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Public Opinion NYC is Much More Than a TikTok Trivia Show

Finding the secret sauce to “good content” can be an incredibly elusive objective. The core of almost all captivating content is actually pretty simple: people. That’s what Public Opinion has done so well in the past six months. The creative agency (which you may know for their NYC trivia show on TikTok), has become such a beloved show for many New Yorkers because it’s actually just a vehicle to talk to people and share their stories. I caught up with one of Public Opinion’s founders (and the guy you see on screen), Jack Coyne, to hear about the other ventricles of the brand and how they came up with the trivia show.

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Jack started Public Opinion with two partners—his brother, Kieran, and friend Henry Kornaros—earlier this year. “The three of us got together in May to start this new thing called Public Opinion, which was always kind of something that we, we’d had our eyes on. What we started was a creative agency that was also going to create original shows and content,” he explains to me.

Public Opinion creates original content like the trivia show, but they’re also a fleshed out creative agency: “What we do to make money—how we pay for this—is we work with brands and we make advertisements. We have a few different clients and help them with their social media, with their TikTok, et cetera. We decided, we’ll use this to pay the bills while we develop these shows, and then eventually the shows will be successful and they’ll pay for the whole thing in the long term.”

So that’s the goal. We experimented; we shot a bunch of things. We started making YouTube videos. We make a YouTube video every single week on our YouTube channel, also called Public Opinion. That’s about what’s happening in the office and behind the scenes and who we are and all that stuff.”

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Jack explains the genesis of their now recognizable trivia show: “Then the first show that we launched was the Public Opinion trivia show. We started that in mid-July. And it was just kind of—as we were experimenting going on the streets, it was like, ‘Oh, what if we ask people trivia questions.’ And if we gave away cash prizes, people would wanna come up to us and talk to us on the street.”

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The reason that we started this show wasn’t to ask people trivia questions. It was to talk to people.

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“We wanted to, you know, interact with New Yorkers, interact with strangers, hear their stories. And this became a vehicle to do that,” he adds.

Stay tuned for more with Public Opinion in the coming weeks, and follow them on Tiktok, IG and Youtube for more content.

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NFT

Best NFT Games To Play Right Now

NFT Gaming has been quite polarizing over the last 12 months. Play to Earn gaming took the gaming world by storm last summer, sparking a temporary NFT gaming bull run.

However, over the last 8 months, the scene has been quite bearish with many games suffering from unstable token economies, a lack of user retention, and gameplay that is quite off the mark from the world of traditional-based video games.

ONE37pm worked with Web3 Gaming Content Creator Brycent to build out a list that comprises some of the best NFT games currently in the space. As time passes this list may change, but our reasoning is heavily predominated by a focus on pure gameplay. This list is updated as of September 2022.

Brycent is a a professional gamer and Co-Founder of Loot Squad, an NFT Gaming Guild specializing in building blockchain consumer products and yield farming in NFT Games. He is also a recent signee of VaynerSports, a talent management agency dedicated to professional athletes.

NFT Game Rankings – September 2022

The games below are ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Gameplay
  2. Streamability 
  3. Community
  4. Tokenomics
  5. Longevity
  6. Ease of Access
15. Otherside Meta
Yuga Labs

At the tail end of our list we feature Yuga Labs’ Otherside. We still don’t know a ton about the game and the early tests have given us very small snippets of what’s to come. But, I’m convinced cool things are happening and there’s enough potential to end with Yuga gracing this list. What I would love to see is an increased focus on getting non BAYC holders into your ecosystem and some attention on working with web3 gaming creators. I’ll see you on the otherside!

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: $3500 (3ETH)

14. Earth From Another Sun
https://www.earthfromanothersun.com/
Earth From Another Sun

Another newcomer to this list is Earth From Another Sun. It is the futuristic experience we need in the gaming world. It provides a warming FPS experience and as the game moves closer to full launch.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

13. God’s Unchained
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One of the premier card games and absolutely killing it on IMX.

God Unchained is very much primed to continue create a game their users love. I’ve heard mixed reviews thus far but the ecosystem they are building is interesting and deserving of a spot on this list. The God’s team is looking to increase the number of tourneys and token utility which is a great sign.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

12. Aurory Project
Aurory Project

Maybe the most unexpected game to grace this list. Aurory is creating an awesome game and the browser looks solid. More to come indeed from this ecosystem, but Solana supporters can be proud of what’s being built!

