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The Best Kanye West Albums, Ranked

No matter which way you feel about him personally, you can’t help but agree with this unanimous statement – Kanye West is simply a beast behind the boards. 

When he steps into any studio, an amalgamation of incredible sounds will form under his watchful eyes and ears to create a soundscape like no other. The man is responsible for producing some of the greatest beats the world has ever laid witness to for the GOATs such as Jay-Z, Common, Brandy, and so much more. 

His beat-making mastery is legendary, but so is his lyrical deftness and strong ability to put together an unforgettable body of work on one album. Since 2004, Yeezy has dropped solo projects that have either stood the test of time or been relegated to a forgettable footnote in his storied career. This writer in particular has listened to all of Kanye’s LPs from front to back for an assignment that I’m sure will elicit some “passionate” responses. 

In my humble opinion, these are all of Kanye West’s albums ranked from worst to best.

9. ‘Jesus is King’

I commend Kanye for finding a newfound appreciation for non-secular music. He’s certainly been through a lot during his star-making run and has been stricken mentally by the ills that come with the price of fame. I was super excited to hear what he managed to cook up for this project that was focused on showing love to the heavens above.

Sadly, however, I came away largely unsatisfied with what this album has to offer. Jesus is King certainly puts forth a powerful and positive message, but the actual execution leaves a lot to be desired. “Every Hour” and “Follow God” are this album’s standout tracks, while everything else disappoints due to a mix of mediocre production and unimpressive wordplay. Even the cover for this album clues you into just how uninspired it ends up being. Let’s all hope Kanye comes correct the next time he decides to honor the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

8. ‘Ye’

Ye isn’t remembered too fondly and I can certainly understand why – at the time of this album’s release, Yeezy was given a lot of slack for its questionable lyrics. Plus the public perception of the man himself wasn’t exactly the most positive. Even with all that being said, I still enjoyed this shockingly short compilation of tracks. “Ghost Town,” “No Mistakes” and “Yikes” go extra hard, while “Wouldn’t Leave” and “Violent Crimes” both offer more soothing listens that impressed me way more than I originally thought they would.

“I Thought About Killing You” is a pretty dark verbal look into Kanye’s innermost struggles, but its overall message has a way of pulling me in for a full listen every time it comes on. Ye’s relatively short run time when compared to Kanye’s other full projects holds it back from being higher on this list, however.

7. ‘808s & Heartbreak’

808s & Heartbreak is one of those left-turn albums that completely caught me off guard when it dropped. Here I was expecting Good Ass Job and what I got instead was an R&B-centric compilation full of introspective cuts. And for the most part, I enjoy what’s on offer here. “Say You Will,” “Heartless,” “Amazing,” and “RoboCop” have and always will enrapture me every time I hear them.

This is one of those Kanye LPs that switched things up to a major degree and ended up succeeding in the end. I might not be the biggest fan of some of the other tracks on this album, but I’ll always commend Kanye for going in a completely different direction with 808s & Heartbreak. The fact that it influenced an entire generation of artists that came after him can’t be understated.

6. ‘Yeezus’

Yeezus is one of Kanye’s most braggadocious albums. And what makes that so is his choice of bars and the electronic music influences that can be heard over most of this project’s outlandish beats. When this album hits, it hits extra hard. “New Slaves,” “Blood on the Leaves, ” and “Black Skinhead” stands out as the most impactful tunes on this album.

That’s because the production backing those songs gives them that stadium status, which paints them as the types of tunes that would make a concert venue full of fans lose their collective minds. Yeezus certainly has a lot going for it thanks to the fact that it showcases a point in time where Kanye went all-in on hard-hitting electronic soundscapes. What keeps this one from being placed higher, you ask? “Hold My Liquor.” Yeah, never really enjoyed that track too much.

5. ‘The Life of Pablo’

I’ll never forget how convoluted the rollout for this album was. Kanye’s a perfectionist, so it wasn’t all that surprising to find out that he continued playing around with the mastering of its tracks even after release. When I finally got to listen to the final version of The Life of Pablo, I was thankful for Yeezy’s decision to make it sound as crisp as possible.

