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The Soundtrack to Nigo’s adidas Originals Sweatshirt | Listen Up!

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This is a good outfit with styling moves you should copy this fall: the long t-shirt layered underneath the shorter sweatshirt and jacket; the apparent socklessness; the rolled cuff, high enough to show a full commitment to rolled cuffs and not some lame half-measure.

But enough about the outfit. Let’s focus on the sweatshirt.

Designed by Japanese streetwear legend and DJ Nigo, this is a sweatshirt to listen to. Yes, listen. Because it’s printed with graphics ripped off from ’80s rap, made into adidas logos.

Which ’80s rap logos? Step into the old-school, below.

Shop: adidas/Nigo sweatshirt |  bomber jackets | Varvatos jeans | adidas Tubular Primeknit

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Inside A$AP Rocky, Kanye West and Joe Fox’s “Jukebox Joints” with Director Shomi Patwary | Listen Up!

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Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.

Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.

Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.

See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.

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Q&A with Ty Dolla $ign, Charli XCX and Tinashe Music Video Director Shomi Patwary | Listen Up!

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Music video director Shomi Patwary has been on our radar since his video for A$AP Rocky’s “Multiply,” with its awesome dance cameo from Yung Gleesh. Now Patwary’s caught our attention again with Ty Dolla $ign’s “Drop That Kitty,” a crossover hip-hop/pop jam with rising stars Tinashe and Charli XCX.

We caught up with Patwary on the phone while he was in New York filming another A$AP video and planning a project with Diddy’s son Christian Combs. He told us about rolling with the punches on “Drop That Kitty” and casting a surprise guest star who reminded him of his dad.

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Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney…and Sean Jean

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The star of all-star jam “FourFiveSeconds” is definitely Rihanna, singing hard and being a badass and crying, performing with Sir Paul McCartney and the current King of Pop, Kanye West. Not the first time McCartney has collaborated with a K.o.P, BTW.

But from a style POV? The star is Rihanna’s jean jacket and leather-belt-tied-like-a-tie combo. Kanye West did the styling, selecting vintage Sean Jean denim. Which means for all you retro trend watchers out there, it’s time dig up your late-’90s/turn-of-the-millennium hip-hop gear like Fubu and Karl Kani.

That’s the fashion tip.

Shop: Men’s Denim Jackets

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Listen Up! Real Estate

Everybody has those songs that just take you back, but what about a brand-new tune that evokes instant nostalgia? That’s how we feel about this track from New Jersey band Real Estate. Even though the single “Talking Backwards” just dropped last week, it’s got a sweet sound that takes us back to those idyllic teenage summers of yore, spent splashing in a river all day and driving around aimlessly with friends at night.

(Yes, we’re going to gloss right over that summer job at the ice cream shop. Just go with it, okay?)

If you like what you hear, Real Estate’s full-length is out March 3 on Domino Records.

—Jenny Yule

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Last weekend, Topman and our Men’s Shop partnered with much-loved music blog Gorilla vs. Bear to bring you analog updates from Austin’s amazing Fun Fun Fun Fest. The vast and varied lineup included tons of cool bands, like old-school hip-hoppers Jurassic 5, underground legend Sparks, stripped-down singer/songwriter Kurt Vile and blissed-out lo-fi electro à la Ernest Greene—otherwise known as Washed Out. Ease into the weekend with this supremely chill and visually stunning video single from his latest record, Paracosm, released earlier this year by our local label buddies, Sub Pop Records.

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