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A Day With Teenage JAY-Z: The Story Behind This Lost 30-Year-Old Photo

Photographer Timothy White has been taking unforgettable portraits for decades. His subjects range from Adam Sandler to Aerosmith; Al Pacino to Andre 3000; Aretha Franklin to Axl Rose—and that’s just the A’s. If you’re ready to go down a deep rabbit hole, find the complete list (and see the photos) on his website. Continue reading A Day With Teenage JAY-Z: The Story Behind This Lost 30-Year-Old Photo

Meet the Mother-Son Duo Behind Patron of the New, A Go-To Store for Travis Scott, Offset, And More

Patron of the New, a designer boutique in the middle of a quiet block in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, has two security guards flanking the front door. Inside, the shop boasts roughly 31 racks of men’s and women’s clothing with price tags that frequently climb into four figures, occasionally five. There is a cash wrap adorned with 50 custom-made brass tear drops; a glass-topped jewelry case with nine drawers filled with bracelets, sunglasses, and an eye mask with embroidery that reads “Been up for days on coke” across the front; a $45,000 sequined Balmain jacket that is for sale, although it’s kept out of view in a storage area downstairs; and, on the day Complex visited in May, one man in a Vetements cap intermittently speaking German and rapping along to Playboi Carti on the sound system. There is also, at press time, exactly one review for Patron of the New on Yelp: Five stars, courtesy of Preston V. “Many great brands under one roof in a great location with very helpful staff who are all knowledgeable in fashion,” he writes. “Main brands everyone’s here for is Off-White, Enfants Riches Déprimés, Mike Amiri, Balmain, Fear Of God & many more.”

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How Rhude, One of the Best L.A. Brands, Started With a Single T-Shirt

In 2012, Rhuigi Villasenor designed a black/white paisley bandana T-shirt. “It was a nod to West Coast culture,” says the 25-year-old L.A.-based designer. It was the very first thing he created for Rhude, the brand he founded a year later, and the piece that helped catapult the label.

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How Hip-Hop Would Be Different If Biggie Were Still Alive

It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to say that everything in rap changed on March 9, 1997. On that day 20 years ago, just after midnight, Christopher Wallace, b.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G.—hip-hop’s biggest artist at the time and arguably the greatest rapper ever—was shot dead in the passenger seat of a green Chevrolet Suburban after leaving a Vibe magazine party in Los Angeles. Paired with Tupac Shakur’s also-unsolved murder six months earlier, Biggie Smalls’ demise set off a whirlwind that rerouted the course of music history. Nas once told Zane Lowe that he thought Biggie’s death marked “the end of rap.”

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