Casanova & Pop Smoke Squash Short-Lived Beef

The Brooklyn Hip Hop scene got a little more unified as Casanova and Pop Smoke put an end to their beef.

After tensions between the two began to publicly surface in recent weeks, Casanova revealed he’s on good terms with Pop on Sunday (January 19). The Roc Nation artist posted a photo of his friendly interaction with his short-lived rival on Instagram.


Issues between Casanova and Pop emerged earlier this month when the latter previewed a new song on Instagram. In the post, Pop labeled his fellow Brooklyn native “Trashanova.”

“YALL OLD NIGGAS BETTER PACK IT UP,” he wrote. “THIS AINT NO TRASHANOVA SHIT NO SCARY L SHIT YALL KNOW THE WOOS RUN THE CITY YALL NIGGAS COULD NEVER BE ME #straightshit #Wooshit #doublegshit #Ripclovergz #ripshyste #ripyola #riprohan #ripdonald.”

The brief beef prompted peacemaking efforts from Meek Mill, who tried to play mediator Twitter.

“Y’all Brooklyn niggas be beefing wit each other too much lol,” he wrote. “Stop pumping that shit too if you not involved ….. let them guys get they money and if you official and you around say something!”

While the beef with Casanova is in the rearview mirror, Pop still has some trouble brewing in his life. Last week, the up-and-coming artist was arrested for allegedly transporting a stolen 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith from California to New York.

Pop, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, pleaded not guilty to interstate transport of a stolen vehicle. He was released on a $250,000 bond.

Eminem’s ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ Album Poised For Historic Billboard 200 Debut

Eminem’s surprise album Music To Be Murdered By is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week and in the process, make Billboard history. According to HITS Daily Double, Shady’s 11th studio effort is projected to move between 300,000 and 325,000 album-equivalent units.

If the project does indeed top the Billboard 200, it will make the Detroit-bred rap god the first artist to earn 10 consecutive No. 1 debuts in U.S. history. Em is currently tied with Kanye West, who earned his ninth consecutive No. 1 debut with 2019’s Jesus Is King.

First week sales of Music To Be Murdered By will likely land between 2018’s Kamikaze (434,000 units) and 2017’s Revival (267,000). The project could do more considering it’s been a heavy topic of conversation on social media.

The song “Unaccommodating” featuring Young M.A sparked controversy for its line about the 2017 Manchester bombing that took place during an Ariana Grande concert. The video for “Darkness” was also a popular topic. The song and subsequent video addresses the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and finds Em advocating for gun control.

Music To Be Murdered By arrived on Friday (January 17) and boasts features from Royce Da 5’9, Black Thought, KXNG Crooked, Q-Tip and more.

Manchester Mayor Calls Eminem’s ‘Unaccommodating’ ‘Deeply Disrespectful’

Manchester, UK – An Eminem album wouldn’t be complete with a little controversy.

Shortly after Slim Shady surprised his fans with Music To Be Murdered By, his 11th studio album, Twitter lit up with reactions to the song “Unaccommodating,” which includes the line, “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” a reference to the deadly 2017 bombing. 

The lyrics are followed with the sound of an explosion. Now, Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is joining the public outcry.

Burnham said in a statement to BBC, “This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected.”

The mother of Martyn Hett, who died in the attack, weighed in on Twitter.

“Feels like he is piggybacking on the fame of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and says distasteful things about other celebrities,” Figen Murray wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Not clever. Totally pointless. And before all Eminem fans pounce on me, I am not interested and will not engage.”

Russell Hayward, Hett’s former partner, also expressed his disappointment with the song Twitter.

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that #Eminem would use controversial lyrics about the Manchester bomb, dragging the victims’ families & Ariana back into a very dark time,” he said. “Not sure how popular he is these days but I hope any success he gets from the back of this is worth it.”

Despite the lyric, another song on Music To Be Murdered By called “Darkness” finds Em advocating for gun control. He also encouraged people to donate to the victims and victims’ family of the Manchester bombings in May 2017.

“Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families,” he wrote on Twitter. “Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk.”

Chrissy Teigen Calls Padma Lakshmi Her "Hero" After Flawless Bikini Post

It’s not every day that model Chrissy Teigen calls someone their hero or presses her love for certain acts on social media. The mother two and wife John Legend definitely runs in the same circle some the most successful celebrities, since she is one herself, but it looks as though none compare to Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi.

