Yasiin Bey Drops New Track “Dec. 99th – N.A.W.”

Produced by Ferrari Sheppard.

Yasiin Bey has had a wild couple of months to say the least. Back in January, the man formerly known as Mos Def was arrested and accused of using a false passport — a charge he adamantly denied before announcing his upcoming retirement from performing and dropping “No More Parties In SA” on Kanye West’s website. In the months since, Bey has promised fans one final album — which is supposedly slated for a release before 2016 comes to a close — and been named the creative director of South African brand Unknown Union. Thankfully, those still waiting for some musical output from the Brooklyn-born polymath have finally been blessed with a brand new track. Entitled “Dec. 99th – N.A.W.,” the Ferrari Sheppard production, like much of Bey’s recent output, appears in support of A Country Called Earth and coincides with a recorded message in which he apologizes to his Scandinavian fans for his inability to tour and perform in the region.

Check out “Dec. 99th – N.A.W.” below, as well as the recorded message, and stay tuned for more regarding Bey’s final LP.

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Nike SB Drops the Bruin Hyperfeel in “Racer Blue”

The revamped classic returns in a summer-ready colorway.

Nike SB’s revamped Bruin silhouette makes a return to our viral pages in a new vibrant “Racer Blue” colorway. Boasting a suede construction and a grippy Hyperfeel sole unit, the skate-ready model’s blue base is offset with orange and white details giving the shoe a sporty look. Subtle perforations along the side panel offer increased ventilation while the silhouette’s internal gusset ensures a snug fit. Pick up a pair for $90 USD at select Nike SB stockists now.

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Young Thug & Kevin Gates Hop on O.T. Genasis’ Street Hit, “Cut It”

O.T. Genesis‘ "Cut It" is truly a street hit that lives up to the virality of his debut single, "CoCo." The Young Dolph-featured track has gotten many remixes from the likes of Shy Glizzy and Trill Sammy but none that were officially released by O.T. himself, until this one, which features none other than Young Thug and Kevin Gates. This will be part of a series of official remixes, which will continue to surface in the coming weeks. Listen to the catchy flip here.

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7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills

According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills in 2020.

The awareness that emotional intelligence is an important job skill, in some cases even surpassing technical ability, has been growing in recent years. In a 2011 Career Builder Survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals, 71% stated they valued emotional intelligence in an employee over IQ; 75% said they were more likely to promote a highly emotionally intelligent worker; and 59% claimed they’d pass up a candidate with a high IQ but low emotional intelligence.

The question, then, is why companies are putting such a high premium on emotional intelligence. Here are seven of the top reasons why highly emotionally intelligent candidates are so valuable.

Dealing with workplace pressures and functioning well under stress demands an ability to manage our emotions. People with higher levels of emotional intelligence are more aware of their internal thermometer and therefore better able to manage their stress levels. They tend to have better-developed coping mechanisms and healthy support systems that keep working effectively even in tough situations. The increasing rate of change in the workplace is likely to increase work-related stress and boost the value of those who can manage it.

As teamwork becomes increasingly important in the workplace, people who are able to understand and get along with others will become ever more sought after. Highly emotionally intelligent people have well-developed people skills that let them build relationships with a diverse range of people across many cultures and backgrounds. That’s an asset in an increasingly globalized workplace.

Everyone wants to be heard and understood. The ability to listen well and respond to others is crucial for developing strong working relationships. Many of us, though, aren’t as good as we could be at really listening to what others are saying. Because of their ability to understand others, highly emotionally intelligent people are in a better position to put their own emotions and desires aside and take others into account. Their ability to pick up on people’s emotions, through tone of voice and body language, come in handy in team settings.

Open, timely, and honest feedback is essential to job performance—especially at a time when annual performance reviews are in decline. People with highly developed emotional intelligence are less defensive and more open to feedback, especially when it involves areas of improvement. Their high level of self-regard lets them look positively at areas where they can do better, rather than taking feedback personally.

Collaboration doesn’t just present logistical issues—it also comes down to responding to teammates’ feelings. People with high emotional intelligence are able to use their sensitivity to where others are coming from to build trust and cohesiveness. This allows teams to focus on the task at hand rather than become embroiled in internal bickering and politics. Their sensitivity to the needs of others acts as a lubricant that helps team members work together.

Highly emotionally intelligent people don’t get easily flustered when things don’t go according to plan. And their knack for getting along with others makes it more likely that others will take note and try to emulate them. That’s why high emotional intelligence is a key to influencing people in an organization regardless of official title. An ability to rise above daily irritations earns people with high emotional intelligence the respect from those above them as well as from their colleagues.

