You’ll Never Want to Leave the Office of This Ad Agency

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If you work for a creative company like an ad agency, it can only help if your environment is stimulating, well-designed and a pleasure to be in. Havas knows this all too well, and ensures that the 450 employees at its Chicago HQ feel right at home while they’re at work. With sleek design elements and an open-floor plan, the 90,000 sq. ft. space is surely a point of envy for all those who work in dull and sterile spaces. Being one of the most culturally-relevant and creative agencies in America and the world, Havas is surely doing something right.

The office is pet friendly, and often sees up to over 30 pets daily. Employee satisfaction is definitely important to the company, and there is a “WTF” box on site for any concerns. With all choices centered around creating the best and most motivating environment, these (rare) complaints are taken seriously. For example, a recent complaint stated that there weren’t enough red M&Ms in the pantry, and they were all stocked the next day. The space also includes free snacks and coffee from Stumptown Cold-Brew Coffee. Not only are the amenities top of the line, the space includes artwork from the likes of Daniel Arsham, Matthew Hoffman, JCReveira, and graffiti artist Faust.

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Reigning NBA MVP, Steph Curry, On Life Outside of Basketball

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Known for having unlimited range on the NBA hardwood, reigning NBA MVP and Champion Stephen Curry has been listed under Forbes‘ Top 30 Under 30 for his accolades both on and off the court. In the video above, Steph Curry digs deep into the hard work and dedication that goes into a successful NBA season as well as the preparation for a possible repeat. Other than being dominant on the basketball court, Curry also emphasizes charity work and helping build stronger communities through the “Nothing But Nets” campaign. Find out more here and let us know your thoughts.

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Travi$ Scott & DJ Mustard Release “Whole Lotta Lovin'”

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Having made its official premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, DJ Mustard and Travi$ Scott’s “Whole Lotta Lovin’” has made its way to the internets. Mustard samples CeCe Peniston​’s 1991 hit “Finally” mixing in his signature baselines, while Travvy rides along with his smooth auto-tuned melodies. The two have delivered a sure thing for the clubs and radio. Give it a listen below, while the iTunes release is slated for midnight.

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CL “Hello Bitches” Music Video

K-pop star CL has just released the official video for her single “Hello Bitches.” Making her debut to the states, the track is assisted by producers Teddy and Jean-Baptiste from YG Entertainment. The energy-filled video takes place in Los Angeles and includes choreography from Parris Goebel and her dance group, ReQuest Dance Crew. You can download “Hello Bitches” now via CL’s SoundCloud. Peep the video above and check out a message that CL left for her supporters below.


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Top 5 Gadgets to Get Immersed in Virtual Reality Right Now

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Virtual reality (VR) has been heralded for the past few years as being the next big leap consumer technology, but it still remains a decidedly niche industry. However, marked efforts have been made in the past year alone towards making VR a firmly mainstream technology, with The New York Times being the most recent convert to VR with its decision to ship a Google Cardboard unit to every one of its 1.1 million print subscribers along with its weekend editions earlier this month. For all of the headlines VR has made up to now, the industry is positively thriving with new products and innovations unveiled by the week, despite its slow adoption by society at large. If you want to jump the gun and get started with the best form of escapism already, look below for our recommendations for the best five VR gadgets to get started with.

 

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PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9″ & DJ Premier) Recruit DOOM & Phonte for “Highs and Lows”

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PRhyme is Royce Da 5’9″ (left) and DJ Premier.

Courtesy of Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier‘s joint project PRhyme, we now have some now bars from DOOM to digest. Linking up with DOOM and Phonte, PRhyme have cooked up a new track entitled “Highs and Lows.” The release of “Highs and Lows” arrives in support of the new deluxe edition of PRhyme’s self-titled debut album, which is set to drop on December 11. Along with DOOM and Phonte, the deluxe edition of PRhyme is set to include collaborations with The Roots’ Black Thought, Joey Bada$$ and Logic. You can check out “Highs and Lows” below.

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Jordan Red & White11’s are not releasing

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For months, rumors have swirled that a Red / White Air Jordan XI would be releasing this holiday season, possibly even on December 23rd and alongside an Air Jordan XX9 in a 2-shoe pack similar to last year’s “Ultimate Gift of Flight Pack.”

First seen as a PE made for Jordan signature athlete Carmelo Anthony, the alleged release has resurfaced several times in recent months, mostly as a hue-contrasted photoshop image of the “Pantone” XI that released last December. It’s an easy flip to switch the hues from carolina to red.

With lots of uncertainty surrounding the launch, I’ve confirmed with multiple sources at Nike that rumors of the Red / White XI releasing are false.

The shoe won’t be releasing this December, on its own or as part of a “2PK” launch

“Not coming out period,” confirms a source.

We’ll keep you posted if more information becomes available, but at this time, the shoe simply isn’t releasing.

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President Obama Is Finally on Facebook

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After joining Twitter back in May, President Obama has officially created a Facebook account. “I finally got my very own page,” Obama said in his first post. “I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.)”

Different from a campaign page or the staff-run White House page, Obama’s new account is supposed to be more personal, a place where the POTUS can talk directly to the people. In the “About” section of his page, Obama says he’s a “Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States.”

The President’s first post also included a video. “I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner.”

 

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Rick Ross Claims He’s One of Rap’s Biggest Ghostwriters

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In a recent interview with Time, rapper Rick Ross suggested that he’s been maintaining a low-key career ghostwriting tracks for other hip-hop heavyweights.

“I had a lot more things I wanted to address [on Black Dollar]. That’s what I did on this LP. I spoke on different things. One of them goes by the name of ‘Ghostwriter.’ I finally wrote a record telling the way it feels for me to be a ghostwriter, and not only a ghostwriter, but one of the biggest in the rap game. Because of my own personal success I’ve always been able to keep that in the shadows. On this record, I just felt it was so current. It was needed.”

Ross also stressed that, for some rappers, relying on someone else to pen their rhymes matters more than others, saying, “If you’re a battle rapper on the block, the emcee battle challenger, not writing your rhymes could really hurt you. When you’re an artist where maybe the focus is really the talent and the different things you bring to the game, I believe it’s more understandable.”

Read the full interview over at Time and listen to Rick’s remix of Drake and Future’s “Where Ya At” below. Stay tuned for the rapper’s eighth studio album, Black Market, when it hits stores on December 4.

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