Biggs on If Nelly Took the Air Force 1 From Roc-A-Fella: ‘It’s Not a Taking or Jacking Kind of Thing’

The latest episode of Sole Collector's series Full Size Run features Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, who sat down to discuss the label's history with the Air Force 1. Alongside highlighting Kanye's impact on sneaker culture and sharing his thoughts on Drake possibly leaving Jordan Brand for Adidas, Biggs also spoke about whether Nelly took the Air Force 1 from Roc-A-Fella.

At the 6:30 mark in the video, he explained, “I mean, I don't really go into that. A sneaker's love is all over. If someone gravitates towards something and wants to put it in a song, or something like that, more kudos to them. It's not a taking or jacking kind of thing. We don't got equity in Nike. We don't own that sneaker. And what he was talking about at the time didn't have the Roc-A-Fella logo on it.”

As for his thoughts on Drake and Jordan Brand, he said, “A lot of people are big in music, it doesn't mean they're big as a brand. There are a lot of artist[s] that sell records, but that doesn't mean they can sell things outside of that. Doesn't mean that kids wanna dress like them or be like them. There's other guys that sold much more than them, but doesn't mean that if you put a sneaker on them, that they were gonna sell sneakers and clothes.”

Watch the full episode of Full Size Run above.

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Kanye West’s Collaborators Come Together for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Panel | ComplexCon(versations)

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a rare kind of classic album—the one where the story of its creation is as fascinating as the end product.

So it only made sense for former Complex CCO Noah Callahan-Bever, who went to Hawaii for part of the MBDTF sessions and wrote a cover story about the experience, to host a ComplexCon(versations) panel featuring some of Yeezy's collaborators. Malik Yusef, Hype Williams, Selita Ebanks, Rick Ross, Mike Dean, and Consequence all shared their stories. 

Yusef traced the album's beginnings back to the now-infamous Taylor Swift incident. The record, Yusef said, was “more of a spiritual thing than a musical thing. It was an energy that took place when [Kanye] made Taylor Swift famous… We went to this artistic, somber-esque mode.” He also shared the story of how “All of the Lights” ended up in the form we know it today. 

Hype Williams and Selita Ebanks discussed creating the visual aspects of the album. Hype mentioned writing the script for the Runaway short film, and then remembered what happened next. “Kanye threw away the script, which he always does,” the filmmaker said. 

Ebanks, who played the Phoenix, recalled improvising her famous dance sequence, and revealed that she got the part at the suggestion of a certain First Daughter

Rick Ross, Consequence, and Mike Dean closed things out by bringing the discussion back to the music. Ross recalled Kanye disliking the first draft of his verse of “Devil in a New Dress.” Mike Dean spoke about his role, spending week after week in a room with Plain Pat.  

“[We'd be] doing 30 parts a day for each song,” he remembered. “Take them downstairs, 29 would get deleted. Every day for eight months.”

You can see the entire conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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Big Sean Postpones Upcoming Tour: ‘I Need to Stay Focused in the Studio’

Late Sunday night, a number of Big Sean fans began receiving emails from numerous ticket vendors telling them that the rapper had postponed his upcoming Unfriendly Reminder Tour with Playboi Carti and Shy Glizzy. A user on the Hip-Hop Heads Reddit pointed out the news early on without a source, but a number of the previously announced venues had updated their listings to include a note from Sean apologizing for the announcement as well as the reason behind it.

“To all my fans: I've been in a deep creative space and decided I need to stay focused in the studio – so unfortunately, I am postponing my upcoming tour,” read the note. “I learned in life you have to follow your intuition – I hope you do the same. Thank you for your continued love and support. It means the world to me. Trust, we are working on something special for you all.”

The venue for what was going to be the first show on the tour, CFE Arena in Orlando Florida, has posted the note confirming the news.

Sean announced the Unfriendly Reminder Tour earlier this month, sharing a poster with over thirty dates. He teased the tour in late January, but he also said he was planning to drop more music this year. Looks like whatever it is he was working demands his full attention right now.

“A lot of the tours I do [are] based off of one project. I wanna do something that's a culmination of everything,” he said at the time.

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Drake’s Dad Cosigns LaVar Ball: ‘He’s an Outspoken Guy’

Drake's pops is officially a Big Baller. According to TMZone of music's most famous fathers is a supporter to one of basketball's most famous fathers. Dennis Graham is the latest person to cosign LaVar Ball and the Big Baller Brand. 


“I love [LaVar Ball] because he's outspoken,” says Graham. “He's an outspoken guy and that's what you gotta be. You gotta speak your mind.” 

While the fair share of people don't seem to share the same sentiment for the Godfather of Big Ballers, Graham has no problem with the father's headline-grabbing antics. 

“People have been kissing butts for too long. He doesn't do that. He speaks his mind,” Graham told TMZ.

The father of the 6 God definitely isn't lying either. If there's one thing that Ball does, it's speak his mind. In just this past year alone, he has been involved in an feud of sorts with the President, called out the Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, and professed he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1. In fact, there isn't much that Ball won't say, which is what has made him such a polarizing figure in sports and put the entire Ball family at the forefront of sports conversations for the better part of the past year. 

