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|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 11:02 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Trae Young has had a very impressive start to his NBA career although his team's results don't necessarily reflect that. The Atlanta Hawks have been consistently bad but their one bright spot is none other than Young. Last night, Young dominated the court as he scored 50 points while propelling his team to a 129-124 victory over the Miami Heat. This was the first time in Young's career that he was able to score 50 and we're sure he's destined for even more in the future.
Young reflected that very sentiment while speaking to Hawks beat reporter, Chris Kirschner. After the game, Young gave his jersey to Quavo. Typically, players who experience a milestone will keep their jerseys from that night. As Young explains, he opted to give the jersey away because he knows he has plenty more 50-point games on the horizon.
If you're a Hawks fan, you have to love Young's confidence here. The Hawks are a team that has potential, as long as they can get some pieces. If Young continues to be dominant, then Hawks fans have a lot to cheer for which is something they haven't been able to say in quite a while.
Regardless, it probably would have been smarter for Young to keep the jersey anyway.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 10:47 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's official -- Eminem has officially sat down with KXNG Crooked for a conversation on Crook's Corner. The opening moments find the two lyricists nerding out over each other's bars, with Em marveling at Crook's "Abraham Lincoln" scheme and Crook returning the favor with Em's "Ohio/Since-An-Addy" scheme. As the conversation progresses, Em reveals that Dre originally sent him a link to Alfred Hitchock's original Music To Be Murdered By record, which Em proceeded to use as the inspiration for his own project. He even confirms that there were a few moments that had to be cut over sample clearance issues, leaving us all wondering whether a deluxe version is indeed in the cards.
Despite being an elite emcee, Em tells Crooked that he and Royce make "untoppable" verses. "I can only hope to tie at best," marvels Em, reflecting on Crook's scheme from "Our House." "Being able to keep it going is something the average listens might not understand," explains Em. "Some people might not catch the syllables." On that note, he reveals that he first discovered Young M.A. through "OUUUU," and proceeded to keep a watchful eye on her trajectory. "She carried herself like a star. Charisma, but she also had the bars. She's really got bars. I just went down the wormhole."
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesOn Black Thought, Em explains that he never quite felt he had the right song to send the legendary Roots lyricist. Breaking down the process of "Yah Yah," Em reveals that Q-Tip's "my era" hook might be enough to lure Black Thought into the fold. "I hit him up through Royce, asked Royce to send him the track. His Funk Flex freestyle was...Oh My God. It's what we love about this music. Especially as a competitive rapper -- It's inspiring to hear that shit, but it also gets you like aw fuck. It gives you anxiety and it pumps you up at the same time."
Marveling at how his career has led him to meet many childhood idols, Em remembers driving around with LL Cool J, showing him Relapse in its entirety. "Before he got out the truck I was like yo man, I just want to say what you mean to me," reflects Em. "I'm a Stan of you." One has to wonder how LL Cool J reacted to "Stay Wide Awake." Later, Em maintains that he thoroughly enjoyed watching J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar rise to greatness, confirming that he does indeed keep an eye on the game at large. "All the new shit, I try to stay up on," he says. "Whose doing what. Flow patterns. Like DaBaby -- I never know where his rhymes are gonna land. That shit is so interesting to me cause he does it so well."
Without saying his name, Crook inquires about Lord Jamar's infamous "guest in the house" of hip-hop accusation. "I don't know if I've got a chance to say this yet, but the funny shit is with the whole beef with a certain person, I never said I wasn't a guest," responds Em. "I'm absolutely a guest. I never said I wasn't. I never said I was king of anything...I never want to be the king of hip-hop. Who the fuck is the king of hip-hop?" Bringing things full circle, Em claims that he judges hip-hop greatness through lyricism above all.
Check out the full interview below -- plenty of gems to be found here.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 10:41 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Doja Cat is one of the most active celebrities on social media, truly having a feel for different platforms and striving on each one. She's one of the biggest artists on TikTok with about a handful of her records blowing up over there. She's also a huge search term on YouTube. As for Instagram and Twitter, that's where she built her name. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter is currently in one of the most ambitious stages of her career, striking gold with Hot Pink and watching her star rise to new degrees. She recently got in touch with her followers via live-stream and, admitting that she was drunk, got a little emotional over how much she wants new music from Nicki Minaj and why she wishes the industry would switch up on her.
