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Nipsey Hussle’s Puma Collaboration Proceeds to Go to His Foundation

On Monday (August 20) fans are surprised to see an announcement for Nipsey Hussle’s Puma collection hit the late rapper’s Instagram pages.

The commemorative capsule collection is set to drop on September 5, 2019, and was “spearheaded this project from concept to final product over the course of last year, flying to meetings, reviewing samples, bringing in material references he liked, and most importantly ensuring that it reflected his style authentically with no compromise.”

Speaking with Complex, Puma provided more details regarding the Puma x TMC Collection, detailing the proceeds will go to the Neighborhood ‘Nip’ Foundation:

“Puma is proud to honor the vision and legacy of Nipsey Hussle through the new Puma x TMC Collection. With the blessing of his family, we’re releasing it on Sept. 5, 2019 and 100% of the net proceeds from the sales will go to the Neighborhood ‘Nip’ Foundation. Nipsey always put his community first and we know he wouldn’t want it any other way. He was a visionary who believed in the power of optimism, inspiration and action and The Neighborhood ‘Nip’ Foundation will continue his legacy as a champion of the people. Nipsey invested his time, energy and soul into collaborating with us to design this collection for his fans and supporters and we feel honored to bring it to life exactly the way he envisioned it. The Marathon Continues.”

Keep on the lookout for the Nipsey Hussle and Puma collection and more details in the forthcoming weeks.

 

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Our team is proud to announce that our first collaborative capsule with Puma drops on September 5th 2019. Nipsey spearheaded this project from concept to final product over the course of last year, flying to meetings, reviewing samples, bringing in material references he liked, and most importantly ensuring that it reflected his style authentically with no compromise. Each detail from logo placement, fit, colorways, and materials was thoughtfully done. His signature style and DNA can be found in each garment that’s part of this collection from the khaki suit to the tracksuit. This project is very special to our team and we’re handling it with the utmost care to ensure it’s delivered exactly as Nipsey envisioned it. It’s a privilege for us to honor his commitment and carry out this project for people to receive a personally curated collection by Nip Hussle Tha Great.

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Here’s a Breakdown of the Honorees at Our SOURCE360 ‘Icons’ Awards Dinner

Our 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival is just one week away, and we’re getting prepared to deliver four days of fun, festivities and a chance to honor the world of Hip-Hop that we’ve been covering for the past 30 years.

On Friday, August 16, we will be honoring a few special figures that’ve contributed heavily to the culture from their own respective areas of expertise. The 360 Icons Awards Dinner is set to go down at Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Ave) in Harlem, featuring a “Hip-Hop in Harlem” outdoor mixer, cocktails sponsored by Jack Daniels and an exclusive VIP after party to really get the weekend off to a good start.

As we honor legendary fashionista Misa Hylton, renowned Hip-Hop historian DJ Kool Herc, seasoned photographer Ernie Paniccioli, and “The God MC” himself Rakim, take a look below to see just why we consider them to be worthy of the “360 Icon” title:


Misa Hylton: The Fashion Icon

Her work in the ’90s styling the likes of Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige and most notably Lil Kim — who could forget those pasties at the 1999 VMAs! — was literally just the tipping point for what she has done throughout her still-thriving career. From being creative director of Rapsody’s new video for “Ibtihaj” to flossing out Teyana Taylor and Christian Combs in custom MCM gear for their “HYWI?” video, Ms. Hylton clearly has so much more to give us. We’re just here to give her the flowers while she can still smell them.


Kool Herc: The DJ Icon

Being credited as one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop is a heavy crown to uphold, but it’s certainly a title that Kool Herc has maintained effortlessly for almost five decades now. Even with all that he’s done as a community activist and disc jockey, particularly inventing the breakbeat style of DJing, it wasn’t until this year that he put out his first vinyl release ever with Mr. Green titled Last of the Classic Beats. At 64 years old, Herc proved to still be a pillar in rap that can still drop a classic. It’s really our honor to give the OG his rightful props.


Ernie Paniccioli: The Photography Icon

The culture wouldn’t be properly preserved without someone to capture those special memories as they were happening. That’s where Ernie Paniccioli comes in. His legendary eye has taken him everywhere from the graffiti-ridden streets of 1970s New York City to publishing his amazing 2002 book Who Shot Ya? that covers three decades of Hip-Hop photography. His latest editorial collection of photos, Hip Hop at the End of the World, dropped last year and reminded us yet again that nobody has witnessed Hip-Hop from a perspective quite as illustrious as Ernie’s.


