Kylian Mbappé’s Very Own Nike LeBron 18 Colorway Is About to Drop

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Brand: Nike

Model: Nike LeBron 18

Key Features: The sneaker features a mixed color scheme with bold purple, blue, and red accents throughout the predominantly greyscale Knitposite 2.0 upper. Additional details include the footballer’s “KM” branding stamped on the tongue, two mini Swoosh logos embroidered on the toe, as well as an iridescent heel counter and outsole.

Release Date: TBC

Price: TBC

Buy: Nike SNKRS app

Editor’s Notes: Kylian Mbappé’s take on the Nike LeBron 18 sees the French forward venture outside the world of football. Through rebranded details Mbappé puts his own stamp on NBA Champion LeBron James’ current signature shoe.

Mbappé’s Nike LeBron 18 colorway has already landed at select retailers in Europe but is yet to receive a US release. According to Foot Locker’s release calendar, Mbappé’s Nike LeBron 18 will drop in grade school sizing on January 7, for $160. There’s currently no launch date available for the men’s version but stay tuned for updates.

Take a closer look at the upcoming drop via the gallery above.

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By |enero 3rd, 2021|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Remembering MF DOOM, Hip Hop’s Masked Supervillain

MF Doom performs live on stage

In its last hours, 2020 managed to throw us another curveball when the world learned that MF DOOM, the mysterious masked rapper and hip hop legend, had died at 49. The rapper’s death was first announced by his wife, Jasmine, on his Instagram page.  A cause of death was not immediately disclosed. But MF DOOM’s rep, Richie Abbott, confirmed that the rapper, whose real name was Daniel Dumile, had died months earlier on October 31.

As we said goodbye to 2020 and pinned our hopes to the new year, fans around the world mourned. An icon, one of the greatest to ever do it has passed on. Well-known for his intellect, wit, and intricate rhyme scheme, Dumile established himself as one of the most skilled orators of the genre. However, there’s one thing that made his legend more recognizable than anyone else: his mask. This is what made Daniel Dumile, MF DOOM

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To understand MF DOOM, you have to understand the mask and the story behind it.

Dumile went through several aliases before becoming MF DOOM as we know him now. From KMD to King Geedorah, Madvillainy, Viktor Vaughan, and Zev Love X – DOOM also made beats under his alias Metal Fingers. Each of the aliases had a different personality and story. DOOM’s identity was originally created based on Doctor Doom, the fictional supervillain. DOOM emerged into the hip hop scene by performing at open mic events in New York wearing stockings and bandanas to cover his face.

However, hip hop history was made when famed graffiti artist Lord Scotch designed a mask by deconstructing a helmet used in the movie Gladiator. Donning the hulking piece, metal-faced-DOOM fully embraced the image of the comic book villain as opposed to rap’s stereotypical gangster. He summed it up perfectly on the following line from “Figaro”: “The best MC with no chain ya ever heard.”

In many ways, the masked rapper was ahead of his time. By eschewing the hype of celebrity while dominating the game, DOOM proved that being a rapper isn’t about chains or clout but the pursuance of true artistry. In a 2009 New Yorker article, he told writer Ta-Nehisi Coates that the mask “came out of necessity.”

“I wanted to get onstage and orate, without people thinking about the normal things people think about. Like girls being like, ‘Oh, he’s sexy,’ or ‘I don’t want him, he’s ugly,’ and then other dudes sizing you up,” Dumile said. “A visual always brings a first impression. But if there’s going to be a first impression I might as well use it to control the story. So why not do something like throw a mask on?”

And the ranks of anonymous internet-age artists are part of this legacy, from trap-country singer RMR to Brooklyn’s Leikeli47, and London’s AutoTune trap king M Huncho.

Beyond the industry, DOOM’s mask was an emblem for legions of kids on the peripheries. The underdog who was on top of the game. His comic book rhymes flipped the script on hip hop’s long-standing history of praising the bad guy. Spitting extremely mind-bending verses, packed with punchlines that would even put to shame the likes of Eminem and Lil Wayne.

DOOM also used the mask to pull off some of his most controversial stunts. In the work of a true supervillain, Dumile became known for sending con artists on stage to perform for fans in his trademark metal mask. The imposters irked fans and sparked outrage. Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2009, he shrugged it off saying: “I tell you one thing: when you come to a DOOM show, come expecting to hear music, don’t come expecting to see.”

In recent years, DOOM mostly stayed out of the public eye, he avoided interviews and offered few updates. Aside from a few stray guest appearances things went quiet. Then as news surfaced on New Year’s Eve that the masked man had passed away months earlier, a sentiment emerged among fans and fellow artists: we may not have mentioned DOOM while we were arguing over our best-MCs lists, but to many he was among the best to ever do it. The phrase “your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper” gets thrown around a lot when discussing OGs, but when Q-Tip said it about DOOM in tribute, it rang true.

RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MC .. MF DOOM!!
crushing news…

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 31, 2020

Mask on, MF DOOM established himself as the most confusing and intriguing godfather of hip hop. And even in death, he remains, unequivocally, one of the most influential and brilliant MCs of all time.

