The Weeknd wears Yeezy Season 1

Yeezy Season approaching, Fuck what, fuck whatever y’all been wearin…

Here’s our next best look since the debut of Yeezy Season 1 in the February fashion show and it’s none other than The Weeknd who models the line for Kanye and adidas, as presented by GQ. There’s also a video below with GQ’s style editors (Jim Moore and Will Welch) breaking down a few pieces and behind the scenes of Weeknd’s photoshoot. On top of the Black Lows that are coming this weekend, I need these Yeezy Boots for the Winter. I digress… scroll below!

At our fitting and photo shoot, you found a comfort zone with the Yeezy clothes pretty quickly. What did you like about them? Why do they work for you?
I really felt like he targeted someone like me. The camo, the army look, the black boots, the nonchalant kind of vagrant look. I relate to it. It relates to my story. Kanye is such a great friend of mine as well, when he asked me I couldn’t say no. It was the least I could do.

Read the full interview with The Weeknd x Yeezy Season 1 with GQ here.

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Photos: Richard Burbridge

Just Don x GQ

The big-time looks for Don C and his Just Don cap conglomerate continue to add up. Sitting down with GQ’s Will Welch at the site of one of the exclusive homes of Just Don — Barney’s New York — we get to hear from Don C himself on the brand as well as his tips on how to rock the lid.

Most interestingly is the full story of Don C’s original inspiration for the snakeskin caps: 80’s Chicago drug dealers. Ha! It’s a great story of where these caps derived from and an important one for our youthful creatives to understand too. I love seeing the Just Don caps everywhere and man, if I just had the bank, the collection would be in the double digits for sure. Enjoy the 3-part video series — all quick-hit videos that were fun to watch.

Kanye West GQ’s Most Stylish Man Alive

An arbitrary, subjective title, sure. But it still carries weight when the fashion mag giant GQ names its ‘Most Stylish Man Alive.’

And this year, they pick none other than Kanye West.

Sure, you may not agree with his fashion sense, but I’d argue he’s had the most cultural impact on the fashion world through the high-profile release of his Yeezy Boosts in addition to his consistency. I’m not sure how to quantify that claim, but there’s no doubt his impact. Yeezy lands at #1 on the list ahead of the likes of Russell Westbrook and A$AP Rocky so you know he’s got some serious company too. Look for this issue on newsstands soon and hit GQ’s website for the full list.

OH, and Happy Father’s Day to Mr. West, as if you somehow missed the headline, he and Kim announced yesterday their upcoming child will be a boy!

ICYMI: Kanye West with OutKast in Atlanta

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen for GQ

Every week there’s a new photoshoot that shuts it down for the rest and on Monday, we already have the winner. It’s John Legend & Chrissy Teigen for GQ as their cameras capture the fashionable power couple in some, albeit contrived, couple-y moments. No matter, they look fly, they look in love, and now every guy is even more jealous of John Legend… Chrissy sizzles and leaves little to the imagination (NSFW as you press right on the gallery above.)

Head over to GQ to watch John & Chrissy describe their worst date and play a game of cute or stupid?

Plus, ICYMI: The power couple covered the new Architectural Digest (the go-to of architecture magazines and a loyal subscriber, right here. Still waiting on my ish to come in the mail.)

Kanye West talks creativity (GQ BTS)

This past July, Kanye West graced the cover of GQ and gave one of his more memorable recent interviews. Above is a new, unearthed behind the scenes video (since taken down) of the accompanying photo spread that ‘Ye narrates with succinct and motivating thoughts on creating. The quick-hit production above is well worth the couple minutes. #GeniusLevel!

Most people are just satisfied with, ‘It’s good.’ Most people are satisfied at a 10, or something. It’s not to just stop at 10. You know, 10 is ground zero; perfection is ground zero. We need to take things to a genius level. I’d rather take the chance of being hated to bring that type of creation to the world. Well that means it has to have not been done before. But you know what the fuck I’m talking about. I’m talking about Picasso. And this is what we have the opportunity to do.

Michelangelo decides he wants to sculpt. There could be a bunch of sculptors that are like ‘Oh, no, you’re a painter.’ But he’s Michelangelo. And I am Kanye West.

h/t KTT

Kanye West GQ Interview

This weekend, it was revealed that Kanye West would be covering the upcoming August issue of GQ. Today, we have the cover story — an interview with Zach Baron that touches on everything from his marriage, Yeezus one year later, and giving up the top spot to Drake. Per usual, there’s lots of great quotables so let’s get right to it…

On Drake:

He’s [Kanye] also got a new record—maybe even a full-on pop record, though he hasn’t decided yet. He knows he is no longer the most popular man in rap. “Currently that spot is taken,” West says. “Let’s be honest—he got last summer.”

