Yesterday the fashion world was shaken when it was reported that the legendary Ralph Lauren would be stepping down as CEO of his namesake company. Ralph has been at the head of the company for almost 50 years now. His clothing is some of the more notable if not THE most notable in fashion history no matter if your 3 years old or 93 years old you know when you see a “polo horse” its Ralph Lauren. Ralph is turning 76 this year and is giving the CEO position to 41-year-old Stefan Larson who has been the global president of Old Navy for 3 years and previously worked at H&M for 15 years. Ralph has been noted saying that their relationship is more of a “partnership” and that Larson will be reporting to him still. “It’s a public company and we have the responsibility to have the right leadership” said Ralph to the Wall Street Journal about the decision. Mr. Lauren will forever live on even after he is long gone for the impact he has had on fashion globally throughout the decades.
When asked what my favorite song is I will quickly respond with Baby E.’s “Finessin”. The mild mannered track is too good and the Virginia based artist definitey has a hit on his hands. Set to a smooth beat with a knockin sub bass kick, Baby E goes in over his own beat and sets a scene like something out of a movie finessin and ballin in every way imaginable. This track is dynamic in alot of ways but over all it’s just a great listen. Take a listen to Baby E.’s properly titled track Finessin below. Also take a listen to some of Baby E.’s other releases I’m sure you will find something.
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Travis and Kanye apparently could possibly have something on the way. According to Travis Scott something that he has been “plotting” with Kanye for years now is about to “surface”. Taking to instagram today fresh off the Summer End Music Festival last night “La Flame” shared the following news.
Kanye has yet to comment about the two possibly working together. However we are sure whatever it is that the two have been “plotting” it is sure to grab a lot of attention from the media and hip hop fans worldwide. The two also took to the stage last night to perform “Piss On Your Grave” a track off of Travis debut album “Rodeo”.
It’s been a week since we’ve digested What A Time To Be Alive! Future and Drake made the OVOFBG connection official by releasing this timely project. The heavily built up anticipation for this album set itself up to disappoint some fans who probably expected a Drake and Future rendition of Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne. In my opinion it didn’t quite reach that pinnacle but it wasn’t a bad tape at all. I definitely expected two of the hottest in rap right now to go way harder but songs like “Scholarships” and “I’m the Plug” still sufficed for what I came for. Of course it wouldn’t be real Drake album if he didn’t take the time to throw a couple of shots at his current opposition. On the song “Big Rings” Future even joined in with the line “You just a battle rapper, I’m an official trapper. N*ggas be droppin’ subliminals, n*gga they’re just some jibber jabber”. In true stan fashion people took to instagram flooding Meek Mill’s comments with diamonds.
While I can’t say there is a song I dislike I’m not sure how many of these will be in my playlist rotations a couple of months from now. If you haven’t already (????) you can listen to the album below or via Apple Music and gather your own opinion of it:
Earlier this week at NYFW we saw the much-anticipated Yeezy Season 2 collection by Kanye West. However not everyone was anticipating the collection as the Season 2 collection was kept as a secret up until Sunday night when Kanye West tweeted
Monday designer Anne Bowen said in anger that the move left her scrambling for other plans to launch her street wear collection Nomad VII by Anne Bowen because she was booked the same time as Kanye. Anne also said to Women’s Wear Daily “We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor- and commitment-cost to our company,” Bowen said. “Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks. We went through all the proper channels to make this a reality.” She went on further to say “Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this,” said Bowen, who moved her show to Thursday and lodged a complaint with the Council of Fashion
Designers of America Fashion Calendar. “It’s like we are David and he is Goliath. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this.” Kanye had no response to these statements but he did take to twitter on Monday tweeting that the show will also be streamed live in numerous cities around the globe. Tuesday a select list of people received their invite to the show in the mail which turned out to be a camouflaged long sleeve shirt that read season 2 across the front.
Wednesday at 12pm the show kicked off with a star studded guest list with names like Drake, Miguel, Weekend, Jadan Smith, Courtney Love, Anna Wintour, Michael Strahan, Ricardo Tisci, Common, Seth Meyers, Lorde, Andre Leon Talley, Jerry Lorenzo, Virgil Abloh, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and of course wife Kim Kardashian West and baby North West. This show’s clothing unlike the Yeezy Season 1 was not in collaboration with Adidas. Season 2 was categorized in light, medium and dark however all the clothing continued the same esthetic as Season 1 with an oversized semi worn and torn look. Here are some images of “Light” which had notable names like Amina Blue, Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner modeling.
