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Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2017 Campaign Channels England’s ’60s Soul Movement

Gucci’s latest campaign references England’s underground Northern Soul movement of the ’60s while highlighting its vibrant and eclectic 2017 pre-fall collection. Shot by frequent Alessandro Michelle collaborator Glen Luchford in the famed Mildmay club, the colorful dancehall serves as the background of Gucci’s dynamic campaign. The shoot is inspired by dandyism and famed Malian artist Malick Sidibé’s portraits of youth culture. Furthermore, the campaign features an all-black cast, which showcases the latest move in Gucci’s push for diversity in fashion.

Also, make sure to check out the memes Gucci made for its latest watch collection.

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Here’s All the Samples You Might Have Missed on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. hit the web this past Friday with subsequent fan theories blowing up the Internet. Though many believed Kendrick would release another album on Easter Sunday, a new album has not been seen so far. And it comes as no surprise that Kendrick’s DAMN. has been well received, full of featured artists and some of the industry’s best producers and writers. Now thanks to this video complied by Genius, we can check out all the samples from DAMN. that we might have missed including Bruno Mars‘ “24K Magic on “LOYALTY.” along with homage to Ol’ Dirty Bastard, JAY Z and more.

Kendrick Lamar headlined Coachella this past weekend, make sure to check out his performance. Also make sure to check out TDE’s ‘DAMN.’ Merchandise in honor of Kendrick Lamar‘s latest project.

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NikeLab Drops Two New Colorways of the Free RN Motion Flyknit


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Brand: NikeLab

Model: Free RN Motion Flyknit

Key Features: Sock-like Flyknit upper. Two-way strap system. Free sole unit.

Release Date: Available now.

Price: $150 USD

Availability: Nike

Editor’s Notes: The Swoosh’s Free RN Motion Flyknit has been awarded the NikeLab treatment, here optioned in one colorway for men and one for the ladies. The laceless kicks boast a two-way strap system, featuring an overall lightweight and breathable construction, courtesy of Flyknit. Underneath, Free sole tooling provides comfort and cushioning with each stride.

Earlier today we got a look at Nike’s new pastel “Macaron” Flyknit Racer pack.

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Sleep Is the New Status Symbol, According to ‘The New York Times’


Sleep may be the cousin of death, but according to The New York Times, it has now turned into a status symbol. Forget money, the more sleep you enjoy, the wealthier — in more ways than one — you appear.

For years, multiple studies have shown how bad sleep not only weakens the immune system, but impairs learning and memory, contributes to depression and other mood and mental disorders, as well as obesity, diabetes, cancer and an early death. When you put it into perspective, it’s quite easy to see just how valuable sleep truly is.

More recently, a number of projects surrounding sleep, from designing headbands to induce sleep, to direct current stimulation as a cure for sleeplessness, are more thoroughly looking into how much we do and don’t need, in addition to ways it has become a status symbol.

The New York Times has in turn dug deeper into the topic, providing insight from respected professionals, which you yourself can subsequently delve into via their website. Read, take notes, and then come back when you’ve gotten a solid night’s rest and let us know what you think.

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A ‘Coming to America’ Sequel Is in the Works

Coming to America (1988)
Directed by John Landis
Shown from left: Eddie Murphy (as Prince Akeem), Arsenio Hall (as Semmi)

With the news of Charlie Murphy’s passing still fresh in the minds of many, there is perhaps a signal that the comedy world will continue to be brightened by his family and their impeccable comedic chops after word emerged today that Paramount is in the in process of creating a sequel to Coming to America – a film that cemented Eddie Murphy’s status as a comedy icon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who penned the 1988 original, to write the potential sequel.

While there is no indication whether or not Eddie Murphy is involved, the actor’s Twitter account did send out a cryptic tweet in March which hinted at what was confirmed today – although Murphy has denied any knowledge of that Tweet in question.

What’s key is that Paramount is referring to this as a “sequel” and not a “reboot” – indicating an expansion on the exploits of Murphy’s Prince Akeem, Arsenio Hall’s Semmi and John Amos’ Cleo McDowell – instead of casting new actors in the roles they made famous.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

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Could This Be the Official Release Date for the adidas NMD XR1 Primeknit “OG” Colorway?

Anticipations are high for the release of the adidas NMD XR1 Primeknit in the “OG” colorway. Announced in January of this year and reminiscent of the highly sought after NMD “OG,” this updated iteration as the XR1 model features core black uppers and white soles trimmed with the easily recognizable blue and red plugs. Additionally, the printed heel tabs in white give the pair a clean finish.

As for the release date, Japanese sneaker news site Fullress is reporting that the coveted XR1 OG kicks will drop on May 20. However, it’s still yet to be determined whether that date is a global or a Japan only release. Stay tuned as we get more information, but keep this day on your radar in the meantime for reference.

