Recap: SOURCE360 Unsigned Hype Competition

The Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience is celebration for the entire 360-degree spectrum of art, music, film & television, fashion, dance, sports, and technology inspired by Hip Hop.

The Unsigned Hype Competition gives a lineage of dope emcees the intense, but fun opportunity to go head to head for the title on a live stage. Some Unsigned Hype alumnis include The Notorious B.I.G, Common, and Eminem to name a few.

20 participants competed and only 6 of them advanced to the next round. The finalists included K. Forbes, Bam Vito, Scienze, Josh McFadden, Yusha Assad, and  Rose Rome. Everyone put on a riveting show. But there was room for only one winner and ultimately K. Forbes ended victoriously.

The King of Pop Comedy, Jack Thriller hosted the show and Smoke DZA also came through and graced the SOURCE360 stage.

Check out the pictures in the gallery and the video below to see what you missed at The Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience:

“N*ggas in Paris” is Now a Picture Book

Remember when “N*ggas in Paris” first dropped and you heard it literally everywhere? Well now you can get it in a kid friendly, 32 page, picture book thanks to Bianca Bosso from The Interns.

Bosso re-creates the song and calls it Friends in Paris with a storyline based on the lyrics of the song. It was pretty hilarious when Jay-Z was balling so hard that he broke a clock in the antique store. But that’s not the best part.

Bosso’s Kickstarter campaign has been funded and the book will be printed and available for purchase in real life.  So if you’d like to see this really happen, click here.

Check out some pages from the book in the gallery above, and you can read the full digital copy here. 

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Apple’s iOS 9 Features New Emojis, Including the Middle Finger

Update (Sept. 17): The new emojis are only available to Beta users, as it will be part of the iOS 9.1 update. The link to become a beta user and get it now is here

Gone are the days of archaic emoticons, using a colon for eyes and parenthesis for a mouth. “emojis” have become a staple in modern day conversation. Where one word, or phrase have been used to describe a feeling, activity, etc. emojis have replaced them — but only to a certain degree.

After several updates and additions, including an multiracial skin tone modifier, the emoji faithful continue to gripe about the lack of several obvious additions. This has lead to some improvisational uses for existing emojis (cactus as a middle finger, and eggplant as…well you know.)

Now Apple will welcome over 250 new emojis, including an eye rolling smiley, a mortorcycle, several nation’s flags and finally, the middle finger.

The new emojis are available right now for those who update to iOS 9.1 Beta, exclusively available for Apple users who have signed up for their Beta program which you can apply to here. The Beta program also includes the forthcoming OS X “El Capitan” operating system for Macbook users, ahead of its September 30 launch date. The official iOS 9 update is also now available for iPhone and iPad which will feature the new emojis as well.

Downloading the official iOS 9 update is simple:

Go to Settings > General > Software Update, then follow the on screen prompts.

Check out some of the new emojis above and the other features you can expect from iOS9 here.



Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.

Quiksilver Releases Its New Fall Line

Fall is on the horizon. While Quiksilver is better known for its surfing apparel and beach wear, their Fall collection has something for people on both coasts. Divided into two lines, “Dark Rituals” and “Surf Trippin”, the collection features tees, hoodies, lightweight jackets, pants, hats and wovens.

“Surf Trippin” includes a lot of what you’d expect from Quiksilver, including iconic 80s surf motifs, and flashy neon colors. Dark Rituals on the other hand goes for a more rugged, urban look with a more darker color pallette.

Preview Quiksilver’s Fall collection above, and available for purchase here.



Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.


Meek Mill Tells DJ to Stop Playing Future & Brings Out Nicki Minaj & His Son

Did Meek Mill diss Future?

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That’s what everyone on Twitter is wondering after a video surfaced of Meek requesting that his DJ stopped playing Future’s music during his Made in America performance. Meek said:

You’re playing all motherfuckin’ Future tonight, n—a. You don’t play some motherfucking rap too? The hell is you doing, n—a? Play some hot shit too. My n—a Future on Made In America

Future doesn’t seem to really be the problem. It seems that Meek’s upset that the DJ is playing Future’s music on his set meanwhile, Future is a part of the headline. This makes more sense because Future and Meek are collaborators. But you can decide for yourself after watching the video below:

The Philly emcee also brought out his girl Nicki Minaj. The crowd cheered as she strutted across the stage. She then wanted to see how the crowd felt about her “baby daddy” and they eventually performed “All Eyes On You”.

