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|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 12:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
As we near the release of Lil Tecca's Virgo World, the New York representative is trying his hand at a spelling bee, accepting an interviewer's challenge on the street. The 17-year-old rapper hit the big leagues with his hit single "Ran$om" and, since then, he's been following that formula to a tee. This year, he's impacted his audience with "IDK" and that should have probably been his answer when asked if he could spell the word "chiropractor."
Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesWhen an interviewer approached him in the street, Lil Tecca was playing around with the man until he was asked to spell a word that he was not entirely familiar with. Perhaps Tecca has never needed the services of a chiropractor because, from the sounds of it, he's never even heard the word in his life.
Sporting his signature glasses, which have caused some fans to think he's a super-genius of sorts, Lil Tecca admitted that he is a pretty smart kid. Maybe he just isn't that good in English class though because, when tasked with spelling the word "chiropractor," he struggled royally. The teenager was bewildered before giving it a shot, messing up almost instantly. Good effort though!
We need to make Spelling Bee with Lil Tecca an actual reality show out here. What word do you want him to tackle next?
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 12:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's tough to imagine the WWE without 16-time Champion John Cena, but that was almost the reality as WWE nearly fired Cena just months after his debut on SmackDown. As part of WWE Network's new series "Ruthless Aggression," Cena explained how he was informed of his impending release in 2002 after he failed to capitalize on the momentum from his match against Kurt Angle.
Michael N. Todaro/Getty ImagesSays Cena:
“The WWE, they used to make a series of cuts around late November and around mid-May. I was told I was getting my release in the Christmas cuts, because it just wasn’t working, and there’s no argument there. It wasn’t, They gave it to me on a silver platter. ‘John Cena. Ruthless Aggression.’ And I failed. I messed it up. It was on my last European tour, and I think I was in mixed tag matches – this is how well it was not going. I was just there to maybe have one last time in the ring, but I was on the way out.”
As we know, Cena was not cut and he went on to become one of the most decorated superstars in the company's history. So what changed? As seen in the video clip embedded below, Cena's ability to freestyle along with Rey Mysterio and Rikishi on the WWE tour bus ultimately led to his Dr. Of Thuganomics gimmick, which saved his career.
Cena is currently scheduled to make his return to SmackDown later this month, and it is believed that he will put the wheels in motion for an in-ring return at Wrestlemania 36.
Click here to find out which WWE superstar is scheduled to face off against the leader Cenation at the "Show of Shows" on April 5th.
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|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 11:34 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Shannon Sharpe used to play in the NFL which makes him particularly well-equipped to talk about other players and whether or not they have what it takes to still play at a high level. Sharpe currently cohosts FS1's Undisputed alongside Skip Bayless and the former Denver Bronco has been known to bring some hot takes to the table. On Friday, that's exactly what he did while talking about Tom Brady. The QB will be a free agent this season and has a big decision to make in regards to where he goes next.
As Sharpe explains in the clip below, he believes Brady has actually hit the end of the road and that he barely has what it takes to be a sustainable quarterback. In fact, Sharpe would take Brees over Brady right now. Of course, Sharpe admits that Brady was better in his prime but as it stands, Brees is more serviceable.
“Moving forward, Drew Brees is a better, more valuable (quarterback)… because I believe he has more in the tank,” Sharpe said. “Tom Brady is on fumes. If I’m him, the next gas station, I’m not passing it. I’m going to fill up, because sometimes you’re like, ‘No, I can get something cheaper down the road.’ Don’t you pass that gas station, Tom, because it’s almost over.”
Sharpe's comments come off as pretty harsh but he definitely makes an interesting point. Say what you will about Brady's weapons last year, he simply wasn't playing at a high enough level for the Patriots to go far. With this in mind, Brady could find this upcoming season to be quite difficult.
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 11:31 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
California rapper Lil Xan remains one of the least-liked members of the hip-hop community nationwide. The 23-year-old has been hated on from all sides, earning a ton of backlash for his comments about Tupac Shakur several years ago. He's been trying to bounce back into the public's good graces but, unfortunately, it's looking like that's less likely to happen as time goes by. His reputation isn't getting him down though. The leader of Xanarchy has everything he's ever wanted. Money, fame, girls, and more. His most recent single, released earlier today, is representative of a new sound that Diego is chasing, dropping off "Wide Awake" via Xanarchy Music.
Produced by Yaygo and MorgothBeatz, Lil Xan supplemented the new single with a highly-stylized music video, produced by Polygon. Watch it below and let us know what you think of this one.
Can't beat me, ten-for-ten, I'm undefeated
Nikes on my feet, shout out Mac Miller, yeah
I see that life that they be hidin' from me, yeah
Takin' a hike just to see the stars at night, yeah
Is that my dead homie? I got dead homies
But it's okay, they my angels, they protect me from the pain
|Fri, February 21, 2020 at 11:18 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Since joining The Real last month as the Emmy-winning daytime talk show's permanent fifth host, Amanda Seales has been doing a pretty amazing job to say the least. While taping the 1,000th episode of the series, Seales may have even gained a few more fans after dropping a major clapback on visiting guest Jennifer Lahmers from Extra TV.
Noel Vasquez/Getty ImagesThings were all good just a few months ago when The Real cast (pre-Amanda) visited Lahmers over at Extra TV (seen above) for a lighthearted game of what appeared to be musical chairs. However, the vibe wasn't as playful this time around. Things took a left turn when Jennifer was quick to mention Seales being a "newbie" while congratulating the other ladies on accomplishing 1,000 episodes together. After they were able to brush that aside — Loni grabbing Amanda's hand on the low was enough to show tension was brewing — it then got slightly more verbal when Lahmers again made an unneeded comment about Amanda and fellow host Jeannie Mai "butting heads" during segments. This prompted the Insecure actress to address the situation by literally saying "Stop!" and explaining that her, Mai and the other ladies are allowed to have a "difference in opinion" as a diverse lineup of women rather than describing it as butting heads. "She tried it," Amanda wrote on her Instagram just a few hours ago when recollecting on the situation, continuing by writing, "Don’t come for me unless I send for you. I am not hostile. I’m passionate. Happy Black History Month ?????." She said what she said!
Watch the clip below and let us know if you think Amanda Seales had a point in her clapback:
View this post on InstagramShe tried it. Don’t come for me unless I send for you. I am not hostile. I’m passionate. Happy Black History Month ?????
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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