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|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 1:34 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The death of Juice WRLD hit the hip-hop community heavily. At just 21-years-old, he had accomplished so much in his short career. Chart-topping singles, sold-out tours, and a collaborative project with Future, an artist that influenced him in more ways than one. Juice WRLD previously spoke on how he creditted Future for introducing him for lean. "That’s the first thing I told [Future]," Juice said in a 2018 interview with Vulture. "He just was like, 'Wow.' He kind of apologized."
Future discussed the death of Juice WRLD in his cover story for XXL. Of course, Juice was an incredibly young artist that had gained fans in veteran circles, including artists like Future and Young Thug, who had not only influenced him but embraced him, as well. "It was heartbreaking about Juice. Still to this day, I’m heartbroke. Rest in peace to Juice Wrld. He’s a great artist. He had so much more to do," Future said.
Future's previously faced criticism for incessant references to substances in his music, predominantly pharmaceuticals like lean or Percocet. When asked whether he felt any sort of way about influencing Juice WRLD to dabble into lean, he explained that he did but he noted he was far from the first to do so.
"Yeah, but it was so many people that came before me that talked about drugs from rock ’n’ roll stars to pop stars to people aware of other artists going to rehabs and aware of other artists’ overdose and there is so many other people that was a part of this world way before me," he said. "It’s just like, I probably shedded more light on it and brought more attention to it from my cadence or my charisma and the way people reacted to it, but everything I said was already talked about before me."
However, he made it clear that he never had the intention of influencing anyone, including Juice WRLD, to ever use drugs themselves. Though he admitted it's a touchy subject to speak on, he made it clear that he was simply trying to be himself when he entered the rap game.
"Me having an influence on that, I just feel like...that is not my intentions. My intention was just to be me. I’m just being me and what you get from it is what you get from it, but at the same time, I wouldn’t want no one to go through anything to harm theyself or to bring death to theyself and Juice Wrld is a touchy situation. I’m heartbroken by the whole thing. My heart goes out to his family, his mom."
Elsewhere in the interview, he addressed rumors of WATTA2... kinda. "Yeah, so we always gonna make music," he revealed "How we put the music out—we strategically got to come out with different ways and new ways to be able to put the music out and connect with the fans in a different way, but also still feed the fans and always respect our duo."
Though a collab project with Drake might not be coming into fruition anytime soon, it does appear to that their recent top 10 charting single, "Life Is Good" is also the title of Future's next project. Keep your eyes peeled for a release date.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 12:47 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Ja Morant was killing it in his first year in the NBA, prior to the suspension of the season due to the Coronavirus. If and when the league resumes, Morant's Memphis Grizzlies will be in a playoff spot which is something no one would have predicted at the beginning of the season. With that being said, Morant has been impressing a lot of people, including some of the most well-established artists in the entire world. On a recent episode of the "All The Smoke" podcast, Lil Wayne praised Morant for being one of the best young players in the entire league.
Morant was made aware of this praise and took to Twitter with one word: "Love." Clearly, Morant was surprised by the shoutout although he was incredibly happy to receive it, nonetheless.
Morant was also making a great case for himself to win rookie of the year honors. If the league does, in fact, resume, Morant will surely be a lock for the award. While one could make the case for Zion Williamson, the Pelicans star only played less than half the season, while Morant would have played a full campaign. This fact alone should go a long way in deciding who gets the ROTY honor.
Regardless, it's clear that Morant is already having a huge impact on the sport.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 12:25 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
If the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent state of global quarantine have taught us anything, it's that sometimes we must find joys in life's little pleasure. Despite things seemingly going to hell in a handbasket on a ground level, lest we forget that the vast expanses of space above us have remained untouched by the eternal pain-in-the-ass that is COVID-19.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images As such, it has been a place of respite for stargazers and dreamers alike, especially considering that tonight is set to be the biggest supermoon of 2020 -- provided Kodak Black doesn't attempt to break that record. For those unaware, a supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit cycle brings it within "close" proximity to the Earth, relatively speaking. As such, the supermoon will appear to be both bigger and brighter than usual, making it an exciting visual for those of us interested in the greater mysteries of the universe.
Should you be interested in sneaking a peek at the supermoon, you can catch that by braving the great outdoors (while making sure to respect proper social distancing guidelines) at approximately 10:35 pm EST. Apparently, the supermoon will be at peak visibility until about midnight, so set your timers accordingly. Sometimes it bodes well to remember that there are bigger things than us out there in the world, and a little bit of perspective can sometimes be the best remedy.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 12:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Just a few months ago, the Coronavirus was something that no American was worried about. It was simply a phenomenon that was happening abroad. Of course, things have drastically changed all around the world as most countries are under lockdown. People are being told to stay indoors so they don't get infected or infect other people. Over a million people have tested positive for the virus and thousands have died. With that being said, healthcare workers are desperate for protective equipment that can help prevent being infected by patients.
Nike is now joining the fight to help healthcare workers as they are manufacturing face shields and respirator lenses. These items are being made using materials that Nike would have used to make apparel and sneakers. According to Miko Enomoto, M.D., an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University, these items will go a long way to help all of the healthcare workers out there.
Image via Nike“Without proper facial protection, healthcare workers are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, which could place substantial strain on the healthcare workforce in the months ahead,” Enomoto said. “The full-face shields help protect healthcare workers’ faces and also help to prolong the length we can safely use a surgical or N95 mask. Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do.”
