Posts Tagged ‘Mini’

Knox Fortune Tells Us How He Created Mini Universes For Joey Purp’s QUARTERTHING

Right before he launches into a relentless, spacious flow on his airy song “2012,” Chicago rapper Joey Purp acknowledges his producer. “Yo Knox,” he quickly slurs over a chiming sample, shouting out trusted collaborator Knox Fortune. To hear the 26-year-old producer and musician tell the story of how they assembled the tune, that brief salutation represented the energy the two captured in the room together.

“We were just sitting around. I think I started to play the sample-sounding thing, and from there, [Joey] just started rapping, maybe with no drums even,” Knox recently told MTV News over the phone, minutes after stepping off a plane in New York. “It just built really organically. It was nice because it was something we really didn’t have to think about at all.”

The proverbial sausage often gets made via much messier (and sometimes much sexier) methods. But when it’s among two musicians who’ve worked alongside each other for years, sometimes it really is that simple.

Knox and Joey first met through Vic Mensa and quickly began collaborating on Joey’s Leather Corduroys project with KAMI. In 2016, Joey got a boost from his impressive iiiDrops mixtape, executive produced by Knox, which included the infectious Chance the Rapper-aided “Girls @.” Joey returned the favor, helming Knox’s debut, Paradise, in 2017.

It only made sense, then, that Knox would have a hand in Joey’s proper debut, QUARTERTHING, which dropped on September 7. He worked with Joey on three songs — “2012,” “Aw Sh*t!,” and “QUARTERTHING” — building on sessions the duo had stashed away from recordings in Los Angeles and London. “I’d arrange them by most to least interesting, and then put them in potential places that they can work,” Knox said. “And if it doesn’t work, [we] just immediately removed it and just stuck to a set guideline of, ‘Do we like this? No, we don’t like this. OK, it’s gone.’ And then we never think about it again.”

That’s why, in listening to Knox tell stories of creating these songs with help from the Social Experiment’s Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, and Nico Segal, who executive produced QUARTERTHING, it almost sounds accidental; as if they randomly stumbled upon great moments. But it’s not quite that, he said. It’s more like following a formula that definitely wouldn’t work for everyone but nearly always works for them.

“A lot of artists you work with, you’ll have a four-hour session with them, and they spend all four hours working on a song, trying to get it finished up,” Knox said. “Joey will sit and play [NBA]2K and listen to shit I’m making or just playing in the room for three and a half of those hours, and then in 30 minutes write the best verse you’ve ever heard.”

It’s easy to visualize this from one full listen through QUARTERTHING. Joey seems to morph with the music on each track, entering exultant and victorious on the album’s opening bars like a wrestler stomping down an entrance ramp. By the time the house-indebted “Elastic” hits, he’s gone icy to match the clubby vibes before dialing the charm back up to shout out Mike Jones a few songs later.

Of course, it pays to be prepared for these moments. Knox’s attention to detail is pristine, and he admitted that he’s “usually very in control” of his contributions. He added the sounds of shaken-up spray cans to “QUARTERTHING” along with selections from “Rick Rubin’s personal modular synthesizer.” To coalesce all these elements into a beat is tricky, especially when you’re creating music someone else has to meld with. That’s where Peter, Nate, and Nico come in — sprinkling a “Pop Goes the Weasel” soundbite at the end of “Aw Sh*t!” and recruiting DJ Taye’s low synth rumbles to finish it off.

As much as he likes being in the driver’s seat, Knox called it “super, super reassuring” to have the trio, plus Joey, as closers for QUARTERTHING: “It’s very nice to be able to take something where you’re kind of at a dead end with it and be like, ‘What do you guys think of it?’ Cause they’ll always have something for you.”

With projects from peers like Noname and Very Slight, as well as his own handiwork, out in the world — not to mention some new Knox Fortune originals potentially ready to drop as early as October — Knox feels like it’s Chicago season once again, a sentiment he amplified on Twitter. “It feels like one of those moments again of something special in Chicago, and that’s completely what it’s all about for me,” he said. “That’s why I enjoy doing it.”

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Nike Air Max 1 Premium “Work Blue” Returns Mini Swoosh

Aligned with atmos and Patta pairs, the famed mini Swoosh returns on the new Nike Air Max 1 Premium “Work Blue” release.

