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What Went Down at Footpatrol’s Virgil Abloh x Nike “The Ten” Release

To celebrate its release of the Virgil Abloh x Nike "The Ten" collection, sneaker retailer Footpatrol transformed its London location into a study of the shoes' deconstructed designs.

The London retailer took aesthetic cues from the reworked icons to create an exhibition space to celebrate the limited release of the highly sought-after shoes. Sneakerheads who braved the cold weather for a pair of "The Ten" were treated to an interactive display highlighting the "GHOSTING" and "REVEALING" concepts that informed the reimagined icons. Check out the photos above and video below to see how London's Footpatrol celebrated the release of "The Ten" collection.

For another chance to get your hands on "The Ten," make sure to check out the official Nike SNKRS release schedule for the collection.

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Chance The Rapper’s “Come Back Barack” SNL Skit Has Twitter Pleading for Former POTUS

This weekend, Chance The Rapper showed off his multi-faceted talents when he became the first independent artist to host and perform on hit show Saturday Night Live. One section of the Chicago rapper's performance that has garnered widespread acclaim is his R&B parody song, "Come Back Barack." As the title of the amusing track indicates, it's clear that the 24-year-old rapper misses his former President Barack Obama -- and judging from the reaction on Twitter tracked by the hashtag #comebackbarack, he's not alone.

Check out some of the funnier tweets below and let us know what you thought of the Chance The Rapper's attempt at hosting SNL in the comments.

In other Presidential news, LaVar Ball and Donald Trump beef over LiAngelo's release from China.

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Watch Drake Get Curved in the Latest Virginia Black Ad

The room is washed in a warm light from a fireplace flickering nearby. Passionfruit plays softly in the distance. Amongst the murmuring evening crowd, Drake stands solo at a marble bar, chain glistening against his dark turtleneck. He locks eyes with a sultry woman across the room. But as he approaches, realizes the one she's headed for is none other than Dennis Graham. Drizzy is left lingering, his emotional tension matched by the chords still playing in the background. He quickly accepts his fate and walks out of the shot. Check out the clip above, a hilarious follow-up to an ad shared by Virginia Black Whiskey earlier this year. Hopefully we can expect a third in the series where Drake finally gets his girl.

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Wonders Expresses a Rebellious Spirit With Fall/Winter 2017 “WE WANT MORE” Collection

New York-based label Wonders recently drew from the rebellious spirit of vintage motorcycle clubs for its new Fall/Winter 2017 “WE WANT MORE” collection.

Continuing its expression of vintage, military, workwear and sportswear through contemporary cutting and atypical textiles, Wonders latest seasonal range pays homage to rugged garage classics. Brushwork by artist Nguyen Le, evocative graphics, eye-catching embroidery and intricate intarsia patches serve as the main design elements of the collection, which boasts jackets, anoraks, hoodies, shirts, T-shirts and pants.

Retailing between $95 and $450 USD, Wonders' Fall/Winter 2017 “WE WANT MORE” collection is available now at select retailers and Wonders’ website.

For more contemporary fashion news, check out what went down at Vetements' DHL-backed Hong Kong pop-up.

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Stream brothel’s ‘Something Somewhere’ EP

Up and coming producer brothel has recently released his new EP in its entirety. Titled Something Somewhere, brothel has been releasing singles over the past weeks. The latest single, "Whiz" featuring Butch Clancy is the last song off of the EP. The 6-track project 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 shares. "I figure it was a perfect time to show my audience how I’ve been feeling, and growing as an artist. I’ve been on the road a sh*t load this year and I feel blessed that I have been given the opportunities that I have." He adds a few words of inspiration: "I’ve learned that dreams really do come true. Never stop dreaming just keep going."

Stream the EP via SoundCloud below.

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Epitome x HEX “Natural State” Collection Includes Sneaker Backpack and iPhone Wallet

Atlanta-based retailer Epitome has linked up with luxury bag/accessory brand HEX to develop a limited-edition, multi-purpose "Natural State" sneaker backpack and iPhone wallet, both built from the same top-end leather material.

The bag's main feature is a vented sneaker recess in the rear that makes room for a spare pair of kicks while on the go. The bag is comprised of a naturally waxed canvas shell and features vachetta tan leather accents -- the overall result is a fashion-forward yet rugged aesthetic. Above the sneaker compartment, there is a spacious and expandable storage unit that can hold the remainder of your gear. Aside from the main compartments, there are also a number of quick access padded pockets, a lined interior laptop pocket (that can fit 13"- 17" laptops), as well as an organizer for loose items.

