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9 Times Michael Jackson Showed Us His Love for Hip-Hop

Words by Keenan Higgins, Amber McKynzie and Shawn Grant

Today marks nine years since we lost Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop and arguably the King of Music altogether. The pioneering icon paved the way for each and every one of your faves, whether that be the number one diva in this game for a minute, a crooner that stays drippin’ in finesse, or your favorite rapper that can spit a fire 16 off the rip. Yes, your boy MJ is very much a part of Hip-Hop culture and a key figure in pioneering the movement to where it is today. Need proof? Bet.

For the ninth anniversary since we lost the King, take a look at nine times Michael Jackson showed us his gangsta, while still remaining the kind-hearted, world-loving, hit-making legend that we regard him as today:

What would you think if Michael Jackson looked at you over his shades like this?

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(June/July 1995) Michael Jackson covers the summer 1995 issue of VIBE Magazine, styled in a Kangol hat, baggy Tommy Hilfiger gear and Karl Kani by Kidada Jones. The daughter of Quincy Jones was working as a style editor at the hip-hop publication, and gave MJ a steez that nobody could’ve imagine he’d rock so effortlessly.

(June 2001) Jay-Z pulls off one of the biggest boss moves in his career by bringing MJ out during his set at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2001. After sharing this moment with the King of Pop, there was no denying that Hov was the official King of Hip-Hop.

(June 1995) A once-in-a-lifetime collaboration happens: Michael Jackson brings The Notorious B.I.G. in the studio to collaborate on the song “This Time Around,” a deep cut from the second disc of his HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album. Who would’ve thought that we’d lose both of these legends to tragic, avoidable circumstances.

(October 2001) Eve jumps on the Track Masters Remix to “Butterflies,” the standout single from the 2001 MJ album Invincible. It unintentionally ended up being the final album that he would release while alive. The leading lady of Ruff Ryders opened the song with bars about the woman who has her man all caught up in the head, and held her own alongside the King.

(July 1992) The video for “Jam” — the fourth single off MJ’s 7x platinum album Dangerous — features Heavy D and cameos from Kris Kross, Naughty by Nature and Michael Jordan. Basketball, Hip-Hop’s sport of choice, was also prominent in the video as it was filmed on a basketball court and the one GOAT named Mike taught the hoops GOAT Michael Jordan how to moonwalk on the hardwood.

(March 1983) MJ unites the Bloods and Crips for his iconic “Beat It” video. Artists like Michael Jackson have the ability to bridge people across conflict, and he did just that. In a time where the divide between Crips and Bloods was intense, the legend managed to bring members of the rival gangs together for an effort of peace, even if it was momentary. With LAPD on hand, the shoot was executed without any injuries or incidents.

(June 1995) After being investigated for child molestation by District Attorney Tom Sneddon in 1993, Michael Jackson and his family believed the judicial official had an ax to grind after the case reached a financial settlement. On his HIStory album, MJ hit the studio and recorded what many call the Tom Sneddon diss track. Why? Because the hooks sings, “Tom Sneddon is a cold man” four times. Michael words left fans questioning whether or not Sneddon was a member of the KKK because according to MJ, “his mother never taught him right anyway.”

(1993) That time he taught Oprah how to beatbox. There are no words for how amazingly dope this moment was— just watch and see these two Black icons for the culture sharing the same space and having a good time doing so.

(∞) His ongoing “Spirited Competition” with Prince is one that was heavily known, documented, and quite frankly fun to watch. We only wish these two legendary contemporaries could’ve jumped in the studio together, but there’s many reasons and factors why that may have never happened — Quincy Jones has the best theory, though. See below for the peak moment in their friendly competition:

R.I.P MJ… You’re memory will forever live on — in Hip-Hop and across the globe!

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Brittni Mealy Releases New Original ‘Yin-Yang’ Collection Featuring The Clermont Twins

After launching her new fur collection Furgo this past winter in collaboration with Jerrika Karlae, Brittni Mealy has released her new original collection called “Yin-Yang” for her personal brand Unicorn Universe. The new apparel range features none other than the popular Bad Girls Club duo, the Clermont Twins.

Shannon and Shannade were handpicked by Brittni to be the face of the new Yin-Yang campaign, being that they are flourishing tremendously in the fashion industry and even being featured as ambassadors for the last YEEZY Season launch.

The original set of womeswear comes in only black and white — “no grey areas allowed!” — and features one-of-a-kind signature statement pieces, including vinyl and corset skirts, body suits and latex pants that are sure to hug all the right curves on every unicorn babe.

Check out Brittni Mealy’s new “Yin-Yang” collection as apart of the Unicorn Universe brand below. You can shop the items as well by clicking here.

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Portrait Session — Jimmy Niggles



I'm excited to be working on a new season of the Portrait Session podcast in partnership with Armani Exchange Connected. With the introduction of the hybrid smartwatch by Armani Exchange — a basic watch, now redefined with tech utility for effortless style and function — I wanted to connect with the stylish men I photograph on the street by bringing them into the studio for a portrait and have a chat about their particular approach to their personal style, work life and play.



In this episode, I connected with Jimmy Niggles — the founder of Beard Season, an organisation that aims to raise awareness about skin cancer and specifically, melanoma. The idea behind it is to encourage men to grow a beard for three months over winter, get a skin check and then use their beard to tell others to do the same. He came up with the idea when he lost a friend to the deadly disease at just 26 years of age, and wanted to change people’s attitudes when it came to getting their skin checked. Eight seasons on and having scored Sir Richard Branson as an ambassador, Niggles reflects on this on going journey and how he manages to fit his own life into it.




