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Famed Harlem Clothier Dapper Dan And Gucci Offer Up Collabo During NYFW

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 2:41pm
    During the Golden Era of Hip Hop, his clothing was in popular demand by the top tier representatives of this ever-evolving culture. Nobody cared that his monogram Gucci, Louis Vuitton, MCM, Fendi and other expensive brands were being bootlegged. Now in 2017, even the brands themselves want a piece of his knockoff empire.

    In the past, these millennial brands weren’t so welcoming. In 1992, his business was effectively shut down by lawyers acting on behalf of Fendi. Fast forward to 2017, however, and things have changed. It was announced this week that Gucci would be collaborating with Dan to reopen his store and atelier, using Gucci’s fabrics with the Italian brand’s approval. A collaboration between Gucci and Dan will follow in the spring. Dan himself will star in the ad campaign.

    In May, Gucci were criticized for a jacket included in the cruise collection which had an exact replica to one that Dan had created for Olympic runner Diane Dixon in 1989. Dixon took to social media to showcase the comparison, posting a picture of the jacket on the catwalk with one of her in the eighties with the caption “‘Bish’ stole my look! Give credit to @dapperdanharlem He did it FIRST in 1989!”

    As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘rn, join ’em.

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Media Personality Bevy Smith Says Popular Designer Philipp Plein is a “Culture Vulture”

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 2:35pm

Media personality Bevy Smith had some choice words for famous fashion designer Philipp Plein. Last year, Plein had a fashion show at a New York Public Library that featured a performance from Nas and appearances from rapper’s Young Thug and Fetty Wap.

The collection from last year was titled “Alice in Ghettoland”. Bevy Smith chimed in her two cents about the designer after his fashion show this past weekend at Hammerstein Ballroom for NYFW. Teyana Taylor danced a burlesque style routine in a lace thong bodysuit as rapper’s Future Hendrix, 21 Savage, and Rae Sremmund performed a mini concert.

#TeyanaTaylor ripped the runway at #Philippplein #NYFW show ( via @pinkestluv)

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Smith, who currently is a contributor on the show Page 6 TV as well as a host of her own show “Bevelations” on Sirius XM, feels as though Plein is a culture vulture and decided to call him out on it. She called his clothing, “Rainbow shop Versace”. Check out her Instagram post below and let us know what you think in the comments.

And never forget this disrespectful moment from #CultureVulture #Plein this is from last year's "collection", meanwhile the clothes are giving you Rainbow shop Versace! Insulting the culture & making bad knockoffs, #IssaAProblem

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Gucci Mane Previews His BET Wedding Special on Twitter

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:52pm

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir‘s wedding is only a month away. In anticipation of their fast-approaching nuptials, the couple have finally released a teaser clip from the TV special that is being made about the event.

The soon-to-be Mrs. Gucci narrates the clip, recounting some interesting tidbits from their relationship, including an off-the-wall nickname that the rapper used to call her. She also remembers the day she met Gucci and gives a few details about the upcoming event.  Keyshia is describing her wedding as an event that will be “over-the-top fabulous” and a “diamond-flood affair” for both her and Gucci.

Judging by recently sent out invitations, we can expect A LOT.

10-17-2017 Wopster's Wedding pic.twitter.com/QVM87Osg6u

— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) September 9, 2017


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ZN Footwear Owner Mark Wilkins To Release First Signature Shoe, Talks What To Expect From The Prototype 1 LE

