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RICK ROSS TO AUCTION OFF 300 PAIRS OF RARE SNEAKERS FOR DEBUT 'LUXURY & LIFESTYLE' DRIVE

Rick Ross has accumulated a great deal of wealth over his career as a businessman and musician, and he is now giving back by setting others up for success.

From June 25-26, Rozay will host the inaugural "Push It To The Limit: Luxury And Lifestyle" auction in partnership with the Creative Collective NYC and the Boss Up Grant. With 800 of his personal items up for sale, all proceeds will be donated to aid "entrepreneurs with grants to accelerate their continued impact, business initiatives and scale their operations."

"I looked around one day and marveled at how blessed I am," the Miami native said about the drive. "I wanted to figure out how to be a blessing to others and share some of the dopest, rarest luxuries with the world that I've collected over the course of my career.

"Inspired by my brother Pharrell, I thought of an auction with the proceeds to help the next generation of bosses. It was the most player and sustainable way to not only touch my fans but also pour into a community that has poured into me."

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In addition to designer clothing items, art pieces, RIAA plaques and a custom-made piano that features the cover art of Michael Jackson's Thriller, the Teflon Don MC will also be listing 300 pairs of sneakers from his extensive collection. This will include Air Jordan Retro 5 "University of Michigan Fab 5" PEs, DJ Khaled "Father of Asahd" Air Jordans and Virgil Abloh Off-White collaborations.

Julien's Auctions will be conducting the sale in Los Angeles later this month.

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As for his other business ventures, Ross recently revealed that he is in the process of obtaining a license to open his very own zoo.

"When you're in the presence of a boss, this is what you gotta realize," he said in a social-media post earlier this month. "And you may be just like my homie standing here, saying that he cannot believe that I'm going to have two elephants that I can take care of and nurture. That's why I've already filed for my zoo license.

"Yeah. And it take time, but guess what I'm buying right now? Two giraffes! And you're gonna have to climb up somewhere real tall to feed them things, you heard? I've already got it planned out. So when Eddie Murphy get ready to film Coming to America 3 at the promised land, I'm gonna provide them animals.


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METRO BOOMIN SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ISSUE OF 'THE METROVERSE' COMIC BOOK SERIES

Metro Boomin's proximity to the superhero universe is no secret, and he has now directly inserted himself into it.

On Friday (June 14), the inaugural issue of The Metroverse comic book series will be available to purchase here. Written by Ryan Cady and illustrated by Vasilis Lolos, the first installment is titled "The Rise" and will feature a superhuman version of the Missouri native going up against a tyrannical media mogul.

Only 4,000 copies of the standard edition have been printed for the opening run, though the item will also be sold at a Complex pop-up in Los Angeles the day before it goes live online. Each package will come with an art print and enamel pin.

"It's a dream come true to have my own comic book on shelves," the Missouri native told Rolling Stone about his latest endeavor.

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In adjacent news, Kid Cudi made his comic-book debut with Moon Man earlier this year. Released in late January, the superhero saga has been marketed as a contemporary reimagining of Miracleman.

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In an Instagram post, the Cleveland rapper and singer wrote: "Ive been secretly workin on this for over a year and its finally happening. Im so fuckin hype for u all to dive in. If you're into comics, my hope is that this will be your new obssession. Lot of love and hard work went into this, I am so proud to finally reveal my baby to the world.

"Told yall I was cookin up something special, in a world you've never seen me in. MAD SOLAR taken over mane!! Love to IMAGE Comics team for riding w me on this one and believing in my vision."

The 40-page release has been a massive hit among Cudder's fans as well as comic-book enthusiasts, as it sold out soon after going live online


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THE WEEKND INTERVIEWS 10-YEAR-OLD AI VERSION OF HIMSELF: 'YOU HAVE A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO'

The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) has gone back to the future and interviewed a younger version of himself generated by artificial intelligence.

In a collaboration with fashion brand SSENSE that launched on Tuesday (June 11), the singer chatted with a 10-year-old replica of himself.

After his AI likeness revealed that he liked listening to music and singing, he asked The Weeknd how his life was treating him.

The adult, living version of Tesfaye said, "You have a lot to look forward to," before asking: "How is your relationship with God?"