Because of their ability to see things clearly from another’s point of view, highly emotionally intelligent people are able to make better judgements about how their decisions will impact others. Not only does this result in better decision making overall, but it also helps manage damage control when certain decisions lead to negative consequences. Being able to judge the outcomes of their choices lets highly emotionally intelligent people behave more proactively.

People who show an enhanced ability to adapt to change, manage their emotions, and work well with a diverse range of people are already valuable in most workplaces. But with the rates of change and pressures in the workplace rising, they’ll become even more sought after than ever.

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Nike Releases the Flyknit Racer “Rainbow”


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One of the most popular Nike running sneakers returns for Summer 2016 in a colorway that will guarantee an instant sell-out. Here above you see the new Nike Flyknit Racer “Rainbow,” adding a multicolor knitted upper to the running shoe. The Nike Flyknit Racer ‘Rainbow’ will available April 13 in men’s sizing only in the Nike SNKRS app.

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Stream Kaytranada’s Debut Album ‘99.9%’ feat. Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, Phonte + More

Kaytranada Shares '99.9%' Track List feat. Little Dragon, Anderson .Paak & More + Announces Tour

As long as he’s been on the scene, we’ve known Kaytranada to be capable of marvelous musical moments. Whether he’s flipping Janet Jackson classics over house-inflected beats or turning your favorite Mary J. Blige cut into to full on bossa nova stomp, Kaytra’s proven his ism to be amongst the most potent in the game, giving listeners a buzz with even the most fleeting of snare cracks. But a deep remix catalogue can only take a producer so far, and as far as we can tell, the Canadian beat constructor has his sights set on the mountain top. His long-awaited debut album 99.9% is the culmination of years of refinement and dedication to cultivating a sound that is all his own, leaning heavy on the four-to-the-floor minimalism, but with a seasoned producer’s touch. And now, after what must feel like ages to millennials, Kaytranada’s debut album is here and every bit worth that wait. The record finds him lining up with some of the most forward-minded r&b and soul cats of a generation, including Anderson .Paak, Karriem Riggins, Syd Tha Kid, Little Dragon, Phonte, GoldLink and plenty more. Peep the full track list below and then sit back, put something to the air and let this thing ride.

99.9% Track List:
01 Track Uno
02 Bus Ride [ft. Karriem Riggins and River Tiber]
03 Got It Good [ft. Craig David]
04 Together [ft. AlunaGeorge and GoldLink]
05 Drive Me Crazy [ft. Vic Mensa]
06 Weight Off [ft. BADBADNOTGOOD]
07 One Too Many [ft. Phonte]
08 Despite the Weather
09 Glowed Up [ft. Anderson .Paak]
10 Breakdance Lesson N.1.
11 You’re the One [ft. Syd]
12 Vivid Dreams [ft. River Tiber]
13 Lite Spots
14 Leave Me Alone [ft. Shay Lia]
15 Bullets [ft. Little Dragon]

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ONLY NY Teams Up With PRO-Keds & The City of New York on the Royal Lo

New York skate mainstay ONLY NY continues its collaboration with the actual City of New York, this time inviting PRO-Keds into the mix to rework the no-frills Royal Lo.

A sneaker with deep roots in the local basketball courts and playgrounds, the three-way shoe comes in white and navy variations, and is constructed from 12.5 oz. canvas. Each pair featurestThe City Of New York Parks and Recreation logo on the lateral heel and inside tongue, while the iconic NYC logo can be found on the footbed.

Look for the collaborative Royal Lo exclusively at Only NY’s Stanton Street flagship, as well as at onlyny.com and prokeds.com.

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President Obama Does Commencement 2016 At “The Mecca”

President Barack Obama Delivers The 2016 Commencement Address At Howard University aka The Mecca.

President Barack Obama took the stage at Howard University today to deliver the 2016 commencement address to the masses of graduates and honorary degree recipients gathered at “The Mecca” in Washington, D.C. POTUS’ speech follows his appointment of Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick to his board of advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Friday. POTUS was conferred the Doctor of Science honorary degree during today’s ceremony, where actress Cicely Tyson also received the honorary Doctor of Letter degree. In the pantheon of HBCU’s, it is no secret that Howard’s campus is considered hallowed ground as a storehouse of academic excellence that counts some of the most iconic figures in black history amongst its alumni base. It makes complete sense, then, that President Obama’s visit to the yard would yield what is already being billed as one of the most impactful speeches of his final term – an affirmation of blackness and the African-American lineage of activism that challenged students to go beyond the hashtag to pick up the ballot and be the change he often referenced during his first presidential campaign. Check the footage below to view the full commencement. Skip ahead to the 90-minute mark to view POTUS’ commencement speech. Get more at whitehouse.gov.

