Sweetbitter: A Feast For The Senses

Finding one’s footing in a city as large as New York is daunting to most newcomers, and for good reason. Full of so many sights, sounds, and smells, a sensory overload is almost guaranteed—some relish in it, while others are repelled by it. For Sweetbitter‘s protagonist Tess, the city is a place of opportunity and excitement, and when she lands a job as a backwaitress at a well-known downtown haunt she jumps headfirst into the unknown. We spoke to writer/executive producer Stephanie Danler, and actress Ella Purnell (aka Tess) about this coming of age tale and the magic of the culinary world showcased in Sweetbitter. Watch our interview below, and catch new episodes of Sweetbitter, Sundays at  8/7c on STARZ.

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One On One With Living Legends

Undeniable with Joe Buck kicks off Season 5 with snowboarding legend Shaun White. Watch as they discuss White’s early days of learning how to snowboard, his career low points, and his unique position as snowboarding’s youngest and oldest Olympic gold medalist.

The rest of the season includes interviews with sports greats like Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, and iconic tennis pro John McEnroe.

The stage is set for these sports superstars to reflect on their careers, discuss their sources of motivation, and share their thoughts on what the future holds.

Make sure to tune in as Joe Buck goes one-on-one with living legends. Watch a teaser for Season 5 below, and make sure to catch the return of Undeniable with Joe Buck, Tuesday, May 29 at 8pm ET/PT on AUDIENCE® Ch. 239.

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Starbucks Plans to Open a New Store Every 15 Hours in China

China has become Starbucks‘ second largest and fastest growing market, and the American coffeehouse chain will be opening one store in China every 15 hours, reports Bloomberg.

With the company expecting China to overtake the U.S. market one day, the coffee giant has laid out plans to become China’s fastest-growing foreign food chain by opening a new store every 15 hours through 2022. It plans to have 6,000 stores on the mainland by that year, compared to a previous target of 5,000 by 2021.

Additionally, the company reached a $7.2-billion deal with Nestle SA earlier this month, giving the coffee giant the necessary funds to pursue its goal of accelerating expansion in China, as about fifteen percent of Starbucks’ revenue or $3.2 billion, came from its China and Asia Pacific markets in 2017.

Furthermore, the Starbucks deal with Nestle gives Nestle the right to market Starbucks products, and will expose the Seattle coffee brand to a whole new market in China. Nestle can now sell Starbucks-branded packaged coffee products in Chinese supermarkets, restaurants and catering operations, which Starbucks has not done previously. Also, the two brands plan to make coffee a sustainable agriculture product, through research and development and farmer support.

For the full story head on over to Bloomberg.

Previously, the world’s biggest and most futuristic Starbucks opened in Shanghai this past December.

Lil Yachty Shows Off His Extremely Rare Sneaker Collection

Following Lil Yachty mourning his busted $14,000 Nike MAGs on Complex‘s Sneaker Shopping series, the rapper is back to show off his very own extensive sneaker collection in the first of a two-part episode of Complex Closets.

Along with host Joe La Puma, Yachty unveils a variety of old Air Jordans, like the “Black Cement” Air Jordan 3 from 2001, Air Jordan 1s from 1994, and his pair of OG Air Jordan 5’s from high school.

Other notable silhouettes include the Kanye West x Louis Vuitton sneakers, his Virgil Abloh-signed Air Jordan 1s, rare promo sneakers from Seinfeld and Scrubs, as well as a pair of Playstation Air Force 1s.

Aside from the kicks, Yachty talks about Jordan Brand copying Macklemore’s Air Jordan 6 design and more. Here’s a few takeaways from the interview.

On his rare Air Seinfelds…

LY: “I bought these from Round Two. These were only released to the crew. The shoe is called Air Seinfeld. That’s insane. If you look at the label, [it says] promo. 1993. These are four years older than me. You can’t even Google these.”

On getting Playstation Air Force 1s…

LY: “Playstation Air Force 1s. It took me a long time to find these. I think I got them for a $1,000. These say promo. These came out, right? 67/150. Man, I wish I had 69. There are a lot fake Playstations. Who am I to judge anyone? But mines is real.”

