As you can see in the clip below, the song titles include “Feel the Love,” “Ghost Town,” “ReBorn,” along with the title track; the latter of which is slightly different than what was previously teased. In the first tweet listed above, Kanye announced the collaborative project under the title Kids See Ghost (singular object), which is also the purported name of its accompanying short film. Takashi Murakami also used this name when he discussed creating the album's cover art; however, the newly released clip shows the title track as Kids See Ghosts (plural object), which is the same title that was featured on the cover's teaser.
It's still unclear if the project's official name is Kids See Ghost or Kids See Ghosts.
The video also revealed more details about the other upcoming G.O.O.D. Music projects: Other white boards show Kanye's solo album will include songs called “Exactly” and “Wouldn't Leave”; Teyana Taylor's will include tracks like “Hold On” and “3 Ways”; Nas' album opener appears to be called “Everything”; and Pusha T's project will feature titles such as “Sociopath,” “Games We Play,” and “Infared.”
It looks like each of the forthcoming releases will span seven tracks, with the exception of Pusha's, which appears to list eight slots.
Pusha's album is expected to arrive May 25, followed by Kanye's solo project on June 1, Kids See Ghost on June 8, Nas' on June 15, and Teyana's on June 22.
Kanye West’s newly revived Twitter feed has finally offered the world a little bit more than advice and some light entertainment. Like: two albums, coming in June. Kanye's new solo album will drop June 1 and will be seven songs long.
Seconds after he announced that, Kanye revealed a second album, this one with Kid Cudi. It will drop a week later, on June 8, Yeezus' 41st birthday. He revealed the album title, Kids See Ghost, and said it's the name of their act as well.
The fact that Kanye and Cudi have a project together won't be a major surprise to any eagle-eyed fans. The two were been spotted together in a studio in L.A. as well as at Takashi Murakami's studio last summer, and speculation that the two had a secret project in the works skyrocketed. In November, CyHi the Prynce confirmed Ye would be handling the production for all the tracks on Kid Cudi's upcoming album, but when Cudi was seen in Wyoming, it was all but confirmed that he was also involved in Kanye's next project.
Yeezy had been receiving all kinds of famous guests at his Jackson Hole studio; in March, Kim Kardashian said he goes to record there when he's “in the zone” because it's peaceful and he can focus. She added that he was planning on releasing something “very soon.” Kid Cudi, Nas, Travis Scott, Mike Dean, Pi'erre Bourne, and even Drake were seen in Wyoming, presumably to record with Kanye in some capacity.
When Ye returned to Twitter this month, everyone began speculating that it was the first sign that new music was on its way. Earlier today, that hope was rekindled asTMZ caught up with Charlamagne tha God and he told them he'd heard “a good portion” of Kanye's new album.
The last Kid Cudi record was December 2016's Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'; Kanye's was February 2016's The Life of Pablo, which featured Cudi's mmm's over two cuts.
Virgil Abloh has dominated 2018. And we’re barely into the second quarter.
The Chicago-raised creative started the year on a strong note, as he opened the second day of Paris Fashion Week with the debut of his Off-White collection dubbed “Business Casual.” It was at that time we received a sneak peek at the brand’s footwear collaborations with Nike and Timberland.
Shortly after PFW, Abloh released his first official single called “Orvnge”—a tribal-inspired collaboration with Boys Noize. He also teamed up with famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for their “Future History” exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in London, and eventually joined forces with French eatery Wild & the Moon Cafe for a monthlong collaboration.
Fashion, music, food—it seemed like Abloh had his hands in everything; however, his biggest career move took place at the end of March when he was announced as the first black artistic director for Louis Vuitton. The 37-year-old replaced Kim Jones, who announced his departure from the French fashion house back in February. It was a huge moment not only for Abloh and the streetwear world, but for racial minorities working within the industry.
You can check out some of Abloh's biggest highlights of 2018 above. There's no doubt he'll earn a lot more wins in the coming months.
At ComplexCon 2017, Complex founder Marc EckoA�hosted Retrospectives in Collaboration & Superflata��, a panel that brought togetherA�ComplexCon host committee membersA�Takashi Murakami and Virgil AblohA�for an enlightening discussion about the convergence of art, fashion, and design, and how it's changed over time.
Eckoa�� promptsA�Murakami with a question about how “misunderstanding can drive culture forward,” which leads to an entertaining story about Murakami collaborating withA�Louis Vuitton without really knowing too much about the iconic Parisian fashion house.
