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Lil Wayne Tells The Full Story Of His Childhood Suicide Attempt On Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne is back and more honest than ever on his long-awaited new album, Tha Carter V, which dropped on Friday (September 28), the day after the rapper’s 36th birthday.

After listening to 22 tracks spanning over 80 minutes, fans arrive at the album’s outro, “Let It All Work Out,” which finds Wayne opening up about the time he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound when he was just 12 years old. In the past, he’s claimed that the shooting was merely an accident, but his verse on Solange’s 2016 track “Mad” sparkled speculation that it was actually a suicide attempt. On that song, he rapped, “And when I attempted suicide, I didn’t die / I remember how mad I was on that day / Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way.”

Wayne confirms the speculation toward the end of “Let It All Work Out” — which samples Sampha’s “Indecision” — by detailing what happened during the shooting: “I aimed where my heart was pounding / I shot it, and I woke up with blood all around me / It’s mine, I didn’t die, but as I was dying / God came to my side and we talked about it / He sold me another life and he made a prophet.”

Wayne’s mother, Jacida Carter, also addressed her son’s suicide attempt on Tha Carter V‘s penultimate track, “Used 2.” In a spoken outro, she said, “I still don’t know today. Was he playing with the gun or was it an accident? I be wanting to ask him but I never asked him after all these years. … I never really found out about what really happened with him and that shooting.”

According to a recent Billboard cover story, Wayne shot himself in the chest at age 12 after his mother forbade him from rapping. In the same interview, Young Money president Mack Maine explained Wayne’s decision to finally tell the full story of what happened that day. “He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now,” Maine said. “Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it’s like, ‘I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.’”


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Story Behind Tupac’s Iconic Image Wearing FILA as Told by Grant Hill

If Celebrity Sneaker Stalker was a thing in the ’90s, Tupac would be featured in it weekly. Out of all of the late Rapper’s sneaker moments in his career, the clear stand out is the image wearing the FILA Grant Hill 96. It landed inside the booklet for All Eyez On Me, Hip Hop’s first double-disc album.

Tupac wearing Grant Hill’s signature shoe was equally as dope as the album itself. This happened at a time where footwear brands weren’t steadily seeding Rappers with the hottest sneakers, so it has always been a mystery as to how Shakur ended up wearing them. That is until now…

In a recent interview with MLIVE, the man himself Grant Hill opened up about the events leading up to the iconic photo:

Now, with Tupac we actually had a mutual friend and when he got out, just sending love, I sent some (shoes) not even sure if it would happen. Then when he had them on in his album cover, I thought that was cool. It was just a good time

It took two decades for these details to surface and it only adds to the iconic moment. Grant Hill and Tupac will forever be recognized in the sneaker culture for the image. Salute to Mr. Shakur, he sure does know nice kicks.



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The Story Behind Damian Lillard’s Family-Inspired “Dame Dolla” adidas Lillard 2s

words // Nick DePaula

Just last Friday, Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard performed for the city of Portland in an entirely new setting, ditching the hardwood of the nearby Moda Center for the featured stage at the Crystal Ballroom downtown concert venue.

He was performing his very first rap show under the name DAME D.O.L.L.A., an acronym short for “Different On Levels the Lord Allows.” While he usually breaks out special edition adidas sneakers for some of the biggest moments of the NBA season, the night was no different, as Lillard debuted a new neon colorway of his signature adidas DLillard 2.

The tennis ball felt shoe was purposely loud, and I figured that was the whole story. As is usually the case, there was a specific story that helped to inspire the shoe. Yet another story inspired by Dame’s family and upbringing.

“Growing up, me and a lot of my cousins would go to the tennis courts at the park by my grandma’s house,” Lillard recalls. “We did everything at those tennis courts. We had baseball games, football games, we even played tag.”

The courts were just one of the many areas in the Brookfield area of east Oakland where Lillard, his brother Houston and his cousins would play sports and stay active. At his show last week, Damian was joined on stage by his family yet again, with his mom Gina, Houston and several cousins from back home alongside him. The shoes helped to bring it all full circle, reminding him of his childhood times back in Oakland.

“There was also a sign going out of the tennis courts above the door that had all of the rules on it,” Lillard continues. “Every time we’d leave out of there, we’d hit it with a bat. If you go back to those tennis courts right now, you’ll see that sign up there with a bunch of dents in it that we put in years ago.”

Lillard has spent the majority of his summer working out in Portland, allowing him to drop in frequently at the adidas Village headquarters to meet with designers and product managers. That proximity and relationship allowed them to spin up yet another custom edition of his signature shoe.

“That’s just part of the storytelling on my shoes and things that I try to share with adidas,” smiles Damian.

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The Full Story Behind The $1150 Buscemi B-Court Shoe That John Wall Wore At All-Star Weekend

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

All-Star Weekend has become an expected celebration every February, not just for the game’s biggest names to show off their explosive talents, but also for the footwear companies looking to launch new statement level products and themed collections at the league’s annual showcase event.

Typically, that means signature stars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will all debut sneakers with special backstories and detailing inspired by the game’s host city. For Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall, he found himself in a unique situation this past February in Toronto, as he’s currently in between shoe deals. Not since Ron Artest wore multiple shoes throughout the 2004 All-Star Game have we seen a sneaker free agent in the game.

