Kanye West just tweeted a screenshot depicting a phone call of no less than four minutes and 14 seconds with J. Cole, to which the MAGA-adjacent artist added “we got love.” While Charlamagne tha God recently claimed Kanye West thinks J. Cole is always dissing him—most notably through Cole’s “False Prophets” record—Kanye’s tweet from last week would argue otherwise. On Saturday, Yeezus posted a link to Smokepurpp’s remix of Kanye’s “Lift Yourself,” with a clear and direct shoutout to Cole, stating, “I’m posting this but not as a diss to J. Cole. I love J. Cole.”
Today’s tweet might not convince those of you eager to keep a Kanye and Cole beef alive, but it certainly proves that the two have at least been having a conversation, with nothing but love and support for Cole on behalf of Ye these past few days.
In case you haven’t heard yet, the hotly anticipated Kanye interview with Charlemagne was released today, and runs astonishingly close to two hours. In the interview, Ye talks his breakdown (which he describes as his breakthrough), Kim Kardashian’s armed robbery incident in Paris, and his relationship to Jay Z.
There’s a lot of classic Kanye throughout the interview, with philosophical notions regarding love and fear, the unnecessarily binary nature of positive versus negative, and how he feels he’s breaking through the simulation we’re all collectively in. Clearly, it’s Yeezy season, with twitterstorms in our midst and albums on the way. Buckle up, everybody.
Over the weekend, fans spotted Kanye West out in Wyoming once again. Rumors circulated last year that 'Ye had been “holed up” somewhere on a mountaintop (notthatmountaintop), working on the follow-up to 2016's The Life of Pablo. We haven't gotten any new music since then, and it wasn't clear exactly where he was in Wyoming, but now a picture is starting to form.
TeamKanyeDaily have been kind enough to point out that there's now photographic proof of Kanye in Wyoming, and he's in the town of Jackson. With a population of just over 10,000, it's definitely a lot more secluded than Chicago or Los Angeles.
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A fan managed to grab a picture with Kanye and Kim, confirming that he's at least been visiting Wyoming. However, with frequent collaborator Travis Scott also posting a picture of him hitting the slopes at a nearby ski resort, it's looking more and more likely Kanye has been in the studio working on new music.
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Debuting some stylish pink hair matching Kim's, it's worth pointing out that 'Ye and Travis aren't the only ones spotted in Jackson, Wyoming in the past week. King Louie, The-Dream, and Tony Williams have all been hanging out, too. It remains to be seen on if they're working on a new album for Kanye or wrapping up Travis' long-awaited AstroWorld, but either way it's a good bet they've been in the studio.
If it is a new Kanye album, however, should we expect the (currently) cold and remote surroundings to impact the sound of the music? Yeezy famously recorded the lavish My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at Avex Honolulu Studios, booking three sessions for 24 hours a day until it was finished. He also started recording the gruff and experimental Yeezus in Paris, and it's easy to see the influence of high-fashion on the still groundbreaking release. Ditto Watch the Throne's international origins and and world-dominating mentality.
So will Kanye give us an album that really sounds like it's been recorded in the middle of nowhere, or is he just looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Whatever he does give us, it's probably going to be incredible.
In a recent tweet, Stone Mound Meezy—21's manager—said the “Rockstar” chart-topper “no longer wears jewelry.” Instead, Meezy said, 21 wants to make things like buying houses and investing in businesses “cool” for young artists to do.
21 Savage no longer wears jewelry …. buying houses .. investing in businesses …. crypto & youth start ups is what he wanna make cool for young rappers to do
These tweeted goals arrive just after 21 announced a joint tour with his “Rockstar” collaborator Post Malone. The tour, kicking off April 26 in Portland, boasts support from SOB x RBE and Paris on select dates. Tickets are now available.
Since dropping Issa Album and his Offset x Metro Boomin collab Without Warning in 2017, 21 has appeared on tracks by Big Sean, Rich Brian, Casino, and more.In December, he linked up with Cardi B for “Bartier Cardi,” which eventually peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year. Speaking on his successes with Rolling Stone last year, 21 recalled how he reacted when Epic Records realized they had made one hell of a mistake by not signing him sooner. “When I came into the [Epic] office [the second time] I'm like, 'Yo, you gotta pay an extra fee cause you ain't sign me in the beginning,'” he said.
