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Here’s Jaden Smith’s Affinity For Batman Suits Explained

Does a Batman suit make you feel braver? 

 

Apparently, for Jaden Smith, some of his most peculiar sartorial 'fits give him actual super powers.

In a recent interview with GQ, he admitted to sporting a Batman suit to Kim Kardashian and Kanye Wests’ wedding and to prom because, well, “I wore the Batman suit to heighten my experience at the wedding and prom which was fun," he revealed. "But also at the wedding I felt as though I needed to protect everyone there and needed to have the proper gear to do so.”

SEE ALSO: Of Course Jaden Smith Dressed Up As A Superhero For Prom…

In a nutshell, he wears whatever projects how he feels inside that day. “I'm just expressing how I feel inside, which is really no particular way because everyday it changes how I feel about the world and myself,” he explains. ”But I like wearing super drapey things so I can feel as though I'm a super hero, but don't have to necessarily wear super hero costumes everyday.”

It’s safe to say that Jaden felt mighty brave the day of Kimye’s nuptials and his prom night, right?

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A$AP Rocky And Calvin Klein Reunite For Spring 2019 Campaign

A$AP Rocky and Calvin Klein are coming together once again for another release of the company's viral #MyCalvins campaign. Along with the Harlem MC, the campaign features model Kendall Jenner, actor Noah Centineo, and singer Shawn Mendes, as well as other famous faces. This is not the first time the fashion-forward rapper and the American company have collaborated with one another.

In 2018 Lord Flacko, released a collaborative collection with the brand, that featured a jacket, Calvin Klein x Amazon Fashion "ASAP Rocky Trucker Jacket" inspired by his latest album, "Testing."

In the newest #MyCalvins ad released today, Rocky showcases the brands signature, blue jeans while lying on top of a roof singing along to True Faith by rock band New Order, the song that's playing in the background.

The rapper teased the campaign shot by British photographer Glen Luchford on his Twitter account yesterday by sharing a video snippet of him in the Calvin Klein outfit, styled by Melanie Ward, explaining why he feels "extraordinary."

"I feel extraordinary because I'm free to be myself," the Harlem native said. "And I think that's what makes me feel free."

 

MY CALVINS 2019 🔥 @CalvinKlein pic.twitter.com/GQSwXD889a

— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) February 18, 2019

 

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@CALVINKLEIN @_GLEN_LUCHFORD 🔥#MYCALVINS

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Check out the full campaign to see all of your favorite stars.

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T.I. Adds Burberry To Boycott Amid Noose Sweater Backlash

T.I. is waging a war against fashion brands. The rapper recently announced that he would be boycotting Burberry after the high-end fashion brand unveiled a sweater donning a noose around the neck.

T.I. shared his thoughts about Burberry on Instagram on Tuesday (Feb. 19). He also pointed out the similarities between the controversies surrounding Burberry, Gucci and other brands. "These aren't coincidences," T.I. wrote with a screenshot of an article discussing the Burberry's latest scandal.

As previously reported, Burberry landed in the hot seat after debuting a hoodie that featured a neck around its collar. Many shoppers pointed out how insensitive it was to the black community and those suffering from mental illness.

Burberry’s Chief Executive Officer Marco Gobbetti issued an apology to CNN shortly after the scandal, noting that he was "deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection." Nevertheless, the incident comes only weeks after Gucci received backlash for selling turtleneck sweaters that resembled blackface imagery.

T.I. is among many hip-hop artists and Hollywood stars who have denounced both Gucci and Burberry. Check out his latest post below.

 

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These aren’t coincidences. #🖕🏽Gucci #🖕🏽Prada #🖕🏽Moncler And now.... #🖕🏽BURBERRY

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9th Wonder On The Everlasting Marriage Of Hip-Hop And Sampling

Third time seemed to be the charm for D’USSE's Re-Mixer Series. As a multitude of guests arrived in Los Angeles for Grammy festivities this month, music and spirit enthusiasts settled in at Hollywood's Beauty & Essex to enjoy lessons in music and sampling by legendary producer 9th Wonder.

The third annual D’USSE Re-Mixer Series brought out those curious about the cognac's spirited cocktails along with those who were ready to hear the sounds of DJ Oliva Dope. In addition to 9th's presence at the mixer, fellow music and DUSSE lovers like Memphis Bleek, Rapsody, Insecure's Sarunas J. Jackson and Bacardi Senior Portfolio ambassador Colin Asare-Appiah were also ready to show off their cocktail making skills.

But there wasn't just D'USSE cocktails to indulge. Guests enjoyed rich lessons on the importance of R&B's marriage to hip-hop. While today's resurgence with artists like SZA, Ella Mai, H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar have brought emphasis back to the nayhooos of it all, early tunes remind us that hip-hop's skeleton carries plenty of soul.

Chic's "Good Times" provided weight for The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," DeBarge's "A Dream" gave reflection for 2Pac's "I Ain't Mad At Cha" and James Brown's "Funky Drummer" allowed us all to lay back and enjoy Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Let Me Ride."

R&B sampling continues today in nearly every chart-topping hit. Donny Hathaway's 1972 track "Jealous Guy" gives power to Chance The Rapper's "Juice," Beyonce's '03 tune "Me Myself and I" loops lovingly on Meek Mill's "24/7" with Ella Mai and The O'Jays' 1972 single "Backstabbers" spruced up Drake's "Fake Love."

As 9th Wonder shared the beauty of notable samples as guests like R&B songwriting legend Brian Michael Cox popped in to teach scratching methods to aspiring DJs, the relationship between hip-hop and R&B seemed to be stronger than ever.

"I think we need that," 9th shares with VIBE about today's balance and the current popularity boost in R&B. "I'm a historian by nature so I watch trends and I watch culture. Everything repeats itself whether we're talking about fashion and especially music. When I was 20 years old, D'Angelo was my version of something 20 years before that which was Marvin Gaye and Stevie [Wonder]."

Today, 9th praised artists like BJ The Chicago Kid and H.E.R., who took home two Grammys for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for "Best Part" with Daniel Caesar, for providing more than just trusty falsettos.

"I think with H.E.R., Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid and a myriad of other R&B artists who are budding believe in the music and believe in the feeling," he explains. "That's another resurgence that happened in the 90s but everything runs in cycles, history repeats itself and nothing is new under the sun."

D'USSE's relationship to music is also something worth noting 9th says. "I think spirits in a way make you euphoric and there are moments in hip-hop that make you feel euphoric too," he says. "Sometimes, your favorite song can be just as important as your favorite drink. When you're dealing with drinks and music, you're dealing with the five senses and how they go together. They also rely on each other too. You can't have one without the other."

With D'USSE's cognac carrying classic notes and grape varieties, 9th views its relationship to the music just the same with classic sounds from legends like Teddy Pendergrass and The O'Jays.

"If I were to have any soundtrack or label that's dedicated to D'USSE cognac, it would be Philadelphia's Gambling Cuff, all the Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays 'For The Love of Money' and 'Backstabbers,' 'Love TKO,' 'Turn Off The Lights/ Close The Door,' he listed. "All of those are really smooth, really cool. That's the kind of music that matches the drink."

One can only hope the gems gleamed through any buzzed feelings the cocktails brought forth. If so, it's a lesson in music worth remembering. "A lot of people don't know the history of drinks like that and a lot of people don't know the history of sampling like that either," the producer says. "Bartending [and making spirits] is their passion, music is mine. We just have to make sure people realize it's paramount to everything."

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