It Sounds Like Kanye West and Kid Cudi Have a Secret Project in the Works

Rare good news alert.

Kanye West and Kid Cudi are reportedly working on a “top-secret project” together. At least, that's what this report from Page Six would have us believe. In an article that confusingly refuses to name Cudi in the headline (opting instead for “ex-protégé”), sources let loose what they (allegedly!) know about the collaboration.

“[Kanye West and Kid Cudi are] going to drop some crazy collaboration out of the blue,” one source claimed. “They're going to drop some surprise project on everybody. They're recording it now.” According to an insider, “nobody knows what it is” and the artists are keeping the creative process minimal. The alleged recording setup is just West, Cudi, and an engineer.

The report adds that sessions have taken place in Japan, where the two were spotted earlier this month paying Graduation cover artist Takashi Murakami a visit at his studio.

 

Long time no see @kidcudi and #kanyewest. Thank you for coming to my studio. It was fire 🔥🔥🔥

A post shared by Takashi Murakami (@takashipom) on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:41am PDT

Takashi previously teased a “project that I can not say yet” with an Instagrammed photo gallery. The mystery project was teased with images of nude art, a guitar case, and a Marshall half stack:

 

A post shared by Takashi Murakami (@takashipom) on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:16pm PDT

Fans have been sharing photos of the 808s & Heartbreak collaborators out and about in Tokyo:

 

칸예실사 👅

A post shared by 정 민수 (@carborfiber) on Aug 11, 2017 at 11:25pm PDT

 

A post shared by TeamKanyeDaily (@teamkanyedaily) on Aug 12, 2017 at 11:07pm PDT

West and Cudi were also seen last month at a Los Angeles-area recording studio with Plain Pat, a name any self-respecting fan will know means something great is almost certainly afoot.

Cudi surprised us all this week with the announcement of his Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin' Tour. The 25-date trek, which includes a spot on Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, kicks off Sept. 30 at Philadelphia's Skyline Stage at the Mann.

In a perfect world, West would pop in during the Flog Gnaw set to run through this underrated collab:

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ASAP Ferg Debates Best Rap Crews and Rappers Getting Bodied on Their Own Tracks on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On the first edition of Everyday Struggle's new Friday episodes, ASAP Ferg sits down with Nadeska and DJ Akademiks to debate regionalism in rap, the best rap crews of all-time, and go over some rappers who may have gotten bodied on their on song. 

You can stream ASAP Ferg's new mixtape Still Striving here.

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The Kyrie Irving-LeBron James Relationship May Not Be Ruined After All

It seems there’s a new twist every day in the Kyrie Irving drama. To recap the major points: the 25-year-old point guard asked Cleveland for a trade in July. He said there were four teams he’d be wiling to go to: Miami, New York, Minnesota, and San Antonio. Then word got out that Kyrie wanted the trade because he was tired of playing with LeBron James, and he’d actually wanted to get out of town for a long time.

For now, it seems the Cavs are content to bide their time until a compelling offer comes along. They watched Chicago and Indiana deal their stars (Jimmy Butler and Paul George, respectively) for peanuts and then get roasted by the NBA world, and Cleveland doesn’t want to replicate the error of those franchises.

Thus, the big question is: if Cleveland wants to go into this season with both Kyrie and LeBron on the roster, could they coexist? Their former teammate Dahntay Jones thinks so.

Jones appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio Thursday and said the rifts in their relationship have been dramatized in the media.

“Nothing's to a point where it can't be fixed,” Jones said. “It can be fixed with a small conversation.”

Jones spent parts of the last two seasons with James and Irving on the Cavs. Based on reports, it’s sure seemed like the relationship between the two stars is beyond the point of no return—it seems like they couldn’t play together this coming season. Adding to that narrative, James is back in Subtweet Bron form.

Jones clearly knows the two and the situation well, so we should take his opinion seriously, but it would still be a surprise if Kyrie were to suit up for Cleveland on opening night.

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Would You Cop These $3,000 Hermès Skateboards?

Are you a skateboarder with disposable income? Do you give zero fucks about practicality? Then Hermès has something perfect for you.

Starting next month, the French luxury label will begin selling a small range of skateboards and longboards that will feature one of three archival patterns: either the “Bouclerie Modern,” the “Cavalcadour,” or the “Sangles en zigzag.” According to Highsnobiety, each deck was created by Hermès’ legendary artistic director Henri d’Origny. The colorful boards will reportedly be constructed with light beech wood with a noble maple veneer and cost around $2,900.

You can check out the luxe models below. The Hermès skateboard and longboard range will drop online and in boutiques around the world beginning in late September.

Hermes Skateboards

Hermes Skateboards

Hermes Skateboards

Hermès is one of many high-end labels to tap into skate culture. Emilio Pucci has also dropped a line of decks; Vetements has put their own spin on the iconic Thrasher logo; Dior dropped a skate-inspired film campaign; and who can forget the insanely popular Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration?

Fashion’s recent obsession with skateboarding seems to be only getting bigger; however, not everyone within the skate culture is happy about this trend. Noah founder/designer Brendon Babenzien spoke about this very issue during a June interview with Esquire.

“Skaters are incredible, intelligent, and creative, and people want a piece of what they've got. It's really that simple,” said Babenzien, who is also Supreme’s former creative director. “Skaters…they've historically been outcasts. One day you're an outcast and the next day everybody wants to wear the clothes you're into and lay claim to it? You're going to be a little annoyed by that.”

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Kevin Durant on NBA Players’ Criticism of Donald Trump: ‘We Don’t F**k With Him’

On Thursday, while he was being accosted by a TMZ cameraman at his own Kevin Durant Day parade in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, Kevin Durant did not mince words when it came to the man currently occupying the White House Monday through Friday

If you're wondering what the context was for his remarks, the reigning Finals MVP was asked about how vocal several NBA players have been recently about Donald Trump. “Hell yeah, hell yeah. We're supposed to be,” KD responded. “We don't fuck with him.”

Then, asked if he saw himself getting involved with public criticism at some point, he didn't directly respond while he was signing a shoe. However, it seems that was just a delay, as he basically answered later in the day during an interview with ESPN.

What Durant told the Worldwide Leader is that he wouldn't be visiting the White House if the champs were to be invited, which actually has yet to happen. “Nah, I won't do that,” he said. “I don't respect who's in office right now.”

Durant says that wasn't necessarily a team decision, but rather a personal one. “I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that,” he said. “That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me.”

Considering the Warriors will probably win the championship every season for the foreseeable future, we'll see if this is a permanent decision on KD's part, or more of a one time thing.

He also spoke about what happened at Charlottesville this past weekend. “I just wanted to sit back and analyze everything and gather my thoughts,” he said. “I wanted to say something immediately, but I definitely want to be the voice of where I come from and people who have come from my neighborhood and deal with oppression.

“I'm representing a lot of people. As far as what's going on in our country, for one, as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 [Chris Paul] [and] Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year. Russell Westbrook also said something in his speech. A lot [of] guys with platforms have drove the conversation in a good direction. And what's going on in Charlottesville, that was unfathomable.”

You can read Durant's full comments over at ESPN.

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