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VEGAS NIGHTS: Chris Brown, Swizz, French Montana & Trina, Rick Ross & More Rock The REEBOK CLASSIC Event + Lala HOSTS Karrueche Tran & Juicy J At VIBE’s Daytime Pool Party

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Monday night, Reebok Classic threw a star-studded concert at the Project Trade Show in Las Vegas featuring Travi$ Scott, French Montana, Tyga, Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, Chris Brown & more. See pics inside and get the deets on VIBE’s daytime pool party with Lala Anthony and Karrueche Tran….

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On Monday night, Reebok Classic a huge concert/party at the Project Trade Show during Majic in Las Vegas. Held at the Rain Nightclub at the Palms Hotel, the show featured top-notch pyrotechnics and lighting as Travi$ Scott, French Montana, Tyga and Swizz Beatz headlined. Chris Brown (shown above with Tyga) was a special guest.  

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We hope Chris isn’t violating his probation with whatever he’s got in that cup!

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Karrueche Tran was also there to support Chris.  She clearly had a good time tweeting, "Vegas is draining.. Goooooooodnight"

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Tyga, who posed with Swizz Beatz, performed his hits "Faded", "Rack City" and "Dope".  And his baby moms Blac Chyna was on vacay with her bestie in Cabo.

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French Montana hit the stage with Swizz Beatz for "Pop That" and "Ocho Cinco".

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Rapper Rick Ross was also in the building, hitting the stage to perform “Stay Schemin" his Jay Z track “F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt,” and “I’m A Boss".

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Rick also posed with Miami native (and French Montana’s girlfriend) Trina.  Y’all already know she was there.

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It’s funny seeing Rick Ross at a Reebok event since the brand publically dropped him over this "U.O.E.N.O" lyrics.  But we guess a check is a check…..

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The last special guest to hit the stage was Chris Brown, who rocked the mic with Tyga, Rick Ross, French Montana, and Swizz Beatz. He closed the show by performing "Beat It."

 

Also in Las Vegas yesterday…… 

 

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LaLa Anthony hosted VIBE Magazine’s 20th year anniversary party at TAO.

 

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She rocked a Sass & Bide dress with Charlotte Olympia platform wedges for the event.  Then, the hostess with the mostess treated VIP party guests to Sprayground back packs that included Sol Republic headphones, custom VIBE 20th New Era hats and Civil apparel.

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The mag’s private daytime pool party wwas followed by an afterparty at the House of Blues.

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Karrueche Tran was also spotted at the pool party.  She and Lala were overheard hashing it out about their favorite VIBE covers with Editor-In-Chief Jermaine Hall.

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And later, rappers Juicy J and Talib Kweli hit the stage at The House Of Blues afterparty.

 

 

 

Photos via Rick Williams/VIBE

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Nike Air Alder Low Black/Sonic Yellow

Technical and eclectic, the Nike Air Alder Low meshes performance materials with a low top boot build. ACG tagging matches outdoor aesthetic, seen by a speckled sole and hiking laces. A synthetic sidewall bares bold branding, contrasted by a mesh tongue and soft paneling. Tough enough for the trail but casual capable, the Nike Air Alder Low Black/Sonic Yellow is available now at Premier.

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Nike Air Alder Low Black/Sonic Yellow

Nike Air Alder Low Black/Sonic Yellow

Nike Air Alder Low Black/Sonic Yellow

Nike Air Alder Low Black/Sonic Yellow


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Jhené Aiko – Comfort Inn Ending Cont’d… (Produced by No I.D.)

It turns out Jhené Aiko’s song “Comfort Inn Ending” was a bit longer than we originally anticipated, 3:16 to be exact. That number’s not coincidental. The TDE-affiliated songstress appears to be carrying over that numerology from her singles “3:16AM” and “Burning Man (3:16pm).” What is the exact significance of that number to Aiko? It is her birthday, March 16. While no promises have been made as to when her longtime-in-the-making debut album Souled Out will be released, March 16 seems the most likely candidate because of her constant allusions to the number and the fact that her debut mixtape Sailing Soul(s) was released on that date back in 2011.