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

11. Sandbox Game
https://www.sandbox.game/en/
Sandbox Game

Still incredibly early and filled with potential. Right now, the game isn’t the most immersive experience but the framework for a great game is there.

Cost to Play: Players can actually join the game and access a free character (Hero) to take part in battles and eventually accumulate enough $THC to sell on the market and upgrade their character.

10. Guild of Guardians
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Guild of Guardians, one of my picks to lead the mobile gaming revolution, is absolutely killing it. They recently announced an e-sports partnership with 8 traditional esports organizations, so yes they are here to stay.

Time will tell where the game goes but mobile gaming is in great hands.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

9. Axie Infinity
https://welcome.skymavis.com/
Axie Infinity

With a seemingly successful Axie Con in the books where hundreds of thousands were awarded to winners, Axie Infinity now turns its attention to land and competitive battling season. This comfortably rounding out the top ten.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

8. Illuvium
https://play.illuvium.io/
Illuvium

CEO Kieran Warwick teased Overworld and honestly I can’t hold back my excitement for this game. Yes they dropped a few spots but it was a byproduct of new game releases from others. As Illuvium moves closer to launch we will see them jump further up the list in a remarkable way.

You can register to play the beta here.

Cost to Play: Private Beta

7. Decentral Games Ice Poker
https://ice.decentral.games/
Decentral Games

After a successful launch of Sit & Go tourneys and some incredible partnership announcements we have consistently see growth and product fit out of the DG team. I expect them to onboard many newcomers into Web3.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

6. Dr. Disrespect’s DEADROP
https://mobile.twitter.com/deadrop
Deadrop

Dr. Disrespect’s 12am studio is CRUSHING it with Midnight Society. DEADROP is a Vertical Extraction Shooter (VES) for a new age of competitive multiplayers. I see this game leading the list one day but snapshot number 2 was enough to make the conclusion that this “Escape From Tarkov” type shooter has so much room to grow!

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: $50

5. EV.IO
http://www.ev.io
EV.IO

The arena shooter closely resembling Halo has continued to do well and with more tourneys happening. They have a great chance to lead the esports charge. They drop a few spots as a result of impressive updates from competitors but the game still a lot of potential.

With an emphatic entrance to the NFT gaming world, EV.IO has brought the sexiness of competitive first person shooter to the blockchain.

If Halo and Splitgate had a child that ran as a browser game, it would be EV.IO. It is less robust and pretty much playable for every gamer regardless of what computer they have. The game is free to play and you can start gaming within seconds of launching their website. 

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

4. Superior
Superior

Some may be surprised to see Superior jump this many slots but their private alpha was incredible! It’s the most robust game on the list and it plays smoother than any game on the list. I expect superior to continue to ship a great game that users would love.

You can play the game here.

Cost to play: Free

3. Undead Blocks
https://www.undeadblocks.com/
Undead Blocks

This game will be around for a long time. Out of every game on this list, the zombie slayer FPS continues to secure amazing partnerships and launch incredible tourneys. Only good things coming from the Undead.

The game is a literal representation of what Call of Duty Zombies would look like on the blockchain.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to play: Free

2. Blankos Block Party
https://blankos.com/download
Blankos Block Party

A big month coming from Blankos which some a ton of updates leading into season 1. If the season was released already they could’ve jumped Big Time. As they gear up for their epic games store launch things are looking spicy!

The Mythical Games teams continues to impress and they even launched another Burberry collaboration. I would love to see the team ramp up marketing and add additional game modes but they are in great shape leading up to their launch on the Epic Games store.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

1. Big Time
https://bigtime.gg/
Big Time

Not much movement at the top. It’s been fun watching Big Time ship updates and they continue to lead the charge as the #1 NFT game to play right now.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: $75 (Silver Access Pass)

Final Thoughts

The list has been heating up and as we continue to update this list monthly, staying on this list will be incredibly tough with new games releasing. Games who dropped off the list for various reasons will have an opportunity to regain their place but competition is indeed increasing. Below are a few games to look out for over the coming months. 


Honorable Mentions: Sipher, Kitty Kart Racing (Kitty Inu), Ember Sword, Legends of Venari, Wildcard, Earth From Another Sun, Grit, and Rumble Kongs League.