Who?

“You know. There’s only one person.”

Drake?

“Yeah. He got last summer. And I’d never given it up till last summer.” Now he’s thinking about taking it back. “It’s a real question for me. Do I want to?”

On Yeezus one year later:

“I think Yeezus is the beginning of a completely new era of music. It was all new rules. It just broke every rule possible. None of the ideas were popular ideas. Even “Bound 2,” when the video came out, I think people’s apprehension—I mean, it’s the same as any other Kanye West video. You just have colorful bears running around. It was completely morphed and weird and psychedelic and really druggy. I would have just liked to have had more nudity in it. That’s the only thing. I just want to do crazy, colorful shit like that that has more nudity.”

“New Slaves.” The second verse. I argue that it’s the best rap verse of all time. It’s the Coming to America or Anchorman of a verse. You know, it’s got the funny shit. It’s got the antagonization. It’s got patterns. It’s got social and political consciousness. It’s got struggle. It’s got bravado. It’s everything that a rap verse is supposed to be.

Even lyrically, I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called “All Day,” that usually Jay would say, but Jay’s not on there. So I say, All day, nigga, it’s Ye, nigga. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, nigga. Ball so hard, man, this shit cray, nigga. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures. Right?

People definitely weren’t getting water first on Yeezus. I do fight with myself to say, “Keep fighting.” But also, you know, you can’t win every single fight. It’s a long war, and if you’re out there trying to, like, blow up every single building, you won’t win the war.”

On his upcoming album:

I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November? When Beyoncé was working on her last album, she took a while. I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I’m like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child.

This time three years ago, here at the Mercer, working on “Niggas in Paris,” at this time in early June, it was apparent it was still not finished. I had the “married at the mall” line, we had “that shit cray,” Jay had his verse… Jay finished his verse. He always finishes, and my shit is always kind of open. Like, “Okay, now I’ve got the Will Ferrell sample, so I need to say something that finishes the verse. But people have to not know what it means.” [laughs] So it’s like problem-solving to get to the point where you’re saying, “going gorillas.” It’s difficult sometimes.

But now, for the new album, one new thing could change everything. I had an idea of the way I wanted to do the album. And then I got a new song that’s so good that the album has to be balanced against it. This song is a song that can be in the club like “Don’t Like” or “Niggas in Paris.” Whereas before I was working on the album and I had these beautiful songs, they were just more songs. They weren’t saying, “Okay, tuck your whole summer in.” They were just saying, “Hey, I’m a great musician, I make these beautiful songs, and they have all this meaning, and nobody can make anything that means this much.”

On celebrities:

“And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we’re going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn’t choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I’m going to fight to make sure she has a better life.”

On marrying Kim Kardashian: 

“Kim is this girl who fucking turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, “Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.” I don’t give a fuck about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, fuck, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s fucking cool!”

On Jay Z and Beyoncé not attending his wedding:

All that, I wouldn’t even speak on. It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years. But the fact that these other people showed up that are from such different worlds but have done such dynamic things—they’re all, in a way, equal to what Kim has done in TV or what I had done in music. I was so moved that I just wanted people to stop and think they weren’t sitting at a table full of fashion people, they weren’t sitting at a table full of celebrities, they weren’t sitting at a table full of movie directors. It really was a representation of the way we receive information today, post-Internet. And so Page Six can’t overshadow the main point: Carine Roitfeld was sitting next to Kim Kardashian. That alone to me is like the same moment when I brought Mos Def to the studio with Jay Z. It’s about the people, and the fact that they’re from different walks of life, and that they’re working together and not discriminating against each other. There was a class system, and now there’s a creative class system, and I think that’s what you were talking about a bit—the class system of creativity.

On comparing himself to a blowfish:

Yeah. I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it’s like a blowfish. I wasn’t coming out of my house going to a paparazzi’s house to attack them. I’m defending my family in front of my own house. I’m defending my name as someone’s screaming something negative at me. That’s a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.

Once again, the full, fascinating interview is up at GQ.com.

ICYMI: Kanye West’s full GQ spread