What’s so funny about this album to me is the fact that Kanye refers to it as a gospel album – it certainly comes off a lot better than Jesus is King, if you ask me (please don’t smite me for that comment, whoever’s up there.) This album’s high quality just can’t be denied – “Ultralight Beam, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” ”Waves,” and “Real Friends” are the best confirmations of that statement. I find myself going back to this album on the regular just so I can hear “I Love Kanye” and reminisce over all the commendable traits he reflects on all over that short yet still effective track. The Life of Pablo may run a bit long, but I enjoy most of my time spent with it.

4. ‘The College Dropout’

I can remember being one of those kids in high school that blasted “Slow Jamz” at annoyingly high volume levels for all my friends to hear during rides back home on the train. That single took over my world and still holds a special place in my heart. The same can be said for The College Dropout as a whole. This is a hell of a debut for Kanye that captured my imagination due to its incredible production and college student struggle bars (which I came to experience later on in life).

The College Dropout stuck to a central concept and reflected the best/worst parts of that experience from front to back. “All Falls Down,” “Spaceship,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Get Em High” are my favorite joints off this LP. And I even got a kick out of all the skits littered throughout this super-strong debut album. This was a hell of a sendoff for Roc-A-Fella’s storied run on top.

3. ‘Late Registration’

It’s something about the cover for Late Registration that hits me right in the soul every time I see it. The instantly recognizable bear mascot that accompanied Kanye’s first three releases comes through those college doors and looks deathly afraid of whatever’s coming next. Thankfully, what follows is an album that shows Kanye leveling up on his production and lyrical dexterity.

Another aspect of this album that really sticks with me is its features – Kanye rubbed shoulders with legends such as Jay-Z, Nas, Cam’ron, Lupe Fiasco, and even Maroon 5’s Adam Levine for this amazing follow-up to The College Dropout. “Heard ‘Em Say,” “Touch the Sky,” “Gold Digger,” and “Drive Slow” are some of Kanye’s greatest songs. And thankfully, those and a whole bunch of his other top-tier tunes are strewn all over this album. Late Registration is well-deserving of its classic Kanye album classification.

2. ‘Graduation’

From the very first chords that kick off “Good Morning” right up until the heartfelt dedication to Jay-Z that is “Big Brother,” Graduation excels as a championship victory that solidifies Kanye’s placing among the GOATs. Every song on this album has a purpose that was greatly fulfilled – “Champion,” “Everything I Am,” ”Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” and “Flashing Lights” are the types of tracks that could get a deeply introspective thesis paper dedicated to them.

Kanye was definitely at the height of his career for this album and easily thrashed 50 Cent during their album release rivalry. Even “Drunk and Hot Girls” has a bit of merit to it (which I still recognize as one of Graduation’s weakest tracks). The great stuff that’s on tap here still slaps and the art that comes with this album’s cover is God-tier. Graduation is simply amazing.

1. ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

“Dark Fantasy.” “Gorgeous.” “Power.” “So Appalled.” Those four tracks alone would already guarantee this album’s legendary status. But My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has a collection of other tracks that push it to the top as Kanye’s greatest album of all time. The beats that are heard here are next level – Kanye, No I.D., and even RZA constructed the types of productions that hit you right in your soul.

Besides this album’s prodigious array of beats, it also features some of the best hip-hop/R&B posse cuts I’ve ever heard. “Monster,” “All of the Lights, and “See Me Now” brings together some of music’s biggest artists for audio celebrations. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy easily takes the top spot as Kanye’s magnum opus. Now lemme head off to watch those super dope visuals for “Runaway” real quick…

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2020 Hip Hop Albums: Your Guide to The Most Hyped Releases

2020 is shaping up to be a massive year for hip hop. With projects from Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Wayne already in the bank, and albums from Playboi Carti, Future, Kid Cudi (and tons more) still on the horizon, rap fans have a lot on their plates for 2020. We compiled a list of the most hyped releases of the year—including those still TBD—so you don’t have to. Check it out below. 

