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“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” -Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant twitter: Messi. #saynomore
Kobe Bryant twitter: #Messi #MagisterialMessi
Kobe Bryant twitter: LEO genio
Kobe Bryant: I wear the number 10 Jersey for the USA National Team in honor of the greatest athlete I have ever seen, Messi.
Messi FB: It was incredible to get support from the great Kobe… Thanks brother for that tweet, counting the days to see you back on court!

Kris Wu: More young people wanting to get into the hip-hop scene is a good thing

On 2 May, the opening press conference of Chinese Hip-Hop talent show <The Rap of China> was held in Beijing. Three groups of celebrity producers, Kris Wu, Chang Chen-yue & MC HotDog, and Wilber Pan were in attendance.After the press conference, producer Kris Wu accepted the interview by iFeng’s reporter. 

During the interview, Kris Wu expressed his unique views and understanding towards hip-hop music. Kris Wu expressed that although he is the most junior amongst the three groups of producers, his good understanding of trap music is his outstanding point.


How would you define hip-hop?
Firstly, this spectrum is a little broad, kinda huge, because hip-hop isn’t just music, it’s a culture, like sports. It consists of many different forms, I guess it depends on each individual’s understanding. I feel that one major point that hip-hop wants to express is a certain attitude. Next is the method of expression, many people express themselves through rapping, but there are actually many other methods, like example other musical sub-genres, which are also included in hip hop. For example right now, what is currently in trend is EDM-based hip-hop, and right now there are more people who like trap hip-hop. These are all very different genres of music, so it’s a little hard to define hip-hop.

As you’ve just mentioned, these days more and more people are listening to trap music, and there are much fewer people who listen to 90s and old school music. What do you think of this?
I feel that this is inevitable, but what I’d like to say is, the [trend of] trap will pass too. This is something that I would really like to tell the contestants, because I believe that based on my personal experience, and including the current hip-hop scene in China, there are actually many contestants, perhaps 70%, 80% who have a better understanding of trap music, and who prefer trap music as well, which of course is inevitable because this is the current hottest trend. However there is a problem too, it’s that when you do something that is currently in trend, when this trend dies down, the same would happen to you too. So you would still have to know where your roots are. I’m not saying that you have to like old school music, but you have to have a listen. Like I’ve just mentioned, in the 1990s boombap music was extremely popular, so you have to understand the musical style of the golden era of hip-hop as well. And then not only that but also many different types of genres, like understanding jazz hip-hop too. It would be very beneficial to your development. So these are some of my views.

Right now there is an emergence of many Asian rappers like [Rich] Chigga on an international scale. Do you have any expectations towards the development of Asian hip-hop?
I feel that this is a good thing, for everyone to start liking hip-hop and think that it’s cool. There are many young people who want to enter this industry, although it has a small audience, because at times there would not be many opportunities available, for example these kind of programs did not exist in China before. It’s the first time that there’s such a program, and this is why I feel that this program is meaningful. I hoped that I would be able to participate because I feel that it is a very good platform to reach even more people who love music. However, this culture has a small audience, and in China there are definitely much, much more people who listen to ballads than hip-hop music, so in order to make hip-hop music more mainstream, we would need even more people.

So what are the kind of contestants that you wish to see the most on <The Rap of China>?
I hope to see contestants that are more all-rounded, because like I’ve just mentioned, there are many people who feel that hip-hop is just merely rapping, but this is actually not the case, as there are many forms of expression. Even now there are many more melody-based tunes, melodic rap, songs which sound like singing but are actually a sub-genre of hip-hop. More and more [of such songs are produced], for example a key representation of the genre is Drake, many would wonder if he is a singer or a rapper. So when I select contestants, I hope to see that they have the basic foundation of right pitch and other elements, and are able to carry a tune, sing the chorus and rap as well. These are the type of contestants which I hope to see, who have more varied abilities.

Right now Kendrick Lamer is very popular, and the MV for his new song <Be Humble> isn’t something that other musicians have tried before. What do you think of this?
I feel that he is incredibly talented. His ways have always been at the top of trends. I feel that those who like hip-hop can listen to his music more, because it would be really helpful.

