How KAWS Became the Face Of Modern Art | Blueprint

KAWS went from a skater kid doing graffiti around New York City to illustrating the beloved animated series Doug to creating instantly recognizable pop art that gained visibility the world over. The artist, painter, designer and toymaker details how he linked with Nigo and Pharrell in Japan, collaborated with Jordan and Uniqlo for sold-out capsules, and created motifs that elevated fine art into the cultural zeitgeist.

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 In the previous episode Tony defeated Marcus in the 3 point shoot out. Today the anticipation is over as Marcus and Tony settle this once and for all with an intense game of 21. You don’t want to miss this!

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Kobe Bryant Has Words for Big Baller Brand

Besides Michael Jordan, few athletes have been able to match the footwear output and quality that Kobe Bryant was able to achieve during his NBA career. From Adidas to Nike, it's safe to say that he's the second best basketball player in signature shoe history (there, I said it). This past week, Bryant had choice words for another Los Angeles Laker looking to break into the signature shoe game, Lonzo Ball.

During an interview with CNBC, Bryant said about Ball's Big Baller Brand, “It's not good enough to have a shoe and launch a shoe. In that market, in that business, you have to make sure the product is there. That's the only way you can challenge the big guys, is if the innovation and the quality of the product is there.”

It's funny because Lonzo's ZO2 sneakers with BBB are a clear rip off of Bryant's signature sneakers with Nike. With this happening, the guys at Full Size Run (myself included) decided to break down what Kobe's words mean.

Watch the episode above.

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André 3000: ‘When I Pass Away, People Will Find Hours and Hours of Files’

André 3000 interviews are few and far between, so whenever the celebrated rapper steps into the limelight for a convo on his latest happenings, it always feels like an event of sorts. His new Q&A with GQ Style is no different.

André sat down with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Will Welch, for a lengthy talk about where he’s at musically, what he has in the vault, and why his longtime Outkast partner Big Boi is a better rapper than him.

The discussion also touched on a pretty entertaining topic: André, inspired by buying a bootleg Anita Baker shirt, wants to spearhead her official merch line.

On a more personal note, the ATLien revealed the one regret he would have if he died today. “Here’s the only thing that I would regret: Man, you know, there is still that album that you wanted to do.”

André previously told Complex he would be at peace if Outkast never dropped another album, and also compared rap to boxing. Here, he used Floyd Mayweather’s career as an analogy for his own.

Check out some choice excerpts below, and head over to GQ Style (the Holiday issue is available on newsstands now) where André also talks about his parents (both have passed) and his partnership with Tretorn.

On being at the end of his music career

It’s Mayweather. He knows. He’s like, yeah, I can fight maybe three more of ’em. But I’m slowing down, and I see these young kids coming up and I was them. And at a certain point, no matter how Mayweather you are, I think it’s classy to be like, you know what? [brushes off hands].

I think I have, like, maybe two more Mayweather fights… Or maybe one.

On what he’s got in his music vault

When I pass away, people will find hours and hours of files…hard drives and shit. It’s hard drives of me just in the house alone playing horrible guitar. Me playing piano. Me playing a little sax. I was trying to find out: What can I be excited about? Because I never was, to me, a great producer or a great writer or a great rapper. I always felt that I was less than everybody else, so I fought harder.

On why he believes Big Boi is the better rapper

When you watch early Outkast videos, Big Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. Big Boi can rap better than me—I always said that. If somebody said, “Pick who you want from Outkast to go to battle with you,” it wouldn’t be me. ’Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a shit about that.

On feeling out of the loop with the current sound of rap

I hate going to the studio. So what’s got me going once again is me being excited about other artists. I’ve been working on producing a few artists. A couple projects. But here’s the crazy thing: I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance. So the only thing I can do is this kind of novelty, off thing for them.

For me, hip-hop is about freshness. You can always hop, but you won’t always be hip.

On his plans to start an Anita Baker T-shirt line

I’m an artist, and I’m buying bootleg shirts of another artist, so I felt bad. So I was like, maybe, so my conscience feels good, let me try to find an address for Anita and send her a little check. And it’ll be a joke, like, “Anita, I just bought these shirts, I feel bad about it, here’s $50.” Then I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great to design a line of Anita Baker tees and present the line to Anita? Maybe she needs some merch.

If she says no, hey, it’s fine. It was just an idea. There’s no way to lose here.

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People Are Tossing Around This Theory Amid Report That Floyd Mayweather Bet on Himself to Win

If there's one thing Floyd Mayweather loves more than making money, it's accumulating even more money. That may sound like a strange statement, but remember, this is “Money” Mayweather we're talking about here. So, on a night where Floyd was rumored to walk away from his fight on Saturday against Conor McGregor with at least $180 million, how does Mayweather manage to rack up even more cash? By betting on himself. 

In an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, Mayweather admitted to trying to bet that the fight would end in under 9.5 rounds before getting turned away. “I think that we bet 100 on 9½,” he said after the fight. “I gave my guy six figures to go bet. I have to make sure he bet because earlier today I went to the sports book to bet and they wouldn't let me bet.” Mayweather eventually found a loophole, giving his friend some pocket change in the form of $400,000 to place a bid. However, his friend was only able to bet $87,000.

After the bout ended in the 10th via TKO, people started to wonder if the end result was purely coincidental or… was there a conspiracy in the works? 

While it's a known fact that it takes Mayweather a few rounds to feel out his opponent, pick apart his tendencies and figure out how to exploit them, it does seem awfully suspicious that Floyd decided to turn on the heat when he did. But it also falls in line with who Money Mayweather is. There was a chance for Floyd to make even more money, and he jumped on the opportunity.

If anyone should complain, it's us for not following his lead.

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