New York, NY – Pro Era’s de facto leader and obvious basketball fan, Joey Bada$$, shared a video snippet on his Instagram from a recent interview with Angie Martinez on Monday (July 1). The clip suggests he had something to do with Kevin Durant’s move to the Brooklyn Nets.
In the video, he admits to his “low-key” affiliation with the team.
“I’m a season ticket holder but nobody knows I’m the ambassador dude,” he says in the clip. “like nobody knows I’m talking to Kevin Durant right now.”
He added in the caption, “Imma just leave this here… BROOKLYN!”
Phoenix Suns fans entered free agency hoping that their team would be able to acquire a point guard to play alongside rising star Devin Booker, with many wishing for 23-year old All-Star D’Angelo Russell. However, the Suns organization was apparently against bringing in Russell all along.
According to USA Today, Phoenix never actually pursued DLo because they thought he’d be a bad influence on Booker f the court.
“The Suns chose not to pursue Russell despite Devin Booker’s campaign for them to target his close friend, according to league sources familiar with the situation.”
“The Suns apparently felt Russell wouldn’t have been a good influence on Booker f the court.”
As it turns out, the Suns instead opted for veteran Ricky Rubio, who signed a three-year $51 million deal. USA Today reports that Phoenix’s primary target was Terry Rozier, but he landed in Charlotte as part the sign-and-trade that sent All Star point guard Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors pulled f a shocking sign-and-trade for Russell, inking the southpaw to a four-year, $117 million deal. In his fourth NBA season, and second with the Nets, Russell averaged career highs across the board with 21.1 points, 7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while earning All Star honors for the first time and leading the Nets to the playfs for the first time in four seasons.
Apple has added support for over 100,000 live radio stations through its integration with TuneIn and iHeartRadio.
Siri users on iPhone, iPad, and HomePod devices can now access these radio stations.
Apple first announced the upcoming integration at WWDC earlier this year. The live radio stations were billed as a fall iOS 13 feature, but support for Siri live radio currently works on the HomePod. iPhones and iPads running the iOS 13 beta build also have access to live radio.
Apple’s goal is to offer hyper-local radio and a selection of great top stations for HomePod. One user reports that many German stations are available, suggesting that this may be a global rollout. Asking Siri to play a particular station will prompt her to return the service providing the station.
For example, “play radio station BBC Radio One” prompts Siri to say “playing BBC Radio One, provided by TuneIn.”
Early beta testers note that Siri is pretty finicky with the language needed to activate the feature. Without an ask phrase featuring the word ‘radio station,’ Siri defaults to Apple Music searches. Presumably, the is helping Apple test Siri’s natural language recognition for radio station selection.
Radio playback is controllable using the Apple Music app. You can also search for stations by name in the Apple Music search tab. Stations appear in Apple Music’s Recently Played list, allowing them to be accessed quickly.
Among the features Apple is planning to launch this fall are several upgrades for the HomePod.
One of those is an easier music handoff between the iPhone and HomePod unit. will also offer voice support for multiple users. Each user will receive contextually relevant music recommendations. HomePod can detect up to six different voice profiles when the update launches this fall.
Apple is still well behind Google and Amazon when it comes to natural language processing. Google’s assistant feels the most natural at handling requests, but that’s an area Apple has been working to improve.
A sluglike nature “The Florida Man” knows no bounds. As per WSET-TV, Patrick Benson, the latest person afflicted by the dishonorable “Florida Man” title, used a Wendy’s restaurant at his own convenience and wound up behind bars. You’re likely wondering where he went wrong. Where do I start?
For starters, when Benson broke into the establishment, I did say BROKE INTO, the Wendy’s had been closed for some hours. Once inside, he proceeded to casually cook himself a hamburger his choosing. He then ate the burger in peace, after which he ventured f into the back store in search a safe. Upon its discovery, he tried decoding it for several head-scratching moments before realizing he was strong enough to lift the vault with his own bare arms.
Benson is said to have burglarized another restaurant in the vicinity sometime thereafter. He tried for a third location, a local gas station, but found the security apparatus too difficult to outmaneuver. It didn’t take long for local authorities to track his whereabouts, leading up to his arrest. Martin County authorities, sworn with the task coming up with an easily-identifiable tagline for their suspect, resorted to calling him “the modern day Hamburglar” in the ficial press release related to the case.
“The suspect has been successful at forcing his way into two restaurants cooking himself some dinner—then stealing what he can’t consume,” the press release read. “The suspect used a brick to smash in a door at the Wendy’s on Jensen Beach Boulevard. Once in, he started the grill, ate and left the with safe. He also burglarized a restaurant in downtown Jensen Beach.”