Interestingly enough, this same collaboration played a major part in Abloh pursuing art and fashion. “Hadn't it been for the collaboration betweenA�Louis Vuitton andA�Takashi Murakami, I wouldn't have had that sort of eureka moment,” he explains. “Between him and Marc deciding to make a project, me being the kid going toA�Michigan Avenue, and hey, in rap Louis Vuitton is popular. There's something cool happening there.”
Watch the full episode above where Abloh andA�MurakamiA�also share how their family and friends influence how much does glucophage cost their art, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be dropping more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Deray McKesson, and more.
“For me, when I look at it, it's always going around in a circle,” Ahn says. “We consume it and we make it better, and then the people who gave birth to it, they kind of appreciate it again.”
Takashi also explains how Star Wars and George Lucas have had a major impact on him, and Don C. praises Hiroshi Fujiwara for being an architect for today's scene. “Everybody up in here is here… maybe a few degrees of separation, but somehow because of you,” he says.
Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Rick Ross, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, Cam'ron, and more.
On Thursday, Kim Jones, one of the most important designers in menswear right now, took his final bow. It was announced earlier this week that he was leaving his post as artistic men’s director at Louis Vuitton.
Since 2011, Jones has designed the French fashion house’s menswear collections and solidified the label’s place as a leader in the conversation on what’s cool. Forging collaborations with brands like Supreme and Fragment Design, he opened up Louis Vuitton to a new loyal following of streetwear fans and, most notably, gave the label an identity that holds influence and relevance.
His final show, which took place at the Grand Palais, was the perfect display of his streetwear sensibility and knack for turning his exotic travels into beautiful garments. Models walked down the runway in cashmere Flankman-shorts typically worn by American rodeo pro-athletes, which he saw during a trip to Wyoming, several garments with textured prints from aerial shots he took while flying over Kenya, where he grew up, and a knit sweater with the Louis Vuitton logo reconfigured to read “Peace and Love”—perhaps his way of saying goodbye. Of course, he also paid homage to the legacy of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, who appointed Jones as style director in 2011 and artistic director of menswear after his departure, through Louis Vuitton-monogram trench coats modeled by Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. “This was really a thank you and reference to @themarcjacobs early 2000s Vuitton and the fact that he was the one that gave me the opportunity to be @louisvuitton love you all xxx,” he wrote on Instagram.
In 1997, Jacobs became the artistic director for Louis Vuitton and introduced the luxury brand’s first ready-to-wear men’s and women’s collection. It would be the first time that Louis Vuitton, a 141-year-old fashion house that mostly catered to consumers who could afford $10,000 trunks, became synonymous with the words “innovative” and “cool.” In 2011, Jacobs famously collaborated with artist and designer Stephen Sprouse on a collection of traditional monogram handbags covered in neon graffiti spelling out the brand’s name. In a 2009 interview with The Guardian, Jacobs told reporter Sarah Mower his mindset behind rebelling: “I had been trying to follow the rules and do what everybody told me until it got to the point where I realized that’s not why I was brought here. I’m here to do something to make this young and cool and contemporary and of the moment…. It had the credibility of the street, but also this sort of style of somebody who was a fashion designer.”
During his 16-year tenure at Louis Vuitton, Jacobs went on to work with artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Yayoi Kusama. Through these collaborations, he authentically was able to tap into a younger customer base.
But if Jacobs paved the way for legacy brands to put art on the runways and in stores, Jones was responsible for bringing streetwear to the storied fashion house and, arguably, high-fashion. He sent models down the runway in denim designed in collaboration with Japanese label Kapital for Spring 2013. His Spring 2015 collection, which included a bright pink bomber jacket inspired by his travels to India. His Fall 2015 line was dedicated to his favorite designer, Christopher Nemeth, who also had a knack for mixing high-fashion with street. He also designed two insanely successful collaborations with Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design and Supreme.
The high-fashion industry might be accepting streetwear now and, in some cases, even borrowing from the culture but Louis Vuitton, under Jones, was a trailblazer in this. A genuine fan of streetwear himself, he has spoken about admiring not labels like just Helmut Lang and Alexander McQueen but also A Bathing Ape, Supreme, and Good Enough. While in college at Central Saint Martins, he worked at Gimme5, a company that introduced him to Japanese designers Jun Takahashi, Fujiwara, and Nigo. A decade before his stint at Vuitton, he mixed his love for streetwear with high-fashion fabrics on the runway for his own eponymous label from 2003 until 2008. At one point, he was even involved in Kanye’s defunct clothing label Pastelle, which helped foster his friendships with West and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh. “Some critics say that I’m just jumping on the bandwagon, but actually I’m not,” he said about his connection to streetwear, specifically Supreme, in an interview with South China Morning Post. “It’s always been part of my DNA.”
