Believe or not, OVO’s Championship Collection is such a sought-after commodity that Torontonians have resorted to camping outside the brand’s storefront in anticipation for the drop. Narcity, a lifestyle magazine in Toronto, has compiled a web videos depicting the madness, right outside the Scotiabank Arena where the Raptors split their home games with the Toronto Maple Leafs the NHL.
The queue started taking shape as Thursday morning, those in attendance, biding their time until a snazzy Raptors OVO Championship hat became available to the public in the coming hours. Scenes basketball fans unfolding lawn chairs, eating pizza (for sustenance) and quietly going about their business on a low battery charge, have emblematic the historically-high demand for Raptors’ paraphernalia. In Toronto, Drake has given sports apparel a second life.
Like a beloved Television program resurfacing as a topic on discussion forums, Raptors are doing everything in their power to sustain the euphoria a first NBA Championship, several years in the making. For those who’ve never visited “The North,” as they call it – the makeshift tent city was erected on the grounds made famous by Union Square’s infamous “Jurassic Park” viewing area – a convil atmosphere up until the point the floodgates opened, and 500+ individuals tried to entertain the same narrow entrance to the Real Sports boutique, thereby abandoning the rank and file system they, the Raptors’ faithful worked so hard to keep in working order.
The revival Will Smith is in full effect. After a couple less than memorable movies, Smith seemed to have fallen f. Then, he capitalized f his personable and hilarious energy and began to flood social media. Since then, Smith has been steadily growing in popularity to the point where it now feels like he’s back at the pinnacle success. When it comes to the box fice, Smith is certainly in the best position his career.
The multi-talented Smith took to social media, course, to announce that Aladdin has just become the highest grossing movie his career. “Aladdin just passed Independence Day as the highest grossing film my entire career,” he admits. “To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you.” Smith then says “thank you” in over a dozen different languages, acknowledging fans around the world for their support. The Disney remake has garnered $824 million at the global box fice to date, giving the House the Mouse another smash hit this year. Disney has delivered Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Dumbo,Toy Story 4,and Aladdin already. They still have Spider-Man: Far From Home, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, The Lion King, Frozen 2, and many more films coming this year.
Los Angeles, CA – In the mid-90s when Tupac Shakur was out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin’, a young Guy Torry was trying to establish himself as more than just Joe Torry’s brother.
One of Guy’s main moves when he moved out to Los Angeles from St. Louis to host a Phat Tuesdays night at the famed Comedy Store, which featured a lineup of most or all Black comedians.
One of the loudest voices in Guy’s ear telling him to make a name for himself was none other than Pac — who was a big fan of comedy. The late rapper/actor and the rising comic soon became fast friends.
Despite Shakur’s imminent legend status, Guy remembers a time when he opted to avoid hanging out for fear of the attention it might have drawn.
“I met Tupac through my brother Joe Torrey, who did a movie with him called Poetic Justice,” Guy prefaced to HipHopDX adding, “rest in peace Tupac and John Singleton.
“I met Tupac very early when I moved to L.A. to get into standup and he was always in my ear, always telling me ‘get out of your brother’s shadow, create your own lane and keep at it,’ cause he loved comedy, he revealed.
“I’d bump into him at concerts and I remember one Tuesday, I think we were at House of Blues to see The Fugees or LL Cool J. He wanted to hang out after and I remember he said ‘What’s going on Tuesday nights, what’s poppin?’ I said ‘well there’s this club called Peanuts, which is a lesbian spot, there usually be some fine women in there. That used to be the spot Tuesday nights so he said ‘let’s go.’”
However, between the fevered diss records and controversial magazine covers, Guy began to rethink his guy’s night out.
“But at that time I remembered ‘wait a minute. We’re at the height of 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 of the East/West drama so I had a little pager and I faked like a girl paged me,” Guy remembered. “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.’”
