A Recap of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018

After a week of some of the biggest brands, designers, and celebrities all showing out for New York Fashion Week Spring 2018, it's now time to take a look back at some highlights. During a time when many people are questioning the importance of New York Fashion Week in comparison to its European counterparts, designers delivered some signature moments to lighten the discrediting of the festivities, even if only briefly. Brands like Helmut Lang, Opening Ceremony, Kith, Fenty Puma by Rihanna, and Alexander Wang all brought their own signature aesthetic to their respective shows. Here is a recap of some of the most entertaining shows from New York Fashion Week.

Some of the biggest celebrity cameos of the week came at Ronnie Fieg's Kith Sport show. The designer's second fashion show took place on Thursday night at the Classic Car Club Manhattan, where he showed off upcoming collections with brands like Moncler, Adidas Soccer, Champion, Iceberg, and Nike. Virgil Abloh, Scott Disick, and Carmelo Anthony were among the crowd, but two of the most memorable guests appeared on the runway. First, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen walked down the catwalk sporting pieces from Fieg's upcoming Nike collaboration. If that wasn't enough, Fieg decided to close out the show by putting a spotlight (literally) onto arguably the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James, who lip-synched the lyrics to Kanye West and Jay Z's “H.A.M.” 

Kith Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Kith's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

This past Saturday night, Alexander Wang took to Brooklyn to celebrate #WangFest. The mobile show included the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner stepping out of an Alexander Wang tour bus before strutting down the Brooklyn streets. Their looks, complete with party style hats that read “WangFest,” further alluded to the show's party atmosphere. Notable attendants included Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner, amongst others. Of course, the after party that Wang has become known for did not disappoint either. Cardi B and Ja Rule hit the stage to perform, and Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, and Budweiser took care of the food and drinks for the affair. 

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Gotham/GC Images)

Sunday night brought about even more festivities with Rihanna showing off her motocross and surf-inspired Spring 2018 Fenty line at the Park Avenue Armory. This was Rihanna's return to New York after her last two collections were debuted in Paris. Staying true to the theme, dirt bike riders tricked off of ramps over pink sand mountains to start the show. RiRi also took her bow on the back of a motorbike. The show boasted a star-studded front row that included Cardi B, Offset, Big Sean, and Jhené Aiko, to name a few.

Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show
Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Opening Ceremony decided to show off its Spring 2018 collection a little differently as well. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim debuted their collection using a dance performance titled “Changers,” which was written and directed by Spike Jonze. The collection itself featured plays on the collegiate wardrobe like varsity jackets, club T-shirts, sweatpants, and flannel shirts.

On Monday, Shane Oliver debuted his first collection for Helmut Lang at Pearl River Mart. The collection heavily referenced Lang's archive with a lot of pieces featuring fetish design, and leather accents as an added twist from Oliver. The former Hood By Air designer also included memorable head-turners—like an oversized bra that converts into a bag—in his collection. The ready-to-wear featured a line of Helmut Lang tour merch that featured red and white “HELMUT” branding throughout. ASAP Ferg, Ian Connor, Lil Yachty, Jerry Lorenzo, and more were among those who sat front row. 

Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Helmut Lang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Catwalking)

 

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How No Jumper’s Adam22 Became an Unlikely Rap Tastemaker

Adam Grandmaison aka Adam22 is a polarizing figure, as are many of the people he interviews. He's a lifelong BMX rider and fan who has become an influential part of conteporary rap culture with his DIY No Jumper video podcasts and vlogs. Based out of his OnSomeShit store on Melrose in Los Angeles, Adam sits down with rising artists for in-depth, unfiltered interviews that often end up feeling like a conversation between old friends.

“The only thing that I want to do in rap is to let up and coming people tell their story,” Adam says, and interviews with artists like Lil Yachty, Ugly God, XXXtentacion, Smokepurpp, Trippie Redd, and Action Bronson have racked up hundreds of millions of views. So how did a lifelong BMX fan in his mid-30s rack up hundreds of millions of views and gain the trust of so many rising rap stars?

We spent some time with him in Los Angeles to find out. Watch what went down above.

