February 20, 2019

Young Nudy Released From Jail on $100,000 USD Bond

It looks like Young Nudy is coming home. The Atlanta rapper will be released from DeKalb County jail on $100,000 USD bond, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and later confirmed by Nudy’s lawyer to Billboard. “He is in the book out process. We expect his release late tonight,” W. Scott Smith tells Billboard yesterday.

Nudy, born Quantavious Thomas, was arrested early Super Bowl Sunday alongside his cousin 21 Savage after being pulled over for a traffic stop. He was hit with weapons and gang-associated charges, which he and his team are fighting.

“We are very pleased with the result. We are looking forward to getting him out, so he can be with his family,” Smith said in a statement to The AJC on Tuesday, February 19. “He is looking forward to getting back out on tour and to continue to have this incredible success performing.”

Both the manager and DJ for Young Nudy took to Twitter to share the good news on the Slimeball 3 rapper’s release. You can see those tweets below.

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February 20, 2019

The Nike Air Foamposite One Premium “Doernbecher” Returns ...

In celebration of its 15-year anniversary, Nike is bringing back a few choice models from its inspiring Doernbecher Freestyle collection, including the above Air Foamposite One Premium. Designed by Elijah Diggin in 2013, its red and black colorway served as an interpretation of his Burkitt leukemia -- a form of blood cancer. The theme's touching story continues through a graphic on the model's insole: a nod to a bracelet he received on his 13th birthday. Complementing graphics are also shared on the sneaker's heel and hangtag.

Elijah has been in remission for five years and is considered cured of his disease. He's now a sophomore in college currently studies science and loves playing baseball. The Nike Air Foamposite One Premium "Doernbecher" designed by Elijah arrives on February 21 for $230 USD at select Nike retailers and Nike SNKRS with all proceeds going towards the Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

In other Nike news, you can take a closer look at the Black Sheep x Nike SB Dunk High "Black Hornet."

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February 20, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld Honored in Upcoming Photography Retrospective...

In homage to Karl Lagerfeld who passed away on Tuesday, Galerie Gmurzynska in Zurich will present a photography retrospective highlighting over 50 works by the legendary Chanel creative director. Gmurzynska was the first fine art institution to exhibit Lagerfeld's artworks, heavily comprised of portraiture, still lifes, and street photography. The exhibited photos cover two decades of the multifaceted talent's photographic work.

"Since our first exhibition in 1996, Karl has continuously and fearlessly explored the avant-garde of photographic processes; combining his compositional eye with his keen interest in the lost histories of the medium," said the gallery. "His deep knowledge of art history has always been clearly illustrated in fresh ways throughout his oeuvre while creating his own unique processes that will continue their influence on photography and art in general."

"Homage To Karl Lagerfeld; 22 Years of Exhibitions" will be on view starting February 21. Head over to Galerie Gmurzynska's website to learn more. In other photography exhibitions, rising artist Joshua Aronson recently launched a solo exhibition in Chicago.

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Paradepl. 2, 8001
Zürich, Switzerland

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific and celebrated fashion designers of all time – an outstanding photographer and multi-talented artist, who has passed away aged 85 in Paris. Thank you for over two decades of fascinating collaboration and your genius - you will be missed! Here are just a few of our favorite images of our collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld: „Karl Lagerfeld: Visionen,“ Cologne 1996, „Karl Lagerfeld: Hommage an Lyonel Feininger,“ Cologne 1997, “Karl Lagerfeld. Stills,” Zug 1998; „Karl Lagerfeld: Body Parts,“ FIAC Paris 1999; “Karl Lagerfeld: Fire Etchings,” St Moritz 2013; Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for Galerie Gmurzynska‘s booth design, FIAC Paris 2011 @karllagerfeld #KarlLagerfeld #Lagerfeld #RIP #legend #ripkarllagerfeld

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February 20, 2019

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Return Return With a Force “Flat Tumm...

The duo that gave us the classic Piñata LP in 2014 is back. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib make their return with their newest single "Flat Tummy Tea," the first record off their highly-anticipated new album Bandana. You can also cop a limited-edition 12" of the single also available at Rappcats.com.

"Gold body my jeweler he Black Mummy-me/I be in these b*tches tummies like Flat Tummy Tea/Crackers came to Africa, ravaged ruffle they rummage me/America was the name of they f*ckin' company," Gibbs rap on the record.

The new collaborative album, which is being released as a partnership between Keep Cool/RCA Records & Madlib Invazion/ESGN, is one of the biggest albums of the year and will drop sometime in 2019.

Gibbs released two projects last year, Fetti featuring Curren$y and Alchmeist and Freddie. Madlib most recently linked up with Oh No to drop "Big Whips."