What dropped so far:
January: ‘Funeral’ – Lil Wayne

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Coming off his wildly successful 2018 Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne’s next project (and thirteenth studio album) was bound for greatness. And, despite mixed reviews (mixed to positive), Funeral lives up to the hype. 

The Hollygrove rapper traditionally uses Tha Carter series titles for his most prepared, focused albums, while other projects have been arenas for experimentation and lower pressure releases. Many of the reviews of Funeral have emphasized its pseudo-mixtape sound. Rather than acting as a totally cohesive project, Wayne put together a more disparate 24 song album featuring a slew of different sounds and styles. As with many of Wayne’s projects, this album finds its footing most clearly in the moments when he dives into the more technical aspects of his lyricism. As with all of Wayne’s projects, the album is certainly worth a listen. Whether or not it lived up to the hype is up to you.

January: ‘Untrapped’ – Yo Gotti

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Yo Gotti’s tenth studio album debuted at the end of January (on the same day as Funeral) and was immediately met with positive reviews. Untrapped chronicles the Memphis rapper’s mentality and commitment to the hustle, all delivered over a wide array of beats, from soulful sleepers to up-beat dance hits. And although Gotti’s enough on his own, the project includes features from a swath of superstars including Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, a Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more.

February: ‘My Turn’ – Lil Baby

Release Date: February 28, 2020

My Turn dropped at the end of February and quickly became Lil Baby’s first Billboard number one album. Although the excessive length of the rapper’s sophomore studio album received some criticism, the project features some of Baby’s hottest tracks yet. With features from the likes of Gunna, Future, Lil Wayne and Young Thug, My Turn is a welcome addition to Lil Baby’s quickly burgeoning discography. 

March: ‘Eternal Atake’ – Lil Uzi Vert

Release Date: March 6, 2020

I don’t need to tell y’all about Eternal Atake. Widely considered to be the most hyped release of the year, Lil Uzi Vert’s second studio album was a monumental milestone in the Philly rapper’s career. Since the release of the album’s lead single, “Futsal Shuffle 2020” back in December 2019, fans have been clamoring for more futuristic sounds from Uzi Vert. This album was unbelievably hyped, and somehow, against all odds, has lived up to the massive expectations set by the rapper’s record and persona. 

Critics almost unanimously agree that this is Uzi Vert’s best project yet, and the reverberations of the album’s futuristic sound are already seeping into hip hop globally. I don’t need to tell you more about this one, just go listen for yourself.

March: ‘Suga’ – Megan Thee Stallion,

Release Date: March 6, 2020

This project isn’t technically an album (it’s an EP), but the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper has actually never released a true studio album. Her 2019 project Fever was a mixtape, and her other projects have all been extended plays. Despite its meager 24 minute runtime, Suga includes plenty of hits (like “Savage”) and certainly gives Megan fans something to chew on while we continue to await her first-ever true studio album.

March: ‘3.15.20’ – Childish Gambino

Release Date: March 15, 2020

3.15.20 is Donald Glover’s (AKA Childish Gambino’s) first musical release since his game-changing single “This Is America” debuted in 2018 (although it is not featured on the album). The prolific singer/writer/rapper/comedian’s follow up to his critically acclaimed 2016 album Awaken, My Love! was surprise-released on on March 15th before becoming widely available on March 22nd under the title, 3.15.2020. 

The album (and its associated visuals) emphasize minimalism. With no identifiable cover art, album title or song titles, the project’s release was certainly unorthodox. It’s a complicated, weaving opus that unfolds over the course of the album’s 58-minute runtime. The album was met with widespread acclaim, but you’ll have to listen for yourself to determine your take.


Release Date: March 27, 2020

PartyNextDoor, who rose to fame as the first artist signed to Drake’s OVO label in 2013, released his third studio album PARTYMOBILE at the end of March. With features from Drake himself, Rihanna and Bad Bunny, the album is jam-packed with bangers reminiscent of some of the singer’s biggest hits of all from projects like PARTYNEXTDOOR and PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO. Although the album drags at times, if you loved the Canadian singer’s earlier work, there are certainly tracks you’ll love on PARTYMOBILE.

