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1/1 Artist Spotlight: Yosnier

ONE37pm’s 1/1 Artist Spotlight is a series that focuses on giving love to 1 of 1 NFT Artists. Whether they’re from the traditional art world or just got started in art through web3, we want to highlight and help you get to know those who are up and coming.

A 1/1 NFT is a unique, one-of-a-kind digital collectible where no other exists other than the piece itself.  Each 1/1 collection has a limited amount of editions available, with the number dictated by the artist. We hope to introduce you to talented and incredible people in the NFT space and the reasons they love doing what they do.

Yosnier Miranda is a Florida based artist known for his symbolic pieces that touch on love, loss, pain, and hope. His art is usually portrayed in the style of tarot cards with a pastel color scheme.

He started doing art in high school when he decided to enroll in an AP art class on a whim. Since then, he’s been able to touch audiences globally through his experiences of suffering and growth. While his pieces are inspired by personal experiences, he captures them in a way that is universally understood.

In “…but what if i’m afraid to feel again?,” Yosnier portrays how he’s both holding on to a broken heart and trying to mend it together. His commonly used motifs include butterflies, swords, ribbons, hearts, clouds, and hands.

“It shows how I tend to let love lead the way instead of thinking rationally,” he said. “And even though there are swords that represent pain, the butterflies and ribbons show that there is still hope and there’s still love, and that’s a beautiful thing.”

ONE37pm: How would you describe your art style?

Yosnier: Hmm… I would describe my art style as heavenly. From the pastels used to the common motifs used. I’ve heard that my work strongly resembles stained glass and tarot cards and I definitely have to agree with both of those comparisons. I think my work encapsulates vulnerability even without looking at the themes presented. From the many pinks and blues used  that I feel represent me best. It’s hard to describe sometimes but I definitely see my art style as an extension of myself; how I see the world. 

ONE37pm: What is your favorite piece?

Yosnier: I have a couple pieces that I hold dear to my heart honestly! If I’m able to select my top 3 I would definitely say “i wish i could erase the memories we made together,” “i won’t let love destroy me again” and my latest piece, “coalescence.” Those pieces specifically highlight specific moments in my life and are pieces that made me cry the most whilst creating. 

ONE37pm: When did you start doing NFTs?

Yosnier: I think my artist journey has stayed the same since I started minting NFTs close to [what I consider to be] my start as an artist. Initially I had began creating work during my senior year of high school but I stopped right after I graduated, only to start creating work again in late 2020. I started posting art on twitter around late august and minted my first NFT on SuperRare (my first platform) in early October.  

ONE37pm: Do you prefer physical or digital art?

Yosnier: I’ve yet to make anything physical so digital but I plan on creating physical work as soon as I figure out where I would wanna go with it.

ONE37pm: What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

Honestly, I’m still figuring this out honestly but I want to do something big… I just need to see where the winds of change continue to take me. I know that artistically I want to become an even better artist and I want to continue to [hopefully] inspire others to delve deeper within themselves and create directly from their hearts. 

ONE37pm: When do you feel most inspired to create?

I think I’m most inspired to create when I feel like I have a proper understanding of whatever I’m feeling at that specific moment. It’s hard for me to create under the state of confusion and while I’m still figuring out where to go emotionally.

You can check out follow Yosnier’s on Instagram and Twitter.

Yosnier’s work is available on Super Rare and on his shop.

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Music

Here’s What To Expect At LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Festival

It’s that time of the year again peoples. Hip-Hop’s finest are once again coming together to rock NYC out, and we couldn’t be more excited. Taking place Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, this one-day-only event will bring together some of the most iconic and influential MCs of all time, including LL COOL J, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, The Diplomats ft. Cam’ron, Jim Jones & Juelz Santana, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Scarface, Jadakiss, and much more.

Heck of a lineup if we say so ourselves. Curated and headlined by LL COOL J in his hometown, the event has been created with the intention of celebrating and uplifting classic Hip-Hop culture through the lens of music, food, fashion, art, and more.

But wait, there’s more! 

To further bring the festival experience to life, Rock The Bells has teamed up with Houston Hip-Hop legend, Bun B to host and headline the first ever Hip-Hop food court experience, featuring a selection of food & beverage vendors from other Hip Hop artists including Nas’ Sweet Chick, E-40’s Goon with the Spoon, Jadakiss & Styles P’s Juices for Life, Ghostface Killah’s Killah Koffee, Mia X’s Team Whip Them Pots and Bun B’s Trill Burgers along with a handful of local eateries.

To get y’all even more hyped up, we chatted with Hip-Hop legend Roxanne Shanté who’s hosting the festivities to learn more. 

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ONE37pm: Great to be chatting with you Roxanne! You are hosting the festivities this year. How excited are you?

Shanté: When it comes to doing festivals, people have nicknamed me the hostess with the mostess because I really enjoy hosting and seeing everybody have a great time. To do this is just incredible for me because it’s almost like having a huge family reunion on stage. It’s like being able to say that we are going to have a great time, and that’s why I tell everybody this is not just a festival, it’s an experience.

You are going to get a chance to experience hip-hop to its fullest. The performances are great, we have the best of the best including the rest, and I am really looking forward to it. It’s really going to be a great day!

ONE37pm: You’re a rap legend, and you are going to be amongst other legends who have changed the game. How important is that?

Shanté: I think this was the best thing that could have been done. Coming out of the pandemic, one of the main things that you want to do is see people. You want to see the people you love, and come together and have a great time. That’s the main thing you want to do, especially if you are someone who has been in the house for a very long time, and you love the music and culture.

We’re telling people that this isn’t just something you want to come out for because this is your era, you can bring the family and children with you. People are going to learn something. They are going to leave with a love and learning of Hip-Hop that they may not have had before.

