News: Jay-Z Laces Up For New R+ Sneakers, Kicks Set For June Release

Thursday, May 7, 2009 8:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z's new Rocawear sneaker, the R+, has had its images leaked online as the hip-hop mogul prepares to release them to retail stores next month.

Jay's new kicks will hit retail outlets this June and have been compared to Kanye's sneaker design.

The R+ sneaker from Shawn and Rocawear is set to debut in June and if you can't tell after looking at the picture, it resembles various other sneakers out there. Don't you agree? I'm seeing a Supra with a Yeezy, throw Nike in there somewhere and then you have the R+. Hit the jump to see for yourself. (ImFlashy)

The online community has shared mixed reactions to the shoes.

Set to release in June, recently released shots of Rocawear's R+ sneaker. You can just see all types of design swipes leading to this ___________ (insert your own adjective) sneaker. I'm mean I'm smelling Nike's RT-1's, Y-3's, Supra's, Yeezy''s just ugh. I am not pleased. I think my wallet's safe in this case. Dare I say... (Rawkus)

Following in line with a similar style to Kanye West's Air Yeezy's, which were released earlier this year, the Roc-A-Fella duo are also set to release fragrance lines.

Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West all got fragrance deals when Iconic Fragrances, LLC (where Jay-Z is a principal) signed an agreement with Parlux. Also part of the contract is the announcement of an upcoming scent with a "well-established female artist." Considering it's Jay-Z's deal and he's married to Beyonce, let's read between the lines on that one. (New York Magazine)

Along with Yeezy's Louis Vuitton sneakers facing off with Jay's new kicks, Kanye previously announced plans to also release an album this June.

"If I wanna rap, I'll rap," Ye said last October during his 808s & Heartbreak listening session. "If I wanna sing, I'll sing. I told Jay, L.A Reid and everyone at my label that I needed to put this out right now, I'll have another album in June, but this has to come out right now. The way these songs connect with you, God uses me as a vessel- he puts me through pain so that I can go through it, and create..." (The Fader)

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