Rakim: The MC Icon

There have been many dope emcees over time, some who’ve even been considered the greatest of their time, but there’s only one that is dope enough to be inarguably deemed as a godly figure in rap. In short, nobody, be it past or present, compares to Rakim in any level — his style, flow, lyricism and overall skill as a rapper is literally one of one. We would honor this man every single day if we could for his past and current contributions — pick up his upcoming autobiography this fall! — but we’ll settle for now by giving him one of our 360 Icon Awards next week.


Join us in celebrating these four hip-Hop icons at the SOURCE360 ‘Icons’ Awards Dinner, happening next Friday (August 16) at Ginny’s Supper Club in Red Rooster Harlem. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

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The B.I.G. Debate: COOGI Is in Court With the NBA, BK Nets, Nike and New Era Over the Use of Biggie for Branding Purposes

Months after filing a lawsuit against the Brooklyn Nets and Nike earlier this year, COOGI is now on the defense in the ongoing Coogi Partners LLC v. NBA Properties Inc. et al case after being hit with claims that the brand has been improperly using The Notorious B.I.G. to promote its clothing and signature sweater designs.



This all started back in November of last year when the Nets officially unveiled its new 2018-2019 City Uniforms. The jerseys feature a design on the trimming that looks very similar to the classic knitted sweaters that Biggie famously rapped about on songs like “Big Poppa” and “One More Chance.” It’s these same brand references that reps for the NBA, Nike, New Era and the Nets are stating in court that COOGI doesn’t have rights to use to help boost sales for their current products. They argued in court that “COOGI’s claim that its purported trade dress is so famous that, as a matter of law, it merits the enhanced protection of such recognized famous trademarks like Apple and Google is frivolous” in hopes to get the case dismissed entirely.



The part where Biggie comes in is with the the defense’s claim that COOGI is not justified to use his name and likeness to boost its brand. The Australian brand hit them back with a counterargument that states, “Biggie became closely associated with COOGI sweaters because he wore them, was repeatedly photographed in them, and sang about COOGI itself in his songs,” continuing with, “Biggie voluntarily used his right of publicity both in photos and in songs to promote COOGI sweaters.” It’s for these reasons that COOGI says the brand “has every right to benefit from any and all resulting fame.”



So far, the court hasn’t made a decision as to whether or not they’ll be dismissing the case, and we’re honestly a little unsure ourselves as to who has rightful claim in this whole ordeal.

Let us know if you’re siding with COOGI or with the Brooklyn Nets, Nike, NBA and New Era by sounding off over on our Facebook and Twitter!

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Gucci Names Renée E. Tirado Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Gucci has named Renée E. Tirado the new Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

According to Complex, the announcement is to assist with the implementation of a worldwide strategy to ensure the components of Tirado’s title are present in Gucci’s output. The aim is to build a “positive corporate culture for all.”

“I am in the business of making human connections that start with the foundations of inclusivity, respect, and diversity to ensure Gucci remains culturally and economically competitive,” Tirado said in a statement. “I am honored to join a company that puts these non-negotiable values at the forefront of their business model, not as ‘a nice to have’ but as a key component of its business strategy.”

As a part of her role, Tirado will be at the helm of Cultural Awareness Learning Program, the Global Multicultural Design Fellowship Program, the Internal Global Exchange Program, and the Employee Resource Groups. She will also serve on the Gucci Changemakers Council and the Chime for Change Advisory Board. She will also work with the VP of Brand and Culture Engagement Antoine Philips. Within her position, Tirado will also oversee work dedicated toward gender equality and support of the LGBTQIA community.

“I am confident that Renée will help us create the meaningful change we want to see not only in our company but in the fashion industry,” Bizzarri said Tuesday.

Tirado spoke with Complex and revealed that she is aiming to adjust the discussions that go into fashion.

“Part of my job will be about bringing new conversations in. How are we doing with the work force diversity agenda?,” Tirado said. “How can we bring more people that are diverse into not only Gucci, but also the fashion industry in general? How do we provide a level playing field for those new employees to compete and be the future leaders of the industry? How do we leverage Gucci’s core values to make more consumers feel they are a part of this journey and, in turn, grow our business?”