We also got the pleasure to see Meek’s adorable son whip it on stage:

When @MeekMill brought out his son our hearts melted #MadeInAmerica #WatchMeWhip

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It was only right Meek shut down the stage because it’s his hometown and no longer his girl’s tour. Check out pictures of Meek and Nicki, his son, and his homage to Lil Snupe and Chinx.

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Exclusive: DBM Founder Discusses Kanye West VMA Speech Inspired Tees & Chicago Fashion

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There were a lot of things to complain about during the MTV VMA’s earlier this Sunday. Most of those things had to do with the host, Miley Cyrus. If you forget about Miley doing Miley for a minute, you should remember that Kanye West delivered one of the better acceptance speeches in recent history while also, most likely facetiously, announcing that he will be running for the White House in 2020. Regardless if Kanye was serious or not, founder of DBM, Joe, quickly tweeted this out after Kanye accepted the Vanguard award:

The very next day, he sent this out:

If you’re unfamiliar with DBM, they’ve picked up momentum faster than Tyga and Kyle Jenner’s relationship raises eyebrows by putting out pieces when they feel like it and how they feel like it. While their flagship collections are quality made and well thought out with themes, they are known to also come up with an idea inspired by pop culture and then release them in limited quantities the next day. We had the opportunity to ask Joe a few questions about his two new tees that were created as a result of Kanye’s speech as well as the current state of mainstream fashion. Be sure to follow Joe on Twitter to find out when he’ll be dropping the two tees on Friday.

In classic DBM fashion, you tweeted the above statement. Then you proceeded to put out the video the next day. Do you ever have a moment in the process of putting out a tee where you second guess your gut instincts to make shirts on the spur of the moment? What makes you so confident in putting them out or you just DGAF?

This year I decided to trust my gut when it comes to releasing things. I feel like the past few years I’ve slept on some really good ideas only to let someone else do it and win. I just wanted to win this year. Also, staying true to “streetwear” you gotta be quick with them ideas. It’s a small window between something being cool and played out. I pride myself on having an idea on Monday and it being on the webstore Tuesday.

How many different designs did you have before you settled on the most recent Kanye ones?

Right after Ye’s speech I went to the drawing board. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look so when I met up with my graphic [designer] the next day we bounced around a few ideas and both shirts were done in a hour.

I feel like part of the fun you have with owning different brands (Fat Tiger, Vita Morte, DBM) is that each has its own character from design and theme to production and presentation. DBM is definitely the chop, wrap, and go vehicle for your moments of street genius. Is that true to some extent?

Very true. With clothing I like to attack all markets but in clever ways. I know DBM isn’t for everybody. That’s why we have Vita and Fat Tiger. With DBM it’s honestly about trolling. I want people to ask you what you’re wearing. I want kids to get in trouble for wearing certain pieces. I just like provocation conversation with clothes. DBM gives me that platform.

Do you really think Kanye will run for President? What is his first act as President?

Of course he’s not really running for president. He was off that good L.A. weed.

All joking aside, he had some good points in his acceptance speech. How important do you really think listening to the younger adults (18-25 year olds) of today’s generation is when it comes to clothing, music, and art? What have you learned from your community and your customers/people who come to the parties about clothing and music?

The youth is what keeps everything moving. I’m like a young OG now so I keep my ear to what’s going on. Most of our customers/party goers are young so I just always know what’s happening around the world in their eyes. It’s easy for me to create because I move around a lot. And I also get inspired at how many youth I inspire. Keeps me wanting to keep people guessing.


You’ve been in the game for quite some time now even before DBM. What has been your favorite capsule/season so far? What about a specific piece out of your whole catalog?

I have a ton of favorites but the Rihanna “I Wanna F*ck” collection was just memorable because I made a ton of money off a high ass idea [laughs] and ended getting a cease and desist from her people. Sh*t was lit.

