Lizzo Thanks Her Exes For Her Success: "I Needed That Heartbreak Experience"

Lizzo’s musical talent cannot be denied whether you would choose to stream her tunes or not. The 31-year-old singer has pulled in the most Grammy nominations this year with eight nods as she’s expected to make her debut at the show. In light the big day (that takes place on January 26th) the “Truth Hurts” singer is the latest act to be featured in Rolling Stone magazine and she explains how heartbreak is what lead her to create some her best hits. 

Lizzo called her first serious relationship a “delusional” ride since she was trying to be something she was not. “How can you be in love with someone when you’re not even you?” she asked herself. Her second go at love was with an unnamed Gemini and their end a romance is what inspired her beloved tape Cuz I Love You. “As fucked up as it sounds, I needed that heartbreak experience,” she said. “I’m not sad, because I use the pain so constructively. It’s inevitable. The pain is human experience.”

Lizzo (born Melissa Vine Jefferson) refers to the situation as “scary” but can now see the positive how things turned out. “Being vulnerable with someone I didn’t know, then learning how to be vulnerable with people that I do know, gave me the courage to be vulnerable as a vocalist.”

Read her full feature here

Air Jordan 4 "Black Cat" Drops Today: Purchase Links

After weeks speculation and rumored release dates, the iconic Air Jordan 4 “Black Cat” is finally set to release. The classic colorway will be available at all major retailers including Nike.com, Eastbay, Finish Line and Foot Locker starting at 10am ET today, January 22nd.

In addition to adult sizes priced at $190, the Black Cat 4s will also be available in grade school, pre-school and toddler sizes for $140, $80 and $60, respectively. Check out the early purchase links in the tweets embedded below.

The beloved 4s originally debuted in 2006 and became an instant classic thanks to its easily wearable “Black/Black-Light Graphite” color scheme. Judging from the ficial images that surfaced this week it looks like the kicks are returning OG form, featuring a smooth nubuck construction accompanied by grey detailing on the Jumpman/Flight logo on the tongue.

Check out the ficial photos below.

Air Jordan 4 "Black Cat" Drops Today: Purchase Links

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Air Jordan 4 "Black Cat" Drops Today: Purchase Links

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Air Jordan 4 "Black Cat" Drops Today: Purchase Links

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Air Jordan 4 "Black Cat" Drops Today: Purchase Links

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Air Jordan 4 "Black Cat" Drops Today: Purchase Links

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Missy Elliott Tearfully Reflects On Illness: "I Couldn’t Even Hold A Pen To Write"

Things were a tad emotional at TV One’s annual Urban Honors awards in Washington, D.C. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was given the Music Innovation Award, an honor that was presented to her by longtime friend Lil Kim. It was a tender moment on stage as Missy took a moment to thank Kim for being family to her for all these decades.

Missy Elliott Tearfully Reflects On Illness: "I Couldn't Even Hold A Pen To Write"
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“First I want to thank Lil Kim cause… It’s hard to find people in the industry that become like family,” Missy began. “We’re beyond cameras, you know, getting in front cameras and pretending that we are family. We are truly family. She’s been my sister for so long and I always have looked up to her because when I first seen her, you know, I always been a big girl. Kim had on the little swimsuits on and I was like, ‘Oh, nah, I ain’t finna do that.’ Internet ain’t out but I’ll shut it down in the future if I pull that stunt.” The audience laughed as she continued, “But, you are a trailblazer and an innovator yourself and I want you to know that.”

She also made sure to give a shout out to Da Brat, noting that the former So So Def rapper was her “sister.” Later on during her speech, Missy became choked up. “When I look back over my life,” she said as she started to cry. The audience clapped and cheered her on and Lil Kim stood by her side and encouraged her to continue. “I was sick. I couldn’t even hold a pen to write. And it was so much to say give up. But as I stand here with all you, I thank you ’cause it’s so much talent in this room.” Watch her emotional speech in full below.

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Yo Gotti Admits To "Slippin’" When He Lost $500K During Jay Z’s Charity Gala

It was recently announced that Roc Nation had partnered with Yo Gotti to help bring attention to what’s been reported to be inhumane conditions in various Mississippi prisons. Not only are they rallying for prison reform, but we previously reported that Jay Z has ficially filed a lawsuit on behalf 29 inmates citing that “these deaths are a direct result Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights.