You can read the full interview with Renée E. Tirado over at Complex here.

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Chance the Rapper Drops a Merch Component To His Debut Album ‘The Big Day’

It’s finally here!

After unveiling the cover art and release date for his debut studio album The Big Day last week, Chance the Rapper has finally release the highly-anticipated project to much fanfare amongst critics and followers alike. To assist the LP rollout, young Chano has also dropped some cool album merch for fans to rock as well.



This extensive set has all the key essentials to everyone’s wardrobe this summer, including T-shirts, caps, long-sleeved shirts and hoodies for the cooler days ahead. There’s also a small range of accessories too, included a sticker pack and lighter for those that want that smoke. Every item comes with a digital copy of The Big Day, which is delivered to your email address immediately after purchase. Those that still enjoy a physical CD copy can cop those as well, which also come with a digital version as well. Chance is also selling pre-sale access to future shows and raffle tickets for fan experiences and exclusive prizes, both retailing for $10 USD and benefitting the non-profit organization SocialWorks in his hometown of Chicago.

Cop Chance The Rapper’s ‘The Big Day‘ album merch collection right now over on ChanceRaps.com. All items will ship in four weeks, with some items on pre-order until Fall 2019. See the full set below:

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Dapper Dan’s Interview on ‘The Daily Show’ Is the Inspo All Aspiring Fashion Designers Need Right Now

For those still getting around to reading the new book Made in Harlem by fashion icon Dapper Dan, the legendary designer stopped by The Daily Show with host Trevor Noah recently for an insightful one-on-one that will have you running to a bookstore to begin reading, ASAP!

The convo feels like one of those talks you’d have with a wise elder family member, which Dapper Dan could be considered to the culture as a whole given the 74-year-old’s wisdom and prowess within his field of expertise. He discusses everything from his early hustler days of making “something out of nothing,” whether that be making his own fabric or spearheading the “logomania” craze, to making self-described “knock-ups” for some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop and Black Hollywood alike. LL Cool J, Jam Master Jay, Salt-N-Pepa and most notably Mike Tyson were some of his premiere clients, and it continues today as we saw at this year’s Met Gala when he gave some of the flyest Gucci looks to 21 Savage, Regina Hall, Omari Hardwick and others.

Of all the gems he drops in this interview, here’s the one that stands out the most for us:

“Culture is what moves fashion; this Hip-Hop culture went global! So, if the culture can go global, why can’t the representatives of the culture go global as well? That’s what I advocate for.”

— Dapper Dan

Watch Dapper Dan’s full interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah above, which includes deeper conversation about his partnership with Gucci and his decision to stand by them through the recent controversy. Also, pick up Made in Harlem right now for the most insightful look into his journey of success in the fashion world.

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Cardi B and Offset Reportedly Drop $400K on Kulture’s Birthday Bash

A party ain’t a party until Cardi B and Offset come through with Kulture. Reportedly, for Kulture’s birthday party the proud parents dropped a whopping $400K on the party. held Saturday night (July 13) in Manhattan.

The theme for the party was Word Party, which is an animated show on Netflix. According to E! News, Kulture received presents such as a Word Party pendant created by Eliantte & Co.

Although the entire New York City was in a blackout, that didn’t stop them from keeping the party going.

“Thank y’all so much for coming to Kulture’s birthday party,” she said. “It was so lit that I lost my motherfucking nail. Let me tell y’all something, y’all made it lit because the fact that I had got there, the lights went off in the party. It was like a whole hour with no lights, no music. But it was lit!”

She continued, “It got lit again but with no air conditioner. So we was literally melting, but people were still dancing, having fun. And then the lights came completely back on. But then they came right back off when we was about to cut the cake. And then they cut the lights back on and nobody wanted to leave. And it’s ’cause of y’all. It was such a fun party. Thank you so much.”

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She’s the cutest thing ever❤

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Kanye West Sneaker Empire Worth to Make $1.5 Billion Dollars in 2019

Just a few years ago, Kanye West was reportedly in massive debt trying to get his clothing line off the ground. Now, his vision has come to pass, and his company is a smashing success.

Besides his love of music, Kanye West loves fashion. But instead of just buying clothes, West has built a fashion empire that is bringing in major coin.

Kanye West’s sneaker empire is a billion-dollar enterprise, according to a new cover story on the rapper’s business endeavors by Forbes magazine.

