After much speculation, N.E.R.D. has finally confirmed the release date for their new album No_One Ever Really Dies. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, frontman Pharrell revealed the album will drop December 15.
In addition, it seems Pharrell may have unveiled the album artwork, depicting a person wearing grills, with the album title text overlaid on their tongue.
N.E.R.D. originally debuted the album at ComplexCon. Before then, they dropped lead single “Lemon” featuring a rapping Rihanna. The full-length is also set to feature two tracks with Kendrick Lamar, and guest artists Gucci Mane, Wale, Future, and more, as you can see in the tracklist below.
‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ Tracklist
01. “Everybody Hurts”
02. “Lemon” ft. Rihanna
03. “Voíla” ft. Wale and Gucci Mane
04. “1000” f.t Future
05. “Don’t Don’t Do It” ft. Kendrick Lamar
06. “Kites” ft. M.I.A. and Kendrick Lamar
08. “Lightning Fire Magic Prayer”
09. ‘Rollinem 7s” ft. Andre 3000
10. “Lifting” you ft. Ed Sheeran
11. “Secret Life Of Tigers”
Stay tuned for more updates on No_One Ever Really Dies. In the meantime, check out our list of N.E.R.D.’s 10 best songs here and revisit “Lemon” featuring Rihanna below.
In other music news, check out SZA’s stripped-back new music video for her ‘Ctrl’ track “Go Gina” right here.
Key Features: Patent leather construction, color block layout of gold, black and white tones, wings logo across the ankles, Nike Air branding on the tongue and insole
Release Date: Monday, November 27
Price: $185 USD
Buy: Select retailers worldwide listed below
Editor’s Notes: Initially a ComplexCon exclusive, this luxurious variation of the Air Jordan 1 High that takes cues from last year’s release of the “Top 3” motif is now scheduled to drop at more stockists worldwide on Cyber Monday.
Depending on your location, here’s where you can purchase this highly-sought-after silhouette.
A Ma Maniere: Atlanta
Concepts International LLC: Boston
Social Status: Charlotte
RSVP LLC: Chicago
St. Alfreds: Chicago
Social Status: Houston
Blends: Los Angeles
Undefeated: Los Angeles
Politics: Lafayette, LA
Feature: Las Vegas
Oneness: Lexington, KY
Shoe Gallery Inc: Miami
Concepts International LLC: New York
Kith Retail LLC: New York and Brooklyn
Nike Lab: New York
Crème: Norfolk, VA
Trophy Room: Orlando
Social Status: Pittsburgh
The Darkside Initiative LLC: San Francisco
Livestock: Toronto, Vancouver
Si Vas Descalzo: Barcelona
Lmtd Editions: Barcelona
Bottega Back Door: Bologna
Jordan Dubai: Dubai
290 SQM: Instanbul
Foot Patrol: London
Sneakers N Stuff: London
Si Vas Descalzo: Madrid
One Block Down: Mìlan
End Clothing: Newcastle
Sneakers N Stuff: Stockholm
Jordan Beijing The Place: Beijing, The Place
Jordan 1 Hongxing: Chengdu, Hongxing
Jordan Guangzhou 218 Tianhe: Guangzhou, Parc Central
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Following the reveal of a Gatorade colorway, Jordan Brand recently revealed a Carolina Tar Heel blue Air Jordan 6. Paying tribute to Michael Jordan’s alma mater, the "UNC" colorway is just the latest in a recent string of University of North Carolina-inspired Air Jordan releases. The upcoming AJ6 "UNC" features a black suede upper — accented by a Tar Heel blue lace lock and matching branding. A hit of blue on the midsole and heel stripe combined with a white translucent icy outsole finishes off the design of the shoe. Retailing at $190 USD, the Air Jordan 6 "UNC" is set to release December 2 at Nike’s web store and at select Jordan Brand retailers.
The highly anticipated High OG "Top 3" Air Jordan 1 has arrived. Hitting shelves in time for holiday wishlists, on-feet photos show patent black and metallic gold leather on the undeniable AJ1 bodywork. Both shoes feature black toes and gold heels, but distinct asymmetrical blocking with swapped panels give these high-tops a subdued tasteful look. Compared to the pre-release earlier this month, this wider release should drive prices down from its current four-figure range.