Bump the new song below.

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February 20, 2019

Nike Adapt BB Sneakers Malfunctioning for Android Users...

After first revealing it at a private showcase in January and subsequently releasing the style just days ago, Nike's innovative new Adapt BB sneakers are already experiencing malfunctions. The digitally-enhanced footwear boasts a self-lacing system that's powered by a corresponding mobile app, but some customers have reported a hitch with the pairing technology.

According to various Android users, a faulty update is causing the disconnect and preventing the shoe from syncing with Nike's app. This has resulted in either the left or right shoe unsuccessfully tightening on the wearer's foot, causing a significant hinderance given that the "self-lacing" feature is the critical design behind the $350 USD sneaker.

While some customers were able to restore the function after resetting the app, there haven't been details around whether tightening the shoes manually is another way around the issue. Meanwhile, others who purchased the product noted that the update prevented the motor from working altogether.

Apparently, since some of the sneakers were shipped with an earlier version of the software this has caused the footwear to lock up when an Android attempts to pair to the app. Regardless, there has also been feedback that the Android version is lacking overall in comparison to iOS and excludes the ability to choose between a range of tightness presets.

Nike has not released an official statement in response to any of the comments.

As for a look at some of the brand's other releases, check out the upcoming Air Max 95 “Armory Blue,” which lands in the coming weeks.

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February 20, 2019

Joshua Aronson Explores Gender & Sexuality Through Striking Portra...

New York-based photographer Joshua Aronson recently launched a solo exhibition at Chicago's Congruent Space. Entitled "I Thought About Posting This," the week-long show displayed stills, fashion snaps, nude portraiture, and documentary materials. Through these works, the artist aims to introduce new dialogues on gender and sexuality.

"'I Thought About Posting This' is an installation of my work exploring the role of photography in how we see ourselves in today's image-saturated landscape. Still life, documentary, portraiture, and fashion images play against each other to mirror the way in which youth identity toys with space neither left nor right, black nor white, nor pink nor blue today, but somewhere in between," said the artist to HYPEBEAST.

For those who missed the show, tour the exhibition in the slideshow above and then head over to Joshua Aronson's official website to view more projects. Elsewhere in art, check out this week's Best Art Drops.

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1216 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

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February 20, 2019

Doja Cat & Rico Nasty Collide for New Collaborative Single “...

Last March, Doja Cat released her debut studio album Amala. Continuing to support that project and capitalizing on the viral success of her "Mooo!" record from last summer, the 23-year-old songstress is planning to drop a deluxe version next month. To introduce the new iteration of Amala, Doja Cat teams up with Rico Nasty for a new, self-produced joint single titled "Tia Tamera."

"They said 'Doja hit so sticky,' I said, 'Thank you very much' / Bent the whole world over and said, 'Spank you very much' / Cheese like pizzeria, have a seat bitch, please, Ikea / From the Westside like Maria, I'm hot like grits, Madea," Doja Cat croons. "Beat the pussy up call PETA, I rock the boat like Aaliyah / I rock a bob like Sia, Doja on deck, bitch, re-up / Thick in thigh, thick in the waist / Thick in the right motherf*ckin' places."

"They said, 'Rico, you so nasty,' I said, 'Thank you very much' / / He just wanna eat me like some candy, but I'm not his buttercup / These hoes swear that they can't stand me, but ain't never pullin' up / I just made a hundred K in two weeks, lil' bitch, do you need me to pull it up?" Rico Nasty adds for her section of "Tia Tamera." "Big black trucks and we pullin' up / She drank so much, now she throwin' it up / But we don't give a f*ck, we still rollin' it up / I got a lot of money, but a lot ain't enough."

You can stream Doja Cat and Rico Nasty's new collaborative single, "Tia Tamera," below, and check back tomorrow for the track's official video.

For more, check out Rico Nasty's new "Roof" video.

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February 20, 2019

Brain Dead Joins ROA for Functional SS19 Footwear

Having already joined up with 1017 ALYX 9SM several times, technical hiking brand ROA now links with Californian tastemakers Brain Dead for a pair of elevated Oblique shoes. Brain Dead upgrades ROA's signature silhouette with a few graphic tweaks, combining the worlds of technical gear and street-friendly footwear.

The familiar black midsole remains, with a Brain Dead graphic towards the heel, but the rest of the shoe is utterly reimagined. A bold yellow pull tab and laces match the Vibram branding on the bespoke outsole, which sports a wintery camouflage-like pattern. Crisscrossing lines appear on the lightweight, yet sturdy nylon upper, adding a versatile pattern to the already-head-turning design.