While Ball has solidified his spot on the unofficial Top 10 list of celebrity fathers, Graham has also done his fair share to occupy a spot with his impeccable suit game and cameos in everything from Drake's music videos to ads for his Virginia Black whiskey (along with a fantastic slogan).

While his haters will remain abundant, a Dennis Graham cosign could do wonders for the LaVar and Big Baller Brand. Better yet, it might even plant the seed for a future Lonzo Ball/Drizzy collabo track or a BBB x Drake sneaker given the rapper's shaky situation with Jordan Brand. One can only hope.

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Who Is Lil Skies?

Lil Skies released his first-ever project, Alone, in January of 2017. By the end of that same year, his life had changed drastically: the Waynesboro, PA rapper had become one of the internet's buzziest rappers, was about to go on tour with Lil Uzi Vert, signed a deal, and even made it through his first press tour. Skies made the right allies along the way, including director Cole Bennett, the YouTube sensations CUFBOYS, and singer/songwriter Landon Cube.

The 19-year-old teamed with Bennett and Cube for the “Nowadays” and “Red Roses” videos, both of which have become breakout hits for Skies. The songs appear on the Life of a Dark Rose project, which dropped back in December. When we linked up with him in New York City, the artist born Kimetrius Foose had just announced his first headlining tour. “I'm making it, but I ain't made it yet,” he told us. “This is my art… I'm trying to make all types of music for all types of crowds. I want it to be everywhere.”

Part of his appeal lies in a subversion of expectations. Lil Skies might have similar traits (tattoos abound, including the numbers eight and nine on his eyelids) to the wave of “SoundCloud rappers” that dominated industry conversations in 2017, but he's coming with a different sound. Life of a Dark Rose is unique in its straightforwardness—Skies' voice is largely unimpeded by effects and filters, and he has the bars to back it up. From the opening “Welcome To The Rodeo,” he's right up in your face, a defiant new voice of a generation finding its confidence. Skies' career is just beginning, but he's already sounding like a pro. “I can't stop even if I wanted to,” he says. “Now I got it, so I have to keep moving. Even when shit's good.” 

Watch our latest Who Is? with Skies above, and revisit his Trending Topics episode below. 

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Nipsey Hussle and Crypto Founders Talk to Marc Ecko About the Future of Money | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, the ComplexCon(versations) panels weren't all about clothes and music.

What Is Money? Currency and Cryptocurrency was hosted by Complex founder Marc Ecko. He discussed what exactly is going on in the world of new money, with help from a group of experts. 

Joe Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum, a computing platform and cryptocurrency, was first up. He sang the praises of blockchain technology.

“In order to build a money system that's of the people, by the people, and for the people, without centralized central bank control and issuance, you need a data infrastructure that everybody can trust,” he explained. “And the blockchain is that new kind of database system that everybody can trust.”

Lubin and Ecko also talked about a potential revolution in advertising—the idea that crypto could create “attention markets,” where consumers would be paid to look at an ad. 

Iddris Sandu, a 20-year-old tech prodigy who started working at Google when he was only 13, was also on site. He described cryptocurrency as money that “can be used in any scenario, without restrictions.” 

Nipsey Hussle, a business-savvy rapper who is co-owner of Follow Coin, weighed in as well. He explained why he got involved in the world of cryptocurrency (after, to his regret, turning down an early tip from Ecko to invest in Bitcoin). 

“As an entrepreneur, as an investor, I'm trying to be as educated as I can to where the progression of technological capability is going, and what it does to these different categories that, me as an artist and an influencer, I can get involved and bring value,” he clarified.

Galia Benartzi, the co-founder of Bancor, ended the discussion by summing up the need for new forms of exchange. 

“Money is a tool that lets us cooperate and collaborate. It's like language,” she said. “We can program money now to work better for humans, instead of humans working for money.” 

You can watch the entire panel above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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NBA All-Star Madness With Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson & Kenny Smith | Out of Bounds

 The buzzer has sounded on NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. There were highs, there were lows, there were parties, and Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds team have thoughts on all of it. The reaction starts at the Celebrity Game, where Migos member Quavo took the MVP trophy — and impressed Gil with a non-basketball move. Next, the gang gets into the Slam Dunk Contest, which Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won, and the All-Star Game, which Team LeBron won 148-145. Have the dunks become too gimmicky and unoriginal? Did the refs try to steal the show at the ASG? Did the format changes, with captains drafting — and a surprising amount of defense and effort — save the showcase game? Or does the NBA need to shake things up further? Depends whom you ask. Following the debate, OOB shares friend of the show Nate Robinson’s star-studded video diary of the festivities, featuring Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, DJ Khaled, and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be All-Star Weekend without tons of big parties, and Kenny “The Jet” Smith tells Adam about the evolution and dangers of ASW turn-ups, before Gil chimes in with the BTS story of his own $2 million birthday bash. Finally, Jimmy Butler sits down with Adam to discuss why he says whatever he feels, how he chooses his court kicks, and what happens when he plays country music in the Timberwolves locker room. 

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Michael Rapaport Trashed Lonzo Ball’s Debut Album

 When Lonzo Ball shared his debut rap album Born 2 Ball, it was only a matter of time before Michael Rapaport chimed in with his verdict. He said, “This ain’t trap music, it’s trash music.”

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