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Style

Fashion On Film: A Look at the Swinging 1960s

We’ve done the Roaring Twenties. Explored the ups and downs of the 1930s and 40s, and dove into the cultural shift of the 1950s. Now it’s time to dive into the wonderful wonderland of 1960s fashion on film.

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The era where both fashion and film began to experiment with experimentation. The era where technology began to be played with, and futuristic themes were explored. The era where fashion began breaking boundaries and limitations while refusing to conform to previous expectations.

The era where that refusal to play by the rules ultimately led to the birth of hippie culture and fashion. The era still heavily referenced in today’s culture. Let’s explore the Swinging Sixties, and everything they brought forth in the world of fashion and film.

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1960s Fashion
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Like we said earlier, the 1960s were the decade where all the built-up tension of having to suppress and restrict individual style to conform to societal beliefs and expectations began to explode. We saw glimpses of it in earlier decades, such as women wearing two-piece bathing suits, pants (yes pants), and gradually shortening their skirt lengths

We also saw it with the men, as they began to realize that you didn’t have to wear suits everywhere to do everything (especially in the warmer seasons where it could be just downright uncomfortable). The 1950s were also the decade where teenage rebellion in fashion began to happen, and that carried over into the 1960s.

Here were the themes.

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Amongst the women, we still very much had couture and elegant wear that was popular in earlier decades thanks to the likes of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. So that meant two-piece skirts, A-line dresses that slightly accentuated the figure of women, and the blazer/skirt combo that began becoming popular in the 1950s.

On the opposite side, we saw women dressing more casually and dare I say… flirty (gasp). Women started wearing shorts that weren’t knee length (gasp), shirts that revealed a little bit of their stomach (gasp), and don’t even get us started on the hippie attire (deep sigh). 

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The 1960s also saw the emergence of rock bands that you may recognize. Do The Beatles and Rolling Stones ring a bell? It was also the beginning of the Motown era which was an incredibly fruitful and inspirational time amongst the Black community. Many of the fashions in the African-American community were influenced by Motown artists, which is something that we’ll get into in a different article.

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Psychedelic clothing and many of the themes that we saw develop extensively in the 1970s also began becoming popular towards the end of the 1960s, and you also the trend of voluminous hair and makeup. Twiggy, Priscilla Presley, Jane Fonda, and many others were some of the biggest fashion inspirations in women’s Hollywood at that time as well.

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As for the men, Ivy League fashion (which was essentially preppy fashion) was huge during that time with cardigan sweaters, polo shirts, etc., and suits were definitely not abandoned either. In fact, they actually began making a more popular comeback with the rise of James Bond (who was portrayed by Sean Connery during that time).

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There was even something called surf fashion, which was inspired by the boy bands like The Beach Boys (which was mostly surf jackets, beachwear, tropical-patterned shirts, etc). Western cowboy wear also became popular towards the end of the 1960s along with, of course, hippie fashion.

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So that about covers the major fashion themes of the 60s, now let’s move on to what the decade represented in film.

1960s Hollywood
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Ah! The 1960s. Aka “The Hollywood Renaissance.” The decade where black and white films were discarded for the most part (hello technicolor), and 3-D was beginning to be incorporated more and more. You still had the veterans like Katharine Hepburn making films, but there was a new crop of stars coming in. Stars like Jane Fonda, Sean Connery, Warren Beatty, Robert Deniro, Goldie Hawn (Kate Hudson’s mother by the way), and lots more.

If you’ve followed this series since the beginning, you know that we give you a list of seven movies from each decade to get you started, and the 60s are no different. Check out our favorites below.

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1. Barbarella (1968)
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One of our all-time favorites. Starring Jane Fonda, Barbarella was sexy futuristic sci-fi all combined into one big trifecta of crazy chaos (but in a good way). So what’s Barbarella about exactly? Well, Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, who’s threatening world domination.

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2. Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

No Bonnie and Clyde didn’t start with Beyoncé and Jay-Z in 2002. It didn’t start with Tupac either, and technically it didn’t start with this movie either since the crime adventures of the couple were indeed based on a true story from the early 1900s. Anywhoo, the 1967 version of events is one worth checking out for sure.

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3. My Fair Lady (1964)

Starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady is about an equally snobbish professor who agrees to make an equally snobbish flower girl into a “presentable” high societal lady. 

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4. Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Elvis had a pretty impressive film career as well. One of his standout movies is 1964’s Viva Las Vegas musical, which also stars Ann-Margaret.

