J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar’s Joint Album Will Probably Never Come Out

Don’t hold your breath for that rumored J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar album. Terrence “Punch” Henderson said the collaboration isn’t likely to drop. Ever.

On Friday night, a Twitter user asked the TDE co-president about the highly anticipated project’s expected release date. Unfortunately, Punch shattered many fans’ hopes with a two-word response: “probably never.”

Rumors of a K. Dot and Cole collaborative project have been circulating for years. They drew excitement again when they remixed each other's songs: Cole took “Alright,” and Kendrick took “A Tale of Two Citiez” for Black Friday in November 2015. Nearly a full year later, during a December 2016 interview on The Breakfast Club, TDE artist Ab-Soul confirmed the album was in fact real, but he refused to go into detail.

“I can’t speak on that. I wish I could,” Soul said before revealing he submitted a verse for the project. “I’m saying these guys move like the Mob. You never know with these guys. I just hope they use my verse. They just need to use my verse.”

Charlamagne The God asked for further confirmation: “But there is a Kendrick-Cole album?”

“They got it. They got something in the works,” Soul responded. “They’ve been working on that motherfucker for a while.”

Shortly after the interview, The Fader reached out to Soul for more information about the album. The 30-year-old, however, neither confirmed nor denied the project’s existence, simply writing: “It's a myth” *joker smile*.”

So is the Kendrick-Cole project sitting in a vault? Was it ever completed? Did they even begin recording? As of now, it all remains a big ol' mystery. And judging by Punch's recent tweet, it'll probably stay that way. 

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Watch Supreme Fans Lined Up for Nas Merch Get Quizzed on ‘Illmatic’

Supreme is one of, if not the, biggest streetwear brands in the world. When they announce a new drop for a seasonal collection, immediate hype is generated and the 2017 Fall/Winter drop was no different.

This particular drop featured different variations of sweatshirts, jackets, flannels, caps, and various accessories, but no item was more coveted than the Nas tee. Complex visited Supreme in NYC to check out what pieces of the collection people were lucky enough to get their hands on and which pieces they were feeling the most. We also quizzed them on their knowledge of Nas' debut album Illmatic. See how they fared above.

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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 👅

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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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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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Justin Bieber Teases First Solo Song in Years

Even though it’s been almost two years since Justin Bieber’s last official album, the radio waves have not lacked for new Bieber music. He’s on two song of the summer contenders this year alone. But, fire features notwithstanding, it’s been a minute since we got new solo music from JB.

That’s about to change this week though, as the megastar tweeted out what appears to be the cover art for a new track he plans to drop on Thursday. The song is titled “Friends,” and along with Justin, the artwork lists Bloodpop, which serves as a major indicator to how this new track might sound.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Blood appears several times on the liner notes for Purpose, with production credits on “Mark My Words,” “I”ll Show You,” and most importantly, “Sorry.” It stands to reason then, that “Friends” will be more in that vein: tropical, summery, with an EDM/dance twinge and radio catnip. AKA, Bieber doing what he does best.

The move comes just weeks after Bieber made news by abruptly canceling his tour, so it’s a little surprising to see him releasing new music when we all assumed he was going to fall back for a while. For Bloodpop’s part, since working with Bieber he’s logged significant placements on Lady Gaga’s most recent album, as well as Haim’s latest single “Want You Back.”  So far, the two are 3 for 3 on collabs, so it's basically a scientific guarantee that “Friends” will be fire as well. For more on what we expect from Justin's new song, watch the video above.

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Kobe Bryant’s Air Jordan III PEs Sell for More Than $30,000

Kobe Bryant’s highly coveted Air Jordan III PEs recently raked in a hefty sum on eBay.

As pointed out by Nice Kicks, the sneakers were auctioned off earlier this week to an unidentified buyer for $30,400. The exclusives were gifted to Kobe during the 2002-2003 NBA season, when he was playing as a sneaker free agent. At the time, many people believed he was on his way to sign with Jordan Brand, but because he ultimately inked a deal with Nike, Kobe’s Air Jordan III PEs never received a wide release. Though they were expected to appear in a limited Air Jordan pack along with the PE VIIIs, fans are still holding their breath for that drop. 

The sample “Home White” pair came in Kobe’s size 14 and included the production date of 11/26/2002 on the tongue tag. According to the listing, the sneakers had never been worn, but had typical signs of aging. You can check out the IIIs in the images above and below. 

The 'Kobe' Air Jordan 3
Image via eBay

 

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Ramriddlz Shares Release Date and Title Track for ‘Sweeter Dreams’

Ramriddlz highly anticipated Sweeter Dreams project will arrive in less than two weeks.

Though the 23-year-old Canadian singer has teased an August release, he didn’t confirm the Aug. 17 release date until today, shortly after Sweeter Dreams’ title track debuted on OVO Sound Radio.

Ramriddlz landed on our radar back in 2015 around the time he dropped the video for his first single “Sweeterman.” It quickly generated buzz after a 10-second clip of what seemed to be a Drake remix of the song surfaced on the internet. Not too long after, the full Drizzy version was played on OVO Sound Radio, giving Ramriddlz the kind of exposure many under-the-radar artists would dream of.

