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8 Timberland collabs to help you survive the brick weather

From working-class origins to becoming fashion essentials, the Timberland 6-inch boot has thrived over the years (especially in NYC where they are the most revered).

What started in 1976 as a piece for blue-collar workers has become a fashion statement. Even fashion icons like Kanye West and Rihanna would agree that the Timberland boots are a must.

But, how did a work-centric garment became such a stylish piece?

During the ’80s the Timberland boots began to slowly emerge in the fashion industry. Italian boutiques stocking the American worker boots and the rest of the European markets quickly followed. But then in the ’90s sales skyrocketed and the reason was because of hip-hop.

Naturally, Timberland boots became a fashion staple, with rappers like Jay-Z, Nas, and Tupac rocking them. Now rappers like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar are carrying on the tradition.

But to remain relevant in today’s fashion climate, there is one thing that has been keeping the brand fresh: collaborations. Here are some of the best Timbs to help you during those brick winter months.

SUPREME x Timberland

It is not the first time that Supreme has collaborated with Timberland boots.

On a number of occasions, the Supreme-ified versions of beloved Timberland boots have found new ways to break ground.

Following Supreme’s massive 2 billion dollar deal, the legendary brands reworked the versions of the beloved waterproof 6-inch boot.

The Supreme x Timberland collaboration dropped on Supreme’s website on November 12.

With unique colorways, a timberland logo at the heel, and big Supreme logo text on the other side. It is made from premium Nubuck upper reinforced by a rugged triple stitching seam-sealed construction.

Desus & Mero

The late-night kings, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero also created their own version of the Timberland boots earlier this month.

Desus and Mero have become highly celebrated media personalities in recent years. After gaining popularity for their Bodega Boys podcast, they took their to TV. Their late-night show Desus and Mero was nominated for Besta Talk Show by the Critics Choice Awards.

But most importantly, they are from New York (the Bronx to be exact) where Timbs are part of the daily uniform.

Their collaboration with the Timberland boots took a spin-off of the boot’s traditional aesthetic. They deliver two different looks, both using graffiti-like graphics on the side of the boots.

Chinatown Market

Streetwear brand Chinatown Market, known best for its many diverse collaborations, has also teamed up with Timberland.

This time, however, they created an unconventional product. Instead of using the traditional Timberland waterproof 6-inch boot, Timberland X Chinatown market remodeled the 3-eye heavy lug boat shoe.

Inspired by nature, the brands presented a hand-sewn collaboration. The leathers are inspired by the powerful animals of the savannah.


As if it wasn’t already clear that Timberland boots are of the highest quality to face the elements, the high-performance product brand, GORE-TEX, also collaborated with them to take it to the next level.

Like many other collaborations, they remodeled the Timberland waterproof 6-inch boot in their own way, implementing their technologies to make it even more suitable for extreme weather.

The boot is now even more fitted for hiking in the snow and other extreme weather activities. Not to mention that they can still be used comfortably as the traditional ones.

These boots also bear the GORE-TEX logo on the side, have a fine colored rubber line right above the sole, and are presented in different dark colors such as black, dark green, and navy blue.


The NBA has already conquered the world of sneakers, so of course, they had to collaborate with Timberland to start taking over the boot game too.

These boots come in different styles showcasing all 30 NBA teams in different parts of the boot.

This collab has been going on for years now but they are also coming out with new colorways and designs.

On some occasions that brands have even gone as far as to represent specific teams using their colors and their logos.


Although it’s not an official collaboration, PHNTHM is an artist who left his mark in the Timberland world.

One of PHNTM’s latest masterpieces is the waterproof 6-inch Timberland boots. Like with all of this design, he covers the original yellow Timberland boots with colors and freestyle designs. Delivering a one-of-a-kind pair of classic Timberland boots, found on Etsy.

Spongbob Squarepants

Enough about all of these other brands!

Timberland boots are so creatively universal that even Spongebob Squarepants has dropped a collaboration with it.

The Dodger blue-colored Timberland boot first released in September 2019 as a limited edition product. The resale price has gone up to $400 since.

The list goes on and on

From Stussy to Jimmy Choo, Timberland has collaborated with all types of brands.

In 2015 Timberland collaborated with Men’s Bee Line; offering a sophisticated look to the classic, yellow 6-inch boot. The sole of the shoe changed and offered different earthy colors such as navy, blue, and green.

In 2017 they also collaborated with Virgil Abloh’s brand, Off-White. The shoe was covered in velvet cloth with the iconic Off-White tag.

From starting out as work boots to becoming a part of the hip-hop lifestyle, Timberlands are not going anywhere, anytime soon. It’s a timeless piece of fashion and collaborations like these only breathe new life into the brand.