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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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The Who’s Who Of SoundCloud Rap

If a rapper without “lil” in their name drops a mixtape on SoundCloud and no one presses play, does it make a sound? That’s what it feels like keeping up with the massive onslaught of buzzing rappers, new mixtapes, and subgenres on top of microgenres in 2017.

Even with the continued relevance of the streaming service in hip-hop, SoundCloud has weathered a tough year. In early July, the streaming platform laid off 173 employees amid rumors the company only had enough capital to make it to the end of 2017. Chance the Rapper claimed he was going to save the day. Independent musicians panicked about what this meant for the future of distributing their music. Ultimately, SoundCloud announced it is here to stay, whatever that means.

On the intro to Lil Uzi Vert’s new album, Luv Is Rage 2, the Philadelphia rapper sent subliminals to a plethora of unnamed targets. The fact the diss could be referencing almost any SoundCloud rapper speaks to the nature of the platform and how fast influence disseminates. “Yes, I'm the one that really started all this/And you know I changed a lot of you niggas/In a matter of months, I raised a lot of you niggas,” raps Uzi on “Two®.”

Uzi isn’t wrong. SoundCloud is home to an entire nation of rappers with colored dreads, melodies inspired by 2000s emo and pop punk, and the latest mutations on Atlanta’s trap. A lot of the music is groundbreaking, much of it is not. What it means to be a SoundCloud rapper in 2017, is shifting and the ecosystem is rapidly changing. The term “SoundCloud Rap” has become a dismissive descriptor in the same way “Mumble Rap” has.

Despite this, the SoundCloud ecosystem is shifting. The platform is still massively influential, but Spotify with Rap Caviar and Apple with The A-List: Hip-Hop are leading the curated playlist era. Rappers that built their fan bases on SoundCloud, have largely started to phase out of the system that birthed them. Lil Uzi Vert is well on his way to having the number one album in the country. Problematic rappers like XXXTentacion are transitioning from millions of plays on SoundCloud to selling a rumored 65-70k in their first week. Princess Nokia is getting features in Vogue, performing to adoring fans at Afropunk, and re-releasing 2016’s 1992, after scrubbing it from SoundCloud. If anything SoundCloud’s biggest problem is keeping the stars they help birth from becoming more fuel to the engines of their competitors.

Below are some of the fastest rising artists currently dominating SoundCloud, many of whom are already on the cusp of jumping over the orange and white cloud.


  • Trippie Redd

    Trippie Redd sounds like pain. The 18-year-old, Canton, Ohio is, creatively, an extension of the melodic trap sensibility that Atlanta artists like Future and Young Thug have been perfecting for years. Trippie hails from the same city as Marilyn Manson, and his dark soundscapes seem plucked from similar hell pits. However, what separates Redd is his inimitable voice. The rapper’s reverb soaked vocals, warble, distort, and cascade over tracks. Seemingly endlessly versatile, he sometimes seems to do it all within the same moment.

    His biggest song to date is the devastating, psychedelic, “Love Scars.” “You used to say you in love/I used to say that shit back/Taking that shit from the heart/Now look where the fuck where we at,” Trippie raps over the Elliot Trent-produced fever dream. Trippie tends to stretch out the boundaries of his syllables like a never-ending echo, an effect that is exciting and haunting at the same time.

    The closest comparison lobbed at Trippie is undoubtedly Lil Uzi Vert. To be fair, Trippie’s vocals can dip into some of the same territory as Vert's staked out for himself. Regardless, it's unfair to lump the two together considering how raw and unrestrained Redd is willing to get with his performances.


  • Kodie Shane

    Kodie Shane is easily the most talented member of Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team. Her ear for melodies and talent to execute them separates her from most rappers in her weight class. Kodie is like a sentient piece of bubblegum on songs like “Hold Up”— which features Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. Where her male counterparts' processed vocals can often grate on one’s ears, Shane has a knack for making her performances cut through to your heart. In an interview with Complex News, Kodie discusses her penchant to compete with male artists. “I definitely hope that I’m inspiring a lot of different female artists to run with the boys,” says Shane. “I say that’s what I’m doing. I run with the boys.”

    Sad” is likely the best example of her displaying that mindset. If you were listening without knowing any of the rappers on the track, Shane stands out as the bigger star, despite the fact that she shares the bill with her Sailing Team leader Lil Yachty. A lyric like “I just want to be sad” is genius in its simplicity, and across the song she keeps up the penchant for directedness.