On Jordan copying Mackelmore’s Air Jordan 6s for the Gatorade 6

LY: “My friend Macklemore had a green, prototype 6. It was kind of like this. He thinks they stole his idea. They probably did. I’m with him. Cause they never came out. He actually has a VI that he’s supposed to give me for the longest. I talked to me the other night, and he was like, “I still got your size 11.” I’ll get them when I go to Seattle.”

On Virgil Abloh going to Louis Vuitton…

LY: “I’m super excited, bro. I already love Louis Vuitton. Now that Virgil’s going there, I’ll love it ten times more.”

Now, check out the only white Nikes you’ll ever need.

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Check Out the Only White Nikes You’ll Ever Need

Copping the perfect pair of white sneakers is no easy task. That said, there’s no questioning a box-fresh pair of white kicks’ ability to elevate even the most understated summer look into one worthy of our street style galleries. As such, the right white sneakers are an essential pre-summer purchase.

With failsafe options such as the Air Force 1 ’07s and retro silhouettes such as the Cortez and Air Monarch making huge comebacks this year, your first port of call for white trainers should always be Nike. Our recent round-up of the best white sneakers from other brands included smart options from A.P.C., OFF-WHITE, and Saint Laurent, but no brand offers quite the same diversity of white kicks.

Check out our round-up of the best pairs to add to your sneaker rotation right now.

White not your thing? Instead, take a look at our round-up of 2018’s best Nike sneakers in other colorways.

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Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle” Disses Broken Down

Things are heating up between OVO Sound and G.O.O.D. Music. Recently, the latter camp dropped Pusha-T’s third album DAYTONA, which notably featured a few shots at Drake. The song “Infrared”, specifically, dragged Drake for his alleged ghostwriting controversy.

In true battle rapper form, though, Drake responded within 24 hours, dropping “Duppy Freestyle” on SoundCloud. The song, which opens with a forlorn sigh, fires back with shots of its own, calling out Pusha-T’s credentials and making a jab at the nature of DAYTONA producer Kanye West’s relationship with Virgil Abloh.

Before we break down the best lyrics from the track, re-visit the song below.

This line directly addresses King Push’s “Infrared”. Here, Drake fires back with some wordplay referencing not only the beams of the infrared light, but also references Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, which appeared on his 2016 album The Life of Pablo. In essence, Drake is saying Pusha-T missed the mark with his accusations.

Those familiar with King Push’s lyrics, especially in his Clipse days, will know that his music more often than not touches upon his life in the trap game. Drake’s line tries to take Push down a peg by suggesting that his drug-dealings were amateur fare compared with the grand schemes of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

This line fires back at the ghostwriting accusations, which arose in a 2015 beef with Meek Mill. The Philly rapper argued that Drake didn’t pen his own bars and Pusha echoed the same sentiments on “Infrared”: “It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.” Drake admits that he and songwriter Quentin Miller worked together, but only to bolster the latter’s career with writing credits. Miller recently confirmed the partnership, but corrected Drake, saying he was working at grocery chain Publix, not Kroger.

In line with the ghostwriting call-outs, Drake hints at the fact he contributed to West’s forthcoming album, which is slated to drop June 1. Here he asserts that DAYTONA is likely to sell 20,000 more units because of his response. Shortly after, Pusha tweeted that Drake should send the invoice. Lo and behold, he does, for $100,000.

You’re welcome. ????

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This last one is particularly savage, especially for those who are clued-up on Kanye West’s friendship with Virgil Abloh. The OFF-WHITE founder formerly held a position at West’s creative brand DONDA and is now menswear director of Louis Vuitton. The lyric signposts an interview West did with Axel Vervoordt, in which he discussed Abloh’s new position and the “burden” that was placed upon him by Abloh’s departure. Drake hints that West might be envious of his collaborator’s success and is reluctant to let anyone else have their shine.

Are there any lyrics that we’ve missed? Drop us a line in the comments below.

In similar news, here’s a breakdown of Pusha-T’s lyrics on ‘DAYTONA.’

