I’m not of fan of quality of outcome, although the idea behind is noble it’s affect will be anything but that. We need a system that rewards great work but also allows potential to develop and grow over time. Sean Combs aka P. Diddy made a great counter argument for ‘equality of resources’ which made me think, maybe this is the way forward? And if doesn’t happen, let’s just build it ourselves!
“We only get 5% of the venture capital invested in things that are black owned — black-owned businesses, black-owned ideas, black-owned IP,” he says. “You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver. When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results. When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Black-ish,’ fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing — to be able to come and compete.” – Sean Combs
Click here to read the full feature, it’s fucking amazing!
I was living inside of some universe that was created by the mob-thought, and I had lost who I was, so that’s when I was in the sunken place. You look in my eyes right now — you see no sunken place. – Kanye West
You can read the full interview here.
Please watch this, it’s great!
Virgil Abloh debuts his first Louis Vuitton mens collection in Paris on Thursday. Regardless what you may think about his work, it’s an important moment in the history of streetwear. A graduate from the “scene” has finally crossed over into the luxury fashion arena and he’ll present his undiluted take on modern luxury on the highest platform of all; the Paris runway. I’ll be remiss to point out it kind of doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, that’s subjective and I’m sure some people have already made their minds up before they’ve even seen it. With that said, just the fact he’s getting this opportunity is super important for the new generation coming up to see what’s possible when you have talent and an insane work ethic, there really is no limit to how far you can take this little ol’ thing we call streetwear. I’m really interested to see what Virgil does with the accessories and footwear at LV and he touches on that subject in this interview with the great Charlie Porter which you can read here.
“That line has been crossed,” he says. “Enough shirts have been sold and enough Instagram posts have changed the ecosystem, so you can’t go back.” But he is keen to move the conversation forwards. “Now that we’re the establishment, how do we behave?” he says. “Is it a complete upheaval of everything before? I don’t believe that. I think there has to be care in the thinking. There’s a lineage here, which is part of what I’m proposing.”
This is the second track from Playboi Carti’s ‘Die Lit’ album. It’s my favourite song off the album and I can’t wait to see him perform it live, let the mosh pit commence!
Apologies for not posting this sooner but here’s what I’m reading in the month of May. I’ve been fascinated with Andy Warhol for long time and I’ve seen ‘Holy Terror’ recommended by a few people online so I finally pulled the trigger. It’s probably the closest thing will ever get to an official autobiography (outside of ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’ which I also have in my collection) but it does a brilliant job of detailing the various factors at play during Andy Warhol’s accession to cultural superstardom! I highly recommend it. The rest of the books are pretty self explanatory. After Kanye’s recent outburst on Twitter I went ahead and purchased ‘Black Rednecks and White Liberals’ which could be described as a beginners manual for Black conservatism in the USA. Thomas Sowell is one of the greatest thinkers of our time and his arguments in this book are compelling. You can find a full list of the books below 🙂
Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up by Bob Colacello
Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck
David Hammons: Bliz-Aard Ball Sale by Elena Filipovic
Black Rednecks & White Liberals by Thomas Sowell
The quintessential “rags to riches” story personified in this brilliant interview with professional football player Troy Deeney. I identify with a lot it, especially the bit about his compulsive drinking habits. It’s something I’ve been battling with for a long and thankfully I found ways to manage it somewhat, but its great to hear someone famous be so candid about it. All in all it’s an amazing interview, check it out!