The incredibly popular Yeezy sneaker line, which began at Nike, now with Adidas, is projected to make over $1.5 billion in sales in 2019. West is said to have taken home over $150 million in income over the past year, as reported by Forbes.

Since moving the Yeezy line from Nike to Adidas in 2013, West has struck what Forbes calls an ‘unprecedented deal’ for 15 percent royalty on wholesale, plus a marketing fee.

For comparison, Michael Jordan is said to get a royalty rate of 5 percent on the Air Jordan line, which does annual sales of about $3 billion.

West has had a major turnaround from a few just a few years ago. He sent social media ablaze when he asked Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in his “ideas” and claimed to be $53 million in debt.

“I’m just blessed through the grace of God to go from tweeting at Mark Zuckerberg” to ask for money, West says, to where he is today. He can laugh at himself a little now. “People wondered, ‘Why did you tweet at Mark Zuckerberg?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, I heard he was looking for aliens.’ ”

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Legendary Musician Stevie Wonder Facing Health Challenges

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder is facing serious but manageable health problems, but he continues to perform and make music, sources close to the singer say.

Reports have been coming out that the iconic Motown star is “doing better now than he was a couple of months ago,” one close friend of Wonder told the Detroit Free Press, as he prepares to head overseas for a pair of concerts. Wonder has been traveling with a medical team, the source said.

“He’s got some health challenges, but he doesn’t want a big PR thing out of this,” said musician Joan Belgrave, a longtime friend of the singer. Her late husband, Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, met Wonder when the latter was a 13-year-old Motown prodigy, she said.

He knows what he has to do to get himself together, and he’s doing it,” Belgrave said. “He’s got a team around him — that’s what he needs. He’s got people around him who love him.”

Wonder was “joking and laughing” when they spoke by phone earlier this week, she said.

“He’s in great spirits. You would never know anything is going on. That’s how he wants it, and that’s how he wants to keep it,” Belgrave said. “He’s making music and doing what he does, and that’s what he wants to focus on.”

Speculation spread like wildfire on June 25 when a video went viral from a Philadelphia radio personality claimed that Wonder is suffering kidney failure and has begun dialysis.

Wonder’s publicist, Shelley Selover, declined to comment beyond saying: “Please know that nothing is verified unless it comes directly from us.”

Wonder has been trying to keep his health matters private, those close to the singer said, but he’s aware concerns if his legion of fans have for him.

“He said, ‘I love prayers, but tell them not to make a big deal about it,’” said Belgrave.

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Big Business, Kid: Meek Mill Is Now Part Owner of Lids

Meek Mill is prepping for one busy summer.

With a new Amazon Prime Video docuseries premiering in August and the kickoff of his Legendary Nights Tour with Future, YG, Mustard and Megan Thee Stallion soon after, the Championships rapper will now be adding a major business deal to his schedule now that he’s officially been announced as co-owner of popular headwear company Lids.


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The report arrives via an exclusive from Business Insider, which also states that Meek will lead the creative strategy for Lids and release his own limited-edition line of hats in August to line up with his tour and six-part documentary series. The deal comes by way of the MC’s close friendship with Michael Rubin — you may remember he publicly protested Meek’s Eastern Conference Semifinals travel ban — which itself derives from the 76ers’ co-owner being executive chairman of Fanatics, which owns Lids in part with investment firm Ames Watson. Rubin is also a cofounder of Reform Alliance Foundation along with Meek and political activist Van Jones, so the partnership doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. What does make for an interesting take is how Jay-Z plays a part in the inspiration process behind all of this.

Take a look below at how the Philly rap icon says Hov gave him the confidence to step into the executive chair at Lids, via Business Insider:

“Basically, I’ve seen Jay-Z, and then I’ve watched other artists who came up around his time. He actually built something. He built businesses, and he built things that made him become the man who he is, that we could call a billionaire guy. He built that, and I watched that, and I studied that. That’s why I’m working the way I’m working now to build a foundation for myself too.”

Meek plans to introduce Hip-Hop culture to Lids in a more direct way with his new position at the company, which we’re very excited to see come to fruition once those limited edition hats start popping up.

Congratulations on the new Lids deal, Meek Mill! Let us know what you all would like to see come from this partnership by letting us know on Facebook and Twitter!

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