Monday, August 21, 2017



Last week, we were treated to impressive new cuts from Kaytranada, A$AP Ferg, Smokepurpp, Iglooghost, Nessly, 24hrs, Uno the Activist and more; Frank Ocean cranked out a live cover that was so good it should have at least been added to a mixtape tracklist. This time around, the A$AP Mob, Mozzy, Kodak Black, Gucci Mane, Ariel Pink, MF Doom and other fan-favorites produced new songs that warrant many, many replays. In the list below, you can run through our round-up of this week’s best music items.

A$AP Mob – “Feels So Good”

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When it comes to rap crews and collectives in 2017, A$AP Mob is arguably one of the biggest musical movements on the planet. Even if you aren’t fond of every record attached to the A$AP banner, you have to recognize their dominance of the rap game right now. From fashion to radio singles, A$AP Rocky is an absolute superstar; in recent months, artists like Twelvyy and Ferg have spent 2017 trying their hands at all different sides of hip-hop’s multi-faceted spectrum, cooking up some excellent records along the way. However, it’s those times that Mob comes together that they really steal the spotlight.
With the A%AP Mob’s sophomore album as group on the way, a new single in support of Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy has been lighting up the internet. Dubbed “Feels So Good,” the song serves as the third official Too Cozy single and sequel to Ferg and Rocky’s “Wrong” and the star-studded anthem “RAF.” With Ferg’s Still Striving dominating headlines right now, a video for the “Feels So Good” has helped bring the A$AP aesthetic to life. If you’re an A$AP enthusiast, you have plenty of new content to sift through this weekend.

Gucci Mane & Migos – “I Get The Bag”

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Since getting his freedom back and exiting the confines of the penitentiary, Gucci Mane has been on quite the hot streak. As he continues to lay the foundations for his 1017 Eskimos venture and crank out hits as a featured guest-artist, Guwop has plans to follow-up last month’s joint project alongside Ralo by serving up a new solo album.
Introducing his new LP Mr. Davis, the Trap God reconnects with Migos for his album’s lead single, “I Get The Bag.” Besides the record’s audio component, Gucci Mane has also linked up with his “I Get The Bags” collaborators to turn up at a luxurious mansion to put together the track’s official video. Featuring striking production by Southside, “I Get The Bag” is the type of single that will get plenty of car and club rotation.
Set to arrive on September 15, Gucci Mane’s Mr. Davis features songs with ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign and other high-profile stars.

Kodak Black – Project Baby 2

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Despite all the controversy surrounding his career, Kodak Black has managed to rise above it all and hold onto his place at the top of contemporary hip-hop. Now, following the unveiling of the colorful “Patty Cake” video earlier this month, the Florida rapper is back with the sequel to one of his biggest releases yet.
Rounding up 19 new tracks, Kodak Black serves up Project Baby 2. Featuring a lean list of guest contributors, Project Baby 2 keeps the focus on telling Kodak Black’s trials-and-tribulations-filled story. Fellow Broward country superstar XXXTENTACION shows up for some verse, as does Migos rappers Offset, John Wicks and JackBoy; London on da Track, Murda Beatz and other high-profile, talented beatsmiths provide the project’s production.

Peewee Longway – The Blue M&M 3

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Peewee Longway came into the game with Young Thug, and has remained one of the entertainingly-weird Atlanta street-rappers who lives up to the “ATLien” name. One of his city’s cult-favorite artists, Peewee Longway and his name have become synonymous with the best Atlanta has to offer. With his flows as hard as ever, the MPA rapper returns to the solo circuit with a brand new album.
Continuing his popular Blue M&M mixtape series, Longway serves up the endeavor’s third installment. For The Blue M&M 3, he links up with the elusive PARTYNEXTDOOR, Migos rappers Quavo and Offset, Young Dolph and others. Production on the tape is provided by Lil Mister, DunDeal, Cassius Jay, C4, DY 808 Mafia and Lil Skully. The beats on this effort are tailored towards Peewee Longway’s unorthdox style, and this 15-track collection delivers a mix of heavy-hitting street salvos, melodic cuts and the sort of forward-thinking, experimental pieces that his friend Young Thug might work with.

Ariel Pink – “Feels Like Heaven”

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For several years now, Ariel Pink has been one of the Los Angeles music scene’s most talented singer-songwriters. He can craft unique sounds rooted in any genre, and has produced some of indie music’s greatest gems. Following a collaborative EP with Weyes Blood, Pink is redirecting his artistic focus, choosing to once again focus on his ever-evolving solo career.
On September 15, Ariel Pink will release the follow-up to 2014′s critically-acclaimed magnum opus pom pom. Titled Dedicated to Bobby Johnson, the LP has been supported and its sound has been alluded to with singles such as “Another Weekend.” Once again, Ariel Pink has switched up his style, diving headfirst into fresh sonic territory with the release of the more mellow Dedicated to Bobby Johnson record “Feels Like Heaven.”