April: ‘Pray for Paris’ – Westside Gunn

Release Date: April 17, 2020

This album is fire. There’s very little else to say. Featuring verses from stars like Joey Badass, Freddie Gibbs and Tyler, the Creator, this project gets better upon every listen. With Gunn’s trademark raspy flows overlaid on a series of soulful, leaned back beats, this album is shaping up to be one of the best of the year. The Buffalo rapper is still expected to release a project with Madlib at some point later this year, but we have something truly incredible to focus on while we wait.

April: ‘BLAME IT ON BABY’ – DaBaby

Release Date: April 17, 2020

The third studio album from Charlotte, NC rapper DaBaby dropped on April 17. With a short 33 minute runtime and features from the likes of Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and Megan Thee Stallion, the project delivers a lot of what fans have come to expect from DaBaby. Although the album was critiqued a bit for its similarity to previous DaBaby projects, there are certainly a multitude of tracks on there for fans to get into. 

May: ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ – Drake

Release Date: May 1, 2020

With the release of Dark Lane Demo Tapes on May 1st, Drake gave his fans something to tide them over until the release of his still-awaited sixth studio album, set to release this summer. The mixtape, which includes features from the likes of Young Thug, Future and Playboi Carti, is a departure from some of the Toronto rapper’s previous albums. It’s less of an entirely cohesive project, with more influence from the UK and Brooklyn drill scenes than any of his previous work. Nonetheless, it’s a super interesting project, and definitely worth listening to—especially for those who have longed for Drake to venture into uncharted territory. If one thing is for sure, we’re excited for his upcoming studio album. 

May: ‘High Off Life’ – Future

Release Date: May 15, 2020

When “Life is Good” featuring Drake released back in January, it was initially thought to be the lead single off of a joint mixtape between the two rappers. However, Future later confirmed that the song would actually be the title track off of his upcoming 8th studio album. The title was changed from Life is Good to High Off Life, and the project was released on May 15th. In an interview with XXL from before the album’s release, Future revealed, “It’s about life and being good and just enjoying life. So many tragedies and catastrophes and everything is going on in the world. And you want to enjoy life, as long as you have it. Waking up, breathing, well, you want to be able to soak it all up and be appreciative of every moment on this earth, every moment that you’re living.” With features from Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott and more, the album is absolutely worth a listen for anyone into hip hop in 2020. 

What we’re most excited for:

There are an unbelievable number of anticipated projects coming out throughout the rest of 2020. From Cardi B to Frank Ocean, we compiled a list of the rumored releases below. Although a lot of these albums don’t yet have a release date (or title for that matter), we’re remaining hopeful that we’ll have a ton to listen to for the rest of 2020. See the full list of coming releases below:

Drake, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Drake already dropped ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes,’ but claims there’s still another project on the way. It’s rumored to release this summer, but there’s still no specific release date or title available. Based on the bangers off of ‘DLDT’ and his long record of hit-heavy studio albums, it’s safe to say we’re in for something pretty great from the Toronto superstar. 

J Cole, The Fall Off

Release Date: TBD

J. Cole’s sixth studio album has been long-awaited, and although there’s no release date yet, the project is titled The Fall Off. It’s rumored to release in 2020 and will be the rapper’s first release since his 2018 project KOD

Kid Cudi, Entergalactic

Release Date: TBD

Since Cudi’s 2018 release of the joint critically acclaimed project KIDS SEE GHOSTS with Kanye West, the Man on the Moon rapper/singer has been quiet. But hopefully, we’ll be getting something big from the king before the year ends. 

Kanye West, Jesus is King 2

Release Date: TBD

Of course, we have to take all release announcements from Kanye with a grain of salt. Jesus is King 2 was originally rumored to come out immediately following the original Jesus is King, but it now looks like it’ll come out sometime in 2020. There still aren’t a lot of details surrounding the elusive project, but it seems it will probably follow in the footsteps of West’s previous album, emphasizing the rapper’s spirituality through a gospel-inspired sound. 

Frank Ocean, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Let’s just say we’ve been hurt before by a rumored Frank Ocean release (Blonde’s release got pushed back too many times to count). With any luck though, the king of contemporary R&B will deliver us a project sometime before the dawn of 2021. Fingers crossed. 

