Square Up: Will LeBron James Ever Be the G.O.A.T.?

Complex's new debate show pits four staffers facing off head-to-head, duking it out over the most divisive questions of the moment.

This week, we discuss LeBron James as he comes off another disappointing NBA Finals loss. After leading the Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals appearance, and coming off of last year's amazing comeback against the Warriors, LeBron couldn't lead his crew past Golden State. Despite averaging a triple-double and becoming the first player in NBA history to lead a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, LeBron had nothing to show for a truly historic performance. But does the fact that LeBron is now 3-5 in the NBA Finals tarnish his legacy? 

And what about Lil B? Is the rapper famous for cursing people the reason the Cavs lost 4-1 in the Finals and Kevin Durant was named NBA Finals MVP? And, most pressing of all, we question whether LeBron, at age 32, has peaked. 

Find out who has the hottest take (or is it takedown?) on our first episode of Square Up.

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Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Says Smell of Weed Made Him Fear for His Life

The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile blamed the smell of weed for his fear in the situation, according to documents released by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in Minnesota.

Jeronimo Yanez, the former police officer who was spotted on camera shooting Castile seven times from point-blank range, attempted to use the smell to cover for his actions when he was interviewed following the gruesome shooting.

“I thought, I was gonna die,” said Yanez, “and I thought if he's, if he has the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me?”

During a separate part of the interview, Yanez also made a puzzling remark about why Castile would own the gun, suggesting he thought it would be used to wield off drug dealers.

“Usually people that carry firearms carry 'em on their waistband,” he said. “Being that the the inside of the vehicle smelled like marijuana, I didn't know if he was keeping it on him for protection from a drug dealer or anything like that, or any other people trying to rip him. Rip him meaning steal from him.”

After Yanez was ruled not guilty on all counts for the murder of Castile, activists and critics have pointed out a laundry list of problems with the case. The NRA, which claims to stand for law-abiding gun owners, has been suspiciously silent during the ordeal, and Castile's mother Valerie hinted at the prejudice that got her son killed in a profanity-laced tirade that followed the verdict.

“I’m sure y’all seen this bullshit that happened today. Fuck what they talking about!” Valerie Castile said said. “I’ve been holding myself, trying to be strong, and not say the wrong things because I already know how they get down. I’m 61 years old. I’ve seen it, I’ve smelled it, I’ve heard it. Now you see exactly what these motherfuckers think about us. They murdered my motherfucking son with his seat belt on. So what does that say to you?”

Yanez was only recently let go by the St. Anthony Police following the verdict. 

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How Rhude, One of the Best L.A. Brands, Started With a Single T-Shirt

In 2012, Rhuigi Villasenor designed a black/white paisley bandana T-shirt. “It was a nod to West Coast culture,” says the 25-year-old L.A.-based designer. It was the very first thing he created for Rhude, the brand he founded a year later, and the piece that helped catapult the label.

Kendrick [Lamar] wanted the T-shirt,” says Villasenor. “Snoop [Dogg] was like, ‘I need about 100 of those.’”

Villasenor had no intention of selling the T-shirt at first. “I didn’t want anyone else to have my look,” he says. But he eventually gave it to Lamar, who wore black and red versions to the BET Awards. “It was beautiful,” he says. “It changed my life.”

Kendrick Lamar Rhude Bandana tee
Kendrick Lamar wearing Rhude Black Bandana T-shirt. (Image via Getty)

At the encouragement of his friends Chris Stamp and Guillermo Andrade, designers of Stampd and 424, respectively, Villasenor also made the bandana T-shirt available to the public. “Chris was like, ‘If you don’t make the shirt, I will,’” Villasenor says with a laugh. “I was like, ‘Oh shit! I gotta make this.’” Soon, other brands were making knock-offs of his design.

Since then, Rhude has built a solid fanbase. The brand, which has expanded from tees to a full line, is one of the best men’s labels around. It’s been worn by celebrities—Big Sean, ASAP Rocky, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Offset, Future, Bella Hadid—and sold at dozens of the best retailers, such as Barneys, SSENSE, Patron of the New, 424, and Union.

Big Sean Wearing Rhude Peace Camo Hoodie
Big Sean wearing Rhude Peace Camo hoodie. (Image via Getty)

Born in Manila, Philippines, Villasenor was always interested in clothing but a career in fashion didn’t seem viable. His father, who was an architect, wanted him to work in the medical field. “The arts is something they frown upon in the Filipino culture,” he explains. “So I didn’t think about that at all.”