The Jordan 1 Black/Gold "Top 3" will be available at Nike retailers like Overkill on November 27. See the official store list here.
For this week’s music roundup, we saw a steady stream of new singles from the likes of Mura Masa, Kendrick Lamar, 6lack, Smokepurrp and Lil Uzi Vert amongst others. In addition, it was also week of major music headlines that included the release date announcement of N.E.R.D’s long-awaited comeback album, NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES. Forbes Magazine also crowned Beyoncé as 2017’s cash queen, hedging out Adele and Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, there was a rare Frank Ocean sighting this week after he appeared on the winter 2017/18 issue of 032c.
This week was also a big week for New York City hip-hop heads after Dipset reunited alongside A$AP Mob and shut down Hammerstein Ballroom where A$AP Rocky would declare himself as "The greatest contemporary artist of all-time." On the note of teaming up, Murder Inc founder Irv Gotti told the world on Instagram that he’s working on something "enormous" with Kanye West, while 21 Savage won’t be working with any rap veterans anytime soon after he slammed all the OG rappers criticizing the new generation. Check our picks for this week’s best new tracks and let us know what you think in the comment section.
DRAM & Playboi Carti – "Crumbs"
D.R.A.M. looks to begin his campaign trail this holiday season towards the release of his yet-to-be-titled album and to kick things off, he’s joined forces with Playboi Carti on newest track “Crumbs.” The song is the latest in a line of recent unveilings, having linked up with Rick Rubin for “Check Ya Fabrics” earlier in the month and also previously dropping “Ill Nana” with Trippie Redd and “Gilligan” with A$AP Rocky & Juicy J.
brothel – Something Somewhere EP
After building up quite a buzz in 2017, up-and-coming producer brothel has officially released a new project this week. Titled Something Somewhere, the 6-track EP is raw and emotional, showcasing the artist’s growth as a person and as a musician. “I wanted to make it more of an experience,” he explains, adding “I’ve learned that dreams really do come true. Never stop dreaming just keep going.”
Smokepurpp – "Geek Alot"
Cactus Jack Records
Smokepurpp continues to unravel a seemingly endless stash of heaters. This week, after dropping off his acclaimed Deadstar album, the young Cactus Jack Records signee drops off another hot track featuring production from one Florida’s young rap pioneers himself, Ronny J. The song only clocks in at two minutes but that’s all you need when there’s an unexplainable musical synergy between two artists. Press play to listen in below.
Kendrick Lamar & U2 Re-Team – "American Soul"
U2 and Kung Fu Kenny joined forces again this week on “American Soul.” This latest collaboration comes after their “Get Out of Your Own Way” effort and is a reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s “XXX.” The original track is a cut off his DAMN. album, where U2 made an appearance on the hook. “American Soul” as well as “Get Out of Your Own Way” is slated to appear on Songs of Experience, U2’s fourteenth studio album that’s set to drop December 1.
6LACK & T-Pain – "One Way"
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Melbourne producer LUCINABLOMKAMP surprised everyone this week when he released two new collaborative 6lack songs, “In Between” featuring BANKS and “One Way” featuring T-Pain. The pair had previously worked together on 6LACK’s track “That Far,” and according to Lucian, there’s more unreleased material sitting on ice.
Mura Masa & Jadu Heart – "U Never Call Me"
Mura Masa and Jadu Heart shared an exciting new single this week after touring much of the world together over these past few months. "U Never Call Me" first appeared as a demo during an Anchor Point writing camp at the legendary Doghouse Studios in Henley, and after endless tweaking, the resulting track is now a perfect blend of Jadu’s lazy funk and Mura Masa’s future pop. Listen in below.
Lil Uzi Vert – "3 Pills"
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Lil Uzi Vert continues to let a slew of new material unravel: whether it’s bonus cuts, features or just loose singles, one thing is for certain — he’s keeping busy. This week saw the release of his latest titled, “3 Pills.” The song was previously only available as a snippet and now it’s out in full. The release comes shortly after it was revealed that Uzi and Nicki Minaj would be working on a video for the remix of “The Way Life Goes.”