Rihanna, R9

Release Date: TBD

There’s obviously not a lot to say about this one. When Rihanna drops an album, it’s a hit. There’s no way around it. The singer has been focused on her humanitarian efforts as of late though, so the release may be pushed back. All we can do is hope. 

Westside Gunn and Madlib, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Westside Gunn is a ONE37pm favorite, and when you pair him with arguably the greatest hip hop producer of the 21st century, well then you’ve got yourself a hyped album. Gunn confirmed this collab on his IG back in December 2019, but there are still very few details floating around. We can’t wait to see what they cook up. 

Everything else set to release:

Cardi B, TBD 

Release Date: TBD

Migos, Culture III

Release Date: TBD

Young Thug, Punk

Release Date: TBD

Playboi Carti, Whole Lotta Red

Release Date: TBD

Kendrick Lamar, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Meek Mill, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Pusha T, TBD

Release Date: TBD

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Artist 2.0

Release Date: TBD

Lil Yachty, Lil Boat 3

Release Date: TBD

JuiceWrld, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 4

Release Date: TBD

Noname, Factory Baby

Release Date: TBD

Tierra Whack, TBD

Release Date: TBD


Release Date: TBD

The Weeknd, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Rico Nasty, Nightmare Vacation

Release Date: TBD

Black Star, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Ski Mask The Slump God, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Big Sean, TBD

Release Date: TBD

DJ Khaled, TBD

Release Date: TBD

Vince Staples, TBD

Release Date: TBD

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Kanye West’s New Clog Is Made of Algae and Everything Else You Missed This Week

You’ve waited all week, and now your patience has finally paid off. That’s right hype hogs, Ryan Haney and Michael Saintil are back again with another episode of Hype Corral, the show where we round up everything you scrolled past in your feed this past week. On this episode, the hosts go rapid-fire, taking on everything from Instagram to snow crabs.

Instagram recently announced it will be eliminating likes, which have long been a key element of social media clout-building. The change will alter how people use the platform, and Haney and Saintil have some thoughts on how their personal accounts will evolve. Moodboards, anyone?

It wouldn’t be an episode of Hype Corral if the hosts didn’t talk cartoon clothing collabs. This week, the duo discusses the upcoming Disney x Kith collection. Despite his hesitancy around adults wearing gear featuring everyone’s favorite mouse, Haney lets the fans know: “I fuck with Fantasia Mickey for sure.” 

Finally, the hosts turn to the sea. They discuss a snow crab that recently sold in Japan for a whopping $46,000. In less culinary news, Haney and Saintil share their takes on Kanye’s recently announced Yeezy clog, which is partially made of algae. Although snow crabs and Yeezy clogs have their differences, they’re ultimately both from the sea and, of course, both hype.

If you want to watch even more Hype Corral, make sure to check out last week’s episode, where the hosts talked Kanye’s new album and much more. 


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Kanye Debuted at No. 1 and Everything Else You Missed This Week

Thin Lizzy said it best: “The boys are back in town.” And this week on Hype Corral, Ryan Haney and Michael Saintil cover an array of hype news. From the Rock’s new tequila to the return of McDonald’s Happy Meal toy, there’s a lot to talk about.

The hosts go rapid-fire this week, taking on all the most important hype news so fast it’ll make your head spin. You can’t talk hype news without mentioning Kanye West. So in typical Hype Corral fashion, Haney and Saintil weigh in on West’s promise to release a follow-up to Jesus Is King later this year, titled Jesus Is Born

In other news of the week, the hypest brand of them all, Supreme, announced the release of their new collaboration with Nike. Costing a whopping $500, these kicks are Nike and Supreme’s most expensive collab yet, but are they worth the price tag?

There’s a lot to discuss this week for the nostalgic hype hogs who love cartoons. Between Todd Snyder’s upcoming Looney Tunes x Champion collab and the impending re-release of the Happy Meal, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Haney and Saintil discuss their favorite pieces from the new Tunes collection, and their most-anticipated Happy Meal toys. 

