Kazuki puts together an Adidas collaboration that i really appreciate. Thinking outside the box, homie shows us just how different a ZX can look if you add some Japanese inspiration behind it. The ZX Mocc is available today at the David Z. flagship store in soho. You could also call in for a phone order. (style# G13908 price-$220 phone-212.431.5450)

I teamed up with the rest of the Cultureshoq staff to create the 2nd version of their Gel Lyte III. The shoe features a premium white perforated leather upper with grey pig skin and black nubuck accents. Priced at $105, 190 pairs will be available for men as well as 24 pairs for women(unisex sizing) on Davidz.com tomorrow 8/13 at 10am est. A small run will also be available at the flagship store in soho (556 Broadway 212.431.5450)

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This past weekend i took a trip out to Miami to shoot my Asics x Cultureshoq Part 2 project. I had the pleasure of meeting Amee Enger for the first time and she is an absolute sweetheart. The half Filipina, half Norwegian 22 year old swim suit model went through her daily workout regimen while sporting the Cultureshoq Gels. Release info coming very soon.

I’m a Ye fan since day 1. This album will change the game. Here are my favorite Ye verses, enjoy!


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Uh-uh-uh uh uh onnn, uh uh-uh onnn
Uh-uh onnn, uh uh-uh I’mmmm
Ah-head of my time, sometimes years out
So the powers that be won’t let me get my ideas out
And that make me wanna get my advance out
And move to Oklahoma and just live at my Aunt’s house
Yeah, I romance the thought of leavin it all behind
Kanye step away from the lime-
-light, like, when I was on the grind
In the “One, Nine, Nine, Nine”
Before, model chicks was bendin over or
Dealerships asked me Benz or Rover, man
If I could just get one beat on Hova
We could get up off this cheap-ass sofa
What the summer of the Chi got to offer an 18-year-old
Sell drugs or get a job, you gotta play gyro
My dawg worked at Taco Bell, hooked us up plural
Fired a week later the manager count the churros
Sometimes I can’t believe it when I look up in the mirrow
How we out in Europe, spendin Euros
They claim you never know what you got ’til it’s GONE
I know I got it, I don’t know what y’all on
I’ma open up a store for aspiring MC’s
Won’t sell ‘em no dream, but the inspiration is free
But if they ever flip sides like Anakin
You’ll sell everything includin the mannequin
They got a new bitch now you Jennifer Aniston
Hold on I’ll handle it, don’t start panickin, stay calm
Shorty’s at the door cause they need more
Inspiration for they life, they souls, and they songs
They said sorry Mr. West is gone!

Diamonds From Sierra Leone

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Close your eyes and imagine, feel the magic
Vegas on acid,
Seen through Yves St. Laurent glasses
And I’ve realized that I’ve arrived, cuz
It take more than a magazine to kill my Vibe does
he write his own rhymes, so sort of
I think ‘em
That mean I forgot better shit than u ever thought up
Damn, is he really that caught up?
I ask if you talkin’ bout classics, do my name get brought up?
I remember I couldn’t afford a Ford Escort or even a four-track recorder
so its only right that I let the top drop on a drop-top Porsche
- its for yourself that’s important
If a stripper named Porscha and u get tips from many men
Then your fat friend her nickname is Minivan
Excuse me,
That’s just the Henny, man, I smoke, I drink, I’m supposed to stop I can’t because

Two Words

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Aiyyo, two words, Chi town, South side, world wide
Cuz I, rep that, till I, fuckin die
One neck, two chains, one waist, two gats
One wall, twenty plaques, dudes say, “Gimme that”
I am limelight, Blueprint, 5 Mics
Go get his rhyme like, shoulda been signed twice
Most imitated, Grammy nominated
Hotel accommodated, cheerleader, prom dated
Barbershop, playa hated, mom and pop, bootlegged it
Felt like it rained till the roof caved in
Two words, Chi town, raised me, crazy
So I live by two words, “Fuck you, pay me”
Screamin, Jesus save me
You know how the game be
I can’t let em change me
Cuz on Judgment Day, you gon blame me
Look God, it’s the same me
I (Throw) basically know now (Your) we could (Up) racially profile (High)
Cuffed up and hosed down, pimped up and hoe down (ohhhhhh)
Plus I got a whole city to hold down (ohhhhhh)
From the bottom to the top
So only place to go down

Can’t Tell Me Nothing

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La la la la
Wait ’til I get my money right
I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven
When I awoke I spent that on a necklace
I told God I’d be back in a second
Man, it’s so hard not to act reckless
To whom much is given much is tested
Get arrested guess until he get the message
I feel the pressure, under more scrutiny
And what I do? Act more stupidly
Bought more jewelry, more Louis V
My momma couldn’t get through to me
The drama, people suing me
I’m on TV talkin’ like it’s just you and me
I’m just saying how I feel, man
I ain’t one of the Cosby’s, I ain’t go to Hill, man
I guess the money should have changed him
I guess I should have forgot where I came from

