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We Break Down Where Drake’s $1 Million Went In The ‘God’s Plan’ Video

Drake has been in a giving mood, and it all came to fruition in the video for “God’s Plan.” Over the course of almost six minutes, we see crying faces, smiling children, and Drake’s generosity at the center of it all. Drizzy even hopped on Instagram stories to ask his followers to get into the giving spirit.

“I am not into challenges on IG,” wrote Drake. “I find them annoying…but today I am going to challenge everyone to just go out and do something for someone, anything, the smallest thing, just to bring another human being some joy and please tag me in it somehow so I can see all the love being spread.”

Viewers know the 6 God gave away $ 996,631.90 to the residents of Miami in the “God’s Plan” video, which begs the question — where did all of that money go? There is so much happening onscreen that if you blink, you might miss the latest good deed from Toronto’s reigning king.

Below, MTV News compiled a rundown of Drake’s best deeds and how much they cost. Unfortunately, we probably didn’t catch them all.

  1. OVO Market Sweep

    Total: $ 50,000

    Drake gave Miami residents the most epic game of Supermarket Sweep. “Anything you guys want in the store is free,” Drizzy says through a megaphone in the middle of the grocery store. According to E! News, the trip cost Graham $ 50,000.

  2. Started Out Doin’ College Shows

    Total: $ 50,000

    The Miami Hurricane reported that Drake gave a $ 50,000 check to Destiny James, a junior studying public health at the University of Miami. In an Instagram post thanking Drake, James wrote, “You don’t understand what this means to me. I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you.”

  3. Icy Like the Frost School

    Total: $ 10,000

    Drake can also be seen giving the University of Miami Frost School of Music a $ 10,000 donation in the video.

  4. Toy Story

    Total: $ 69,500 donation = $ 50,000 directly to the shelter + $ 19,500 in Target gift cards to families

    Drake donated a $ 50,000 check to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, which supports and provides for homeless women and children. On top of the donation, the Toronto rapper also handed out $ 150 Target gift cards to 130 women and toys for all the children, TMZ reports.

  5. Fast Times At OVO High

    Total: $ 25,000

    A significant portion of the “God’s Plan” video was filmed at Miami Senior High School in South Florida. Drake did more than let students be extras in the visual, He also gave $ 25,000 to the school and agreed to design OVO uniforms for the scholars, reports ABC News.

  6. Fire And Desire

    Total: $ 20,000

    The City of Miami Fire Department also got some love from Graham with a $ 20,000 check.

  7. Shut Down Saks Fifth

    Total: $ 10,000 (honestly, probably a lot more)

    The 6 God took over Saks Fifth for a special woman, Odelie Paret. The head of OVO was inspired by a Miami Herald story, which details how the housekeeper’s commute can take almost three hours as she works at a physically demanding job to support her family. Drake and Antonio Brown from the Steelers reportedly treated the woman to a spa day, dinner at StripSteak, and a shopping spree.

  8. Random Acts Of Kindness

    Total: Priceless

    Honestly, Drake gives away so much in the “God’s Plan” video it is almost impossible to calculate it all without calling up the OVO accountant. We may never know what deal Drizzy got on the cars or the stack of cash he hands out to each family. Thankfully, that isn’t the point. You don’t have to be one of the biggest rappers alive to make someone’s day. Sometimes all it takes is some well-choreographed dance moves and a kind deed.


Fashion Girl of Today:UPSIDE DOWN

by gvozd


Tumbled Toes? A Break Down of the Air Jordan 1 “Royal”

Last Saturday, the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” returned to much fanfare selling out at stores nationwide to Jordan heads who have patiently waited four years for a return and a remastered version of the OG colorway.  By mid-day, there was some conversation on twitter about the differences in leathers used on the toe boxes of the remastered retro Royals.

Some pairs had a tumbled toe on the left side with smooth leather on the right. Others had smooth leather on the left while the right toe was tumbled leather.  And then, of course, some pairs have smooth on both left and right.  Slight variances are to be expected when there are literally hundreds of thousands of pair produced of the shoe, especially when dealing with a natural material like leather, but when we received two pairs in the mail today, we observed differences that extended beyond just the grain or grade of leather.

Two pairs were obtained, and surely enough, we quickly spotted differences between not only the two sides of the pair, but the two pairs were noticeably different.  Before we get deep into the comparisons of each side of each pair, let’s first establish what we already do know about each – where they were produced and when they were assembled.

On the tag inside a pair of shoes from Nike there is not only the size listed in several different regional measurements, but also lots of other information including the product number, SKU, factory where the shoes were produced, and the production dates.

