Is Andre 3000 Making A Comeback?

First, Andre 3000 was on Kanye’s song 30 Hours. Next, he featured on Frank Ocean’s album on the track Solo (reprise). Next, Gucci Mane snapchatted a video of himself saying that he “just did a record for Outkast”. Most recently, he was on multiple tracks on Travis Scott’s album Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight. 

Does this mean that Andre/Outkast is coming back soon????

There have also been rumors that Big Boi has been in the studio. Big Boi, of course, recently released a solo album in 2012. While a representative for Andre 3000 stated that there is “no Outkast news to report” and it has been confirmed that the song Gucci referenced in that snapchat video is not for Outkast, it certainly seems as if there have been a whole lot of news surrounding Andre and Outkast.

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Andre has recently stated that “he’s always recording”, so at least that’s something.

So while there’s no new Outkast album coming (at least for now, we can always hope right?), it certainly seems that Andre has been working. He also said that he could release “some kind of music project”.

So what does this all mean?

Probably nothing to be honest. Andre’s just saying all the right things. That doesn’t actually mean that he’s going to release any music. Why would a musician not say that he’s in the studio making music? He’s pretty much just saying what we want to hear.

Sigh. Come back Andre.

Why Endless/Blonde is the Best Album of 2016 – a Review

It’s an amazing double-header of a project. Here’s why.

Frocean fans have spent four years not-so-patiently waiting for new music from the Grammy award winning artist. On July, 417th, 2015 Ocean finally released Endless.

Endless first.

On the “Endless” live stream, instrumentals faded in and out as time passed, but there was a lot more to be desired. Watching it began to feel as pointless as checking Boys Don’t Cry every day for the last year did.

Eventually the visual album came out, and it was fly as hell. Ocean did well to present “Endless” as an hour long project as opposed to a collection of individual songs. It was all ambiance, and it felt like I was floating through the album. With the exception of “Commes de Garçons”, my favorite track, the album experience doesn’t work when it’s broken down.

I think the visual album doesn’t really work when it’s broken down because the songs sound so open. They sound like listening to the album as if you’re actually in the warehouse from the video – a song by itself is too spacey.

It should be noted that Ocean fulfilled his Def Jam contract by releasing this album (and they officially released him from his contract early). Much more of the profits from the actual album, Blonde, will go to Ocean himself. That’s a power move right there, but I digress.

The wait finally ended on July 418th of 2015. That Sunday morning, the video for Nikes dropped, and we all were reminded of the old Frank Ocean. We were reminded especially of Ocean’s love for film references. Most obviously, there was the the American Beauty reference:american-beauty-refrence-image-jpg

With Frank Back to his usual self, it was easy to forgive him for the wait.

Blonde, in short, is an amazing album. It’s much quieter than Channel Orange, but in a good way. Good vibes for sure.

When people say they don’t like the album, it’s probably because of how soft it is. If you’re listening to it wrong you’re not going to enjoy it. You have to give the music your undivided attention on your first run through the album.

A zine was released at pop-up shops at the same time as the album, but it’s silly hard to get one. Ocean’s mom on Instagram said to be patient, though. Hopefully we’ll all be able to get the zine one day.

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Speaking of the zine, this picture of the list of collaborators surfaced on the internet, and it’s wild. Some of them are probably samples, but it’s still a crazy list. Andre 3000 seems to be making a comeback, Brian Eno is a legend, James Blake is super overrated but apparently he’s good, Kanye’s a God, Pharell has never made a bad decision in his entire career, and my guess is that Tyler the Creator produced “Pink+White.”

In the end there’s really no reason to not like the album. It doesn’t do anything wrong. It’s so good that I miss a boyfriend I’ve never had, and I’m not even gay. Ocean seems to have found vocal maturity, and his songs that slap harder than a WorldStar fight comp.

If you haven’t, go listen to the album.

BAPE x Adidas NMD shoes are official. And there is a release date.

Adidas has been killing it recently. From their Ultra Boost line, possibly the most comfortable and stylish shoe on the market, to the Yeezy line, to the NMDs, everything that has three stripes on it has flourished. Even the classic Stan Smiths have been making a major comeback.

And now, possibly to combat the success of Nike’s collabs with popular streetwear brand Supreme, Adidas has worked with BAPE to make the BAPE x NMD.

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As you can see in the picture, the shoe will come in two colorways. The first features BAPE’s classic camo pattern, and features two shades of green and two shades of brown on the upper. The second pair is all black, but the camo remains, just in a much less pronounced state. If you look closely at each pair, you can see BAPE’s Ape logo featured multiple times in the camo pattern.

So when are these beauties going to come out?

The day after black Friday, which is September 26th. The day following black Friday has always been a great day for sneakerheads, as it seems like every company always releases a bunch of their most hyped shoes on that day.

These BAPE NMDs however, these things are special. They are going to sell out instantly, no matter the price point.

So who’s going to get them for me? Thanks guys I appreciate it I’m a size 12. Blogfather signing off.

Kanye’s New Shoe is pretty much just the Reebok Classic.

Kanye West has been designing shoes for quite some time now. From Nike to Adidas, he has a bunch of models, all different from each other. But he really messed up with this new one. 

Kanye’s been working with Adidas for quite some time now. He first released the Yeezy 750 Boost, which was one of the most successful shoes of 2015, then he moved onto the various colorways of the 350 boost, also a crazy successful model. He also made a couple of pairs of boots with Adidas, but no one really cares about those.

His newest prototype with Adidas leaked online tonight, and it looks preeetttyyyy familiar.

Here we have the Reebok Classics:

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And here is the leaked photo of the new Adidas Yeezy “Calabasas”

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HMMMMMMMMMMM.

What are you doing Kanye? You’re already insanely rich and successful. People are going to buy your shoes no matter what they look like. I mean the Yeezy 350 is just a normal trainer with a distorted zebra pattern. And those things are the hottest shoes out right now. He could literally just draw whatever he wants on a sketchpad, and then the people of Adidas will make it, and then it will sell out.

There’s literally no point to Kanye stealing designs, when anything he touches turns to a $200 dollar product. Especially from the Reebok Classics. Those are one of the most iconic shoes of all time. Everyone is going to recognize the silhouette. So… if everyone is going to call you out on it… it’s probably not a great idea to steal designs.

Finally, I mean, the shoes don’t even look that great. They look like a bootleg pair of the Reeboks, and those Reeboks were popular a whiiillleeee ago. That whole style is just not working for anyone these days.

So unless you’re now making shoes for old dudes at a tennis club, do better Kanye. I know you’re reading. Actually, scratch that. Don’t just do better, Ye, be better.