    Don’t sleep on Shane’s latest EP, Back From the Future. Throw on “Indecisive,” and you’ll be singing, “I feel like Cam’ron back in 06,” for the rest of 2017.


  • Lil Peep

    In 2007, My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way released The Umbrella Academy. The comic book was illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and re-wrote everything my 14-year-old brain thought about comics. It was inventive, experimental, and not easily classified.

    Listening to Lil Peep reminds me of reading The Umbrella Academy. That isn’t to say his music is good, but it's often enthralling. Peep is an emo artist with trap influences. Lyrics on his biggest songs “Gym Class,” read as if they belong in a big budget reboot of a John Hughes movie. “Now I’m faded on my own in my bedroom/Now I’m lookin' at my phone should I text you?/I don't wanna sext you, I don't wanna bless you/Baby I'm a priest in the underworld, Guess who,” raps Peep over a plodding and atmospheric Brobak-produced song.

    In early August, Peep released his debut album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1. Songs like “Better Off (Dying)” and “Save That Shit” confirmed what many had long suspected: Peep’s use of melody was pushing him farther into the rock genre and farther from the rapping that got him here. Such is the life of a white rapper in 2017.


  • Rico Nasty

    If the world is fair and just place (it isn't), the success of Cardi B and her song “Bodak Yellow” will spark a trend. The number 3 song in the country didn’t have to go pop to pop. Rico Nasty doesn’t make music like Cardi, but she does have the same sense of joyful idiosyncrasy, and force of personality could set her apart from the pack.

    Most know the DMV rapper from her song “Hey Arnold,” which Lil Yachty would inevitably jump on after its release. But her music is so much more than that. Crisp and concise, Tales of Tacobella is one of the best projects of 2017. “Block List” is Rico’s catchiest and most undeniable song to date. “Do What It Do” is my personal favorite. However, her latest song Poppin’” is a blistering diss supposedly aimed at another female rapper, Bali Baby. “I'm a poppin' ass bitch let me remind ya/Don't hide, I can always come and find ya/Ain't no bitch in me bitch, come proper,” spits Rico over a stuttering, majestic beat. With the right push, the song and the story behind it have the potential to go viral.


  • Lil Pump

    Lil Pump must be great at mad libs. The secret to the South Florida rapper’s undeniable formula is simple: Pick a name out of a hat, compare said name to how rich and successful you are, and rap it over a booming beat. Here is the chorus to Lil Pump’s “D Rose,” “100 on my wrist, 80 on my wrist/D Rose, D Rose, D Rose, D Rose.” For comparison here is the hook to the song “Boss,” “Yeah, I came in with the sauce, ooh/Yeah, I came in with a saw, ooh/Bitch, I flex, Rick Ross, yeah/Bitch, I flex, Rick Ross, yeah.” On “Lil Pump” he flips the script, monotonously saying his name over and over again like a mystic chant.

    It is hard to tell how serious the pink and blonde-dreaded rapper is on any given song. This is potentially why people love and hate Pump in equal measure. The Florida teen isn’t re-inventing the rap wheel, but to expect him to is missing the point. He’s mastered the art of repetition and name association, and is undeniably charismatic on the mic. For now, that is enough for most.


  • Asian Doll

    If there was a rapper I wouldn’t cross based solely off their delivery it would be Asian Doll. “Real Bitch Anthem” is almost four minutes of Doll aggressively throwing barbs, shade, and lyrical projectiles in every direction. Want to feel like a broke boy by association? Let some of Doll’s iciest daggers slit your soul. “You ain't a real nigga stunting in your homies shoes/You got a penthouse, with bout six dudes/All your crack cards scamming to you out the loot,” spits Doll like she wants to ensure you’ll never want to get on her bad side.

    Asian Doll’s biggest song to date is “Poppin,” featuring PnB Rock and produced by frequent Lil Uzi Vert collaborator Maaly Raw. The most amazing part of the song is Doll’s one and only verse. Even when her voice is overtly processed her lyrical hostility still bleeds through.


