On today’s episode we get a behind the scenes look at the other Everyday Struggle staff. Later on Tony releases the second episode that aired on Fuse TV. Casey Neistat makes a special guest appearance, and it’s a silly one for sure!

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Kodak Black Takes Playful Jab at Jay Z

Hip-hop’s generation gap has never been more prominent. While old heads constantly question the skills and originality of the new wave, the new wave disregards the old heads as out of touch and irrelevant. It’s an intense debate that has resulted in some controversial statements from each side trying to defend their respective era’s superiority. And now, Kodak Black has entered the old vs. new discussion with a bold—and almost laughable—argument: He suggests his lyrics are better than those of Jay Z

Take a minute to let that soak in. Yes, he’s comparing himself to Jay Z—the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop mogul whose discography spans more than two decades. But hey, it might also just be Kodak messing around or trolling, as some call it. 

Kodak made a post to Instagram titled “Rap in the 90’s [sic] vs. rap now” with a side-by-side photo of him and Jay above their own lyrics. The post featured the hook from Hov’s 1998 “Money, Cash, Hoes” song featuring DMX and compared it to the hook on Kodak’s 2016 “I Can” track. The Painting Pictures rapper captioned the image: “Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit.”


Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit

A post shared by Project Baby (@kodakblack) on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:40am PST

Kodak tried it. Though we doubt this is a serious jab, many fans were quick to call out Kodak for attempting to prove his lyrical skills were better than those of Shawn “I’ve sold more than 100 million records” Carter.

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Complex’s weekly series Don’t Believe the Hype takes a look at what’s hot and what’s just hot air. Sneakers, clothes, tech, food—nothing is safe. Maybe one of the most hyped sneakers of the year was the Kaws x Air Jordan 4, which caused sneakerheads around the globe to wait in crazy long lines just to cop it. So when Nike decided to release a new colorway of the shoe recently, the “Friends and Family” version in black, would this shoe’s hype overtake the OG’s? Speedy finds out which version people are feeling more in this episode of Don’t Believe The Hype.

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On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through some hip-hop news, including Post Malone’s recent comments on hip-hop not making a real connection for listeners, and Cardi B feeling the pressure. The crew also reacted to the news that Jay Z wrote Snoop Dogg’s verse on “Still Dre” before divining into a convo about how artists and labels pick singles for projects. 

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Post Malone Says There’s Not a Lot of ‘Real Sh*t’ in Hip-Hop These Days

Post Malone claims contemporary hip-hop is lacking “real shit.”

During a filmed interview with Poland’s Newonce, the “Rockstar” artist advised people to stay away from the genre if they’re looking for something deep and intellectually stimulating.

“If you're looking for lyrics, if you're looking to cry, if you're looking to think about life, don't listen to hip-hop,” Malone said at around the 7:20 mark. “There's great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they really spit that real shit, but right now, there's not a lot of people talking about real shit.”

It’s a pretty bold and surprising statement from someone who has had a decent amount of success within hip-hop; however, Malone insists there is a time and place for the genre.  

“Whenever I'm trying to have a good time and stay in a positive mood, I listen to hip-hop,” he explained. “Because it's fun. I think hip-hop is important because it brings people together in a beautiful, happy way.”

You can watch Malone’s full interview below. He touches on a wide variety of subjects, including Kylie Jenner’s influence, working with Metro Boomin, his love for Elvis Presley, and Kanye West’s creative process.

On Monday, Malone announced his highly anticipated sophomore album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, would arrive next week. The rapper revealed the news during a podcast interview with H3.

“It's gonna be done. I'm gonna finish it this week,” he said when asked about the project’s status. “It'll be out December 1 at midnight.”

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Meek Mill Reportedly Released From Solitary Confinement

While Meek Mill’s freedom hangs in the balance, news emerged that the embattled rapper won a small victory of sorts. TMZ reports Meek has been transferred from The State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill to a different facility.

“An official at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA tells TMZ … the rapper was just transferred to their prison and out of Camp Hill,” TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources. “He’s now in general population and he has his own cell.”

The State Correctional Institution in Chester is classified as a medium security facility, and the move to a different prison takes Mill roughly 120 miles west. Perhaps more importantly, the transfer takes Meek out of solitary, a change his team lobbied for after arguing that solitary confinement can “wreak havoc on a person’s mental state.”

The move to Chester is the latest twist in Meek’s ongoing legal drama, as Meek was reportedly denied a bail hearing Friday, as that hearing was allegedly canceled due to an administrative error.

As it currently stands, Meek is sentenced to two-to-four years for a probation violation originally stemming from a 2008 conviction for gun and drug charges. Meanwhile, authorities are said to be investigating the judge who handed down the sentence, amid allegations that she has a personal vendetta against Meek for refusing to mention her in a song and sign a management deal with Charlie “Mack” Alston.

You can read the full report on Meek’s alleged transfer and removal from solitary confinement via TMZ

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#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up. 

 On today's episode Tony gets his hands on a pair of Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles “Gold Top 3”. Later on Lil Tony, “The Understudy” Al, and JT break down the Thursday Night football game, the Seattle Seahawks vs the Arizona Cardinals. Stick around because a special limited edition Michael Jordan memorabilia arrives in the mail, and by limited we mean only 23 in the world! 

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Watch Us Unbox the Air Jordan 11 ‘Win Like ’82’

The latest Sole Collector unboxing takes a look at Jordan Brand's  new UNC-themed retro, the Air Jordan 11 “Win Like '82.”

This year's Holiday season release of the Air Jordan 11 takes it back to MJ's college days, more specifically, to the year he won an NCAA National Championship with the North Carolina Tar Heels. The brand new colorway features a white mesh upper, a navy blue patent leather mudguard, and Carolina Blue Jumpman logos. Look for this pair to release Saturday, Nov. 11 for $220 on and at other Jordan Brand retailers.

For a full breakdown of the shoe check out the video above, and also make sure to subscribe to the Sole Collector YouTube channel today to stay up to date with all of our latest videos.

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