Kick of the Month: January — Puma Cell Endura/Venom

We go again

Puma Moved at exactly the right time with this one, it was good business to come at the top of the year with this kick and to follow it up with the Ader Error collab (which I have been promoting heavy) I have been watching Puma and their rollouts since their brother Adidas took over the league in technology and silhouettes.

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What Puma May lack in feature designers they make back in hi-tech trainers. Intro the Puma Cell if I get my history correct the Cell was first released in 98 and the cell trainer like the Endura and Venom were formed with the comfort performance technology.

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They have dramatically different skins and both have incredible detailing I find fascinating whoever’s idea it was to bring this back from the archives may have saved Puma. It was a great way to start out the year beating the nite joggers and TN in performance and aesthetic.

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The upper really make the sneaker and it’s adjusted to the times, not so different from the dad shoe trend but still a performance sneaker.

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Both trainers take their aesthetic from performance of the 90’s and it wasn’t really an aesthetic my people could jive with & you would literally only wear them for track and fireplace sport so to now bring them back as a lifestyle sneaker gets me thinking about who is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

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I picked the both of them because I felt like it and didn’t want to choose between the two. Both of them are involved in culture, not mine. But culture non the less.

img_5380I’m very aware I’m the only one that’s holding Puma in a positive regard but I think I see a bigger play throughout the year with Select and the AderXPuma releases which mean something to places outside America and UK. It may come as a surprise to here but the West are not the only ones who but Sneakers

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with that Puma are making a global play and really ingraining themselves with subculture and the youth in the east. This is what I see

Whatever Moves Your Dial

Not Your Typical

I’m sorry? Always there?

I’m not really gonna use my degree but I’m gonna complete it so it’s always there

This is the type of jargon I hear On a day to day Being a 20SMTHNG. It’s a conundrum I am yet to understand, these guys that complete a degree with no means of pursuing its career path. What is there to it and who thinks in this way?? The methodology of this human strikes me as “one of those stories” the story of the uninspired the story of the under motivated the story, what do you need to know is there why must it be there who put that in your mind.

Then you complain this is the part that infuriates me you will do as your parents ask and go to university get this degree, And complain out loud to everybody else but the people who forced you in this predicament… Maybe I’m just entitled or privileged to some but how can I got to a place and live with the decisions someone else made for me. YIKES! It’s a catch 22 of life, you hate what you do but if you don’t do it you’re bringing shame on your family? So your happiness is intentionally disregarded. 

Now if you’re a doctor, engineer, architect or something of the kind you are needed and required to do something of such a grandiose scale that is so much for the betterment of man which is a noble pursuit not subject to inquiry. It’s taxing and you are entitled to complain every now and then. Especially after you realise how much time you are giving to your craft that’s you. And I am not talking to these people. None the less there’s a faction of people that do Degrees for the “sake” of doing it with no future intentions of being part of the culture the education is intended. Education is important especially for those that need it. To the people that abuse the system it dilutes the resolution of those that come in it with the best of intentions to add to society and grow the culture of the world we live in.

A number of people that seldom love what they do taxes my mind, where I try and have spent time trying to understand the ideals of those that go into things with no intention of fulfilling the field requirements as a lifetime career. The conclusion I’ve come to is they are trying to achieve a societal norm or type of status investment when it is more a detriment to the people who truly want to live the life intended.

I want to finish this with a why question. Why are you doing what you’re doing? As a human, I believe in loving what you do regardless of the price tag attached to it and the sacrifice involved. And when you come to a true resolution you achieve a lot more of your life s purpose. Do you think you’re doing that by living in something you don’t appreciate as much as the person next to you?

Whatever Moves Your Dial,

Not Your Typical

For the Culture

Being raised by Hip-Hop and seeing the different artist grow and develop through my development as a person. Literally growing up with these artists and learning living life vicariously through them I have seen the Rise & Fall Pain & Profits of success, fame, celebrations, and the vehement criticisms of artists. Of all genres encompassing Rap and Art (Self Development & Self Actualisation)from the past 3 decades of my existence.

The boom of the internet and transformation into social networking bought an even higher criticism of artist along with a wider spread group think, This is ultimately bad; This is ultimately good. Putting my take on things I’ve seen that people the average person is influenced by these so called “Influencers”. The exchange and repartee of people over social networks people just love to shit on art. Now me with my just serious view slightly witty and creatively endowed wordplay I feel my opinion matters on these subjects. Yes. I feel it and no one else needs to be involved with this opinion. I am happy being the person out there on my own “Banging” for an artist that I love can’t get enough of and just don’t  talk about the ones I feel need more time to breathe. My self-proclaimed ability to pick out talent and A&R is just one of those things that I play about with but can’t do anything about so in me deciding to use this platform to share what I love why not talk about the creatives that catch my eye and impact thought. I have seen many artist that I have loved in their early stages from Drake & Weekend in the late 2000’s to Migos & Chance The Rapper of today, Lil Uzi, XXXTENTACION the list goes on.

I am happy being the person out there on my own “Banging” for an artist that I love can’t get enough of and just don’t  talk about the ones I feel need more time to breathe. My self-proclaimed ability to pick out talent and A&R is just one of those things that I play about with but can’t do anything about so in me deciding to use this platform to share what I love why not talk about the creatives that catch my eye and impact thought. I have seen many artist that I have loved in their early stages from Drake & Weekend & Kendrick in the late 2000’s to Migos & Chance The Rapper of today, maybe just maybe I can put something in people’s minds as artists’ to watch or look out for. Also, I will be looking at ARTIST Creative Directors, Sculptors, Painters, and Artisans of the like that work with the  Physical realm who catch my eye hip hop influenced or not shine, however, dim my light is right now, is well deserved whenever it gets to me. I have love of other people in creative fields so why not give them whatever I can give them too, I would love to be suggested people, but, for now, it’s just me.

Writing this there have got to be blogs that do this already but I don’t write for them haven’t heard of them nor have they seen my writing to do such things. So I’ll have it, I have got many artist that I am looking at and listening to already so there is a great base for me to at least start. There is also the thought of Albums I listen to where I know in the old climate they used to let them breathe so there is a flavor in their eyes to talk about the work as a full body which is the sound of something I love to let an album cook and sit with it to listen in all moods let the albums “cook” to at least to be able to give myself a solid mindstate to write about this thing that people call abstract and artsy. ‘Frank Ocean – Blond‘, ‘Solange Knowles – A Seat At The Table‘, ‘Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book‘. To again name a few of the people whose work took me a while to understand.  Part of the repertoire of things that the industry force love or just haven’t clearly depict (to me) what the thing they made truly meant to me as a listener.

I, myself take after Will Durant in his essay ‘A Shameless Worship of Heroes‘ where he spoke only of greatness and propped the people up as they needed to be. The only difference would be these guys are alive and I can give Just do’s not being lost in the stew of the industry to be nice for the sake of it. These are things I truly like and enjoy to listen to, looking at, and people whose works I really enjoy.

So this has been

Not Your Typical