Patrick Benson faces several counts burglary, grand theft and attempted burglary. He currently sits in a Martin County jail while he awaits deliberation. If you’re thinking visiting the State Florida, bring a lifejacket, a blunt object, and two whole first-aid kits, or don’t bother coming at all.
It’s been 15 years since White Chicks hit theaters everywhere giving everyone endless laughs and even more love to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.” The Marlon and Shawn Wayans-helmed film, that they also star in, follows a two cops who go undercover as white chicks to uncover a drug bust. Terry Crews stars in the film as a social lite who can’t get enough one the women, not knowing that its a man undercover.
Terry was recently a guest on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live where he was asked about a follow-up to the film, giving the answer every fan wants to hear. “I actually got with Shawn and he was like ‘Man we doing it, we’re getting it going,’” he said. “15 years ago as this month! I’m staying in shape just for this movie.”
Terry recently paid a visit to The Talk and was asked which song he would sing his heart out to in the movie this time around. “I think the modern day “A Thousand Miles”] would be Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe,”‘ he said. “I don’t know the lyrics to the thing but I would definitely do the whitest white girl song you would ever see.”
In an Instagram story which has since expired, Waka Flocka Flocka expressed his appreciation Trippie Redd, a rapper whose efforts have gone unreported in recent times. “If you ask me trippy red one the most underrated new generation rapper,” he says, before the video cut f, eliciting a slew dumbfounded responses from the followers in attendance. Spare him the ridicule for misspelling Trippies name, will you now; the sentiment appears to be genuinely-felt.
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This isn’t the first time Waka Flocka shown a measure solidarity for the underdog. In fact, he probably views himself as such, in spite the fact he barely resembles his old rapping-self in his second career as an EDM consort. In the past, he’s stood up for XXXTentacion, but couldn’t conjure up the same feelings for Smokepurpp, whom he referred to as “lame,” to quote him directly.
That being said, Wake’s adulation didn’t go unnoticed by Trippie himself, who in turn re-posted the video on his platform. What makes the reciprocal gesture all the more genuine is the fact that Trippie Redd and Waka Flocka were at one point, entangled in a senseless feud over Lil Xan’s disrepute Tupac Shakur. Trippie defended Lil Xan, whilst Waka represented the old guard, in a hostile situation long since forgotten (for all the constituents not named Lil Xan). Tell me, do you agree with Waka Flocka’s read on the “New Generation?” Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Kyrie Irving posted a video on his instagram account Monday morning, featuring Jay-Z’s “PSA,” in which he described his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
Irving, who grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, says:
“It was, fourth grade, I had just gotten done watching the Nets in the Finals and when I knew that this is a dream that I want to fulfill. I had to manifest that, I had to go get it.
“In my heart I knew I always wanted to play at home. And home is where my heart is. And it’s always been there.”
Irving, selected first overall out Duke by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011, spent his first six seasons in Cleveland before forcing his way to the Boston Celtics. The 27-year old, six-time All Star averaged 23.8 points with 6.9 assists and 5 rebounds per game last season with the Cs.
As we know, Irving be joined by Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. KD made his free agency announcement on Sunday night “The Boardroom” IG account, which is the ficial page his sports business TV show on ESPN+. Similar to Irving’s IG video, The Boardroom post was highlighted by the sounds another Brooklyn legend, the Notorious BIG.
One week in and Stephanie Grisham is already making headlines as the new White House Press Secretary. Grisham clashed with guards who were reportedly attempting to stop the press from accessing a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The meeting took place at the Freedom House at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
A video from the incident shows Grisham attempting to push guards out the way while members the U.S. press pool run by. CNN is reporting that Grisham was left bruised and one witness has described the event as an “all-out brawl.” Jennifer Jacobs, Senior White House reporter for Bloomberg, took to Twitter to claim the scuffle “came to body blows.”
Trump took twenty steps into North Korea making him the first U.S. president to set foot in the country. In a tweet after the meeting, Trump described the event by calling it “an important statement for all, and a great honor!” More nuclear talks are reportedly scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
Grisham is now the third press secretary under the Trump administration. It was announced she would be replacing Sarah Sanders on June 25th by First Lady Melania Trump. The administration began with Sean Spicer in 2017.
Compton, CA – On the night of June 28, longtime YG affiliate Slim 400 was reportedly shot eight times in his hometown of Compton.
Thankfully, the 31-year-old rapper was rushed to the closest hospital where he was immediately treated and managed to pull through.
In a statement obtained by HipHopDX, Slim 400’s team sends more positivity on the situation by updating his condition.
