Syndicate speaks to Mega of Blackscale: What Does Rob Garcia’s Return to Black Scale Mean for the Brand?


Rob is going back to Black Scale because he’s unemployed and En Noir couldn’t stay afloat due to major logistical issues and their factories fucking them over, not entirely his fault to be honest. Rob is a competent guy, but everybody faces some kinda bad luck in the industry. Mega on the other hand had some cool ideas but now has a dried up ass brand that he’s hoping Rob can come and inject some actual design thought into.

Two old ass guys trying to save their labels. I hope when this drop comes out, it’s actually innovative enough to make us all think they know what they’re doing again. Adidas had a massive comeback and now I rock Adidas instead of Nike for the first time in my life, but it’s because the product is actually doper. Not hating on Rob or Mega because they’re clearly both hard working guys but please give us a good show or just fucking quit. There’s been enough bullshit releases in 2016, last thing we need is two industry vets spoonfeeding us more garbage.

Release fire or gtfo. If you guys still remember how to that is.

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Syndicate Whistleblows: YEEZY Season 2 Will Not Be Releasing This Summer


Let me shed some light on this situation.

First season everybody bought it up, but it didn’t sell well in retail stores at all, despite what everybody thinks. Check the actual retail store numbers, it sold like shit, and and all the listed retailers bought the absolute bare minimum to be listed as a stockist to ride the Yeezy credibility wave. I’m talking 1-3 of each piece in as few sizes as possible. I have confirmed sources on this, don’t question it. Kanye blew through $8M of Adidas’ money last collection just for the sake of running a massive vanity project. Adidas still profited it off this through making back their money in the Tubulars and other Adidas variant sneakers. There is nothing special about the clothes, they are made in the Adidas factory and use typical product production methods. This isn’t like Visvim where you have guys literally hand dying every strip by hand using 16th century methods. The pricing is bullshit, and you all know that.

The sneakers and boots sold amazingly, but they always have so that’s not news. They were also limited so they couldn’t serve as a cash grab to recover the costs of doing an $8M promotional line. Right now, they’re stating they’re releasing it in a seasonless model to spread it out but the real reason probably is to get their production margin and minimums up high enough to not lose as much money this time around when producing such small quantities for that many stores.

Going seasonless is bullshit, the fashion distribution system does not work that way. You can break it up into quarters but anything more than that and the retailers will be too rushed to be able to turn products around fast enough, and thus make buying Yeezy a huge risk for them. Stores need minimum 90 days from point of delivery to flip products. The shoes will definitely have ridiculous camp outs but the clothes won’t. For E-Commerce maybe he can drop every week, but that’s putting him more in the category of a brand like Supreme, when he wants to be treated like Wang or somebody else high end.

If you don’t believe me, when the list of stockists holding Yeezy 2 comes out, see if it’s twice as big as the first year list, the same size, or smaller. It will probably be smaller, because no decent retail store wants to spend $20k on bullshit product that doesn’t move. Laws of the jungle, real fashion is forever. Hype is temporary bullshit. He may have done one season so far and got everybody to buy, but if the retailers aren’t actually making money off it they logically won’t do it again if they care about their bottom line.

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Syndicate gets response from CLSC Josh: CLSC Pulls off Its 2016 Summer Lookbook With an iPhone 6


Rip off stock graphics in slide 8. Don’t brag about shooting shit on iPhones it doesn’t make you cool, it just makes you look even more disorganized as a streetwear label that can’t even remember batteries on 1/2 lookbooks they gotta shoot a year. I’m not here to hate, I’m here to make a fair judgement that streetwear brands that are just in it for the money and don’t give a shit about progressing the artform should stick to strictly business and go back to selling toothpaste and stop wasting the attention of the youth with this crap. People wonder why our next generation of artists are so retarded and brainwashed, it’s because they’re forced to look up and consume this crap at an early age. Stop poisoning the minds of our youth and try harder and or get the fuck outta the game. Disgraceful wasteful use of bandwidth and $5k for a paid hypebeast post.