Both pairs we obtained were the same size, the same model, and were assembled in the same factory, but what made them uniquely different was their production date.

For the sake of simplicity, we will refer to each shoe by their production date – 12/13 and 12/29.

The first pair that I opened was the 12/13 pair and quickly noticed the tumbled toe box on the right shoe. The leather had a gorgeous grain that reminded me immediately of the leather quality of the “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1s from 2015. The left side of the 12/13 pair didn’t impress me though. Before I even turned the pair over to see them side by side, I could feel a smoother texture and stiffer property to the leather.

Air Jordan 1 "Royal" - 12/13 pair - right foot
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/13 pair – right foot
Air Jordan 1 "Royal" - 12/13 pair - left foot
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/13 pair – left foot

But what shocked me more than the clear differences between the grains, texture, and softness was something beyond the variable of natural materials – it was the manufactured process of perforations. As you can clearly see below the perforations not only have a slightly different offset and pattern, but also the shape and size of the holes.

Air Jordan 1 "Royal" - 12/13 pair
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/13 pair

At the time that I opened the second box of Royals, I had no knowledge of there being a different production date. I had heard of discrepancies online, but no one had ever brought up the production dates before when comparing their different pairs. Sure enough, when I opened the second pair there were some differences between the left and right foot, but not nearly as noticeable as the first. This pair, what I will refer to as the 12/29 pair, is shown below.

Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/29 pair – right foot
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/29 pair – right foot
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/29 pair – left foot
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/29 pair – left foot

As you can see, the grains of the leather are closer to one another, but still with some slight variance. Lastly, to illustrate another difference, look below at a photo of showing the two sides of the 12/29 pair side by side where you can see once again a difference in the pattern and shape of the perforations of the toe box.

Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/29 pair
Air Jordan 1 “Royal” – 12/29 pair

In the past couple of days, many customers have displayed inconsistencies with their shoes as well. Many pairs that were ordered online on Nike’s SNKRS app started arriving at customer’s doorsteps on Wednesday and Thursday.







There is a lot that can be learned from this situation for consumers. The first is that despite all efforts any brand can make to keep quality consistent across all shoes when producing to the scale of the major release like this one, it is next to impossible to have every pair be equal. Next, if you are purchasing on the secondary market, it is important to ask the seller to provide you photos of the shoes that you will be purchasing. As we could tell from different production times and production runs, shoes can have noticeable differences between them even if they are the same SKU, product number, size, even if they are produced in the same factory. Lastly, when purchasing products in person at retail stores, take the opportunity to open the box and check your pair before you purchase.

In closing, there is a little bit of disappointment that my pairs were slightly off, but make no mistake about it, I am very happy to be able to retire my 2013 Royals and start a new chapter with these. This piece was written purely to show what I personally discovered with my pairs that I purchased from Nike and another Nike retailer and in no way to discourage anyone from buying the shoes.  (Sorry, but they’re all sold out everywhere if you hadn’t already heard.)



Interview // Breaking Down LeBron’s Nike Zoom Soldier 10

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Today, LeBron James is expected to debut his latest namesake sneaker during a marquee game against the Golden State Warriors. Of course, that wouldn’t be a first, as the Ohio native looked to reverse course last season after falling behind 0-2 to the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, laced strapped up his newest edition of his Soldier series and debuted them in Cleveland on a whim. They won by 30 points.

As literally every Instagram commenter loves to remind you — from there, the Warriors then blew a 3-1 lead. Throughout his four-wins-in-five-games stretch to close the series, LeBron was transcendent on both sides of the ball, all while putting up an insane Finals statline of 35.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists in those wins.

That Finals platform gave the Soldier series new life, and brought more eyes and energy to the newest model than we’d seen in years past. LeBron has worn it all throughout preseason and Cleveland’s 22-6 start, opting to unveil his newest signature sneaker later into the season.

To hear all about the tenth edition of the Soldier series — LeBron is the first player to have two sneaker series hit 10 models — Nice Kicks recently caught up with Kevin Dodson, Nike Basketball’s Senior Footwear Product Director. Read ahead as Dodson breaks down all of the details that went into designer Jason Petrie’s latest model, what it was like to “witness history” as LeBron carried his Cavs to their first ever franchise championship, and how the recent Ohio State cleated edition of the Soldier came to be.

Zoom 20.5.5

Nick DePaula: What has the Soldier line stood for over the years, and what was the initial concept around the Soldier 10 design? 