Mainly because you’ve never seen so many greats on one stage. The old school are truly the creators, survivors, and pioneers. The still-standings. There’s somebody on that stage that represents everyone. You may say that you have energy like Busta, but you haven’t had the chance to do it. Now’s the time to do it. We also tell people to feel free to dress for the occasion.

If you want to throw in your closet and bring out your old stuff, do it! At festivals you aren’t limited to what you can wear. Come out with your Kengos and adidas! Not only do we have the greats performing their greatest hits, but we also have things like a live hip-hop game show. We have a lot of surprises!

ONE37pm: One of things we cover here is style, which you have always been recognized for. Can you give us a preview of what you’ll be rocking? Or do we have to be surprised?

Shanté: Honestly, I haven’t even picked out my outfit yet! I’m one of those people where everything about me is spontaneous and about that moment. What I can tell you is that you are going to see a lot of “rock the bells” from me and on me. You are going to be able to look at certain articles of clothing and wonder where did I get it from, or the decade it came from.. You are going to wonder if it’s new or from the 1980s!

ONE37pm: Thanks to platforms like TikTok we are starting to see more millennials and Gen Z’ers becoming interested in music history. Some of those will be at the event tonight, or even reading this article. What’s your message to them?

Shanté: If you love Hip-Hop, then you need to be here to see this first hand. You need to be able to say that historically you were there. So you need to be here! And you’ll learn something!

ONE37pm: What else is in store for these remaining months of 2022?

Shanté: You can hear me everyday on Sirius XM on LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio, so I’m definitely going to be doing that and making sure everyone has a nice day. We also have a few other projects that are lined up, and usually when people say that they wonder they can and cannot mention. Because I’m such a spontaneous person, I just tell everyone to follow the Rock The Bells site, and I will keep you posted on everything. We’ve got some great surprises!

Be sure to keep up with both Rock The Bells and Roxanne Shanté via Instagram for more updates!

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Sports

Can The College Football Players Association Change the NCAA Forever?

College football is in constant dialogue with its past—Michigan-Ohio State became The Game because of residual beef from the Toledo Strip conflict in 1835; Notre Dame and USC have played each every year for nearly a century because two guys’ wives in 1926 thought they should. This is what makes college football fun, but it has also bred structural inertia and sclerosis; Bryce Young and CJ Stroud will be paid exactly as much by their schools this year as the Rutgers and Princeton students who contested the first college football game 153 years ago. As engines of capitalism and profit, college football players are as powerful as any other group in modern history—once the Big 10’s record-setting media rights deal starts in 2023, college football will generate nearly $3 billion in television/streaming revenue, more than the MLB, NHL and MLS combined. So why aren’t they treated as such?

The College Football Players Association is trying to ensure they are. Founded in 2021 by Jason Stahl (a former University of Minnesota professor who clashed with the school’s administration over their treatment of student athletes), the CFBPA is at the forefront of college football’s nascent labor movement. Its aims are simple: they want players to be healthy and they players to be paid. 

If this sounds like it’s a monstrously difficult undertaking, it’s because it is. There are 71,060 players across 130 teams that play in 10 conferences all without a centralized structure or authority. Unsurprisingly, the NCAA’s oafish bureaucrat-class isn’t being accommodating either—a Penn State assistant coach stumbled upon a covert CFBPA info session earlier this month, which lead to Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren leaning on Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford to break rank. 

Still, the CFBPA is ready for a fight. This week, Jordan Meachum, a member of the CFBPA’s leadership committee and a former all-conference running back at Sacred Heart, sat down with ONE37pm to explain the plan to create a safer and fairer future for student athletes. 

College football players of the world, unite—you have nothing to lose but your (turnover) chains.

ONE37pm: What does success look like for the CFBPA?

Meachum: Right now, the biggest thing for us is focusing on getting players independent medical care; there has to be some form of extensive medical care for these kids post-football. There are injuries that you can sustain in your playing days that will hamper you further down the line. Especially with the recent studies on CTE [showing a conclusive link between CTE and hits to the head], I think making sure that resources are available is something that should be necessary.

ONE37pm: How would the CFBPA have helped you back when you were a player?

Meachum: When it comes to injuries on the field, at times you feel like your opinion and your voice might not be as heard as it necessarily should be. We’ve all had coaches in the past who would tell us “you’re okay, you’re okay” to keep us on the field or they’d get an athletic trainer to tell us that we’re fine. But at the end of the day, you might not feel like you’re okay and want a second opinion. A lot of kids are scared to go get that second opinion because they don’t want to go against their coaches. 

The NFL and the Ivy League already have third-party supervisors providing medical care, so we need something like that in place that allows kids to have more information and more choices and not feel as though they’re being rushed through their injuries.

ONE37pm: How does the uncertainty of conference realignment affect your plans for the future?

 Meachum: I think there are going to be conferences that are going to become powerhouse conferences, and then they’re going to have very, very large media deals coming forward. With these big conferences, whether they’re regional or cross-country, the TV deals are going to be sky high—you already see it with the Big 10 singing a TV deal that’ll be more than a billion dollars annually. When it comes to these conferences, hopefully there’s a chance we can get some influence or something for the players. I mean, you know, teams in the Big 10 are now going to be traveling to California with the addition of UCLA and USC. They need to juggle that extra commitment on top of being a student and on top of everything else that’s already on their plate, so there needs to be some sort of compensation for that.

ONE37pm: What are the challenges of trying to organize something as big and decentralized as college football?

Meachum: For the Big 10, part of what  we were trying to accomplish was to get some sort of share of the revenue and profit with the new TV contract that they’re about to sign. But in some different conferences, there’s not really that money there, so we understand that there can’t always be a revenue share within all lines of college football—if you take that down to the FCS level, conferences aren’t going to have the media deals to do that. Our push for independent medical and care post-football, though, is something that could and should be doable everywhere.  

