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Morning Bop: Aminé & Missy Elliot Are All You Need This Week

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Fashion Girl of Today:Love this purple

Love this purple
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Migos And Kung Fu Movies Merged In The ‘Stir Fry’ Video Thanks To This Director

Quotes from Gordon Parks, the ’70s U.K. glam scene, and Quavo’s nunchuck proficiency aren’t topics one might expect to discuss with the director of the latest Migos video. But Sing J. Lee isn’t most directors. At first glance, “Stir Fry” merely seems like another example of the burgeoning virality and humor at the center of the Migos’ growing brand. However, under the surface is a world of influences that may be lost on the average American.

Esoteric, thoughtful, and detailed, Lee bleeds his influences in conversation. He’ll break down how the lighting and aesthetic choices for “Stir Fry” come from legendary films by Wong Kar-wai. That thread will pull at another, and soon you’re learning a brief history of the traditional southern Chinese kung fu martial art Wing Chun.

Before working with the Atlanta trio, Lee had never worked with a rapper, let alone the biggest rap group in the world. So how does a British-born, Wales-raised director with parents from Hong Kong get tasked with merging the world of classic kung fu films and North Atlanta trap?

In an interview with MTV News, Lee discusses the wild making of the “Stir Fry” video.

MTV News: Does anything about the day you guys filmed the video stick out — anything that was super funny that will always stay with you?

Lee: I brought the game of Mahjong to this video, which is what you see them playing with Pharrell and Nigo and Migos are at the table. This was on the second day. We’re about ready to shoot, and Quavo and Pharrell ask, “How do you play this game and what is this game?” We anticipated this. We brought a Mahjong master to come down on set.

But we spent 20 minutes with this old Chinese guy explaining how to play this game of Mahjong. He explained it well, but he started backwards and went to the beginning. Just watching Migos, Nigo, and Pharrell just trying to figure out how to learn to play this Mahjong game was hilarious.

MTV News: How do you teach Quavo to use nunchucks or Takeoff to fight a wooden dummy?

Lee: My production designer JC Molina, he called me and was like, “I have cinderblocks, you know, the prop cinderblocks in my storage. Let’s bring them and put them into the set and maybe we can get one of them to chop it.” One of our extras turned out to be, like, a nunchucks master and brought nunchucks randomly. So on the day, we just spontaneously [said], OK great, let’s assign three different things for this training scene that we need to do anyway.

So Quavo wanted the nunchucks. I think he used to play with them when he was a kid. We gave Takeoff the wooden block to fight against. And Offset wanted to smash some cinderblocks. So that’s how they all came together.

MTV News: What was the thinking behind putting those bloopers at the end?

Lee: Well, because of how funny Migos were actually on the day. When we were doing take after take and the whole set was cracking up. Me and the label were discussing that actually — you know what, we probably have some really funny moments amazing moments and we should definitely use them and roll them at the end like the Rush Hour bloopers or the Jackie Chan movies.

I think it makes Migos look really likable and it was really funny. You can see how fun shooting this actual project was. Again, it was another great moment to [pay homage to] Asian kung fu movies.

MTV News: Is the “Stir Fry” video inspired by a specific kung fu movie or movies? Or is it something where you pulled from a lot of different films?

Lee: In terms of style and in terms of the aesthetic and the lighting, I was looking at old favorites like In the Mood For Love by Wong Kar-wai or 2046. In terms of the films, I was looking at obviously Bruce Lee films with Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. When I got to the martial arts element, I was really looking to try and capture that and write that in a way that we really don’t see it captured in American cinema.

In American cinema, fight sequences are really dramatic and dynamic, and there’s lots of cuts and slow-mo and high-speed. With those old Chinese films, they really don’t cut unless absolutely necessary. They really hold on their shots and let the action play out, and this was something that I thought the viewer wouldn’t pick up on, but definitely sense that tone. They’ve seen it before.