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:38pm

Mark Wilkins is the owner and founder of ZN Footwear and him and his team will be producing the Prototype 1, expected to release very soon. An affordable luxury footwear line that is designed to give back to the people made with premium materials, engineered mesh, leather, suede, snakeskin and much more. To help with the cause all sales from the shoe will be given to fund inner city kids post high school education. Every 25 pairs sold will be given to families or individuals in need. Mark says he pushed to create something that represented everything he loves in sneakers. ZN originates from the Chinese word ZEN, which means to find enlightenment and the glow from happiness and self-fulfillment. The story and influence behind ZN footwear is to always lift others and that happens by giving back to those in need. Mark created a platform where he could express himself and a platform that is inline with the culture. People will soon have a chance to make reservations for The Prototype 1 LE in the Noir colorway, meaning you can reserve a pair in your size when they are ready to ship, there will be 400 slots available. There will also be options for larger sizes such as 15 and 16 as well. Everything will be available online only to make it fair for all of the customers around the world. The shoe releases at a set price of $170. Sizes range from 7-16 and new colorways will include size 6.  Mark spoke in depth on the meaning behind  his brand, what to expect from the shoe, how the design came about and much more. Check out the interview below.


Tell us where you’re from and how you got to this point?  Mark Wilkins: I’m from Chicago, IL. Country Club Hills to be exact, it’s a a small town south of Chicago, a community built of the grind, blue collar town everybody works for what they want. I grew up in sports, basketball specifically, so that was always my ultimate passion and still is. It took me far, went to college at Holy Cross. Basketball showed me the world. Introduced me to some great people and got exposed to some things that helped mold the way I think today.  

What is the name of the brand?

ZN Footwear pronounced Zen.

Why ZN?

Because it’s the energy and enlightenment that we find in ourselves to help others. The part of us that makes us 100% happy. And both my sons’ names are Zai and Zayn so naming my brand with a Z was inevitable.

Speak to us about the backstory on how you actually designed this shoe? What was the process of developing it like? 

Being from Chicago I’ve always had a love for sneakers, so basically when the opportunity to develop my own shoe came I ran with it because it’s always been a true passion of mine, I drew them by hand and included everything I love in sneakers I wore growing up. I wanted to develop a aesthetic that catered to most sneaker heads needs, premium materials, luxury feel, comfort, breathability, a neck breaking sneaker that was aesthetically pleasing as it is to actually wear.

The process was rough, I wanted to use a sole that spoke to a sneaker I love through about 60 sole molds to get the perfect one. This sole is influenced by the Air Force 1, but measurements are all completely different from it, making the Prototype 1 Sneaker its own silhouette and that was the hardest part. Getting a sole that didn’t look weird or too bulky. I added straps for lockdown and appeal, sneakers with straps are dope, some of my favorite kicks had straps on them. I wanted to add the premium materials and glowing sole to give a twist, no affordable sneaker out has both of these qualities, and I definitely wanted to bring that to life. Since the ZN Footwear brand is about the glow from enlightenment and positive energy it all had to make sense.

My goal was to create a sneaker that can impact the world, this is a brand about positivity energy and acting on a frequency that all humans can relate to. – Mark Wilkins

What can we expect from this brand? 

With my first installation of my standalone The Prototype 1 Sneaker, you will get to see full length glowing sole on most colorways. You can expect straps for lockdown. The silhouette will definitely include maximum breathability and durability as I said earlier. The materials will be 100% natural premium leather and suede. Last but not least, they will have an affordable price point at $170 that is undeniable for the quality. My goal was to create a sneaker that can impact the world, this is a brand about positivity energy and acting on a frequency that all humans can relate to. We are all beings, and if we could just stop focusing negative things, using less of our mouths and more of our brains we can do some unbelievable things on earth.

Once I launched the ZN Footwear this fall, the plan is to give pairs directly to families or individuals that need them. I plan to be heavily involved and connected to this process. If it’s in Africa, The south side of Chicago, Baltimore, or to a single mom in Compton wanting to get sneakers for her kids to go back to school, and eventually start outreach campaigns in my hometown to give back directly to areas that need our help. Funding education programs getting new technology into classrooms, for those circumstances that lack exposure. It’s too many of us with large platforms out here living the dream, who are not giving directly to the communities where we grew up. My vision and the main reason I wanted to bring this shoe to life is not to sell sneakers or be cool and say I have my own sneaker, but being able to give and contribute to the masses some how. That’s always been cooler to me. So, this fall everything comes to fruition, when the Noir colorway drops statewide and internationally.