Mozzy – 1 Up Top Ahk

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For those “not in the know,” Mozzy is arguably Northern California’s most talented new-school rapper. With a penchant for the hardest street rap imaginable, the Sacramento native has the rare ability to craft gangbanging anthems and street-seasoned, weary narratives; when it comes to comparisons, Freddie Gibbs is probably the only rapper that can go head-to-head with the “Bladadah” lyricist’s style. Mozzy’s body of music can produce some of the west coast’s best storytelling, and it can make you want to ride out like Tupac. When it comes to the current crop of west coast artists, one could make the case that Mozzy is currently the best California has to offer.
After many solo and collaborative projects, mixtapes and YouTube anthems, Mozzy has finally decided to drop his “official,” proper debut studio album. Dubbed 1 Up Top Ahk, the release stands as Mozzy’s most cohesive sonic statement yet, tying together all the best aspects of his sound. Included on the LP are 16 new tracks, including collaborations with Boosie Badazz, Lil Durk, Dave East, YFN Lucci, Celly Ru, E Mozzy and others. You cannot sleep on this — don’t be surprised to if this ends up being an easy “album of the year” contender.

Lil B – Black Ken

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Thank you Based God. After many months of anxious waiting and promotional support, Lil B is back with the heavily-anticipated new studio project Black Ken. Loaded with an impressive 27 tracks, Black Ken is almost exclusively Based bars from Lil B himself. Most notably, iLoveMakonnen is the only artist enlisted for a contribution.
Released as a sort of celebratory tie-in with Lil B’s 28th birthday, Black Ken also serves as a tribute to fellow star-artists like Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and more. Having built up a reputation as of the game’s hardest-working acts, let’s hope some Based music is on the way. Considering the expansive collection of sounds here, there will be plenty of opportunites to bust out your best cooking dance routines once you press play.

MF DOOM & Jay Electronica – “True Lightyears”

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Over the course of 15 weeks, Adult Swim plans to release every single part of a new MF DOOM project known as The Missing Notebook Rhymes. The Cartoon Network outfit initially got the ball rolling on the release series by liberating a DOOM collaboration with Sean Price known as “Negus.” This week, they continued the Missing Notebook Rhymes‘ 15-part drop with the unveiling of a huge new joint record from DOOM and Jay Electronica.
Titled “True Lightyears,” DOOM and Jay Electronica’s new track together serves as the lead single in support of the new KMD album. As DOOM’s die-hard followers know, KMD is the OG rap act that aided in the creation of the masked one’s persona and career. Previously, DOOM began his path under the emceeing name Zev Love X; his first body of work with KMD was 1993′s Black Bastards. The new DOOM and KMD LP — which stands as the act’s first project in nearly a quarter of a century — will be known as Crack In Time and Metalface and Nature Sounds plan to release the album as a joint venture.

Nef The Pharaoh & Slimmy B (SOB x RBE) – “Bling Blaow”

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Mozzy isn’t the only Northern California artist making his region proud. With a special talent for exploring the melodic side of west coast rap and crafting party-starting anthems, Nef The Pharaoh has built up a reputation as one of California’s most promising up-and-comers. Earlier this year, he continued and cemented that approach with The Chang Project, a 15-track full-length that featured guest appearances from SOB x RBE, Ty Dolla $ign, OMB Peezy, Larry June, P-Lo and others. Along with that drop, he also linked up with E-40 and D.R.A.M. for “Slappin” and its subsequent video.
With the “Big Tymin’” single serving as the breakout hit his career needed, Nef The Pharaoh plans to continue his ascent with a new album known as Big Chang Theory. Further building upon the path he has been laying the foundations for, the Bay Area rapper-crooner redirects attention back to The Chang Project for the unveiling of the visual for one of the project’s standout selections, “Bling Blaow.” Featuring an assist from SOB x RBE’s Slimmy B, “Bling Blaow” is easily one of Nef’s best recent releases.

