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|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Late Night circuit can be an interesting place for rappers; the sheer popularity of their craft often merits mandatory invites, despite occasionally mismatched crowds. Though the element can be unfamiliar, which occasionally yields stiff and uninspired performances, every so often a gem can be unearthed. Now, on the heels of landing his first number one album, Hoodie SZN, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has stopped by Late Night With Seth Myers for a performance of his hit single "Look Back At It."
In keeping with the song's restrained nature, A Boogie's backing band comes through heavy on the atmosphere, holding it down with solid piano groundwork and subtle percussive flourishes. Going without backing track, A Boogie holds it down with some impressive vocals, retaining a respectable sense of integrity that a lazier artist might be able to live without. All things considered, it's an enjoyable piece of late night fare, with clear emphasis placed upon the rehearsal process. Respect to A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie for holding it down, and we can only hope he continues to capitalize on this momentum.
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 10:08 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Grimes and Azealia Banks have been ordered to retain all Twitter, Instagram, and text messages concerning Elon Musk. If you recall, Azealia Banks publicly aired Musk's dirty laundry without giving him any prior notice. The messages exchanged with Grimes were posted weeks, hours, and moments before Azealia turned up on Musk's estate at Grimes' request.
The court-ordered subpoena doesn't implicate Grimes on a criminal level, because it was Azealia Banks and only Banks who made private matters public. Elon Musk's attorneys filed the request as means of proof in the class action suit filed by the SEC for market manipulation, on the basis of a Tweet he published in August (see below).
Sometime after the Tweet was published, Azealia told her Twitter audience that Musk administered the "420" after he'd been introduced to wonders of marijuana by his on/off partner Grimes. Musk's response to those claims was to delegitimize Azealia Banks' reputation a whole other level, by threatening legal action.
Definitive action was taken to prove his point: Musk would aptly demonstrate his inability to smoke pot on the Joe Rogan podcast, a video that went viral in a matter of hours if not minutes. By all accounts, Azealia Banks is prepared to comply with anything abdicated in the court of law. May this serve as a lesson in confidentiality, for all those who derived enjoyment out of this messy debacle, several months-in-the-making.
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 10:06 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Considering Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have won five Super Bowl's and have made it to eight in the last two decades, it's hard to believe they will be underdogs come Sunday when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. Well, according to a report from BetDSI sportsbook, via Forbes, the Patriots haven't been underdogs since September 20th in 2015. This would make it the first time in 67 games, both regular season and postseason that the Pats aren't favored.
Despite the Chiefs being favored by three points, Brady isn't worried and only cares about one thing: winning the game on Sunday.
“I don’t think about it too much, what people might say or think,” Brady said via MassLive.com. "I know we’re playing against a very good football team. They’re the first seed for a reason. They’ve had a great season and we’re going to have to go into a really tough environment and play our best football, so it’s a great opportunity for us and hopefully, we can take advantage of it."
If the Patriots win on Sunday, they will play either the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53, which would be Brady's ninth trip to the Championship game.
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 9:57 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been retired for three years now but apparently one NFL team in desperate need of a QB was still kicking the tires on his willingness to play this season.
According to The Ringer's Kevin Clark, Hasselbeck said he received a phone call from a playoff-contending team at some point during 2018 asking if he was "in shape and available to sign."
Hasselbeck, 43, spoke about receiving interest from NFL teams this past season during a discussion regarding his decision to retire. He says one major factor that contributed to his retirement was a vicious hit to the jaw from Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus while he was QBing for the Indianapolis Colts.
"I wasn't eating solid food for a couple of weeks," he said. "They tested me for a concussion. It wasn't, but I couldn't hear out of my right ear. I hurt a joint near my ear. So you get rid of those crown-of-the-helmet hits. You get rid of the full body weight falling on a player."
Hasselbeck last played for the Colts in 2015 at the age 40. In eight games he threw for 1,690 yards, nine touchdowns and a 60.9% completion percentage while the team went 5-3.
This Sunday, a pair of 40+ year old QBs will take the field in conference championship games as 41-year old Tom Brady makes his eighth straight AFC title game appearance and 40-year old Drew Brees looks to take the Saints back to the Super Bowl.