Billionaire Boys Club, the clothing label founded by Pharrell Williams and Nigo in 2005, has undergone significant shifts during its 12-year lifespan. There was a short-lived deal with Reebok that ended with an out-of-court settlement, a British licensing deal that saw a number of names* helping expand the brand’s flagship in England, and last year, Pharrell Williams and his partners bought out the 50% stake formerly owned by ICONIX brand group,
”We made the best decision for the brand,” says Pharrell. ”We just felt that it would be better for us to get full ownership of the brands back and control our own destiny.”
Indeed, BBC kicked off 2017 with a revamped and relocated flagship store in SoHo. Moving from its West Broadway location, the new BBC store is located off of Mercer Street, and not only stocks its in-house labels, but also feels a bit like a museum, replete with pillows from Takashi Murakami, high-end toys from Medicom, and interiors by Snarkitecture.
In addition to BBC and ICECREAM, the new store is also a hub for Pharrell’s myriad of adidas collaborations, and labels by BBC friends and family, like Nigo’s HUMAN MADE collection, and Cactus Plant Flea Market, an art project by iamOTHER associate Cynthia Lu, which manifests in the form of handpainted hoodies, T-shirts, and psychedelic tie-dye shorts. For Pharrell, taking destiny back into his own hands has been a great move.
”Turns out we made the right call, as the business has been re-energized.”
Now, the label is setting its sights on putting some of that revitalized energy behind Bee Line, Billionaire Boys Club’s higher-end offering. Previous creative leads in the past have included designers like Christopher Bevans and Mark McNairy, but now, the reins will be taken up by Noah founder Brendon Babenzien.
It’s important to note that this new undertaking will mean a lot more than just new collections. For Babenzien, it’s a way for him to instill his anti-corporate values within the framework of a much larger company than his own. As someone who’s witnessed the street fashion industry evolve from subversive to mainstream, it’s a key opportunity for him to keep the brand honest on his terms.
Noah, like its sister company Aprix, is a brand built on strong ideals, and uses its platform to express its values whenever it can. Take for example, Babenzien’s latest collaboration with MR PORTER. At face value, it was a way for him to put his label in the context of the retailer’s other high-end offerings. But he was able to use the partnership as a way to push Noah’s attention to fabrics and ethically-made product.
Anyone remotely familiar with the Billionaire Boys Club label is familiar with the oft-printed adage on many of its clothes: ”Wealth is of the heart and mind, not the pocket.” It’s a quote by Pharrell that Babenzien interprets differently with his approach to Bee Line. After all, he’s a staunch proponent of consumers voting with their dollars. And in a political paradigm where being conscious about the ideals of whatever entities you support is more important than ever, he’s using Bee Line as a platform to remind people that their monetary vote counts.
“Your money is a weapon,” he says. “How you spend your money is the best way to affect change.”
So what exactly are people supporting when they buy into the new Bee Line collection? Babenzien’s first Bee Line collection is ”Army of Lovers.” Loosely, it’s a collection that stands against hate, not just a cultural zeitgeist that’s seen an alarming rise in far-right ideology, but also the theoretical hate of large corporate entities against the common working class.
Babenzien used a lot of his sustainably sourced fabrics and also tapped plenty of the same manufacturers he uses for Noah. He describes his manufacturers as, “working-class people with families, not fat cats who pay nothing to produce the cheapest garments.” That means the collection has a higher price point than BBC’s other offerings, but Pharrell agrees that the price is correlated with the construction and quality of the garments, as opposed to having people pay simply for the name on the label.
”Customers today are educated about their options,” he says. ”So if you deliver a premium product, they will understand.”
The graphics are inspired by Tom Tom Club’s song ”Genius of Love,” and the academic and military influences round out Babenzien’s very particular aesthetic, with a few nods to classic aviators that align with BBC’s motifs of flight and space travel. Statement pieces like a sheepskin flight suit from Cockpit and herringbone twill flight pants balance out graphic-print tees made in the USA, and beefy jersey sweats made of substantial Canadian fleece.
”He’s obviously a super talented guy but I didn’t want him to have to stick to any narrative,” adds Pharrell. “As a creative guy there’s nothing worse than being given too many rules and restrictions. He designed a collection which I love, and is the direction I was hoping for Bee Line.”