  • Tay-K

    It's hard to tell if Tay-K is a SoundCloud rapper in the traditional sense, or if the viral nature of his existence has been a boon across anything and everything associated with his name. The 17-year-old Texas rapper is infamous for his song “The Race,” and the backstory that propelled it to one of the most intriguing, but ultimately sad songs of the year.

    According to the New York Times Tay-K has, “been charged, along with six others, in connection with a home invasion that left a 21-year-old man dead in July 2016, when Tay-K was 16; Tay-K had been released from custody pending the hearing and was wearing an ankle monitor.” Tay-K would end up cutting off his ankle bracelet and going on the run after being faced with the threat of being tried as an adult on capital murder charges. His hit song, “The Race,” dropped the same day he was apprehended in Elizabeth, NJ. His legendary status was solidified.

    “The Race” is currently number 12 on the SoundCloud Top 50, number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, and home to over 30 million views on YouTube. Remixes have flooded SoundCloud.

    The whirlwind surrounding Tay-K obscures the fact that he has a knack for the type of aggressive songs that launched Chief Keef into the national consciousness. Songs like “Mega Man” and “Murder She Wrote” have the same intangible quality that makes “The Race,” so enthralling. If Tay-K can avoid jail time, he will have a promising rap career ahead of him.


  • Ski Mask The Slump God

    Ski Mask the Slump God has the number 2 song on the SoundCloud Top 50. That in and of itself isn’t surprising. The majority of the Ski Mask’s songs have millions of plays. However, Ski deciding to rip the Timbaland-produced instrumental for the 1999 Missy Elliot song, “She’s a Bitch,” and turn it into a hit of his own is a stroke of bizarre genius.

    To say Ski demolished the beat would be a massive understatement.“Naruto nine-tailed fox coat fur/I feel like a Gucci ad-lib, burr!/Colder than Coca-Cola mascot, polar bear,” is one of the coldest openings to a verse in recent memory. The reception to the track was so positive, Missy herself sent out a tweet. “Oh he rode the heck out of this Fiyah,” wrote Missy with a deluge of fire emojis.

    Write off Ski as just another “SoundCloud Rapper” at your own peril. His rapid fire flow on songs like, “Take a Step Back,” is reminiscent of a Busta Rhymes a few dimensions removed from our earthly plane. We can only hope that tracks like the “Get Your Freak On”-sampling, A$AP Ferg assisted-“ILoveYourAuntie” on deck will get Timbaland to bless Ski Mask by producing an entire project.


  • Molly Brazy

    Spend enough time listening to female rappers on SoundCloud and a common trend emerges. While their male counterparts are obsessed with emulating the freewheeling experimentation of modern Atlanta, women on the streaming platform are generally more concerned with proving their skills lyrically. Molly Brazy is a Detroit rapper with a rapid, violent flow that never strays far from abrasive.

    Her song “Outro,” is as combative as it is infectious. There is no singing, no vocal manipulation, or intergalactic beats. Instead, Brazy rides over the Bay Area-influenced instrumental, spitting lines like, “Riding in the foreign say he like the way I snap it/Bitches panic when they see me load the semi automatic.”


  • Smokepurpp

    It’s hard to pinpoint what type of rapper Smokepurpp wants to be. If there was a game of “build-a-SoundCloud-rapper,” the 19-year-old Florida would already possess the propensity for catchy adlibs of Playboi Cardi and the auto-tune gargling of Lil Yachty. “To the Moon” isn’t his biggest song, but it easily one of his most creatively expansive. Nightmarish and psychedelic, it is what I imagine Kid Cudi’s 2008 song “Man on the Moon” would sound like if it was made in 2017.

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Yachty admits that he didn't have a lot of sneakers growing up, and his first pair of “cool” shoes ended up being a pair of fake Air Jordan VIIs. He also talks about how he didn't want the Nike Air More Uptempos until Supreme did a collaboration on them and confesses that he was a total hypebeast for the sneakers. During the shoot, Yachty talks about wanting the Nike Mags as a teenager and says he finally bought a pair for $14,000. He goes on to talk about Big Baller Brand, compares his collection to DJ Khaled's, and talks his Sprite commercial with LeBron James. In the end, he spends over $2,100 on Air Jordans and Nike SB Dunks.