Kevin Dodson: It’s an amazing journey for the shoe and has really come full circle. It started out around this insight around the 20.5.5, which we call the Soldier 0 from time to time amongst ourselves. [laughs] It was the idea around the second season, and giving LeBron a product to wear during that time of the year that was a lighter and super-responsive version of his game shoe that he was wearing at the time. You’re in a race to win 16 games when you’re in the playoffs, so giving him something that was a faster version of his game shoe was always the insight there. It became about a sprint to 16 wins instead of a marathon.

Over time, because we introduced the Elite series and some other products during the course of that ten years, the Soldier sort of became a shoe for all of the guys around him. He had even posted on social media at the time about how, “This shoe is for all of my Soldiers to go to battle.” It became a go-to LeBron team shoe for athletes in the NBA, colleges and high schools. It was something that was a little bit more stripped down, had a lot of great lockdown, support and responsiveness. Those were always the core tenets that have carried through the years.

Especially over the last few years, we’ve gotten really keyed in on this focus around having something that could give you all of the lockdown and support that you need, but in a light and responsive package. That’s been the goal. A couple of years ago, we had been working with LeBron and talking about where we wanted to take the Soldier from here. He had been giving us some great insights, and then we were out speaking with some college players. One of the kids send, “My perfect shoe would be an Elite sock with an outsole and some straps. Nothing else.”

Jason Petrie and the team brought that back, and that’s where the north star concept of the laceless shoe came from for the Soldier 10. LeBron had talked to us about doing something really special for the tenth Soldier already. He even said to us, “I just can’t believe that I have multiple shoe series that have gone on ten year-plus runs.” He really wanted to do something special, and so we really wanted to deliver on that laceless proposition and target.

We got kind of close on the Soldier 9, and had half laces and half straps. Then, we went all out for the Soldier 10. It was a pretty awesome journey through the last few years, and we believed that there was a benefit to it. If you’re a basketball player, you’re always lacing and trying to adjust. To just jump into a shoe with a snug, sock-like fit and lock those straps in quickly was something that we wanted to be able to do.

A detailed look at several elements from past Soldier models incorporated into the 10.

NDP: Are there any elements on the Soldier 10 that draw from past Soldier models?

KD: LeBron really kept pushing us on that. The first time we presented the shoe to him, he said, “Oh my god, no shoe strings!” He started laughing and was saying, “This is what we’ve got to get to guys.” He just loved the idea. When he was challenging us to do something special for the tenth year, JP did a great job of going back through the archive. A lot of the inspiration for the strap placements came from the 20.5.5. Once we started keying in on that, J started pulling elements from each of the prior nine Soldiers and the 20.5.5 and incorporated them into the 10.

NDP: Through the outsole there’s a series of words within the texture. What are some of the key terms & phrases layered into the tooling?

KD: Around the toe, there’s a pattern in roman numerals that has each prior shoe. If you go to the bottom, there’s always a lot of storytelling from the early years, and there’s phrases that define him too, like “Heart,” “Unstoppable,” and a lot of other things that help to inspire him. Really there was ten years leading up to this, because I’d include the 20.5.5 in this too. There’s a “330” for Akron in there, and a lot of discovery elements.

Soldier 1-9

NDP: Soldier started out as a playoff shoe that LeBron wore in his very first trip to the Finals. What did it mean to the Nike Basketball team for the 10th anniversary version to be worn again on the Finals stage during LeBron’s iconic hometown Finals win?

KD: The shoe really took on a life of its own once LeBron chose to wear it in the Finals and had the performance that he did. Honestly, that was all driven by LeBron. We had a couple different product options for him, and typically this shoe comes out later in the Fall and maybe he’ll wear it during the preseason. We worked really closely with him on this design during the process, so he had been testing it for some time. They were in the course of the Finals, and things weren’t going the way that he wanted them to go. I think from his standpoint, he just wanted something that could change it up. He really liked the Soldier in practice, and really decided right before Game 3 to put ’em on and go.

Nike Zoom Soldier 1, worn in the 2007 NBA Finals

It was a bit of a controversy for us, because the shoe was all blacked out and looked like a weartest shoe, but that was the authenticity of it too. It was just an athlete, in probably one of the biggest moments of his career, who wanted to play in something a little different and needed to jumpstart things.

We met with him this summer, and he told us, “I looked down at my feet, and I just felt different. They look sleek and I felt like I had a bounce in my step when I put them on.” We were lucky we were able to adjust, and a lot of people on this team do an unbelievable job of trying to get everything ready for our athletes. I won’t lie, we had to hustle to get a couple more pairs to him to finish out the series.