You mentioned colorways, what do you have in store? 

Yeah man, we have a lot of flavors coming to fit everyone’s style, The Prototype 1 is a year round sneaker so the colors will be wearable at anytime. For the first few drops we have Hemp, Eggshell, Noir, Ash grey, and Nude and a few more. Next year you will see a few runners and a new casual silhouette.

What insight can you give our young readers that wanted to be designers?

To keep going, don’t listen to anyone else, go with your gut feeling. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and you’ll find quickly once you have something good that they will try to tell you what they think is right for you. Do you, don’t change for anyone. Keep a great group of positive people around you even it’s 2 friends, you will do extremely well. Trust god, because he doesn’t make mist.

Check out images of the upcoming Prototype 1 below in the Noir Colorway. Visit ZN Footwear’s website for more info involving the Prototype 1 LE.

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Rihanna’s Fenty PUMA SS18 Show Was Out of The Ordinary – Just As Expected

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:37am

Rihanna hosted her NYFW Fenty PUMA show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC on September 10. Just days after the launch of her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line, the singer-actress-designer created a one-of-a-kind experience showcasing her Spring ’18 collection.

There was pink sand, dirt bikes, and the actual runway outfits. Models strutted out confidently in Puma wetsuits, cropped hoodies, thigh-high boots, and moto jackets. The looks paid homage to Puma’s history in motorsports and were by definition cool and swaggy — just like Rihanna.

The woman of the hour pulled up on a dirt bike at the end of the show.

Check out the looks below:

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Eminem Produced Hip Hop Comedy “Bodied” Shines at Toronto Film Festival

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:04am

Update: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 1:40pm: An official representative of the film has confirmed that although Dr. Dre and Eminem did contribute songs, Eminem and Dr. Dre will not release new music in direct connection with the film.

Edits have been reflected in this article per the new update.

Reminiscent of 8 Mile, Eminem‘s 2002 film debut, the rapper produced the hip hop comedy Bodied, along side Joseph Kahn as director. Bodied premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, impressing critics as a rambunctious hip-hop side-splitting satire of a skinny white kid who impedes Oakland’s underground rap scene.

Director Joseph Kahn

Bodied stars battle rap stars Loaded Lux, Dizaster, Dumbfoundead and Hollow Da Don, along side actors Anthony Michael Hall, Debra Wilson, Charlamagne Tha God, Jackie Long and others.

See Also: Unsigned Hype Alum: Eminem

Check out the official trailer:

Bodied is set for a theatrical release. It’s release date is unknown.

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Martin Lawrence To Be Honored in 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:43am

VH1 Hip Hop Honors Award Show is known to honor legendary musical artists who have paved the way for their successors. This year’s show will feature a different format and honor someone who isn’t musically inclined but made an impact on the culture for over 20 years.

Martin Lawrence has been named one of the honorees of the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors as the ceremony focuses specifically in the 90s era. The network will “celebrate pivotal moments from television and film, album releases and music videos to emerge from the decade”. The comedian told Billboard that he is “looking forward to a really great night of fun and music”.

This year’s show is hosted by Regina Hall, and features a performance by last year’s honoree Missy Elliot. It’s going down on September 18th at Los Angeles’ Paramount Studios.

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Tour News: Bow Wow Back To Australia

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 9:51am

Rapper Bow Wow is currently halfway through a 14-date tour of Australia, taking in most major cities and many regional centers. Bow Wow has previously toured Australia on multiple occasions in 2015, 2012 and in 2011 (w/ Snopp Dogg, The Game, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, DJ Nino Brown, Fat Joe plus more for the Supafest concert tour).

Bow Wow recently released the song “Too Real” with Sydney DJ / producer DJ Willi, with the film clip filmed on location in Sydney.