The collaborative Obliques hit Brain Dead's web store and select stockists on February 22.

Most recently, Brain Dead joined with Clay Arlington for a collaborative range of graphic layers.

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February 19, 2019

Frieze Los Angeles: Art as Entertainment

The first Frieze art fair in Los Angeles began with an identity crisis; many felt that Los Angeles’ fine art market was not strong enough to profit from such an event, particularly when compared to London or New York’s far larger pools of fine art collectors. And yet, on February 1, executive director of Frieze Los Angeles Bettina Korek announced that the internationally-recognized fair would come to LA for the first time on the third weekend in February, sandwiched between the Grammys and the Oscars.

As a longstanding participant in the LA art scene, I began to ask certain questions: what would Frieze’s relationship be to the existing art fairs in Los Angeles? What measures would Frieze take to successfully establish themselves in the LA art market, one where many have failed? Is Frieze LA a confirmation that the city, with its rapid urban development and foreign implants, is becoming another New York? And lastly, would this art fair embrace the city’s identity as a bridge between the art and entertainment industries?

In the Otis Report, Korek acknowledged the various art communities in LA’s horizontal landscape, which are defined by commercial tiers, art schools, and cultural histories. The first, perhaps most accessible, of the commercial tiers is the artist-run space — intimate, DIY spaces that encourage unique viewing experiences, resourcefulness, and a sharing community. The second is the gallery community, which takes inspiration from artist-run spaces, albeit with less freedom of experimentation and a greater interest in art school credentials. The third, most elite, is the museum tier, inhabited by “old money” patrons and filled with artists with international recognition, most of whom are approaching the retrospective period of their careers. How would Frieze integrate all of these communities into its art fair?

Frieze LA represented the marriage of fine art buyers fair with an artist-backed project.

After attending Frieze LA this past weekend, it was clear that the fair was separated into three facets. The first was the conventional art fair structure with large tents representing galleries and artists from around the world. The second utilized a Paramount Studios backlot of a New York City block, complete with commercial booths and stands representing important local eateries and book stores found in various LA art communities. The lot also had an area for artists commissioned by Frieze, to create installations and performances as an homage to LA’s artist-run spaces. The last section came in the form of panel discussions and film screenings, a welcome break for those wanting to escape the art and personalities that filled the gallery tent. The layout allowed for a little something for everyone, whether it was viewing works in the gallery tent, taking in the more experimental exhibitions in the backlot, or joining in the panel discussions and film screenings. Altogether, Frieze LA represented the marriage of fine art buyers fair with an artist-backed project. An art fair, in the commercial sense, with the intention to make money and expose their gallery amongst buyers.

But, a successful inauguration isn't enough to sustain art fairs in LA's competitive market. For the past five years, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), located at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, has been LA’s most prestigious art fair. The location allowed for easy connection to the old money and large galleries on Los Angeles’ westside. However, in recent years, the major galleries have been slowly migrating east, giving ALAC a stuffy feeling. To make matters worse, in 2014 Paramount Ranch ran its art fair simultaneously with ALAC’s. Paramount’s fair installed galleries on an “Old West” movie set owned by Paramount Pictures and was strongly embraced by the Los Angeles’ art community, who almost universally abandoned the ALAC art fair.

In its second year, Paramount Ranch Art Fair gained more hype from not only from local artists, but also the international galleries and artists that usually come to town for ALAC. The third and final year was as huge as Paul McCarthy’s Butt Plug inflatable outdoor sculpture. However, the energy by then had shifted from a community-driven effort to a commercial enterprise that catered tourists. That change led to Paramount Ranch’s demise, as the art fair had become precisely the thing it critiqued.

The LA collector base is smaller and newer than its east coast counterpart.

Paramount Ranch has since been described as a project and not an art fair. This art project and its experimental nature spoke to the reception of the Los Angeles art community more than the conventional form of art fairs as such as ALAC. The LA collector base is smaller and newer than its east coast counterpart. Even for the average visitor, the art experiences are unmatched. It’s almost inevitable that every tourist will visit the Met while in New York. But in Los Angeles, neither LACMA nor any other art institution rank quite so high.

The collector base-size problem can change with public perception of the contemporary art museum as a staple in Los Angeles life as a local and a tourist. Unlike what was felt as tension between ALAC and Paramount Ranch, Frieze LA is embracing other art fairs such as ALAC, as well as new art fairs such as Spring Break Art Show and Felix LA that have emerged with the major attraction of Frieze LA vis-à-vis experiments in unconventional spaces.