And as always, if you want even more hype-coverage, make sure to check out the last episode of Hype Corral, where the hype hosts took on the most awaited films of 2019. 

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The Kanye-Approved Sneaker That Sold Its Stripes to Adidas

When scrolling through Instagram, it feels like every influencer, celebrity and all of your friends are wearing the same sneakers. While it’s fun to get your hands on anticipated sneaker drops, diversifying your collection can help elevate your taste, outfits and street cred. 

The revitalization of the chunky “dad-shoe” has given momentum to brands that once might not have received the same attention. There’s one brand in particular that has been around for over 100 years and is the best brand you might not know. Yet.

Karhu, which translates to bear in Finnish, has been at the forefront of sneaker technology and culture for the past century. Started in 1916 in Finland, Karhu was worn by gold medalists in multiple Olympics, including 15 gold medal winners in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Then, Karhu sold its “three stripes” trademark. In 1970, Karhu revolutionized sneakers by developing the first patented “air cushion” midsole system, later replicated by every major sneaker company. 

Recently, celebrities like Shia LaBeouf and even Kanye West have been spotted wearing the brand. The brand’s signatures include mixing colors and ensuring that every shoe comes in a unisex run for broad appeal.

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Shia LaBeouf and FKA Twigs on the Seine.
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We’ve compiled a list of some of the best colorways and silhouettes from Karhu to amplify your rotation.
1. Karhu Synchron Classic “Cross-Country Ski Pack” in Night Sky/Monument

What Karhu says:

The category of shoes known as the Synchron made their debut in the 1980s. The research and design team wanted to provide a better-fitting upper and created this innovative lacing system for added comfort and durability. 

Why we love it: 

The Synchron Classic is not only a staple within the brand, but it is also one of the most eye-catching models from Karhu. The array of colors complemented by the silhouette’s color blocking pattern makes this pair a must-have, whatever the season.

Karhu, $135
2. Karhu Aria 95 in Opal Gray/Liberty

What Karhu says:

The Aria 95 featured technological innovations in the running footwear sector: an internal carbon fiber fulcrum in the midsole for a smooth transition, and a single tongue upper construction for added comfort.

Why we love it:

The upper’s construction is designed to hug your feet for a snug and comfortable experience. In addition, the back heel tab features a ventilated system to keep you feeling light and fresh. The multicolored outsole goes so well with the upper, so this pair is a fun way to introduce color into your wardrobe.

Karhu, $130
3. Karhu ChampionAir “Gelato Pack” in Fiery Red/Bright White

What Karhu says:

Back in 1977, the Karhu ChampionAir made its debut and stayed as a fixed value until 1984. Forty years later, Karhu brings back the international hit that sold over 1,000,000 pairs globally. 

Why we love it:

The ChampionAir features Karhu’s air technology that makes the shoe so comfortable. The extended tongue, in combination with the premium suede across the upper, gives the shoe an elevated look. The traction system on the sneaker is aggressive enough to be comfortable yet intricate. 

Karhu, $98
4. Karhu Fusion 2.0 in Bright White/Jet Black

What Karhu says:

The Fusion 2.0 is a salute to the original Karhu Fusion model from 1996, the top running shoe in the collection at that time. 

Why we love it:

The Fusion 2.0 is loved by so many, including LeBeouf and West, and rightfully so. The epitome of a “dad-shoe,” this silhouette is great. It combines a mesh upper found on the toe-box and side panel, suede and hints of reflective 3M materials. The platform-like midsole and multicolored outsole fairs well with its subtle hues.

Karhu, $140
5. Karhu Albatross 82 in Deep Navy/White

What Karhu says:

Back in the 1970s, Karhu invented the first air-cushion construction in the world. It stirred attention and was copied by many prominent shoe companies. Albatross was one of the most iconic air cushion shoes.

Why we love it:

This lightweight runner is an excellent low-top for anyone to have in their rotation. The color combination of different shades of blue is approachable, and the shoe’s history is an entry point into the Karhu brand. Not to mention, having the bear on the “M” logo is a fun little detail that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Karhu, $88
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4 Reader-Nominated Celebs Whose Style Y’all Want to Steal

Do you ever start to get dressed in the morning and think, What would Jeff Goldblum do? Jeff Cole, a baller digital artist (for real, check out his art here) and follower of ONE37pm just might ask himself that very question.