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Popular Culture

Everything We Know About ‘House of the Dragon’: Release Date, Cast, and More

Alright, I’d bet that quite a few us are still probably a little scarred from that infamous, final season of Game of Thrones back in 2019, but do we turn our backs on this new prequel or welcome House of the Dragon with open arms?

Well, the jury’s still out on that one—but we’ve got a few weeks to make up our minds.

Despite our feelings about the series, it’s coming regardless; but I have to say, based on the trailers alone, it’s got me hard-pressed to not be excited about the return of Game of Thrones into our lives. Given that we’re only a few weeks out from the series premiere of House of the Dragon, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about the show.

What Is the Premiere Date of ‘House of the Dragon’?

House of the Dragon is set to premiere on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, August 21, 2022, just around three years after Game of Thrones wrapped up in 2019.

What Is ‘House of the Dragon’ About?

House of the Dragon is the prequel series we’ve all been waiting for to our semi-beloved HBO series, Game of Thrones (I’m looking at you, Season 8). It’s based directly on George R. R. Martin’s book, Fire & Blood, and focuses on House Targaryen and will chronicle the events leading up to and during the Targaryen Civil War, known as the “Dance of Dragons.” This series is set 200 years prior to the events that we saw play out in Game of Thrones.

Are There Spoilers for ‘House of the Dragon’?

There are actually a shockingly enormous amount of spoilers about the series online, however, the ultimate spoiler of all would be George R. R. Martin’s book, Fire & Blood, itself. The book details much of tells the story that’s about to be told visually in House of the Dragon. So, if you’re looking for some pure-hearted spoilers from the mouth of the creator himself, I’d suggest cracking open Fire & Blood.

Who Is in ‘House of the Dragon’?

Although no cast members from House Targaryen in Game of Thrones will be returning, their characters’ ancestors will finally be making their first live appearances in House of the Dragon.

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen

Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake”

Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen

Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole

Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria

How Do I Stream ‘House of the Dragon’?

House of the Dragon will be premiering live on HBO on August 21, 2022, but will also be available to stream on HBO Max as soon as it’s live on HBO.

In addition to the series itself, HBO is following suit (like many other of its series) by providing an official companion podcast to go along with the show, which you can stream on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other streaming services right after each episode of the series. The podcast will be hosted by Jason Concepcion and Greta Johnsen, who will be discussing the series itself as well as the additional, wider history of House Targaryen.

Where Was ‘House of the Dragon’ Filmed?

The bulk of the interior shots in House of the Dragon were filmed at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios out in Watford, England, a town just northwest of London.

For scenes that needed to be filmed on location, the show stretched far and wide to cover all of its bases, shooting in Cornwall, Surrey, and Derbyshire. A good portion of the filming in Cornwall took place at St. Michael’s Mount, which is a massive castle on an island.

Outside of England, the series was filmed at a few spots in Spain as well as Portugal, like Trujillos and Cácere in Spain as well as Monsanto in Portugal.

What Was the Budget for ‘House of the Dragon’?

Somehow, House of the Dragon had an even higher budget than that of Game of Thrones, with between $150 to $200 million spent on the upcoming series. This puts each episode at around $20 million for production, which is $14 million more than each episode of the first season of Game of Thrones and $5 million more per episode than the show’s final season.

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Style

ONE37pm Presents “Spanish Mike and Friends” with Torey Pudwill

“My favorite thing about what I do is it doesn’t feel like work. It just feels like one big vacation,” Spanish Mike tells me. We’re speaking over the phone, but I can hear the smile in his voice as he says it.

Michael Cusanelli aka Spanish Mike is a skate videographer from Long Island who’s been working out of LA now for over a decade. He’s a go-to videographer for names like Paul Rodriguez, Manny Santiago and more, and one of the most charismatic and kind people you’ll ever meet in your life.

Today, we get to launch our new video series helmed by the man himself: Spanish Mike and Friends. Mike’s vast network of pro skater friends in LA is such easy fodder for a show, giving viewers some insight into the day to day life of a pro. The very first episode features Mike spending the day with legendary pro-skater Torey Pudwill as they chat about his latest part, hit the gym and scout out some spots.

Who is Spanish Mike?

Raised in Long Island, Mike got his first video camera at the age of 15. “It just kinda sparked this interest in me,” he tells me of receiving the camera for his 15th birthday. He grew up skating and consuming videos featuring a lot of the pros who would go on to be his peers and friends in LA. “The first two videos I ever had were Alien Workshop – Photosynthesis and City Stars – Street Cinema. So it was like two different spectrums of skating, in a sense of how videos were filmed,” he tells me of his nascent days getting into the world of filming.

“I loved being able to film something and watch it a bunch of times. Just being a kid running around with a video camera at 15. It was just a moment in time for me,” he smiles to me. His favorite part growing up is a shared sentiment by a lot of skaters—including Nyjah Huston. “The one that got me, though, I would have to say would be Paul’s part in Yeah Right.”

Throughout these early days, Spanish was already vlogging on Youtube under a series called SpanishMikeTV. “That’s what pretty much got me out here,” he tells me of finally moving out to the west coast.

He moved out to LA in 2010, and quickly became friends with P Rod, Felix Arguelles and Manny Santiago. “They mentored me, and one thing led to the next and I just started meeting all my favorite skaters,” he recalls with gratitude in each utterance. His first big break came after the move when he worked for Famous Stars and Straps.