Earlier this month, 21 was the inspiration behind Amber Rose's Valentine’s Day-themed Spotify playlist. The mix includes theme-appropriate tracks from Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, and more.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed the arrival of their third child, a baby girl, via surrogate on Monday, Jan. 15. According to TMZ, the couple has been fielding absurd offers to supply photos of the newborn months before the birth, but they have continually refused.
Various outlets were offering more than a million dollars, and even $2-5 million, for the photos. In the past, Kim and Kanye waited until North and Saint were two months old before posting their first photos online.
TMZ also reports that Kim was in the hospital room during the delivery, and was the first person to have skin-to-skin contact with the baby. Kanye was in the delivery room as well, but remained behind a curtain as to give the surrogate some privacy during birth. He held the baby after she was born.
Kim made the announcement on her website shortly after the baby's arrival. “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” she wrote. “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”
A source told People that Kanye is a “hands-on” dad. “Kanye says that his children have saved his life,” the insider further explained. “This one in particular came along after a very dark time. He’s so in love with his kids.” The couple endured a difficult 2016: Kim was robbed in Paris and Kanye was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. But it seems that with the arrival of the new baby, the two are bouncing back.
Previously exclusive to Europe with locations in Stockholm, London, Paris and Berlin, sneaker store Sneakersnstuff is now planting its flag in New York City.
Fresh off opening their new door on 22 Little West 12th Street, co-founders Erik Fagerlind and Peter Jansson stopped by Full Size Run to discuss the expansion of their empire, the continued war between Nike and Adidas and what they expect from the market in 2018.
When asked about the competitive landscape in New York, Fagerlind dismissed the idea of SNS competing against other independent boutiques, but believes that they can collectively affect big chain business.
“Personally, I always felt like all the independent stores that sort of mean something, that care for product and care for storytelling, combined will probably affect Foot Locker or the mall,” he said.
Fagerlind also says that SNS makes it a point to not look at competition too much because they believe it'll take necessary attention away from executing their own vision.
Watch the latest episode of Full Size Run above for more industry insight from the Sneakersnstuff crew and be sure to subscribe to Sole Collector on YouTube for future episodes and more original content.
Last night, Rihanna brought her Fenty Puma by Rihanna Spring 2018 collection back to New York (she showed her last two collections in Paris). The grand fashion show took place at the Park Avenue Armory, a historic building that fills an entire city block on Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. Rihanna, who also launched her Fenty Beauty line last week, and her team completely transformed the venue. There were pink sand dunes. There were also two ramps at the center of the sandy set. The show opened with a trio of motocross stuntmen, who did backflips over the mountains of pink sand below. This was no ordinary runway show.
The collection itself was inspired by a cross between motocross and surf. Models like Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, and Slick Woods sauntered in pieces inspired by a cross between motocross and surf. You can also use this website. There were tracksuits with neon bungee cords, loose trousers, lace-up bathing suits, driving pants rendered with checkered flag graphics and sporty decals, oversized sweatshirts, and basketball and booty shorts in neon colors. Rihanna and her team also designed footwear and accessories, including a Creeper shoe made with neoprene materials, translucent stacked soles, and bungee cord laces, as well as thong-heeled sandals, ankle strap heels, new Fenty slides, chokers, a metallic puffy bag, visors, baseball caps, a giant fanny pack, and more. “It was a challenge to bring them together but it ended up being the perfect combination,” Rihanna said about the collection’s inspiration in a press release.
But perhaps the most impressive thing about last night’s show was Rihanna’s ability to make the presentation unique and entertaining. Since debuting her first Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection in New York last year, the singer has experimented with different ways of presenting her line. For Spring 2017, she hosted guests at the majestic Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris and sent models down the catwalk in designs inspired by what Marie Antoinette would’ve worn to the gym. For the school-inspired Fall 2017 collection, invites were mocked up as detention cards and the venue, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, looked like something out of the Harry Potter series, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and rows of long study tables with green reading lamps in front of every seat, which later served as the models’ catwalks.
