Supreme, Champion & adidas in the MoMA: Streetwear That Changed the World

Items: Is Fashion Modern? is a fashion and design exhibit on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in it there are several pieces of streetwear and sneakers that have redefined style culture, including ones from Nike, Supreme, adidas, Converse, Champion, and other iconic brands.

Complex News got a first-hand look at the exhibit, as well as spoke with Senior MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, who organized the exhibit.

“When I got here, I noticed that there was no fashion in an otherwise amazing design collection,” Antonelli said. “I started keeping a list that I used to call 'garments that changed the world,' and of course it had the white T-shirt, Converse, Nike, Levi's 501, all the garments that you think are the pillars of modern design when it comes to fashion. And that's how the exhibit happened.”

Check out the full video above where Antonelli talks about Kanye West's influence in the design and fashion world, as well as the heated arguments that took place on what made the final cut for the sneaker side of the exhibit.

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Playboi Carti Has Locked Into ‘Album Mode’

Playboi Carti had a lot of wins in 2017. Since releasing his self-titled debut mixtape in April, the Atlanta rapper has hopped on records by ASAP Mob, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, and more. He’s also kicked off a U.S. tour, starred in Adidas “Faces of Crazy” campaign, and appeared in Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list.

So what’s next for the 22-year-old “Magnolia” artist? Well, from the looks of it, he’s in the studio working on his long-awaited debut album.

Newly surfaced video shows Carti behind a mixing board, presumably listening to new material. The footage is captioned “Album Mode.” Check it out below. 

There aren’t any details available yet about the project, and no one involved has so far confirmed anything. As of now, fans can only cross their fingers and be patient.

Carti is also expected to drop a collaborative project with fellow SoundCloud rapper Uzi Vert. Several months after the tape was teased, one of its reported tracks surfaced online. The cut, which appears to be titled “Squad,” suggests the joint project is right around the corner. 

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Watch Mirror Gazer’s Colorful “On My Way” Video, Shot on 16mm Film

A move from Portland, OR to New York helped re-inspire Mirror Gazer, and he's writing songs that are more emotional and personal than ever. “On My Way” is his first official release in five years, and he explained, “To me the song is about a person hoping a relationship will work, but that person is holding back out of fear of being hurt.”

“On My Way” was his first single in five years and Mirror Gazer directed and edited the video, which is shot on Super 16mm film, himself too. The timeless, rock and alternative-inspired track is out now via Fresh Selects. Purchase here and look out for remixes dropping in January. Learn more about Mirror Gazer here.

See more premieres on Pigeons & Planes' YouTube here.

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Dame Dash on Allegedly Slapping Harvey Weinstein: ‘Somebody Definitely Got Smacked’

Dame Dash is coyly pumping the brakes on a borderline urban myth that he put hands on exiled executive Harvey Weinstein for some allegedly sexist behavior. In the midst of November’s seemingly never-ending stream of Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Cam’ron took to the booth and claimed Dash slapped Weinstein for his allegedly foul behavior. The statement came in the form of one of Cam’s bars on the Diplomats track “Once Upon a Time.”

“No disrespecting the ladies word from my team/That’s the reason Dame smacked Harvey Weinstein/On the set of Paid in Full y’all gave him hell about it/Some foul shit happened once Capo tell ’em ’bout it…” Cam rapped.

When TMZ asked Dash if he indeed “smacked Harvey Weinstein,” he didn’t directly deny putting the proverbial paws on Weinstein. Dash seemed to dance around the answer like someone who was acutely aware of New York’s laws about physical assault and battery.

“I could say that somebody definitely got smacked on the set of Paid in Full,” Dash said. “I’ve never really liked the way Harvey treated my culture. I didn’t like the way he talked to people. I ain’t like the way he was treating my film. I’ve owned clubs with him, and a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on.”

Dame offered more, and if you can get past the casual shade he throws at Just Blaze and Wood Harris, the statement that “a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on” is particularly disturbing. 

Paid in Full was released in 2002, so there were at least a good 15 years of “everybody knew what was going on” before Weinstein had to face any consequences for decades of alleged sexual assaults. 

If you can read between the lines, Dash’s refusal to outright say he didn’t slap Weinstein combined with him claiming he got sued over the smacking (without mentioning the involved parties) leaves more questions than answers.

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Watch Lil Peep’s Long Beach Memorial Service

 

 

Fans, friends, and family came together Saturday to celebrate the life of Lil Peep, who tragically died of a suspected overdose on Nov. 15.

The memorial service—which took place in Long Beach, New York—began with a speech by Lil Peep’s grandmother Jenny Kastner (32-minute mark). She told the crowd she received a lot of encouraging messages from the rapper’s fans and that she was “very touched by how many of them really [understood] him.” Kastner went on to read a couple of fan letters, the first of which praised Lil Peep (real name Gus Ahr) for being so open and accessible to his fanbase. The second message focused on the rapper’s uniqueness and influence on the world.

