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|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 1:08 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Back in the late 80s, Michael Jordan had a huge decision to make when it came to his current endorsement with Nike. At the time, it seemed as though he wanted to leave the brand. Eventually, Tinker Hatfield came in and saved the day with his design for the Air Jordan 3. The shoe made Michael want to stay with the brand and in 1988, the Jordan 3 was eventually released. Since that time, we have seen numerous iconic colorways and offerings, that have all made their mark on the culture.
Heading into 2021, it appears as though Jordan Brand is looking to deliver more Jordan 3 goodness, especially when it comes to women's colorways. According to Instagram sneaker insider @zsneakerheadz, it appears as though A Ma Maniere and Jumpman could be coming through with a Jordan 3 collab in this "White/Medium Grey/Violet Ore/White" offering, found below. The image in the post is simply a photoshop rendering although here we can see a white leather upper as well as some greenish-purple tones on elephant print. Overall, it's a clean yet peculiar colorway that will pique the curiosity of sneakerheads.
If you're hoping to get your hands on these, they are reportedly slated for the early stages of 2021, so stay tuned for any updates.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 12:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
TMZ reports that Michael Jackson's cousin Marsha Stewart is selling the bloodstained IV drip she stole from his deathbed.
The bizarre auction is backed by a video in which a woman identifies herself by that name and as Michael Jackson's cousin, showing off the IV drip to the camera.
"Shortly after Michael died, I went to the house on Sunset," she explained. "I was able to go in and go to the bedroom."
She describes the macabre scene, with scattered pill bottles and uneaten food, before something caught her eye.
"This was over by the stand," she says, holding the IV drip in front of the camera. "I took it and put it in my purse. This actually belonged to Michael Jackson."
She emphasizes that the IV drip still has Michael's DNA on it.
"That's what made me grab it," she said all too matter-of-factly. "The blood."
According to TMZ, "the IV drip is going up for auction through Memorabilia Expert Auctions in [Las Vegas], and the auction house is looking to get at least $2,500 for this gruesome piece of MJ history."
COVID-19 precautions be damned. We hope nobody actually goes through with this creepy sale, but stranger things have happened.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 12:14 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers took a commanding 3-1 Western Conference Finals series lead against the likes of the Denver Nuggets. Despite their massive lead in the series, the Lakers shouldn't be too comfortable considering the Nuggets have been able to come back from down 3-1 on numerous occasions throughout this postseason.
The Lakers' most recent win came after the team issued a formal complaint with the league about the officiating throughout the series. The squad wasn't happy with LeBron James' treatment considering he wasn't being given any looks at the free-throw line. Of course, this protest ultimately worked in the Lakers' favor in Game 3.
Now, it appears as though the Nuggets are making their own complaints. Head coach Michael Malone revealed to Harrison Wind that the Nuggets were upset over some missed calls and have submitted clips of their own.
“We’ve sent in some of the clips that we felt were missed last night, and we’ll leave it at that and wait on the NBA’s response. The rebounding has nothing to do with that…we didn’t lose the game last night because of anybody except ourselves," Malone said.
Reporter Mike Singer went on to note that what both teams have done here is very normal and that every team does it. Except, now, it's something that is being brought to light.
As for Game 5, the potential deciding match will go down on Saturday in Orlando, as always.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 11:09 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A little more than one year before the release of his debut studio album, Lil Tecca cracked the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10 with his hit single "Ransom", which would go on to become one of the year's most popular songs. The track allowed the New York upstart to build the starter kit for his brand, releasing his first commercial mixtape We Love You Tecca and kicking off his dream.
Despite the strength of "Ransom", Lil Tecca's potential longevity was still called into question by curious listeners. Would he be able to stand the test of time or would he fizzle away and become a one-hit-wonder? With Virgo World, his official debut album, Lil Tecca attempts to prove his staying power.
Prior to the release of Virgo World, the 18-year-old nerdy-looking teenager came through with the Internet Money-produced single "Out Of Love" as well as "Royal Rumble" and "Our Time." The variety presented in Tecca's pre-album offerings made for an intriguing rollout. It was unclear which direction he would be heading towards. Was he dropping a full-on dancehall record? Or would his pop-leaning tendencies take over?