Jones’ strength, in addition to his obvious talent and skill in design, has been being able to captivate young consumers—without alienating Louis Vuitton’s older shoppers. According to Fashionista, LVMH’s profit increased by 23% in the first half of 2017 largely due to Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Supreme. “We get lots of fashion kids, lots of classic men and some sort of older, cooler guys and some really traditional men, and I have to cover everybody,” he toldEsquire. “There are three or four collections in the store at the same time. I’m aware that I have to dress someone who’s either 16 or 60.”
It’s unclear where Jones will go next, though there are rumors he may potentially head to Burberry, which announced last October that its designer, Christopher Bailey, was exiting the brand. But it’s undeniable that he re-invigorated Louis Vuitton’s men’s line for a younger generation. Louis Vuitton, under Jones’ direction, disrupted what luxury menswear could look like.
Kanye West and Kid Cudi are reportedly working on a “top-secret project” together. At least, that's what this report from Page Six would have us believe. In an article that confusingly refuses to name Cudi in the headline (opting instead for “ex-protégé”), sources let loose what they (allegedly!) know about the collaboration.
“[Kanye West and Kid Cudi are] going to drop some crazy collaboration out of the blue,” one source claimed. “They're going to drop some surprise project on everybody. They're recording it now.” According to an insider, “nobody knows what it is” and the artists are keeping the creative process minimal. The alleged recording setup is just West, Cudi, and an engineer.
The report adds that sessions have taken place in Japan, where the two were spotted earlier this month paying Graduation cover artist Takashi Murakami a visit at his studio.
Although Nike went on to release multiple colorways of the SF Air Force 1, the model made its debut at last year's ComplexCon. Nike made the sneaker available at their installation in a few colorways. They also dropped an all-white version that was exclusive to ComplexCon. According to sneaker stock market StockX, pairs have sold for as much as $573, but now you should be able to find a pair for around $300.
Bape x Travis Scott/Big Sean/Kid Cudi/Complex T-Shirt Collection
Bape also brought some exclusives to ComplexCon. The brand dropped three Baby Milo graphic T-shirts featuring Big Sean, Kid Cudi, or Travis Scott, as well as a graphic tee that combined the ComplexCon logo with Bape's iconic ape head logo. The tees were a hot commodity at the convention. In fact, Bape had one of the longest lines at the convention center because of these shirts. If you weren’t able to make it out to Long Beach last year you'll have to pay anywhere from $114 to $500 to cop now.
Anti Social Social Club x Undefeated ‘Paranoid’ Hoodie
One of the most hyped drops at ComplexCon 2016 was Anti Social Social Club's collaboration with Undefeated. The two brands released limited edition T-shirts and hoodies in two different colorways—one for each day of that weekend. Right now, the hoodies are on Grailed for roughly double the retail price, with resale value ranging from $140 to $225.
Anti Social Social Club also raffled off 24 pairs of their “Get Weird” Air Force 1 Low collaboration. Unfortunately, those will cost you a little more. There is currently a pair listed on Grailed for $4,000.
Takashi Murakami x ComplexCon Merch
Retail Price: $40-$120 Resale Price: $58-$400
Takashi Murakami was responsible for the overall design aesthetic of the first annual ComplexCon, and he also released some exclusive merch for the event. Pillows, tote bags, and clothing were all up for grabs. The Murakami merch booth had one of the longest lines at ComplexCon, and select items were on eBay and Grailed for up to a few thousand dollars immediately after ComplexCon 2016. Now, this stuff can be a little harder to come by, but there are a few select items like hats and flower pillows on Grailed for anywhere from $58 to $400.
Murakami and Complex have continued their partnership leading up to ComplexCon 2017. Select merch is available here.
The SF Air Force 1 was not the only shoe that Nike debuted at last year's ComplexCon. The sportswear giant also debuted a highly-anticipated collaboration with ASAP Bari'sVLONE. Only five pairs were raffled off to those who copped a VLONE T-shirt. One of the original pairs was even resold on eBay days later for $91,600. Although the sneaker is still being resold for $1,800 on the resale market, according to StockX, Nike has since cut ties with Bari following sexual harassment allegations stemming from the release of graphic video footage.