Here are some images of the “Medium” colorway which consisted of some hoodies and jackets. Some notable names that modeled the medium color way was young fashion sensations Luka Sabbat and Michael Lockley.
The “Dark” color way had the self proclaimed “King Of The Youth” Ian Connor modeling. Ian also smoked a cigarette during the show which caught much attention from the crowd and the internet.
The items that seemed to steal the show however of course was the footwear which we saw a Black 750, Light Brown 750 with what seems to be a translucent sole, Black 950 Boost,White 950 boots and also Off White 950 boots.
The collection overall seemed to receive mixed reviews similar to its predecessor Season 1. However I believe that this collection of clothing can be special and can possibly be the style clothing that will be worn in the near future I mean lets just be honest Kanye is typically 2 years ahead of everyone else. Only time will tell but in the mean time be on the lookout for Season 1 which is set to hit select retailers October 29th.
Earlier this week The Perfect Play caught up with budding DJ Davy Wreck. Davy is a DJ who is also most noted for spinning in Norfolk, VA similar to the “#We Gold” collective from our previous post. Norfolk’s art district seems to be Davy’s hotspot for sure being that he has been the DJ for some of the larger events of the summer such as “Traptastic, Traptastic 2 and Sauce”.
Check out our Q&A below as we dug deeper to really get to know Davy Wreck and get his take on his mix specifically created for us titled “underrated”.
(TPP): How old are you ?
(Davy Wreck): 23
(TPP): Where are you from ?
(Davy Wreck): I’m born in Portsmouth,Va and reside in Portsmouth but ive lived all up and down the east coast, midwest, south and even Japan.
(TPP): Did living in Japan influence your sound any ?
(Davy Wreck): Most definitely. Living there not only made me appreciate my Japanese side more but it also made me appreciate my culture Hip-Hop. Reason why is because I was able to make friends easily with people who barely spoke english. We were able to get along and communicate because we shared the same love in music. Also believe it or not Japanese rappers make no where as much as the top rappers in America, but their music to me is just as great and sometimes better which made me appreciate hip hop more because here are these cats that are rapping and making beats just for the hell of it because they love it, not because they’re trying to get rich or get girls. They make music because they need to. It’s our creative outlet and we have to or we’ll go insane, which is what hip hop is really about.
(TPP): What draws you to the Art District ?
(Davy Wreck): What draws me to the art district is the group of likely minded individuals and the venues.
(TPP): How long have you been a DJ and what are your biggest inspirations ?
(Davy Wreck): Hmmmm I recievd my first set of turnatbles when I was 11 which is 12 years ago. This was before serato and digital djing. Ya boy had it ruff using strictly vinyl lol but it made djing way easier for me once it switched over to computers. I use to have to count beats and beat match in my head. To be cliche everything is a big inspiration but to be specific The elders who taught and came before me like dj ethical, dj q-bert, the executioners, dj cool herc and more have had a big impact on my style along with the youth and performing. When I perform and see how the crowd reacts really inspires me a great amount. My parents are my biggest inspiration because they support me so much and give me the best advice. My mom has introduced me so much much music and helps me when it comes to dance since shes a dance therapists and My pops is the one who supported me since i told him i wanted to be a producer and DJ. He bought me my first drum machine and turntables when I was 11. Let me remind you he was the one who told me “know matter what people say listen to all music, because the best producers listen to all types of music” This advice is what led to my music collection of 65,000+ songs. Last but not least Hip Hop culture inspires me because without hip hop theyre would be no djing since it’s 1 of the 5 elements.
(TPP): How long have you been breakdancing and does it influence your DJ sound ?
(Davy Wreck): I’ve been a bboy for 7 years now but ive been dancing my whole life. Being a bboy definitley influences my djing. Since im a dancer i know what tracks or beats will get the body moving. the biggest influence it has is the training. The training allows me to take not just myself to the next level but also whatever I apply it to. I use to do what we call in the bboy world “dungeon sessions” it’s when your practice for a minimum of 8 hours or until you throw up 3 times. This rigorous training gave me the discipline and willpower to not just take my body to a higher level but also my mind. I apply this technique to everything i do.
(TPP): What type of music do you enjoy playing most ?