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Video: Shyne – King of NYS

Shyne, who is no fan of Kendrick Lamar, drops the video for his Gangland mixtape cut “King of NYS”. Although it was recorded and released months before “Control” was even a glimmer in K.Dot’s eye, Shyne presents it as somewhat of a response to the controversial verse.

Previously: Shyne Says Kendrick’s Album is Trash | Shyne on His Game Diss “Bury Judas”

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Michael Christmas – Daily (Video)

In between Celtics/Lakers talk with my NBA season rival Black EL, I was passed a new video from Boston’s Michael Christmas. As a huge fan of deadpan humor — easily proven by one look at my Netflix “recently-watched” list #coolstoryshake — I fell directly in the zone Mickey was setting with his hilarious take on [...]
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Developing a Strong Work Ethic

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From the Floor of Agenda Las Vegas: Day 2 Recap with Words from jeffstaple and SSUR

On Tuesday, Agenda Las Vegas wrapped up its inaugural showing. An important stop on the fashion tradeshow circuit, the involvement of Agenda in Las Vegas has brought to an a whirlwind summer that comprised of initial stops in both Long Beach and New York. The industry has come leaps and bounds since Agenda’s initial launch 10 years ago, as the support of many small independent brands continues for the tradeshow regardless of the growth and size of the platform. To gain some insight from the floor regarding what’s new, we spoke with SSUR’s The Dread for some confident words on the brand as well as the always articulate jeffstaple.

Check out more coverage from Agenda here.


SSUR

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Damon, everyone calls me The Dread, and I rep SSUR.

What are things your brand are pushing hard upcoming?

Upcoming for SSUR and Caviar Cartel, we’re going to introduce a strong cut and sew line into the collection, we have SSUR kids that we just brought out, and Caviar Cartel is basically ready for a relaunch for 2013 holiday and 2014 spring.

You guys are a trend setting brand, can you talk a bit about trends that SSUR or Caviar Cartel might stay away from?

SSUR is definitely a trend setting company, if you notice a red hit on anything that’s not SSUR it came from SSUR first. So if you notice a red sleeve hit or a red hat, it’s all SSUR. And then all of this Old English font and the white print on black hats, that’s all SSUR all day. What we’re going to get away from is the camo print, we touched on the drop-crotch but we kept it classy with the cut and sew, so we didn’t really do that too much. With SSUR, he’s (Russ Karablin, founder) trendsetting and he’s going to keep it classy, he’s going to keep it black. You’ll see us making moves in the industry and do what you don’t see anybody doing. We never do anything that we see other people doing, Russ always does the opposite of what everyone else is doing and everyone catches on a couple of years later.

Are there any marketing plans in the works to promote SSUR and Caviar Cartel involving music or art or anything like that?

SSUR’s been in the game for twenty years, they’re connected and he knows everybody and everyone knows him — everyone wants to collaborate and work with him. When we’re getting a brand identity out there we’re very select, we pick and choose who we work with because it’s a lot of brand integrity and the brand has a lot of substance. Don’t really want to let the cat out the bag as to who we’re going to be working with and exactly how we handle our marketing tactics, but it all goes back to the fact that once we do it, everybody else follows suit. It is what it is, SSUR and Caviar Cartel all day.

What does it mean to you to be at the first Agenda in Las Vegas? How does it compare to other Agenda trade shows in the past?

Agenda Vegas is a good look, it’s definitely different from the norm so everybody was looking forward to a new feel and a new show this season. And compared to Agenda’s shows of the past I think they curated the brands and the space quite well, and it’s a good look for AGENDA to mix it up. They brought in some good brands and they kept it simple, and I think this show has the potential to be a staple show and have a good amount of numbers.

Any last words?

SSUR’s an official company, we’ve been in the game forever, and it’s a dope fit. When you have an official company setting the trends, with all these other brands out there, the up and coming new guys have someone to look up to.


Staple Design

Can you introduce yourself and your role?

My name’s jeffstaple and I’m the Creative Director of Staple Design and REED SPACE.

What are things your brand are pushing hard upcoming?