Yo Gotti Admits To "Slippin'" When He Lost $500K During Jay Z's Charity Gala
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Yo Gotti recently sat down with Complex and discussed the case, sharing that he was prompted to get involved because he grew up visiting friends and family members in prison. “We’re just trying to be a voice and speak up for people who gettin’ treated like they ain’t humans,” Yo Gotti said. “They not gettin’ the proper food, health care. People dying in prison. Prison supposed to be rehabilitation, right? You go to prison, hopefully, you get your stuff right. You never go back. You don’t go to prison and die in the cell. That ain’t how it’s supposed to go. We’re in the process setting up rallies out there in Mississippi so their voice can be heard louder and things like that that we have in the process as well.”

Aside from the chat about Mississippi prisons, Gotti also talked about losing a half a million dollars while gambling. “I really was just slipping on that, man,” the rapper said. He explained that it was a two-day tournament for the Shawn Carter Foundation’s Charity Gala and he had the winning hand but just made a bad move at the last minute. As an avid gambler, he knows he should have known better. “The play that I done, I’ve never did it before, so I was just slippin’. It took me like an hour or two after it had happened to realize what I had done.” Watch more from Yo Gotti and Complex below.

Adrien Broner Asks Fans To CashApp Him $10 After Social Media Hiatus

There’s no denying that Adrien Broner is one the most talented pound-for-pound boxers this current generation. Sitting at a pressional boxing record 33-3-1 with 24 TKOs under his belt and earning multiple world championships in four different weight classes is an unattainable accomplishment many boxing hopefuls could only dream to achieve.

However, in recent history, Adrien Broner’s outside-ring antics have overshadowed his in-ring dominance that has allowed him to gain the notoriety he has acquired today. Broner hasn’t seen any in-ring action since his loss to Manny Pacquiao for the WBA Welterweight Title in Jan. 2019. Since then, Broner has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. In the past twelve months alone, Broner was detained by Miami PD, had a public spat with 50 Cent, and was forced to fork over $800K to an alleged ual assault victim.

In more recent history, the ‘Can-Man’ was exposed by Bhad Barbie for attempting to slide into her DMs which led to his current hiatus on social media. Now, the current welterweight boxer has made a return to Instagram but with a rather strange request to his followers and fans. AB, also known as About Billions, wants his followers to CashApp him some funds, the text post reads:

“I’m sorry I haven’t been posting on social media but I’m going thru some tough times at this moment if you can send me 10$ on cashap $AboutBillions89 I will appreciate it #SupportMeAndIFight4U.”

While Adrien Broner’s current financial status remains a mystery from the outside looking in, this cry out for help could be a sign some troubling times from the former world boxing champion. Hopefully, Broner will be able to allocate the funds he needs in order to remain comfortable and get back to doing what he does best, entertaining boxing fans in the ring. 

Check out Adrien Broner’s Instagram post below. 

DJ Khaled Welcomes 2nd Child

Asad became a big brother as DJ Khaled and wife Nicole Tuck welcomed a second son into the world on Tuesday (January 21).

Khaled made the announcement of the birth on Instagram as he posted a celebration picture with Tuck’s gynecologist.

He wrote, “Thank you Allah! Thank you my queen Nicole! Bless up Dr. Jin! Another one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The producer posted other images celebrating the momentous occasion.

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Khaled posted an image of the newborn’s footprints on his arm. He wrote, “I”m inspired! Another one! Grateful thankful! God is the greatest!”

The couple announced the pregnancy in September through Khaled’s Instagram.

His son’s birth kicked off a hectic week for the DJ producer as he prepares to pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle alongside Hussle’s friends Meek Mill and YG as well as Kirk Franklin, John Legend and Roddy Ricch at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26). His Father of Asahd collaboration with Hussle and Legend “Higher” was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Khaled recently executive produced the soundtrack for Bad Boys for Life.

Kanye West Portrait Created From Repeatedly Writing His Name

Kanye West‘s fan base became far more divided than its ever been over the past few years. The rapper’s affiliation with Trump, some the things he’s said, and the general direction his music have played a factor in the polarizing reception to his art and place in hip-hop. However, there’s no denying his influence nor the inspiration he provides those who still look up to him.

