What It’s Like to Make Custom Sneakers for Kanye West, LeBron James, and Lonzo Ball

Custom sneakers have become common place these days. Everyone has them: athletes, celebrities, and artists. They're worn on NFL fields, on NBA courts, and shared across social media. To get a better scope of what it's like to make these shoes, Sole Collector's Full Size Run caught up with Mache, the custom sneaker guru to the stars.

During the episode, he talks about a pair of sneakers he gifted to Kanye West that, supposedly, Adidas didn't want him to wear in public, making custom sneakers for LeBron James and Lonzo Ball, and what it was like to make the cleats that Stefon Diggs wore when he made the legendary catch last weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

Mache also reveals a pair of “Free Meek Mill” cleats that will be worn by Jarius Wright this weekend as the Minnesota Vikings play the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

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Mase Says He Won ‘Unanimously’ in Cam’ron Battle

Just when we thought we were out, Mase has pulled us right back in. 

The surprising and latest chapter in the decade-plus beef between former high school basketball teammates Mase and Cam'ron began late last week with Mase's out-of-nowhere diss song “The Oracle.” Cam fired back, and then they made up on Instagram, and it was over. 

Or so we thought.

Following the peace overture, Mase jumped on Funk Flex's Instagram to, um, flex about how he won the battle.

“We’re not cool,” Mase wrote. “I shook his hand cause I won. That’s it. As a man that’s what you do after you win unanimously.”

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Mase's take seems to match that of most observers. “The Oracle” was overwhelmingly well-received, while Cam's response “Dinner Time” wasn't nearly as loved, with listeners critiquing everything from the rhymes to the sound quality.

In addition to songs, the stars traded shots on social media, culminating in Cam'ron telling Mase to “go back home to Florida.”

It remains to be seen if the epically long battle (remember, Cam's Mase-bashing “Take 'Em to Church” came out in 2004) between the former Children of the Corn groupmates will continue after Mase's declaration of victory.

On Monday, Mase called into Hot 97 and reiterated his stance about not being cool with Cam. “It's just like Drake said, 'Free Meek Mill,' you think he means that?” he says around the 6:20 mark in the video below.

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Post Malone Reverse Racism on Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska return from the weekend to talk the latest news in rap, including Drake saying Free Meek Mill during a concert, Post Malone’s comments about reverse racism in rap, Lil Uzi Vert attempting to get sober in the wake of Lil Peep’s death, and much more. 

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Drake Says ‘Free Meek Mill’ While Performing in Australia

Despite Drake and Meek Mill's long history of beef, the Canadian rapper gave Meek Mill a shout out while performing in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While engaging with the crowd during a break in his performance, Drake spotted a fan wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt, to which he commented, “Free Meek Mill too. You right.” 

Meek, who is serving out a seemingly unjust prison sentence for violating his probation, has a long history with Aubrey. After accusing Drake of failing to write his own music, the two went back and forth calling each other out for months. The Philly-native inspired Drake to clap back by releasing “Back to Back” in which he notoriously calls out Meek for piggy-backing on his (now) ex-boo Nicki Minaj's fame. 

With all that behind them, Drake joins the numerous rappers who have shown support for Meek Mill as he serves a sentence many believe he doesn't deserve. In a New York Times op-ed, Jay Z explained that Meek's sentence is another example of the racial injustices that dictate the American criminal justice system. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” HOV wrote. Earlier this week, a large crowd gathered in Philly to show support for the Wins & Losses rapper, and both Rick Ross and PnB Rock were in attendance.  

It's too soon to tell whether or not this shout out officially concludes the Drake/Meek Mill beef. However Drizzy does appear to be prioritizing calling out racist institutions, over upholding some petty drama.

You can watch the full clip above. 

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