The iPhone wallet, also made from vachetta tan leather, includes a zipper system to ensure your device is fully protected when sealed and allows you full camera access while encased. The accessory will be compatible with iPhone 6, 7, and 8.

Both the Sneaker Backpack and iPhone wallet are now available on the Epitome website for a price of $200 USD and $60 USD, respectively.

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Carhartt WIP & Clarks Come Together in a Workshop-Inspired Editorial

American workwear heavyweight Carhartt and British footwear label Clarks come together in a workshop-inspired editorial by New York City photographer Aren Johnson that shows comfort without sacrificing style.

The spread matches Carhartt WIP's classic workwear garments, particularly its overalls and work shirts, with Clark Original's signature Trek boots and Wallabees, flaunting both labels' versatility and utility-oriented style in a newspaper-clad workshop space.

Flip through the photo set above, check out Carhartt WIP's new Fall/Winter 2017 collection or peep GRIND's latest editorial for some more styling inspiration.

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Bruno Mars Beats Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd & More at 2017 AMAs

The 45th Annual American Music Awards took place on November 19 at the Microsoft theater in Los Angeles, California. Broadcasted on ABC and hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the show featured performances by Selena Gomez, Macklemore, Khalid and more. Winners of the night include the Drake, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Beyonce and more. However, the Bruno Mars took home the most trophies and the biggest awards, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist. See highlights from the list of winners below and see the full list via Billboard.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars WINNER
Ed Sheeran

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” WINNER
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”
Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Wanna Know”
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Drake
Bruno Mars WINNER
Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Alessia Cara
Lady Gaga WINNER
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Drake, More Life
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic WINNER
The Weeknd, Starboy

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake WINNER
Kendrick Lamar
Migos

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. WINNER
Migos, Culture

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One” WINNER
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Childish Gambino
Bruno Mars WINNER
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Beyonce WINNER
Kehlani
Rihanna

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic WINNER
The Weeknd, Starboy

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Khalid, “Location”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” WINNER
The Weeknd, “Starboy”

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Lil Peep’s Brother Speaks About his Death

It was sad and shocking news last week when it was announced rapper, Lil Peep had passed away. Though it was revealed by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner that he likely died from drug overdose, fans have taken online to voice their concerns of how depression likely played a part in his untimely passing -- something not unfeasible considering some of his Emo Rap lyrics and his final Instagram caption. However, his brother has said otherwise in a recent interview with People; “We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking...He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was...It was an accident, it really was an accident. He was super happy with where he was in life.”

It may take up to two months until a confirmed toxicology report is released, but in the meantime our thoughts are with his friends and family.

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The New Originals’ Super Retro Fall/Winter 2017 Editorial

The New Originals, known for its all around retro vibe, takes a step into the early '90s with its latest Fall Winter 2017 editorial. It's an era many of us are eagerly nostalgic for and can still relate to at the sight of an old box Macintosh computer or SLR film camera. Amongst the grainy, faded photos are a display of pastel sweats, trousers, half-zip tops and a graphic tee. Take a closer look in the photos above and shop the collection online here.

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Lil Uzi Vert & Nicki Minaj Are Working on a Music Video For “The Way Life Goes (Remix)”

Lil Uzi Vert and Nicki Minaj recently revealed that they are working on a music video for the remix of "The Way Life Goes." Taking to Instagram, the two rappers posted clips of them relaxing on the set of their shoot.

Despite being delayed, the remix of  "The Way Life Goes" has been well received, even making it on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. In one of the videos, Nicki notes the remix of the Luv Is Rage 2 hit single is her 82nd Hot 100 entry and how much Uzi reminds her of Lil Wayne.

Take a look at the behind-the-scenes snaps below and stay tuned for the release of the music video for "The Way Life Goes (Remix)" below. For more music content, learn how Kanye West made his most influential auto-tune album, 808s & Heartbreak.

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Talib Kweli’s “Travelling Light” Feat. Anderson .Paak Gets Feel-Good Visuals

Last week Talib Kweli made his long-awaited return with his latest album, Radio Silence, and now the Brooklyn native has provided visuals for one of the LP's hit singles, "Travelling Light." The Kaytranda-produced-beat, featuring Anderson .Paak vocals, was released on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 program prior to the album's official arrival.

The buoyant music video follows the Brooklyn MC and the inimitable Paak as they explore the ever-growing New York City borough, performing shows, enjoying the sun and mingling with the locals. The video also features some other famous faces such as Spike Lee, Dave Chapelle, Q-Tip and Mos Def.

You can watch the music video above and stream Kweli's feature-packed album below via Spotify.

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