‘FIFA 18’ Predicts the World Cup Finalists

This year’s FIFA World Cup is being hosted by Russia and, with the tournament only a few weeks away, EA Sports’ FIFA 18 has simulated all the action and revealed its predictions ahead of next month’s IRL showdown: France and defending champions Germany are predicted to make the final in Moscow, where France will ultimately triumph on penalties.

If everything goes as simulated, hosts Russia will crash out to Spain in the first knockout round, losing 3-1, while dark horse Belgium will take down Brazil in the quarterfinals. Germany will apparently win every game on its way to the final, beating 2010 champions Spain 3-1 in the semi-final. Spain will ultimately finish third, beating Belgium 2-1 in the third-place play-off tie.

While FIFA 18 might have picked France to win, Germany and Brazil are still bookmakers’ heavy favorites to lift the trophy on July 15.

The downloadable FIFA 18 World Cup expansion pack will be available to FIFA owners tomorrow.

Let us know your favorite for the upcoming World Cup in the comments.

In other news, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is the internet’s new favorite meme. Check out some of the best ones here.

Instagram Cannot Handle Balenciaga’s $1,000+ Shirt-on-a-Shirt

Balenciaga is no stranger when it comes to dropping statement pieces. From its dadcore SS18 collection to the ever-divisive Triple S, the label knows how to get people talking — even if what they say isn’t always complimentary.

Recently, the label previewed its Fall 2018 collection, which included pattern-heavy garms and, of course, oversized silhouettes.  But what’s really got people going is the doubled-up shirt-on-a-shirt, which you can see below.

The items, from the brand’s forthcoming men’s collection, cost $1,290 and $1,490 each, and once images did the rounds on Instagram, the internet pounced.

For a rundown of what people are saying, check out some comments below.

I’m getting a Floyd [sic] Christmas from ‘Dumb and Dumber’ vibe ….


my_lynn

Hahahaha ???? ????


cvmerxn45

This is fashion?


marcricht3r

Cheap fabrics but high price


asmorobangoen

What nonsense have I stumbled across here?


sublime9182

OMG the lanyards, here we go lol!


rudyspective

Stripes forever


goodlucklostboy

I’m sorry but this is getting out of your hands, idk what is this lmaooo


hxd.s

HONEY WHAT IS THAT


angelinaxrosee

Straight garbage, charging almost 1300 for a long sleeve shirt that goes over a tshirt hahahaha


alleng35

Hunny no


marcricht3r

Balenciaga’s Fall 2018 collection is available for pre-order now and is set to hit stores June 19.

Would you cop a shirt-shirt? Let us know in the comments below.

Elsewhere in the fashion world, check out these must-cop pieces from GORE-TEX’s archives.

Meet the Highsnobiety x PAQ Best Dressed YouTuber Awards Judges

Yesterday, we announced the final judging panel for the Highsnobiety x PAQ Best Dressed YouTuber Awards, the first awards to celebrate the YouTube streetwear community and showcase its range of styles. After weeks of voting, the finalists from the Lightweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight categories have all been decided and will now be judged by our panel of style experts. In the same spirit promoted by our collaborators PAQ, this isn’t about throwing shade or passing objective judgment, it’s about healthy competition and love of the culture.

Below, you can get to know our panel of judges a little better. After all, we need to know how they themselves are qualified to choose 2018’s steeziest YouTuber. Stay tuned for the final round of the Highsnobiety x PAQ Best Dressed YouTuber Awards, which drops on June 8.

Sarah Snyder

Sarah, aka Sarah fucking Snyder, is an Instagram phenomenon known for selfies, her 1.7 million stans, and a penchant for the latest streetwear. Building a dedicated cult following takes a bit of cunning and knowledge of exactly how much (or how little) to share with your followers. And with shots and personal branding instincts like this and this, what more do you need to know?

Gully Guy Leo

Leo Mandella, aka Gully Guy Leo, is one of the most revered influencers/models/style heads out there. His style caught the attention of the streetwear community when he continuously dropped ’fit after ’fit with flawless coordination and backdrops that could compete with the creative direction of luxury photoshoots. Gully appeared as a guest judge on episode 31 of PAQ, in which he set the boys a selfie challenge with a yellow Supreme “Child of Hell” sweater as the focus.