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Flashback: Edo.G On Meeting GURU Of Gang Starr

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 9:47am

Legendary Boston emcee Edo.G in the below video clip goes into detail on how he met GURU (RIP) of Gang Starr in 1985, then known as MC Keithy E. Despite Edo.G being almost 4 years junior to GURU, he had a combined single “Monsters” out with his Fresh To Impress (FTI) Crew and the further track “Suzi Q” on the 1986 Boston Goes Def! compilation album before GURU had a recording credit to his name.

GURU as Gang Starr released the 12-inches on Wild Pitch Records in Boston “The Lesson” (the first Wild Pitch Records release) and “Believe Dat!” in 1987 with his original DJ, DJ Mike Dee (aka DJ 1 2 B Down) and then the 12” “Movin’ On” the year after. Much of Gang Starr’s pre-DJ Premier work would benefit from some of the earliest production credits from The 45 King, who would later go on to work with the likes of JAY-Z, Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Rakim, MC Lyte, Common, Queen Latifah amongst many others.

Edo.G goes on to detail how Guru later moved to New York City and teamed up with DJ Premier. They decided to continue the Gang Starr name and dropped shortly thereafter the first classic album release on Wild Pitch Records in No More Mr. Nice Guy in 1989 and as Edo.G says, the rest is history.

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Verdad 2017 Fall Fashion Takeover

TheSource Feed - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:35pm

Once again our favorite season has arrived and we’re covering fashion’s hottest threads to hit the runways.  Our absolute must-have line of Fall/Winter 2017 comes from the incomparable American fashion designer Louis Verdad.  Featuring clean, sleek geometrical looks tailored to perfection, his new line Verdad is designed for the fierce bold woman who loves to mix hard and soft respectively.

Verdad, is a fresh ensemble of structured and well tailored silhouettes with geometric patterns rendered in luxurious and high end fabrics. His attention to detail and tailoring abilities allow him to construct eye catching pieces favored by A-List celebrities and fashion icons such as Rihanna, Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Madonna, and Jennifer Lopez to mention a few.

Known for his impeccable taste of mixing feminine fabrics with masculine structure, Verdad’s collections have opened and closed Fashion Week in New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. Since then, Verdad’s collections have been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Elle, WWD, Cosmopolitan and other magazines and publications around the world.

Looking for the ultimate pieces to rock to those holiday parties?

Check out his 2017 Fall/Winter line Verdad in the video below and click through the slideshow to experience spectacular one-of-a-kind pieces!

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Wild N’ Out Live! Tour Brings Performances by A-Boogie, 21 Savage, Tommy Davidson

TheSource Feed - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 1:40pm

MTV’s Wild ‘N Out debuted in 2005, and returned in 2013 after a six year hiatus. The season 9 premiere starring Chance The Rapper was the highest rated unscripted episode as of June 29th, 2017. The celebrity Hip Hop improv television series is broadcasting live in a city near you.

The Wild ‘N Out Live! Tour kicked off in New York on September 9th at United Palace. The first stop of the six stop tour was completely sold out, with an audience of all ages and races. A meet and greet took place 30 minutes before the show, where the cast members cracked jokes and took pictures with fans.

Around 7PM E/T Nick Cannon came out singing the show’s theme song and got the crowd pumped. A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie opened up the show with his smash hit “Jungle”. He went on to sing “Timeless” and his verse on “Wild Thots” featuring Fabolous. Following the Bronx emcee’s performance, he participated in the game Pick Up & Kill It. A-Boogie did an impressive job keeping up with the comedians, but it was nothing like the epic face off between Nick and Chance.

For the remainder of the show cast members DC Young Fly, Emmanuel Hudson, Karlous Miller, and Rip Michaels took turns making the crowd laugh with their stand up acts. The comedians poked fun at relationships, racism, Donald Trump, and you can bet there were a slew of New York jokes. Tommy Davidson blessed the crowd with a surprise stand up performance.