Though some would rue the thought of passing on such an opportunity, the Trippin’ actor was fortunate enough to catch up with Pac on many a Tuesday at what became one of the venerable comedy club’s signature nights.
“It wasn’t that big a deal [to pass up hanging with Tupac] at the time cause he was always at the Comedy Store. I used to do a night at The Comedy Store which was a legendary night,” Guy noted. “We’re actually shooting a documentary on it right now, which is gonna have a lot of exclusive footage and is gonna be the hottest documentary to come out in a long time. Pac used to come in all the time to listen to comedy,” he added.
Before Guy began hosting Phat Tuesdays, another soon-to-be-famous comic (one with a Death Row Records connection) was hosting when one of Tupac’s more notable skirmishes took place.
“Before I started doing my night, Fat Tuesdays at the Comedy Store, Eddie Griffin did a night and an incident happened where Tupac and Treach were sitting next to each other and I guess the fight spilled over to their table,” Guy recalled. “Treach used to wear that big old chain, like not a gold chain but that pull-a-pick-up-truck chain, so he started beating the guy with the chain. So he and Tupac were side by side beating up a guy.”
Two weeks ago a mural depicting Anthony Davis in purple and gold was erected in the Los Angeles area. Granted, at this point, the Lakers were only 24 hours removed from agreeing to terms with the Pelicans; the mural’s manifestation in a very short time, felt the slightest bit premature, given the fact Anthony Davis has a lot ground cover if he wants to join the Lakers’ pantheon with Magic, Kobe and such. And yet, murals don’t impose their will like say.. a permanent tattoo. With a double-coat paint, Anthony Davis’ likeness could just as easily be expunged, like a poster sleeve on borrowed time.
That said, NBA murals in Los Angeles have become a regularity – to the point where Lakers’ fans have begun using public space in their recruitment potential free agents. Take this Kawhi Leonard mural that cropped up in LA this past week. Above his portraiture reads the following pitch line: KAWHI NOT? – the bolded parts colored purple.
In truth, Kawhi Leonard has given anyone outside his inner circle a clear indication where he’d like to sign. Evidently, the two LA franchises are in the running for his services, and as reported – were granted in-person meetings with the player himself. Nevertheless, the Raptors remain the frontrunners in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes because a tightly-held window opportunity, and most all, his leverage in negotiating a short term deal in accordance with that “window opportunity.” If you’re a betting person, and I bet you are, where do you gather Kawhi will sign with, and for how long? His us in the comments below.
Now, the motley trio have dropped a video together for the Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind cut.
Directed by James Larese, the visual kicks off with a cameo from Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg, who informs Logic he’s unable to get Eminem to show up for the video shoot. So, a member of Logic’s team suggests D’Elia should star as Em’s body double and The Sandlot‘s Chauncey “Squints” Leopardi should play Logic.
Em does eventually enter the picture and delivers an impeccable impression of D’Elia impersonating him.
San Fresno police charged a man with attempted murder after a bullet struck a 10-month-old’s head after the child’s mother rejected his advances. Marcos Antonio Echartea was charged with three counts attempted murder in relation to his involvement in the shooting Fayth Percy, police announced this week.
According to ABC News, Percy’s mother, 18-year-old Deziree Menagh, was at a family gathering the night the shooting when she was approached By Echartea. Menagh said that Echartea who she said she met a week before. Echartea reportedly tried to grab her hand but she pulled away before going outside to tell her friends about her encounter with the man. He later tried to make another move on Menagh which she resisted and went back into the home. That’s when she decided to leave.
Police said that Echartea followed suit. Menagh got into a car her friend drove with her daughter before they left. After they started to park, police said Echartea was “walking hurriedly” towards them. Echartea allegedly took out his gun and let f three rounds into the driver’s side window. One the bullets struck Fayth on the side her head. Police said if the window was down, the child may have died.
