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It’s Official: Lil Wayne Is Finally Releasing Tha Carter V This Week

I can’t believe I’m saying it, but Tha Carter V is almost here. For real this time.

Lil Wayne himself has announced that, after years of anticipation and leaks, the mythologized album will finally see the light of day on Thursday (September 27), his 36th birthday. The impending release comes seven years after Carter IV and follows a half-decade of agonizing delays and intense legal battles.

Wayne shared the news in a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, thanking the loyal legions of fans who have stuck with him over the years. “Y’all hung in there with me, so I can’t do nothing but thank y’all for all the love and all the passion,” he said. “I always give y’all all of me, but with this album, I’m giving you more than me. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to. I hope you enjoy it.”

For those that need a primer, Tha Carter V — the fifth edition of a series that dates back to 2004 — has been in the works since at least 2013, when Weezy first said it would be released. But the album was held in limbo for years as legal battles were waged between Wayne and Cash Money Records founder, Birdman. Their disputes were resolved in court earlier this year, and last month, Birdman joined Wayne onstage at Lil Weezyana Festival to publicly apologize to the rapper, ultimately clearing the way for Tha Carter V‘s release.

To help ramp up the excitement, Wayne has installed a countdown clock on his website, which is slowly but surely ticking its way to zero. Just hang in there a little longer, folks.

And in the meantime, please enjoy this now-iconic Wayne moment, in GIF form:

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Childish Gambino Reportedly Postpones This Is America Tour After Injury

As of a few days ago, Donald Glover was out on tour, en route to hit 18 cities across the U.S. and Canada apparently as his last hurrah under the moniker Childish Gambino. But a reported foot injury has left Gambino unable to complete the rest of the tour, for now anyway.

Over the weekend, his show in Dallas was seemingly cut short due to his injury. Now, Fam Rothstein, one of Glover’s creative partners, has taken to Twitter to clarify that the nine remaining This Is America dates have been “postponed, not cancelled,” Billboard points out.

The first date affected is Wednesday night (September 26)’s gig at The Forum in Inglewood, California, which venue organizers announced on Twitter. Details of the injury are still unconfirmed, though TMZ reported that Glover might’ve suffered a broken foot.

Before the injury, Glover took time during his Chicago tour stop to honor fellow musician Mac Miller, who died earlier this month. “He was so nice. Y’all don’t know, like, he was the sweetest guy,” he said before launching into “Riot.” “A lot of critics were like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass white dude,’ just like they’re like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass black dude.’ And we used to talk, and this kid, he just loved music.”

Whatever the nature of his injury, Glover seems to be taking some time to get better before he ventures back out to close the live-performance chapter in Childish Gambino’s career. At the start of 2018, at the Grammys, Glover was asked if he was really retiring the Gambino persona, and he said he was.

“I stand by that,” he said at the time. “I’m really appreciative of this. I’m still making another project right now. … But I like endings. I think they’re important to progress.”

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Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” Lands This Month

Even before the widely anticipated Air Jordan 1 “Metallic Purple” is reported to retro for the first time in the very near future, Jordan Brand is gearing up to release another purple Air Jordan of a more traditional execution.

The Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” edition, removed from the metallic glow of its aforementioned counterpart, is scheduled to hit select retailers later this month. Another in a long line of Jordan 1s to release this year, the “Court Purple” utilizes traditional tumbled leather fabrication alongside customary branding in proper placing. It’s said to release in tandem with a “Pine Green” colorway of a similar aesthetic makeup.

Fans of the Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple” can expect pairs in stores on September 22 for $ 160 USD.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Colorway: Court Purple/Black-Sail
Style #: 555088-501
Release Date: September 22, 2018
Price: $ 160

Air Jordan 1 "Court Purple"
Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”

Air Jordan 1 "Court Purple"
Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple”

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Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 “Triple Black” Drops This Month

Tracing back 21 years to its initial launch, Nike’s Air Max Uptempo 97 is a classic hoops model built to last. With a purposeful design and tech that holds up in modern-day, the elder hoops style is now being updated with contemporary coloring.

Covered in leather and suede coat with tonal midsole construction, this “Triple Black” colorway represents a new school palette fused with an old school design. The matrimony works in both theory and execution, as this Air Max Uptempo 97 will be well received when it hits stores on September 22.

Grab a better look below. And if you haven’t already find out more about the famed He Got Game pair that released earlier this summer.

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97

Colorway: Black/Black-Anthracite-Black
Style #: 399207-005
Release Date: September 22, 2018
Price: $ 160

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 "Triple Black"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 “Triple Black”
Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 "Triple Black"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 “Triple Black”
Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 "Triple Black"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 “Triple Black”

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This Nike LeBron 16 x Harlem’s Fashion Row Collab Could Be Releasing In September

words // Nick DePaula:

With the launch of his newest signature shoe just around the corner, it appears we can expect to see LeBron James collaborating with yet another design group in advance of September’s annual New York Fashion Week.

While last year’s debut of the LeBron 15 was seen on the runway of Kith’s fall show, this year, James is expected to be partnering with Harlem’s Fashion Row. Founded by Brandice Daniel over a decade ago, the Fashion Row has long aimed to uplift multicultural designers looking for a platform through events, podcasts and features.