Over the weekend, an Australian artist who goes by @alx.n.ria shared a crazy portrait Kanye West that she created solely out writing Kanye West’s name over and over again on a piece paper. The artist shared the process behind the creative piece (sped up, obviously) on Instagram with Ye’s “Follow God” playing over it. “WORD • KANYE WEST #kanyewest ~ Kanye is a legend 👊🏽,” the artist captioned the post.

The post has since gone viral on Twitter and Instagram. Following the reception she received, she hit Instagram announcing that she’s taking pre-orders for limited prints.

It’s unclear if Kanye West has seen it yet but people have been tagging Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner in the comment sections. Additionally, Def Jam also shared the post on their Instagram page.

@alx.n.ria has done similar portraits Tyler, The Creator, Ariana Grande, Wiz Khalifa, Miley Cyrus, A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty, and many others.

Delonte West Update: Witness Explains How Fight Started

On Monday night a heartbreaking video surfaced former NBA player Delonte West being beaten and questioned by police in Washington D.C. TMZ Sports delivered new details about the incident on Tuesday, revealing that West reportedly initiated the fight by attacking a man with a glass bottle.

According to Prince George’s County Police Department, the altercation took place at approximately 9:45 am on January 20th. West and the other man reportedly knew each other and had been involved in an argument before the events captured on camera.

Per TMZ Sports:

“The witness] told ficers that she observed the handcuffed male West] first hit the other with a glass bottle and that man responded by striking the one who had thrown the bottle several times,” cops say.

In the aftermath the disturbing video, West has received an outpouring support from his former teammates and coaches, as well as fans and media members alike. The NBA has also fered to assist West and his family in any way, as it has become abundantly clear that the 36-year old is in desperate need help.

West spent three seasons at St. Joseph’s before making the leap to the NBA in 2004. He was selected 24th overall by the Boston Celtics and also spent time with the Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. West has been seen looking disheveled and homeless multiple times across Maryland and Texas since retiring from the league, but nothing quite as disturbing as the video that surfaced this week.

Former Saint Joseph’s head coach, Phil Martelli, was among those who vowed to help West get back on track.

Joe Budden On Eminem’s ‘Music To Murdered By’: ‘He Should Stop Dissing Me’

Joe Budden was an outspoken critic of Eminem’s 2017 effort Revival and consequently, Slim Shady blatantly dissed the former Slaughterhouse MC on the 2018 follow-up Kamikaze. On Friday (January 17), Em blindsided his fans once again with another surprise album called Music To Be Murdered By. 

During episode #314 of The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal, the show’s hosts dissect the new project and Budden is unexpectedly positive.

“I’ll tell ya one thing, buddy: that’s how you start a project,” he says. “People are gonna replay this album. This is the best we’ve heard him in a while — the best album we’ve heard from him [in a while].”

Then Budden addresses the perceived disses that pop up on the album, which reunites Slaughterhouse vets Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9 and KXNG Crooked on the track “I Will.” Aside from Budden being noticeably missing — which could be considered a subtle slight —  many people assumed the line, “Your group is off the chain, but you’re the weakest link” is about Budden. However, he says that’s not the case.

“The Em line in that song, when he was tearing Lord Jamar’s ass up on old group flips, that led to ‘Your group is off the chain, but you’re the weakest link,’” he says around the 47-minute mark. “In a song featuring [members of] Slaughterhouse, I could see how that looked like it was about Joe. Joe says it was not.

“That’s about Lord Jamar, obviously, if you listen to the eight bars coming before it. You [listeners can] get your panties out the bunch.”

Budden also reacts to “Lock It Up” featuring Anderson .Paak in which Eminem raps, “Try’na save at Kroger, so why would I give a fuck about back-stabbin’ Trader Joe for?”

“Trader Joe, Trader Joe, Trader Joe — that’s hurtful,” he says. “[Laughs] That’s not right! [Laughing] That’s offensive, man. Trader Joe? I’m Joe. [Laughs] You’re telling me Joe is a traitor?”

But Budden is ready for all the shots to stop flying in his direction.