The evening was filled with laughter and ended off perfectly with the famous games Family Reunion and Wild Style. Surprise performer 21 Savage closed the show crooning his highest charting solo hit “Bank Account”.

Surprise performer @21savage rocked the stage at #WildnOut Live!

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Check out the following dates to see when Wild ‘N Out Live! is coming to your town.

September 23rd CFE Arena – Orlando, FL
October 14th UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL
October 27th Bojangles Coliseum – Charlotte NC
October 28th Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, GA
November 4th NRG Arena – Houston, TX

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Cris Superb is Out the Trap

TheSource Feed - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 2:27am

Its been a while since we’ve heard anything from Cris Superb. The New Jersey native has returned strong with a music video titled “Out the Trap”.

The latest Superb release was his Trayvon Martin tribute, which left a message that resonated with a lot of old and new fans alike. “Out the Trap” is the first single off his forthcoming mixtape Double Up. Cris opens up about his earlier life as a troubled young boy. Engaged in a life of crime, he was bound to end up incarcerated or worst. Thankfully Cris made a 360 turn and now he’s out the trap.

Check out Cris Superbs latest work “Out the trap”, directed by Upstate Groove Productions.

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COMME des GARCONS’ x Nike Waffle Racer Available Now

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 4:07pm

First seen in mid July, Comme des Garcons’ black Nike Waffle Racer is now available at Dover Street Market. With a straightforward blacked out color way, the kicks are minimalistic in nature. Featuring white CDG branding on the heels, the Comme des Garcons’ flare is subtly felt.

Leather swoosh branding, a foam midsole and rubber outsole as well as a textile upper are all featured on the sneakers. If your interested in flexing the latest from CDG x Nike hit up DSM now.

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KITH Unveils Collaborations Galore for SS18

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:40pm

Ronnie Fieg’s Kith Sport event last night encompassed a host of sports related clothing and footwear debuts. Held at the Classic Car Club, the event space morphed into a stadium; champion flags adorned the walls.

From collaborations with the buzz worthy Off-White brand to the storied climate ready brands like Moncler and Timberland, Kith Sport event was massively made up of joint efforts. Working with both adidas and Nike, models bearing both the swoosh and three stripes strutted down the runway. A collab throwback and vintage heads will surely appreciate appeared in Kith x Iceberg x Disney.  The Off-White collaborative work titled “JUST GLOBAL” featured a hoodie fans of both brands can get behind. Overall, Ronnie Fieg sourced a myriad of brands to  create a Kith collection that incorporated more than just Kith’s signature look.

Drafting Lebron James and Scottie Pippen into the mix, two of the worlds most renowned basketball stars made separate appearances on the runway in brand new kicks. Lebron rocked a pair of unseen Lebron 15s while vining to H.A.M. by Jay-Z & Kanye West and Scottie Pippen wore a pair of Ronnie Fieg designed Air Maestro II kicks. Subsequent to the event, Kith treats served ice cream and other goodies to show attendees. Check out images of some of the collaborative pieces below.

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A First Look at Netflix’s ‘Neo Yokio’ Anime Starring Jaden Smith

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:15pm

Netflix is dropping an anime series titled Neo Yokio starring Jaden Smith. Produced by Vampire Weekend’s front man Ezra Koenig and Nick Weidenfeld along side Japanese studios Production IG and Studio Deen and Seoul-based MOI. Storyboard artists include Kazuhiro Furuhashi and Junji Nishimura. It is a “postmodern homage to classic anime, English literature, and modern New York fashion and culture.”

As for the the story line, it goes something like this: All of this is cold comfort to the lovesick Kaz Kaan (Jaden Smith), the youngest member of a family of “magistocrats” – pink-haired demon slayers who once liberated the city. Today, his demon-slaying is barely more than a side-hustle coordinated by his Aunt Agatha (Susan Sarandon) – Kaz himself would rather concern himself with shopping, field hockey and of course mending his broken heart.

