Janelle Monáe Wears MSCHF Boots With A Twist At NBA All-Star Weekend

They also played during the Celebrity All-Star Game and put their own customized twist on the viral (and no longer red) boots.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares

Janelle Monáe just stepped out in customized MSCHF boots during the 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend. Of course, their style and ability to keep up with (and set) trends is no doubt impressive. As such, it's only fitting that their embrace of the viral Big Red Boots should come with a twist. Furthermore, artist Kevin Rejtö Lowry painted the custom "Float" boots for Janelle, referencing their latest comeback single. Moreover, it's a sky-blue background with various clouds floating over the shoe, making for a beautiful sight. Also, Monáe combined them perfectly with a sky-blue "Float" varsity jacket and blue-white shades.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 17: Janelle Monáe attends the Ruffles Celebrity Game during the 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend at Vivint Arena on February 17, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

However, the 37-year-old's fashion talents didn't necessarily translate into a high-scoring Celebrity All-Star performance. Even though Monáe played defense on their opponents while the singer's team had possession, they still had a good time. "Nah fr that was bucket list," they tweeted after the game. "I got cut from my team as a kid (it was traumatic!) and now I’m laughing. Thank you @NBAAllStar for having meeeee." Also, Rolling Stone reported that Dwyane Wade (who ran Monáe's team) told them to step up at one point. “When we down here, I need you to be ready to score,” he allegedly said.

Despite Monáe's hooping skills, they certainly impress with their fashion every time. What's more is that there were plenty of other people on their team who carried that weight already. For example, in almost prophetic fashion, 21 Savage scored Team Wade's 21st point with a clean three-pointer. Their team, coached by Giannis Antetokuonmpo, faced Utah Jazz governor Ryan Smith's team, under Fat Joe's coaching. Moreover, Monáe went head-to-head with Cordae, Ozuna, DK Metcalf, and many more.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City artist recently returned to music with their "Float" single, during which they boast in classic, confident Janelle fashion. Came back from the future to take all y’all n***as and take all y’all h*es," they rap. "They said I was bi, yeah, baby, I’m bi, a whole ‘nother coast / She stay in the Hills, he stay in Atlanta, I paid for them both / My face card don’t come with a limit, I swipe it, I spend it, I swear I be doin’ the most." Check out their new track above and return to HNHH for the latest greatness from Janelle Monáe.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.