To stage a successful art fair in Los Angeles, you have to appeal to the surrounding entertainment industry and not fight it. To help with this, Frieze LA tapped leading production expert Endeavor marketing, to make their art presentations more entertainment-inclined. It was also no coincidence that Frieze fell between the Grammy and Oscar weekends. Frieze played to the industry’s schedule, while also participating in the business side of entertainment. Hosting the art fair at Paramount Studios not only made logistical sense but was also the bridge between two international staple award shows in music and film. In the vein of entertainment, the social aspect of the fair was in the cliché of a Los Angeles red carpet. The hallways of the Frieze LA gallery tent were a photo opportunity, offering a chance for Los Angeles’ wealthiest to compete for press.

Frieze LA fuses the experimental and collective identity of the local art community while also harnessing the tradition of the commercial aspect of art fairs.

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world. Frieze used the entertainment history of the city to bridge the artist-run space community as well as the commercial gallery and museum community. Visual fine arts relationship with entertainment has been clear as a collaborator, but with the first Frieze LA art fair, they have become one. Frieze LA fuses the experimental and collective identity of the local art community while also harnessing the tradition of the commercial aspect of art fairs.

Nikkolos Mohammed is a co-founder of the LA-based art nonprofit organization, DREAMHAUS. After graduating from Otis College of Art and Design, he began working for Los Angeles World Airports in the Arts and Exhibitions program; assisting with the organization’s archive of artworks and documentation of exhibitions. Currently, he is working as the lab technician for the printmaking lab at Otis College of Art and Design and continuing to build the DREAMHAUS organization.

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February 19, 2019

Desiigner Drops “Thotiana” Remix, Calls Kanye “Crazy...

After receiving a slew of official and unofficial remixes from artists including Nicki Minaj, YG, and Cardi B, Desiigner is the latest to add his lyrical take to Blueface's hit-single "Thotiana." While putting his own spin on the song, the rapper made sure to save space to take shots at his G.O.O.D. Music record label founder Kanye West.

"I like to mix the codeine with the Fanta, huh/I got it going crazy, like Desiigner, huh/Oh god, it goin' crazy, like Kanye, huh/I brought it to my house on a Sunday," Desiigner raps candidly in the track. The song is not the first time the Brooklyn native has called West out publicly, however. In an Instagram live just earlier this month, he issued similar sentiments while expressing his disdain with the label and claiming that he "brought G.O.O.D. Music back."

"Nobody's doin' this shit for me, bro. Nobody. So what y’all talking about I fell off. I only dropped two mixtapes, bro. Y'all people are mad ungrateful. Y'all are ungrateful for the music I gave y'all," he said among his many comments to viewers. The rapper has been signed to the label since 2016.

To listen to Desiigner's full "Thotiana" remix on SoundCloud, scroll below.

In other music news, 2 Chainz has revealed that LeBron James will lead A&R for his upcoming album Rap or Go to the League.


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THOTiiANA REMiiX OUT NOW ON MY SOUNDCLOUD!? We Not Playiing ? Liink N Biio ? #thotiana

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February 19, 2019

Burberry Apologizes for Hoodie With Noose Design

Mere hours after debuting its Fall/Winter 2019 collection at London Fashion Week, Burberry has joined in on the firestorm of backlash being shelled out to a number of luxury brands for products deemed insensitive. After presenting a hooded sweatshirt with strings tied in the likeness of a noose, the British label has issued an official apology in response to the wave of criticism.

"We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection. Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake," said Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti in a statement to CNN.

The sweatshirt was jolted into the spotlight when model Liz Kennedy — who also walked in the brand's FW19 show — posted an image of the hoodie to her Instagram. In a lengthy caption, she critiqued the "ignorantly put together" look and exclaimed that she had been "extremely triggered."

"How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either," Kennedy said in her post. According to the model, she attempted to speak to someone about it when she first saw the piece but was told to "write a letter."

"It's fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,” Kennedy said of her "brief conversation with someone" at the show.

After the contentious hoodie was spotlighted, Burberry has pulled the item from production and removed all related images.

The controversy comes on the heels of other labels, including Gucci and Prada, who have swiftly removed styles that have been cited for racial undertones. Gucci's balaclava turtleneck — which was linked to blackface imagery — has sparked three apologies from the company, a Floyd Mayweather diss track from T.I. and an initiative from the Italian brand to promote diversity. Similarly, Prada released an apology for its monkey keychain in December (which was also compared to blackface) and has since rolled out a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council led by Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates.


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@burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to or does to gain publicity. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry. I did not post this to disrespect the designer or the brand but to simply express an issue I feel very passionate about.

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February 19, 2019

GOAT Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Air Jordan 4...