It was an awesome moment. I had gotten a text before the game from Ted Kerby, who leads our LeBron Sports Marketing side, to give me a heads up. The performance spoke for itself, and game after game, he and Kyrie did amazing things. To be honest, a lot of people were unsure about a high cut with no laces, and they asked us some pretty tough questions internally. “Are you guys serious with this? Will it work?” LeBron, from the beginning, kept telling us to push, do thing different and change it up. To watch him then follow through by wearing it and performing at such a high level during the course of the Finals, was just amazing.

Being apart of the Nike Basketball family, but also just as a kid who grew up obsessing basketball, watching every Finals and watching what the players were wearing – just like you – to have a part in that now in what will probably go down as one of the greatest NBA Finals series ever, I just felt very blessed to be apart of that. I was at a bar by myself by house, and I think I’m never welcome at that bar again based on how loud I was screaming. [laughs]

LeBron in the Soldier X during Game 3.

NDP: More recently, Ohio State had their own Soldier 10 cleats – will that be a platform we see you guys look to utilize going forward?

KD: The relationship LeBron has with Ohio State is pretty deep. He’s real tight with the athletic department and specifically has a good relationship with Urban Meyer. As that game started to come up on the calendar, everyone at Nike was circling that game and thinking it could be a pretty special game.

With Michigan and Ohio State being the quality of programs that they are, we knew that could be an opportunity for us. Coach Meyer started asking us for the last couple of years, “How can we get access to some of the LeBron product?” With Michigan being a Jordan school, they’ve looked awesome on the field and have had great product. There’s obviously a rivalry there, so I think Coach Meyer was always interested in finding something special for Ohio State too.

LeBron has deep roots in football dating back to high school, and there’s always been this question around, “What could LeBron do on a football field?” We’ve also always had some chatter around here about what LeBron product could look like for the gridiron.

That conversation had been going on for awhile, and then the Nike Cleated team came to us and said, “What do you think about identifying a Basketball product to put on the field for Ohio State?” The Soldier was the one that came to all of our minds, only because we felt that the silhouette and the attributes of the product would work really well in football.

The team started working on building a sample of what that could look like, and it was a cool collaboration between the Cleated and Basketball team. When we approached LeBron with the idea to really do it, he said, “Hey, it’s about time. Lets go!” [laughs] It came to life and the Cleated team did an awesome job of developing it, testing it and getting it right for football. They showed up to Ohio State a couple weeks before the game so players could get used to them, and then they broke them out for a really big moment.

Things just lined up beautifully, and it was an epic game. Michigan looked amazing in all of their cleats and uniforms, and then Ohio State came out in the Soldier cleats. The whole Cavs team being on the sideline to cheer them on made it a pretty epic moment for that shoe.

LeBron felt pretty excited that they were wearing his shoes on the field for the first time, and going forward, that’ll definitely be an opportunity to continue to plan for that. There’s definitely some things to keep an eye out for, and if you asked LeBron where we should focus for his product product showing up in football, Ohio State is definitely near and dear to his heart.

NDP: I also loved that color toe pop you did on those, which we’ve also seen on Eric Bledsoe’s Black and Orange PEs that he’s been wearing. That accenting has worked really well.

KD: Yeah, and that’s been a real cool look for the shoe. Tim Day is our PLM who heads up the LeBron business and works really well with J [Petrie.] That was just those guys, to their credit, being so confident in the model early on. They had gotten some amazing feedback when they showed it to kids early in the process, and then they just wanted to do something that could keep the shoe new and fresh as we got into the second half of the shoe’s life span. They came up with that suede toe color block, and that’s one of my favorites as well. It’s a good learning for us that if we continue to keep things fresh and switch the style up, kids can continue to look for it.


Sean Malto Breaks Down the Etnies ‘Malto 2′

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Amazing skater Sean Malto breaks down his latest collaboration with Etnies, called the ‘Malto 2′

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Skechers’ Take on the adidas Stan Smith Has Been Shut Down by a Federal Judge

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but sometimes it’s deemed illegal. Skechers, who has made the jump to second largest US footwear company behind Nike, has been ordered by a federal judge to stop producing three different shoes that bare striking resemblances to that of adidas — the marquee model being the Onix which is incredibly similar to the Stan Smith.

Oregon Live reports that Oregon’s U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez was presented the Onix and Stan Smith only a few feet away from him in court and could not tell the difference, a factor that led to his final decision.