The new Bee Line collection releases online today, and is otherwise exclusive to BBC’s flagship stores in Tokyo, New York, and London. It’s one small step for the label, but could be a giant leap for how companies in BBC’s realm think about how to stay relevant and rebellious as their peers grow more mainstream.
Continuing a series of Air Max 97 Ultra launches, Nike ushers in an all black look different from the triple black suede version we saw back in September. Alluring uniform lines now run past the upper and include the mudguard area creating a full jacquard design. The tasteful dark tune up follows news of the same sneakers reworked in "Country Camo."
Although there’s no confirmed launch date, we expect these to release before the end of the season.
Former pastor Ma$e hasn’t released a record in awhile, but in his return, he has delivered a scathing diss track towards Cam’rom, hot off the heels of his mixtape drop and reunion with Dipset. The former Children of the Corn members have been going at it for years, with Cam’ron continuing the ongoing feud on the first track of his newest mixtape The Program, which reveals Ma$e in an alleged sticky situation with a woman and her boyfriend.
Today, Ma$e let out about a decade’s worth of dirty laundry all over the four-minute diss track, touching on topics spanning from Cam’s penchant for pink, his beef ducking with 50 Cent, alleged snitching, bizarre family relationships, and his raw dealings between Dipset co-founders Jim Jones and Juelz Santana. Spat over JAY-Z‘s "Blueprint 2," of which alludes to Cam’s unsettled beef with the man during their Rockafella days, Ma$e even took to Genius to give some further backstory to the lines in his diss record.
It appears Cam’Ron has heard the track, as he’s responded via Instagram with a post of his own. Check out the track and post below and share your thoughts in the comments.
In recent months, young rap newcomer YBN Nahmir‘s breakout viral it "Rubbin’ Off The Paint" has become one of the youth-driven SoundCloud scene’s most talked-about records — even Vince Staples remixed the popular track. Despite some controversy concerning the song, the track continues to generate buzz for its creator and aid others.
Following last month’s video for "Self-Made," singing superstar Bryson Tiller serves up a new track titled "Birmingham." Instead of cooking up something entirely original, Tiller instead opts to produce his own rework of "Rubbin’ Off The Paint," further supporting Nahmir’s movement and giving his own massive fanbase some new sounds to digest. Also of significance: the song’s title comes from the name of the city Tiller brought his latest tour to and Nahmir’s hometown.
"Ever since I got to Europe, I’ve been planning to see / 20 million once again, this time, I’m playing for keeps," Tiller spits, referencing his current trek. "I went double on my first, f*ck you saying to me?/ I’ll quit talking sh*t when these n*ggas quit playing with me." From the sound of his boasts, brags and overall confidence, Tiller is looking to climb even further up the ranks once he comes back to the studio; his European tour concludes in Dublin on November 30, so it won’t be long until he’s back perfecting his next huge hit.
You can stream Bryson Tiller’s "Birmingham" spin on "Rubbin’ Off The Paint" below.
Vans teams up with MQQNEYES to release a collection only available at the 26th Annual YOKOHAMA Hot Rod Custom event — one of Japan’s biggest indoor car & motorcycle shows.
The collaboration offers a bright Hot Wheels-esque mixture of sneakers, apparel and accessories. Focal pieces include a logo-centric Vans Half Cab and customizable classic Slip-On. The Half Cab features logo-printed canvas and suede accents with MQQNEYES embroidery priced at ¥10,000 JPY ($90 USD). The Slip-Ons, retailing for ¥8,000 JPY ($72 USD), invite purchasers to exercise creative freedom in designing the canvas with custom stickers.
The limited edition MQQNEYES x Vans series launch December 3 at the Vans booth where icon Steve Van Doren and skating legend Steve Caballero will be present.
The Nike Hyperdunk has been on the scene for nearly a decade, constantly being updated throughout the years, making it one of the most diverse basketball shoe in the brand’s collection. The Hyperdunk silhouette this year has been updated with the Swoosh‘s newest REACT foam cushioning system and saw a massive reimagining when Virgil Abloh got ahold of it as apart of his "The Ten" collection.
Now the performance kicks will adapt the Flyknit Multi-Color aesthetic with an array of bright hues accentuated by jet black details. This Hyperdunk 2017 colorway will be available at Nike Sportswear retailers on December 1 for $160 USD.