Chrissy Teigen Calls Padma Lakshmi Her "Hero" After Flawless Bikini Post
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Padma recently shared an image on her social media that sees her sporting a two-piece bikini while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. “Feelin’ fine at 49,” she wrote. Chrissy commented on her beloved photo calling Padma her “hero” and reflecting on a past encounter. “I remember seeing you at a party in Miami like 10 years ago. Everyone was miami decked out but you were in a long dress and barefoot with barely any makeup on, and just floating like you were on skates. I was like “that. is my hero,”” Chrissy wrote. 

Padma’s hot share arrives just weeks after she admitted to being over dieting. “At the end the day it’s just about feeling comfortable,” she said. “I am done trying to squeeze my bum into something that is too small. I don’t care — it shouldn’t be about what I look like at this point in my career.”

The Weeknd Teases Fans With Still From Brand New Music Video

The Weeknd is one those megastars that everyone is always demanding music from. The last time we got a full-length project from The Weeknd, it was all the way back in 2016 with Starboy. Now, fans are looking for a lot more and they got near the tail end 2019 as the artist dropped two singles: “Heartless” and ” Blinding Lights.” The visual for “Heartless” has already been released and now, fans are waiting for the “Blinding Lights” music video.

Recently, the Canadian singer took to Twitter and Instagram with an image himself and a woman with the caption “tomorrow.” Based on his other Instagram posts, it appears as though the singer is gearing up to release a music video and fans are extremely excited.

It remains to be seen what this video is for, exactly. Of course, the most likely option is that it’s specifically for “Blinding Lights.” Some fans are optimistic that this could actually be for a new track that no one has ever heard before. Either way, it’s safe to say we’re excited to see what Abel is about to hit us with.

Stay tuned for updates on what The Weeknd drops tomorrow as we will be sure to bring them to you.

Tim Tebow Marries Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters In South Africa

Former NFL QB Tim Tebow and 2017’s Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters are ficially husband and wife following their wedding at the La Paris Estate in Cape Town, South Africa. According to People Magazine, the 30-minute ceremony was attended by over 250 guests.

“I’ve been looking forward to three things,” said Tebow, according to People. “The first moment I see her in her wedding dress, the first kiss, and the first dance together as man and wife. It’s such a special night.”

“I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone special, who I can spend the rest my life with. I was waiting for the right person to come along. And now I’m marrying Demi. I can’t wait to see what our future holds. All my dreams have come true. It was 100 percent worth the wait.” 

Nel-Peters told PEOPLE:

“We’re both very traditional. We wanted to look back at the wedding and see that it was intimate, elegant, and traditional. We definitely wanted it to be something that we could look back on and know that nothing was dated. We want to remember this day for the rest our lives.”

As for the wedding cake, the couple reportedly opted for a “keto-friendly” cheesecake so Tebow didn’t have to stray from his diet.

Trey Songz Takes A Break From Social Media & Deactivates Instagram

Anytime an artist decides to hop f Instagram or social media as a whole, it can be indicative a few things. Some may take it as an artist readying a new album while others hop f in order to avoid social media hysterics, especially when controversy strikes. It’s unclear what Trey Songz motive might be but the singer has ficially hopped f Instagram. As pointed out by TheShadeRoom, his Instagram has no posts and says “User not found.”

Again, there isn’t any concrete evidence or word why the singer decided to call it quits on the ‘Gram. It’s unclear if this is temporary or not but it should be noted that he also hasn’t been active on Twitter since late 2019, although his page is still up. It has been nearly three years since the release his last studio album, Tremaine The Album. He did, however, drop two mixtapes in 2018, 11 and 28. For all we know, he could very well be readying his eighth studio album.

His absence from social media might also have to do with a recent lawsuit he was hit with. Trey Songz was sued for $10M by a woman who accused him ually assaulting her at a nightclub on New Year’s Day 2018. It’s unclear if this actually plays a role in deactivating IG but it does add to the other allegations against him by other women. 

The Game Comes To The Rescue After Kids Selling Candy Get Busted By Police

When The Game isn’t dropping f wise words wisdom with his weekly Nipsey Hussle motivation posts or doing some promo on his latest album Born 2 Rap, the Compton raised MC can be found helping the youth when they have an unexpected run-in with the cops. The Game (born Jayceon Terrell Taylor) was recently spotted outside  Beauty & Es restaurant, coming to the rescue a group kids who were selling candy. 