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5. Batman (1966)

Any Batman fan has to see the 1966 version of the series, which stars Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. It’s just pretty cool to see the evolution in our opinion.

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6. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

The Blaxploitation era is also something we’re going to dive a little deeper into in the near future, but in the meantime it would definitely be great to check out Sydney Poitier’s In the Heat of the Night, which is about a Black detective from Philadelphia that find himself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation in a small town of Mississippi. This was an Academy Award winning film by the way.

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7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A must see. That’s all we’ll say.

Well, that concludes the 1960s! Stay tuned for the 1970s which will be a two-part series.

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Popular Culture

‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ Review: More Than Just a Couple of Cold Ones

A film about a pro-war man from New York City bringing a bunch of beers to his buddies fighting in Vietnam—sounds like a clickbait video I’d find somewhere in the depths of YouTube at 3 a.m.

The thing is, The Greatest Beer Run Ever is actually a true story, and the result is about a million times greater than anything I could’ve ever predicted going into this film.

Initially set in the neighborhood of 1967 Inwood in New York City, Zac Efron plays John “Chickie” Donohue, a merchant marine who spends half of his time sleeping and the other half getting drunk with his friends at the local bar. A classic don’t-question-authority type of guy, Chickie firmly believes that the war effort in Vietnam is justified—and that everyone else probably feels the same way.

Though when he wanders past an anti-war protest in a local park and finds his sister there, it spurs him to make a lofty decision: to travel to Vietnam and show his friends and the other troops that the American people are still behind them. Oh, and to hand-deliver some American beer right into their hands. He’s also traveling there almost to prove something to the nay-sayers: that the Vietnam War isn’t just a bunch of uncontrolled chaos with zero direction.

But there’s something else going on here: he’s attempting to prove himself right, a last-ditch act of consolation shielded by a veneer of American beer, a symbol of the almighty American Dream in and of itself.

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever is far loftier in its true message than it appears from the outside—I mean, its title alone alludes to the fact that the film is just going to be a classic, good ‘ole time with the boys. And while even the first 45 minutes or so seem to be playing right into this, things steadily get more and more frank as time churns on, both in the film’s actual purpose and in what’s happening to Chickie on screen.

Once he arrives in Vietnam, it’s as if nothing has changed save for his immediate surroundings. You know, because if there’s no danger occurring right in front of his own eyes, things must be going fairly well for everyone else.

At one point, while on duty with one of his friends, another soldier even says to Chickie, “you don’t have to be here, but you’re here?”

As his journey continues and he’s brought further into the genuine trenches of warfare, the gravity of the situation still doesn’t fully click for him. It isn’t until he finds himself accidentally caught in the middle of a surprise attack on civilians that he witnesses the horrific atrocities occurring and how what’s being fed to the American people doesn’t match up with reality at all.

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As for the acting alone, Efron’s New York accent felt a little forced and out of place at times, though despite that, he was an absolute charm to watch back on screen again, with his performance solidly showcasing a person’s slow metamorphosis over time.

Russell Crowe portrays Arthur Coates, a seasoned war photographer whose initial feelings about Chickie are just about the same as ours’: that he’s blind to what’s really occurring in Vietnam and is simply trying to gloss everything over with a duffle bag full of PBRs.

Once the two are suddenly thrown together into the real throes of combat on the streets of Vietnam, Chickie gets a full, unvarnished look at the war from the camera lens of Coates, whom he’s following around while trying to avoid incoming gunfire.

“That’s what war is, Chick,” Coates says. “It’s one giant crime scene.”

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There’s practically a limitless amount of hard truths that none of us want to hear as we muddle through life, and in every way, that’s at the core of The Greatest Beer Run Ever.

Most of the time, shielding yourself from reality is the easiest thing to do—to throw distraction after distraction at yourself in order to not be emotionally destroyed. But it’s the act of simple acceptance that proves to be the toughest of all, and it’s something that takes Chickie quite a bit of time to come to terms with.

“Bringing my buddies in Vietnam some beer” is a lot easier to swallow than having to arrive at the hard truth that cheering your friends on to enlist in the army and “fight for peace” isn’t such a black-and-white decision to make—or yours to encourage.

“The chaos over there isn’t under control,” Chickie says to his friends back home after returning from Vietnam. “It’s not under control at all. Look, I know our grand-dads and our dads—they went over to Europe to save the world. And I would put today’s guys up there any day. But I’m not so sure we’re saving the world this time.”