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Who Is Tay-K and Why Is His Song “The Race” Blowing Up?

The Billboard Hot 100 has a new rap entry this week that, unless you're from the Dallas metro area or really tied in to up-and-coming underground hip-hop, probably caught you by surprise (assuming you even noticed it). “The Race” by East Arlington, Texas-based rapper Taymor Travon McIntyre, who goes by Tay-K, entered the chart at No. 70.

The song, which has been remixed by XXXTentacion, Lil Bibby, and most recently Lil Yachty, is the first national hit for Tay-K. But how it happened, and what it means for the 17-year-old artist, is a wild and disturbing story—one that involves several murders, an assault, an attempt to flee from the law, and one music video shot under murky circumstances.

Tay-K started rapping only a few years ago as part of a group called Daytona Boyz. He got some local attention for early efforts like the Auto-Tuned track “Sly Cooper.” 

Just as he was getting started, Tay-K sent a DM to Shawn Cotton, who runs Say Cheese TV. The message touted his crew's “10k plays on soundcloud” and pointed out that they were all between 14-16 years old.

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“He reached out to me, but I get so many DMs, I get so many messages,” Cotton told Complex. “I didn't see it.”

By the time Cotton became aware of Tay-K, when the young rapper's track “Megaman” was gaining steam in late 2016, Cotton heard that it was already too late.

“A girl had told me that they had caught some charges, so I never looked further into it,” he said. “People around town was saying that he was gone for life, that he was never coming back. So I didn't pay attention to it.” 

Tay-K faced a charge in Mansfield, Texas, for a home invasion that occurred on July 26, 2016. The invasion, which was set up by two young women, ended with a 21-year-old man named Ethan Walker shot dead. Tay-K, who was 16 at the time, was arrested for the murder and released on house arrest.

He is also a suspect in another murder following a Daytona Boyz performance in late 2015. 

In March 2016, Tay-K was facing a hearing to determine whether he'd be charged as an adult for Walker's murder—a decision that could mean facing the death penalty. So he sent a tweet, cut off his ankle monitor, and fled.

For alleged altercations that occurred during his several months on the lam, Tay-K stands accused of a separate killing in San Antonio and of assaulting a 65-year-old man. While evading the law, he also recorded and shot a video for the song “The Race.” 

The song, which was released the very day, June 30, that the cops caught up with Tay-K and arrested him in New Jersey, is about his situation. “Fuck a beat, I was tryin' to beat a case,” goes the song's opening line. “But I ain't beat that case—bitch, I did the race.” The video, which Cotton confirmed was shot while Tay-K was on the run, became a smash hit, garnering over 19 million views as of this writing.

It is that directness that's making the song a smash, according to Cotton. “It's real,” he said. “Look at the story. It's so authentic. It's real, and he has the story to back it up. Rappers talk shit all day about what they do, but everything he's saying, happened. It's like Tay-K was telling us a story. It's like we're little kids about to go to bed, and Tay-K's telling us a story about himself, and he's visualizing it in the video. And it happened. It's all on the news.”

Tay-K's story garnered support from several well-known rappers, including Lil Bibby, Fat Nick of the Buffet Boys, and XXXTentacion.

So now we're left with a rapper facing serious charges while his first album Santana World races up the iTunes charts. Cotton, who did a recent in-depth interview with Tay-K from jail, said he could “hear a lot of regret in his voice” when talking to the teenager. “When I was telling him a lot of people who was shouting him out and his numbers, he just couldn't believe it,” Cotton recalled. “I know if he gets another chance, he will change his life around.”

If Tay-K does get that second chance, he has incredible potential, Cotton believes. 

“If he somehow gets out of jail, I feel like he could be bigger than Chief Keef has ever been,” he said. “He's young, I feel like he has the street background. I think he'll be a more successful Chief Keef. He'll be right there, because we've never seen this before. Tay-K's only 17, so if he gets out of jail somehow, I think he could be one of the biggest artists of this new rap era.” 

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Kodak Black Disses Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, Says He Doesn’t Listen to Them

Kodak Black loves to talk. It seems like every other day, a new soundbite pops up from the Florida rapper. One minute, he's casually shitting on black women, the next minute he's going in on D.R.A.M. for allegedly jacking his sauce. On this day, we're being treated to yet another installment of Unsolicited Thoughts From Kodak Black.