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Nike’s Flyknit Racer Returns in Pastel “Macaron” Pack


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Brand: Nike

Model: Flyknit Racer

Key Features: Breathable Flyknit upper. Dynamic Flywire technology that adapts to your foot. Waffle rubber outsole with a diamond pattern delivering durable traction.

Release Date: May 19, 2017

Price: $150 USD

Availability: Nike+, nike.com, SNKRS and at select retailers.

Editor’s Notes: For spring, Nike presents a seasonally-appropriate pack of the Flyknit racer with the “Macaron” delivery. The lightweight low-tops are in turn optioned in pistachio, blueberry, lavender and strawberry-themed colorways.

Earlier this month Nike once again made available the always-coveted “Multicolor” Flyknit Racer.

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Watch Hans Zimmer’s Epic ‘Inception’ Set at Coachella

It may seem that Coachella is all about the kids, and for good reason, but year in and year out, there are still a number of music industry veterans not only in attendance, but also performing.

Case in point, last night legendary composer and record producer Hans Zimmer took to the Coachella stage to perform a terrifyingly terrific set highlighted by a mashup of his best work from 2010 sci-fi-thriller, Inception.

In short, it was 10 haunting minutes of pure musical excellence.

For more, be sure to check out everything else that went down during the first weekend of Coachella 2017.

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‘Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’ Explores the History of His Work


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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg accounts for the first serious survey of the famed Japanese artist’s work. Through various essays and illustrations, many of which were previously unpublished, the book traces Murakami‘s career from training, to his current studio practice.

Furthermore, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg explores the artist’s relationship to the tradition of Japanese painting, as well as his facility in straddling high and low, ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, commercial and high art. Also included are a detailed biography and exhibition history, with contributions from Michael Darling, Michael Dylan Foster, Chelsea Foxwell, Reuben Keehan and Akira Mizuta Lippi.

The hardcover Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg ($65 USD) is set to release May 30, boasting 288 pages and 250 colored photographs.

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This Graffiti Duo Scales New York City’s Rooftops Hunting for the Perfect Wall

Characterized by bold outlines, color-blocking and imposing, over-the-top imagery, street artist duo Yok & Sheryo have been painting New York City’s walls for years. Originally from the other side of the planet in Australia and Singapore, they’ve found their home in the NYC graffiti scene — transforming walls, trucks and everything else in their way into stylized works of art with a look that can be attributed to their favorite childhood television cartoons.

Keen to see their process in action, HYPEBEAST met up with Yok & Sheryo in Brooklyn and challenged them to take us to the rooftops and find a spot to paint. The pair spent the afternoon covering a wall with a dragon inspired by their recent travels around the globe. adidas outfitted their escapades in the latest adidas NMDs.

Yok tested out the newest iteration of the NMD XR1 with R2 markings while Sheryo gave the NMD_R1 W a run. Watch the full video above to see the sneakers carry them across Brooklyn’s rooftops, and see their painting process in action. You can pick up the latest colors of the adidas NMD sneaker line at adidas.com.

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Kaws x Air Jordan 4 // Release Information Update

Not long ago, many sneakerheads were impatiently waiting on KAWSONE.com for the release of the Kaws x Air Jordan 4 and corresponding capsule collection. However, hours and even days passed and the shoe never dropped.

Today, good news or some hope comes straight from the source as Kaws is releasing the new drop info thru mailing list sign-ups. We still have no confirmation on exactly how Kaws is planning to release this highly sought after sneaker.

How do you think Kaws should release his Air Jordan 4? Let us know in the comments section and make sure go sign up for the newsletter for your best chance at copping this collab.

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Nike Air VaporMax

Since its inception, the Nike Sock Dart has grown from cult favorite to certified classic. Born in 2002 from Tobie Hatfield’s desire to rethink the combination of footwear components, the shoe initially released in Japan in 2004 and quickly became a collector’s item.


This navy colorway is now available on Nike+, nike.com and at select retailers.

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St. Louis city, county sue Rams and NFL for breach of anything they can think of







Back when St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke picked up his team and moved it to Los Angeles, I noted here that hey, I wondered if PSL holders could sue for breach of contract, since they now held the right to buy tickets that didn’t exist? As it turned out, they could, and did, and won, sorta. I did not suggest that the city of St. Louis could sue as well, and for 15 months I was right — until yesterday:

The city, the county and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority are suing the National Football League over the relocation of the Rams 15 months ago.

The 52-page suit filed Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court lists the National Football League and all 32 NFL clubs as defendants and seeks damages and restitution of profits.

If you’re wondering, “Hey, isn’t the NFL one of those cartel thingies where franchises have the right to move wherever, so long as the other owners say it’s okay?”, why yes. it is. But St. Louis’s lawyers have thought of that, arguing that the Rams “failed to satisfy the obligations imposed by the League’s relocation rules,” and so therefore the public is entitled to damages for:

  • Breach of contract (against all defendants).
  • Unjust enrichment (against all defendants).
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation (against the Rams and team owner Stan Kroenke).
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation (against all defendants).
  • Tortious interference with business expectancy (against all defendants except the Rams). This last count basically alleges that the NFL and the other 31 teams “intentionally interfered” with the business relationship between the St. Louis plaintiffs and the Rams by approving the relocation.