“What’s a better stage to introduce a shoe than during the All-Star Game?”
— Jon Buscemi

John 5 500If you were paying close attention, you would’ve noticed that Wall actually took the floor for warmups in a pair of red Italian leather Buscemi sneakers. That caught our interest because the Buscemi brand is known for their made-in-Italy “obnoxiously high quality” casual sneakers, namely its 100 MM model, which incorporates metal clasps and molded handles drafting off of none other than high fashion handbags.

According to the brand’s founder and head designer, Jon Buscemi, they seeded Wall with an early pair of the new B-Court sneaker, as a token of appreciation for one of their longtime proponents and unofficial ambassadors of the brand.

“What’s a better stage to introduce a shoe than during the All-Star Game?” Buscemi recently said over the phone. “That’s traditionally when the biggest brands introduce something. We didn’t promote it at all. All we did was send them to John, he loved it and then he wore them in the warmups before the game. He wanted to wear it in the game, but he wasn’t allowed to because of the hardware in it.”

The hardware Buscemi is referring to would be the 18K gold lock, loop and buckle found along the shoe’s high-cut collar. In addition to prohibiting sneakers that might provide a player with a competitive advantage, the league also simply has a common rule barring extra embellishments or metal objects on footwear. Even though it’s an exhibition game, Wall’s kicks weren’t approved for play by the league.

1200 Buscemi BCourt John Wall 1“John has been a fan of the brand and a pseudo brand ambassador for awhile,” Buscemi continues. “He’s one of our biggest customers, and we’ve built a relationship. We thought it would be really amazing to get him a shoe for All-Star Weekend.”

With Wall in between sneaker deals, opting to play this season out and become a shoe free agent in June, rather than sign a new extension with adidas, the opportunity for Buscemi to crash the All-Star Weekend with its newest basketball-inspired silhouette couldn’t have been better timing. Over the last few years since launching, the company’s 100 MM sneaker has been spotted on the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, James Harden and many others off the court, and now, the brand is more directly tying into the sport’s sneaker heritage.

John 6The B-Court, short for “Ball Court,” represents a new departure for the Buscemi brand, drifting to hoops culture for the first time, while still retaining some classic styling elements and the trademark Buscemi gold hardware.

“We wanted to take sports and the finest Italian leather shoes and bring them together,” says Jon. “It’s the first eleven-hundred dollar shoe that’s seen the floor of an NBA court.”

The shoe will be officially launching later this Spring / Summer season — and yes — the B-Court will be made in Italy and priced at $ 1150. While not specifically made to be played in, the glorified pickup setting at All-Star Weekend served as the perfect platform for Wall to try and debut the new sneaker.

“The shoe wasn’t engineered for the court like a performance shoe, but he loved the way it fit and the way it felt on the court,” reveals Buscemi. “His feedback was really positive, but at the end of the day, it was more about stunting on people. We have some photos of other players staring at him, and basically going, ‘Hey, what the fuck are those?’”

“At the end of the day, it was more about stunting on people.”
— Jon Buscemi

Ultimately, Wall wasn’t able to suit up for the actual All-Star Game in the B-Court, and after being introduced in Kobe Xs, he eventually opted for the hardware-less, then-unreleased “French Blue” Air Jordan XII. Buscemi says the brand still felt the added visibility to the new model across a fleet of sneaker blogs, and is looking forward to continuing the brand’s friendship with Wall.

John 4 Buscemi“His style is really aligned with what we do,” begins Buscemi. “We take a luxury approach, but also have a classic design aesthetic. You’ll see gold, the ornate hardware and the finest leather in the world, but it’s not over the top. It really rides that classic line. That’s how John dresses and that’s why I think he’s attracted to the brand. In the future, we’ll probably work on some fun customs for him.”

The brand’s sneakers will continue to offer a stylized twist on industry staples, with a focus on hand-made quality and construction.

“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel or come up with the next god’s gift to technology side of footwear,” jokes Buscemi. “It’s more about taking things that we loved as kids and teenagers, and looking at that now as classic footwear and flipping them.”

As the Buscemi brand recently added a slide to the line, and expands to hoops-inspired sneakers this Spring / Summer with the B-Court, you can also expect to see new silos ahead as the company widens its portfolio of products.

“We make a really beautifully made slide now, because we all love slides from growing up. After we’d get off the field or court from playing, we’d throw on slides. It’s more of a lifestyle approach,” says Buscemi.

“In the fall, we’ll also be making a boot. We’re making one of the finest made Italian work boots that you’ll ever see in the market. We’ll have Goodyear welds, buffalo leather and real rubber soles to make these things indestructible. We’re taking a boot and elevating it into being an elegant work boot. We’re taking the best of what’s out there and making it our own.”

While the B-Court’s debut was almost one of the great marketing crashes in All-Star Weekend history, the shoe first worn by John Wall will finally be making its way to and its lengthy list of stockists in the coming months. Check out the $ 1150 sneaker in detail below.

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Video: Manitobah Mukluks ‘The Story Boot Project’

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Picture 11 Video: Manitobah Mukluks The Story Boot Project

Award-winning director Miles Jay made his way north to Norway House, Manitoba, Canada to create this video glimpse into Aboriginal culture & design. The native community here has been producing authentic mukluks & moccasins for centuries, with Manitobah Mukluks now working to provide both a living in this remote northern community, & a way for locals to preserve an important part of their heritage & culture. Check out the video below!

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