Finding an admiration for Tinker Hatfield's AJ3 gave Michael Jordan the trust to set out on a long-standing journey with his cohort. Arriving at their second silhouette in 1989, the Air Jordan 4 would be bound in iconism for its performative import on the court and cultural significance within fashion and media. And at 30 years and the plethora technical advancements made since, its still worn on in the rumbling sports arenas by the likes of PJ Tucker and more. Whether you like the OG's, like the "Military Blue," "Retro Bred," or "Cement," or new colorways, such as the "Tattoo" or "Black Laser," the plethora of options offered in the sneakers have been captivating the tastes of fans for decades and will continue on. So, to celebrate a footwear's extensive lineage, we have teamed up with GOAT to go back through its history and present you with a list of the lastest and the past forms of the model.

Air Jordan 4 Retro "Tattoo"

Release Date: December 29, 2018
Lowest Price: $195 USD

What seems to be an ode to the game Michael became synonymous with, the graphic-heavy take on the AJ4 uses color blocking staggering a heavy use of black and white; "Fire Red" accents the waffle eyelets, the Jumpman logos on the tongue and part of the midsole and outsole. Fabric wise, the upper comprises a tumbled leather construction and is completed by an emblazoning of flaming basketballs by a tattoo-esque detail.

Air Jordan 4 Retro NRG "Hot Punch"

Release Date: January 01, 2019
Lowest Price: $130 USD

Surely to turn some heads while being part of the elk of limited NRG releases, the label looks to offer its women audience a bold colorway. A dressing of hot pink spans across the entirety of the shoe from the patent leather upper down to outsole. Breaking up the tonality, black and yellow are used as a bit of variance to fashion a speckled trait on the eyelets and midsole. Signature facets and the tread are adorned with the aforementioned hues, as well.

Air Jordan 4 "Black Laser"

Release Date: January 01, 2019
Lowest Price: $145 USD

Apart of the commemoration towards the legacy of the silhouette, the model belies an understated design. A gum sole outsole with a contrasting white midsole sets the grounding for the shoe's black leather upper, while laser etching engulfs the footwear with intricate detailing. Ubiquitous imprint embellishments known to grace the shoe are maintained throughout its designs.

Air Jordan 4 “For The Love Of The Game”

Release Date: November 18, 2017
Lowest Price: $485 USD

Flowers may be a tad overplayed for the impending holidays, but it seems the Swoosh brand has an alternative to the typical gift with the women's only "For The Love Of The Game" sneakers. Valentine's Day again plays a role in an MJ branded model, as the "True Berry/Rush Pink-White" hues pay homage to the occasion. The inclusion of an embroidered basketball on the medial heel adds a tinge of decoration to the tonality.

WMNS Air Jordan 4 Retro "Silt Red"

Release Date: February 22, 2019
Lowest Price: $500 USD

With a feminine intention, comprising a dominant combination of "Silt Red" and black, an elegant appearance is imbued into the footwear. The latter of the hues creates a crystal-like effect on the mudguard and heel panel, while the former evokes a marble texture across the upper. Emphasizing the overall luxury is sustained by the metallic gold eyelets accents.

Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4

Release Date: N/A
Lowest Price: $13,750 USD

Initially made to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Shady Records, Eminem -- a connoisseur of all things Jordans -- made the original pairs for friends and family. Donning a black Carhartt materialization across the shoe's upper, silver metal-type finishes hit the waffle lace holders and a translucent gum sole underscore the more prominent design details. Because the public release was only made available on eBay in wildly limited quantities, the Marshall Mathers kicks still stand as one of the most expensive grails in the resell community.

Undefeated x Air Jordan 4 Retro

Release Date: June 23, 2005
Lowest Price: $19,000 USD

A landmark collaboration for the industry in 2005, Undefeated became the first boutique to collaborate with Jordan. The militaristic aesthetics that dressed the crepes were only intended for close acquaintances, and at 72 pairs, the limited availability inadvertently inflated its value on secondary markets. Notoriously, the most notable purchase came from an enthusiast who was willing to drop $18,500 USD to buy their own.

Levi's x Air Jordan 4

Release Date: January 17, 2018
Lowest Price: $350 USD

Demonstrably, there has been what feels to be an intrinsic connection that denim and sneakers share, and the combination of Levi's and AJ4 had cemented this notion. Heritage characteristics that defined both entities were used throughout the shoe's structure. The ubiquitous blue denim, worn by so many, swathe the across the upper and parts of the midsole. Embellishments familiar to those embedded in one's own jeans make an appearance alongside the noteworthy red tag and tongue branding, which is done in a similar styling as Levi Strauss & Co.'s leather patch.

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