Atip W

Atip Wananuruks holds more than two decades of experience in the fashion industry across international publications and brands. Based in our London office, he has been steering Highsnobiety’s style content as our fashion director for nearly five years. As a visual storyteller, Atip uses his wealth of experience and finely tuned aesthetic instincts to produce fashion editorials that communicate a personal story while being beautifully presented. His presence at the BDYs will give the final judging panel an authoritative voice that knows the industry inside-out, one able to assess style far beyond the metrics of views, followers, and online hype.

Danny

Of course, we love the PAQ boys and everything they’re doing so we had to include one of them in our panel. Scroll through PAQ episode comments on YouTube and you’ll see “Danny is a pimp,” or “Danny should have won,” written more times than anything else. The only PAQ member not from London, Danny hails from Driffield in Yorkshire, Northern England. His fashion (and haircut) has evolved throughout the show, but it undeniably brings elements of ’60s Mod subculture and a healthy dose of Fred Perry into 2018 for a legitimately unique style.

Catch up on latest PAQ episodes here, and subscribe to Highsnobiety’s channel for more content right here

A Brief History of the Drake vs. Pusha-T Beef

Summer 2018 is already heating up with rap releases from the likes of A$AP Rocky and Pusha-T, while even more albums are on the way in the coming weeks from hip-hop heavyweights Drake and Kanye West. With the drop of Pusha-T’s DAYTONA last week came a diss track aimed specifically at Drake – “Infrared”. On the song, Pusha takes aim at Drake for using a ghostwriter. Less than 24 hours later, Drake unleashed “Duppy Freestyle”, firing shots back at Pusha-T as well as Kanye West.

You might be wondering where exactly this beef originated, and to satisfy your curiosity, we’ve compiled a complete timeline of the Drake vs. Pusha-T beef.

With some digging, we’ve determined that the origin of the Drake vs. Pusha-T beef dates back over a decade to a disagreement between Pusha-T and Lil Wayne. Drake is, of course, team Lil Wayne, since both rappers are Cash Money Records labelmates, with the latter kickstarting the former’s career.

Before he went solo, Pusha-T rapped alongside his brother No Malice as Clipse, working closely with production duo The Neptunes, comprised of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. Pharrell was one of the first in American hip-hop to wear A Bathing Ape clothing, introducing it to Clipse, who wore it on the reg. After Lil Wayne donned BAPE on the cover of Vibe magazine and in his music video for “Hustler Musik” back in 2006, Clipse released a song called “Mr. Me Too”, calling out those who copied their sartorial choices in the lyrics, for example: “N*gga bite the style from the shoes to the watches”.

Lil Wayne responded to Clipse’s track and the whole BAPE controversy in a cover story with Complex that same year, saying in reference to Pharrell, “That n*gga wore BAPEs and y’all thought he was weird. I wore it and y’all thought it was hot.”

The back and forth continued in the years that followed, with Pusha-T and Lil Wayne dissing each other in both interviews and songs. In 2011, Pusha notably dropped “Don’t Fuck with Me”, which samples a Drake song called “Dreams Money Can Buy” (in which Drake allegedly disses Pusha subliminally). At the time, both Drake and Lil Wayne were firing shots at Kanye West and JAY-Z, which Pusha seemed to address on the track with lines like, “Rappers on they sophomores / Actin’ like they boss lords”.

Any ambiguity about Pusha-T firing shots at Drake on “Don’t Fuck With Me” dissolved with “Exodus 23:1”, released in 2012. He refers to Drake’s complicated contract with Cash Money Records with: “Contract all fucked / I guess that means you all fucked up”, along with “You signed to one n*gga that signed to another n**** / That’s signed to three n*gga, now that’s bad luck”.