“Although Skechers points out minor differences between its Onix shoe and the Stan Smith — that the Onix has five, not three, rows of perforations which extend in a different direction, and that its colored heel patch is a slightly darker shade of green — the unmistakable overall impression is two nearly identical shoes,” Hernandez wrote. “Given the striking similarity between the shoes, there is but one inference to draw: that Skechers knowingly adopted a mark very similar to the Stan Smith to draw off of the success of Adidas’s iconic shoe.”

In response to the ruling, Skechers President Michael Greenberg issued a statement that although the company was disappointed by the ruling it would not strongly disrupt their business as the injunction involved “only three minor and commercially insignificant Skechers styles that have already been discontinued.” Following up, Greenberg stated, “While this is a non-issue from a commercial standpoint, we are disappointed in the ruling and fully intend to appeal it in order to ensure that our footwear designers retain the freedom to use common design elements that have long been in the public domain.”

Recently, Nike also sued Skechers for a design that draws from Flyknit (and even adidas Boost).

While the Skechers Onix is a blatant bite on the adidas Stan Smith, it also says a lot of about the bigger business of sneakers. The fact that Skechers has moved to #2 in the US makes selling a takedown on a classic hurt all the more. As pointed out in our Follow the Leader feature, we live in an era where high end fashion houses also bite sportswear staples. Clearly, there’s much more units moved in a lower priced Skechers shoe than that of a designer do-over (though fashion houses still get sued on occasion). One could argue that a high-end appropriation raises the perceived value of a sportswear staple, while a take-down from a lesser brand diminishes the value. Regardless, a copy is a copy and it undermines design and marketing dollars at some level. No idea is original, but you still gotta respect creativity and innovation. Congrats to adidas.

Spotted at Highsnobiety/Stan Smith shot via Foot Locker


Did Eric Bledsoe Just Shut Down #KicksOnCourt For The Season?

We’ve seen rare shoes hit the hardwood before. Phoenix Sun PJ Tucker has donned pricey PEs in the past, like his QRich IXs, black OVO Xs or Gerald Wallace XIIIs. We’ve seen Derrick Williams wear the “Oregon” Jordan IV. We’ve even seen Swaggy P break out the Supreme Foamposites just before they released, as well as countless other rarities. And of course, the KOC gawdfather Gilbert Arenas once wore Dolce & Gabbana sneakers at Staples Center because he’s the Sneaker Champ.

After mostly sticking to a mix of LeBron 12s, 13s and Soldier 9s to start the season, Tucker’s fellow teammate and Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe caught everyone by surprise last night, when he broke out the rarest sneaker we’ve spotted so far this season.

Originally made just for Drake and Lil Wayne during their straightforwardly named “Drake vs Lil Wayne” tandem tour, this subtle Air Jordan 3 promo sample worn by Bledsoe features custom insole tour artwork, along with gradient sockliner and laces. There’s even a pair on eBay right now for a steep $ 10K if you’re a fan.

Will we see a more expensive pair of kicks on the court this year? If the first month of the season has taught us anything, we can expect the unexpected ahead.

For more on the Phoenix Suns’ great Kicks On Court, be sure to check out our in-depth episode of Sole Access for a tour of their equipment and locker rooms.

Nov 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives to the basket in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Nov 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (right) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson in the second quarter at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


game shots via SC



Nike Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane with the LeBron 12 Low “SVSM”

Tracking back to the widely publicized high school basketball career of LeBron James, the Nike LeBron 12 Low “SVSM” pays homage to James’ days pre-NBA at Saint Vincent-Saint Mary.

Taking on the school’s signature colors, an anthracite base is set against Radiant Emerald accents at the Flywire cables, outsole and laces. Closed with Metallic Gold Swoosh and tongue branding, look for the Nike LeBron 12 Low “SVSM” at select retailers on September 3.

Nike LeBron 12 Low “SVSM”

Colorway: Black/Metallic Gold-Anthracite-Radiant Emerald
Style Code: 724557-070
Release Date: September 3, 2015 
Price: $ 175






Source: Sneaker News


Sam Smith featuring John Legend – Lay Me Down

Recent Grammy winner Sam Smith is getting a little help from John Legend to breathe some new life into one of the singles off his debut album, In The Lonely Hour. This new duet version of “Lay Me Down” features the two going back and forth on verses and harmonizing to make an already great song just that much better. Enjoy the track here and stay tuned to HYPETRAK for more of the latest music news.


Fashion Girl of Today:Suit Down

Suit Down
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