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Right On Time: BAPE 1ST CAMO Type 1 BAPEX Collection

BAPE always compliments its fire streetwear drops with a proper range of accessories, which most recently arrived in the form of a Father’s Day-themed sunglasses collection. The latest on our radar though is this super fresh set of BAPEX timepieces.

The new watches are part of A Bathing Ape’s newest range of 1ST CAMO designs, complimented with cool detailing like the classic Ape head on the 12 o’clock position. Coming in three super swagged-out color options to choose from — polished silver, black, and a super luxe gold (seen above) — each watch also features glow-in-the-dark specs that’ll let you know what time it is, day or night.

The BAPE 1st CAMO Type 1 BAPEX set will be available at BAPE retailers and online beginning tomorrow (June 23) for a price range of $629 USD to $669 USD.

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J.R. Smith’s NBA Finals Flop Reflects In His Game 1 Jersey Auction Price

By now, we’ve all seen or heard about the extreme f-up that was the last two minutes in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — you know, that moment where J.R. Smith literally robbed LeBron James of his final-second winning shot moment. See below for a quick recap to refresh your memory:

As the story goes, the Cavs lost and the Warriors won their third NBA Championship in four seasons — cementing themselves as the current reigning dynasty in the league. Many will remember this moment for some time, and by the looks of how much J.R.’s Game 1 jersey sold for recently, the anger Cavs fans hold for the disgraced baller will last for some time, too.

J.R. Smith’s player-worn jersey was sold for $23,548 USD in the official NBA auction, which is extremely low when considering his teammate King James’ jersey went for $100,322 USD. For even more perspective, LeBron’s Game 2 jersey is currently sitting at just over $40,000 USD with 29 bids and counting. J.R.’s Game 2 Jersey? $390 USD, with a mere 6 bids. Ouch!

To see all the jerseys currently on auction, head over to We hear things gets better, J.R…

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Teyana Taylor Joins the Album Merch Trend With ‘KTSE’ Capsule Collection

So it’s looking like all the recent albums produced by Kanye West have some sort of album merch attached to it — DAYTONA tees, ye hoodies, KIDS SEE GHOSTS long-sleeved shirts and even NASIR-themed dad hats. Now, Teyana Taylor is taking her shot at the merch trend for her newly-released (soon?) album KTSE.

This gone be my shmood soon as my bro @nas finish uploading my album 😩😩😩😩😩😩😂😂😂😂🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #KTSE ITS COMING I PROMISE! 💕💕💕 P.S. Issa joke for all the slow niggas. Lol Nas has nothing to do with my album not being out rite now 🙄 lol

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The items in this set were created to promote the princess of G.O.O.D. Music’s seven-track album — also being referred to as Keep That Same Energy — which premiered last night at a listening party in Los Angeles. Hoodies and long-sleeved shirts in white, orange, and volt hues are the only options in this four-piece range, which also features graphics that incorporate the date and location of the listening event and various typeface prints of the KTSE album title.

Pick up the KTSE album merch by Teyana Taylor right now online, which comes with a complementary digital download of the album when you purchase.

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Tommy Jeans Gives the Ultimate Summer Vibes With ‘Signature’ Collection

Words by Kyra Donahoo

All fashion-stans are hip to the subtle drip that any classic Tommy Jeans addition will do to one’s wardrobe. Upon its Spring 2018 capsule campaign release, the OG’s have switched it up from their original Futura-like font design to a handwritten font that gives the brand a fresh outtake. The collection features an “Orange Peel”, “Enamel Blue,” dark purple, and “Cerise” color palette that makes sporting a crewneck sweatshirt during those late summer nights a definite must.

Taking risks with vibrant retro colors comes as no surprise for the brand, as they are simply going back to their roots. This inclusive collection not only satisfies those breezy outings, it also caters to the scorching heat that we all will experience this summer with their everyday T-shirts.

To cop Tommy Jeans newest “Signature” collection, head over to The Chimp Store to purchase items starting at $40 USD.

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Here’s What Went Down at Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Debut in Paris

After being named Artistic Director over at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh had a lot of people watching what he would premiere for his first runway under the prestigious fashion house. However, not only did the OFF-WHITE™ head honcho come through with some heat, he also came through with an army full of top tier support from his industry family.

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Debuting today as a Spring/Summer 2019 menswear collection during Paris Fashion Week, Virgil’s first step out as a member of the LV team showcased a spectrum — literally when it came to the rainbow-colored runway — of vibrant patterns, experimental cut-and-sew jobs, and even a collaboration with Warner Bros. to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Attendees who could make it out to the Jardin du Palais-Royal today rubbed shoulders with the industry’s elite names in art (Takashi Murakami), music (Rihanna), social media (Kim Kardashian), and Kanye West, who pretty much represents all those things in one. It was pretty dope to see the embrace he had with Virgil as the designer gave the rudimentary finale walk. It was a moment that represented so much — the rumored beef, the criticism they each face in their respective fields, and, quite honestly, the perfect “N*gga, we made it!” moment.

See all 56 looks from Virgil Abloh’s new Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2019 Collection in the stream above, and check out photos of the event, with appearances on and off the runway from Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Kanye West and more:

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