The kid responded: "God is like my super cool friend who's always there, you know?"

After the AI version of The Weeknd revealed that his super power is creating worlds in his head, he asked the 34-year-old singer what his super power is.

"Probably being focused," Tesfaye replied. "And a new power is my patience."

The project is the result of "reconfiguring his body with Harmony Korine's EDGLRD and uploading his former self to an OpenAI GPT," according to the article.

Much of The Weeknd's focus seems to be on the future these days.

Earlier this month, he teased a potential new collaboration with the tech giant Apple, but he didn't give away too many details.

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The "I Can't Feel My Face" singer posted a photo full of framed pictures of the Apple logo on the wall above a white couch, implying that he was at the company's headquarters.

His caption only comprised the googly-eyed emoji, the musical-notes emoji and the film camera emoji, all of which suggested that he'd be recording and taping a new music performance.

However, that has not been confirmed, as of this writing.

Late last month, The Weeknd shared another social media post that had fans speculating about the "end" of his career.

The singer took to his Instagram Story where he quoted a fan page's tweet about his live performance of his blockbuster single "Save Your Tears" at the 2021 Billboard Awards. The TV hit saw him walking along a road while singing as rows of cars came up behind him, parting ways right before they hit him.

"There was a lot of trust with those cars," read the quote. "He didn't seem nervous at all, which really weirded us out, because these cars were just barreling by him and he was calm, kept his composure, walked slow and just didn't look back. It was kind of amazing."

The Instagram Story post included a static shot from the performance as well as the statement, "the end is near.


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ICE SPICE'S MANAGER EXPLAINS HOW SHE OWNS MASTERS & PUBLISHING: 'THANK GOD SHE LISTENED'

Ice Spice's manager has outlined how the "Princess Diana" hitmaker has retained ownership of her masters and publishing, a feat that is traditionally unheard of with new artists.

James Rosemond Jr., the son of notorious drug kingpin and music executive Jimmy Henchman, spoke with Billboard about their shrew strategy when it came to her signing a record deal.

When asked how he was able to guarantee Spice her masters, Rosemond Jr. said: "It was really about giving her all the right information. Like, this is where the market is going.

"It's about independence. It's about retaining ownership; about intellectual property and generational wealth. That sometimes there are sacrifices - that people may be dangling money. But if you want a certain type of deal, you have to be patient as we do the work to have leverage. That was the conversation early on."

He added: "And thank God she listened and was able to hold out while we kept running up the numbers on 'Munch.' Then it became, 'Let's entertain these deals' and, as I said earlier, begin to shape one in a creative way.

"Now, she not only retains her masters but also her publishing rights and still gets upfront money as if she's a work for hire. It's a hybrid type of deal that you don't see often. And it comes with doing the work, having patience and creating leverage."

The structure of Ice Spice's deal with 10K Projects and Capitol Records puts her in good stead leading up to her debut album Y2K.

Earlier this month, the Bronx rap star revealed the project's July 26 release date along with its cover art, which pays tribute to her NYC roots with nods to the city's subway and graffiti culture.

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The artwork, shot by the esteemed David LaChapelle, also shows Ice with her back facing the camera, flaunting her most famous asset.

Despite the anticipation surrounding Y2K, the cover was met with a mixed reception as many fans were unimpressed by the art direction.

"Y2K could've been a futuristic take. Like how did we miss it. This looks like ghetto sesame street," one critic wrote on social media, while another said: "Maybe putting the title on the trash can wasn't the best idea."

Ice Spice later responded to the backlash, writing on X: "David LaChapelle is #Y2K! soooo sweet + legendary he didn't even charge me cus he fucks wit a real bitch," she wrote alongside a polaroid photo of them together.

"thank U for all the incredible art you've put out through the years this cover means everything to me [heart emoji] & yes Y2K was placed on the trash can on purpose can u guess why?


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PLAYBOI CARTI'S RAW AD-LIBS LEAVES FANS IN STITCHES: 'BRO SPEAKING IN DEMON'

Playboi Carti's raw ad-libs from one of his songs recently hit the web and it has his fans in stitches.

On Sunday (June 9), Kurrco released audio of the rapper's wonky background vocals on X (formerly Twitter), prompting a flood of replies.