Spanish Mike and Friends: Episode 1

“Me and Torey go way back,” Spanish tells me of his relationship with the pro skater and subject of the series’ first episode. “He’s so passionate at what he does. And especially dropping that Bigger Bang part. I know how much he put into it. And I was there for some of the sessions, so seeing him throw his body on the line like that just really shows how much passion he has for skateboarding,” he goes on. You can tell throughout the video the relationship the two have with each other. Part of why Spanish is able to shoot such incredible parts (like this and this) is because of his relationship of mutual respect with these skaters.

“I’m excited about this partnership I got with ONE37pm and dropping more episodes, in a sense of showing different aspects of professional skaters. And just bringing skate culture to a different platform than just a skate platform,” Mike tells me on his plans for the future. “I’m just trying to push skating the furthest I can possible, in any way, shape or form,” he adds.

He concludes our conversation with something succinct, that summarizes so much of what we’ve discussed throughout our conversations: “I’m just excited to work.”

Watch Episode 1 of Spanish Mike and Friends right now on IG, and keep your eyes on the ONE37pm IG for future episodes.

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Music

Curiously Curated 011: New and Noteworthy Artists

After 10 volumes, we’ve established a pretty strong footing for Curiously Curated. As we venture onto the next 10, it seems pretty clear what (or rather, who) we’re looking for.

Today, for the 11th edition of Curiously Curated, we’ll take a deeper look at four up-and-coming artists who have began to make a major name for themselves: Myles Cameron (cover), 26ar, Baby Plug, and Lil Crix.

1. Myles Cameron

Myles Cameron has been on my radar for a while now, but looking back, it’s become very clear that he’s never missed. Not once.

Whether he’s releasing singles, EPs, or music videos to go along with either, you can bank on the fact that he’ll provide quality. Some of his top tracks include “Yellow,” “Caged Bird,” and “Heaven’s Hands.” Take a listen to this extraordinary talent for yourself.

2. 26ar

Earlier this month, 26ar dropped off a brand new project, FLYEST OOTA, which features two artists: PGF Nuk and Rob49. After proving his talent time and time again, 26ar is back again just to remove all doubt.

This latest project is some of his best, and the song “Finish” with PGF Nuk (who had a recent viral collab with Polo G for their song “Waddup”) is a certified hit. Get familiar with 26ar and his latest project in the link below.

3. Baby Plug

Baby Plug has a storied career, and a strong foundation that outdoes his peers’.

From the early days of his rap career, he’s been a fan favorite, and for good reason. Some of Baby Plug’s top songs include “No Fifties (feat. Lil Gotit and Lil Keed)” and “Still Bunkin.” His 2020 project, Topic, will tell you everything you need to know.

4. Lil Crix

If you’ve been paying close attention to Kodak Black‘s social media lately, then you’ve probably come across Lil Crix.

Lil Crix is an artist emerging from Florida, and it seems as if he has a clear path to the top at the moment. Not many co-signs outweigh that of Kodak Black; you can expect to be seeing and hearing a lot from Lil Crix in the coming year. Check out why Kodak is so interested in this up-and-comer for yourself below:

Conclusion

There you have it, yet another Curiously Curated in the books. As we’re just two songs away from 100 on our playlist, there’s plenty of great emerging artists to get familiar with on there. Take a look below, and DM us on socials to tell us your favorite song!

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Style

17 Brands like Lululemon to Add to Your Rotation

It may seem hard to believe with the deafening heatwave a good percentage of us have been dealing with over these past few weeks, but we actually aren’t that far away from the fall season starting. Cooler weather, football, and lazy lounge days are right around the corner, which means you might be looking for some brands like Lululemon to wear around the house and on casual outings.

Well, so are we. Now when you think of athleisure wear, naturally Lululemon comes to mind as they’ve been one of the most recognizable, successful, and profitable. Here’s a snapshot of the brand’s history.

What is Lululemon?

Founded in 1998, Lululemon by Canadian-American billionaire Chip Wilson, Lululemon is a brand that makes athletic clothes for running, yoga, and working out. Shipping is free via their website, and they have multiple physical locations scattered around the globe.

So how do other athletic/athleisure brands stack up to Lululemon? Let’s take a look.

How Brands Compare To Lululemon:

Now let’s dive a little deeper into brands like Lululemon that you can shop.

1. Tracksmith

Tracksmith is an independent Boston-based brand that celebrates the competitive spirit of New England sports with a championship mentality. The company provides premium running products, with an emphasis on racing, training, and all other sports. 

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2. Uniqlo

Let’s go with the brand that we selected for the best budget alternative, as Uniqlo’s prixing is definitely more approachable than Lulu’s. Uniqlo offers men, women, and children’s athletic apparel. Uniqlo is a company that you will instantly fall in love with due to the high quality on a budget, diverse catalog selection, and overall pricing of the clothing.

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3. Zella by Nordstrom

There are tons of reasons to check out Zella. One, it’s a Nordstrom. Two, the quality is superb. Three, it’s Nordstrom. Zella offers just about everything on the athletic apparel spectrum, including joggers, pants, t-shirts, a variety of yoga pieces, sporty dresses, and more. Also, Nordstrom in general is known for its random sales and discount days, so it’s very possible that you could wind up snagging an excellent deal depending on when you choose to purchase.

Another bonus is the fact that Nordstrom has a lot of physical retail locations globally (you can almost certainly find a Nordstrom near you), which means you can actually get the chance to view the products in person, as opposed to other brands that might not have a lot of retail locations.

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4. Rhone

Rhone has definitely risen through the ranks over these last couple of years with their men’s athletic/athleisure apparel. The only bummer is the fact that at the present time, they don’t offer women’s or unisex clothing. Maybe that will be something that gets introduced to the brand sometime down the line, but in the meantime, their menswear is among some of the highest quality you’ll find when it comes to athletic wear. Very comfortable as well.