Last Call

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And I am (here’s to the roc)
And they ask me, they ask me, they ask me, I tell them (here’s to Rocafella)
Raise your glasses, your glasses, your glasses to the sky (here’s to the roc)
This is the last call for alcohol, for the… (here’s to Rocafella)
So get your ass up off the wall
[Verse 1]
The all around the world Digital Underground, Pac
The Rudloph the red nosed reindeer of the Roc
I take my chain, my 15 seconds of fame
And come back next year with the whole fucking game
Ain’t nobody expect Kanye to end up on top
They expected that College Dropout to drop and then flop
Then maybe he stop savin’ all the good beats for himself
Rocafella’s only niggaz that help
My money was thinner than Sean Paul’s goatee hair
Now Jean Paul Gaultier cologne fill the air, here
They say he bourgie, he big-headed
Won’t you please stop talking about how my dick head is
Flow infectious, give me 10 seconds
I’ll have a buzz bigger than insects in Texas
It’s funny how wasn’t nobody interested
‘Til the night I almost killed myself in Lexus
[Verse 2]
Now was Kanye the most overlooked? Yes sir
Now is Kanye the most overbooked? Yes sir
Though the fans want the feeling of A Tribe Called Quest
But all they got left is this guy called West
Better take Freeway, throw him on tracks with Mos Def
Call him Kwa-lI or Kwe-li, I put him on songs with Jay-Z
I’m the Gap like Banana Republic and Old Navy, and oooh
It come out sweeter than old Sadie
Nice as Bun-B when I met him at the Source awards
Girl he had with him – ass coulda won the horse awards
And I was almost famous, now everybody loves Kanye
I’m almost Raymond’
Some say he arrogant. Can y’all blame him?
It was straight embarrassing how y’all played him
Last year shoppin my demo, I was tryin’ to shine
Every motherfucker told me that I couldn’t rhyme
Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams
I use it as my gas, so they say that I’m gassed
But without it I’d be last, so I ought to laugh
So I don’t listen to the suits behind the desk no more
You niggaz wear suits ’cause you can’t dress no more
You can’t say shit to Kanye West no more
I rocked 20,000 people, I was just on tour, nigga
I’m Kan, the Louis Vuitton Don
Bought my mom a purse, now she Louis Vuitton Mom
I ain’t play the hand I was dealt, I changed my cards
I prayed to the skies and I changed my stars
I went to the malls and I balled too hard
‘Oh my god, is that a Black Card?’
I turned around and replied, why yes but I prefer the term
African American Express
Brains, power, and muscle, like Dame, Puffy, and Russell
Your boy back on his hustle, you know what I’ve been up to
Killin y’all niggaz on that lyrical shit
Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips

I wish there was more info I could give you guys about these shoes, I dont even know what to call them. Somebody sent me these 2 pairs 6 months ago and they were never released. You could tell by the materials and colors these were both destined to be mine. I wanted to start wearing them so i made sure to shoot them before i did. Both of these are perfect. Win.

The New Balance 1300 is by far my favorite New Balance model. It is one of very few shoes that have influenced me in my work with trainers. In the mid 90′s it was the first pair of New Balances that i bought and it quickly became my favorite. I have always been a sucker for materials but seeing it executed on this shoe in these colors set the bar higher for future designs. The 1300 was originally released in 1985 and has always been made in the US. The colorway and materials already put this shoe above and beyond a classic runner but the fact that the 1300 is made in the US brings all three elements together; superior materials, great color combination and amazing craftsmanship. Now lets talk about the difference in the two styles, the 1300JP is the retro version that came out this year and is made of very high grade nubuck, fine mesh (same as CL) and soft leather. Available in very select retailers (mostly in Japan) and priced at $320, these can very well be the most expensive New Balance runners. The 1300CL is the original and is made of high grade suede, fine mesh and soft leather. Rumored to be available every 5 years, the CL is priced at a reasonable $120. The biggest difference between the two other than different leather, different shades of grey and contrast stitching is the unit (sole). The JP version is a one piece midsole and uses the “Encap” technology, a newer version of the “Encap” used on the CL which in split into 2 layers. I was blessed with both pairs but if i had to I would buy both, would you?

These Gels are so clean. Shout to my Cultureshoq family. I almost got into a fight cause someone tried to shoot these off my feet today. Photo shoot will take place in Miami next weekend. Stay tuned.