During a recent Instagram Live session, fans asked Kodak for his opinion on some of his contemporaries. Specifically, a couple of the most popular Lil rappers of our time: Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. Kodak let it be known that he's busy enough working on his own music. 

 

You won't catch #kodakblack listening to #liluzivert or #lilyachty. More info in link in bio

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“Aye listen here, man listen,” he starts out. “I got some new albums coming out. I am not like these other niggas.”

Then, he launches into a brief, random-ass freestyle about Uzi and Yachty

“I don't even listen to Uzi/These niggas dick in the booty/They confusing the community… I don't even listen to Yachty/He don't even be dropping no knowledge,” he raps.

Toward the end of the clip, Kodak admits that he's “forever a project nigga,” and he misses the adrenaline rush from “hitting licks.” For his own sake and future, he should probably listen to that little voice of reason we all have inside and move in the opposite direction. Far, far away. Maybe paintballing could help distract him? Hey, it worked for Chief Keef.

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Kodie Shane on Working in a Male-Dominated Industry: ‘I Run With the Boys So It Doesn’t Really Intimidate Me’

Kodie Shane came out the gate strong with Zero Gravity and Big Trouble Little Jupiter, and she has no plans of slowing down. Complex's own Beija spent some time with the rising act to hear about her journey and what she has in store for her fans.

Shane broke down how she linked with Lil Yachty and the Sailing Team, and shared what it's like to work in a male-dominated industry: “I run with the boys so it doesn't really intimidate me.”

She also clarified she's more of a “yeah” rapper, but has some bars lined up for those who underestimate her rap skills.

Check out the full interview with Shane above, where she talks about wanting to star in a CoverGirl commercial and her dream collaboration with Frank Ocean. You can catch her on Yachty's Teenage Tour later this month.

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Big Sean Previewed a New Travis Scott Collab and It Sounds Like a Banger

Lollapalooza 2017 wrapped up Sunday night in Chicago's Grant Park, capping off a four-day marathon of memorable performances. Ahead of Justice's closing set on the Bud Light stage Sunday night, Big Sean hit his Mike Carson-designed stage for an energetic cruise through his increasingly stacked catalog.

 

Set design on fleek, @mikecarson not just my brudda, he da best! #92 #Don

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At one point during his set, Sean gifted the Lolla crowd with a tease of a new collaboration with Travis Scott:

The track is rumored to feature production by Metro Boomin. Sean also referenced the track's possible title—”We Go Legend”—in an Instagram post on Monday:

 

We go Legend 🔥🔥🔥

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Sean and Scott last appeared together on DJ Khaled's Grateful single “On Everything” alongside Rick Ross.

Sean released his biggest album yet, I Decided, back in February. The album has maintained some serious legs on the charts thanks to a marathon of singles and videos, including “Sacrifices” featuring Migos. The “Sacrifices” video was first released as a gift to fans who made a physical album purchase, with Sean informing them in May that they had been given access to an app that allowed them to get a look at the video before anyone else. Shortly after, the video was made available on YouTube.

This year's Lollapalooza lineup also featured Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Blink-182, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Majid Jordan, Arcade Fire, Charli XCX, Joey Badass, Rae Sremmurd, and so many more. Catch pro-shot footage of Majid Jordan performing “Her” and Wiz Khalifa running through “Young Wild and Free” below.

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Chart-topping rapper KYLE has been making waves with his 3x platinum hit single “iSpy” featuring Lil Yachty, and he recently joined Joe La Puma at Concepts in New York City for the latest episode of Complex's Sneaker Shopping. In the episode, KYLE talks about wanting Air Jordans when he was younger, his first pair of Nike sneakers, and why he loves Vans so much.

 

Growing up in Ventura, California, KYLE reveals he was part of the Jerkin' dancing scene, and explains how Vans was his go-to sneaker to wear during the peak days of the movement. KYLE also explains how one of his first jobs was working at a Vans store in California and how he could never afford Jordans as a kid. After talking about his style influences, KYLE ends up leaving with a mix of sneakers, including his first pair of Jordans.

 

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