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5. Nike

Obviously brands like Nike have to go on this list because of their mass appeal, continuous releases, and sick collaborations. Nike not only has a vast selection of athleisure wear to choose from, but they have also collaborated with brands and celebrities such as Off-White for example to add more of a luxury element to it. The sizing/fitting is excellent as well, which is why we selected it as our most compatible sizing.

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6. Skims

Since we put a men’s only brand on here with Rhone, we have to even the playing field with a women’s only brand (although we could definitely see Kim introducing a men’s section at some point). Skims offers tons of athletic apparel, loungewear, and athleisure items, including dresses, hoodies, sweaters, tees, and leggings.

They also just launched their new swim apparel yesterday in a dope campaign that features Paris Jackson, Bella Porch, and Madison Bailey.

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7. Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga is most definitely a great alternative to Lululemon. The Los Angeles-based brand has been offering high-end performance clothes since 2007, becoming one of the most well-known athleisure brands in the world. Don’t let the name yoga fool you though. If you are in the mood for something a little dressier, Alo Yoga also offers a mixture of loungewear, jacket, etc. It’s a brand that is worth the investment for sure.

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8. Sweaty Betty

Originally founded in London, Sweaty Betty has been around for a hot minute, and is actually considered a luxury brand when it comes to athleisure, with prices ranging from about $40 to $100.

The British retailer specializes in leggings and lightweight clothing, with standout items being their Super Sculpt High Waisted Yoga Leggings, Stamina Longline Sports Bras, Fast Lane Running Jackets, and Light Speed Running Tank Tops. Through the past two decades, Sweaty Betty’s mission has always been to redefine fit wear by empowering women through fitness and beyond.

By the way, according to Sweaty Betty, every sixty seconds there is a woman that buys herself a pair of leggings. That’s sixty women over the course of an hour, which means roughly 1,440 women buy a pair of leggings every single day. Little fun math for you guys.

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9. Fabletics

We chose Fabletics as the most compatible aesthetic because it is probably the brand that draws the most comparisons from a visual standpoint to Lululemon. While there are a lot of similarities, Fabletics is its own brand that has rightfully accomplished its own success in the world of athleisure. Catering to both women and men, Fabletics boasts high-quality clothing equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Their 2 for $24 bottoms deal is among some of the best out there when it comes to deals, with their high-waisted leggings being the top seller for women, and fundamental shorts being the best seller for men.

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10. Outdoor Voices

Founded by Tyler Haney in 2013, Outdoor Voices clothing can be found both online, and in select retail locations. Offering technical apparel that “gets you out there doing things daily,” Outdoor Voices has clothes you can sweat in, clothes you can run errands in, a bunch of cool hat styles, a wide range of workout clothes, and even running shoes, which isn’t also offered amongst athletic brands. OV is most similarly priced to Lululemon, with many of the shirts and shorts costing costing somewhere in the $50-100 range.

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https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.outdoorvoices.com%2F
11. Vuori

If you don’t already know, Vuori is one of the best out there. Period. It’s a stylish brand that is also very much eco-friendly, paying attention to even the smallest of details when it comes to how their products are crafted. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find apparel specifically meant for working out in, and apparel for casual day to day life. 

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https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fvuoriclothing.com%2F
12. Thirdlove

Thirdlove is a company centered on lingerie, so this isn’t the place where you are going to find sweatshirts and joggers. That said, Thirdlove does offer activewear, with their speciality being their sports bras and racerbacks. Workout tops, leggings, and tanks are also included in the activewear category, with an assortment of styles and colors available at your fingertips.

While all of Thirdlove’s products are highly recommended, their top rated are their kinetic impact sports bras and matching leggings. Check them out if you haven’t already.

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https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thirdlove.com%2F
13. Olivers Apparel

We’re huge fans of Olivers Apparel over here. With an extensive brand history dating back to the early 1900s, Olivers Apparel is a family brand whose name has been carried on through the course of multiple decades in regions like New York (Brooklyn to be exact), Salt Lake City, and Long Beach.

The mission Olivers Apparel remains the same as what it did circa 1900, with the goal being to create quality clothes that are durable. Another cool thing about Oliver’s Apparel is their commitment to customer service, as they offer what’s called an  “Oliver’s Guarantee,” which means they will repair or replace with a fault outside of normal wear and tear for up to 12 months after purchase.

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https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Foliversapparel.com%2F

PrAna is for those outdoor enthusiasts who love to take a walk on the wildside. Lifestyle clothing and yoga apparel are the main staples of the company, who prides themselves on their social responsibility and their sustainability. We talk a lot about clothes being an investment in our style articles, and PrAna is one of those brands where you will get the bang for your buck if you take care of the clothes properly.

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15. Champion

Champion is a life-long tried and true over here at ONE37 as well. An option that truly will never disappoint. Awesome pricing (you can find great quality joggers for less than $15), tons of athletic and athleisure wear, and pretty neat collaborations. They are also one of our favorites for teaming up with our girl Saweetie. You can check out Saweetie’s personal picks here.

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16. Fourlaps

We got an opportunity to try out the Fourlaps brand last year, and the quality of the clothing was amazing. A relatively newer brand that is really beginning to make their mark in the world of athletic fashion, Fourlaps features premium workout clothes as their defining feature, but also have other categories to select from as well. They are also another environmentally friendly company, which is something that we love as well.

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17. Public Rec

Last but not least, we’ve got Public Rec. If you haven’t given Public Rec a shot, we strongly suggest you do at some point simply because of comfort and laid back looks that you can create. We know for a fact that there’s at least 300 products on the site, so you can certainly find something that fits your individual style.

This is by no means a list of all the athletic/athleisure brands out there, but these are the best brands like Lululemon we could find. Hope you enjoyed!

