Nick Young Discusses Fashion and Basketball at His Most Hated Pop-Up in Los Angeles

The worlds of style and basketball have always been intertwined. While some players like Russell Westbrook have become known for their outrageous pregame outfits, others have gone as far as to create their own brands. One of the players who has done this is Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young. This past weekend, he hosted a pop-up shop for his brand Most Hated at American Rag in L.A., and Complex News was in attendance to chop it up with him.

What started with Young making a few shirts with the phrase “Most Hated” written on them last year has turned itself into full fledged brand for the young NBA player that now includes a line hoodies, hats, track pants. It has since gotten co-signed by everyone from fellow players like LeBron James to one of the league's “most hated” players Kevin Durant, and players have even asked him to send them some gear in the middle of games. He also mentioned how he would love to see Most Hated makes its way onto some style icons like Kanye West and Rihanna. “I'd hand deliver it to [Rihanna] personally,” says Young.

Aside from his brand, Swaggy P touched on how he was recruited to the reigning NBA Champions, as well as the personal style of some of his new teammates like Draymond Green and Steph Curry. Check out the full interview in the video above, and shop the Most Hated collection via the brand's online store here.

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Teyana Taylor Killed the Runway at New York Fashion Week to Future’s “Mask Off”

When Teyana Taylor isn't fighting to get extra credit from Iman Shumpert—this isn't a euphemism, they are really about that role-playing life—she is killing it on just about every runway and stage she finds herself on. If her performance in Kanye West's “Fade” video wasn't enough proof, Taylor hit New York Fashion Week 2017 with even more energy.

She first made waves over the weekend, appearing at Italian brand GCDS' runway show on Friday. Taylor came down the runway and had a dramatic moment when she ripped off a pair of shades, looking pretty fierce in her all-white outfit.

The look was so fierce, in fact, that Taylor focused another cut of the video on her Instagram account, in an attempt to turn the walk down the runway into a commentary on her excitement for the return of McDonald's Chicken Select strips. This was a pretty severe right turn for someone who has access to food way higher on the restaurant scale than McDonald's, but I can't front, McDonald's definitely hits the spot when the mood strikes.

The caption may have also been an allusion to the “spicy” nature of her walk, which she elaborated on further in an interview with USA Today.

“When I watched the video I was like, 'Damn, I'm so extra,” said Taylor. “But then I realized I'm not extra, I'm spicy, that's all. I'm just spicy, I put a little spice in everybody's life.”

That's one way of putting it, and if that's the case, she took the spice to habanero levels during the close of Phillip Plein's show over the weekend. With Future performing “Mask Off” in the background, Taylor want berserk on the catwalk, dancing better in high heels than you or I probably could in our best pair of dancing shoes.

Say this for Taylor: she does not let her presence fly under the radar. You have to respect the willingness to shake up the stuffy space that is a catwalk, and if Future wants to show up and perform at other fashion shows, I imagine the audience for these events will get a hell of a lot more diverse.

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Kanye West and Jay Z Reportedly Trying to End Their Feud

TMZ is reporting that Kanye West and Jay Z are making strides towards ending their feud. It all reportedly started when Kanye reached out to Jay and requested a face-to-face to settle their differences. No word yet on whether Hov has agreed to the meeting. 

Their feud heightened after Jay Z took some not so subtle shots at Kanye on “Kill Jay Z” after 'Ye brought up Beyoncé and Blue Ivy during a rant at the Sacramento stop of his Saint Pablo Tour in November. In his interview on the Rap Radar podcast, Jay explained what led him to putting his beef with his little brother out in the open. “You can't bring my kids, my wife into it,” he said. “Kanye's my little brother…But you brought my family into it, that's a problem.” 

Jay Z also left the door open for reconciliation, admitting that they have always had their fair share of disagreements, but they always find a way to get back on good terms. “You know it’s a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, been resolved our issues,” he said. “And he knows he crossed the line, he knows. And I know he knows. Because we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many. It's a part of who we are… He’s an honest person and he’s wrong a lot of times.”

According to TMZ, their feud has nothing to do with Kanye's financial dispute with Jay Z. That is reportedly “being hashed out.” 

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New Report Exposes Alleged Concert Ticket Scheme Orchestrated by Fyre Festival Organizer

When reports started coming out about the doomed Fyre Festival, which was originally billed as a “luxury” music festival and advertised by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and which promised performances from Pusha T, Desiigner, Lil Yachty, Blink-182, and more, it became clear the whole thing had sounded too good to be true.

Billy McFarland, one of the masterminds behind the catastrophic festival and the owner of Fyre Media, has been hit with several lawsuits, arrested and charged with fraud, and been forced to place Fyre Festival LLC under involuntary bankruptcy. But Fyre Media is not the only company McFarland owned. He is also the CEO of Magnises, a company he founded prior to Fyre Media, that functioned as a members-only concierge service. However, documents acquired by VICE News suggest McFarland has been mismanaging that company’s finances, too, by running what appeared to be a complicated concert ticket scheme.

