led him to set aside alcohol.

“I would have never even thought the day would’ve came where I stopped drinking, because to me it wasn’t even a big deal,” he said. “But this is when I noticed it was a big deal, because when I tried to go out that night and, like, not drink, I could feel the pull and the tug.”

Cole continued to discuss how his body was giving him clear signals that he needed to stop.

“Putting myself in these situations and when I noticed that pull and that tug,” the “ATM” rapper said. “That my body, my mind was telling me like, ‘Yo, damn, I want to have a drink.’ That’s what let me know something is there”

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J. Cole Calls SoundCloud Rappers ‘Exaggerated Versions Of Black Stereotypes’

J. Cole didn’t pull any punches on “1985 (Intro To ‘The Fall Off’)”. The KOD closer finds the Fayetteville rapper taking shots at anonymous rappers who glorify stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans. Many people think Cole’s subliminals are for Lil Pump or Smokepurpp. However, in a new Vulture profile, Cole reveals his critique is meant for a variety of people.

“It’s really a ‘shoe fits’ situation — several people can wear that shoe,” Cole said. “Why you yelling at your show? You must feel attacked in some kind of way, must feel offended, and if you feel offended, then that means something rings true, something struck a chord. That’s cool with me. That’s all I ever want to do.”

Cole made a more pointed statement later in the interview about the caricatures many SoundCloud rappers paint of the black community.

“If you exclude the top three rappers in the game, the most popping rappers all are exaggerated versions of black stereotypes,” the Kids on Drugs rapper continued. “Extremely tatted up. Colorful hair. Flamboyant. Brand names. It’s caricatures, and still the dominant representation of black people, on the most popular entertainment format for black people, period.”

On “1985,” Cole describes why he believes a white audience wants to see negative portrayals of black and brown artists.

But have you ever thought about your impact?
These white kids love that you don’t give a fuck
‘Cause that’s exactly what’s expected when your skin black
They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill
They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels
And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real
They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels

Recently, Cole has released two videos from KOD — “A.T.M.” and “Kevin’s Heart.” Both songs see the Dreamville rapper taking a close look at the addictive qualities of money, sex, and drugs. It’s safe to say Cole has a message to tell and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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Fans Are Convinced J. Cole Is Taking Shots At Lil Pump On ‘1985’

J. Cole is 33. Lil Pump is 17. In hip-hop, that age difference might as well be a chasm as big as the Grand Canyon. Today (April 20), J. Cole dropped his fifth studio album, KOD. The project finds Cole taking a satirical look at modern hip-hop and the drugs, money, and materialism he feels fuels it. “1985 – Intro To ‘The Fall Off’” is one of the more pointed and antagonistic tracks, which finds the Fayetteville MC targeting an unnamed rapper who fans have determined is Lil Pump or maybe Smokepurpp.

During the track, J. Cole takes various pointed jabs. The beginning of his verse starts with the observation, “I’m fuckin’ with your funky lil’ rap name / I hear your music and I know that rap’s changed / A bunch of folks would say that that’s a bad thing / ‘Cause everything’s commercial and it’s pop now.”

Pump and Purpp have made it their mission to mess with J. Cole in a variety of ways. In April 2017, a song titled “Fuck J. Cole,” reportedly by Lil Pump made its way to the internet. Earlier this week, Smokepurpp joked that he had a standout feature on Cole’s album. In a January interview with Montreality, Smokepurpp referenced his trolling of the North Carolina rapper.

“Nowadays everything is kind of a troll,” Purpp said. “So people do know that [J. Cole tweets] its trolling, but if you don’t like we don’t care. Pump doesn’t care.”

Cole’s indictment of rap’s new generation speaks to some of Purpp’s assessment of the “OG-versus-new rapper” debate. Toward the middle of his verse the bars get more acidic as he raps, “They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill / They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels / And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real / They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels.”

“1985″ isn’t the first time Cole has been critical of the rap landscape. On “Everybody Dies” many thought he took aim at Kanye, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Yachty. With lines like, “Bunch of words and ain’t sayin’ shit, I hate these rappers / Especially the amateur eight week rappers / Lil’ whatever – just another short bus rapper,” it isn’t hard to see why.

The recipient of Cole’s message may not be confirmed by the rapper. However, the message for the hip-hop community is coming through loud and clear.

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Staple Design x Cole Haan ZeroGrand 2 Stitchlite // Release Date

In an effort to make the flyest wingtips, the Staple Design x Cole Haan ZeroGrand 2 Stitchlite hits the city streets by putting the pigeon in the mix. Made of marbled grey yarn, the zoned threading is both aesthetic and athletic as it relays the dress shoe styling while holding down the foot in more ways than one.

Look for this Staple collab to release online at Cole Haan.

Staple Design x Cole Haan ZeroGrand 2 Stitchlite

Release Date: August 10, 2017
Price: $ 300

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Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip “Berkley Blue”


With spring just weeks away and temperatures on the upswing, new options are a must in your sneaker rotation to ensure comfort and weather appropriate styling. And if you’re looking to step away from sneakers – even if just briefly – the Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip “Berkley Blue” is ideal as it highlights premium nubuck leather construction in a rich blue hue joined with a contrasting speckled cream Lunarlon midsole. Matching off-white laces fill the upper while brogue detailing enriches the transitional oxford throughout. Pick up a pair of the Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip now at Feature.

Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip “Berkley Blue”

Price: $ 198

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Cole Haan Spring 2013 LunarGrand Saddle Shoe


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The LunarGrand Saddle is refreshed for Spring 2013 with the use of high-contrast materials and an updated color-scheme in birch/black suede/orange pop. Cushioned with Nike Lunarlon Technology for ultimate comfort, the latest from Cole Haan can be purchased online at the Cole Haan for $ 248 USD.

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Cole Haan 2014 Holiday Branson Sneaker Boot

The trend for mixing the comforts of a sneaker with the durable construction of a boot continues with Cole Haan’s newest silhouette, the Branson. Wrapped in a soft, waterproof suede material, this model rests atop a responsive midsole with a full rubber outsole for superior traction. The Cole Haan 2014 Holiday Branson Sneaker Boot is currently available in both black and brown at the Cole Haan webstore.


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Cole Haan 2014 Fall/Winter ZeroGrand Chukka

Cole Haan’s most recent iterations of the Chukka boot incorporating ZeroGrand technology and tooling have had some big shoes to fill. Following-up on the runaway success of the LunarGrand of similar design sensibilities, the Chukka has been one of Cole Haan’s most widely embraced models. In a new range for Fall/Winter 2014, the highly flexible sole of the ZeroGrand is paired with three new colorways and materials of the Chukka. The collection is available now at Cole Haan with a retail price of $ 278 USD.


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Cole Haan Summer 2014 ZeroGrand Collection


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After the initial release, Cole Haan releases their ZeroGrand Brogue style in an assortment of new colorways for Summer 2014. Featuring a flexible outsole anchoring a wingtip silhouette, this release includes two different styles. The first is the full-grain suede ‘Wing Ox’ available in India ink and mushroom, while the ‘No Stitch’ model comes in flint grey, Berkshire and blazer blue. You can shop the entire Cole Haan ZeroGrand Broque collection online.

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