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 9:12 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The trailer for the new John Wick movie has dropped today and not much has changed. Although Wick has gone from being "not that guy anymore" to the THE guy who has a $14 million bounty on his head and tracked by "the world’s most ruthless hit men and women" he is still the guy with whom, as Halle Berry says in the new trailer, "noting's ever just a conversation." She's right, the guy has a tendency to get in over his head and, appropriately, the trailer begins with him (and, of course, a dog) walking through the rain as a voiceover asks, "Jonathan, what have you done?"
The rest of the trailer previews a lot of action in a lot of different settings: motorcycle-to-motorcycle, horse-to-motorcycle, submerged in water, in a room full of mirrors and against LA Clippers big-man Boban Marjanovic (he stuffs a book into his mouth at the 1:35 mark). The movie, which starts in New York directly after the events of #2, looks like it'll become global, if the shot of Wick trudging up a giant sand dune–still in his signature black suit–is anything to go by.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum will be out on May 17th:
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 9:02 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lil Skies is one of the most underrated artists out there. He has a huge following but he has yet to truly break out into the mainstream. For some reason, something hasn't caught on with the masses. However, it feels like it's only a matter of time before more people start to take notice. It's not like Lil Skies is a small name. He had a great year and he's looking to grow even further in 2019. He's definitely somebody to keep an eye on and his last two songs only prove that.
Near the end of last year, Skies came through with "Opps Want Me Dead," which impressed many of his naysayers. Today, he comes through with "Real Ties." The rapper has released a music video to accompany the new track, which was produced by E-Trou and Taz Taylor. The young artist speaks on loyalty in the new song, praising his clique for sticking by him and deeming it "no surprise" that they have.
This is just the latest addition to Skies' growing body of work. Skies is somebody that you should keep an eye on in 2019. When/if he drops the follow-up to Life of a Dark Rose, we should be in for something special.
Money comin' in, people knowing that we lit
Do it for the fam, we gon’ die for this shit
It's some real ties when we pull up with the clique
It ain't no surprise, they gon’ love you when you rich
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 8:54 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It looks like Kevin Hart is in the process of turning one of the best board games into a live action movie, Deadline reports. The "Ride Along" actor and the director of the film, Tim Story, will reportedly be working together yet again for a live-action movie on the Hasbro game, Monopoly. The film will be produced through Kevin's HartBeat Productions label.
Although details on the movie are limited, the screenplay is said to be about a boy who is from the game’s Baltic Avenue on a mission to make a fortune. Hasbro has been plotting to make a film about the ionic game for a while now with The Truman Show's Andrew Niccol previously attached to the screenplay, but nothing came of it.
Phillip Faraone/Getty ImagesKevin is just coming off a controversial start to the new year after he stepped down from hosting the upcoming Oscar Awards after his past homophobic tweets resurfaced. There was a brief moment where people thought he would take the gig back on, but Kevin cleared up the rumors.
"I am not hosting the Oscars this year... right now, from a time perspective, I don't have the time," he said. "I like to call myself a perfectionist. I would want to make sure the production is a great representation of me and my talent." He might consider hosting "in the future [...] but it's not the conversation of today."
|Thurs, January 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
This Saturday's UFC event on ESPN has a bit of controversy around it due to the fact that both former NFLer Greg Hardy and Rachael Ostovich are on the same card. For those who don't know, Ostovich was a victim of domestic abuse, while Greg Hardy was found guilty of domestic abuse back in 2014.
Ariel Helwani, who is a UFC analyst and insider, went on ESPN's First Take to talk about the UFC's decision.
"I found this decision to be incredibly tone-deaf, to put it mildly," Helwani explained on ESPN.
TMZ caught up with UFC president Dana White and asked him about Helwani's comments. White was dismissive to put mildly.
"I don't give a sh*t what Ariel Helwani thinks. Who the f*ck is Ariel Helwani to question anything that we do," White said. "I think we've done a pretty good job over 20 years. I could give a sh*t what he thinks or anybody else for that matter."
White also explained that because both are on the UFC roster, it was inevitable that they would end up on the same card together at some point. He also said Ostovich is totally fine with Hardy being on the card with her.