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One of the benefits that Magnises offered its members was discounted concert and event tickets. But credit card records suggest that McFarland was buying the tickets from third-party distributors like Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Vivid Seats and then selling them to Magnises members at a significant loss.

Moreover, McFarland used a Fyre Media corporate credit card to pay for many of the Magnises tickets, effectively ensuring that both companies suffered similar financial woes even though they were entirely different entities. McFarland allegedly charged his Fyre Media American Express credit card for more than $1 million worth of tickets in just four months.

The records also show that other Fyre Media company credit cards were issued to at least nine employees including co-founder Ja Rule and Grant Margolin, the music festival’s marketing director. But the charges on those cards “appear reasonably related to the Fyre Media business,” according to VICE. It's the charges on McFarland’s card that raise the most eyebrows, since that’s where more than $1 million worth of Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Vivid Seats tickets were charged.

The problem for McFarland is that Fyre Media was conceived as an app for people to book artists for private events. It never claimed to sell tickets for concerts and events. Magnises did.

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Former employees and Magnises members claim that McFarland would advertise and sell tickets to events he did not already have tickets to. And when the event dates arrived, McFarland would either cancel the reservations or provide tickets purchased through third-party organizations.

For example, Magnises advertised tickets to a series of Adele concerts in September 2016. A former employee told VICE McFarland did not possess the tickets he advertised and the whole situation sounds like it was a total clusterfuck.

“What happened with Adele was that we found out that Billy wasn’t going through a source in Live Nation at all, because for that concert, there were no e-tickets available; the whole thing was all ticket stubs,” the anonymous former employee told VICE. “We had to go and meet with these brokers who act as third-party buyers around MSG. And we’re spending the whole time running around the city trying to get them together and figure out how many they have and who’s going to go in which section.”

What’s more, McFarland was apparently buying the tickets on the same day as the performances. McFarland’s credit card records show more than $150,000 worth of StubHub, Vivid Seats, Fan Exchange, and My Ticket Tracker charges on September 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 26, the exact days Adele was performing at Madison Square Garden. There were no ticket charges on September 21 and 24, when she did not perform.

A similar situation happened when Magnises offered members $250 tickets for Hamilton. McFarland’s Fyre Media American Express records have charges totaling almost $30,000 labeled with Vivid Seats and Hamilton. The cheapest transaction with this label is $1,401.30, which means McFarland was operating on at least a $1,200 loss per ticket for this Hamilton deal through Magnises.

Finally, McFarland’s company offered discounted floor tickets to Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour in June 2016 at $275 each, about $100 less than the median resale ticket price. As should be expected by now, McFarland’s credit card records show more than $10,000 worth of Ticketmaster charges on the first night the Saint Pablo Tour arrived in New York City, September 5, 2016, also at Madison Square Garden.

All of this appears as though it's going to make life even more difficult for McFarland. Outside of the headache he's dealing with due to the Fyre Festival issues, he's also going to have to explain why it appears he was running a ticket scheme in the months leading up to that debacle.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss How Rap Has Changed in the Last 10 Years on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's special vacation episode of Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska look back at rap over the last decade to compare 2007 vs. 2017. How has the game changed in that time? They highlight the Kanye West vs. 50 Cent battle and much more. 

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Reportedly Couldn’t Care Less About Taylor Swift Diss

I would be interested in hearing Kanye flip a Right Said Fred beat though.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Release Date Has ‘No Correlation’ With Anniversary of Kanye’s Mom’s Death

Immediately after Taylor Swift shared the cover art and release date for her new album Reputation, the apparently inevitable Kanye West theories started piling up. Some argued that Swift's questionable font choice owed something to West's The Life of Pablo designs, while others suggested Swift was intentionally wearing a Yeezy-esque top in the cover photo.

Also, Reputation is set to drop Nov. 10, a date that will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Donda West—Kanye's mother. While the sheer preposterousness of imagining anyone (regardless of how you feel about Swift) actually stooping to this level intentionally should have been enough to squash this rumor before it even began, many started running with exactly that narrative.

Thankfully, we can now confirm that those rumors touch on approximately zero truths. “It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases,” a source close to the situation told Complex Friday. “There is no correlation.”

So far, debut Reputation single “Look What You Made Me Do” (which most certainly includes a few Kanye references) has been met with decidedly mixed reviews.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Talk R. Kelly’s Controversial Career on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through a daily dose of news topics that includes yet another underage girl accusing R. Kelly of sexual abuse, plus Taylor Swift possibly using Kanye West again. During the episode, Budden gets emotional when talking about mental health in hip-hop and everything that comes with the struggles of depression. 

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