Rest in peace, MF DOOM.


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By |enero 2nd, 2021|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Lil Baby & Lil Durk Are Building Their Own Streaming Platform

Meek Mill and 21 Savage

 Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and Lil Durk are about to shake up the music industry. The rappers have teamed up to build their very own digital streaming platform.

Taking to Twitter, the Championships rapper announced he was looking for developers for the venture. “Me lil baby Durkio tryna get somebody in Silicon Valley to build us our own music platform we can be majority owner in,” he wrote. “We will pay!! We need top Silicon Valley steppers please!”

Me lil baby Durkio tryna get somebody in Silicon Valley to build us our own music platform we can be majority owner in! We will pay!! We need top Silicon Valley steppers please!

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 26, 2020

In another Tweet, he announced that 21 Savage was on board as well.

21 gone link in too we need some app options we looking for the best platform builders!!!! Tryna get started 2021

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 26, 2020

A day later, Meek explained the motivation behind his vision, revealing that the project aims to donate a percentage to “the people we make money from,” and also seeks to “maximize black wealth.”

we gone start something and donate a % to the people we make money from! We waiting on production now! #culturecurrency coming full blast!!! https://t.co/41zWgoJZmT

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 26, 2020

Respectfully to Spotify too we get millions with them one of my biggest platforms I sell on! We need their help too… but we gone build something where we can maximize black wealth and we not gone fail by any means “we got a real backing behind us” let’s get it

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 26, 2020

The rappers’ new venture comes as more and more artists seek new ways to claim ownership over their music. Many musicians are taking to new modes of distribution and upsetting dated business models in the process. Notably, Kanye West made a powerful point earlier this year when he dropped a track directly on Twitter.

While streaming platforms like Spotify have pushed listening numbers to an all-time high, criticisms have been leveraged against streamers for not giving enough back to the artists in royalties. Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and Lil Durk could reroute streaming proceeds back to the culture.


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The Nike Overbreak SP Gets a Mars Yard Makeover

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Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

Official product images of a Mars Yard-inspired Nike Overbreak SP have surfaced online, suggesting that a release could be on the cards in the near future.

The sneaker arrives in Tom Sachs’ signature white, red, and brown color scheme. The Overbreak combines a more vintage-looking leather and synthetic upper with a futuristic ISPA React sole unit, which gives the entire sneaker a juxtaposed aesthetic.

This isn’t the first time that a sneaker has received a Mars Yard makeover. Most recently the Nike SB Team Classic was released in the same white brown and red color blocking. It most certainly won’t be the last time either.

Apparently dropping in Asia on January 5, the Nike Overbreak SP is rumored to be dropping globally at some point in January.

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By |diciembre 31st, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Bape Is Rumored to Be Dropping Air Jordan 1 Lookalikes

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Leaked images suggest that Bape is gearing up to release a brand new silhouette in 2021. Apparently called the COURT STA, the sneaker is an obvious homage to the Nike Air Jordan 1 High.

The images were leaked by Supreme Leaks News on Instagram and show a sneaker with Air Jordan 1-esque leather paneling on the upper, a shooting star replacing the Swooosh, and Bape camo embossed on certain overlays. The black and grey colorway mirrors that of Nike’s popular “Shadow” color scheme.

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In addition to the high top, the leak account has shared photos of two low top variants. No official news is available regarding the release, though it’s expected that the Bape COURT STA will be released at some point in 2021. Stay tuned for updates.

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By |diciembre 31st, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

J. Cole Just Announced Three Upcoming Albums & They Could Be His Last

When J. Cole takes to social media, you know it’s deliberate. So, when the rapper posted a cryptic photo to Instagram yesterday detailing a list of unreleased albums and teasing impending retirement, best believe there is substance to it.

The Dreamville boss shared his plans for the “Fall Off-era” of albums, which seemingly involves dropping two other projects before released his previously-teased and highly-anticipated The Fall Off album.

Cole’s post includes a trajectory of projects with some already-completed entries crossed out. For instance, “Features” appear to be done, while Cole hasn’t released any solo music since 2018’s KOD, he has appeared on a number of tracks with the likes of Gangstarr, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and his Dreamville cohorts. Then his Dreamville compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III, which dropped last year, also appears crossed out on the list.

What follows next are two as-yet-unreleased projects, The Off Season and It’s A Boy, leading up to The Fall Off. 

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However, another detail that has fans scrambling is Cole’s caption, which hints at retirement.  “I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…” he wrote. Unfortunately, this isn’t news. Earlier this year, he published an essay titled “The Audacity” in which he discussed retirement.

“… A long term plan of becoming the best rapper I could possibly be before hanging up my jersey, leaving nothing on the table when all was said and done. The seeds for ​The Fall Off were planted …” he wrote. “The fire that was once dying out has returned, and for that I’m grateful. On my career bucket list, there remain a few more items to check off before I give myself permission to enter whatever the next chapter of my life may be.”