“Growing up, Jurassic Park was my favorite movie. So I have an unfair bias toward Jeff Goldblum,” said Cole in an email to ONE37pm. “But his character had so much swagger and confidence for being a mathematician. His current style influences me to dress more youthfully as I get older and to embrace nostalgia.”

Here are four reader-nominated celebrities whose wardrobes you would 100 percent steal if given the chance.

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Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is a unicorn of men’s style. He is a treasure to be greatly appreciated before his gentle kind goes extinct. Goldblum was nominated by Jeff Cole, and I fully condone this message. Goldblum’s diverse fits range from eye-catching but comfortable street style to elevated red-carpet looks. He pairs bright colors with patterns in a way that is daring but tasteful. We can all take a page from Goldblum’s book of style.

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David Beckham

Former professional soccer player David Beckham deserves to be on this list of celebrity men’s style for his pristine haircut alone. How is there never a single hair out of place on his head? Beckham is the king of polished fits. He’s a millennial’s James Bond, pairing suits and blazers with a neck full of tats. @iishaan.sharma sent in this baller nomination.

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Kanye West

I hope you enjoy these images of Kanye West smiling as much as I do. A purveyor of clout, West can be moderately accredited with making casual clothes commonplace. Remember how we told you that you could buy Kanye’s Met Gala jacket for $40? The man is a master of high/low dressing—choosing expensive items that look cheap and making inexpensive items look right at home on the world’s most anticipated red carpet. We see you, Kanye. So does Matt Bruce, because he nominated you.

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Shia LeBeouf

Gone are the days of Even Stevens. We are living in an era of Shia LeBeouf becoming a downright style star. From crisp and unexpected red-carpet looks to total chill-guy street-style wares, LeBeouf has officially graduated from the Disney Channel. I particularly love his lavender cutoffs paired with a Patagonia fleece. So classic. Brad Wing at @bradwing9 agrees with me and nominated this former child star.

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You Can Buy Kanye West’s Met Gala Jacket for $40

Every year, the first Monday of May is perpetually marked on the calendar of celebrities. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition is unveiled yearly on that day and the world’s most notable figures parade up the steps of New York’s Upper East Side museum to celebrate. 

This year’s theme was “Camp,” a notion closely tied with Susan Sontag’s essay, Notes on Camporiginally published in 1964. While her definitions call for “seeing everything in quotation marks,” a ONE37pm style favorite, Kanye West, took an alternative approach. 

While some rappers wore sneakers and extravagant fits, West rolled up to the pink carpet wearing a demure ensemble, rebellious in its subtlety and casualness. Much like this personal clothing line, his outfit had an air of nonchalance and streetwear attitude; The same attitude that West has made a clothing empire out of with his brand, Yeezy

Kanye West In Dickies Jacket at 2019 The Met Gala
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The crowning jewel of his subversive look is a Dickies jacket, retailing for $40 at Target. Called the Dickies Men’s Twill Insulated Eisenhower, it is made of simple polyester and cotton. Standing next to his wife, Kim Kardashian, legitimately dripping, West is subtle in his portrayal of “Camp.”

Dickies Men’s Twill Insulated Eisenhower Jacket

In 2016, West wore Fear of God ripped jeans to walk the carpet, causing a similar stir. When an event’s dress code specifically calls for black tie, this constant breaking of the rules falls squarely into Sontag’s definitions of “Camp.” “The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious,” she says in her essay. 

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Kanye West In Fear of God Jeans at the 2016 Met Gala
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In defense of West’s understated look, he genuinely captures the ideals of “Camp” in his own way. “Camp” is meant to feel authentic. The minute it feels forced, it’s no longer genuine. 

Oscar Wilde wrote, “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art,” in his book called Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young. It is apparent that West considers himself a sculpture, so he chose to adorn himself in a simple Dickies black “suit.” 

Honestly, he owned “Camp” and that red carpet. Sometimes silence is the loudest sound. 

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