The legend of Taxstone: How he became the voice of NYC hip-hop

As the self-proclaimed bad guy of media, Daryl “Taxstone” Campbell’s rise to prominence within the culture is legendary, and although he’s currently incarcerated in connection to a 2017 shooting, he’s still very much out here.

In a time before podcasts really started poppin’ off, he was starting his own wave and back when Twitter was like the wild west, he was one of the realest voices coming out of NY.

And before he became one of the most respected interviewers in the game with his Tax Season podcast, he was just a regular dude from East New York who loved hip-hop.


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The name Tax comes from an ice cream truck driver from his childhood, who gave him that name after consistently taxing the kids at the truck. Stone is an acronym for Striving To Overcome Negative Energy, coming from a previous endeavor of his.

Before being formally known as a personality, Tax had a strong Twitter presence. Taxes’ twitter was a place where he would promote new music, drop some gems, and give his unfiltered opinions. One of Taxstone’s first media appearances came on The Brilliant Idiots podcast.

On this episode Tax made a name for himself by, dropping gems throughout the episode, displaying his real storytelling ability and his extensive knowledge of the culture that is hip-hop. After being on Brilliant Idiots, Taxstone began to make appearances on Charlamagne Tha God’s Uncommon Sense, in which he was a recurring guest.

This all led to Taxstone becoming the host of the very popular Tax Season podcast, a podcast that has amassed more than 100,000 regular listeners over 80 episodes!

Dubbed ‘the internet’s most dangerous podcast’ by the Village Voice, Tax Season brought you an unfiltered view of the Brooklyn streets as only Taxstone knows them.

Loud Speakers Network launched Tax Season in March 2015 with a debut episode in which Tax interviews his friend Diamond D, a model, and former Rikers corrections officer — about jail sex and high school brawls at McDonald’s.

Tax Season Podcast had some of the cultures most legendary moments of recent. One, in particular, being the Beanie Sigel interview.

Beans came on Tax Season after being sucker punched by one of the Dreamchaser’s in Philadelphia, shortly after siding with Meek in him and The Game’s beef. On this episode, Beans set the record straight regarding his relationship with Meek, street ethics, and his role in The Game and Meek feud.

“After the Beans interview, I got many calls saying that interview was so great because I shut the fuck up and let Beans go.”

Another memorable moment from Tax Season was the Joe Budden interview, or lack thereof. Joe’s Tax Season appearance was cut short after Tax kicked him off because he felt he was not there to give him a real interview.

Even before the success of Tax Season and Taxstone the personality, Tax always used his platform to promote new music from up and coming Brooklyn artist. One song in which Taxstone promoted early was Bobby Shmurda’s Hot Nigga.

“I knew Bobby’s Uncle, he was really selling crack since the 5th grade.”

Another artist in which Tax played an integral part in their rise to stardom was Desiigner. Taxstone says he heard Desiigner’s hit Panda, fucked with it, took a liking to him, and then began pushing him hard on all of his social media platforms. From this Pusha T and G.O.O.D Music got wind of him and signed Desiigner.

Taxstone’s presence and prominence within the culture quickly caught the eye of Brooklyn OG Memphis Bleek. From Bleek to the big homie, Jay Z them made the call that he wanted to meet Tax.

In December 2015 Tax met with Jay, Tax says he and Hov met and spoke for about three hours about Brooklyn and hip hop. Through his relationship with Memphis Bleek, Manelo Rose an artist in which Tax managed was signed to Roc Nation through Bleek’s new record label, Warehouse Music.

“Without Taxstone, a lot of things probably wouldn’t have happened for myself… Taxstone kinda put it in hyperdrive for me. I owe a great deal to the man.”

Another rapper who came up under Tax was Casanova. The Brooklyn native caught the eye of mainstream radio with his hit single ‘Don’t Run’. Tax and Casanova’s relationship dates back to when they were both solitary confinement and they’d talk shit to one another.

Upon both their releases & Tax’ rise to stardom, Cas would pose as Tax’ security at different events. Cas credits Tax as one of the reasons as to why he didn’t wanna be in the streets any longer.

“Tax always used to tell me ‘Cas you gotta stop going to these mixy places, stop being around these mixy people… If nobody trying better you, stay away from them.’”

Casanova, now also signed to Warehouse Music, named his debut mixtape ‘Be Safe Tho’ in honor of Tax. In January 2017, following a fatal shooting at Irving Plaza the May prior, Taxstone was arrested in connection to the incident.

In June of 2017, Tax pled guilty to receiving a firearm by interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony and possession of a weapon by a felon, according to Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the Southern District of New York.

Since being incarcerated Tax has done interviews first with the So Shameless Podcast, and then most recently with Nicki Minaj on her Queen Radio.