Fayth was rushed to a hospital where a fragment the bullet was removed from her head. She’s currently in critical condition. Police said Echartea “has no regard for human life, even a baby.”
A Belgian music festival recently flaunted an impressive lineup which featured some exciting acts to the world. Yet, unexpectedly, the festival was canceled the very same day it was scheduled to start. And with the disaster that occurred at the Fyre Festival, which was thoroughly detailed in a controversial Netflix documentary, people have begun to see similarities between the two. The VestiVille lineup included stars Migos, Cardi B, Future and ASAP Rocky and was scheduled to begin on Friday. However, when ASAP Rocky revealed on Twitter prior to the festival’s unexpected cancelation that he would no longer be performing, suspicion arose.
“I won’t be performing today due to security and infrastructure concerns which relate to the production the show,” penned Rocky in a tweet. From there, multiple videos attendees on festival grounds began to surface online and shortly afterwards, those in attendance were informed the festival’s cancellation. A series tweets were shared from VestiVille’s Twitter account and the Fyre Festival comparisons erupted. To make matters worse, Ja Rule, who was also tied to Fyre Festival, was set to perform at Vesti. Many have accused VestVille fraud and the Brussels Times reports that the organizers have been charged with fraud after forging documents, laundering money and providing false invoices. Yikes! It appears we may have another Fyre Festival-like fiasco on our hands. And course, social media took it as an opportunity to mock the whole thing.
The 2012 fight between The Game and 40 Glocc still hasn’t been laid to rest. In a video that has gone viral, Game can be seen giving 40 Glocc a beating, an incident that later landed the Compton rapper in some trouble. Glocc later sued Game for $4.54 million in 2013, citing a variety damages including PTSD:
$500,000 for pain and suffering
$500,000 for emotional distress
$2 million in punitive damages
$25,000 in medical expenses
$750,000 for lost earnings
According to Glocc, he was awarded a settlement $196,335.15 but Game has yet to pay up. There were reported accusations that Game was purposefully avoiding making the payment to Glocc, and now The Blaststates that the pair may be closer to putting this all behind them. According to the outlet, Glocc told a court on Friday that he and Game’s lawyers are currently in settlement talks. They did have a scheduled court date today, but it’s been pushed back until August so they can have time to work things out privately.
The animosity between these two has been something that’s been played out for the public for years. They’ve traded insults on social media, but hopefully, the beef can be a thing the past.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first Nike signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Freak 1, is set to make its debut at retailers globally this Saturday, June 29 for the retail price $120.
The debut colorway, dubbed “All Bros” aka “Antetokounbros” features a vibrant orange upper celebrating Giannis’ inseparable bond between his family and teammates.
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Highlighted by a bright orange textile upper, the eye-catching Nike Air Zoom Freak 1 features a gradient midsole with varying shades blue, a speckle detailing on the black Nike swoosh and Giannis’ “34” logo on the heel that is a play on the Greek flag. According to Nike, the kicks also come equipped with a double-stacked heel Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning.
The Houston Rockets have their sights set on free agent Jimmy Butler, but they’ll need to pull f some trades if they want to land the All Star shooting guard. Houston doesn’t have nearly enough cap space to fer Butler the max contract he could receive from the Philadelphia 76ers or any other team, soe the Rockets are reportedly targeting a sign-and-trade with the Sixers.
As a result, Houston is looking to trade Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker with the hopes acquiring enough future draft picks to flip to Philadelphia as part a Butler sign-and-trade. With that in mind, The New York Times’ Marc Stein reports that the Rockets have already found a trade partner for Capela. However, they do not intend to make the deal unless they are sure they can land Butler.
Capela, 25, will be entering his sixth season in the NBA, coming f a year where he averaged career highs with 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports that a Rockets player recently told him, “I hope they don’t panic. I hope they don’t make drastic moves. We are right there. We’ve just got to figure out some things, fine tune some things, but we are right there. We don’t need to change much. It’s not the time to f—ing panic.”