Generally, rappers who like hip-hop music will freestyle or battle, so do you usually freestyle with friends in your personal time?
At times I would, it depends, if I have an opponent we would have a go.

We can see from Weibo that you really love playing basketball. What position do you usually play?
In the past I played the position of point guard, right now I play the position of center forward more often.

At the NBA Celebrity Game you mentioned that you love Kobe Bryant, right now it’s the first anniversary of his retirement, so how do you feel about it?
After his retirement, I kept up with NBA news less often.

Are you a loyal fan of his?
Yes, I feel that I’m missing something worth watching, so right now I don’t really watch finals, and I’m still a little sad.

translation: @wu_yi_fan

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Thank You Kobe for all the Memories, The Heart Attacks, The Adrenaline, Your Passion, and Your Hustle.
Growing Up watching You play with my Mom Yelling at the TV praying for the Win.
Growing up in Our House we didn’t have Much, but when the Laker Game came on we got a way to Escape from Reality.
Enjoy Your Retirement Champ.

Kris Wu on Kobe Bryant, Burberry, and Upping His Style Game

source: Vogue

Pop stars have an unquestionable influence on fashion, but only a select few have the impact of Kris Wu, the Chinese-Canadian pop idol whose every move is watched by legions of fans around the globe. Known for his adventurous taste in streetwear and uncanny ability to spark a trend, Wu has spent 2016 cementing his status as an international name to watch. From appearing on the runway for Burberry’s menswear show to playing on Drake’s team during the NBA All-Star Celebrity game, Wu has been seemingly everywhere of late—and he’s just been cast in the action film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. On the heels of the All-Star weekend in Toronto, we caught up with the affable star, who talked with us about his love of Kobe Bryant, how he keeps ahead of the fashion game, and why basketball remains his number one style influence.

When did you first become interested in fashion?
When I was in my teens, I spent all my energy playing basketball, and sportswear was the main focus in my closet. Afterward, I became selective about finding and wearing clothing that fit my style. That is what gradually grew my enthusiasm for fashion. My style is “Kris style.” I don’t think it is necessary to create it deliberately; I just let it form naturally. I keep looking for what suits me, experimenting and being bold about trying out what I like.

You’re very ahead of the curve; how do you feel about the “trendsetter” label?
I feel grateful. Everybody has his or her own style; anyone can be a trendsetter. I know there are many who imitate what I wear, and it makes me feel both happy and honored, because it is [a sign of] approval to me.

What was it like taking to the runway for the first time at Burberry?
To be given the opportunity was unexpected but thrilling. I love Burberry’s collections, so doing the show was very special.

You also played in your first NBA All-Star Celebrity game—how was that?
Super-cool! When I was 15, I dreamed that one day I could stand on the stage of the NBA, but physical reasons stopped me from becoming a professional basketball player. Being able to participate in the All-Star game and team up with Mr. [Tracy] McGrady made me feel like I was living a dream. I was a bit nervous in the game, but I did my best to score six points. Initially, I felt a bit disappointed about it, but on the other hand, it makes me even more driven to participate in the All-Star game again next year.

As a basketball fan, was there a part of the experience that was especially exciting for you?
Seeing Kobe, of course, because he is my all-time idol. This was his last All-Star game, which is extremely monumental! Being able to witness his performance on court is meaningful to all of Kobe’s fans. He is one of the NBA ’96 golden generation, and growing up, I remember watching him, so his retirement has made me feel that my youth has gone as well.

But there were so many great moments. Tracy McGrady was taking care of me like a brother, and we made a tacit team together. I used to play as center or forward, but in this game I played as guard, and he kept encouraging me to break through my own limits during the game. The Skills Challenge excited me as well. And the Slam Dunk Contest; [Zach] LaVine and [Aaron] Gordon were literally flying, and it was fascinating. Then I discussed several topics concerning charity with [former Houston Rockets player] Yao Ming. I felt very grateful to him for sharing his insight and experience with me. I chatted with David Shoemaker, CEO of NBA China; he is very kind, and I told him I would like to return next year. Of course, the most important thing for me was seeing Kobe.

What’s next for you?
I will be mainly focused on shooting The Return of Xander Cage, and then I will hopefully do more in music, fashion, basketball, and charity.