Lil Yachty Goes Sneaker Shopping

Platinum-selling artist Lil Yachty is one of the most positive and stylish rappers in the game right now, and he met up with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in Los Angeles for the latest episode of Complex's Sneaker Shopping. In the episode, Yachty talks about the sneakers he wanted growing up and how Reebok offered him his own sneaker collaboration.

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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Yung Pinch is Putting Numbers on the Board

California rapper and singer Yung Pinch doesn’t come from the usual music hot spots like Los Angeles or the Bay Area—instead Pinch is from Huntington Beach, a city south of L.A. that’s better known for surfing and sunshine than rap music. That isn't stopping his rise though.

With a melodic style, sticky hooks, and lots of beach references, Yung Pinch is rising fast and racking up millions of plays. His consistency is also playing a part, as he has been cranking out tracks on his SoundCloud at an impressive pace. Yung Pinch just came off tour with SOB x RBE and OMB Peezy, and he has a lot of momentum going into the second half of 2017. Get familiar with our video above

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R. Kelly Denies That Any of His Tour Dates Have Been Canceled

R. Kelly is crying “fake news.”

While on his way to perform in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the 50-year-old singer recorded a message for his fans, claiming none of his shows have been canceled.

“I want everybody around the world to know, ain’t no tours canceled, man,” he said. “All right, despite what you hear, don't believe the hype. I haven’t canceled not one show. All right, I’m ready to get it in tonight.”

Last week, it was reported that Kelly’s team had canceled four dates on his After the Party Tour—one in Los Angeles, one in Dallas, and two in Louisiana. Sources close to the artist claimed the LA stop was canceled due to a scheduling conflict, but they refused to comment about the other three shows. Other sources told TMZ the cancelations were due to poor ticket sales, likely caused by Kelly’s recent “sex cult” scandal.

The controversy began last month, when Buzzfeed published a report that accused the singer of kidnapping and sexually abusing a group of young women. Kelly and one of his alleged victims Jocelyn Savage have publicly denied these claims. Savage’s parents, however, said they're convinced their daughter has been brainwashed and held against her will.

“He doesn’t let them get away,” Joycelyn’s mother, Jonjelyn Savage, said during an interview on Atlanta-based radio station V-103. “He basically isolates them from the world.”

There were rumors Kelly would pull the plug on his tour in light of the allegations; however, he later called the sex abuse claims “a bunch of crap” and told fans he had every intention of continuing the tour. He's scheduled to perform Saturday in Detroit. According to the Detroit Free Press, tonight's show has sold out.

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Who Is Tone Stith, the Latest Artist to Get a Co-Sign From Drake?

Drake was spotted with rising singer/producer Tone Stith in Houston, Texas Monday. In a video shared by TMZ Thursday, Drake is seen sitting in on the New Jersey-based artist's tour rehearsal and talking with Stith about, well, that's hard to say due to the fact that the audio isn't all that great:

Reports claim Drake is taking Stith “under his wing” after Monday's meeting, which was arranged by an important person in Drake's path to success: Jas Prince.

 

Happy bday bro!!! @tonestith #CanWeTalk

A post shared by Jas Prince (@jas.prince) on Jul 25, 2017 at 11:21pm PDT

Stith, whose previous work includes multiple tracks on Chris Brown's 2015 album Royalty, is set to join August Alsina's Don't Matter tour Thursday night with a performance at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The month-long trek will also see the 22-year-old artist providing support for Alsina in Atlanta, Toronto, New York City, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

 

A post shared by Antonio Stith (@tonestith) on Jul 5, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT

Stith currently boasts more than 80,000 combined followers across his social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), a number that's sure to rise after the Drake co-sign and the release of Stith's latest project Can We Talk. The 11-track collection, available on Apple Music and other streaming services now, includes the single “Get It Right.”

In a message shared with his fans at the time of the official “Get It Right” video's release, Stith outlined the intention behind his art. “I feel it is my responsibility to spread love and happiness through my music, and want you to know that I'm always keeping you in mind whether I'm in the studio making new material, rehearsing to put on the best show possible, or even just being a good person to everyone I meet along the way,” Stith said.

Stith recently shared a cover of Drake's More Life cut “Madiba Riddim,” joining previous Stith renditions of songs from Bryson Tiller and Justin Bieber.

The latest release from Stith arrived this week to mark his birthday. Listen to “2122” below.

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Neymar on Michael Jordan: ‘I Was Shaking When I Met Him’

Neymar is featured in Complex's latest episode of Sneaker Shopping, and in it the international soccer figure talked about how he went from a kid with one pair of Jordans to a star who got his own Jordan V. He also had the rare pleasure of getting MJ to take a selfie with him, which is a story he conversed about while walking around Flight Club in Los Angeles for some new kicks.

“No, he was incredible when I met him,” Neymar replied when asked if His Airness hesitated prior to the selfie. “He was a really nice guy, really cool. I was even taken aback by his hospitality. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. I was shaking when I met him.”

