Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi trailer

This week’s social media uproar is, of course, the release of first full trailer for the next Star Wars movie, to be released around Christmas this year. The saga continues where it left off in the last film, when the force awakened within an orphan scavenger from Jakku, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), followed by her subsequent quest to find the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) in exile, whereas the dark side grows as Supreme Leader Snoke (played by Andy Serkis) gain more power with the help of Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver), General Hux (played by Domhnall Gleeson) and Captain Phasma (played by Gwendoline Christie).

Anti-Trump freestyle rap by Eminem at BET Awards

Whilst one half of the social media was all fired up for the new Star Wars trailer, the other half was muffling their ‘oh snap’s with fists in their mouths with Eminem’s anti-Trump freestyle rap at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017.

The rapper, who is famed to mouth off everything and anything that doesn’t rub him the right way, condensed his rant on the current US President Donald Trump in a 4:30-minute long freestyle cypher filled with explicit lyrics.

He took jabs on Trump’s most recent drama that has been flooding the news headlines: his “alleged” racism towards immigrants, his “nonchalance” towards the Hurricane Maria disaster in Puerto Rico, his pettiness towards the NFL football players for #takeaknee during the national anthem, and his instigation to start a nuclear war in opposition of North Korea.

The xx live in Malaysia

Also, firing up the social media since early yesterday morning, especially on our side of the world, is the announcement of The xx’s concert in Malaysia next year on 25 January. The British indie pop band, comprising of Jamie xx, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, has dropped by our side of the world twice already, even though both times they have been in favour of our neighbour across the Causeway. So, imagine our excitement when Upfront, a concert series organised by the people behind Freeform, managed to secure a date in Malaysia as part of the band’s I See You tour in Asia – on top of preceding Upfront concerts to look forward to, such as Jungle (18 November) and Fleet Foxes (16 January).

General tickets go on sale from 20 October onwards, but avid fans may gain pre-sale access from as early as 17 October. All you have to do is sign yourself up here.

Bata Hotshot x Kurt Cobain collection

Bata is probably the last shoe brand you would expect to come up with a special collection to pay homage to the famed lead singer and guitarist from the ‘90s alternative rock band, Nirvana. Whilst the late musician was remembered in photographs sporting the Converse Jack Purcell, Kurt Cobain was just as often seen wearing his worn down Bata Hotshot (most notably in this 1993 photo by Chris Cuffaro).

First developed as a basketball shoe much like many of the street style sneakers nowadays, the Bata Hotshot was created in partnership with Wilson back in the 1970s. Today, the Bata Hotshot enjoys a re-release as part of the Bata Heritage Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. The new kicks are available in three colourways: green/blue, blue/red, and the original black/yellow.

Prada pop-up store in Suria KLCC

If you happen to drop by Suria KLCC from now till 22 October, make sure to pop by Prada’s pop-up store, located on the ground floor at the Ramlee Skylight, next to the Centre Court. Despite the mere 25sqm space, it features a special selection of men’s travel and accessories collections, against an avant-garde black-and-white cinematic background inspired by the ‘30s, where two iconic “trick robots” in their life-size glories stand proudly amidst the polished steel-and-glass setting.

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