“The same way I feel like [Eminem] should stop dissing Lord Jamar, he should stop dissing me. [Laughs],” he says. “Hey, whatever we had—that exchange when you did all the [multi-day interview segments with Sway Calloway], and whenever I said whatever I said on the pod’, it a moment in time.

“We had our exchange. It’s over. In 2020, I can’t harbor negativity not only towards one of the best rappers, but somebody I’m not angry at. That’s what I gotta stop doin’. I don’t be mad at the people I come in and kill. There’s no hostility after that.”

Ultimately, Budden insists he’s cool with everybody — including Em and KXNG Crooked.

“I don’t have a problem with anybody,” he says. “Everybody has to do what’s best for them. Everybody has to move in a way that they see fit. So when it comes to [it], the word ‘traitor’ is just a little misleading. I have no beef with Em’; I have no problem with Em’. I’ve only ever had but so many conversations with Em’. I’ve been very consistent in my message though: the only problem or issue that I had was in how our business was set up. The end.

“Does that make me a bad guy? For having a different perspective for how the business should go or how we should be treated, or how we should be handled—especially when it’s our sh*t? Like, I know now, ownership is cool and all. But some of us were fighting for it then. I don’t think that should make me a traitor.”

Listen to the full episode above.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Cinder" Coming Soon: On-Foot Photos

Kanye West has been coming through with a plethora Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 colorways over the last year or so and in 2020, he has plenty more models planned. One those colorways is the “Cinder” model which we have been reporting on over these last few weeks. There have been some teasers this fering as late and now, we have some detailed on-foot images courtesy Instagram sneaker accounts @kickwhoshow and @repgod888.

The “Cinder” colorway should be quite familiar to sneakerheads as it looks a lot like the “Black Static” colorway which dropped back in June 2019. The only difference with this colorway is that it features a gum bottom on the outsole. This aesthetic allows the shoe to pop just a bit more. In the on-foot images below, you can see how the black upper allows for a stealthy look that will match any outfit you choose to wear. Overall, this is a simple colorway that you can’t go wrong with. If you missed out on the “Black Static” fering, these are a great option.

For now, these are slated to drop in the Spring 2020 so stay tuned as we will be sure to bring you the latest updates.

Reebok Announces Landmark Partnership With Khalid

Reebok and Grammy nominated artist Khalid have announced their ficial partnership today, aimed at amplifying a collective mission to inspire creativity and encourage experimentation and self-expression in today’s youth.

“I’m amped to partner with Reebok,” said Khalid. “I love how they mix old and new and honor the classics with fresh twists. I hope we can inspire a new generation people to be themselves and take creative chances.”  

According to Reebok, Khalid will make his debut with the brand this Spring in its first “Sport the Unexpected” campaign the year. The campaign will pair immersive elements irreverence and the surreal with Khalid’s authentic and charismatic self to tell an unexpected story. The campaign’s visual storytelling will highlight Khalid’s natural energy, while showcasing Reebok’s heritage through a contemporary lens.

“Khalid continues to be a beacon originality, pride and imagination for today’s rising youth,” said Matt Blonder, VP Marketing and Digital Brand Commerce at Reebok. “Through his unique sound and a personal journey that took him across the country, Khalid authentically symbolizes our common ethos – to inspire creativity and encourage experimentation. We’re privileged to welcome him to our family.”

To commemorate the Reebok partnership, Khalid shared a photo  himself playing with his dog Maui, who’s outfitted in a specially designed handmade Reebok doggy tracksuit. Fans can enter to win a limited-edition Maui-inspired Reebok doggy track jacket for their pup, here.

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Trippie Redd Explains To Kids Why He "Sings Bad Words": "It Feels Right"

It’s been a while since All Def Music has released a new episode  Arts & Raps, but they recently returned with Trippie Redd. The online digital giant has undergone some restructuring, so it’s expected that they’ll be sharing much more content in the upcoming year. The Ohio-born rapper sat down for their kid-centered series that features an artist at a craft table with two children who peg them with questions. Trippie was sweating from after a little girl asked him if he’s ever caught the Holy Ghost. Thankfully, the little boy came to his rescue. “I got you covered,” the boy said. “Every black person gets the Holy Ghost every day.”