Last night’s show accomplished much of the same things: Impressive venue, daring designs, Rihanna’s DNA all over the presentation, and a star-studded front row (Cardi B, Offset, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Ty Dolla Sign, Fabolous, Whoopi Goldberg, and more were all there last night). What made her Spring 2018 runway show different was the element of a performance. The motocross stuntmen replaced any real “performance” by Rihanna herself or a rapper/singer, but that was more than enough. It was thrilling, without it being over-the-top and unnecessary.
As The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman pointed out, several different brands have left New York Fashion Week for Paris. In July, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler jumped ship. Thom Browne, Joseph Altuzarra, and Lacoste have also followed suit. Even men’s brands like John Elliott canceled its annual NYFW show for an appointment-only presentation in The City of Light this past January. And the brands that did show up mainly stuck to the traditional, tired fashion show format. At a time when labels are opting out of NYFW, Rihanna brought excitement back to New York.
Public School is the definitive product of two New York City natives and their go-getter spirits. In less than 10 years since its 2008 inception, founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne —who met while working at Sean John— catapulted their own menswear brand to immense popularity with a high-fashion-meets-streetwear approach to design, racking up multiple awards in the process.
While the style and wearability of the apparel made a name for itself, Public School truly claimed its stake as leaders in the fashion industry when it teamed up with Jordan Brand. After working on exclusive friends-and-family versions of the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan X, and Carmelo Anthony's M10, the NYC-based brand expanded its horizon and launched the PSNY x Air Jordan XII to the public — a dark-grey luxe rendition that resonated with the purest of sneakerheads and menswear enthusiasts alike. The collab was the precursor to three more Air Jordan XIIs that embodied the brand’s hometown of New York City, as well as Paris and Milan.
After a small world tour with the XIIs, the Public School duo is back home for New York Fashion Week to debut their Spring/Summer 2018 collection and a brand new capsule in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Using the black sheep of the Air Jordan lineage, the XV, Public School re-imagined Tinker Hatfield’s original design in ways never seen before. The collection includes Air Jordan XVs for men in black suede, an olive woven material, and for the first time ever, an Air Jordan XV boot for women.
The successful runway show located in the heart of Chinatown was followed up with a nearby pop-up shop, where the footwear and apparel was available for purchase. There, Complex caught up with the PSNY founders, joined fellow Sean John alumnus and current Senior Director of Energy Projects at Jordan Brand Gemo Wong, to talk about the latest drop.
Check out out the latest episode of #LifeAtComplex for a closer look at the star-studded event, inside the pop-up shop, and interview.
How did Public School’s relationship with Jordan Brand first come about?
Gemo Wong: So I’ve known Dao-Yi for a while, we used to work together. As his brand Public School kind of progressed, it felt like the timing was right to do something especially in the apparel space. The partnership started with apparel first and then we kind of explored footwear
After doing your first footwear collaboration, did you know it would become an ongoing partnership?
GW: We just kind of did what we felt was right. It’s all about time, who we [Jordan] are as a brand and who they are as a brand.
What was the motivation behind using the Air Jordan XV for this collab?
Dao-Yi Chao: It’s starts with a conversation. The great thing about working with Gemo and his team is that, there isn’t a set schedule, there isn’t a set plan. We only work when we feel it’s right. When we a great idea, we take it to him and if he likes the idea, he’ll set things into motion. With the XVs specifically, Gemo’s always challenged us to work on shoes that sort of lie outside of the 1s, IIIs, IVs, Vs, VIs, XIs — the really popular ones that iterated a l lot and so we enjoy that challenge. Coming off working on the XII, changing that iconic shoe into something that was definitively Public School, was something that we wanted to carry over on the XVs. It’s a love it or hate it shoe.
He’s said that on record. Were there any challenges you faced while designing these Air Jordan XVs?
Maxwell Osborne: Not really. Maybe on the women’s side, trying to make the boot.
DC: That was another idea that was born just out of conversation. Like, “Yo, we wanna do it during Fashion Week during the show, but it’s a women’s show. It would be crazy if we turned the XV into a boot!”
It already is kind of chunky like a boot.
DC: Exactly. We wanted to accentuate the obvious things about the shoes. The fold back on the tongue I guess is what you would call it — all of those things we wanted to really build on top of, but make it feel like our own shoe. That’s the point of any good collaboration. You gotta add something to it. It’s already great in its own realm, but how do you add to it and make it something better?