BandGang Lonnie Bands & RJ Lamont – Talk That Sh*t 2

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When it comes to Detroit’s current rap scene, the wealth of talent goes far beyond Tee Grizzley. While the aforementioned rapper is the main artist presently bridging the gap between Detroit’s YouTube-centered, street-entrenched local hip-hop and the world at large, there are many other skilled emcees who have the potential to make their mark on rap as a whole and have some serious crossover potential. Most notably, the BandGang crew has produced some of The Motor City’s strongest new-school rappers. With affiliated artists and close collaborators like BandGang Masoe, ShredGang Mone, BandGang Paid Will and others currently pouring their heart out into their raps and heating up the local market, BandGang Lonnie Bands stands as one of his city’s future superstars.
Following up the release of the criminally-slept-on, excellent Cosign by the Streets, Lonnie Bands reconnects with fellow Motor City talent RJ Lamont — who has been at the forefront of his Detroit rap in recent years — to produce the very impressive Talk That Sh*t 2 tape. Regarding guest contributions, Sada Baby, ShredGang Mone, BandGang Masoe, Philthy Rich and Ice Burgundy come through with some powerful verses. When its come to the new school, Detroit rappers are cooking up some of this generation’s best, hardest-hitting records.

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Last week R&B singer The Weeknd announced he would be releasing a new sneaker in collaboration with PUMA. The high-top silhouette dubbed “Parallel” is an utilitarian sneaker-boot with premium fixtures for timeless wear. The shoe arrives in a cool-toned tan with bronze detailing on the aglets and eyelets. A rear zipper secures the leather boot to your foot while adding a contemporary flair.
The XO range will also include apparel like bomber jackets, kimonos and more. In the campaign, the Canadian native poses in an arid landscape sporting “Parallel” and a rust orange raincoat, teasing what’s to come.
The XO collection drops on August 24 at KITH, Barneys and The Webster. In the meantime, take a sneak peak up above.
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Following the release of Reebok’s “Ice-Cream” edition of the Instapump Fury, PUMA has closely followed its footsteps with the newest dessert-inspired PUMA Clyde FSHN. Designed by Washington DC designer Naturel, the leather upper sports Neapolitan ice-cream shades of cream and chocolate, paired with mint green inner liners and glow-in-the-dark features. Other details include strawberry pink rubber soles and gold lace tips, completed by an embossed PUMA logo.
The PUMA Clyde FSHN “Glow in the Dark” by Naturel is available at select retailers like Overkill for $130 USD.
For more sneaker-related news, take a look at the Reebok Classic Leather Ripple “Golden Wheat” Workboot.
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When it comes to the battles between the giants of the sportswear and activewear world, PUMA might not be viewed as a top competitor, but the German brand has been picking up the pace in recent years. With superstars like The Weeknd and Rihanna on the roster, PUMA has been fighting its way to the upper echelon of the market in 2017. Now, one of the label’s strongest footwear offerings is being rejuvenated to give the company yet another serious boost.
Continuing to build upon the renowned Clyde sneaker, PUMA follows up last month’s Big Sean-centered Clyde showcase with the introduction of the Clyde Mid Foil. Featuring a revamped upper section, this latest spin on the Clyde shoe gives the classic style a much-needed contemporary makeover. Equipped with high-end leather upper and “basketball-inspired” construction, this one represents a middle ground between casual sportswear and minimal luxury.
Revitalized with two new pairs, the PUMA CLyde Mid Foil comes to us in a simple, clean white and red colorway, and a rich black and white iteration. For both shoes, a PUMA formstripe — red on the white version, white on the black one — is placed directly on the shoe to allow the silhouette a striking, eye-catching visual. Small gold foil branding and the signature PUMA logo are positioned on both versions of the Mid Foil to give the drop a common link.
You can take look at each of the new PUMA Clyde Mid Foil models above, while the shoe itself will be available online and at Footlocker and Finish Line later this month; expect the shoe to carry a $85 USD price tag.
Earlier this month, PUMA unveiled its collaborative sneaker with The Weeknd, the “Parallel” sneaker.

FASHION: Khloe Kardashian’s Good American Made Cozy Sweats You Can Party In Sweatpants never looked so sexy.

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Having released a lineup of grommet styles not long ago, Khloe Kardashian now updates her Good American line with a cozy girl-approved collection. Meet the Good Sweats.
Launching just in time for sweater weather, the 10-piece range features a bunch of comfortable yet feminine silhouettes that’s perfect for everyday wear. Among the mix are high-waisted shorts, sweatpants, off-the-shoulder tops, zip pullovers and more. Coming in black, white and red, every piece looks so chic and flattering you’d want to have it on from day to night. Scroll through above to see it for yourself.
Ranging from $110-$179 USD, you can expect to shop the Good Sweats collection online beginning 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST on August 17

Rihanna Gets Ready for Barbados’ 2017 Crop Over Fest

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It was only on Monday when Rihanna made jaws drop around the world after debuting her 2017 Crop Over outfit, but it’s already going down as an iconic moment in our eyes. Now, she invites us all to go behind the scenes as she got ready for Barbados’ annual festival.
Rihanna’s Navy eagerly awaits her look each year and then stans out over her ornate ensemble accordingly — and this time was no exception. She shined spectacularly in jewels that embellished her dazzling two-piece and coordinating accessories. A flock of rainbow-bright feathers adorned her crown and spanned from behind her like wings, and bold blue locks matched her manicure.
Join the Bad Gal above, and see the rest of the photos over at Vogue.


