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|Thurs, June 25, 2020 at 6:21 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Back in January, Westside Gunn teased a preview for the first feature length movie from his Griselda Films imprint, sharing the trailer for Conflicted starring and executive produced by Benny The Butcher. Today we get a more in-depth look at the storyline, where Benny is joined by co-stars J Holiday, Adiyon Dashalon and Michael Rapaport with direction from AK.Reed.Westside hopes to follow in the footsteps of other cult-classics like CamRons Killa Season, Roc-A-Fellas State Property, Cash Moneys Baller Blockin, and even references Master Ps I Got The Hook-Up in his latest Instagram caption.Ive literally watched this movie everyday since its completion. The story, the acting, the shots everything is A1, I promise u you will watch this 50 times like any other classic in the streets. Im so happy and proud of everybody who participated in the making of this film. When this drop everything changing. What Griselda did for music will be the same way for film. Its all about the art& Welcome to Buffalo.In an interview with HYPEBEAST back in April, Westside talked about his love of cinema and who he would have direct his life story. Sh*t, me. (Laughs). I was there. Nobody knows the story more than Westside Gunn. Of course I could easily say Hype Williams because he hasnt done one since Belly. We could do some sh*t like Belly in 2022 or 2023. I love how Hype did that one, I love how Dame Dash did Paid In Full thats one of my top five movies because that story was so incredibly shot. Especially being from the streets and knowing the story. Im not gonna say no Scorsese or some sh*t like that. The reason I say me is because I have the confidence. I feel like Ill be able to capture Griselda like how Dame and Hype captured theirs.Watch the first full trailer above and view the new spot below. Theres yet to be a release date announced for Conflicted but stay tuned. In more music news, 50 Cent teased a collaboration with Pop Smoke and Roddy Ricch set to release in the near future.https://youtu.be/jhlW9UgfF5A
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|Mon, May 4, 2020 at 4:37 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Last Dance has delivered on insight into the Chicago Bulls locker room and front office during their rise with Michael Jordan.
On Sunday, it dished details about how Jordan transformed the sneaker game. It must have been a painful watch for Adidas executives. The folks at Converse probably won't be rewatching this one either.
During Episode 5, Jordan revealed that not only did he not intend to sign with Nike, but he didn't even want to visit the campus for a pitch. His agent, David Falk, had to call his parents to talk him into to visiting with the apparel company.
I couldn't even get him to get on the damn plane and visit the campus, Falk said.
Michael Jordan didn't want meet with Nike, much less sign with them. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)
Jordan said that he relented when his mom talked him into taking the visit. When Nike offered Jordan $250,000 for his first endorsement contract, shoe history was made.
Jordan's first choice
Had Jordan had it his way and Adidas been better prepared, the shoe game would have looked entirely different.
"Do you have a shoe company that you wanted to go with?" Jordan was asked.
"That was Adidas," Jordan responded.
Falk then went on to talk about exactly why Adidas wasn't the right fit.
Adidas was really dysfunctional by that time, Falk said. They had just told me, We'd love to have Jordan. We just can't make a shoe work at this point in time. I wanted Michael to go with Nike. They were the upstart.
Converse screwed up, too
Converse didn't exactly play its cards right either, according to Jordan. It had Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Julius Erving all signed to deals when Jordan was shopping. And they weren't ready to make him the priority.
"Converse had big players," Jordan said. "They told me, We cannot envision you being put ahead of them. OK, fine. Even Nike representative Howard White knew Jordan didn't want to be at Nike."
In the early 80s, Nike was, for the most part, a track shoe company, White told The Last Dance. Michael didn't even want to be at Nike.
Of course, Jordan Brand went on to become the biggest in the history of the shoe business, while Converse and Adidas became relative afterthoughts in basketball.
While sneaker heads have long believed that Jordan originally wanted to join Adidas, the blunt terms of its mistake in 1984 revealed on Sunday must be painful to digest.
|Mon, May 4, 2020 at 4:26 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lonzo, LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball to sign with Jay-Z's RocNation
The Ball brothers are making their next move.
Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball are set to sign with Roc Nation Sports, ESPN reported on Monday.
LaMelo Ball's manager, Jermaine Jackson, announced the news and said that the primary agent who will manage all three siblings is Raymond Brothers.
"This was a family decision," Jackson said. "This is now an extended family. They put together a beautiful game plan with Jay-Z. The basketball game is about to change. They are going to create something totally new."
Roc Nation, created by hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Jay-Z, currently represents NBA players Kyrie Irving, Markelle Fultznand Spencer Dinwiddie, among others.
"We talked to several agents, but the family had good vibes with Roc Nation," Jackson added. "I've known Jay-Z since I played for the Knicks, but this is what the kids wanted to do. Jay-Z is a master at what he does. He's global. It's power beyond power."
Lonzo Ball, now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers No. 2 overall in the 2017 NBA Draftnand has already switched agents multiple times. His first agent was Harrison Gaines, and then he signed with Creative Artists Agency last April. LiAngelo Ball is currently a member of the G League's Oklahoma City Blue.
LaMelo Ball, considered the No. 1 prospect in the upcoming 2020 draft class by many media outlets, has been impressive while playing overseas in Australia's National Basketball League. He averaged 17.0 points per game in 12 appearances this season.