The Game Comes To The Rescue After Kids Selling Candy Get Busted By Police
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According to TMZ, a business in the area called the cops a group boys who were trying to make some cash f their candy sales. The Game saw that the youngins’ were being approached by the police and made his way over. The “How We Do” rapper gave the kids some cash – or as he stated in the video some “jewels.” Apparently, he gave them enough money to cover all their inventory and didn’t even take any their treats. 

Towards the end the clip below, where The Game explains the situation, you can see Freddie Gibbs coming through to make an appearnce and admitst that the “boys in the blue” are always on him as well. 

Chandler Parsons Suffers Potentially Career-Ending Injuries In Car Crash: Report

Atlanta Hawks’ veteran forward Chandler Parsons reportedly suffered potentially career-ending injuries in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, according to the law firm representing Parsons (H/T ESPN). The Hawks placed Parsons in the NBA’s concussion protocol last week after suffering a concussion and whiplash in the crash, but his law firm, Morgan & Morgan, painted a much more severe picture on Monday.

According to the firm, Parsons “suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum.” 

The statement released by Morgan & Morgan reads: 

“Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred.”

“The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a pressional athlete.”

The 31-year old forward has had his fair share injuries over the years that have significantly impacted his ability to live up to his four-year, $94.8 million deal. Parsons appeared in just five games for the Hawks this season.

According to Morgan & Morgan, his ability to return to play is unclear.

Swae Lee Reveals What He Hopes To Do At The Super Bowl One Day

Thanks to some phenomenal play from the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, both teams are now in the Super Bowl which will take place on February 2nd in Miami. These two teams are truly the best in the NFL and fans can’t wait to see who comes away with the big win. There are plenty big festivities planned including the halftime shoe and National Anthem. This year, the halftime show is being performed by Demi Lovato who is making a comeback following her overdose in 2018.

There are plenty musicians who would love to be in Lovato’s position, including Swae Lee Rae Sremmurd. During a recent interview with TMZ, Swae Lee admitted that he would love to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Of course, he’ll have to wait until next year if he wants to do it.

Swae Lee certainly has the voice for the Star-Spangled Banner so we’d be excited to see this actually take place. Members the hip-hop community rarely get shine when it comes to National Anthems which means Swae Lee’s inclusion would be groundbreaking. 

Let us know if you’d like to Swae Lee perform the anthem at the Super Bowl next year. Also, tell us who you think is going to win the big game.

Spotify Preparing To Acquire Podcasting Network the Ringer — Report

In the wake of analysts from both and giving Spotify an underperform rating, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company is in early talks to acquire a podcasting network called the Ringer.

With many in the industry projecting that podcasting will become the next big thing in streaming, Spotify has increasingly been putting resources into it. Their interest in the Ringer, which offers both sports and pop-culture programming, is the latest move in these efforts.

Founded in 2016 by former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, the Ringer has been steadily growing its slate of podcasts. Reportedly, the company’s shows receive more than 100 million downloads monthly. In 2018, they further generated more than $15 million in revenue, and according to the Wall Street Journal, they are already profitable.

If Spotify does in fact buy the Ringer, it will not be the first time that the two companies have worked together.

They also cooperated on a podcast that was hosted by Simmons himself. Entitled The Hottest Take, the show has been available exclusively on Spotify.

As the acquisition talks are still in the early stage, there are scant details at the moment about how the Ringer would function post-acquisition. For example, it is not known whether the company’s existing podcasts would at once become exclusive to Spotify or if the acquisition would only affect future podcasts.

Either way, Spotify’s competitors in the market, such as Apple, can only be concerned with deals like this. It may even drive them to make their own acquisitions, which could lead to a frenzy of new investment in podcasting.

Just last year, Spotify spent more than $400 million to purchase a trio of podcast companies.

It should be noted, though, that the report also indicated that a deal between Spotify and the Ringer is not imminent and that talks “may not result in a deal.”

Amber Rose’s Son Sebastian Spends Quality Time Dancing With A.E.

