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Fare Thee Well, Prince

  • Kempt Staff
Fare Thee Well, Prince

Fuck. Prince has passed away in his Minnesota studio at 57. He was, frankly, among the most talented and original people to ever live, not to mention an inimitable style icon.

Here’s our 2013 crowning of the man who rocked purple velvet like no other, whipped Charlie Murphy’s ass in a game of streetball, played the shit out of a custom guitar and sang some of the most epic songs of his or any generation...

Steve McQueen’s Chevy Is Up for Grabs

  • Kempt Staff

Auction Block: You can own the car Steve McQueen drove in his final film—a Chevy Styleline DeLuxe Convertible. McQueen liked it so much, he bought it when the movie wrapped.

Return of the Mac: Put This On extols the virtues of a good raincoat—especially as spring looms large.

What’s in a Name: Gawker suddenly takes issue with the most recent antics of yesterday’s Kempt Icon, Prince.

Cover Art: PopSci turns the past 67 years of classic sci-fi novel covers into one Technicolor infographic.

Kempt’s 5′7" and Under All-Stars

No one paid much attention to Spud Webb at the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk competition. At 5′7", he was (and remains) the shortest player ever to compete in the contest. The rest of the field dwarfed him by over a foot. Even Dominique Wilkins, Webb’s teammate and the reigning slam-dunk champion, brushed Spud aside. “I don’t think he’s ever seen me dunk before,” Webb said in a pregame interview. Then he did the following:

An elevator two-handed double-pump dunk, a one-handed off-the-backboard jam, a 360-degree helicopter one-handed dunk, a 180-degree reverse double-pump slam and a 180-degree reverse two-handed strawberry jam from a lob bounce off the floor, the latter two of which received perfect 50-point scores in the final round to bring home the gold.

We have no control over how tall we stand—height is fixed from the start. How we stand, though (or soar, in Mr. Webb’s case) is measured in stature. And stature knows no bounds. With that in mind, we proudly present:

The 5′7" and Under All-Stars...»

Gant Rugger’s Inspiration Does Not Involve Clothing

The Confusion Continues: More on the ever-deepening enigma of Kanye West. This time, robots are involved. [The Awl]

The Wages of Acting: Apparently interviewing Christian Bale for a glossy profile is not the plum assignment it would seem. [Esquire]

This is What it Sounds Like: Let’s stop everything and just think really hard about why Prince is so awesome. [The Paris Review]

New Tricks: A simple guide to the mind-bogglingly complicated Facebook chat-mail business that rolled out this morning. [Fast Company]