It’s important everything that comes out has the same mission. Our main goal for the rest of the year is the main line and make it really dope. A lot of people put focus on special projects and collaborations. They bring good energy but you need a good foundation. From the dialog, it’s going well thanks to feedback on social media and retailers etc. Collaborations are a lot of my personal interests like Mike Tyson’s collabo, which will see another fall collection on the way. For holiday we’re working with sneaker-inspired painter Dave White based around cut & sew and a capsule collection with 13THWITNESS which will be big on graphics.

What are trends that are their way out or things Staple Design would stay clear of?

We don’t look at trends and see what’s on their way out. We look at what is “Staple” and what isn’t. The whole football jersey thing is big with the name/numbers with the black leather thing… they sort of go together. Is that Staple? Can Staple do it? Can we do it well? We think yes but the million dollar question, “is it Staple?” At the end of the day it’s not core to what we believe in. It’s not that it’s not a worthy trend but rather should we do it. A lot of retailers had said if you do it we’ll buy a ton of it but it’s not us. Another good example are things like weed leaves and blunts. Stuff like that is just not inherently Staple and it becomes a slippery slope. A pigeon with a weed leaf then what next? A naked girl? You’ll end up always chasing.

Are there any marketing plans in the works such as lifestyle initiatives?

That first Skillshare thing we did was like a test pilot. The response was stellar and off-the-chain crazy and one of their most popular classes ever. It’s been incredible for me and having Agenda on board where the winning brand gets to exhibit for free is crazy. I have 3,000 brands to go through so it make take me some time to sift through it. I’d like to follow-up on that and I love doing stuff like that.

What does it mean to you to be at the first AGENDA in Las Vegas? How does it compare to other AGENDA trade shows in the past?

It’s where street culture is today. Fifteen years ago, you could count on one hand how my brands and how many supporters there were. Agenda is highly sought after and many would love to exhibit here. To be on board with them is an honor and I’m glad Aaron (Levant) supports this culture.

Any last words?

Shout out to all the commenters on Hypebeast.


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CONGRATS! LaTavia Roberson Welcomes Baby Girl Lyric

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Former Destiny’s Child group member LaTavia Roberson just welcomed her first baby into the world.  Check out how she made the announcement inside…

 

Just hours ago, singer and upcoming author and reality star Latavia Roberson delivered a brand new bouncing baby girl in Atlanta, just 2 weeks after her big baby shower (pictured above).

LaTavia posted the below with a smile to announce the news to her fans:

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Awww.  She and her baby’s father Don Vito have named her Lyric.  And we can’t wait to see her!

Congrats to the new parents!

P.S. LaTavia’s fellow ATL celeb friend Rasheeda also gave birth today to a baby boy named Karter.

 

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Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault Upcoming Releases

Design ranges from floral to formal on the upcoming releases from the Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault collection. The Court Hi and Half Cab silos are stamped with traces of tropical foliage, set off by smooth paneling and simple white soles. Converse to the classics, the new TH Style #008 mixes mature with modern, adding flavor around the ankle to a dress shoe silo. Check out pics of the upcoming Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault releases and stay tuned for launch details.

RELATED: Industry Interview – Taka Hayashi Talks Vans Vault

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Nike & Jordan Brand To Unveil Concept Car Designs on Gran Turismo 6 | Video


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For Microsoft and Sony, this holiday season won’t just be a battle between their respective game consoles, the XBOX ONE and PlayStation 4, it will also be about each of their gaming title franchise, Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. In a bid for dominance over the auto racing simulator genre, designer Kazunori Yamauchi, his firm Polyphony Digital, and Sony Computer Entertainment divulged more details on their upcoming Gran Turismo 6, including Vision Gran Turismo initiative.

By partnering with the actual automotive design teams, creative agencies, and manufacturers, the collaborations allow the introduction of concept cars in various design stages, virtually onto Gran Turismo 6. Furthermore, thanks to the Vision Gran Turismo initiative, car makers will be creating one-of-the-kind concept for the Gran Turismo franchise, like the Volkswagen Golf GTI Vision Gran Turismo, the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, the Alfa Romeo 6C Biposto Vision Gran Turismo, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Along with contributions from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, SRT, Volkswagen, as well as Bertone, Italdesign Giugiaro, and Zagato, designers from Nike and Jordan Brand will utilize the platform to unveil their concept car designs.

Gran Turismo 6 will be available for purchase and download on December 6th.



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