"im deadass in tears gang," one person wrote, while someone else said: "no cap I'm dead ass high af laughing in tears right now, I feel like south park could make a carti ep coz shit like This. "IMaaDoPeFeIN.... WAHH wah WaAaHh WaAhh"

Another comment read: "I'm sorry I woulda fell out my chair in the studio [crying emojis]"

Sure enough, there were plenty of jokes as well.

"this sounds like he's an infant trying to look for food or annoyed," a social-media user shared, while another person added: "This is Timmy, from South Park."

"Bro speaking in demon," one more said.

Listen to the clip below:

When a video of Playboi Carti laying down some ad-libs was released earlier this year, fans had similar reactions.

The clip featured him recording some of his signature baby-voiced ad-libs on a track, but fans mostly found the process distressing since no music could be heard.

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"Bro having a seizure," one fan wrote, while another added: "Does he require a specialist?"

Another chimed in by suggesting King Vamp might secretly have Tourette's, while another shared: "that n-gga carti fighting demons lol."

However, some fans were supportive of his process and reminded unsettled viewers that crafting a hit record doesn't always come about through conventional means.

"Adlibs gotta be done a certain way or it won't hit right," one supporter wrote, while another added: "Yo this funny af to see but it's how bangers are made."

As strange as Playboi Carti's studio process may seem, his unique creative output has spawned numerous copycats, one of whom reportedly tried to charge Lil Xan $200,000 for a featured verse.

Xan aired his grievances on his Instagram Story, writing: "These new rappers tryna charge 200k that's crazy! My guy yall copying playboi please stop yall worth at the most 20k fr fr.


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TORY LANEZ'S WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE AFTER LESS THAN A YEAR OF MARRIAGE

Tory Lanez's wife Raina Chassagne has filed for divorce from the incarcerated rapper after less than a year of marriage.

Lanez and Chassagne married shortly before the rapper was sent to prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion, but now their relationship appears to be over.

According to court documents, Chassagne, who shares a child with Tory, filed for divorce last week and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.

Chassagne is also seeking sole legal and physical custody of their seven-year-old son Kai, but has agreed to give Lanez visitation and has frequently taken the child to see his father in prison.

The couple married on June 25, 2023, so the divorce petition comes just before their one-year anniversary.

Lanez has not yet commented on the divorce filing.

He is currently in year one of a 10-year sentence for shooting Megan Thee Stallion, though he has an ongoing appeal against his conviction.

The incident happened after the two rappers got into a drunken dispute following a party hosted by Kylie Jenner in July 2020. Tory has long maintained his innocence but did not testify at the trial.

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Lanez's appeal is based on "Erroneous Admission of Evidence" and "Prosecutorial Misconduct," but his motion has been delayed to allow the prosecution to examine it.

After he was found guilty, a written statement from Megan was read in court by Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta.

In it, the Houston native blasted Tory for spinning false narratives about the shooting and making light of her "trauma" in subsequent music releases. As a result, she said she had "not experienced a single day of peace" since the shooting.

"He not only shot me, he made a mockery of my trauma," Megan wrote. "He tried to position himself as a victim and set out to destroy my character and my soul.

"He lied to anyone that would listen and paid bloggers to disseminate false information about the case on social media. He released music videos and songs to damage my character and continue his crusade.


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50 CENT CRITICIZED FOR DOWNPLAYING SEXUAL ASSAULT OF 'POWER' ACTOR MICHAEL RAINEY JR.

50 Cent has been slammed for insensitive comments he made about the sexual assault of Power star Michael Rainey Jr.

After the 23-year-old actor was groped during an appearance on TyTy James' Twitch livestream by the streamer's younger sister, 50 offered his take on the incident in a since-deleted Instagram post on Monday (June 10).

Largely dismissing the unwanted touching, he wrote: "Wait sexual assault [frowning face emoji] from a male perspective this was an aggressive advance. LOL HE's fine no charges are being pressed."

The rapper and media mogul was criticized for his remarks, with one social media user commenting: "The fact that 50 Cent came out and said Michael Rainey (Tariq from Power) was NOT sexually assaulted and that's he's fine when he clearly felt uncomfortable and immediately left when that girl touched him in his private parts is part of the problem in todays society.