Making more out of the cultural cache of the double branding than say leather pairs inspired by sportswear in recent years, a plush palette of soft blues with equally lush composition make these a ringer for said styles that surfaced in the early-2000s.

The Nike Air Max 1 Premium “Work Blue” is available now at Sneaker Politics.

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Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona” Releasing This Summer

“Mini Swoosh” Air Force 1 Lows will be in large supply this summer as they should be. Uptown’s and summer go together like few things do, and this “FC Barcelona” pair is undeniably a winner when temperatures hit their peak.

Constructed in tumbled and smooth leather juxtaposed alongside ballistic nylon secondary materials, Deep Royal Blue and University Gold wrap much of the upper while the famed mini Swoosh appears in contrasting University Red.

Expect this Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona” in stores sometime this summer. Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for more.

Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”

Colorway: Deep Royal Blue/University Gold-University Red
Style #: 823511-404

Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh "FC Barcelona"
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh "FC Barcelona"
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh "FC Barcelona"
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh "FC Barcelona"
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh "FC Barcelona"
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh "FC Barcelona"
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh “FC Barcelona”

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The “Mini Swoosh” Returns on the Nike Air Force 1 Low

Incredibly Ekin steeze, the not-so-famed but still appreciated Mini Swoosh branding has returned to the Nike Air Force 1 Low.

Seen with higher praise on the Air Max 1, the toe-box touch taps an Uptown full of Ralph Lauren vibes. Will the Mini Swoosh bring the Big Pony out of the stables? Giddy up, these just might.

Already available overseas but since sold out at Billy’s, peep this pair in the photos below.

Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh
Nike Air Force 1 Low Mini Swoosh

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Fashion Girl of Today:floral mini dress

floral mini dress
by LeFashionMonster

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MINI Takes the States 2014 Kicks Off In San Francisco

MINI has just kicked off this year’s edition of its ”MINI TAKE THE STATES 2014,” a 14-day rally of owners and fans taking place over 18 states and 15 cities. Happening every other year, this is the 5th rally. Starting in San Francisco and ending in Boston, MINI owners from across the country and world share their passion for the iconic brand. Motorers of particular mention included Alex Coyle, the winner of the Final Test Test Drive campaign and Torre Sauter, who shipped his MINI all the way from Germany to take part in the event.

MINI owners are a diverse group and it shows in the customization of their vehicles. Each MINI is as unique as its owner and owners take pride in expressing themselves through their car.

In addition to the motorers, MINI fans and families, another highlight of the event was the large number of pets and other animals that turned out thanks to a partnership with charity Best Friends Animal Society, which will also be hosting adoption events at select dealerships along the route. Check out the website here for more info and be sure to stay tuned for more updates on MINI TAKE THE STATES 2014 as it unfolds.

Check out the website here for more info and be sure to stay tuned for more updates on MINI TAKE THE STATES 2014 as it unfolds.


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A Closer Look: The 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop

Having originally taken a look at MINI’s latest Cooper S Hardtop iteration a few months ago, the iconic brand offers up a closer look at the classic hardtop. The third generation of its kind, the 2014 Cooper S – which recently hit the market this past March – has already developed quite a reputation for MINI enthusiasts and new fans alike given its respect paid to British tradition, while infusing a plethora of modern engineering features.

As far as the body style goes, MINI has maintained much of the “original” model aesthetic to the design that sees a wide honeycomb radiator grill and long wheel base, yet distinguishes itself from its predecessors and counterparts with a slightly more boxed nose. The Hardtop version arrives with two engine executions that include a 134 horsepower, 1.5 liter engine on the Cooper, while the Cooper S boasts a 189 horsepower, 2.0 liter engine. Those opting for the six-speed automatic transmission will also benefit from the new Predictive Drivetrain, a GPS-based system that controls gear shifts based on the profile of the route to help increase ride comfort and save fuel.

On the interior, MINI maintained much of the traditional circular gauge designs, yet updated the approach a bit to make the overall layout and flow more intuitive and user friendly. The in-dash system includes the available 6.5″ screen that comes with Bluetooth® connectivity, a music interface and an optional 8.8″ navigation screen upgrade. Users also have the option of including MINI Connected which integrates apps from your smartphone, even allowing you to control your GoPro camera through the interface.

For those who are in the car market or who are just interested in learning more about the 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop, further information can be found here.


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