Houston finished with a 53-29 record this past season, good enough for third in the Western Conference. As their roster stands now, the team is considered to be a favorite in the West heading into the 2019-20 season.
Unlike D’Angelo Russell and Marcus Smart, Giannis got to show f his talents against a group adults and he promptly embarrassed them. Even NBA players can’t guard the Greek Freak so it’s cute that these mere mortals thought they were capable anything other than being turned into an advertisement for ankle braces.
Everyone in attendance at the camp appeared to be wearing Giannis’ new shoes and apparel line which is good because it means the embarrassment came with a bit consolation prize.
At just 24 years old, Giannis is already one the most exciting players in the league and has an opportunity to become the best in the sport over the next few years. If Antetokounmpo can lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a championship, he will instantly become a legend the game.
Beforehand, I sat silently as the athletes discussed their various injuries and how those fancy headspins we all love can potentially result in whiplash, joint and muscle pain and even the possibility of shifting a body part out of alignment.
It was then I was reminded that this entire movement was a faction of the so-called real Hip Hop era. They were putting on for the culture at all costs and bring us a damn good experience in the process.
Believe it or not, the surrounding calm of Hawaii’s light breeze, gentle sun and abundance in good eats only went so far in settling the nerves … or edge I should say. The Honolulu Edition of RBDYS including a healthy succession of vets: Joe Stylez from Las Vegas, Nastyray from San Francisco, Do-Knock from Las Vegas and Hazmat, Headache HiJack, and Soul all representing their home court of Hawaii.
From the onset, the gloves were proverbially off, even though their smiles were apparent in the dance arena (making for top-notch showmanship). Hoards of fans and yes, real Hip Hop supporters packed the Kaka’ako Warehouse Event Space, each clutching on to red and blue voting cards as each dance battle was decided on a majority rules basis.
Given the heavy amount of talent and professionalism, I can honestly say that no sole battle was a unanimous decision. Joe Stylez bested fierce challenges from the likes of Toshi and Soul but ultimately lost to HiJack. Likewise for Sheopatra, who recently elevated her visibility by body jamming during Kanye West’s recent Sunday Service phase. Her precise pop-locking also got her to the semifinals over impressive showings from J. Boogie and EQ yet she ultimately lost to Hazmat’s aerobatics.
Which delighted the Hawaiian crowd to no end. There were no losers here; only winners and the ultimate winner. Hell, there were bonuses — shout out to the traditional fire dancers!
In the end, there were two and Hazmat and Hijack literally put it all on the line, and even flexed uncanny skills by going off on the guitar riffs of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” opposed to the more traditional b-boy go-to tracks that were played such as House of Pain’s “Jump Around” or Zapp & Roger’s “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing).” (The DJ was aiming for a video game final boss level setting with that selection!)
After a nearly five-minute vote, it was decided that Jack “HiJack” Rabanal was the victor for the RBDYS: Hawaii as the competition prepares for Washington, D.C. come July 20.
“Winning in my hometown definitely felt much different than winning abroad because of the support from family friends and community,” HiJack tells HipHopDX. “Ain’t no pride like Hawaii Pride!”
Despite making it look effortless, going all out in four dance battles will take the toll on the body and the war wounds were apparent.
“Wear and tear for me after the match was a sprained wrist, and a pulled back and glute muscle, but the pride that we kept the win here in the islands where it belonged,” an unapologetic HiJack continued. “And I appreciate that the crowd was involved for this event. Personally, for me, I enjoy when the crowd can get involved because it creates a vibe for the room, people want to be there when they feel involved and important.”
Grammy Award-winning producer Mustard has dropped Perfect Ten, his third studio album. The project serves as the follow-up to 2016’s Cold Summer LP.
Mustard’s album is fittingly comprised of 10 songs. The LP features collaborations with Future, Migos, YG, Meek Mill, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky and the late Nipsey Hussle, among others.