The suit says that the city of St. Louis is losing an estimated $1.85 million to $3.5 million a year in amusement and ticket tax revenue (true as far as it goes, though if bereft Rams fans are spending some of their entertainment dollars on other amusements, the city is getting some of that tax money back) plus about $7.5 million in property tax (whuh?), $1.4 million in sales tax revenue (again, not so much if some fans spend that money on other St. Louis activities), and “millions in earning taxes,” whatever those are. The city and county aren’t saying how much they’re looking for in damages, but if the above is any guide, it would have to be in excess of $100 million.

In essence, the city and county are saying, “Hey, no fair, you said you weren’t gonna move the team unless you had to, and then you did anyway, you cheaters” — which doesn’t seem particularly like a legal argument, but then, I am extremely not a lawyer. Whatever happens in the end, though, the discovery phase of this suit promises to be oh, so tasty, as St. Louis tries to dredge up every last detail of how the relocation decision was made and whether it followed the league’s rules that the NFL totally doesn’t just make up whenever it feels like it. We may get to be a fly on that wall after all.




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Nike Basketball Flip the Switch Collection

As the energy for the playoffs builds, Nike Basketball’s Flip the Switch collection spotlights the postseason’s electricity with unique fade patterns and broken Swoosh logos. The four signature shoes for LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Paul George are given common textural elements, but also carry unique traits connected to each respective athlete’s charge to the championship.

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Nike Announces its Breaking2 Race Window

Nike will target the first weekend of May for its attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier. The race will take place in the Autodromo Nazionale Monza complex outside of Monza, Italy.

While the event will be closed to the public, anyone can experience the excitement by tuning into Nike’s live pre-race show and stream of the attempt, both of which will be hosted by Sal Masekela and include commentary from Nike athletes. Stay tuned for specifics on how to access these programs.

Nike and Airbnb are partnering to present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 10 people to witness Breaking2 in person. Winners will spend the weekend immersed in the best of Nike Running at a campsite adjacent to the racetrack. For more information and how to enter to win, go here.

Find out more on Breaking2 here.

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Nike KD 9 Elite PE

This KOBE A.D. DeRozan PE is inspired by DeMar DeRozan’s memory of watching Kobe Bryant play against Utah in the 1997 playoffs. Bryant’s “airball game” taught the legend how to deal with adversity and showed DeRozan that resilience was key to success on court.  


The date of the memory, May 12, 1997, is featured on the shoe’s lace tips. A picture of the street that DeRozan grew up in Compton is featured on the sockliner. Finally, the Kobe logo, DNA symbol and signature on the heel tabs follow the color scheme of Bryant’s “airball game” opponent. 


The shoe releases April 12 from SNKRS

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Nike Zoom Flyknit Streak (Boston)

This KOBE A.D. DeRozan PE is inspired by DeMar DeRozan’s memory of watching Kobe Bryant play against Utah in the 1997 playoffs. Bryant’s “airball game” taught the legend how to deal with adversity and showed DeRozan that resilience was key to success on court.  


The date of the memory, May 12, 1997, is featured on the shoe’s lace tips. A picture of the street that DeRozan grew up in Compton is featured on the sockliner. Finally, the Kobe logo, DNA symbol and signature on the heel tabs follow the color scheme of Bryant’s “airball game” opponent. 


The shoe releases April 12 from SNKRS

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Nike Zoom Flyknit Streak (Boston)

This KOBE A.D. DeRozan PE is inspired by DeMar DeRozan’s memory of watching Kobe Bryant play against Utah in the 1997 playoffs. Bryant’s “airball game” taught the legend how to deal with adversity and showed DeRozan that resilience was key to success on court.  


The date of the memory, May 12, 1997, is featured on the shoe’s lace tips. A picture of the street that DeRozan grew up in Compton is featured on the sockliner. Finally, the Kobe logo, DNA symbol and signature on the heel tabs follow the color scheme of Bryant’s “airball game” opponent. 


The shoe releases April 12 from SNKRS

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Nike KD 9 Elite PE

This KOBE A.D. DeRozan PE is inspired by DeMar DeRozan’s memory of watching Kobe Bryant play against Utah in the 1997 playoffs. Bryant’s “airball game” taught the legend how to deal with adversity and showed DeRozan that resilience was key to success on court.  


The date of the memory, May 12, 1997, is featured on the shoe’s lace tips. A picture of the street that DeRozan grew up in Compton is featured on the sockliner. Finally, the Kobe logo, DNA symbol and signature on the heel tabs follow the color scheme of Bryant’s “airball game” opponent. 


The shoe releases April 12 from SNKRS

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