It’s unclear when J. Cole’s The Off-Season records are set to arrive and whether this will really mean his retirement from the rap game. Keep it here for updates.


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By |diciembre 31st, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Nike’s Dunk Low “Michigan” Doesn’t Need a Virgil Zip-Tie

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Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

Nike is already scheduled to kick off the new year with a series of Dunk colorways, and today we’ve received a look at an iteration that is sure to be coveted in 2021. Expected to return in the early part of next year is the “Michigan” Dunk Low.

Images of the University of Michigan-inspired pair recently surfaced on NikeTalk — albeit the grade school version — giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming release. We see Varsity Maize and Midnight Navy-colored leather coming together across the upper, while a white midsole provides contrast below.

Nike has utilized Michigan’s colors on the Dunk multiple times over the years, most recently on a high-top release. It’s been since 1999 that the colorway arrived in low-top form, however, so the upcoming pair should be highly sought after. Virgil Abloh notably drew from the scheme with his “University Gold” Dunk Low from 2019.

Although images have made their way online, we still don’t know when the Dunk Low “Michigan” will release. According to reports, it may drop in the first half of 2021. You can keep it locked here for further updates.

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By |diciembre 30th, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Dime’s New Reebok Collab Recalls an Infamous Artwork Restoration

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Brand: Dime x Reebok

Model: BB 4000

Key Features: The Dime x Reebok BB 4000 is offered in two colorways, one with a brown suede upper and another with a white leather upper. Reebok’s vector logo appears on the side of each pair, while Dime branding emerges on a tag on the side, embroidery on the heel, and on the tongue tag, which also bears an interpretation of the painting, Ecce Homo.

Release Date: January 1

Price: $135

Buy: Retailers like BSTN

Editor’s Notes: Dime is following its recent Kamikaze II Low collaboration with another release alongside Reebok. For this particular foray, the Montreal outfit has chosen to reimagine the BB 4000.

The Reebok BB 4000 is an outdoor basketball sneaker from the late ’80s and early ’90s that has since transitioned to more of a lifestyle model. Here, we find it dressed in two colorways, one with a brown suede base and another predominantly done up in white leather.

Dime’s BB 4000 collab harkens back to a botched restoration attempt of the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), a 1930s painting depicting Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. The artwork has been transferred onto the tongue tag on each pair of BB 4000s.

Dime and Reebok have yet to officially announce the BB 4000 project, although retailer BSTN currently has a release scheduled for January 1, 2021.

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By |diciembre 30th, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Buckle Up in WTAPS’ Military-Inspired Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

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Brand: WTAPS x Dr. Martens

Model: 1460 Remastered

Key Features: The WTAPS x Dr. Martens 1460 Remastered features a leather upper, buckle fastenings for easy on and off, an antique silver steel toe cap with “WT” branding, the coordinates of WTAPS’ Tokyo-based store debossed across the quarter panel, black welt stitching, and Dr. Martens’ classic black and yellow heel loop.

Release Date: November 28

Price: TBC

Buy: drmartens.com and select retailers

Editor’s Notes: As Dr. Martens continues to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its original boot, the brand sets its sights on the latest 1460 Remastered collaboration, this time with WTAPS. The upcoming WTAPS drop accounts for the 11th installment in the 1460 Remastered series, as it ultimately celebrates the two brands’ shared utilitarian and rebellious heritage.

WTAPS brings an unmistakable military edge to the 1460 Remastered, implementing buckle fastenings in place of laces. The boot is also equipped with a standout silver steel toe cap boasting “WT” branding. Another focal design element is the coordinates of WTAPS’ Tokyo-based store debossed across the quarter panel, a first for any Dr. Martens release.

You can get a detailed look at the WTAPS x Dr. Martens 1460 Remastered via the galleries above and below, ahead of the November 28 launch.





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By |noviembre 16th, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments

Paul Smith’s Signature “Artist Stripe” Colors Braun Collaboration

Paul Smith x Braun

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Paul Smith has long mastered the art of the collaboration. For his latest foray, he has partnered with German consumer products company Braun to reimagine a trio of items.

Paul Smith x Braun consists of a watch, wall clock, and travel alarm clock, each decorated with the renowned designer’s signature “Artist Stripe.” The centerpiece of the collaboration, the watch boasts an easy-to-read dial layout with a date display. The second hand bears the aforementioned stripes, which provide pops of color to the black and white timepiece. The watch features a 40 mm matt stainless steel case, snap case back, scratch-resistant mineral glass, genuine leather strap, quartz date movement, and 5ATM water resistance.

The wall clock and analogue travel alarm clock also opt for a predominantly black and white scheme, with the “Artist Stripe” appearing on the second hand as well. All three items are considered limited edition and feature Paul Smith and Braun branding on the dial.

You can purchase the Paul Smith x Braun goods today by following the link below. The watch retails for $225, while the wall clock is priced at $80 and the travel alarm clock at $45.

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By |noviembre 16th, 2020|Art&Design, Beauty, city, Fashion, lifeStyle, Music, new media, TV|0 Comments