"Women can be predators too. Women can sexually assault others as well and women need to be held accountable. If he did that to her his whole life and career would be up in FLAMES. We have to protect our young black men too!"

Another said: "50 Cent posted on Instagram mocking & downplaying his lead actor for experiencing sexual assault in front of the whole world. He called it 'an aggressive advance.' But I'm supposed to believe this man cares about victims..."

A third critic put it more bluntly, writing: "50 Cent is great at being a terrible human."

Rainey Jr. himself issued a statement on the incident, footage of which has gone viral online.

"At this point, everyone has seen the video circulating online. I am still in shock and don't fully know how to process what happened last night," he wrote on his Instagram Stories.

"This is an unfortunate situation that I do not condone in any way. I can't take it lightly because I know I would be in serious trouble if the roles were reversed."

He added: "The fact is, sexual assault is never okay, regardless of gender or status. We're all human and we should respect each other. Most importantly, we should respect ourselves always."

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TyTy also apologized to Rainey Jr. for what happened on the livestream, saying: "After the actions that occurred during my stream last night I would like to sincerely apologize to Michael and his family for what took place.

"My little sister was completely wrong and out of line. What she did was very inappropriate and unacceptable. I am truly embarrassed and disgusted by her actions."

"I completely respect whatever direction Michael wants to go in this situation," he continued. "After watching the clip, I was completely taken aback by what she done [sic].

"I will take extreme precautions with future streams to avoid similar issues and have banned her from participating in future streams. I do not condone any type of assault.


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PUSHA T PAYS HOMAGE TO FAVORITE RAPPER JAY-Z WITH NEW DIAMOND CHAIN

Pusha T has copped a diamond-encrusted chain that's inspired by the man he considers the best rapper in the game.

The new piece, which is an anchor, was shared by the jeweler who made it in an Instagram post on Saturday (June 8). A picture of a young JAY-Z punctuates the carousel of images - in it, he can be seen rocking a similar item.

"The Anchor inspired by the culture, art, and history," reads the caption, written by Saint Jewels. "Made for @kingpush Pav diamonds on solid white gold accented by a bronze rope, reverse set diamond end points. Multifaceted classic briolette cut diamonds handle the steering wheel."

Sharing said photo of the mogul to his Instagram Stories, Push added: "The inspo."

JAY-Z contributed a coveted verse to Pusha T's single "Neck & Wrist" for his 2022 album It's Almost Dry.

Following the project's release, Hov fans celebrated lyrics such as "They like, 'If BIG was alive, Hov wouldn't be in his position'/If BIG had survived, y'all would have got The Commission" and further exalted the Brooklyn-bred legend.

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During an interview with SiriusXM's Hip-Hop Nation, the self-proclaimed "Cocaine's Dr. Seuss" expounded on the respect and admiration he has for the billionaire, anointing him as the G.O.A.T. in doing so.

"Hov, to me ... he's the best rapper, like just period," Push said. "So when I reach out to him about a record, I feel like he sort of knows that, like, you know I'm not reaching out to him about no bullshit ... I must really think that this is like, a joint ... something that's gonna add to the great legacy that he has."

The former Clipse MC went on to explain how their songwriting process worked.

"I'll basically just write the verse, lay the hook down, I do everything and just send it to him with a space open," he continued. "He'll hit back, and this particular time he was like, 'Man, what you want me to say to this man? You going crazy!' And I was like, 'Man, just, you know, turn it up.'

"I only send records to him when I feel like there's more needed to the record and there's nothing else I can really say to it. Where he's made it in his career and in his life he can always add an uptick to the record. I can't say what he says."


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JENNIFER LOPEZ PUTS $60M MANSION SHE BOUGHT WITH BEN AFFLECK UP FOR SALE

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been dodging breakup rumors for some time, though their latest move seems to add more weight to the hearsay.

On Saturday (June 8), TMZ reported that Ben and Jen have engaged the services of realtor Santiago Arana from the Agency to sell the Beverly Hills mansion they bought together just over a year ago for around $60 million.

The pair are asking "around $65 million" for the house. Meanwhile, Ben has already moved into a rental in Brentwood while Jennifer is also looking for a new house, according to the publication.

