COMPLEX.COM Presents… “THE 100 BEST NIKES OF ALL TIME”

The 100 Best Nikes of All Time

Since their inception in 1972, Nike has been producing — for lack of a better term — game-changing footwear in every category, even inventing some of their own along the way. Like every company they’ve had their ups and downs, it’s just that their ups have been, shall we say, Jordanesque. So with no further ado, we present The 100 Best Nikes of All Time. Go in.

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COMPLEX.COM Presents… “WHO IS DOMINIC LORD?”

His Label, Dominic Lord Recordings

Even at 19, Dominic Lord knows what he wants and when he wants it. His manager, Steven Victor, says he’s had issues with engineers not understanding or translating his thoughts, which is understandable. It’s hard to follow his thought process, at times. He has gotten some studio work done, though. Dominic just dropped his Fashion Show EP last month after gaining attention for his “Pierce” video, which inspired a remix with Pusha T and Grimes.

Dominic was formerly A$AP Dom, but since starting his music career less than a year ago, he’s no longer associated with A$AP Mob. He got his start by designing clothes, because for him, fashion comes before music and he’s “not just wearing that shit,” he’s “making it.” Dominic brings his love for fashion into his music, videos, and his songwriting process, which he says is quick.

His debut has producers like Hudson Mohawke, Chad Hugo and Madd Matt. There are a number of self-produced tracks, including a Mozart-sampling track, “Mozart, Go,” and an uptempo synth-pop anthem, “Message Failure,” which he wants featured in an iPhone commercial in the near future.

In order to find out just who is Dominic Lord, we had him come through the Complex offices where we he sat down to speak on growing up in Harlem, listening to Styles P with his brother, his fashion obsession, the deal with A$AP Mob, and his thoughts on the production behind Fashion Show.

As told to Lauren Nostro (@LAURENcynthia)

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Working With Chad Hugo and Other Producers

His Former Affiliation With A$AP Mob

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COMPLEX.COM Presents… JaY-Z’s 50 BEST DOUBLE ENTENDRES

Jay-Z's 50 Best Double Entendres

Shawn Carter is many things—rapper, entrepreneur, husband, father—but at his core he’s a poet and certified word nerd. It was apparent from his first album, which included the wit-filled “22 Two’s,” that Hov loves to play with language more than your average MC. His lyrical gift is detailed in the 300-plus-page book Decoded, among others. One thing he is not, however, is an English professor.

On Drake’s song “Light Up,” Jay-Z boasts of his lyrical prowess, bragging about dropping a “triple entendre.” The line in question—(“Oww/Hoes turn their heads like owls/I’m the man of the hour/Triple entendre don’t even ask me how”)—may be a clever play on words, but it’s not a triple entendre, or even double entendre. It’s a hot line with a cool play on the homophones “owl” and “hour.”

With that said, are you really going to berate Jay-Z about figures of speech? If the man says something is a double entendre, it will be remembered in culture as such, and we’re okay with giving him that pass. Every line Hov’s mistakenly labeled a “double entendre” is still an example of high-level wordplay that’s worth knowing about, no matter what umbrella it technically falls under.

True double entendres rely upon more than just dual references; they require two parallel levels of meaning, one explicit and one coded. Traditionally, that coded meaning was usually of a sexual nature.

Regardless, double entendres always insinuate—they thrive on ambiguity.  Something like, “Truthfully, I wanna rhyme like Common Sense/But I did five mil’, I ain’t been rhyming like Common since” would not apply. In fact, the success of that lines relies upon Jay not insinuating at all, but making his meaning singular and explicit. It’s a great bit of wordplay (eliding the difference between “sense” and “since”), but it lacks any coded meaning.

We combed through some of our favorite examples of Jay-Z’s witty wordplay and asked Adam Bradley, University of Colorado Boulder English professor and author of The Anthology of Rap, to weigh in on the different types of wordplay Jay-Z employs in these various examples.

Jay-Z uses a lot of puns—where the humor derives from a similar sounding words and/or that word’s multiple meanings. Jay-Z also uses a lot of similes, and metaphors. Excellent lines like “I was moving birds like an Oriole fitted” and “I’m on the block like I’m 8 feet tall” do convey the sense of two distinct images, but as mentioned before, the meaning is clear, not coded.

No matter what you call it, Jigga’s wordplay is so nice you’ve got to hear it twice.

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New Balance Pro Court High

New Balance brings back the Pro Court High in a tonal colorway for Spring 2012. The high-top silhouette here notes a suede upper, matched with contrasting white branding on the heel as well as the tongue, while tonal laces accompany the court model.

 

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Kid Cudi x Complex Magazine Cover

Cudi returns to the cover of Complex for their October/November 2011 issue. Mag hits newsstands October 4th, but the entire thing is available to read now. Excerpt from the cover story below.

Is that drug hangover why you disappeared after you released your second album?
“I wanted to clear my head, besides detox. I had to look at the root of the whole problem, and that was work and the business.”

How so?
“I wasn’t trying to hear it from nobody. I’m not even going to attack the people in my life that didn’t step in and try to stop it, ’cause I was just so bullheaded. There’s no way to slow somebody when they’re speeding down a path of destruction.”

“I thought I was dealing with it in the proper way. I was in the moment. And when you’re that young, with that opportunity, all that money, and all that respect and power, sometimes you run with it. ’Cause I was like, Man, you don’t know if this shit’s gon’ be here tomorrow.”

 

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Gourmet Quattro Skate “Grey/White”

The Quattro Skate from Gourmet returns for Fall 2011 in a crispy grey and white scheme. As per the norm, the upper is comprised of part leather, part suede. The kicks see tonal laces and branding all sitting atop a pure white midsole. Nothing we haven’t seen before, but Gourmet always does it well. Buy these kicks for $90.00 at primitiveshoes.com.

 

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Complex Presents: Pusha T’s Year In Style :: Fear of God 2 Drops Today

Pusha T’s much-anticipated Fear of God 2 mixtape drops today and you’d be lying if you said you weren’t planning on downloading it before the day’s over. This has been one busy year for the G.O.O.D. Music artist. A year ago, he assisted Kanye on the “Runaway” track and last week, we finally heard “Amen.”

From performances to red carpet events, Pusha’s style has stayed consistently fresh with ‘fit after ‘fit. Complex.com has rounded up his best looks over the past year, so before you take a listen to Fear of God 2, check out Pusha T’s year in style.


Video Music Awards, September 2010

Vevo Power Station: G.O.O.D. Music, March 2011

Vevo Power Station: G.O.O.D. Music, March 2011

The Big Chill Music Festival, August 2011

Rising Icon Awards, March 2011

Refresh Boutique, August 2011

Complex Photo Shoot, August 2010

GQ Party, November 2010

“Can I Live” Music Video, April 2011

Beast TV Interview, July 2011

Heineken Red Star Access Presents: G.O.O.D. Music, July 2011

Bamboozle Festival, May 2011

Behind the scenes of the “Trouble On My Mind” music video, June 2011

Heineken Red Star Access in Houston, Texas, July 2011

“Feelin’ Myself” music video, August 2011

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