(Davy Wreck): I like playing everything so i can expose people to different types of music and sounds, but since i have to specifically pick a type it has to be Hip Hop along with house music. Reason being is because they come from the same family and are products of the African American community with such rich history. So I don’t want to hear black people tryna diss house music because We created it jus like we created Jazz, Blues, Rock n Roll and so forth. Know your history or be doomed to repeat it!!!
(TPP): Tell us about this “underrated” mix ?
(Davy Wreck): The perfect play mix “underrated” is the definition of a collaborative mix. I took a few songs from my fam at perfect play and added the Davy Wreck style to it. You will hear my signature mixing and blends of different songs simultaneously . I have some of my production and remixes on there along with some classic hip hop and house edits. One thing that’s new is I have a few UK grime tracks in there. This mix is the definition of a mix because i put all styles in this one lol. also all the songs I chose i listen to on a regular basis. So here’s a look into the mind of davy wreck!!!
Be sure to check out the Davy Wreck webpage.
Last night the boxing world and the entire sports world saw one of the greatest athletes of all time in his final act. Floyd Mayweather Jr. who may be pound for pound the greatest fighter of all time fought in his final fight for 49-0 against Andre Berto. Leading up to the fight it was said that Mayweather may be pushed to his brink by the furious scrappy Hatian Berto. However this fight turned out as all Mayweather fights typically do, Mayweather winning in dominant fashion. From beginning to end he dominated the fight forcing Berto to fight a style he is uncomfortable with. Mayweather repeatedly ducked and dodged Berto’s punches which led to Berto to landing a mere 83 out of 495 punches. The “Mayvinci Code” as Mayweather likes to call his defensive strategy was definitely in full effect from round 1 to the ending round 12. Mayweather danced around in the last round 12 in a jokingly manner for sometime understanding that he had the fight sealed after he landed a flurry of hard-hitting blows to Berto who’s legs began to wobble some. After the fight Mayweather was asked if that was indeed his final fight and he stated that it was without a doubt, feeling like he has no more to accomplish he will be walking away from the sport. Over the course of his career Mayweather has had an unfathomable amount of accomplishments. Defeating numerous greats such as Arturo Gatti, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosely, Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao all adding to his 49-0 record which ties boxing legend Rocky Marciano. Below is a list of the title belts “The Best Ever” has held.
- WBC Super Featherweight Champion
- WBC Lightweight Champion
- (2) WBC Light Welterweight Champion
- IBF Welterweight Champion
- WBC Welterweight Champion
- (2) WBC Light Middleweight Champion
- WBO Welterweight Champion
By now I think everyone that is a patron of this blog has been in an UBER at least one time in their life. If you haven’t taken one it will be one of the most exhilarating experiences you will ever have in your life. Tokyo native Madeintyo depicts such experience perfectly with his properly titled track “UBER everywhere”. But don’t think for one second that this is just a silly song about being in an UBER. The song is infectious and is spreading like an epidemic because it’s so damn good. UBER everywhere is not only an ode to how lit the UBER service is, but also the introduction of another extremely cool artist with a new sound. Watch the link below for Madeintyo’s UBER everywhere.
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Yesterday, just in time for end of the summer festivities, Dom Kennedy dropped a new mixtape entitled Best After Bobby Two. The mixtape is hosted by LA Leakers and here is the tracklist via Dom’s instagram.
At first listen you definitely get the chill vibe you expect from the west coast rapper but can’t help but to get the feeling he is becoming lazy in the deliverance of his music. This is same man who brought us The Original Dom Kennedy, Westside 1 & 2, as well as The Yellow Album! Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely tracks worth listening to, such as Brooklyn and Sundays on Crenshaw. But there are also songs like All Black Chucks where he attempts to rap over a looped sample from Beyonce’s 7/11 that definitely doesn’t showcase Dom’s best work. Overall I would deem the project worth listening to, after all it is just a mixtape and it’s still Dom Kennedy. Listen to Best After Bobby Two here and see what you think:
October 15 and 16 of this year the Norfolk Arts District will be transforming into the Neon Arts District. On these days from 5-10 PM the areas between Granby Street and the Chrysler Museum will be illuminated with neon lights along with the presence of artists from around the world, a ‘food truck rodeo’, pop up concert stage and much more. The purpose is going to be to try and connect the city of Norfolk which can sometimes be divided and also bring attention to the Arts District being an actual district!
There will concerts and displays at venues including but not limited to Work Release, The Parlor, Push Comedy Theater, and Zeke’s Beans & Bowls. It’s definitely going to be something to experience for Hampton Roads, read more about it on the Hampton Roads website: here.