Trippie Redd Explains To Kids Why He "Sings Bad Words": "It Feels Right"
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Trippie couldn’t help but laugh. “It just runs in our community,” he joked. The trio had the task making stress balls for the day because they know that the music industry can be overwhelming. Things jump around as Trippie reveals that his first face tattoo was the number “14” in the middle his forehead. The boy wanted to know what the 14 meant. 

“It’s a spiritual number,” Trippie said. “It’s an angel behind the number. I’m a very spiritual person, that’s why I believe in ghosts and stuff like that. I like that type stuff.” The little girl wanted to know why he “sings bad words a lot.” Trippie responded, “It’s the way I express myself. In the moment it feels good. It feels right. Necessarily what I’m saying might not be right, but it feels right.”

Watch below as Trippie Redd tries to answer why he likes scary things, reveals the most expensive gifts he ever bought a girl, and see what he chooses between money, women, or the ability to rap.

J. Cole Says He Was Sick Of Rapping About Himself After "2014 Forest Hills Drive"

J. Cole fans have always appreciated him for his authenticity in telling his own truth. As a rapper, he’s given fans an insight into his own trials and tribulations in his life as he relates that to the average person. However, it appears as though there was a time in his life when he was sick talking about himself. 

J. Cole Says He Was Sick Of Rapping About Himself After "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
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Cole recently joined Marshawn Lynch and Ryan Coogler in Harlem for the MLK Now Panel. Over the course the conversation, which got into some very deep topics, Cole explained a point in his career where he was simply tired speaking his own life in the rap game. “The time, it was after the Forest Hill Drive album, at a time in my life where I was just tired like, rapping about myself,” he explained. “So much my art was storytelling from my own perspective. I’d always give you branches someone else’s perspective but so much it was like my personal journey, my personal growth, my personal flaws, this, that and the third. And it was a time period when I was like that was not interesting to me.”

After moving back to North Carolina from New York, he explained that he had a “whole different perspective the landscape.” 

“That tour was a product that album which was a product that book and just a desire to like, ‘okay, let me use this platform to tell these stories,'” he said. Peep the clip below.

Air Jordan 3 "Tokyo" Releasing For 2020 Olympic Games: What To Expect

Jordan Brand reportedly has plans to release a brand new Air Jordan 3 this Summer in celebration the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. According to sneaker source House Heat, the Air Jordan 3 “Tokyo” will feature a classic “White/Fire Red-Black” color scheme.

Early images the celebratory 3s have not yet surfaced but they could look something like the mockup embedded below based on the leaked information.

That photoshopped image is just a guess at what’s to come, but sneakerheads will surely approve if the final product does resemble that design. Release details remain unknown but one would assume the “Tokyo” Air Jordan 3s in the summer as the 2020 Olympic games are scheduled to take place from July 24th to August 9th.

In addition to the white, red and black 3s, Jordan Brand will also be releasing a new “Red Cement” colorway in February. Click here for more details on that.

SZA & Justin Timberlake’s Instagram Banter Allude To New Music Coming Soon

We’ve known for some time now that SZA and Justin Timberlake have been up to something when it comes to new music. “Before I was like, ‘What the f-ck am I doing in the studio with Justin Timberlake right now? This is crazy,'” she said. “But when I heard his music and we started singing together… It’s like, ‘Oh, we speak the same language. The same frequency.’ I understood where he was going before he could finish a run.”

SZA & Justin Timberlake's Instagram Banter Allude To New Music Coming Soon
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After confirming that new tunes will be dropping this year, it’s clear that if anyone is more excited than SZA’s many fans it would be Justin himself. The “Love Galore” singer uploaded a gallery images to her Instagram feed that showcase some never before seen moments in the studio and on some music video sets. Justin excitedly commented: “Sis!!!!! Let’s gooooooo!!” sparking SZA to respond, “OKAAAYYYUUUU😩😩😩 I’m ready.”

SZA previously spoke her past releases and described such collaborations with Cardi B, Maroon 5 and DJ Khaled as “not me.”

“It’s not to say they’re bad songs but my body doesn’t recognize it. That version myself on that song is unfamiliar to my spirit,” she said. We can only hope her new releases embody her vibe more than ever before.