After James’ 16th signature shoe was spotted last week in a more subtle black and red look, new images have emerged of a more fashion forward version in tandem with Harlem’s Fashion Row, featuring an updated lacing system through the molded heel overlay, along with a statement level leather collar strap and buckle.

HFR’s Style and Fashion awards show will be taking place on September 4th, with James serving as both a co-presenter and honoree. The show’s theme is being dubbed “The Strongest,” certainly fitting for LeBron.

“The dress code for guests and attendees is black tie and Nikes,” writes WWD.

While no release date or price has been set just yet, it’s likely that the (removable) strap-equipped LeBron 16 could be spotted at the upcoming event and throughout NYFW. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more details emerge.

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Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit Debuts This Fall

During the Breaking2 campaign, Nike engineered some of its best running shoes for its world-class runners as they strived to run through human limitations of running 26.2 miles under two hours. The Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite was created in light of this Goliath-sized task.

Although the runners failed to run a marathon under two hours, a new shoe emerged from this running renaissance as the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% released. Featuring the ZoomX foam that was popularized by the Vaporfly Elite (and now found in the Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo) and a carbon fiber plate, this upcoming Vaporfly 4% comes in a more breathable upper as Nike graces the pair with Flyknit.


Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit

You can get your hands on the all-new Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit on its North American release on October, 4 retailing at $ 250 USD.  You can read more about its other releases (including Europe which gives Nike Run Club members early access to the shoe by completing a designated challenge) and other details about the shoe here.

Take a look at the upcoming pair below, and let us know your thoughts on social.


Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit

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Nike Air Max 1 SE “Tartan” Lands This Fall

Closing in on cooler climate come fall, Nike preps its Air Max 1 with prints that transition well into the season ahead. Labeled with the brands telling Special Edition moniker, a fitting tartan print covers the late ’80s style for autumn.

Traditionally felt through its black suede onset, the tenured fashion print marks the shoes forefoot, tongue and ankle collar. Glossy tongue branding adds a different dynamic to the overt design which comes to a close with a balancing white midsole.

Fans of this Nike Air Max 1 SE “Tartan” can expect pairs on September 1 at select retailers.

Nike Air Max 1 SE

Colorway: Black/Black-University Red-Amarillo
Style #: AV8219-001
Release Date: September 1, 2018

Nike Air Max 1 SE "Tartan"
Nike Air Max 1 SE “Tartan”
Nike Air Max 1 SE "Tartan"
Nike Air Max 1 SE “Tartan”

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Drake’s Viral Videos Are All Part Of God’s Plan, This Company Proves

“I don’t think there’s a science to it,” Director X says matter of factly. The celebrated music video and film director has been asked a simple but subtly complex question — is there a science to making a viral video? The answer is deflating, but expected. Humans crave formulas, rules, and blueprints, but if art were so easily condensed into a box, then it’d cease to be art.

“I mean, you can never tell what’s gonna quite catch,” he continues. “Things are a little different when you’re making a music video with Drake. He’s Drake. You’re already starting with a record. You’re starting with the right music. Then Drake really works hard to create concepts that are going to get attention.”

Director X knows this better than anybody. He arguably gave Drake his first genuinely viral music video with the bar mitzvah to end all bar mitzvahs in 2012’s “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)” and followed it up three years later with the eternally meme-able “Hotline Bling.”

Now his intern-turned-protégé Karena Evans has taken the reins. She met the legendary director after producer Boi-1da, a mutual friend, shared his personal contact information. Evans, 22, reached out and, in her words, told him, “‘Listen, this is who I am. You don’t know me, but I want to work for you and I just want to show you what I can do.’”

Now, Evans is responsible for five of the biggest music videos of 2018: Drake’s “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” “I’m Upset,” and “In My Feelings,” and SZA’s “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” starring Donald Glover. Each has predictably gone viral, garnered millions of views, and positioned the young director as one of the most in-demand filmmakers.

Drake really works hard to create concepts that are going to get attention.

Dynamic, vibrant, and kinetic, Evans’s videos have a warmness and directness that aren’t generally associated with big-budget, major label-backed music videos. Take her latest visual for “In My Feelings.” Over the course of eight minutes, it manages to show off Drake’s endearing side by letting him channel his acting roots, introduces the eternal grace and maternity of Phylicia Rashad to a new generation, pays homage to New Orleans culture, and showcases the overwhelming joy of the “In My Feelings” challenge. And yet, it never feels overstuffed.

Her mentor Director X doesn’t believe in a formula for viral success. Neither does Evans. Exceptional videos, she says, have to express two important elements.

“Let’s capture culture. Let’s capture authenticity,” she explains. “For something like ‘God’s Plan,’ it was like, let’s capture real people and tell a story about giving back and that came from Drake’s heart. So I think the first thing is like, you gotta really believe and you gotta mean it for it to translate through that screen.”

Capturing culture is not only a perfect description of “God’s Plan.” It’s also the ethos of Popp Rok, the Toronto production company built by Director X, executive producer Taj Critchlow, and production head Adam Palmer to give young and diverse directors like Evans and LeSean Harris a chance.