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Music

Top Record Labels in Hip-Hop

Let’s talk about the top record labels at the moment. We’ll discuss their founders, the artists they’ve signed, and much more.

The definition of “top record labels” has evolved along with the environment in the music industry. Today, we’ll be discussing the top record labels and why they’ve each earned that reputation.

One thing to note that’s changed over the years is the ability for people to independently create some of the most successful record labels in recent times. This is largely thanks to democratized distribution and heightened administrative access, which have come from industry and technological advancements.

Here’s our list, in no particular order:

1. Understanding the Major Label Infrastructure

Sony Music Group

Universal Music Group

Warner Music Group

2. Field Trip Recordings (Zack Bia / Geffen Records)

Founder(s): Zack Bia

Parent Label: Geffen Records

Signed Artists: Yeat, SSGKobe, Onlybino!, Mallory Merk, HVN, Slump6s

Notes: Zack Bia’s label has been making major strides throughout the year, signing acts like Yeat and SSGKobe. Pay close attention to their performance the remainder of the year.

3. Generation Now (DJ Drama / Warner Music Group)

Founder(s): DJ Drama, Don Cannon, Leighton Morrison

Parent Label: Warner Music Group

Signed Artists: Lil Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow, Seddy Hendrinx, Sonny Digital, Killumantii, Skeme, and Carvena

Notes: This label has become well-known for their roster, which includes Uzi and Jack Harlow.

4. Cinematic Music Group (Jonny Shipes / Sony Music Group)

Founder(s): Jonny Shipes

Parent Label: Sony Music Group

Signed Artists: Joey Bada$$, JayDaYoungan (RIP), Ola Runt, Prentiss, Skaiwater, Yungeen Ace, Smoke DZA

Notes: Cinematic functions as a management company and publishing company as well as a label. It’s grown a very strong reputation for itself and all of its close brand affiliates like Smokers’ Club.

5. Dreamville Records (J. Cole / Interscope)

Founder(s): J. Cole

Parent Label: Interscope

Signed Artists: J. Cole, Bas, JID, Ari Lennox, Cozz, Lute, Earthgang

Notes: J. Cole’s label made a name for themselves with their collective albums, which put a huge emphasis on collaboration. Dreamville has a storied history and a bright future.

6. Galactic Records (Lil Tecca / Giuseppe Zappala / Republic Records)

Founder(s): Lil Tecca and Giuseppe Zappala (Management)

Parent Label: Republic Records

Signed Artists: Lil Tecca, Tokin, Tana, WAV, Based1*, Lucas Rosse*, Menoh*, Niko East*

* indicates a producer

Notes: Galactic is one of the top new-era labels, with one of the best ears for talent, and a business-savvy choice of signing producers.

7. Alamo Records (Todd Moscowitz / Interscope)

Founder(s): Todd Moscowitz

Parent Label: Interscope

Signed Artists: Lil Durk, Comethazine, Wifisfuneral, Rod Wave, 03Greedo, Lil Mexico, Slimelife Shawty, ALX, Dee Watkins, YS, Sainvil, Yak Yola, and more

Notes: Alamo’s roster speaks for itself. It has one of the strongest A&R teams, and a knack for nurturing careers of some of this generation’s best talent.

8. 300 Entertainment (Warner Music Group)

Founder(s): Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz

Parent Label: Warner (Original owners sold in 2021)

Signed Artists: Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug (and YSL Records), Fetty Wap, $not, Tee Grizzley, OMB Peezy, Shy Glizzy, Whiterose Moxie, Quarters of Change, and more

Notes: YSL is a whole focal point in itself; Megan Thee Stallion and the rest of the roster make this impossible to miss on our list.

9. Victor Victor (Steven Victor / Republic Records)

Founder(s): Steven Victor

Parent Label: Republic Records / Universal Music Group (UMG)

Signed Artists: Nigo, Pusha T, Pop Smoke, Autumn, Ski Mask the Slump God, 16yrold, Cashmoneyap, Reyanna Maria

Notes: One thing is for sure: Steven Victor knows his way around the music industry. The music mogul has one of the most tightly curated rosters in existence.

10. AWGE (A$AP Rocky, Interscope)

Founder(s): A$AP Rocky

Parent Label: Interscope

Signed Artists: Slowthai, Thottwat, Kelvin Krash, Smooky Margielaa, A$AP Nast, Playboi Carti, Key!, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ant, A$AP Illz, A$AP TyY, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky

Notes: There’s a certain charisma and artistic integrity that AWGE displays, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. This collective of top-tier creatives has made quite the name for itself, especially on the heels of their ‘AWGE Tapes.’

11. Griselda Records (Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Mach-Hommy / Independent)

Founder(s): Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Mach-Hommy

Parent Label: Independent

Signed Artists: Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Mach-Hommy, Benny the Butcher, Boldy James, Rome Streetz, Armani Caesar

Notes: This label is one of the most deliberate and artistic out there. Led by Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and Mach-Hommy, this classic-styled group of artists are making major waves, both in-person and digitally.

12. Quality Control (Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas / Universal Music Group)

Founder(s): Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas

Parent Label: Universal Music Group

Signed Artists: Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty, Marlo, 24 Heavy, Bankroll Freddie, Duke Deuce, Jayy Fox, Jordan Hollywood, Kollision, Layton Greene, Quay Global, Wavy Navy Pooh, Lakeya, Metro Marrs

Notes: QC has become known for their ability to develop and sustain the careers of some of the most notable artists in the game. Migos, Cardi B, and the list goes on.