For the next few years, there was ample back and forth between the G.O.O.D. Music affiliate and the head of OVO Sound. Pusha-T fired shots at Lil Wayne on “Your Favorite Rapper”, and Drake responded by threatening violence on “Tuscan Leather” from 2013’s Nothing Was the Same. Pusha then dropped a video for “Suicide” on the same weekend Drake was set to headline Saturday Night Live in 2014, spitting bars like “You caught steam off headlines and co-signs”, clearly referring to Drake’s 2011 hit song.

Then, in 2016, Pusha dropped “H.G.T.V” which featured his hardest bars against Drake to date:

“It’s too far gone when the realest ain’t real / I walk amongst the clouds, so your ceilings ain’t real / These n*ggas Call of Duty ’cause they killings ain’t real / With a questionable pen so the feeling ain’t real,” continuing on with, “The bar’s been lowered / The well’s run dry / They beefing over melodies, but no, not I / See, I’m so Top 5 / If they factor in the truth / I just might blow by.”

Drake then responded with “Two Birds, One Stone” from 2017’s More Life, clearly taking aim at Pusha-T’s drug dealer past with the lines:

“But really it’s you with all the drug dealer stories / That’s gotta stop, though /You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo /If you ask me though, you ain’t lining the trunk with kilos / You bagging weed watching Pacino with all your n*gga / Like, ‘This what we need to be on,’ but you never went live / You middle-man in this shit, boy, you was never them guys / I can tell, ’cause I look most of you dead in your eyes / And you’ll be tryna sell that story for the rest of your lives.”

With “Infrared” on Pusha-T’s newly-released album DAYTONA, the rap legend has effectively reheated the beef between himself and Drizzy. On the track, he calls out Drake for using ghostwriters (a diss that we’ve seen before, and covered extensively here), with lines like: “The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’ / The bigger question is how the Russians did it / It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin.” Pusha-T specifically refers to Quentin Miller, who allegedly ghost wrote Drake’s verse on Meek Mill’s “R.I.C.O.” from 2015.

Less than 24 hours after DAYTONA dropped, Drake unveiled his “Duppy Freestyle” diss track on May 26, which fires shots at both Pusha-T and Kanye. Choice lyrics include the following, where Drake directly addresses the Quentin Miller ghostwriting controversy:

“And as for Q, man I changed his life a couple times / N*gga was at Kroger working double time / Ya’ll acting like he made the boy when I was trying to help the guy / Yeah, who gassed you to play with me? / Man, you made this shit easy as ABCs / Whoever supposedly making me hits, but then got no hits sound like they need me / My hooks did it, my lyrics did it, my spirit did it.”

Drake even admits he bought a Clipse-era microphone supposedly signed by Pusha-T on eBay for $200 (as you can see in the footage below), and on “Duppy Freestyle” likens its faded signature to Pusha-T’s music career:

“I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded / I think that pretty much resembles what’s been happenin’ lately.”

Drake goes so far as to say that Pusha-T and Kanye owe him money considering his diss track will boost sales of Pusha’s album: “I told Weezy and Baby “I’ma done him for you” / Tell ‘Ye we got a invoice coming to you / Considering that we just sold another 20 for you.”

Pusha-T responded to the line on Twitter, urging Drake to “Send the invoice for the extra 20”

Of course Drake, being the petty Scorpio that he is, allegedly sent an invoice for $100,000 USD to G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam for “promotional assistance and career reviving,” or at the very least, definitely posted the invoice on Instagram.

You’re welcome. ????

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On May 27, None other than Nicki Minaj decided to chime in on the beef, writing on Twitter, “N*ggaz gon run that Quentin shit in the fkn ground like Drake don’t write 4 himself & OTHERS! Ya enemies will remix, reinvent & TRY 2make u RELIVE some old shit for YEARS 2 come when they have NOTHING ON U!”

There you have it, the complete history (so far) of the beef between Pusha-T and Drake. So far, Pusha-T has not responded with yet another Drake diss track, but stay tuned. Let’s also stay tuned to see if Kanye West comes for Drake on his next solo project dropping this week, and if Drake’s Scorpion will fire any more shots in G.O.O.D. Music’s direction.

What do you think about the beef? Let us know in the comments below.

For more moments in rap history, be sure to revisit our brief history of the Joe Budden vs. Migos beef right here.