From Charlamagne Tha God to Casanova, all of Tax’ affiliates who have been in contact with him since his incarceration says his spirits are high, and he’s still talking shit as usual. As Tax says,

“We Don’t Bend. Don’t Break. Don’t Shiver. Don’t Shake.”

All the times DJ Akademiks got flamed into oblivion on his own show

DJ Akademiks, hip-hop gossip streamer and one-third of Complex’s “Everyday Struggle”, was reeling from the news that Joe Budden was leaving the program over a contract dispute.

It’s understandable that Akademiks would be upset, alongside Budden, “Everyday Struggle” became an important, interesting, slightly antagonistic source for new things going on in the culture.

Losing Budden pretty much makes “Everyday Struggle” obsolete.

With all of that in mind, Akademiks went on Twitch, his preferred medium of communication, which tells you virtually everything you need to know, to speak on the situation.

A visibly distraught and downtrodden Ak addressed the issue and then… tried to come for Desus and Mero(?), the hosts of the #1 show in late night.

Akademiks seemed to purposely mispronounce Desus’ name and say that he doesn’t fuck with Desus and Mero.

You already know The Kings of The Bronx had to flame Akademiks on their show last night. To Ak’s defensive claim that everyone in the media talks shit about him, Mero pointed out that,

“No one is talking about YOU, they’re talking about the dumb shit YOU do. You are not important, DJ Akademiks, you’re named after velour suits from 2003.”

This is all factual.

Akademiks seems to continuously find himself beefing with artists on his show, usually based off shit Ak said on his streaming platform (yes, I’m listening to Rowdy Rebel right now, too).

It’s not really a normal thing for a “media” member to antagonize artists to such an extent that they feel the need to come on your show to voice their displeasure personally.

Let’s take a look at some examples of artists flaming Akademiks on his own show.

Erykah Badu incepts Akademiks with hour-long, otherworldly roast

Erykah Badu, Queen of Spirits, went on “Everyday Struggle” and immediately identified Akademiks as familiar-looking.

Ak was obviously flattered, thinking it was some shit about a past life or whatever. Badu revealed the name Thomas kept coming back to her.

Over the hour-long interview Erykah Badu kept returning to the issue, further raising the dramatics and the stakes of the familiarity until, as they wrapped up the interview, Badu identified the lookalike as… Jerry, the mouse from Tom and Jerry. Ak felt a little let down.

This was truly one of the most intricate reads of all time.

This was a good natured and fun roast. No feelings were truly hurt during the making of this flaming. This isn’t the case for all of Akademiks’ beefs.

Vic Mensa tells Akademiks he wants to slap him in the face over Chiraq comments

This is probably the most intense beef in the history of “Everyday Struggle”. Budden screaming at Lil Yachty that he’s not actually happy was some trivial shit in comparison.

Vic Mensa’s issue with Akademiks was not trivial.

Mensa came on the program ready to say some shit to Akademiks over his coverage of the Chicago drill music scene. Akademiks had been critical of drill music, saying it was detrimental to the culture and insinuating that rappers dying from violence in Chicago was inevitable.

Akademiks had an entire series “The War in Chiraq” covering the violence of the Chicago drill scene, talking about people dying in a trivial, lighthearted, I-told-you-so way.

The specific moment Vic Mensa addressed on “Everyday Struggle” is a clip of DJ Akademiks reporting on the death of Chicago rapper Tray 57. The video of Akademiks talking about Tray 57 is pretty unbelievable.

Akademiks says in a light-hearted tone about Tray 57 dying hours after dissing Lil Reese, who Akademiks jokingly refers to as “The Chiraq grim reaper,”

“You diss the Chiraq grim reaper, just sit back give your life to the lord, repent for your sins, make sure your baptized, ’cause the fateful day is definitely coming.”

When Mensa came out hot on “Everyday Struggle”, Akademiks tried to claim that his “outside perspective” was constructive, to which Vic Mensa… did not agree, saying, “There was nothing constructive about it and I’ma tell you the truth, I really-I really think you a bitch.”

Oh boy. When Ak asks how exactly he is a bitch, Mensa went off about Ak’s comments about Tray 57, who Vic Mensa knew since he was a 5-year-old:

“Because there’s a video that you put up that about a person named Tray 57, making all these jokes like, ‘Here’s another Chiraq savage. Like this guy’s stupid. He messed with the Grim Reaper.’ Like n****, this is not a video game. That’s a n**** I grew up with that I’ve known since I was five years old. And to see you come on the Internet and like with the corny ass little voice and make jokes about it, I was waiting to see you. And it’s a couple of people waiting to see you. I heard you say you didn’t wanna come to Chicago when I sat down ’cause you clearly know. You really couldn’t even stand outside.”