It's been a rough year for J.Lo, who recently cancelled her summer tour. While an announcement from Live Nation explained that she is "taking time off to be with her children, family and close friends," a lot of people believe that it was really due to low ticket sales.

In an official statement released on her website, the multi-hyphenate said she was deeply upset about having to scrap the planned trek.

"I am completely heartsick and devastated about letting you down," she wrote. "Please know that I wouldn't do this if I didn't feel that it was absolutely necessary."

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She continued: "I promise I will make it up to you and we will all be together again. I love you all so much. Until next time..."

"Sources close to Lopez" apparently to Varietythat the trek was not scrapped over low ticket sales. Regardless, the concert series had been plagued with problems since its inception.

Last month, the "Jenny From The Block" hitmaker repackaged her This Is Me...Now Tour as a "Greatest Hits" run after it generated low ticket sales. Variety also revealed that the singer and actress axed seven dates, disappointing ticketholders in Cleveland, Nashville, Raleigh, Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans and Houston.

The notice to those who were hoping to attend shows in the aforementioned cities simply read: "Unfortunately, the Event Organizer has had to cancel your event. No action is required to obtain a refund."

Following news of the tour's reportedly disappointing ticket sales and just days before it was scrapped entirely, her proposed Vegas residency was also apparently placed in jeopardy.

Page Six reported that Lopez, who was reportedly offered $90 million to dazzle the Strip at the MGM Grand for a 90-show residency next year, may have that deal rescinded.

"MGM is watching her not doing well on the road. They are very nervous," a source close to the situation told the outlet. "It's pretty rare you have a poor tour and then go to Vegas.


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WILL SMITH STILL NEEDS TO EXPLAIN CHRIS ROCK SLAP TO BLACK COMMUNITY, STEPHEN A. SMITH SAYS

Will Smith still owes the Black community an explanation for the infamous Chris Rock slap at the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony, according to Stephen A. Smith.

On Sunday (June 9), the famed sports commentator shared his thoughts on the incident via his YouTube channel amid news of Bad Boys: Ride or Die attaining blockbuster status at the box office over the weekend.

While he has supported the Philadelphia native since the ordeal two years back, he wants to see him "sit down and talk to the Black community" about the moment as he feels Rock "will never get over that, ever" and is "damaged" because of it.

"We know you wouldn't have smacked Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, Bill Burr or a host of others," Smith said. "We know you wouldn't have done that. No apology is necessary. I'm just saying a lot of folks ain't get over that. A lot of folks find it hard to just go to the movies to watch you. I'm one of those people."

Upon the internet discussing his comments, Stephen doubled down on what he said in a post shared on X (formerly Twitter).

"Yep. I said it," he wrote. "But I have some additional thoughts - thinking about all that Will & Martin [Lawrence] have done for us all - especially after talking to my man Charlie Mack. I've got more to say on "The Stephen A. Smith Show/Podcast" tomorrow."

Yep. I said it. But I have some additional thoughts - thinking about all that Will & Martin have done for us all - especially after talking to my man Charlie Mack. I've got more to say on "The Stephen A. Smith Show/Podcast" tomorrow. https://t.co/lLVeOCuYYv

- Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 10, 2024

Bad Boys: Ride Or Die is Will Smith's first movie since the infamous Oscar slap.

According to Variety, the fourth installment of the Bad Boys franchise raked in $56 million in theaters across the United States and an additional $48.6 million across the world for an international grand total of $104.6 million.

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The film now also holds the distinction of having the second-highest opening weekend of any film in Smith and Lawrence's buddy cop franchise, following 2020's Bad Boys for Life.

The outlet made note of the fact that this was Smith's first acting role since the incident between him and Chris Rock in March 2022, indicating that industry experts thought the moment may have cost him a few fans, just as it had other opportunities.

However, the rapper-turned-actor nabbed his very first Oscar in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard on the night in question.

According to the New York Post, the Academy has a strict policy that prohibits any kind of violence, which could have led to the statuette and honor being stripped from him.

"It's basically assault," an insider said. "Everyone was just so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable. I think Will would not want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now."

Before the Academy could decide on disciplinary action, however, Smith preemptively resigned from the organization and was allowed to retain his Oscar and even be considered for awards in the future, Variety reported at the time


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