Ari Perilstein/Getty ImagesIn recent years, Nicki Minaj hasn't been getting the respect that she deserves after basically being the only high-profile female rapper in the game for an entire decade. While she has had competition, nobody truly challenged her spot before Cardi B popped up. Doja Cat practically begged the rapper to release some new tunes, threatening to soil herself if she didn't come through this week.
"She has implanted herself so deeply into all of us and into music, and into rap, and into hip-hop, in such a way that people have underappreciated her and I don't think that that's right," said Doja, who was seemingly on the verge of tears. "I don't think that that's natural. I feel like there's some weird shit going on. I feel like she just belongs in the fucking spotlight. And not in like a weird, corny way. She just belongs..."
Russ, who was watching the live-stream, commented that he agrees before Doja Cat called him out, clowning him for even being present for the video. "Russ, get out of here, get the fuck out of here," she told him. "Leave and text me, but get out of here."
Watch the video below.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Charles Barkley didn't mince words when he called out the Cleveland Cavaliers players on Thursday night, following news that the team had fired head coach John Beilien just 54 games into his five-year contract. Barkley was critical of Cavs' players throughout the "thugs" controversy, and he really laid into the team during last night's episode of 'Inside The NBA' for the way they ran Beilein out of town.
Jason Miller/Getty Images In criticizing the "ridiculous and unprofessional" way that the Cavs treated Beilein, Barkley made a point to call out Cavs veterans, such as Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, for not being leaders, and blasted the team's young stars, like Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, for thinking they're better than they really are.
“I want to call out the Cleveland Cavaliers. I thought what they did to coach Beilein was ridiculous, unprofessional,” Barkley said. “I think the veterans on that team were not leaders. I think the young guys on that team who can’t play think they are better than they are and they tried to get that man fired. They got that man fired ... I’m so disgusted by those players trying to get that man fired.
“John Beilein is a hell of a coach and I think he’s a good guy. But for those players to complain about ‘We’re practicing too hard, we’re watching too much film,’ because they stink. Because they stink. I just didn’t think that was fair. When a coach is wrong I’m going to call him out. When players are wrong I’m going to call them out. I’m disgusted by what the Cavaliers did to coach Beilein."
The Cavs (14-40, worst in the East) will play their first game under interim head coach J.B Bickerstaff on Friday night as they pay a visit to the nation's capital for a matchup with the Washington Wizards (20-33). Check out the video footage of Barkley's comments below.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 10:28 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Yella Beezy is deadset on keeping the "Stop Snitching" movement alive, as evidenced by his brand new single "Keep It In The Streets." Imploring those who find themselves embroiled in conflict to avoid police intervention at all costs, Beezy makes it known that he'll never cooperate with authorities under any circumstances. "Don't run to no police, don't get no man involved, know what I'm sayin?" he requests, over a soulful guitar lick. In that sense, the track feels like a public service announcement, and who better to address the people than Yella Beezy?
Don't let the melodic cadence fool you. Yella Beezy is delivering hard-nosed bars and bonafide threats. Better get ready, promise I do when it's time for the fetti, Drop-drop the bag down, put a hole in your head," he raps. "Bullets start rainin' just like some confetti, pile up credit, that pressure is heavy." Should you be interested in catching some real shit from a rising talent in the game, look no further than Yella's "Keep It In The Streets."
Better get ready, promise I do when it's time for the fetti
Drop-drop the bag down, put a hole in your head and-
Bullets start rainin' just like some confetti
Pile up credit, that pressure is heavy
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 10:04 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Offset's really living that "GNF" life which seems even more apparent after a jeweler claimed the rapper blew off a $400K lawsuit. The Blast reports Guven's Fine Jewelry has filed documents accusing the rapper of being a no-show in court over a $400K bill. Now, they're asking for a default judgment since Set never showed up. Given a deadline of Feb 4th to respond, they said that Offset was served the proper papers with a legal notice.
Offset was sued in September over the matter after the jeweler claimed the rapper essentially ran off on the plug. Apparently, there were several multiple requests made to Offset to clear off the $400K bill but 'Set never responded. Among the items listed that make up the six-figure debt is a $140K diamond-encrusted tennis bracelet, another platinum tennis bracelet with emerald-cut diamonds amounting to $40K, and a platinum diamond necklace worth $95K.
Earlier this month, Offset was named in a lawsuit along with YG and 2 Chainz over the song "Proud." A rapper by the name of Slugga said that he released a song in 2015 that he believes was the base for 2 Chainz 2018 single. Slugga accused 2 Chainz, YG, and Offset of using the "same climactic moment and the same 2/4 time signature of two beats per measure."
