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We hate to ruin your pool party, but it's the dog days of summer and that means it's time to start preparations for your Back to School image revival. Sure, last year your attempts at becoming a new person may not have been wildly successful. That cream-colored, knockoff Gucci suit didn't make you look like Bieber. Those over-sized sunglasses looked your grandma's more than Kanye's. And those skinny jeans showed off your butt-crack with every long stride you took. Unfortunately, your style choices landed you below even "The Inbetweeners" on the social ladder.
Lucky for you, each new school year provides an opportunity to remake your image and we're here to help you out. Rather than go "Lil Wayne" with your fashion, let's bring things Back to Cool with these eight products.
1. UA Spine RPM Running Shoes
The new UA Spine RPM running shoes from Under Armour are the perfect place to start. They're lightweight, flexible and prove your feet can look damn good while still being comfortable. Whether you're an athlete or not, these shoes will inspire you to work out and get in shape after all the summer barbequing. The Micro G® foam encapsulated within the chassis delivers solid rebound and makes running feel easy. Plus, they're unique without being over-the-top.
Over the last 30 years, nearly everything has changed in hip-hop: lyrical styles, beats, fashion, subject matter, politics, geography, ethnic diversity, gender biases...you name it. The thing that has remained constant is rappers' love of sneakers. From the early days of The Rock Steady Crew with their Converse All-Stars and Run-D.M.C. with their Adidas, to Air Jordans, Reebok Pumps and now rappers' own shoe lines, sneakers have been a constant thread. MTV Clutch has tirelessly researched the bond between rappers and their kicks and built the definitive timeline of hip-hop sneakers through the years. See below.
Step into Fall with the latest version of Puma's 2nd. Round Hi. The chocolate leather upper, Gore-Tex lining and hiking boot laces provide the sensibility needed to withstand the season change. A red, navy and baby blue Navajo print collar gives you the style you crave year-round. Pick up a pair of the fashion-meets-function footwear for $267 at The Good Will Out.
LADIES The finest 25 NFL cheerleaders Part I [XXL Mag]
Props to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder for not screwing up the team's cheer squad.
HOUSTON GT Mayne is about to be your favorite rapper [The Urban Daily]
At a minimum, he sports your new favorite beard.
KICKS Marty McFly's "Back To The Future" Nike shoes exist now! [MTV Style]
Now all we need is the hoverboard we've been promised.
NICE OUTFIT 25 people who fail at dressing themselves [Holy Taco]
Maybe it's time for mom to start laying clothes out again.
MONKEYS What won't monkeys f***? 5 Videos of monkeys gone wild [WGRD]
The answer is, not a lot.
MAYHEM World's largest water balloon fight [BuzzFeed]
There hasn't been this much latex in one place since the last Olympics.
WTF "Zombie Ass" looks good. Because of the pooping, and the karate [Film Drunk]
Brought to you by legendary ass fetishist Noboru Iguchi.
WHOA Operation Repo: Sonia gets shot! [TruTV]
Apparently these former car owners don't realize or don't care that they're being filmed.
Photo: XXL Mag
LADIES The Hawaii native is a new Superior Cage Combat ring girl [Cage Potato]
Doing her sexy mermaid impression.
METAL Wayne Static's "Assassins of Youth" (video) [NoiseCreep]
Static began writing it with Crown Royal and whippits and finished years later, sober.
WATCH OUT Office dodgeball Part 3--return of the Dahmer [WGRD]
Poor aim, but we'll let it go because, hey, who else terrorizes co-workers with dodgeballs?
LIMITED BATCH Beyond Schweddy Balls: 10 discontinued B&J's flavors [Mental Floss]
Get those Schweddy Balls in your mouth before time runs out.
DEEP-FRIED The dumbest fried foods (and the cities that love 'em) [TruTV]
Deep-Fried Schweddy Balls?! (It's way too much fun to say "Schweddy Balls.")
GLOVES Ridiculous 600 lb. vs. 169 lb. MMA mismatch [Holy Taco]
Finally, watch a man run for his life after prodding an angry immobile giant.
POLL Who is the greatest "Star Wars" character of all time? [NextMovie]
We voted for the small, green, wise man, but he's far behind.
GREEN Kickass Kicks of the Day: Adidas Superstar II Kermit the Frog Edition [Daily What]
Speaking of small, green wise creatures.
LADIES This is what Sara Jean looks like at an anime expo [Guyism]
It was a good day to be a Storm Trooper.
WEEZY Lil Wayne "Tha Carter IV" listening suite [The Urban Daily]
And you can catch his VMA performances of "How To Love" and "John" here.
REST IN PIECE Outlawz: "We Smoked Tupac's Ashes" [BuzzFeed]
Apparently they were just honoring the man's request.