After multiple surgeries, Slim is resting. He is in critical but stable condition and we are truly thankful for that.
Slim’s family and friends remain by his side and greatly appreciate the continued prayers and support. He is a family man, a father, a community man, and a uniquely talented artist with a greater purpose. Slims family is overwhelming thankful for every call, every positive thought, and every prayer.
Details on the shooting are very scarce. Early reports are simply saying a black vehicle was involved in the incident. The shooting also occurred three months after Nipsey Hussle (another close friend of YG’s) was gunned down in front of his Los Angeles Marathon clothing store.
HipHopDX’s in-depth conversation with Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men director Sacha Jenkins couldn’t be contained in a single article. After presenting Part 1 last week, DX brings readers the second (and final) portion of our interview with the journalist-turned-filmmaker.
In Part 2, Jenkins reveals the level of creative freedom given to him by RZA and details how he told the story of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. He also explains why the Showtime documentary series didn’t spend much time on Wu-Tang’s solo careers and much more.
HipHopDX: One of the things you did very well, which seems like something difficult to do, is dealing with a reality where ODB is no longer with us. You use old footage to tell his story and pair it with new interviews with his family. Can you talk about doing him justice and the difficulties in finding the right footage that lets him tell his own story?
Jenkins: I mean, our archival team went above and beyond to really find some really important nuggets. I know from interviewing ODB that he was a really charismatic guy and that there were multiple sides to him. Was he troubled? Sure. Did he have mental health issues? Probably. But he was still someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s father. At the core of who he was, I mean, anyone who knew him will tell you he was the sweetest guy on the planet. [He’d] take the shirt off his back to help someone else. He was a complicated man.
Without having the man in the flesh, the best way to help tell the story is through interviewing friends and family. His wife, his widow, the stories that she tells give you a window into someone who is really complex. Is he someone who is abusing his wife or is he someone who is trying to help give his wife an identity that she didn’t have before? Was he trying to build up her self-esteem? To tell the truth, it’s probably somewhere in the middle, but I didn’t want to make that judgment call.
I wanted to try to lay out the story the best we could to give the viewers all the tools that they need to make their decisions because, at the end of the day, Dirty is not here. You’ve got to work off what’s being presented to you.
HipHopDX: Right. One of the heartbreaking points of the film is when you’ve got that footage of ODB in the car when he’s dealing with his contract situation where Wu-Tang Productions may not let him to go to Roc-A-Fella. Were you worried showing RZA that clip could derail this whole production once he saw an extreme conflict going on within his family?
Jenkins: Well, in all fairness, RZA didn’t see it until after it was done. I didn’t stay in the room with RZA that episode. But if you watch it, you see how complicated it is, because everyone else got let out. Why aren’t you letting your cousin out? It doesn’t make any sense. Then RZA says – if you look at him, his eyes are kind of watery. He’s like, “It started with me and him. It was just me and him looking out at the stars before any of this stuff.” You can see that RZA has a level of sympathy and empathy. You also felt the level of responsibility. It felt like, “This guy is getting out of jail. He looks terrible, but he needs to take care of himself. I need to work with him to get him to a place where he’s in a better place.”
I can’t speak to financials or what Dirty wasn’t getting that he wanted from RZA and/or wanted from someone else, hence he wanted to be released from his contract. I can’t speak to that, but what RZA says, “I don’t want to let him go because it started with me and him.” Then he says that his aunt called him up and said, “Hey, what are you doing?” Finally, he lets him out.
ODB’s manager, it’s so bad. He doesn’t even recognize who RZA is, which is such an awkward, strange, bizarre moment. You see in that whole exchange the levels of emotions, psychology and chess that’s being played by managers, family members, friends, ODB himself. Everyone is trying to find their way. No one’s trying to figure it out. What is happening, 25 years ago, they’re not thinking about all this. It’s just happening. You’re in the moment. Now, 25 years later, you can look back and say, “Wow.” For RZA, I was not in the room when he watched that, but I can only imagine what it would feel like as RZA to watch that. It’s really emotionally charged.
I have to say, I have to give a lot of credit to RZA, who basically let us do our thing. So many other artists would have been control freaks. So many other artists would have been insisting on seeing things. RZA never did that. He gave me a level of trust and respect that gave us the opportunity to make a film that you see today.
Because if he would have seen it, if I were him and I saw it in the middle of making it, I would probably be like, “You know, I don’t feel comfortable with this.” RZA’s response was, “I saw that episode. I guess I have to take it on the chin a few times.” To me, for someone to be that sophisticated and that evolved, to be able to go beyond himself and say, “Hey, at the end of the day, it’s history. It is what it is,” that speaks volumes about who RZA is and why he is who he is.