This is Nike's latest effort in combatting COVID-19. Recently, they announced their highest-ranking officials would be donating $15 million to relief efforts. Clearly, Nike is taking this seriously.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 11:53 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's finally on the way!
It's almost time for Sony and Microsoft to release the latest generations of their video gaming consoles. While the exact release details are jumbled because of the current state of the world, Sony is moving forward with their heads held high, introducing some huge news about the upcoming PlayStation 5 today.
The official controller has finally been unveiled by Sony and, oh boy, it's looking pretty sleek. The new design is primarily white with black on the underside. The L2 and R2 buttons are black while the shape of the controller has changed a lot. The gamepad design is now free of color, going all-white. Much like the PlayStation 4, the new DualShock will also be wireless.
Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty ImagesNow that this announcement is out of the way, it's up to Microsoft to make the next move. This isn't exactly checkmate, but the reveal certainly has gamers excited about further news regarding the PlayStation 5.
The new console was originally believed to be aiming for a release in time for the 2020 Holiday Season. However, with everything that's going on right now, that much is unclear.
Are you a fan of the new DualShock design or do you prefer the look of the PS4 controller?
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 11:43 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The rise of Toronto's 88GLAM only strengthened the XO roster but fans became widely concerned over the status of the group in 2020. A subreddit dedicated to 88GLAM recently speculated that they've split up. In addition to rumors that there's an internal conflict between Derek Wise and 88Camino, the internet was immediately fueled with rumors that they had been dropped by both XO and Republic Records. Of course, all of these problems combined would mean that we wouldn't receive their follow-up to 88GLAM 2. With an April 17th release date previously set, we've finally received some sort of response surrounding the status of their next project.
Via HNHHCoronavirus has officially impeded the release of Close To Heaven Far From God. The group relayed the message via Instagram earlier today, stating that they wouldn't be able to properly roll out the project.
"We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this horrific, unprecedented time. Due to recent global events and all touring/festival cancellations, we have decided to delay our album release," the message reads. "We wanted to release it during a time that would not compromise our roll out strategy. Cant wait to see all of our fans and go offfff to the new music."
Some people took this as a good sign while others appeared to further question the status of the duo. However, it should be noted that there has been a screenshot of an alleged conversation with 88GLAM's day-to-day manager Melody who confirmed that things are all good between them and that they are steadily cooking up.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 11:39 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Youngboy Never Broke Again always has some dramatic stuff happening in his life. Whether he's clashing with one of his many baby mamas or hurling threats at Kodak Black, the 20-year-old Baton Rouge native is pretty entertaining to keep track of. Without a filter, you can expect anything to come out of NBA Youngboy's mouth next. Nothing is off-limits. During his rant directly following his girlfriend Yaya Mayweather's arrest this weekend, the rapper called her dad, championship boxer Floyd Mayweather, a "bitch ass n***a."
Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesIt turns out that he's not the only person in his family that has a temper. During a live-stream on Instagram, the star's mother chimed in about all the hate her son has been getting.
"Don't talk about my child because, guess what, that's a grown-ass man over there," said Youngboy's mother on video. "And I promise you I don't want my child running behind nobody, going to look for nobody, or none of that. I don't want my child doing none of that. But I'm telling this to any motherfucking body. If you go at him and if you go to him, he better let every motherfucking bullet out."
If you ever wondered where Youngboy Never Broke Again got his aggression from, this might be it. Like mother, like son.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 11:08 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
One of the most underrated Air Jordan silhouettes of all time is the 13. It released all the way back in 1998 and one of the OG colorways that defined the shoe is the "Flint." This model has a white base with blue overlays on the sides. These overlays had 3M material baked in which allowed for some interesting aesthetics depending on the lighting conditions. The shoe has been retroed in the past but not with all of the OG details such as the aforementioned 3M. In 2020, Jordan Brand is looking to change that as they are releasing the "Flint" 13 in all of its OG glory.
We have posted numerous teasers and release dates over the last little while although now, we have some new information courtesy of @zsneakerheadz. According to the Instagram sneaker account, the shoe will be dropping in sizes for the whole family, including adult, grade school, preschool, and toddler. They will each cost $190, $140, $80, and $60 USD, respectively. If you're a fan of this shoe, you will now be able to lace up the whole family.
These are supposed to drop on May 30th although this could be delayed depending on the Coronavirus situation. Stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.
|Tue, April 7, 2020 at 10:57 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
At the top of last year, Tory Lanez got people thinking after he referred to himself as the best rapper alive on Twitter. As it pertains to that topic, the Toronto native isn't usually involved in the conversation of the all-time greats. Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and others generally place higher than Tory Lanez on that list. That's no knock on Tory either. The man is insanely talented. He is definitely one of the best rappers alive but, to refer to himself as the best was a head-scratcher. Despite the tweet being sent out over a year ago, the recording artist issued an apology (or did he?) earlier today.
In post-and-delete fashion, Tory Lanez apologized for previously calling himself the greatest rapper alive. So, technically, does the apology count?
"Lol yo I'm sorry for the time I said 'Im the best rapper alive' .. even if I feel that way about myself. It's a dumbass statement," said Tory on Twitter. And even though I'm always ready to stand behind my talent, it made me look like a dick head. And I'm truly not that. So yeah. My bad lmao."
The post has since been deleted.
In other Tory Lanez-related news, the star is currently live on his ultra-popular Quarantine Radio series. He is sure to preview some new music from his upcoming project The New Toronto 3, which releases this week.