“He wasn’t the modern-day Kurt Cobain, by the way. He is the first and only Lil Peep,” Kastner read from the letter (34:25), “and arguably left behind a legacy that will have a far greater impact. His kindness will live on through lots of people.”

Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, took the stage moments later, recounting a conversation she had with her son Oskar shortly after Lil Peep died.

“One of the things Oskar said to me was, ‘Momma, just think of what he accomplished in barely 21 years […] Most people never get to do in their entire lifetime what Gus did in 21 years,’” Womack recalled. “[…] Gus did it. He lived his own life on his own terms. He was a stubborn, driven, talented, crafty, observant, and tender young man. Gus was also vulnerable.”

Womack went on to speak about her son’s view of the world, and how he refused to conform to society’s expectations. She said he began to display his rebellion by getting a tattoo, which led to another tattoo, and another, and many more after that. The more he looked like an outsider, the more he was treated like an outsider, his mother explained.

“Years later, Gus told me that it was easy to tell the difference between the people who saw his tattoos when they looked at him, and the people who saw him [for who he was],” Womack said, before encouraging others to look beyond superficial observations. […] Please do not make assumptions about people or events in ignorance […] Try to step outside of your own box and open your mind to new ideas. My sweet Lil Peeper is gone now, but he has surely left us a lot of wonderful material to review and consider […] I am so proud of him. You have no idea.”

You can watch the full memorial service, which included speeches by friends and colleagues, in the video above. And watch Good Charlotte's performance of “Awful Things” below. 

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Who is ASAP Twelvyy?

Longevity is the enemy of the internet. We are living in a whirlwind, a news cycle constantly destroying itself in the search for new material. It's as true in music as it is anywhere else, and to stay relevant, you have to bring something new.

ASAP Mob understood this from the beginning. They first started making noise in New York in 2006, welcoming a steady stream of new members who brought their own sauce to the group. ASAP Twelvyy joined shortly thereafter, and by the time ASAP Rocky signed a multimillion dollar deal in 2011, the plan was in motion—year after year, the group has targeted and dominated a new corner of the music market. By 2017, Twelvyy had cemented himself as one of the Mob's most reliable members. But due to some scrapped plans and Yams' untimely death in 2015, he had yet to release a solo project. 

That all changed this past August with the arrival of 12. In 2014, ASAP Yams called it “the best NY rap album in years,” and he wasn't far off. It's a dense, fiery collection of songs that simultaneously embraces the past and future in true ASAP fashion, especially on the Phantogram-sampling “Diamonds” and the murky aggression of “A Glorious Death.” Features from Ferg, Rocky, Joey Badass, Flatbush Zombies, and the rest of the Mob ensure 12 as a decidedly East Coast family affair, but the production is often as modern and forward-thinking as anything else out. 

Through it all, Twelvyy plays the ringmaster—it would be easy to get lost in so many big names, but now Twevlyy is one of them. We caught up with the Harlem-born rapper to take it back to the start, and hear how he plans to give back to the neighborhood that raised him. “There were days I didn't have anything but music to listen to,” Twelvyy says. “Right now, I'm still trying to figure out what success is… I still have a long way to go. I wanna help. I wanna help for real, because a lot of people get, but they don't give… Or they give, but they give in the wrong way.”

Watch our Who Is? with Twelvyy above, and listen to 12 below. 

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Is There a Diplomats and Drake Collab On the Way?

Tuesday night was historic because The Diplomats reunited again at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York for Spotify’s RapCaviar Live showcase. The Dips weren’t alone as they shared the stage with ASAP Mob and Highbridge the Label, featuring artists A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Don Q. Building off the momentum of their Heatmakerz-produced track “Once Upon a Time” that dropped earlier this month, it seems like a Dipset takeover is back in full effect.

Backstage at the show, Juelz Santana revealed some news about a major collaboration. Captured by hip-hop personality ItsBizkit, Santana is on FaceTime with Drake talking about a future song with Lil Wayne. The conversation turns into talking possible joints from Drake for the guys to hop on. The Dips and Drizzy? Needless to say, this should sound pretty dope.

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Mia Khalifa and Gilbert Arenas Discuss LeBron Calling Himself the King of New York on ‘Out of Bounds’

On today's episode of Out of Bounds, special guest Miko Grimes gives us a peek inside the NFL. She doubles down on her Derek Carr controversy, combats the crew on Colin Kaepernick, and tells us what's going on with the Bucs.

Later, they talk about Donald Trump intervening in the UCLA case, Metta World Peace joining the Big 3, and last night's Cavaliers vs. Knicks game. Was LeBron really being a bully, and what's up with the King of New York claim? Plus, Gilbert Arenas gives viewers advice on following their dreams. 

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Producers A1 and Hitmaka React to Migos Allegedly Jumping XXXTentacion on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, producers A1 and Hitmaka (a.k.a. Yung Berg) join Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska to talk about the latest hip-hop news, including XXXTentacion's claim that he was jumped by Migos and the free Meek Mill rally in Philly. The gang also get into label politics and if there is actually a formula to making a hit. 

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Legendary gossip columnist Liz Smith has died at 94 from natural causes in New York.