Lisa Lake/Getty Images"Out Of Love" is a typical Tecca single, something that could have fit in perfectly on his first mixtape. "Royal Rumble" marked somewhat of a change for the artist, perhaps acting as a line in the sand, dividing Tecca eras. "Our Time," aptly placed as the album opener on Virgo World, helps solidify this new era, an exploratory period for the young star-in-the-making. The song, when compared to his previous releases, is abstract and warm, with its island-influenced production, piquing the listener’s curiosity enough to keep them onboard.
As you travel deeper into the tracklist, it's clear that Tec Romani strived to create an album that flows, curating a playlist-like project that has the potential to live on forever. In other words, Tecca actually cared about the music he was set to release. He wasn't just recording songs willy-nilly and including them all on the project. His beat selection is consistent, and with the way he arranged Virgo World, each song flows well into the next. However, with Tecca’s focus placed primarily on a specific hit-making formula, nothing is substantive enough to truly stand out, making Virgo World more suitable for a background listening experience. Despite this, it does make for a certain level of consistency in his music. Everything is bound to be catchy to an extent, and that doesn't come easy.
While this album seeks to establish Lil Tecca as a star for years to come, it also shines a light on his weaknesses as an artist. For one, Tecca is unbearably offbeat in some songs, losing the flow and missing his cues. While that may be his intended result, the inconsistency it creates is unimpressive to the listener, who may pass off Tecca’s purposeful decision to rap offbeat as an inability to ride the track. On "Tic Toc", for example, Tecca barely manages to sweep the surface level as far as his lyrical content goes, making the song memorable only for his failure to remain on-beat in the hook.
Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesUntil this release, Tecca also lacked a clear artistic identity. What is Lil Tecca really about, besides the fact that he wears glasses and doesn’t look like a typical rapper? We still don’t know but, with his beat selection and slight personality-building moments on Virgo World, we start to get somewhat of an idea. At times, Tec shows vulnerability, like on "Insecurities" and "No Answers". On the former, he is giving himself a pep talk, telling himself that he's got to just start adopting habits that will take him to a new level. "Gotta be yourself, lil’ n***a, that's the way to grow/They gon' try put you down but you gotta stay afloat,” sings the young rapper. "And sometimes got to put your foot down and start sayin' no/And sometimes got to isolate and just start settin’ goals."
It sounds like Tecca is introspective enough to realize that, if he continues just being himself and remaining transparent in his music, he has a promising career ahead of him. However, with so much emphasis placed on creating hits, Tecca often loses himself in the mix, putting on a mask and crossing his fingers for another Billboard smash.
While Tecca’s foray into more of a dancehall-inspired productive style is ambitious, helping to carve out a new lane, it’s not definitive enough on this record to truly showcase the teenager’s roots. Both of Tecca’s parents are Jamaican immigrants, moving to Queens, New York before the rapper was born. He has said in the past that being raised in a Jamaican household influenced his overall sound. While his move into island-based production adds some much-needed substance to Lil Tecca, it fails to come across as authentic. At times, it feels like Tecca is taking this approach to simply chase trends, hopping on a sound that Drake revived in the American mainstream a few years ago.
Virgo World is a pretty solid debut album for Lil Tecca. Sure, it would be nice to hear him open up more in his music, as he still lacks a certain depth of character and artistic identity. However, this is a great starting point for the 18-year-old, who shows glimpses of individuality and has all the potential in the world to continue developing.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 10:22 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Tory Lanez was radio silent for two months before finally deciding to address the allegations that Megan Thee Stallion made against him, profiting off of the situation by releasing a new album. His move has been criticized by all corners and, while some are seemingly into the project, the majority of people commenting are backing up Megan Thee Stallion.
Previously, Royce Da 5'9" weighed in on the incident between Tory and Megan, noting that it had taken "long enough" for people to come to their senses and start defending the Houston rapper.
Today, after the release of Tory's album, Nickle came through with yet another statement on the matter.
Posting a picture of Lanez on his Instagram, Royce wrote: "Boy, you outta yo little Canadian mind... Too talented for stupidity."
While the Canadian reference is a little odd, Royce's feelings are loud and clear. He's not standing for Tory's actions and will continue to champion Megan Thee Stallion during this.
Rick Ross voiced a similar sentiment, going one step further than Royce. Ricky Rozay actually purchased a new Smart Car, having it shipped to his palace before showing it off and claiming that it's for Tory Lanez, trolling the rapper's size and telling him he made a "poor decision".