So I was looking at the fight sequences in films like House of Flying Daggers and the Ip Man films with Donnie Yen. The fighting style I wanted to pay homage to again was Wing Chun, which is what Ip Man was famous for. It’s what Bruce Lee learned before he created his own martial arts. It’s a very fast and dynamic form of fighting. It’s nimble and it’s exciting.

MTV News: A majority of Asian imagery in pop culture tends to be watered down, highly offensive, or problematic, and there is rarely a full immersion in a culture. Did you ever have a conversation with Migos about respecting and not appropriating Asian culture for the music video?

Lee: We didn’t, but I think there was just an unspoken agreement. I mean, I like to think they brought me onto this project because they liked the idea. I think that’s what happened. It was fortunate that I’m also Chinese.

As someone who, at this point in my own personal projects, is really focused on profiling correctly and empowering our community, I like to think of myself as just a director, but there’s also a great opportunity to be a Chinese director on this one specifically. They, throughout the whole project, just treated everything with a lot of respect, and we didn’t have a conversation, but I think there was the assumption that we are going to do this right.

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Morning Bop: Noname Would Want You To Hit The “Diddy Bop” This Weekend

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This Gucci Ace is Literally Flames

This Gucci Ace is literally flames and has become one of the more popular styles in the shoe’s lineage that is appearing everywhere in streetwear. Featuring a tonal beige makeup, this silhouette featuring the brand’s traditional webbing on the quarter-panel, but with the addition of metallic pink accents and a flame embroidery. Capping off the shoe’s classic look are the mismatched snakeskin appliqués that appear on the heel tabs.

The Gucci Ace With Flames is now available at select Gucci retailers and online.

Gucci Ace With Flames

Price: $ 730 USD

Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames
Gucci Ace With Flames

 

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Big Baller Brand ZO2s Will Arrive This Week

After ditching the original design, those that ordered the Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime will recieve the Remix on November 24th as promised.

Taking to Twitter, BBB signature star Lonzo Ball lived up to his title by autographing pre-order pairs set to ship out.

Did you cop? If not do you regret? Let us know on social.

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North Carolina Has A Mid & Low Air Jordan XXXII PE This Season

words // Nick DePaula: 

As the alma mater of Michael Jordan and his brand’s featured basketball program, it’s no surprise that the University of North Carolina is receiving its own custom edition of the latest Air Jordan flagship sneaker.

Somehow now thirty-two models into the series, the Tar Heels were finessed with both a mid and low-cut option of the new Air Jordan XXXII. Unveiled on Twitter by UNC freshman forward Shea Rush, the pairs were well shot in the team’s players lounge, showcasing an all Carolina Low and a balanced White / Carolina Mid. Each pair is expected to be an exclusive just for the team’s players, but we’ll of course keep you updated if a release is on deck.

Check each pair of the UNC Air Jordan XXXII PE out below, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter.

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Fashion Girl of Today:The only dress I need this fall!

The only dress I need this fall!
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Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Obsidian/Royal Dropping This Fall

The Nike Air Max 97 onslaught will continue well into fall, with more new colorways slated to release as temperatures cool. Ultra variations will be among the pairs released, including this Obsidian/Royal edition.

Joining Jacquard knit and lightweight synthetics, this pair of Ultra 97s pair two hues not often seen on the same shoe. As a result, this tonal blue style manages to kill two birds with one stone, giving you both Obsidian and Royal vibes.

Grab an official look at the Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Obsidian/Royal below and stay tuned for release details.

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BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Coming This Fall

Japan-based BEAMS along with garment purveyors Engineered Garments have joined with Converse for a budding Chuck Taylor All Star with a unique material makeover settled within trendy neutral shading.

Highlighted by an asymmetrical, mismatched blend of contemporary off-white and cream hues, suede and canvas fabrication take turns coating the upper while the shoe’s insole comes equipped with Nike’s new React foam cushioning technology. A traditional All Star outsole closes the look.

Releasing as both a Hi and Low, look for the BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star this September at select Japanese retailers.

BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

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