Is it safe to say yet in fashion and clothing that the more interesting stuff from new brands has no classifications like “just” streetwear or performance wear, similar to genres in Hip-Hop?

Fashion game weird now. “Luxury Streetwear” kinda made things stupid now. I realized everybody looks at things different so it’s hard to put a title on it. Whenever old people ask me what I do for a living I just say, “make clothes rappers wear.” It’s hard to explain to people the difference between urban, street, and luxury. All of it stupid though. I just make clothes.

What’s dope to see is the number of clothing trends Chicago started in streetwear or basically what became streetwear like the special fitteds that inspired Don C and Crucial Conflict with your towel shorts. Are there other ones people outside of Chicago might not know about?

Shout out to Don, that’s my big homie. He’s a revolutionary with this fashion sh*t. When I peep how the world picked up on the “buck-50” hats I knew I could flip another Chicago classic with the towel situation. Chicago has birthed some of the flyest n*ggas in the world. I’m pretty sure another trend from here gonna catch fire soon. Shout out to Virgil as well, they shifted the culture.

Do you have any plans to start any other side hustles? Or just focusing on your brands right now?

I plan on opening a restaurant in a few years next–bodega style sandwich spot in Chicago that sells all different types of sandwiches and all different types of blunts.

Bryan Hahn will write in Kanye West and Rhymefest in 2020. He’s on Twitter (@notupstate).

Jeezy Announces New Album, Drops Lead Single “God”

Jeezy announced that he will be dropping a new project in November–November 13, to be exact–and to celebrate the announcement, he dropped his new single, “God.”

The single features production from TM88 and Southside, and this is the first project from Jeezy since the Gangsta Party mixtape he surprise-dropped on Memorial weekend earlier this year. Snowman has yet to announce the title of the new album, but he does explain the videos he has been uploading to his Instagram page in an open letter.

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Rafael Nadal Is Tommy Hilfiger’s Newest Global Ambassador

Tommy Hilfiger launched Rafael Nadal’s ambassadorship with a sexy pop-up tennis tournament yesterday in Bryant Park.

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Scarface, Brand Nubian and Others Bring Standing Room Only Crowd To Harlem For Malcolm X Day

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This past weekend, in association with the annual “Harlem Week” Festival, 135th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to Lenox Avenue, better known as Malcolm X Boulevard, was lit in celebration of “Malcolm X Day”. The entire Shabazz family, along with The Northstar Group/The Source Magazine Owner L. Londell McMillian, put together a block party to commentate Harlem’s “crowned prince”. Music from all genres filled the air while dance performances on the main stage at the corner of St. Nick and 135th Street wowed the crowd. There were several special invited guests who came through to show love to the legacy of Malcolm including international rapper/activist Immortal Technique, legendary rapper/producer Kwame, Channel Live’s Hakim Green, Flavor Unit’s Lakim Shabazz, Scarface of the Geto Boys and the iconic Brand Nubian, who closed out the show with a performance. See photos below from this Northstar sponsored event.


Supreme’s Fall/Winter 2015 Collection is here

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Supreme reveals a very 360 Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

Supreme‘s Fall/Winter 2015 is an extensive collection with plenty of mix garments paying homage to ’90s New York era with pretentious sportswear pieces and vintage faux fur. To keep the line-up still very reliable, Supreme also adds their branded sweaters, headwear and tees, with the iconic box logo sweater being reissued as a crewneck rather than a hoodie this time around.

That is not all Supreme offered as part of the seasonal collection, the desirable lifestyle accessories also have become a thing of the brand. This season included ski goggles, a Kryptonite bike lock, a crowbar, another crazy iPhone gadget, meditation balls, a pillow, and a pajama set. The brand’s staple pieces with Hanes are back, with boxers, tees and thermals. The accessories also include an air horn and a skate deck with E.T. on it, of course. Look for Supreme’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection to drop on August 22 at the brand’s NY, LA and London locations, while those of us in Japan can look forward to the first drop on August 22. Take a look in our gallery above.