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Saweetie – NANi

After teasing her highly anticipated single on social media, Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum rap star Saweetie treats fans to the feel-good summer anthem “NANi” (listen HERE and watch the video HERE) – out now via ICY/Warner Records. Produced by Jean-Baptiste, Karl Rubin, Shawn Wasabi, Ryland Blackington, and Ryan Buendia, the track’s infectious beat and Saweetie’s aspirational bars make for a dancefloor hit. 

Inspired by the viral Lady Gaga interview clip, Saweetie gets the girls ready for a busy summer on the pre-hook: “Plane, sprinter, glam, to the club, backdoor section, shots, another club/Two shows, one night ,what’s that a hunnid plus.”

Saweetie shared, “‘NANi’ isn’t just a track; it’s the soundtrack to a good time. This track def gives MAIN CHARACTER energy! <3 This single has been a labor of love, and it’s just the beginning. I’ve been working on this new music for a while, and I’m excited to share more of this journey with you.” 

To bring the single to life, Saweetie also releases a stunning music video. Directed by Chandler Lass, the visual sees Saweetie hosting a summer pool party with her “NANi” girls, where she shows off hypnotic dance moves and carefree energy. Watch HERE.

Last weekend, Saweetie received the first-ever Billboard Gold Music Award at the annual Gold Gala, the largest and most-viewed Asian Pacific gathering in the nation. Earlier this year, Saweetie released the lush anthem Richtivitiesand collaborated with the iconic Indian actor/singer Diljit on the lively track Khutti.” She also continued her foray into television – guest starring on a recent episode of STARZ’s hit series BMF and serving as a mentor on NBC’s The Voice.

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LAMELO BALL + LAFRANCE

PUMA Hoops and basketball superstar LaMelo Ball are unveiling their first-ever co-designed lifestyle shoe – LaFrancé.

Created through intimate collaboration between LaMelo Ball and the PUMA design team, the LaFrancé gets its inspiration and name from LaMelo’s namesake lifestyle brand, which fuses different inspirations from streetwear fashion, sport and lifestyle. 

The LaFrancé silhouette represents a new take on Melo – an elevated, chunky street inspired take to off-court fashion fueled by his fierce flare and energy. An off-court icon, LaFrancé boasts an all-red fiery upper and chunky silhouette, the “Amour” colorway is a nod to the overstated aesthetics of Y2K skate culture; and is just the first of many LaFrancé colorways to come. LaFrancé will be accompanied by a few apparel pieces, including graphic tees, a mesh tank, short, and track pants, ranging from $40-$110.

Getting real on the shoe design, Noah Bice (PUMA Hoops Designer of LaFrancé) said, “If you know Melo, you know he does everything large. From the chain to the logos, to the car, dude’s living large! So, we had to come through with a silhouette to fit that profile. The skate inspired, chunky upper and cup sole felt like the obvious sweet spot for Melo’s first lifestyle shoe.” 

Dropping on May 17, 2024, LaFrancé and accompanying pieces will be available at PUMA.com, the PUMA mobile app, the PUMA NYC Flagship store and at Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs and select retailers worldwide.

Lamelo Ball + PUMA + LaFrance captured by Vaughn Lowery via 360 MAGAZINE.

SPOTLIGHT: ANDREA GRANT

Irvine-based Andrea Grant is a Canadian-born writer and multimedia artist of mixed-blood Coast Salish Native ancestry. Her artistic reputation comes from a unique melding of mythological stories, poems, photography, film, spoken word audio, and live performances designed to create a dynamic expression that can be understood on many levels.

Throughout, her work is deeply informed by her First Nations heritage, where she often weaves together traditional Coast Salish legends and classic fairytales which are infused with multicultural and feminist influences. Due to this blended point of view, her writing is often described as being that of a “Modern Native.”

Her spoken word film, “Night Swimming,” unfolds through the lens of Grant and uses the diverse facets of water as an allegory for the emotional range of women. The narrative explores a profound connection to the potency of the ocean, rain, and storms, showcasing an acknowledgment of Mother Earth’s timely bestowal of her gifts. The essence of the story extends to the healing process, emphasizing the purifying nature of ocean swims and the cathartic satisfaction found in thunderstorms during periods of romantic upheaval. Furthermore, it delves into the exhilaration of dancing in the rain, the wisdom of intuitive listening, and the reverence for ancestral voices that guide and resonate within us.

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When and at what age did you realize you were an artist? Particularly a spoken word artist?

I have always felt a deep inclination towards storytelling. The desire to become a writer was innate within me, with poetry being my initial passion. This led me to pursue studies in Creative Writing and English Literature during my college years, which significantly refined my craft.