The Chicago rapper went on to claim Akademiks made light of real life violence in Chicago in order to build his following:

“You really built a following off clowning our deaths. People that I really know. And you know what’s fucked up about it and why I said the things I said to you is because were we to be in a room and there’s no cameras, there’s no security, you see us, you wouldn’t make no jokes. You wouldn’t make a single joke.”

Then Joe Budden, Ak’s own co-host interjected, “don’t waste camera time, he wouldn’t make the joke.”

Mensa wasn’t done! He went on:

“Those are ballsy things to say, not coming from a ballsy person… pause. But those are brave things to say and I don’t take you for a brave man.”


TDE comes for Akademiks after calling SZA “Amazon bitch”

DJ Akademiks, while proudly proclaiming that he hadn’t listened to SZA’s album CTRL, one of the best albums of the year, had an apparent moment of revelation that SZA was “one of those Amazon bitches.”

These comments were unbeknownst to SZA and her TDE camp as the artist happily went on “Everyday Struggle” and gave a lovely interview.

Then TDE caught wind of Ak’s comments and TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson was not impressed.

SZA herself responded to the comments in a since-deleted tweet saying she wish he had told her this while she was on the show, “Shoulda said this s— this morning. Still don’t regret being nice to you. Peace.”

Stay classy Ak!

Joe Budden, while still co-host of show, calls Akademiks “one of the biggest pussies”

After the infamous incident at the BET Awards this summer between Migos and the “Everyday Struggle” crew, Joe Budden, Akademiks’ own damn co-host, went on the “Joe Budden Podcast” to flame Akademiks.

“DJ Akademiks is one of the biggest pussies I’ve ever seen in my entire life. He should never comment on anything that has to do with physicality. Well you gotta stop talking sometimes when you’re a pussy… There’s nothing wrong with being a pussy, but you got be a pussy to the corner sometimes. Just shut up.”

C’mon Joe, you didn’t have to do him like that.

Honestly, DJ Akademiks does a lot of work breaking news about hip-hop gossip and shit like that, so that’s cool. But it’s pretty weird to have this many antagonistic relationships with artists. Like, you have to try to piss everyone off this much.

This level of beef is honestly impressive. Keep doing you, Ak.

Neo Yokio is the most lit anime show on Netflix for smacked New Yorkers

If you are interested in old money fuckboys, Cartier watches, and Margiela field hockey booties then Neo Yokio is the anime show for you.

The first season only has six episodes at around 20 minutes each on Netflix. It’s pretty easy to neck the whole season in two hours, but don’t let its brevity fool you.

Created by Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Neo Yokio serves to be a delightful animated look into a demon-infested alternate New York universe.

A very interesting plot indeed. Demons take form of Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God and a Chanel suit. If you are from NY you’ll be able to relate the most. Views of the Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums make sure you know exactly where you are.

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What blew me back the most? Part of Neo Yokio was underwater. I thought it could be a quick jab at the topic of global warming as parts of NYC are below sea level. Seeing the tops of the Twin Towers depicted in that fashion was pretty insane.

The innuendos referring to NYC culture and lifestyle will keep your ears peeled and eyes glued to the screen while you wait to see how high class society is shit on next.

Neo Yokio is lit. Jaden Smith voices main character Kaz a ‘magistocrat’ whose family makes bread from exorcising the wealthy. A pretty cool profession if you ask me.

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Kaz might low key be the most melancholy character I’ve ever seen. But he finds happiness in fashion. Kaz’s wardrobe is always fresh.

Homie shops for clothes with a blindfold on selecting only the finest of threads.

His friends Gottlieb and Lexy, who are played by Desus and Mero, add comical relief. The two constantly discuss the importance of being the flyest guy in NYC and help flame any of Kaz’s enemies.

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Yeah Kaz has an arch-nemesis who’s an “old money fuckboy” named Archangelo. The two bicker over who’s the most eligible bachelor in Neo Yokio. A silly thing to fight over but it’s entertaining to see them roast on each other.

It’s Kaz’s Aunt Agatha, voiced by Susan Sarandon, that makes sure he stays on track. The two focus on keeping their magistocrat business on lock. They have the scrilla, Agatha always pulls up on Kaz in the Phantom.

Besides the swag wars and keeping busy exorcising demons, Kaz has a machine butler which is pretty cool. The devoted robot butler Charles, voiced by Jude Law, serves as flying whip and a wise friend. Charles makes for a really dope sidekick.

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Neo Yokio is definitely a show worth paying attention to, especially if you’re smacked and from NYC. Hopefully Netflix green lights a second season.

Would really suck if they didn’t. This is the type of content the world needs!