Drake spoke about his decision to hop on “Sweeterman” during an 2015 interview with The Fader.

“It’s just channeling my mom. Like, I’d bring home an essay that I did really well on, and my mom would read it through and give me notes back—on the essay that I just scored like 94 on! So sometimes I just do that. I’ll hear people’s stuff and… I’ll just give my interpretation of how I would have done it. It’s just, literally, I’ve recognized the potential and the greatness in this piece, and I want to take my stab at it too—which is kind of what my mom always did, you know?”

Since the Drake co-sign, Ramriddlz has delivered his 2015 P2P EP, which included “Sweeterman,” as well as his 2016 Venis EP

You can listen to the title track below.

 

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Drake’s Dad Finally Released His “Kinda Crazy” Music Video

When it comes to Drake and his father, it’s clear the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.

This past Friday, Dennis Graham finally released the official music video for “Kinda Crazy,” his debut single that was released independently in late 2016. As you might recall, fans got their first taste of the visual nearly a year ago, when TMZ posted a 35-second clip that featured a dinner scene, a throne, a blonde, and a fog machine. The video could’ve easily starred Drake.

Shortly after “Kinda Crazy” dropped, Dennis went to social media expressing his disappointment with the single’s sales. He also called out his “so-called friends” for not showing their support.

“I will be deleting all my so called friends on Instagram who hasn’t purchased my 1.29 Kinda Crazy single how cheap can friends be have a nice life!!!!!!!” he wrote in the now-deleted Instagram post. “As of midnight tonight you will be a faded memory, you know who you are, and you can also see that all you a**holes that are making what you think are funny comments has been blocked.”

Dennis also canceled the initial music video premiere party, leading many people to wonder if the project would ever see the light of day. Now, nearly eight months after “Kinda Crazy” debuted, its highly anticipated video is here. You can check the Nikeisha Andersson directed visual below. 

If you can't get enough of Dennis and his incredible mustache, then you have to watch the new Virginia Black whiskey ads co-starring Drake. The commercials also used “Kinda Crazy” as the soundtrack, which might explain the recent video drop.

 

👓 @virginiablackwhiskey

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Did XXXTentacion Announce a Release Date for His Debut Album?

XXXTentacion just announced a release date for an album called 17 via Instagram. It's set to drop on Aug. 25, the same day as Action Bronson's Blue Chips 7000.

In the same post, he described the project as “absolutely amazing,” saying that it’s “the first time I’ve put my all into a project.” But he also hinted that this album might not sound like his past body of work. He added that “if you listen to me to get hype or to not think, don’t buy this album, this one is for the depression, the depressed ones, the lost ones.”

A source from the rapper’s label, EMPIRE, says, “EMPIRE will be here to support XXXTentacion with the release when he decides to want to drop it.” That means X could withhold the album for whatever reason, as release dates almost always get pushed back.

 

#xxxtentacion

A post shared by ORIGINAL XXXTENTACION FANPAGE (@xtentaciion) on Jul 30, 2017 at 10:47am PDT

The announcement comes after the rapper announced (also on Instagram) that he was “going to disappear for a little while” and also after he unexpectedly postponed The Revenge Tour for a second time. Both incidents came after a turbulent couple of weeks that had XXXTentacion caught in a violent beef with San Diego rapper Rob Stone, accidentally thrown into a barricade instead of a crowd by his own security, and allegedly punching a fan at a concert.

XXXTentacion has been known to unexpectedly drop new projects: in May of this year, the Florida rapper released Revenge, a short collection of eight of his newest songs at the time, including “Look At Me!” and the Diplo-produced “Looking for a Star.”

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There Are Still Thousands of Tickets Available for the Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight has become one of the most highly anticipated sports events of all time. Which makes us wonder: Why aren’t fans rushing to cop tickets?

As pointed out by the Associated Press, there are still a shit-ton of seats available for the Aug. 26 match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets went on sale nearly a week ago and were expected to go so fast that promoters implemented a registrations process and lottery system to ensure average fans had a fair shot. Five days later, there are still thousands of seats left, which can mean one of two things: either people aren’t that hyped about the fight, or—the more likely explanation—ticket prices are too expensive.

Original prices started at $3,500 and went up to nearly $15,000 for “platinum” seats. As of Saturday, the cheapest resale tickets were listed on Ticket Master for about $1,700, which is still steep considering they’re for the nosebleed section; however, promoters insist they aren’t worried about the slow sales.

“We’re very excited and very happy with ticket sales so far,” promoter Leonard Ellerbet told the AP. “We’re well on our way to smashing our own record which transcended the sport.”

The highest grossing boxing match—billed as “The Fight of the Century”—was 2015's Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao​, which, according to the AP, grossed about $600 million. Will Mayweather and McGregor be able to top that? Only time will tell. 

Maybe fans are just waiting for the prices to drop before they head to the box office. Or maybe they’re content with watching the match on pay-per-view for less than $100. 

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