13. Collective Music Group (CMG) (Yo Gotti / Universal Music Group)

Founder(s): Yo Gotti

Parent Label: Universal Music Group

Signed Artists: Yo Gotti, Blac Youngsta, Moneybagg Yo, BlocBoy JB, 42Dugg, Big Boogie, EST Gee, Mozzy, Lil Poppa, Lehla Samia, Glorilla

Notes: This past year has been a monumental one for CMG. Pay particularly close attention to their latest signee, Glorilla, who arguably has the “hot girl” song of the summer, “FNF (Let’s Go).”

13. Other Labels on Our Radar

No Records (bbno$)

Pick Six Records (Moe Shalizi)

Listen2TheKids

Records Co

Asylum

Conclusion

That concludes our list of the top record labels in the music industry. There are definitely more worth mentioning, but we’ll continue covering them as they make big steps going forward.

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Style

Carhartt WIP Releases FW 2022 Lookbook

The Fall/Winter 2022, Carhartt WIP is guaranteed to have you iced out. One of the brand’s most multifaceted to date, this latest capsule explores several distinct themes, from traditional outdoor gear to Baroque-influenced tapestries, to the Scandinavian New York’s Youth Crew movement of the 1990s.

For those who may not know, Carhartt WIP is the workwear giant’s offshoot line that produces elevated iterations of the brand’s storied signature pieces. Essentially, they combine the durability and history of the legacy workwear brand with a more contemporary, streetwear-influenced design ethos. Let’s take a peek at the Carhartt WIP F/W 2022 lookbook.

Carhartt

As ever, this season’s Carhartt WIP collection is built around a slew of classic items and iconic fabrics, like Dearborn Canvas, which are laser-aged to accentuate their feel. Voluminous balloon fits and a unique pigment dye treatment also accompany the collection along with various archetypal Carhartt WIP elements such as gold button detailing and diamond quilting to give the collection a 1970s feel.

Focused on a minimalist design, the collection also features a brutalist Scandinavian bent, marrying textured fisherman style sweaters with clean, austere outerwear, such as the Kilda Jacket. 

Carhartt

Other pieces in this collection, however, have complex prints that give off a baroque-collegiate feel thanks to their rich palette of dark reds and dusty browns.

Carhartt

The collection is rounded out by a series of prep-influenced staples that draw inspiration from the brand’s own archival advertising from the 1990s, as well as elements of American casual-wear.

Additionally, varsity jackets appear alongside horizontal stripes and chino pants, channeling the clean-cut, collegiate Youth Crew aesthetic seen in New York during the 90s. 

Carhartt

Carhartt

Carhartt

The lookbook for this collection was shot by Berlin-based photographer Tom Kleinschmidt, and styled by Dan Sablon.

Carhartt WIP’s FW22 collection is available now online.

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Gaming

The 26 Best Games Like ‘The Sims’

For many gamers out there, The Sims is the absolute best series of games out there for the escapism they provide. Players can get their creative juices flowing and create entire worlds where they control what characters do, from cleaning and cooking to going on dates and making a family. Life simulation games were around for decades before The Sims in many forms, but there’s no doubt that Maxis changed the genre with them. However, if you do want to dip your toe into the entire genre, we want to make that easy for you. Below is a list of the 26 best games like The Sims for life sim fans. Enjoy!

Games Like ‘The Sims’
Electronic Arts

1. ‘Alter Ego’

Alter Ego is an entirely text-based game that allows you to simulate a life by making choices and seeing the results. What’s important in these kinds of games is that the writing is great and that there are enough scenarios that the replayability is there, and both of those are true for Alter Ego.

Buy Now, $7.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/664780/Alter_Ego/
2. ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

If you own a Switch, there’s a good chance you already own Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s the second best-selling game on the handheld, behind only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, despite coming out three years after it. It was great for people to escape to the game’s colorful locale during the pandemic because you can talk to NPCs, go fishing, farm resources, and do a whole lot more.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/animal-crossing-new-horizons-switch/
3. ‘Avakin Life’

Avakin Life could be the perfect choice for you because it’s available on Android and iOS, which means you can play it on the move. The customization here is also great, with countless options for how to style your character. You can then take them online and interact with other players.

Free-to-Play
https://avakin.com/download/
4. ‘BitLife’

BitLife, like the aforementioned Alter Ego, is a text-based game but is perhaps the most popular one around today. Released in 2018, the game starts players off at birth and lets them make impactful choices all the way up until their death. The scenarios here can be hilarious, tragic, and everything in between.

Free-to-Play
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bitlife-life-simulator/id1374403536
5. ‘Cities: Skylines’

This is one that fans of The Sims, but especially SimCity will be able to appreciate. If you like the control that The Sims games give you but want it on a much larger scale, look no further than Cities: Skylines. As the name implies, you’ll build entire cities and have to combat things like natural disasters, traffic jams, and pollution, to name a few.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/255710/Cities_Skylines/
6. ‘Fallout Shelter’

Here you build and manage your own Vault, which means being in charge of directing dwellers and making sure they have power, food, and water, which is a key balancing act in the game. Some have complained about the micro-transactions, but it’s more than possible to not spend money on the game and still enjoy it.

Free-to-Play
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fallout-shelter/id991153141
7. ‘Fantasy Life’

Fantasy Life was released in 2012 and developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. Set in a fantasy world called Reveria, this game lets players choose their character from one of a dozen Life classes, including chef or paladin. There’s actually also a decent main story to follow here if you’re interested in that aspect.

Free-to-Play
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-life-online/id1568985853
8. ‘Farmer’s Dynasty’

If you like the “Cottage Living” expansion pack on The Sims 4, then playing Farmer’s Dynasty is a no-brainer. As well as getting married, having kids and interacting with people like in standard life sim games, here you can take full care of a farm. You can care for crops and animals and then sell them and reinvest in yourself.