Syndicate gets response from Mega: Black Scale 2016 Summer Lookbook Accents a Strong Sense of Contrast


Weird ripped dangly shredding on bottom of shirts that will 100% get knotted in your dryer/washing machine and fuck up your laundry. Black Scale logos right where your dick is so people can stare and make you feel uncomfortable. Boring dated saturated styles everybody else is using, probably an overuse of the the single concept of making a contrast garment. Unenthusiastic looking model, poor placement of BK on back of shoulders. Shoes don’t match the jeans. Does anybody actually wear Tiger Camo anymore? What about in orange?

I don’t expect anybody on here to think Black Scale was going to break boundaries with this collection because this brand historically has just been a graphic t-shirt brand. Graphics were cool, I was wearing a black scale t-shirt to a concert last night. Are they going to bring back the cool graphics for this season? Or are they out of touch with what cool graphics are in 2016? If this brand got launched in 2016 they’d be swept under the rug, lucky for them they have seniority.

Thanks for rocking the tee

You’re welcome, I bought 8, I still wear them to this day and have one left in the packaging. The graphics are cool but they don’t really last that many runs in the washing machine, but they also were $11 each on Karmaloop so I’m not going to complain about stock t-shirts.

Syndicate Whistleblows Roy Wood$: Listen to Roy Wood$’ Debut Album ‘Waking at Dawn’


Insider Info: OVO bullied the shit out of this kid. OVO would not give him a decent deal for his entire album, and only wanted his song “Drama” that Drake could steal for his own album. Roy refused, and asked for $50k for Drama instead.

OVO offered him a solid million dollar contract deal, saying they would give him a full deal for the entire 40 minute album if he sold Drake “Drama”. Roy Woods agreed, but by doing so unknowingly voided the terms of his contract by removing the song Drama, thus reducing his album from 40 down to 36 minutes. The contract stated it had to be exactly 40 minutes worth of music. OVO legally manipulated him.

Roy Woods 3 managers threw him under the bus, split the $50k in three directions, and left Roy Woods with no money left to restore his album back to a full length so he could sell it. He was left in limbo to fend for himself, with no money, Drake stealing the best song off his album and not promoting the rest of Roy’s album.

This is why no OVO cosigns ever make it big, and this is why you never want to sign with OVO if you want to make it out of Toronto. At least Torey Lanez had the balls to go independent and he never had to deal with any of this shit. Blowing the whistle on you culture vulture scam artists feeding on the youth of this city.

Dear Roy Woods, you deserve better. Get a better label deal with somebody else, the Weeknd did it and so can you. Don’t let these guys enslave you like Partynextdoor and the rest of their team only getting paid $70k a year with 40 taking credit for all the music they produce. 40 receives the beats, adds “little touches” to them, then releases them under himself. All the other producers on OVO are currently shelved and make less than $70k a year in Canadian dollars.

You’ll never reach your full potential if you stay under them. If you don’t believe me, the reason Drake’s last album was so shit was because 40 took the reins and did most of it. Drake’s best albums were written and composed by other people. The Weeknd even regretted giving up half of his album to Drake just for the publicity cosign. Break free brother do not fear them, they can’t actually hurt you. Drake isn’t even signed to his own OVO label. You want to be signed to a vanity label that had guys like OB Brien on it? Take the first third party deal you can and run for your life man.


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Syndicate Responds to: Journeymen’s New Series Talks Art, Taxidermy and How He Made It in Streetwear With Brain Dead’s Kyle Ng


Kyle seems like a nice guy, perhaps a tad bit pretentious art studentish but he doesn’t claim to be anything he’s not and at least he owns it. It appears they’re literally just doing this label as an art project, they don’t care about the money and hype etc and Hypebeast just happens to be posting the f out of this guy on the weekly so we’re all here thinking it’s a cash grab. I can’t knock a guy for wanting to do his artwork and run the art projects he wants, it is what it is.

But let’s define “making it” for a second. Yeah he’s famous now but my in books you haven’t really made it until your brand is self sustaining and you can eat off it. This is his third label up at this point, the other ones probably ran out of funding or weren’t able to scale up. Can’t knock a guy for producing art but Hypebeast stop posting this kinda shit until the brand reaches the next level. Right now it’s just overhyping what he does, making him look worse than it actually is.