Hypebeast #33 - The Systems Issue

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Hypebeast Magazine #33 The Systems Issue 

Hypebeast Magazine #33 is called The Systems Issue, as we explore not just why people create what they create but how they do it — the processes and approaches that have led to success, growth, influence, and community.

On top of the work itself, this means spotlighting artists’ networks, collaborators, and lines of communication to audiences, as well as how those factors affect their practices.

For our cover star Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, this means going independent in both fashion and music with the relaunch of YZY and the release of VULTURES 1 (and soon VULTURES 2 and 3) through his own platforms. In an exclusive interview, the perennial iconoclast explains how building his own systems has led to him being “the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” on top of feeling the most authentic connection with his fans since The College Dropout.

Systems can also imply a dedication to a method and methodology, such as designer Jiyong Kim utilizing weather and the elements to create his one-of-one, sun-bleached garments. Or Harmony Korine’s tech-design EDGLRD collective, which embraces a “throw sh*t at the wall and see what sticks” approach to evolving the state of film, video games, and skateboarding.