Things take a mysterious turn when Kaz is drawn into the turbulent world of ex-fashion blogger Helena St. Tessero (Tavi Gevinson), setting in motion a sequence of events that force him to question everything he knows about Neo Yokio. All six episodes of Neo Yokio will appear on Netflix on Friday, September 22.

The series also stars Jude Law, The Kid Mero, Desus Nice, Jason Schwartzman and more. Watch the trailer below.

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Raf Simons for Calvin Klein 205w39nyc Debuts SS18 Collection

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 3:10pm

Calvin Klein has been completely revamped under the helm of the capable Raf Simons and its new Spring/Summer ’18 collection has been unveiled. Painted coats, satin western shirts and Andy Warhol collaborative denim jackets are the crux of what this season has to offer. His second effort at creating a Calvin Klein collection rife with American vibes and bold colors went down at the offices on 205w39 NYC which is also the name of the label.

Cowboy boots and denim were a staple of the newest Calvin collection, with an added flare designated by a host of Andy Warhol graphic designs plastered over the garments. Raf Simons associate and bonafide artist Sterling Ruby created an art installation that hung above the models and attendees heads during the show. Overall, the latest from Raf Simons and Calvin Klein was a hodgepodge of pure artwork. Peep the gallery below for a few standout looks from the runway.

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Listen to SZA’s “Quicksand” Off Of ‘Insecure’ Soundtrack

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 2:15pm

It’s SZA‘s year y’all.

After a huge success of her CTRL album (released in June), SZA embarked on a tour, scored a song with Maroon 5 and inclusion on Insecure‘s soundtrack. We already knew that first track off of her album would be included in the soundtrack. However, the compilation that dropped today (September 8)  included a previously unreleased song, “Quicksand.”

On CTRL, SZA wears her heart on her sleeve, and “Quicksand” is no different. She’s vulnerable, emotional and frustrated on singing, “So hard to love/ Darling, you make it too hard to trust/ You keep running from me/I’m scared of love.”

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Goapele Releases Visual for “Stay” Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:51pm

After the release of her EP Dreamseeker, Goapele is now back with a visual accompanying one of the tracks – “Stay.”

Featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, the video was directed by Sean Alexander through a smokey filter. The abstract video follows a lonely Goapeleas she picks up the pieces of a broken mirror, singing “right here’s where you belong with me.

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Equifax says Cyber Attack may have stolen 143 Million people’s Personal Information

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:07pm

Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday a hack exposed the personal details of potentially 143 million U.S. consumers between mid-May and July.

The company’s shares were down 5.4 percent in after-market trading assumably leading to further look into the matter which exposed hackers who accessed details including names, social security numbers, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers of around 209,000 U.S. consumers and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of around 182,000 U.S. consumers were accessed, the company said. Equifax also said personal information of certain UK and Canadian residents were also hacked. The Atlanta-based company is now working with UK and Canadian regulators to investigate the breach. The company also said there was no evidence of a breach into its core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. But if this is accurate this breach could be one of the biggest in the United States.

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Interview: Sammie Talks New Album ‘Coming of Age’, And What Caused the Decline of Traditional R&B

TheSource Feed - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:58am

Sammie was blessed with a voice that propelled him atop of Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song charts at just the tender age of 13. The 30-year-old singer left his mark on R&B culture over 10 years ago with hits like “I Like It” and “Crazy Things I Do For Love”. But his success couldn’t amount to his desire for a normal childhood, thus Sammie fell back from the spotlight and took a hiatus to continue school and have a balanced life.

Now Sammie is back to be the “savior” of R&B, he tells The Source. His forthcoming album Coming of Age is “transparent” and vulnerable. Components that current R&B lack. Sammie is currently on The Savage Tour with Tank and talked to us about touring with one of his idols, and his transition from boy to man.