HipHopDX: Indeed. I think what’s amazing about the Wu-Tang story is there’s so much to it. There’s probably enough material for 10 episodes or even more than that. Mass Appeal has been putting out the Hidden Chambers clips that give a glimpse at the tremendous amount of material you had. Can you just tell me about the decision to make it four episodes? What made that the right number and the right length to tell this story?
Jenkins: Well, there’s a business side of it. Each hour costs X amount of dollars. Based on what we were able to execute, what we could afford – because someone eventually had to buy it – we mapped out something that we thought would be the most effective way over that finite amount of time to tell the story.
Sure, we could have done it in eight episodes, but I think certain storylines and certain realities become redundant. When you really get into solo problems and stuff like that – I mean we touched on it lightly – but it felt like that would have been a real distraction from the overall mothership story, the mothership of Wu-Tang. So, we just tried to look at everything through the prism of the mothership.
You look at something like The Defiant Ones. I think The Defiant Ones was four episodes, maybe. That was a major success. That series helped create an appetite for something like Wu-Tang. On the business side, people see The Defiant Ones that was a success and maybe you can replicate that with Wu-Tang.
At the end of the day, I think that … I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve been doing Hip Hop and been in this industry for close to 30 years – and it sounds crazy for me even saying that – but as you said, my career started out around the same time as Wu-Tang. I’ve never in the history of my career received this kind of thanks and praise for a project that I worked on. I mean, people really like the film, but they don’t just like it, they’re thanking me for it. There are people that will thank you for the culture. Thank you for continuing to do these projects with Hip Hop that push the conversation forward.
For me, my only value is in the way that I tell stories. Anyone can do documentaries. Anyone can interview rappers, but the way you put it together … I have my own unique way of storytelling. I’m thankful that Hip Hop has been being kind enough to give me the opportunity to tell her stories.
HipHopDX: That’s great. As far as the ending, what I enjoyed about it is there’s a sense of hope. Despite all the tension, this is a family. It seems like whatever may happen, they’ll still find a way to work together. Can you talk about showing that sense of hope and why it was the right way to conclude the film?
Jenkins: I mean, when these guys look at where they came from and all that they overcame, they’re just very humbly thankful for where they’ve gone. I think that’s the overall message, one of the important messages I wanted people to understand. Kids from the projects actually work hard. Kids from the projects can have big dreams. Kids from the projects can come together and work together to achieve a big dream.
I think that’s what Wu-Tang represents. Kids from the projects, after they’ve achieved the dream, even if there are bumps along the way, even though they don’t always get along, they can still look at each other in the dark of a movie theater and say, “You know what, man? I love you.”
At the very top of the film, you see Ghostface and Raekwon embracing each other, saying, “I love you.” When do you see black men on television doing that, let alone rappers? Never. You never see that. It’s not because it doesn’t exist. It’s because it’s never the priority of the people who make these things to highlight that. That’s what makes me unique and whatever value it is that I bring to the table because I’m of it and I understand it.
I know the things that need to be in the film. When Ghostface talks about the ice cream that he used to get in the public school system, I used to get that ice cream. When he talks about what it meant to him and he makes that sound effect like he’s biting into it, some people wouldn’t put that in the film. I’m going to put that in the film because I understand in the way that he’s expressing himself and in the way he’s telling the story. It is uniquely Hip Hop. That registers to people who are native to it.
At the end of the day, I’m always going to make films for the natives. It’s also my duty to make films that represent the natives in a way that is fair to them and opens up the conversation so other people can come in and learn because that is the problem in this country. We are not learning from our mistakes. We are not treating history like our best friend. We look at people from the projects as if they have nothing to offer society.
I think Hip Hop, when you look at where it comes from and where it’s gone, it is proof positive that the projects – although we are not always beaming with social capital – our creative capital is unmatched and unparalleled. That creative capital, when it connects with money and opportunity, can change the world and that’s what Wu-Tang has done. That’s what Hip Hop has done for Wu-Tang.
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men is available now on demand and streaming Showtime.
Read Part One of HipHopDX’s interview with Sacha Jenkins here.
Los Angeles record store Amoeba Music’s continues to flourish in an era where physical CD’s have died out. Unfortunately, where they’re currently located at will be getting demolished in favor a 26-story apartment complex. The property was sold in 2015 to GPI Companies but in 2018, Marc Weinstein, Amoeba’s co-owner, said that wouldn’t be moving too far from their only location.
