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A Pop-Up Shop Honoring The 20th Anniversary Of Jay Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' Is Coming To LA

The shop will be a recreation of the rapper's Brooklyn apartment with plenty of Hip-Hop artifacts and collectibles. 

Hip-Hop and fashion will always have a special relationship, so it's only right there will be a special pop-up shop store opening to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Jay Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt.

Hypebeast reports the store will be operated by producer and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder, Kareem “Biggs” Burke. The shop will open for 30 days at APT. 4B on Fairfax in Los Angeles. Items such as never before seen photos will help set up the store as an actual apartment modeled after the rappers Brooklyn home. Collectibles including cassettes, t-shirts and limited edition New Era hats will be available for purchase.

"Reasonable Doubt was the genesis,"  Burke said in a statement. "It’s an album that touched culture and led to different businesses, whether it was a fashion house or a spirits house or movies. It created a blueprint."

Speaking with Billboard, Burke shared the experience will tie in social media because, 2016. "We’re also doing it in an interactive way with these kiosks through Metroclick so people will be able to tie it back to social and they’ll have Reasonable Doubt emojis that they’ll be able to take pictures with as well," he said. "The [store front] window is going to be themed around an old record store so it’ll be like Reasonable Doubt is dropping [that day].

The album has been declared by critics and the rapper himself as his best project. Released independently through Rocafella Records, the singles "Brooklyn's Finest" featuring The Notorious B.I.G., "Can I Live," and "Can't Knock The Hustle" featuring Mary J.Blige have been praised as true classics. Burke explained to Billboard the layout of the album and the many messages between Jay's legendary bars.

"I think it was just him being an open book, being vulnerable and at the same time being cool," Burke said. "Even the way Jay’s albums started to be sequenced and put together after that, it was always this roller coaster ride where he talked about a lot of things. People thought that it was being glorified, but he always showed the repercussions of that in [songs like] “Regrets” and “Can I Live?,” talking about the downfall of what happens after you live in this lifestyle. That’s why I think a lot of guys and a lot of fans really related to this album. It was like, “Wow. He’s not just talking about the highs. He’s also talking about the lows and what happens after you get into this type of game.” It became emotional at the time as well so people were able to empathize with it and put themselves in those shoes like, “Wow, I’ve been through that” or “I’ve seen that happen.”

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Lola Plaku And Puma Unite For 'NOVA GRL PWR' Shoe

CEO of Lola Media Group and bonified music industry heavyweight, Lola Plaku has been honored with her very own sneaker collection with Puma.

Released Friday (Jan. 18), the two-piece sneaker collection is a new twist on a classic '90s pair of kicks designed by Plaku herself. Blending mesh and leather, the shoes come in Black-Surf, a black-based shoe with pearl pink, dark blue and yellow accents and Peach Bud–Pearl Blush a light pink and white sneak.

“Lola is known for spearheading a mission to empower young women, and this partnership pays tribute to her efforts with a Nova sneaker pack aptly titled GRL PWR,” said PUMA’s Senior Head of Select, Yassine Saidi.“Lola inspires others to create change and push culture forward, making her the perfect co-creator of the new Nova.”

A bright shining star indeed, Plaku was named one of Billboard's rising stars to watch in their 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players issue. Formerly known for her talents in music journalism, the entrepreneur has gone on to create her own blog iLuvLola. She is now working on her mentorship program GIRL CONNECTED, built to help aspiring female professionals.

“This campaign is truly about building self-esteem and creating a platform for self-discovery, growth, and empowerment," Plaku said about the collaboration. "Girls and women should believe they can be anything they want to be."

You can cop the Puma NOVA GRL PWR sneakers now, with the second design making its way in March.

See photos from the very colorful campaign and styles below.

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Prep Your Pockets: Rihanna Reportedly Launching Luxury Fashion House With LVMH

Tackling more than music these days, Rihanna's brand has expanded past her "Pon de Replay" days. Nearly 14 years strong in this industry, the all-Fenty-everything empress is now gearing up to launch a luxury fashion house under her name.

According to multiple sources and Women's Wear Daily, LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and the 30-year-old singer/songwriter have been attending hush-hush meetings with the worlds largest luxury group. LVMH has reportedly also cherrypicked employees from within the company, including workers from Celine and Louis Vuitton to work with Rihanna and neighboring associates.

Though details about the launch are extremely limited at this time, many have already developed high hopes and expectations for the " Work" singer's newest business venture.

While this exciting new business venture marks an amazing high note for the Barbadian songstress, many fans await her highly anticipated return to music since her 2016 Anti LP. According to Ms. Fenty herself, her next project should be dropping sometime in 2019. The album was originally rumored to be a dancehall record meant to pay homage to her roots, but there has been no confirmation from RiRi since production began.

 

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Michael B. Jordan Is The Face Of Coach's Men Label

If you have eyes that work (hell, even if you have one eye) then you can tell Michael B. Jordan won the genetic contest. The Creed II star is equally known for his roles in feature films as he is his face, which is why he's been tapped to represent the men's label for Coach.

The 31-year-old actor released a statement about the partnership and expressed great gratitude and excitement about his new venture.

“I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time and truly respect their inclusive and optimistic values,” Jordan added. “I’m honored to be a part of Stuart’s vision and creative process.”

The admiration goes both ways. Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers was equally thrilled with Jordan leading the campaign for the men's line.

"I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Michael over the last few years," Vevers said. "He has been a true supporter of Coach so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level."

While Jordan holds it down for the men, Selena Gomez remains the face for the women's side of the house.

Congrats to Mr. Jordan. We see you. [Insert eye emoji here]

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