How’d your life change after going platinum at just 13 years old?
Drastically. I was humbled of course, and grateful, that my dreams started to manifest. At 8 years old I knew that I wanted to pursue music professionally. And at 12 years old I was blessed to land a deal with Capitol Records and Free World Entertainment via Dallas, Austin. Um, I was just grateful. But it took some of my normalcy away. I don’t think as a child I was prepped for that part of things. I couldn’t go to the gym and play basketball anymore. I couldn’t play Little League football anymore. But those are the sacrifices you have to make when indulging in this industry. But music has always been my passion. So just to be living out my dream at such a young age, and to be accomplished, and sell a million records, was a dream come true.

When you went “ghost” the first time were you avoiding the lack of normalcy and the backlash of not being able to make mistakes in private like a normal kid your age would be able to do?
50 percent of my first hiatus was a collective decision between myself and my parents to just go to school and enjoy being a child. Making some mistakes outside of the public eye. The other 50 percent was actually my mother, my manager at the time, as well as Dallas Austin, they made an executive decision to part ways. But in hindsight I’m glad that it happened because I need balance in life. I need to be like the superstar Sammie, but I also need to be Sammie Leigh Bush Jr. Just the average guy that’s blessed to do extraordinary things. So it all worked out and then at 18 I decided that I want to come back to music and by the grace of God and my loyal fan base they embraced me back.

Of course they did. You’re from that “lil era” from the late 90s to 2001. We had the Lil Sammie, Lil Bow Wow, Lil Romeo, Lil Wayne, Lil Zane. Eventually you guys grew up and dropped the “lil”. Are you in contact with any of these people still?
I see Bow sometimes around. I actually ran into Romeo when I was in LA about two weeks ago. It’s cool to just see us all grow and still flourish the way we’re flourishing, because it’s hard to stay in this business this long without selling your soul, and without having to sacrifice your brand to stay relevant. So it’s just a blessing and I’m happy for all those guys.

To back track, you said that you knew at the age of 8 years old that you wanted to pursue music professionally. What was the exact moment or event that made everything come full circle?
I was in a group in Miami, Florida called Wonder 3 and we auditioned for the Apollo Theater in New York City. They called back, and I was the youngest one, I was like ten years young. They were like 15 or 16. I got the call back that they wanted me for Apollo Kids and the group gave me access, or permission rather, to go pursue it and I was discovered when I did the Apollo in 1990 and I made it the finals in 1999. Joyce Earby she was the lead singer of The Climax, she reached out to my mother, she took us to Dallas Austin and the rest was history.

You know Lauryn Hill got booed at amateur night at the Apollo? You weren’t nervous about getting booed?
Of course, I was terrified. My insides were shaking. And I’m still like that at 30 years old. I get the hiccups before every show. Its like a defense mechanism I get for my nerves. Right when I walk on stage, I’m back to normal and comfortable. I just give it my best and I think I could live with myself as long as I’m able to leave my soul, my spirit, and my passion on stage. Often times I found out that energy is reciprocated by the fans. I was definitely terrified but once it’s game time it’s game time.

You’re known to sing about loving your girl, and being compassionate, and faithful. Can we expect the same theme in your new project Coming of Age?
Oh yes. Coming of Age is the most vulnerable, honest, transparent album that I’ve ever released. I gone through so many ups and downs in relationships. I been in some healthy situations and I been in some toxic situations. I’ve committed infidelity before, then I’ve been truly faithful and I had that happen to me. So I put all that into my music. I really don’t do a lot of tweets or Instagram posts about my personal life and my love life, but in my music I’m all the way transparent so I think that’s why it resonates with everybody. Because we all go through heartbreaks, we all go through pain, we all try to experience true love in the purest form. And I put that in my music and that’s why it kinda reaches everybody.