My journey into spoken word poetry began with the encouragement of one of my favorite teachers inviting me to recite at an event. Despite the nerves, I recognized the importance of embracing spoken word as a pivotal step in advancing my career as a poet.

It took a lot of practice – and voice lessons – to learn how to project my voice and maintain consistent volume. In 2003, I recorded my debut spoken word album, “Want Some Scratch?” Since then, I’ve continued to expand my repertoire, recording “Modern Native” and “Night Swimming,” which I later adapted for film.

What inspired the project NIGHT SWIMMING?

I’ve always associated water with femininity. In “Night Swimming,” I explore this connection by delving into the profound power of the ocean, rain, and storms, and how they symbolize Mother Earth’s nurturing essence, especially in times of need.

The piece also explores themes of healing, highlighting how immersing oneself in the ocean can be a purifying experience, akin to washing away troubles. It touches on the catharsis of experiencing a thunderstorm during moments of romantic turmoil. Additionally, “Night Swimming” celebrates the exhilaration of dancing in the rain, embracing intuition, and paying homage to the ancestral voices of Native peoples that continue to guide us.

How important was it for you to push out this particular project?

Very important. The transition from an oral tradition to a print-based society has unfortunately resulted in the loss of numerous First Nations stories. These narratives, rich with cultural significance and wisdom, were once passed down through generations via spoken word, but with the advent of the print world, many were left undocumented and eventually forgotten. This loss not only deprives Indigenous communities of their heritage but also diminishes the broader understanding of diverse cultural perspectives.

In response to this cultural erosion, there arises an urgent need to preserve and share these Native narratives in a contemporary and accessible format. By revitalizing these stories through various mediums, including films, digital platforms, and visual arts, we can ensure their preservation and accessibility to present and future generations. 

Once you received acknowledgement for NIGHT SWIMMING, how did it make you feel? Whom did you first reach out to? And why?

While receiving acknowledgment is certainly gratifying, I believe that as a creator, one never truly reaches a point of complete satisfaction. There’s an inherent drive to continually strive for more. “Night Swimming” represents my second venture into spoken word, and I initiated its launch by submitting it to various film festivals. Once a film gains acceptance and earns accolades, it tends to attract more attention from audiences. I’ve also been fortunate to have received some press coverage, which serves to further amplify awareness of the project.

Is there anything that we should know about the process of disseminating NIGHT SWIMMING? Any tribulations?

The artist’s path is not for the faint of heart, and it’s characterized by numerous hurdles, which ultimately add to its allure. Distributing a short film presents a significant challenge since it doesn’t conform to the typical 30-minute to 1.5-hour time slot, making it less likely to be featured in traditional theater settings. While social media platforms offer a means of promotion, there’s a limit to their effectiveness due to digital fatigue among audiences. However, consistent exposure can spark interest, provided it’s done in a manner that isn’t overwhelming.

Are there any words of wisdom, you would explain to the 10yro version of yourself to better prepare for the journey you embarked?

In addition to reassuring my younger self that my thick, nerdy glasses were temporary and that contact lenses would change my life, I would also emphasize the importance of a belief I’ve always held dear: that we have the ability to shape our own reality. Since childhood, I’ve been a diligent creator of lists outlining my goals and aspirations, serving as a guiding map for my future endeavors. I firmly believe that willpower is the most potent force one can possess and that manifesting one’s destiny is a deliberate and strategic choice. Being an avid reader, I’ve often found inspiration in fairytales, which frequently convey the message that the power to achieve our desires lies within us all along.


That said, there is no universal secret to success. There’s no single path to follow, no magic formula to uncover; each person’s journey is unique.  

Is there anything we haven’t touched on that you would like to speak about? Community involvement? Sequel?

I’m in the process of creating a new full-length spoken word album and finishing up an illustrated collection of reimagined Coast Salish stories. 

Additionally, I’m directing my attention towards my comic book series, “Minx,” with the goal of adapting it into a video game as well as an animated or live-action series.

MAGGIE ROGERS – DON’T FORGET ME

GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter/producer/performer Maggie Rogers shares her third studio album, Don’t Forget Me, out now via Capitol Records. Download/stream Don’t Forget Me HERE.

“I wanted to make an album that sounded like a Sunday afternoon,” Rogers explains. “Worn in denim. A drive in your favorite car. No make up, but the right amount of lipstick. Something classic. The mohair throw and bottle of Whiskey in Joan Didion’s motel room. An old corvette. Vintage, but not overly Americana. I wanted to make an album to belt at full volume alone in your car, a trusted friend who could ride shotgun and be there when you needed her.” 

Rogers co-produced her new album with Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris) at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, writing eight of its 10 songs with him and penning two alone. Shawn Everett (Brittany Howard, The War on Drugs) mixed. The album was mastered by Emily Lazar (Beck, Coldplay), who has mastered all of Rogers’ albums to date. Watch the official video for the title track HERE.

