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It’s NBA All-Star Week. Thank the maker.

Dunks will be slammed. 3 pointers will be drained. Defense will not be played. Defense, with the exception of the occasional 90’s boo-yah block, has never been a thing on All-Star weekend. It may hypothetically win championships but it doesn’t get ratings. Out of all the changes and new concepts introduced to the game, the stop-the-drive-defensive-fundamentals-challenge is not one of them. This year, the NBA played to its strength (bankable star power), scrapped the East vs. West format, and went with Team LeBron James vs. Team Steph Curry. Brilliant pandering. Fans voted for the captains, captains Bron Bron and Steph picked their teams like it was recess kickball, and the kids got to have their cake and eat it. No one was shocked. The NBA knows that it’s 100% a super-star driven league. More so than the NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS, hoops culture has always applauded their…

SMOKEPURPP Is Wanderset AF.

Meet one of the hottest emerging stars in the country. Surrounded by semi-automatics, pills, cohorts with neon colored dreads, lean in his fanta, Audis, and millions of plays and hits on his records that radio would never in a million years spin. He doesn’t give a fuck. This is SmokePurpp. The 19-year-old Miami rapper started gaining serious traction in the summer of 2016, when he dropped two videos, “WOKHARDT” and “Ski Mask” within a month of each other. Booming production and a garbled delivery, half mumble rap and half aggro bark, lo-fi indie mixing contrasted by a love of upmarket urban luxe fashion gave way to increased attention. The recent emergence of that South Florida Soundcloud trap scene hasn’t hurt either. SpaceGhostPurpp, Denzel Curry, Kodak Black, Pouya and XXXTENTACION are all links in the same chain that was first forged by Trick Daddy, elongated by Rick Ross, and polished to…

20 Brands You Need To Know On Wanderset

If you’re really entrenched in the section of culture where streetwear, luxury, and progressive, creative design exist, then you may know some of these brands. If you’re not – don’t stress. We’ve got your education below. We’ve selected only 20 of our over 100 brands, ones that we felt were still emerging, niche, or unique, that few places, physically or digitally, actually carry.  We showcased them in alphabetical order for a smooth read, and seek to introduce and elevate our readers. When we started, we didn’t want to re-do what so many other great fashion hubs already did. We wanted to Wander and bring back what we found on our adventures. With that said, Wanderset is dedicated to connecting all sections of convergence culture, and we champion the artisans and innovators. All the lines selected have expertly crafted narratives, use premium materials and don’t believe in dumbing it down. Neither…