Your song “I’m Him” made it to The Shade Room and I instantly thought, “Sammie’s back?!” Are you anything like the guy you were singing about?
Yeah. I can’t write things that’s fabricated. I mean I can, but it’s not genuine. All my life I been able to sell myself by being myself. So the “I’m Him” record has always been me, I just felt like that record was missing in the genre of R&B. The content is saying so much since the early 2000s or the late 90s rather, it was no wonder why it went viral that day. People miss that kind of content. It was just a gentleman like record. It was showing that chivalry isn’t dead. It’s okay to court a woman still. Somehow that has become frowned upon in the genre of R&B. So I wanted to be one of the ones to resurrect that content.

So that’s the energy you’re putting off the ladies are going to want to know if you’re single, dating, or it’s complicated?
I’m actually newly single, two months strong. I’m just focusing on God, family, and music. A new album is already coming in my mind because I was dating a beautiful spirit for two years. But things just didn’t work out. I don’t think we were ever on the frequency waves that we needed to be at the same time. But it’s nothing but love for her but I am single.

Do you listen to Bryson Tiller or Daniel Caesar?
I do listen to Bryson Tiller. I love his content. The Trapsoul mixtape/album was genius. It was pure, it was raw, and it was executed in a different way. You know he has Hip Hop elements in his music, but the content is exactly what the women needed to hear, and to me that’s why it was so successful. So shout outs to Tiller for that.

Would you consider him R&B, or the new term “R&Bass”?
No I don’t know what genre he falls into. But I think it’s dope. I think it’s his own thing. Because he actually raps sometimes, and then he has melody of course. A little reminiscing of Drake, but it’s just refreshing because the content isn’t so Hip Hop driven and that’s what I can appreciate. But it’s not like the Joe, Tank, Jon B, Brian McKnight of the world. I was a young kid growing up on those guys so to me that’s genuine R&B. However, I respect what Tiller does.

You mentioned R&B is lacking certain traditional components. What do you think is responsible for that?
I think it’s auto tune actually. It gave the rappers of today, the ability to sing with melody. But their content remained the same. Then that became super dominant on radio, so to get on radio you had to do that. So a lot of my industry R&B peers they deviated from the traditional sound and went more Hip Hop driven to get more DJ play and club play. And I think it’s just one long song now on the radio because I think everyone is afraid to do what’s traditional and what’s genuine R&B. But again I don’t have to play the politics game. Being independent also gives me the freedom to creatively control what I want to put out and convey to the world. I say it all the time that I’m not trying to be the King of R&B or the Prince. I think the people have to choose you for that, but I do want to be the savior of it. I feel like if my album is successful, if my touring is successful, if my content is successful then it opens the doors and gateways for everyone to do genuine music again. But I think auto tune is the genuine reason R&B took a turn for the worse.

How does it feel to be going on tour with Tank on The Savage Tour?
Its been amazing. We did Raleigh, North Carolina last night it was sold out. The women sang every record word-for-word. Then Nashville, Tennessee the first show was sold out as well. It’s just crazy to be able to perform records from 1999 all the way up now to 2017. These were young girls I was singing to back in the day, and now we’re all grown it’s kind of like we were raised together. So many girls cried last night, and it’s just funny to me because I remember them crying when they were little girls and I didn’t know I had that kind of effect still at 30. Its been a minute to see that and I’m just so humble and grateful. I’m learning now to just enjoy the moment. Like the entire process of the comeback. Again, I thank The Shade Room for that because I wasn’t even trying to be Sammie the artist. I was cool being behind the scenes, just writing here and there. But the “I’m Him” record propelled me back to the front and I’m just having a ball man. Tank is like a big brother to me so I’m on tour with one of my idols and it’s amazing. It’s like living a dream.

What’s your set sounding like?
It’s literally like a time machine. I have from 1999 all the way to current. I got mixtape stuff. I have a 30-35 minute set so I have time to dance around all kind of elements and time in my records or my career. Its been amazing. We’re off to D.C. now performing at the Howard Theater tomorrow. So city by city I’m just leaving pieces of my spirit and soul all over.

Coming of Age is slate to be released on September 15th.

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