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Popular Culture

Meet the MrBeast of the Bronx: Medy

What’s so admirable to watch about the meteoric rise of MrBeast is how many people he’s helped on his journey. Ahmed Alwan, better known online as Medy, has built a following of over four million on TikTok, all while giving back to the people who need it most. This is why you should be paying attention to the amazing work Medy is doing in the Bronx. 

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Who is Medy?

Ahmed ‘Medy’ Alwan has garnered an impressive following across social media through his viral videos of him in his parents’ bodega. Medy will ask customers random questions as they are looking around the bodega, with either cash rewards or a free five second shopping spree as a prize if they answer correctly. 

He usually likes to focus on younger customers, asking kids simple questions like what’s 5+5? The genuine joy you see on the kids’ faces as they’re told they can run around the bodega for a five second shopping spree is priceless. You can tell how much a small gesture like that goes, and Medy is doing it every day. 

Medy has been working at his parents’ bodega in the Bronx since he was ten years old, helping man the cash register. Medy has gained the attention from a number of high profile celebrities, including a repost from former president Barack Obama.

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Why Is What Medy Does So Important?

Medy is a huge staple in his community for a number of reasons, mainly because the Bronx is looked at as a ‘food desert’. This means that residents don’t have full access to affordable fresh food. Bodegas are an integral part of these communities, because it’s one of the rare spots people can get affordable groceries. Medy remains a bright light for his community and continues to shine. 

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Popular Culture

Card Shop Spotlight: Just Collect Grand Opening Set for September 30th 

In this series, I intend to explore the heartbeat of the hobby: local card shops. The sports card market is valued at over $20 billion, and that number is expected to skyrocket in the next decade. However, this resurgence would not have been possible if it weren’t for shops across the country.  These articles will take a look at them all—from the biggest stores in New York or LA to the Main Street spots in small towns. 

Today’s shop is one of the newest in the country.  Just Collect is one of the largest vintage trading card buyers in the world, and now they are opening their first flagship store in Millburn, New Jersey. And while this may be a brand new retail storefront, its owner has plenty of experience in the hobby.

Leighton Sheldon founded Just Collect in 2006 and has sold over $20 million in vintage sports cards since its inception. He’s bringing that same level of expertise to a physical location to create a place for dedicated collectors and hobbyists to rejoice.

Let’s take a second and dive into the experience you can look forward to at Just Collect!

What to expect?
Just Collect

On Sept. 30th, Just Collect will open its doors for the first time.  Here’s what Sheldon had to say about the event via press release: “Attendees will be able to view and purchase our wide variety of vintage sports cards and sealed wax boxes and packs (sports and non-sports) inventory that totals over $1 million. New York Knicks legend John Starks will also be at our grand opening from 7–8 p.m. for a meet and greet. In addition to retail sales at Just Collect, individuals are able to sell their collections and get appraisals, as well as visit our sister company Vintage Breaks creating the complete one-stop shop for vintage sports card enthusiasts!” The Millburn location opens its doors at 4 p.m., so it’s sure to be a fun Friday night activity for any collector in the area.

Just Collect emphasizes on the vintage trading card market, which has proved to be a valuable alternative asset. Names like Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, and Babe Ruth have become synonymous with Americana, and they can all be found at this new shop.  It’s a sports card museum, and each card tells a unique story. If you’re in the area, come check out another spot that will capture the magic of the hobby. 

Will you be checking out Just Collect? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter.

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Music

Meet Niko B, The Artist Behind a ‘FIFA 23’ Soundtrack Favorite

Niko B is a British artist with a knack for making amazing music. Niko B just landed a spot on the FIFA 23 soundtrack, alongside names like Jack Harlow, Nas, Denzel Curry, Slowthai, and Labrinth. He’s been growing rapidly across social media platforms and DSPs, globally.

Niko’s real name is Tom Austin; he took inspiration from GTA IV (Niko Bellic) to create his stage name. He initially started dropping music in 2020, beginning with his “Mary Berry” single drop on January 17th. In less than three years, the song has accumulated over 13 million streams on Spotify alone.

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Niko B followed up “Mary Berry” with yet another classic, “Who’s That What’s That.” If you thought 13 million streams was impressive, check this out: his second release is currently at 40 million streams on Spotify. Talk about stepping up to bat. It’s no easy feat to have your first song be a hit, and then follow it up with an even bigger one.