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    The New Balance 574 “Faded Rose” is a certified beauty. Its square-toe silhouette is covered in a soft, carnation pink suede that will definitely result in stares.
    On the lateral, iridescent marbling is laid over the signature “N” logo while its mesh inserts and laces are a rosy hue that offsets the cover. This pink mix sits atop a gray and white lined sole with, of course, an added dash of our favorite millennial pastel. The foam-cushioned footbed ensures comfortable all-day wear.
    If you love this pair as much as we do, you can purchase at Nordstrom for $80 USD.
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    In case you don’t know, it’s National Lemonade Day on August 20 and the only proper way to celebrate it is by throwing a listening party of Beyoncé‘s LEMONADE, of course. Soundtrack aside, you might also want to dress up in head-to-toe yellow.
    Nike has got you covered on the footwear side. A ladies-only rework of the Air Presto Premium, “Gold Star” is constructed with a pastel yellow upper and is finished with tonal details on the laces, midfoot cage and the heel pull tab. Rounding off the look is a white phylon midsole featuring a mini Swoosh, as well as an outsole adorned with matching yellow accents. Take a closer look at the sneaker by scrolling through above.
    Retailing at $130 USD, you can now pick up this pair at select Nike accounts, such as Extra Butter.
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    It was a summer was dedicated to pastel NMDs like “White Rose” and “Wonder Pink” so anything on a less colored note is a welcome change. For all minimalists, adidas is releasing a new NMD_R1 in “Grey Three.”
    The Primeknit upper is shaded in grey, with white EVA inserts and a midsole to complete. Otherwise Three Stripes’ signature NMD elements are still present rounded out by adidas branding throughout. Shop “Grey Three” at select stockists like NAKED, priced at $230 USD.
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    adidas Originals‘ EQT Support ADV and RF will soon release in an “Energy Blue” pack. The twosome share a Primeknit upper, each with a bright aquamarine cover and laces to match.
    White glow-in-the-dark yarn is weaved throughout the forms, illuminated in the absence of light. Both running silhouettes have more flair than ever before, with racer-like stripes printed on midsole for an added detail. It’s suggested you choose the RF model for rugged training while the sock-like construction of the ADV gives you the freedom to move swiftly.
    The EQT Support ADV and RF will be available on August 24 at Sole Finess for $190 USD each.
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    Nike is celebrating the Air Max 97′s 20th anniversary with the updated Ultra, which only recently released worldwide. But the Swoosh is already looking ahead with new colorways, including “Iced Jade.”
    It’s a gem-like look for the new silhouette, which is crafted from soft leather and nylon along the upper. 3M accents add a reflective element and shine bright in the dark. The green hue glimmers against silver panels throughout. A white midsole offers a bit of contrast to complete above the iconic Air unit.
    Expected to drop for $160 USD, there’s no release date just yet for “Iced Jade.” While we wait for any updates, check out even more Air Max 97 Ultra colorways that are now being stocked.
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    There’s no telling whether or not millennial pink is slowing its hold on the industry, but it won’t be everlasting. Delight in it while you can – in enters Nike’s Air Max Zero SE in “Prism Pink.”
    The neoprene and mesh-covered upper is covered in a light pastel pink atop a clean white midsole. The Swoosh’s Air Max bubble is present and so is a pink outsole to complete. Could it get any better? Pink lovers can also expect satin-like lacing.
    Shop the new Nike Air Max Zero SE at Titolo now. It will be approximately $140 USD.
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    Nike continues to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Classic Cortez with yet another new colorway. After teaming up with the International Girl Crew for a special-edition Cortez pack, Swoosh now reworks the silhouette once again with a ladies-exclusive design.
    Dubbed “Light Armory Blue/Sail,” the runner receives a unique, indigo treatment with a textile upper in light blue. Complementary pastel hues hit the leather mudguard, heel panel and the Swoosh branding on the lateral. All these sit atop a lightweight foam midsole, as well as a gum outsole featuring the classic herringbone pattern. Take a closer look at the shoe by scrolling through above.
    Priced at ¥9,000 JPY (approximately $82 USD), you can expect to cop this pair beginning August 10 at select Nike accounts, such as atmos.