It seems like there’s news of a new KITH collaboration each and every week and it doesn’t look like Ronnie Fieg and company are going to have any kind of post-Thanksgiving slowdown. Just a day after KITH’s nonnative release and its corresponding adidas footwear, Fieg has taken to Instagram to tease yet another co-branded endeavor: a drop alongside beloved French-founded/Italian-based sportswear imprint Moncler. Though it remains unclear what all the collaboration will encompass, you can bet tasteful KITH x Moncler branding will be incorporated across Moncler’s signature down-filled outerwear — and in the brand’s ubiquitous navy, white, and red combo, no less.
Expect more info on the team-up soon and, for now, catch your first glimpse of the KITH x Moncler drop.
Bloomberg has been keeping an eye on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ net worth and notes that today, for the first time, it has exceeded $100 billion. That’s 100,000,000,000 dollars. He was already definitively the richest person in the world after spending part of 2016 trading places with Bill Gates. Gates, by the way, was the last person to reach that stratospheric level of wealth, back in 1999.
But at that stratospheric level of wealth, the kind of money that’s basically impossible to comprehend short of talking about national governmental budgets, you can’t avoid a simple question: how much will he give away and how? Bezos himself is clearly looking for an answer. This past June he asked Twitter for ideas on how to be a better philanthropist. His goal was to tackle problems “at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.”
As of this moment, there are nearly 50 thousand replies to Bezos’ tweet. Let’s just do some simple division to give you a sense of the scale of Bezos’ fortune right now. If he just split his money up between each of the 47,742 people who replied to his tweet, they’d each receive about 2.1 million dollars.
“This collab is unique because you’re doing it with the players and coaches in mind. Meeting coach (Harbaugh) was crazy. He’s this larger than life personality. Ultimately him being a Michigan man and coming back to the school, it’s the same thing with me,” says Chow. “To be able to team up with U of M, Jordan and my own brand; just building that capsule with my history, that’s something that’s super special to me.”
To even scratch the surface of understanding Brooklyn is to know that this place is not only populated by Lena Dunham replicants traipsing Bushwick in search of Insta-friendly artisanal cheese shops and French-accented gentrifiers pushing $1 million strollers. Semi-frequently, though, a business or product is announced which embodies the stereotype, for better or for worse, and fuels the generalizations.
While this is such a product announcement, it’s from a dope local shop and it sounds like it’d make a damn good gift for the right person: Rough Trade, the 10,000+ square-foot record shop at 64 North 9th St. has announced the US launch of their new monthly subscription service, Rough Trade Club.
The Rough Trade Club is an album of the month membership where the shop’s experts (“some of whom have been recommending music face-to-face to the great and good of the artist and label community since the late ’70s,” according to the press release) select a new LP or CD to send to your doorstep. The membership also offers pre-ordering priority, event access, giveaways and other musically themed goodies.
The membership can be bought for yourself or for a friend, and you can opt for CDs or LPs on a three, six, or twelve-month subscription plan. A three-month CD plan will run you $44.97, and a three-month LP plan will run you $74.97. Oddly, only one-off options are available if you’re buying for yourself and not as a gift, in which case you’ll shell out $14.99 for a new CD and $24.99 for a new LP.
Past “Album of the Month” picks have included Kelela, Mac Demarco and Holly Macve. Bonus: If you hate the record Rough Trade sends you, you can swap it for a different album in the shop’s top 10 list.
The continued existence of Rough Trade – which originally opened in West London in 1976 – is a light in the record shop and brick and mortar worlds. Even if you’re too broke to treat yourself or a friend to a vinyl gift delivery service subscription, at least take pleasure that at least one indie record shop is doing decently enough to offer this.
This VaporMax comes with an all-white Flyknit upper, off-white suede eyestay detailing, signature Off-White™ text branding at the medial side, "AIR" insignia at the medial heel, bold dabs of orange at the translucent Swoosh logo on the side and the tongue tab, branded laces and a clean and clear bubble-like sole unit.
While there’s no word yet on a confirmed release date, it’s reported that these all-white Off-White™ x Nike Air VaporMaxes will drop in 2018 for a retail price of $250 USD and touch down alongside a similar black version of the silhouette.