As the days go by, we'll likely see even more celebrities standing up in support of Megan Thee Stallion.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 9:08 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The legendary Public Enemy has returned with their first full-length album in twenty years, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? With features from George Clinton, Cypress Hill Nas, Rapsody, DJ Premier, Run DMC, Black Thought, YG, Ice-T, Jahi, and more, the album marks a breath of fresh air for those looking for some nostalgic, politically-charged hip-hop from one of the game's most iconic duos. And with the United States election day fast approaching, it feels like the appropriate time for Public Enemy to stage their return.
As expected, Chuck D and Flava Flav have a few thoughts on the ongoing state of the world, with their latest album serving as a reflection of sorts. “The question is in the title, which means beware of government tricks," states Flav, in an interview with Billboard. "And the time and chaos of emergency.” Those willing to step up for their cause and fight the power will discover much to enjoy here, especially the ones seeking a respite from the contemporary sound of today. Yet one thing that cannot be escaped is the political focus, which remains a driving force behind Public Enemy's music. Should you be feeling particularly rebellious, be sure to dive into What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down, and sound off with your thoughts below.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 8:08 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Kyle Rittenhouse appeared in court today for an extradition hearing to decide whether he would be sent back to Kenosha to be tried in Wisconsin courts.
The armed teenager travelled from his home state of Illinois to Wisconsin last month in response to protests that broke out in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey.
Rittenhouse, who was a dedicated supporter of the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement, was seen in multiple videos affirming his desire to "protect" local businesses from protesters and socializing with police officers with his AR-15 style rifle in open sight.
Rittenhouse was chased by protesters after shooting and killing 36 year old Joseph Rosenbaum. After tripping and falling on the ground, he opened fire again, killing 26 year old Anthony Huber and maiming another protester.
He was allowed to cross over into an approaching police line with his firearm still plainly visible without incident, despite the crowd yelling that he had just shot some people. He wasn't arrested until the next day, when he had already returned to his home town of Antioch, Illinois.
The judge decided to postpone the final call on Rittenhouse's extradition until another hearing on October 9.
The teenager is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, which carry a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He also faces charges related to travelling across state lines with a firearm while underage.
In the weeks since Rittenhouse's night in Kenosha, he has become something of a hero to some right-wing circles, who see him as a symbol of patriotism that was merely exercising his right to take up arms to defend a community.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 8:06 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Getting your Twitter account hacked is never a fun time. Typically, when this happens to big celebrities, some pretty weird things are tweeted from their account. In the case of Giannis Antetokounmpo, when his Twitter got hacked, some pretty racist things were posted. As you can imagine, fans were pretty appalled by it all but eventually, it got sorted out and Giannis got his account back. More recently, however, it was Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks who had his account compromised.
As you can see in the images below, Young's account began to tweet erratically about a plethora of topics. There were some pretty NSFW posts in here as well, and it's clear the hacker had some malicious intent. They even tried to promote a friend's account while they were in the midst of the hack.
Image via TwitterImage via TwitterImage via TwitterAfter a while, the Hawks star caught on to what was happening and was able to delete the tweets and eventually get his account back. Since then, Young has yet to address the hack although such things typically aren't even worth giving the time of day.
Needless to say, this is a great reminder to change your passwords.
|Fri, September 25, 2020 at 7:43 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Anthony Davis had himself yet another great game with the Los Angeles Lakers last night as the team picked up a huge Game 4 win against the likes of the Denver Nuggets. Now, the Lakers are just one game away from the NBA Finals, where they would most likely take on the Miami Heat, or the Boston Celtics if they manage a huge comeback. Unfortunately, Davis got a close call yesterday as he hurt his ankle and had to come out of the game for a bit.
Eventually, Davis returned although while speaking to reporters, he admitted that the injury could have been a lot worse. "Ankle feels fine. I got tonight, tomorrow, before the (next) game to get it (better)," Davis said noting that it rolled “pretty bad, but not too bad."
Davis has had injury problems throughout his career and as a result, the Lakers have been wary about him during the season. However, Davis has managed to stay relatively healthy and is a large reason why the Lakers are in the position they are now.
If the Lakers were to lose Davis, they would certainly be in for a rough time, especially since LeBron is more of a facilitator these days. Either way, the Lakers can rest easy knowing AD will be good to go on Saturday for Game 5.