Amber Rose and her partner Alexander Edwards welcomed their first child together just a few months back and while Slash Electric is still too young to be up and moving, Amber’s oldest son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz has double the energy until then. We recently posted a video the six-year-old showing f his dance moves with his uncle and now Amber has come through to share another video on her son having a little dance-f with A.E. 

Amber Rose's Son Sebastian Spends Quality Time Dancing With A.E.
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In the clip below, it looks as though Sebastian is trying to teach A.E. some moves but it turns out that A.E. is really trying to teach Sebastian. The dancing turns into some harmless back and forth as Sebastian tries to square up with A.E. 

“You Came into our lives and made our World a million times more fun!” Amber wrote A.E. when sharing sweet words about her man back when she was expecting. “Ur the coolest Stepdad Sebastian could ask for whether ur getting up early and making him breakfast before school or taking him to Disney Land just to see a smile on his face. Welcome to our Family and Thank you for our New Blessing growing in my belly.”

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Releasing In "Sulfur" & "Marsh" Colorways: First Look

Kanye West and Adidas reportedly entered the new year with nine different Yeezy Boost 350 V2s in the stash, and it looks like there will be much more than that when it’s all said and done. In addition to the “Earth” Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 and colorways such as “Flax” and Linen,” sneaker source Yeezy Mafia reports that there are also “Marsh” and “Sulfur” iterations in the works.

Official images both colorways have not yet been revealed but you can get a good idea what to expect from the first look shown below.

According to Yeezy Mafia, both the “Marsh” and “Sulfur” Yeezy Boost 350 V2s come equipped with a “sandstone-yellow” primeknit, which looks a lot like the aforementioned “Flax” and Linen” color schemes. The “Marsh” style features a matching yellow midsole, a brown sockliner and a grey outsole, while the “Sulfur” colorway opts for a gum outsole beneath the yellow midsole.

Both kicks are also highlighted by the familiar semi-translucent stripe that streaks across the knit upper. The “Marsh” colorway lacks the pull tab on the heel, but other than that it appears as though these sneakers are very similar in style.

A release date has not yet been announced by rumors suggest the kicks will be launching in the Spring. Stay tuned for more images and click here to preview the upcoming “Tailgate” colorway.

Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Speaks Out Following Netflix Doc

Aaron Hernandez has been back in the news as late thanks to the latest Netflix documentary centered around his life titled Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez. The documentary does a deep dive into his background and some the people he used to associate with. Of course, one those people was his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. Jenkins was Hernandez’s ride or die while he was going through his murder trial. Jenkins did not participate in the documentary but she was certainly talked about a lot.

Jenkins has been through a lot emotional distress over the years and recently, she took to Instagram where she issued a message to all the people who have reached out to her over the last few days. Jenkins also stated that she plans to take a break from social media.

“I wanted to let all you sweet, sweet souls know I have to tried to read every message sent on IG and through email (positive and negative)…The amount support and positive energy is again unreal! I’m sure you will understand how imperative it is to take some time away from social media,” Jenkins wrote.

Have you seen the documentary? Let us know in the comments what you thought.

Rihanna Interviews Lena Waithe, Skylar Diggins & More For Special Edition Magazine

Rihanna is doing everything except releasing an album, but we appreciate all her creative endeavors. Her latest project is a special, limited edition issue  i-D Magazine, titled “Rihannazine”. To celebrate i-D‘s 40th anniversary, RiRi curated a “visually-driven” zine that highlights some her biggest inspirations within various streams culture. Some the women photographed and interviewed for the collection are Gigi Hadid, Lena Waithe, Deanna Lawsom, Zadie Smith, Alexa Demie, Paloma Elsesser, Adwoa Aboah, Yolanda Renee King, Roxanne Gay and Vanessa ‘Vanjie’ Mateo.

Rihanna posed the same set questions to all the ground-breakers featured in the issue, one them being: “If you could ask Rihanna one question, what would it be?” To this, writer and actor Lena Waithe replied, “I kind want to ask, ‘What are you afraid ?'” Recording artist Kelela kind  skirted the question: “What I’d just say to her is, ‘Thank you.'” Basketball star Skylar Diggins wondered, “How do you balance it all?”

You can pre-order a copy “Rihannazine” if you want to learn more about her influences and get the full experience. 

In other Rihanna news, she was spotted hitting it f with A$AP Rocky, just a few days after her reported breakup with Hassan Jameel.