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Nike Gives the Roadman Classic Air Max 95 A “Bred” Makeover

“Bred” season is approaching.

It looks like “Bred” season is approaching. First Nike confirmed that it will be retro-ing the iconic Jordan 1 colorway later this year and now NSW has announced a black-and-red rendition of the Air Max 95 slated for this summer. The clean colorway has been rendered in black suede and mesh, with hits of red in the Swoosh, tongue and the silhouette’s signature air-bubble. Red stripes along the eyelets provide the shoelaces with some much-needed contrast. The roadman kicks are available now at JD Sports for £115 GBP (approximately $166 USD).

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New Balance MRT580 LS Grey/Black

A dash of yellow livens up this monochrome sneaker.

New Balance’s trusty MRT580 runner gets updated in a modern palette in this latest Grey/Black colorway. Featuring mixed construction of mesh, suede and leather paneling on the upper, the design contrasts a light grey base with hits of black on the toe, heel and on the back half of the duotone sole unit. Yellow accents on the tongue, heel, lace eyelet and bordering the lateral quarter branding do just enough to spice up the sneaker. Pick up a pair online now at Afew for €130 EUR (approximately $148 USD).

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Kanye West’s TIDAL Flop

This post is adapted from SurveyMonkey Intelligence, a Priceonomics Data Studio customer. Does your company have interesting data? Become a Priceonomics customer.

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Since its launch in 2014, TIDAL has struggled to attract a large number of users. Despite the fanfare that surrounded the music service, which is backed by celebrity musicians like Jay Z, it has only a small fraction of the users and revenues of competitors like Spotify and Pandora.  

In an effort to attract new users, TIDAL made waves by obtaining the exclusive rights to Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo. It was a bet that making TIDAL the only place to stream the anticipated new album would attract new subscribers—and that those subscribers would stick around after the free 30-day trial ended.

We decided to figure out if it worked. To do so, we analyzed TIDAL’s subscriber, usage and retention data from Survey Monkey Intelligence, a Priceonomics customer that has a platform for measuring app performance.

According to the data, most of TIDAL’s gains from the Kanye West experiment were temporary. While Kanye and The Life of Pablo generated a flurry of downloads for the TIDAL app, these new users are not engaging in the app. It is unlikely that TIDAL will hold on to them for long. 

It appears that Kanye West’s impact on TIDAL subscriber numbers will be fleeting at best.

The Pre-Pablo Era

Before we investigate Kanye’s impact, let’s look at the mobile music app landscape as it existed before The Life of Pablo was released. The following chart displays the average weekly users of various services during January 2016. It includes both iOS and Android users.

Data Source: SurveyMonkey Intelligence

Apple Music sits comfortably at the top of the list at just over 48 million weekly users. Its position is aided by the fact that this data includes users who listen to their personal music libraries in the app—and the same is true for Google Play Music. But this still provides insight into how listeners consume their music. 

Popular streaming services Pandora and Spotify are next at 36 million and 31 million weekly users respectively. After that, there’s a steep drop all the way down to TIDAL, which places tenth with just over 150,000 users per week.

This time series of monthly user data for the top four streaming services and TIDAL illustrates this size disparity:

Data Source: SurveyMonkey Intelligence

The Life of Pablo is Released

Kanye West has a knack for creating publicity and setting trends, and his announcement that his long awaited new album, The Life of Pablo (TLoP), would be available only on TIDAL had that effect.

He urged fans to listen, and they obliged. Within 24 hours TIDAL skyrocketed to number one in the iOS App Store. Over the first five days of the album’s existence, TIDAL downloads exceeded those of both Spotify and Pandora.  

Data Source: SurveyMonkey Intelligence

TIDAL downloads grew from 15,000 on February 13 to 254,000 on February 14. They peaked at 340,000 on February 15.

And then there was a precipitously steep decline.

Post The Life of Pablo 

While Kanye briefly made TIDAL a serious contender, the growth did not last. Daily downloads quickly reverted back to pre-TLoP levels.