In the time since his first two debut singles, Niko has dropped even more quality tracks. Seven as of today, to be exact; three of which have official remixes featured on his Spotify.

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Niko B’s latest track, “Rips in Jeans” had quite an unusual debut. Before it was released on DSPs like Spotify and Apple Music, FIFA 23 users had an early chance to hear “Rips in Jeans” on the brand new game’s soundtrack. It’s perfectly indicative of where Niko B is at in his swift but storied evolution.

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Just like it wasn’t easy to follow up “Mary Berry” with “Who’s That What’s That?,” it surely was no walk in the park to outdo his “Love Island Freestyle.” Yet, time and time again, Niko B shows he can do just about anything. If you’re new to Niko B, here’s a chance to meet your new favorite artist.

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Style

Matt McCormick’s Clothing Brand is an Investigation of American Nostalgia

With Americana making a major comeback, Matt McMormick is a name you should know. A multimedia artist, McMormick is the founder of One of These Days, which features major themes of Western culture that regularly includes cowboy hats, boots, denim, and anything else you could possibly think of associated with the West. Rather than a strict celebration of this history, his new brand—like his previous art—simultaneously sentimentalizes and challenges our nostalgia for the American west.

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Who is Matt McCormick?

Matt has gained recognition and a major following over the past decade and a half for his vast array of multi-disciplinary art. In addition to being a prolific painter, McCormick is a filmmaker who has directed music videos for The Shins, Broken Bells, Sleater-Kinney, and more. A lot of his work investigates the degradation of contemporary culture, especially in relation to the American dream.

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One of These Days

Based in Los Angeles, One of These Days has already begun to capture major attention as an upcoming destination for not just clothing, but footwear, accessories, and miscellaneous apparel as well. McCormick himself has also started to receive national recognition and major features due to his innovative approach to design, creative thinking, and brand individuality through the various collections he’s released thus far.

Speaking of his collections, there’s a brand new one that just came out a few days ago that’s inspired by the culture of Upstate New York. Entitled Northern Sky, the new range is inspired by the landscape, culture, and art of New York’s Hudson Valley.

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This 52-piece collection, all of which were produced in limited numbers in Los Angeles, includes standout styles such as the Northern Sky Jacket, a classic British hunting jacket which is done-up in rugged American workwear materials, vintage inspired Trucker Jackets, and an assortment of new logo tees and sweats that feature imagery pulled from, and inspired by, McCormick’s visual art.

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Here’s what McCormick had to say about this new drop:

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“I’ve been fascinated by the creative cauldron that is Upstate New York ever since first visiting friends at Bard College in Tivoli, NY well over a decade ago. Having grown up in Northern California, there’s a lot of similarities between the areas. The lush green of the environment. The slower pace. The incredible music; we had The Grateful Dead, they had Bob Dylan and The Band recording at the Big Pink in Saugerties (which was my soundtrack through the entire design process).

But there’s also something unique about the Hudson Valley – a calmness that reverberates creative energy that doesn’t exist anywhere else. And that’s what I set out to capture with this collection. The imagery, the colors, the materials, the silhouettes – they all work together to transport the wearer, to immerse them in a very specific world.”

If you want to keep up with Matt, you can check out his Instagram. You can also check out the Northern Sky collection here.

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Sports

The 8 Best NBA Fantasy Sleepers You Can Draft Ahead of Next Season 

With the NBA season just mere weeks away and the preseason kicking off, you might have a fantasy basketball draft coming up and aren’t sure who to snag in the late rounds. Don’t fret, we’re here to help with all your fantasy basketball needs. We’ve talked about underrated players before, but ere is our list of the best NBA fantasy sleepers you might be able to get late in your draft. 

1.) Brandon Clarke
2021-22: 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 64% FG
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With the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr. due to a foot injury, Brandon Clarke will be tasked with manning the load at the power forward position for the Grizzlies. In just under 20 minutes per game last season Clarke was impressive, averaging 10 points and knocking down over 60% of his shots. Ja Morant will be leaning on Clarke heavily to begin the season and he is a solid selection, especially if you can draft Jaren Jackson Jr. towards the end of the draft. 