We'll keep you posted on any new updates.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 9:52 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Jordan Brand has another Air Jordan 1 Retro High Zoom colorway in the works, following up the black/iridescent iteration that recently launched as part of the "Fearless" collection. The upcoming "Racer Blue" iteration, which was recently worn by Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, is expected to release sometime in March according to sneaker source @Py_Leaks.
The Air Jordan 1 High Zoom "Racer Blue" comes equipped with a predominately white leather upper accompanied by glossy, grey patent leather overlays and a unique, mesh ankle collar. The kicks are also highlighted by an eye-catching racer blue inner lining with a combination of red and blue on the outsole. Like the first AJ1 Zoom, this pair features a full-length Zoom Air unit, hence the name.
Jordan Brand has not yet announced official release details but all signs point to a release next month. Due to the increase in Air Jordan 1 prices in 2020, you can expect a $175 price tag. Check out some on-foot photos in the IG posts embedded below.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 9:49 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Throughout her long-spanning career, Nicki Minaj has been very tight-lipped about her personal life, never really divulging much information about her loved ones to the world. In the last year, Minaj has been more comfortable letting the world into her personal matters, showing off her new husband Kenneth Petty all over social media and even making reference to her brother, who has been convicted of child rape, during her feud against ex-boyfriend Meek Mill. This week, the Queens superstar opened up even further to her fans, uploading a video with her father and her little sister for the first time in a minute. In fact, this appears to be one of the first times that Minaj has ever posted anything with her sister Ming. Fans were amazed and shocked after the clip went up, reacting to Ming Maraj's looks and wondering why this moment didn't come sooner.
Looking just like her, Ming Maraj was finally featured in one of Nicki's videos and it didn't take much time to convince the Barbs that the two are damn-near identical. People went snooping and ended up finding more information about Minaj's little sister, even uncovering a TikTok video she made where she lip-synced to a Cardi B rant on Love & Hip-Hop.
Take a look at the video above and let us know if you think they look similar.
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|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 9:23 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Birdman has worked with some of the all-time greats and he certainly has a good ear for what will be hot for years to come, which is why it's so important to note that he just predicted that YoungBoy Never Broke Again would become one of the biggest artists of all time.
During his extensive interview on Everyday Struggle this week, Birdman explained the dynamic of his working relationships with Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and others. He also spoke about the artists he has been working with more recently, bringing up Rich Gang and Young Thug.
"Thug is like my little brother. I really sat down with Thug and taught him a lot. He lived with me for, like, 4 or 5 years. me and him really put in the work," said Baby about his bond with the Slime General. "I'm expecting Young Thug to be a great artist and a great CEO also because I taught him a lot."
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesAs for another rapper he's spent time with, Birdman speaks about YoungBoy Never Broke Again with the highest of praise. "I think NBA YoungBoy gon' be one of the biggest artists that we done ever seen," said the rap mogul as somewhat of a passing comment. "I think he gon' be real big."
Birdman definitely has solid picks for the future, as Young Thug has already started developing a strong roster of talent. NBA YoungBoy has also seen his numbers absolutely dominate on certain platforms, out-performing almost everybody on YouTube.
Watch below at the 25-minute mark.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 9:13 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Dawn Richard of Making The Band's Danity Kane has come forward with some frightful allegations about her time with Diddy. In an interview with Wild Wayne Unchained podcast, Richard admitted that Diddy is a genius but there was a dark side to his brilliance. She said that Diddy would say things like, 'You're not worth it," and 'You're going home.'
Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images“He would literally do it every day,” Dawn recalled. “And I would be so stressed out I lost [weight], I was so skinny and my dad was stressed out. I heard they were calling my dad like ‘How do we get them out of this?’ They were asking Puff for a lot of money to get me out of the contract.”
The insults got word with Richards detailing how Diddy attempted to have them "toughen up."
“He would bring us in the room and say, ‘You’re ugly. You gotta fix your face.’ Wild stuff. But he was preparing us for what the industry would be,” she said. “But if we would have done what we did in this time, Puff would have been crucified. Because you can’t talk to women now — like the levels of what he was saying, it was aggressive. It was really aggressive. It was crazy.”
“The last time before he picked the band he made me change twelve times,” she added. “I just knew I was going home, the reason why he made me change was going to pick me the whole time but he made me feel like s*** and be stressed out because he wanted to see if I’d be off my game.”
Peep the full interview below.