In early February, daily downloads hovered between 5,000 and 10,000. After the initial Kanye spike, downloads remained above 10,000 for over 2 weeks. But downloads fell back below the 10,000 threshold less than one full month after the album’s release.

Downloads are a good metric to examine the new user base, but we can look at a few other metrics to consider how users engaged with the application during this time period. Below is a chart that shows the average number of days per month that subscribers used the app. It starts February 1—before the release of The Life of Pablo.  

Leading up to and through the first few days of the Kanye release, TIDAL listeners used the service between 8 and 10 days a month, which is just as often as users of Pandora or Spotify. But engagement trends down after that. 

This suggests that the new users of TIDAL aren’t active users of TIDAL. They’re just on TIDAL to listen to Kanye’s album a few days a month, which pulls this average down.

To see this more clearly, we can look at the monthly engagement ratio over the same period. The monthly engagement ratio is the percentage of an app’s monthly audience that uses the app on a particular day.

As we can see, before TLoP, a larger percentage of TIDAL users engaged with the app daily—even more than used Spotify or Pandora every day. After TLoP, this engagement ratio drops immensely to a low of 15%. Just as we concluded above, the new users who want to listen to Kanye don’t seem to use the service for their daily music consumption. 

They came for Kanye, but their experience with the service outside of TLoP didn’t sell them on TIDAL.

We also see this effect if we look at the churn rate: the percentage of existing users who used the app in a given week, but didn’t use the app in the following week.

Typically TIDAL sees a weekly churn rate of 20%25%. But this shoots up to 40%45% after TLoP, which further indicates a failure to hold on to these new users.

We calculated a series of metrics over the month preceding and following the the release of The Life of Pablo to examine the effect that Kanye had on the long term growth of TIDAL.

Downloads returned to pre-TLoP levels after the initial surge. There are still more users, who’ve used the app in the last month or week, but their engagement metrics are not encouraging, All indicators of usage have deteriorated.

Consider the decrease in average days used per week from 4.19 to 2.78. Let’s assume that the 183,000 pre-LToP users continued to use the service the same 4.19 days a week post-LToP. This would imply that the 236,000 new users only use the service 1.69 days a week. To us, this seems like a strong indicator that new users don’t use the service outside of listening to Kanye—and probably have no intention to do so. 

One reason why is that a large percentage of TIDAL users also use another streaming service.

With over 45% of TIDAL users also using Pandora or Spotify, new users will likely revert back to their preferred service once they get a new tune stuck in their head.

So, what will be the long term impact of Kanye West on TIDAL? It’s early to tell, but we decided to build a simple model to project what will happen to TIDAL subscriber levels based on current levels of churn and user growth. 

The results suggests that the entire effect of Kanye and The Life of Pablo could completely disappear within the next 3 months.  

While Kanye and The Life of Pablo rallied huge increases in downloads and users, our analysis indicates that the growth may be short lived.


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Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2k4 “Midnight Navy” // Another Look

Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2k4 “Midnight Navy” // Another Look

Times were weird following Michael Jordan’s retirement. The signature shoe was seemingly out of place as no one was quite fit to carry the torch left by MJ aside from AI and years late LeBron. Enter the Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2k4. Endorsed by Kobe Bryant but worn all over the pro and amateur game, this hybrid hoop shoe drew inspiration from Nike Basketball’s rich past but was all the way progressive.

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Return of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Bred”

The iconic sneaker is hitting the shelves for the first time since 2013.

News circulating last year of a rumored return of the Air Jordan 1 High OG “Bred” have been confirmed. Easily Jordan Brand‘s most iconic sneaker, the 2016 fall Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG edition of the Breds will be dropping just in time for the new school year with its original construction and the brand’s signature ”Bred” colorway — a standout mix of Black/Varsity Red-White.

The model became infamous during the ’80s when Michael Jordan notoriously wore his pair to Chicago Bulls games. Disregarding the NBA’s “uniformity of uniform” rule that posited that “A player must wear shoes that not only matched their uniforms, but matched the shoes worn by their teammates,” ex-NBA commissioner David Stern apparently threw the shoes out of the game. Legend has it that MJ chose to pay fines (a rumored $5,000 USD per game) to the league every time he wore his Breds, and eventually, the NBA issued an outright ban of the bold red and black sneakers on-court.

Original Breds like these haven’t been reissued since 2013. Grab a pair while they last when they release in Europe September 3 for a price of €150 EUR (approximately $170 USD). Stay tuned for word on a Stateside release.

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