But during his senior year of high school, he started working with TISA, the clothing label by producer and Kanye West collaborator Taz Arnold, helping in any way he could. (He met Arnold at one of TISA’s parties in L.A.) “I was consulting, I did videos and campaigns,” he says. He wasn’t being paid, but he considered the experience valuable. “At the time, I thought TISA was the first driving force in L.A. ever. Prices were increasing, and kids were purchasing. After [TISA], it was like a domino effect. You couldn’t see kids spend just $20 on a T-shirt anymore.”

Kendrick Lamar Rhude Bandana tee
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From there, he began taking pattern making classes and assisting stylists for guys like Big Sean. At 19, he interned for British menswear designer Shaun Samson. “At the time, [Comme des Garcons designer] Rei Kawakubo had just said he was an influential designer so I was like, ‘Damn. If Rei Kawakubo is calling him that then I gotta pay attention,” he says. “Shaun taught me so much about design.”

Growing up, his family had very little money and he couldn’t afford the clothes he wanted to wear. So, he decided to make his own. “It was hard to get fresh,” he says. “You had to create your own, start boosting, or wear bootleg. I wasn’t about to be the kid that wore bootleg.” In 2013, he launched Rhude.

Rhude Fall/Winter 2017
Rhude's Fall/Winter 2017 “Motorpsycho” Collection. (Image via Rhude)

Rhude borrows from Villasenor’s personal stories and relationships. The moniker itself honors his family’s tradition of names that start with “Rh.” Many of the collections are extensions of his emotions and experiences. The Spring 2016 “Sugarland” collection—ripped jeans, tees with cigarette burns, and logo-heavy jackets—was inspired by a breakup with a girl he spent a lot of time with in Texas. “I envisioned a kid who was trying to break out of a small city but didn’t really know how to find a way out,” he explains. “The kid ends up joining the military, comes back with PTSD, and is lost.” The theme bleeds into Rhude’s Spring/Summer 2017 “Electric Eather” and Fall/Winter 2017 “Motorpsycho” collections. “‘Electric Earth’ would be the recover from that breakup,” says Villasenor. “‘Motorpsycho would be the, ‘I’m done. I’m hanging out.’ It’s like I’m writing volumes.”

Rhude Spring 2016
Rhude's Spring 2016 “Sugarland” Collection. (Image via Rhude)

Rhude is still a relatively small operation, with only a staff of six full-time employees. But Villasenor has big plans for his brand. In a few weeks, he’ll release Rhude’s trendy track pants, which ASAP Rocky has already been seen wearing. Later this year, he’ll expand the brand to include womenswear and footwear, as well as a possible collaboration with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label. “Virgil and I are figuring that out,” he says. “That Off-White x Rhude.” (The pair recently made tie-dye hoodies for friends and family only.) He hopes to someday open a flagship store in Sugar Land, Texas, but one more similar to the Prada Marfa, a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset also in Texas, than a traditional brick and mortar.

“I’m about to take over the world,” he says.

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The Internet Blasts Bow Wow for His Message About Women’s Behavior

Bow Wow should do himself a favor and quit social media.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 30-year-old artist received another L after posting an Instagram photo with a caption about women. It read: “Women are suppose to be beautiful and hard to catch like a butterfly… Some of you B*****s are more like mosquitos annoying and easy to smash.” He ended the message with some crying laughing emojis; however, not everyone thought the post was funny.

Some people criticized the caption for being sexist, and said it was another instance in which a man attempts to police women’s actions/behavior. Others called out Bow Wow by suggesting he, too, was a mosquito and was in no position to judge.

“Don't you have anything better to do than tell us women how we're SUPPOSED to behave? Don't you have a flight to catch in coach?” one person commented.

“Remember you have a daughter now. The way you've treated women. Think of how she is gonna be treated,” someone replied. “All these rappers is having girls & I wonder why? Karma dudes. So try to be better & show your girls how to recognize a good dude.”

Another person, however, came to Bow Wow’s defense … sort of: “Ladies, don't be too hard on him. I'm sure he stole this from somewhere/somebody. Dude never wrote his own raps, so I'm sure he didn't think of something as clever as this.”

Well, it turns out Bow Wow did, in fact, steal this message. The quote has lived on the internet for several years and has been turned into countless memes.

Bow Wow has endured plenty of roasting during the past couple of months. There was that time he was called out for trying to trick people into thinking he was flying on a private jet and the time the internet was convinced he posted a fake video of fans chasing him. The dude has attempted to defend both of those posts, but it seems most people aren't buying it. 

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