BOX OFFICE This week in posters: Sean Astin is doing great [Film Drunk]
"Puss in Boots" on Nov. 4--winner of kids movie that sounds like a porno.
THE DESERT 5 types of weirdos you'll meet at Burning Man [Holy Taco]
And by weirdos, they mean creative types. OK, mainly weirdos.
AWKWARD 7 behaviors that will make people uncomfortable at a block party [WGRD]
Not mentioned: Humping someone's leg.
KICKS Nigel Sylvester's top 25 sneakers of all time [Complex]
The NYC BMXer digs Nike, Nike and Nike.
HIT MAKER Dave Grohl shows Kyle Gass how to write a hit song [Fork Party]
Hit Lessons 101, Lecture 1: Most white people dance to a song's chorus.
LADIES 30 hot girls who love dudes in cool sneakers [Complex]
Starring Minka Kelly, Ciara and more.
FREE DOWNLOAD Lil Wayne "Sorry 4 The Wait" mixtape [Pretty Much Amazing]
Something to chew on until "Tha Carter IV" finally drops on August 29.
BOARDS Vertical Urge trailer: The Fun Has Begun [GrindTV]
With a few spills in there too.
WTF Can this be real? The most insane website you've ever seen [BuzzFeed]
Survey says...it's awesome either way.
SUPERNATURAL 10 scariest ghostly images and recordings [ODDEE]
Not safe for people who soil their pants easily.
SHARK IS JUMPED Adam Sandler is officially not funny anymore [Fork Party]
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
UNCENSORED Supercut: Cinema's dirtiest dirty talk (NSFW language) [Film Drunk]
Well since you put it that way...
HEIGHTS First-person video of world's steepest roller coaster [Double Viking]
The part where three people vomited was edited out.
Photos: Getty Images
LADIES Ciara checks in among the top 10 most underrated [Guyism]
Take a look through her pictures so she can be properly rated.
BANGERS Wale ft. J. Cole--"Bad Girls Club" (snippet) [Nah Right]
Plus album artwork featuring a babe who's about to blow things up.
BOARDS Maloof skateboarding goes cross-country on a road tour [GrindTV]
With nine remaining stops in a city near you or within driving distance.
NOT GUILTY Casey Anthony plus O.J. Simpson poster [The High Definite]
As told by "Bed Intruder" singer Antoine Dodson.
KICKS The 50 greatest sneaker moments in movies [Complex]
Some stole the scene, some you may have missed.
OUCH Cliff diver hits a few rocks on the way down [BroBible]
This is what happens when bad judgment, trying to impress chicks and cliffs meet.
AT ATTENTION Phallic statues, rocks and landmarks [Atlas Obscura]
Chicks love it!
HARRY POTTER 8 actors recast as Voldemort [NextMovie]
50 percent impressive, 50 percent disturbing.
Photo: Getty Images
LADIES Gallery: Everything's coming up Rosie Huntington-Whiteley [NextMovie]
If you didn't know, she's really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
ORDER UP Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch The Throne" ready for pre-order [RapFix]
ETA is Aug. 5-7.
OCTAGON UFC 132--5 things to take away [Cage Potato]
A look back at a stacked card and some questionable judging.
KICKS 10 fake sneakers we wish were real [Complex]
Get drunk on some grape drink Air Maxes.
THAT'S SO 7 clichés that make you want to punch someone in the mouth [Guyism]
Or at least in the ear.
SLAM Epic pool basketball trick dunks [CollegeHumor]
Finally, an enjoyable use for the skimmer.
SPELUNKING "Devil's Icebox" in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park [Atlas Obscura]
The curious case of the 56-degree cave.
DEPICTED Stanley Kubrick pictogram movie posters [Walyou]
As told by the people who pose for bathroom signs.
LADIES Here's more sexy photos of Sookie [Maxim]
The hottest time-traveling fairy from the South on TV.
BET AWARDS Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood "Hustle Hard" [MTV News]
Featuring Rick Ross with a very unbuttoned shirt.
FLASHBACK Reasonable Doubt tour footage from 1996 [The High Definite]
A look back at Jay-Z on the 15th anniversary of his debut album.
KICKS Product spotlight: Converse KA-ONE [Alli Action]
Keep a low profile with the offering from Kenny Anderson.
NOSTALGIA The '90s Are All That--TeenNick promo [Daily What]
Challenge for the premiere: Watch it in one of your outfits from the '90s.
GUN SHOW Dave Chappelle is surprisingly ripped [BuzzFeed]
In "I know you're impressed" and "GTF away from me" poses.
AIR JORDAN Check out the tattoo on this guy's forehead [MediaTakeOut]
The tattoo artist totally nailed it.
WAVES Adam Sandler vs. Anthony Keidis surfing? [Daily Stoke]
Smart money is the on RHCP frontman.
Photos: Getty Images