He also relayed what he said to Odell Beckham at the NBA Finals, dished on Justin Bieber's soccer skills, and also talked about how he busts Messi's balls over his cleats. After it was all said and done, he dropped well over $18,000 on kicks. Check out the full episode above.

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John Mayer’s Best Hip-Hop Moments

For an established artist, a crossover single could mean a rejuvenated fanbase, or a colossal embarrassment. We've seen it go both ways. But over the course of a nearly 20-year career, John Mayer has managed to make a musical impact far beyond his preferred strain of blues and pop.

There's the unreleased Kanye West collaboration, acoustic Drake covers, and a Common collaboration that you didn't know you already loved. Get familiar with some of Mayer's accomplishments above, and catch him on the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour this Wednesday, July 26 in Los Angeles, or on Facebook Live. john-mayer-dive-bar

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Sneaker Shopping With Neymar

International football star Neymar has the world talking about where he's going to play next, and weeks before the transfer-talk he connected with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in Los Angeles to talk his humble beginnings. In the episode, Neymar explains he only had one pair of sneakers growing up, a pair of Air Jordans, a brand he would go on to collaborate with on a special make-up Jordan V.

Besides explaining what it was like to meet Michael Jordan in the process of designing his own sneaker, Neymar talks friendships with Odell Beckham Jr., a competitive footwear relationship with his friend Lionel Messi (who is signed to Adidas), and how impressive Justin Bieber is as a soccer player. When it’s all said and done Neymar drops an astounding $18,000 on some of the most notable sneakers in the past decade.

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Kyrie Irving Doesn’t Know What to Make of Cavaliers’ Offseason or LeBron James’ Uncertain Future

Earlier this week, a USA Today report indicated that LeBron James has been frustrated with the way things have gone for the Cavaliers so far this summer. While a bunch of teams around the league have improved through free agency, the Cavaliers have been surprisingly quiet when it has come to trying to improve their team. And when you couple that with the fact that LeBron is going to be a free agent next summer and could conceivably leave Cleveland to finish off his career elsewhere, it has left a lot of NBA fans confused as to which direction the Cavaliers are going to go moving forward.

Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving sounds like he’s just as confused as everyone else. On Tuesday night, Irving attended Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 event in Los Angeles, and while he was walking the red carpet, SI asked Irving about the Cavaliers’ offseason and LeBron’s uncertain future with the team. And Irving acknowledged that it’s a strange time for the Cavaliers right now.

“We’re in a peculiar place,” Irving said. “The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism. Obviously, we have a great owner that’s willing to spend a little money on guys that he believes in. At this point, we just see what happens throughout the summer.”

It’s worth noting that, while LeBron’s impending free agency has been a big source of discussion this summer, Irving could also be a free agent after the 2018-19 NBA season. And that means that his days with the Cavaliers could also be numbered, especially if LeBron skips town next summer and the Cavaliers don’t have a clear plan in place for the future.

The good news for Cavaliers fans is that, despite the “peculiar” summer they’ve had thus far, they’re still going to have a great chance to make yet another run to the NBA Finals next season. But beyond that? No one seems to know what the future might hold for the team. Not even the guy who could become the face of the franchise if and when LeBron decides to leave.

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Chris Brown Shows Off The Most Insane Sneaker Collection We’ve Ever Seen On Complex Closets

For the latest episode of Complex Closets with Joe La Puma, Grammy-winning R&B superstar Chris Brown gives us an exclusive look at his massive, never-before-seen sneaker collection at his home in Los Angeles. The closet that takes on a department-store feel has not only never been seen by the public, but Brown hasn't even Instagrammed a sneak peek of the room that boasts piles upon piles of different types of sneakers.

In the episode, Brown explains that he changes his sneakers up to four times a day and brought around 1,000 pairs with him on the road for his recent “The Party Tour.” He also goes on in the episode to say how Allen Iverson inspired him more growing up than Michael Jordan and how he'll only wear Skechers if the brand pays him. 

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Jay Z Teams Up With Puma for His Upcoming 4:44 Tour

Jay Z has joined forces with Puma for his upcoming 4:44 Tour, Billboard reports.

The partnership may not come as a surprise for most people, as the tour’s promo included the brand’s iconic cat logo. A Puma spokesperson confirmed the deal on Saturday, stating the 4:44 tour is one of many projects they and Hov are collaborating on.

“We can confirm that PUMA is working with Jay-Z on his upcoming tour and other collaborative projects,” a rep told Billboard. “More details will be shared at the appropriate time.”

It’s clear the Roc Nation and Puma relationship is only getting stronger. Earlier this year, Roc Nation’s Big Sean announced he was ending his deal with Adidas and taking on a global ambassador and creative collaborator role with Puma; Roc executive Emory Jones also teamed up with the brand to create his own shoes and small range of apparel; and who could forget Rihanna’s wildly successful Fenty x Puma line, which has quickly become a Fashion Week highlight.

Stay tuned as more information about what Hov and the brand have in store. The 4:44 Tour will kick off Oct. 27 in Anaheim, California, and will wrap up Dec. 21 in Los Angeles. 

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