Buy Now, $8.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/678900/Farmers_Dynasty/
9. ‘Farming Simulator 22’

To take farming to the next level, perhaps try out Farming Simulator 22. For years, the series has been one of the best out there in terms of realism and little details that add to the overall experience. In fact, it’s so nuanced that it might be off-putting for some, but if that’s what you like, you can easily spend hours here.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1248130/Farming_Simulator_22/
10. ‘Harvest Moon: One World’

Harvest Moon: One World lets players start a farm and puts emphasis on being able to interact with the rest of the characters there. If you like this game, you might like the previous ones in the series even more. Many argue that it has a little more depth to it.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1246870/Harvest_Moon_One_World/
11. ‘House Flipper’

It’s very easy to spend hours in House Flipper and get lost in the details of buying rundown houses and upgrading every little aspect of them. You can take weeds out of the garden, knock down walls, paint new walls and even take out the rubbish. Seeing a house go from unliveable to an enchanting beauty because of your own hard work is a treat.

Buy Now, $12.49
https://store.steampowered.com/app/613100/House_Flipper/
12. ‘IMVU’

IMVU, which is popular in the life sim space, is a game that features tens of millions of items within its in-game store, thanks to those who decide to create items for the game. Anyone can do this and if loads of people buy your item, you receive an in-game currency that you can choose to reinvest if you wish. Customization is the name of the game here.

Free-to-Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imvu.mobilecordova&hl=en_US&gl=US
13. ‘Jurassic World Evolution’

Made by Frontier Developments, Jurassic World Evolution is a unique combination of life sims and Jurassic Park games. It’s a management and construction game where you can build your very own dinosaur theme park from scratch, all the while taking care of unpredictable weather, power failures, threats of dinosaurs breaking out, and more.

Buy Now, $11.24
https://store.steampowered.com/app/648350/Jurassic_World_Evolution/
14. ‘Littlewood’

Developed by Sean Young and published by SmashGames, Littlewood is a game that takes place after you have defeated a Dark Wizard. You’re now tasked with rebuilding the town, with a great amount of customization. The grind of gathering materials and then designing everything from fences to houses and picking out where trees go is a fun one.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/894940/Littlewood/
15. ‘Minecraft’

Minecraft is so diverse a game that with its many mods and modes, it can be like a lot of games out there, but The Sims is one of the main ones. If you want to let your creativity run wild, jump into creativity mode, where materials are infinite.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/get-minecraft
16. ‘My Time At Portia’

You’ve inherited a workshop from your father in a town called Portia. There, you can make all kinds of things to earn money, but you can also mine, farm, craft, cook, and more. Interacting with other people around you is where a lot of the fun is here. Despite its 3D fun look, the game lets you get married and have children just like The Sims.

Buy Now, $7.49
https://store.steampowered.com/app/666140/My_Time_At_Portia/
17. ‘No Time To Relax’

This game puts you in a group of four either online or locally and lets you play out life while competing against each other. Going to school and work will put you ahead, but having activities and hobbies here is important too.

Buy Now, $13.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/829660/No_Time_to_Relax/
18. ‘Planet Zoo’

As its name suggests, the unique spin on life sims like The Sims here is that you’re building and managing a zoo. You’re in charge of keeping animals safe and filled with food and water. You’ll also need to ensure that each animal has enough space that they’re happy. Once animals are raised, you can release them back into the wild for extra points.

Buy Now, $13.49
https://store.steampowered.com/app/703080/Planet_Zoo/
19. ‘Raft’

This isn’t technically a life sim, but it’s an open-world survival game that will require as much work as a life sim can. You start out on the ocean with a small piece of wood and eventually have to build a raft. You’ll also need to explore islands to find resources to survive.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/648800/Raft/
20. ‘Rune Factory 4 Special’

Some things you can do in the “Special” edition of Rune Factory 4 are farming, getting married, crafting, dungeon exploring, and more. Combat is also a factor here, which might give it an edge over other life sim games for some.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1580240/Rune_Factory_4_Special/
21. ‘Second Life’

Despite launching nearly twenty years ago, Second Life has maintained a good player base. You create and customize an avatar and thanks to the community of players who create in-game items that can be used without limit once introduced into the game, it still feels fresh. 

Free-to-Play
https://secondlife.com
22. ‘Spore’

The Sims games are made by Maxis, as is this pick on the list. Spore was released in 2008 and is a life simulation real-time strategy God game. It allows players to develop a species from it being a microscopic organism all the way to it growing and mastering the planet.

Buy Now, $40.17
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/1245/More_Spore/
23. ‘Stardew Valley’

Stardew Valley was created with some of the older Harvest Moon games in mind. The game can feel a little more like an RPG than a life sim, but it certainly will do the same job as The Sims for you. Fishing, raising animals, cooking, farming, and more come into play here and the skill tree means you can customize even your skillset.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/413150/Stardew_Valley/
24. ‘Two Point Hospital’

Released in 2018, Two Point Hospital is made by the creators of RollerCoaster Tycoon, which is a beloved building and sim game series. Here, you’re charged with constructing and maintaining a hospital, which comes with a unique set of problems than most life sim games. You’ll need to stay on top of toilets, cafeterias, seating, and vending machines as well as take care of patients.

Buy Now, $34.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/535930/Two_Point_Hospital/
25. ‘Virtual Families 2’

Just like in The Sims, here, you’re in charge of a character and essentially, their entire life. Along with everything that’s in your control, random life events can throw a spanner in the works and be fun to deal with and work around.

Buy Now, $7.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/873970/Virtual_Families_2_Our_Dream_House/
26. ‘Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles’

If you’re after something like The Sims but want a more laid-back approach and want your hand held a little more, try out Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. You can still customize your character, meet characters and make friends, but there’s also an open world that you can explore.

Buy now, $24.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/580200/Yonder_The_Cloud_Catcher_Chronicles/