With a new location “within blocks” its original location, they’ll be jumping into the cannabis industry as they announced plans to acquire a dispensary license at their new location. The move to open up a dispensary inside their record store is an effort to expand “prit streams in a music retail landscape that has been on a steady decline since the rise downloadable digital files in the late 1990s.” They previously did the same with Amoeba’s location in Berkley which served as their first cannabis dispensary. Weinstein assured that they’ll be looking into getting all the necessary permits and “be diligent” in doing so before launching their second dispensary.
Even with streaming, Weinstein is confident that people still want to have a physical copy albums. “Some people like to have the whole artifact curated just as the artist wanted. That experience is something people relate to across all age groups. I see so many people my age repurchasing] vinyl albums that they’d long since sold f. They’re really amazing physical objects that represented the artist’s work. There’s nothing comparable to that in the digital world,” he said.
Jonas Valanciunas was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies at a moment excruciating uncertainty for the Memphis Grizzlies. Before engaging in a multi-player swap for Marc Gasol, Grizzlies’ management had come to terms with the fact they’d reached their limit with the current group. That’s not to say, the Memphis Grizzlies haven’t been a competitive franchise for some time – they certainly have.
It’s just that, overachieving franchises like the Grizzlies operate under a st cap, with a majority their accomplishment owing to organizational strength and the strong yield their limited resources.
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Sadly, Valanciunas was traded just before the Raptors went on their championship run. By all accounts, Jonas has been doted upon as if he were the heir apparent to Marc Gasol as the franchise’s center going forward. Although his weaknesses on the defensive end the floor are readily apparent, if sheltered, Jonas’ scoring acumen is rather unique for his position. The Grizzlies certainly think so.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN, Valanciunas has agreed in principle to a deal that would pay him $45 million over three years. While the team won’t be able to deem it ficial until the 6th July, Woj is seldom wrong about these things. If you were to attach an electroshocker that gave out signals every time a Woj bomb came to fruition in Free Agency, you might end up permafried as a result.
Memphis, TN – Yo Gotti was literally on fire while performing “Rake It Up” at his seventh annual Birthday Bash, which took place at the FedExForum last Friday (June 28).
During his set, Gotti’s pant leg caught on fire when he got too close to a pyrotechnic device. Somehow, he managed to smoothly play it off and quickly put out the flame without missing a beat in his performance.
“Shit Got Too Litt Last Night .. Literally,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m From da streets I been playing wit Fire My Whole Life.”
Another interesting story about the late Tupac. In the mid-90s, comedian Guy Torry and Tupac Shakur became great friends. In fact, one the loudest voices in Torry’s ear about pursuing comedy seriously was Tupac Shakur. And despite Shakur’s imminent legend status, Guy recalls a moment when he avoided Pac altogether out fear that his affiliation to the rapper would tarnish his image or bring forth bad attention. Between the diss records and controversial magazine covers, Guy Torry began slowly stepping away from his friend Tupac. Precisely in the wake a planned night out with the late Hip Hop icon, Guy recalls fearing hanging out with Tupac.
“At that time I remembered ‘wait a minute. We’re at the height the East Coast/West Coast drama. He was driving a cream-colored, drop-top Rolls Royce and I was like ‘I don’t know if I wanna be ridin’ around with Tupac at like midnight in L.A. at the height the East/West drama so I had a little pager and I faked like a girl paged me,” Guy recalled. “I was like ‘oh, I forgot, I got this little shorty waiting outside my crib, and he was like ‘go handle that. Where is that spot at?’ I told him where the spot was and I was like ‘Whooo! Dodged a bullet.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has learned that former NBA MVP Derrick Rose will meet with Pistons’ management in the hopes securing a two-year deal. Both sides are believed to be highly motivated to reach an agreement. Think it this way: the Pistons’ backcourt is in dire need a warm body, any warm body – on the other hand, Detroit is one the few franchises who’d willingly fered him a starting berth, let alone the keys to the fense. Bear in mind, Rose hasn’t started for an NBA team in some time, and Reggie Jackson isn’t just going to keel over in defeat. But with Jackson and Rose pushing each other for playing time, there’s a reason to believe, the team’s “accountability” would increase tenfold with him on the payroll.
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After successive redshirt seasons, Derrick Rose finally re-emerged as a ble NBA player with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. Although he only started 13 games for the franchise, Rose’s pressionalism was counted upon in the wake Jimmy Butler’s calamitous exit. Rose’s play even landed him a few votes for NBA silverware, which he ultimately fell short garnering. The 2019-2020 season will be Rose’s 11th in the league if you count the years spent toiling in the infirmary. With 3 All-Star berths to his credit, an MVP award, and career averages 18.8 points and 5.6 assists – Derrick Rose is never one to wait by the phone in a cross-legged position.