“We’re probably the only black executive producers at a production company, let alone the fucking country,” Critchlow says emphatically.

Popp Rok was formed almost two years ago. The objective, Critchlow explains, was to create something “from Toronto that represents us, the city we love and where we’re from, but we also wanted to create a company that competes on an international level.”

That objective bleeds through the conversation of every person working at Popp Rok. Palmer grew up in the city and remembers a time before Drake and The Weeknd helped shine a light on a place that was artistically overlooked in terms of hip-hop and R&B.

“We been telling you guys for years how dope this thing is and how multi-cultured and able and just a melting pot of music and people and visuals and just creative [this city is],” Palmer shares. “And we knew it for a minute, and it’s just nice to be a part of something where people are kind of really recognizing our work, but recognizing that we’re a Toronto company.”

Let’s capture culture. Let’s capture authenticity.

Defiant, confident, and direct, the men are candid about the hurdles they faced getting Popp Rok to where it is now. “They’re not used to seeing guys like us in the room,” Critchlow continues. “A lot of times, because we come from a music-video background, they kinda look at us like, ‘You sure you can do this commercial?’”

However, the challenges don’t always come from the business side. Evans’s recent visuals have often dropped during some of the most turbulent portions of her clients’ careers. Evans helped turn SZA’s “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” into a tropical oasis, which was a needed reprieve during a summer where the TDE singer was maneuvering through multiple performance and personal issues. Evans also released her Degrassi-inspired video for Drake’s “I’m Upset” while the Toronto rapper was embroiled in his beef with Pusha T. How do those external factors impact her visuals?

“I think I would be kind of naive and ignorant to not see those sort of things,” she says. “I do think that it’s my job as a storyteller to still communicate the story regardless of those other factors. I guess for me personally, Popp Rok is kind of the enabler for my creative expression, so it’s just been a blessing that those significant things have worked in terms of timing of when I’m working with those artists.”

The success of Popp Rok is indebted to the importance of history and lineage. The legendary music video director Hype Williams gave Director X an internship over 20 years ago, and now the same kid who worked on Williams’s film Belly is directing films of his own. Even on the set of his latest feature film, Superfly, X and the team at Popp Rok are still looking to give young and diverse talent a chance. It’s the reason a new director like LeSean Harris can leverage directing videos for OVO Sound’s dvsn into a larger gig working on a Miguel music video for Superfly.

“We wanted to make sure that we had this platform to give opportunities for the next X and the Karenas now of the world and the LeSean Harrises and the Aaron As,” Critchlow explains. “We wanted to make sure that the trials and tribulations that we went through, as far as leaving Toronto to go to New York City and abroad to really make a name for ourselves, to finally be accepted back home — we wanted to make sure that these kids and these storytellers, these directors… they have a portal that they can build from.”

That portal is only getting bigger, but it remains in the city where it all started.

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Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack Takes Flight This Week

With summer now nearing its end, Jordan Brand loudly crescendos with the upcoming release of the Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack.

Air Jordan 11 Low IE "Highlighter" Pack
Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack

A slighter lesser version of the widely beloved Air Jordan 11 Low, the IE serves an alternate purpose removed from patent leather and the glossy finish of the Air Jordan 11 proper. Here, traditional leather coupled with elephant printed overlays evoke contrasting emotion heightened by striking fluorescents.

Releasing in three summer centric colorways –Crimson Flash, Volt and Rio Teal — this hyper tonal collection breathes new life into the 11 Low IE which is often sidelined when compared to its more traditional counterpart. Look for the “Highlighter” pack this Thursday via select Jordan retailers including Feature.

Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack

Release Date: August 16, 2018
Price: $ 170

Air Jordan 11 Low IE "Highlighter" Pack
Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack
Air Jordan 11 Low IE "Highlighter" Pack
Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack
Air Jordan 11 Low IE "Highlighter" Pack
Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Highlighter” Pack

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Childish Gambino Surprising Students With A Performance Of ‘This Is America’ Gives Us All The Feels

Donald Glover and Chance the Rapper just proved that “The Worst Guys” can also be the best guys. Yesterday (June 11), Glover surprised a room full of Chicago youth at OpenMike by performing Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” As social video reveals, as the beat to the song started playing, the auditorium erupted as students rushed to the stage, while Gambino broke out his signature dance from the video.

Glover and Chance’s relationship goes way back. The Chicago rapper opened up for Childish Gambino early in both of their careers and even teased fans with the possibility of a joint mixtape. Chance, along with the poet and activist Malcolm London, host OpenMike, which is a monthly event where Chicago high school students can present artwork to their peers and receive professional development. The monthly event honors “Brother Mike” Hawkins, who helped artists like Chance, Vic Mensa, and Saba first get their start at the YouMedia Lyricist Loft event.

Last week, FX announced that they ordered a third season of Atlanta. At an Emmys FYC screening and panel on Friday (June 8), Glover compared the upcoming season of Atlanta to one of Kanye West’s most successful albums.

“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Glover told IndieWire. “I feel like this is our Graduation. This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”

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