Praising the album’s “transcendent songwriting,” SPIN said, “with Don’t Forget Me, Rogers sounds fully confident.” Rolling Stone said, “‘For such a heavy emotional lift, the album is an easygoing listen, perfect for a Sunday-afternoon drive.” In this feature, The New Yorker praised Rogers’ Don’t Forget Me as “the loosest and most elemental music she’s made…burly, coltish, tender, fun.”

Don’t Forget Me is the follow-up to 2022’s Surrender, which earned widespread praise, with Rolling Stone hailing Rogers as a “pop music prodigy…an artist who’s in it for the long haul.” She recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of the release of Heard It In A Past Life, her 2019 debut album. Now certified Gold by the RIAA, the album has sold nearly a million copies worldwide and accrued one billion combined global streams.

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Macfox X2

The popularity of e-bikes has skyrocketed over the last few years. Due to the rise in petty crime on mass transit in both LA and NYC as well as expensive prices at the pump, millennials who reside in close proximity to their jobs have decided to ditch their cars. As micromobility options have become a way for individuals to express themselves, it’s important to find brands like Macfox that make it easy to customize their models.

The Super73 and Onyx Motorbikes were some of the most impressive e-bikes on the market. Even though they were both well-constructed and attractive, they both had a high price tag ($3,800-6500) and a lengthy waiting list. Then emerged the newcomer, Macfox X1, which cost roughly $1100, was an excellent lightweight choice in comparison to the aforementioned bulky models. Whatever the case, this initial prototype didn’t seem to measure up.

The following year, Macfox carefully listened to their customers and created the X2:

° Full suspension
° Turn signals that are integrated
° Hydraulic brakes
° A secondary battery clamp
° A headlamp with low/high beam
° 750 watt motor (1000 watt output)
° Half-thumb throttle

This metacycle is both nimble and easy to maneuver, with adequate stopping power and enough torque (our top speed on flat pavement was 30-33mph). And for those who like to boast about their bespoke, you can purchase the 20′ fat tires with brown walls and banana seat for that straight-from-the-box look. Moreover, unlike many of its competitors, you get a ton of branded accessories which will have you on the road right away rather than fishing for components.

The unit is relatively easy to assemble and is packaged with tools. We viewed a few tutorial videos on YouTube. This marks the first time we didn’t have to employ someone to assemble. Yes, we saved approximately $145, but we eventually had to visit a technician to reassure the overall build.

In short, the Macfox X2 is the perfect purchase, especially for those who need extra power to overcome challenging inclines in Central Park and a memory foam seat for long rides, providing high levels of comfort on or off the road.


PROS: affordable, well-made Shimano shifters, stylish design, and great battery life.

CONS: thin tires, small handlebars, metal pedals, and grinding noise at top speed.


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Macfox X2 e-bike review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 Magazine.
Macfox X2 e-bike review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 Magazine.

Photo: Armon Hayes

Patricia Nash Designs

‘One of the top luxury designer handbags in the marketplace. The construction of each piece is meticulous and long-lasting.’Vaughn Lowery

Patricia Nash Designs was established in 2010, and under her guidance is more than a fashion brand—it’s a lifestyle celebrating craftsmanship, storytelling, and a profound love for vintage aesthetics. Each and every piece within the collection is inspired by true events and stories. Whether those stories are travel, family, breathtaking works of art seen by Patricia, love stories, and more. Her authentic love for vintage fashion defines the brand. From the discovery of her mother’s fifty-year-old handbag to the incorporation of vintage detailing in every piece, Patricia Nash Designs seamlessly marries timeless style with modern sophistication.

Over 15 years time, Patricia has built a team of over 35 people and the company not only sells direct to consumers through their website but can also be found at Dillard’s, Macy’s, Belk, Von Maur, QVC, HSN, many Military bases across the US, and in the Atlanta, Nashville and Phoenix airports.

Patricia is certainly worthy of a spotlight for this past International Women’s Day. After all, she’s someone who has successfully started and ran many companies, but at the age of 50, she decided to launch her own namesake brand. She has led a team of female executives who have been with her since the beginning, including her Global VP of Sales, Dorian Tave, and later her daughter, Jennifer Vanderink, as VP of Operations and General Counsel.

Patricia Nash Designs bags and accessories with Sperry via 360 MAGAZINE.
Model Eric Green captured by celebrity photographer Vaughn Lowery at the Bronx Bodega for 360 MAGAZINE.
Model Eric Green captured by celebrity photographer Vaughn Lowery at the Bronx Bodega for 360 MAGAZINE.
Model Eric Green, captured by celebrity photographer Vaughn Lowery, at the Bronx Bodega for 360 MAGAZINE.