2.) Devin Vassell
2021-22: 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists
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There was not a single player in the 2020 NBA draft that shot the ball better from three as Devin Vassell did in college. In his two years at Florida State, Vassell put in 41.7% of his three point attempts, while taking nearly three a game. We haven’t seen that three-point savviness translate to the NBA, but with the departure of Dejounte Murray, expect Vassell to have an increased role. 

3.) Khris Middleton
2021-22: 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists
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Although Khris Middleton may be coming back from injury, he remains one of the most consistent scorers in the NBA. Middleton completed the rare feat of a 50/40/90 season. You may see Middleton drop in a lot of drafts because of that injury, but he should be back for the majority of the season. He remains one of the most consistent fantasy players and a solid selection for any team. 

4.) Isaiah Jackson
2021-22: 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks
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Isaiah Jackson is a second year forward from the University of Kentucky. In his rookie season last year he was able to see the floor in 36 games, starting in 15 of those. Jackson still remains a little raw, but it’s clear the Pacers see him as a possible future rotational player. Expect Jackson to get an increase in minutes this season as he attempts to carve out a role as a starter for the Pacers. 

5.) Kyle Kuzma
2021-22: 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists
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Kyle Kuzma has had a heavy spotlight on him since the day he entered the league, being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was able to avoid the reckoning of LeGM and stay on the Lakers for their 2020 bubble championship. Kuzma was exceptional last season, nearly putting in 20 points a game for the Wizards. Expect that production to increase or at the minimum be matched. 

6.) Anfernee Simons
2021-22: 17.3 points, 3.9 assists, 40.5 3pt%
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Last season guard Anfernee Simons carried the load for the Portland Trail Blazers with all-star Damian Lillard injured. Simons took full advantage of the opportunity, finishing out the season dropping 30-point games like it was nothing. Although his production will drop significantly from that last stretch, he still remains an integral part of the Blazers. Look for Simons to have a well-established role this year for the blazers. 

7.) Darius Bazley
2021-22: 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists
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When Darius Bazley was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, he was still extremely raw. Although it looked like looming #1 draft pick Chet Holmgren would replace the up-and-coming Bazley, with Holmgren injured the Thunder have a huge gap. They will lean on Bazley to fill that spot early in the season, and the Thunder will be in no rush to get Chet back and onto an NBA floor. 

8.) Tre Jones
2021-22: 6.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds
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The Spurs have quietly been developing the skills of guard Tre Jones since he joined the team in 2020. Greg Popovich made it very clear the Spurs are not contending for a championship, which means this is the time they find out who is going to be a Spur for the long-run and who is just there for rebuilding. There is a big hole at the Point Guard spot for the Spurs, and they will lean on Jones heavily to start the season. 

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Music

Introducing Midwxst and His Burgeoning Rap Career

Midwxst is a name that’s been going around a lot in the music world, and for good reason. The nineteen year-old is poised to be a star, and he is backed by the plethora of quality music and visuals he’s released.

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Since the start of the summer, Midwxst has experienced an impressive bout of traction, growing his Spotify monthly listeners by 750,000, gaining 150,000 TikTok followers, and 43,000 more on Instagram. That’s not normal, by any means. It’s hard enough to have that type of growth on one platform, but to have it across several? Now, that’s real growth. Don’t forget, Midwxst was born in 2003; he can’t even legally drink yet but he’s edging towards becoming a household name.

Midwxst’s top two Spotify songs, “Trying” and “LOCK IT UP” (with Whethan, Yeat, Matt Ox), have 17 million streams and 10 million streams respectively, which has greatly helped him grow to where he is right now.

At the start of September, Midwxst dropped a project, BACK IN ACTION 3.0, which followed up his two prior releases donning the same name. On 3.0, Midwxst featured two artists, BabyTron and tana; the latter has been on every edition of BACK IN ACTION, but under his former alias of Baby Santana.

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From the start of his career, curation has played a key role. From features for his songs to proper directors for his videos, he’s kept a very tight grip on who he works with. Take his “trying” video with Overcast, for example. They dropped it last year, at a relatively early stage of Midwxst’s career and it’s at 1.8 million views on YouTube.

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While Midwxst’s numbers are constantly changing (upwards), his focus on delivering quality releases to his dedicated following has never shifted once. By the look of the numbers, it seems Midwxst’s fans have occupied themselves with his entire catalog as they await new drops, and it comes as no surprise to those who’ve been fans from the start.