The tongue of the sneakers feature a “WNL” logo. What does the “We Need Leaders” motto specifically mean to Public School as a brand?
MO: “We Need Leaders” for us, was really a call to action. It was for everybody to step up. Us, our team, everybody around the world, just to step up and be better. It also mean when no one’s looking. So, are you the same type of person when the lights turn off and you go home? Are you the same type of person you show face to when you step out of that? WNL mean a lot to us in terms of special leadership and people stepping up to the plate.
When you first released the first grey PSNY XIIs did you expect such a big reaction?
DC: I don’t know, I didn’t know what to expect.
GW: You always have your fingers crossed. You always go in wishing the best. We took a different approach to it, so we were hoping for a good response, especially in [Public School’s] space, the fashion space, it was good overall.
Did the response play a part in following up with the city series or was it already in the works?
GW: Again it all comes down to what we felt was right timing wise, what these guys are into, and making sure the brands are in tune, so as a evolution as the grey we felt like doing the City pack was a good addition.
DC: We say that thing and always felt it was almost boot-like, the way we molded it out, so we just sampled it in a wheat colorway because it felt like a boot. So from there, again, just from the conversation, they put it into work. We it came back we were like, “What if we flip three colors — the Wheat is so New York— what if we created a colorway for Paris and a colorway for Milan?” That’s how it goes, then we try it out. If it don’t feel right then we keep it moving, but if we’re onto something, I think it all clicks with us and we push it forward.
When that release happened launching the collection over multiple cities, it really changed the way retail works. Do you guys plan to do that again, say with this release?
GW: It all depends on the project, the time, how we feel when we all get together.
Gemo, can you explain your role as head of Energy Projects at Jordan Brand?
GW: I’m Senior Director of Energy Projects. That’s everything from what you see here — footwear, apparel, to anything limited and sought after within the brand.
How do you decide on which people to work with like KAWS, Drake, or Travis Scott? GW: It just all depends on where the brand is at. I don’t want to feel like we have to do collabs. I feel like we should let collabs enhance the brand, rather than we need them for the brand. It takes the pressure off. There is no, “Oh man, I gotta do a collab this month, next month.” As with this project, it’s just timing, where we are as a brand and if it feels right, then we do it.
Why is it important for Jordan Brand to focus on fashion and lifestyle versus just sports?
GW: We concentrate a lot on sports as well. It just so happens that we do some fashion stuff. You look at our portfolio, we still do a lot in the basketball space with athletes like Russ and all their signature shoes, but we also do stuff in the fashion space. Our brand means a lot to everyone, which could be a gift and a curse. As result, we just try to balance it out.
What was it like working with Diddy back during your time at Sean John?
MO: All three of us met at Sean John actually. How did it feel? It felt great! [Laughs] You got Puff’s son behind you.
DC: That brand, that moment in time sort of represented this idea of aspiration. Everything about Puff, even outside of fashion was you should aspire for something better. I think that really stuck with us. That idea of aspiration, doing something unexpected, but always presenting this idea of aspiration to do something better or to make something better. We all went different routes, but that definitely stuck with us.
Despite the fact that Mia Khalifa has previously publicly shamed NFLer Duke Williamsand college quarterback-turned-Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly (twice) for sliding into her DMs, Chicago Cubs star catcher Willson Contreras still made an effort to contact the former adult film star through non-public Twitter messages. The results? Well, it ended up a lot like those examples we linked to in the first sentence:
Also, just like the past instances, people took umbrage with her posting the screenshot for all to see (though it's worth pointing out that even though her life choices don't really affect them, people are never really all that nice in her mentions):
If it was anybody from the Nationals, they would've been 7 innings deep in you by now lol smh
As for Contreras, he's going the route that he was hacked even though a) what would a hacker have to gain by saying “Hey” in DMs? and b) how long did this hacker have Contreras's password? Oh, and c) that doesn't really make any fucking sense.
But according to a spokesperson for the agency that represents the World Series champ his “Twitter account was hacked.” That same spokesperson also added they're working to resolve the matter.
This is why nobody believes people whose accounts have actually been breached.