Check out Mustard’s Perfect Ten stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Intro f. 1takejay
2. Pure Water f. Migos
3. On GOD f. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, YG & Tyga
4. Baguettes in the Face f. NAV, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Playboi Carti
5. Interstate 10 f. Future
6. 100 Bands f. Quavo, YG & Meek Mill
7. Woah Woah f. Young Thug & Gunna
8. Surface f. Ella Mai & Ty Dolla $ign
9. Ballin’ f. Roddy Ricch
10. Perfect Ten f. Nipsey Hussle
Law & Order: SVU fans have been watching Ice-T portray Detective Fin Tutuola for so long that many either have forgotten or don’t even know that he was once one the most prolific gangster rappers in the game. The 61-year-old entertainer can still rock the stage with a performance “Colors” any day, but he recently told theNew York Post that he’s enjoying fatherhood over his hip hop career.
For fans who aren’t familiar with the Ice-T as an artist, they’ll get a new taste his rap skills on his track “Feds in My Rearview,” a song reportedly included on “The Foundation” compilation with Kool Keith, Tash, and Smoothe Da Hustla. “Well, Ice-T has to be Ice-T,” he said. “Fin on ‘Law & Order’ has to be Fin. That’s a character I play. I can play a cop, but I can’t rap from a cop’s perspective. I can, however, rap from the criminal’s perspective.”
Speaking some less than legal activities, the rapper also shared his craziest moment on tour. “The wildest was when I knocked a dude out onstage in Kansas City, Mo. N.W.A. was on the sideline and I was headlining,” he said. “I used to have this intro where I would get ready to do ‘6 In The Mornin.’ So every time I would pause for the next line some dude in the front row would yell, ‘I want to f * ck that b *tch on the album!’ He was talking about my girlfriend at the time, Darlene (who appeared on the cover Ice-T’s classic 1988 album Power). So I told him to come up on the stage. The second he hit the stage I just knocked this motherf*c ker out. People thought it was staged laughs].”
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He may not be knocking random fans out during his live performances anymore, but the rapper’s social media clapback claws are finely sharpened. “Laughs] One dude said to me, ‘You ain’t going to pull up on nobody.’ And I said, ‘Why pull up when I can have you brought to me in a trunk.’ People don’t know that I’m seasoned with this because clap-backing is like battle rapping.”
Nielsen Music has revealed its mid-2019 list for most streamed and most sold singles the year. As expected, the number one single for twelve weeks, “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, is both the most streamed and sold song the year so far. Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” comes through at number two with Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” coming in at third. Blueface’s “Thotiana,” J. Cole‘s “Middle Child,” YNW Melly’s “Murder On My Mind” and Post Malone’s “Wow” also occupied the top 10 on-demand song streams the year which includes both audio and video.
Following Lil Nas X on the most sold singles the year list is Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.” Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunday Flower” also hold down number three on the top 10 selling digital songs list. Post Malone also has another spot on the top 10 list with “Wow.”
In terms albums sold, hip-hop occupies no space in the top 10 selling albums the year but favorites from 2018 are still lingering in the top 10 albums 2019 so far. Drake’s Scorpion, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, Juice WRLD’s Death Race For Love and A Boogie’s Hoodie SZN have landed in the top 10 albums list.
Peep below Billboard.
2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units**) 1. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next (1,552,800) 2. Billie Eilish, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (1,304,000) 3. Khalid, Free Spirit (929,000) 4. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) (889,000) 5. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Hoodie SZN (810,000) 6. Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys (756,000) 7. Drake, Scorpion (718,000) 8. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (705,000) 9. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love (675,000) 10. Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins (663,000)
2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Songs 1. Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road” (958,000) 2. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow” (684,000) 3. Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” (488,000) 4. Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (420,000) 5. Halsey, “Without Me” (388,000) 6. Post Malone, “Wow.” (381,000) 7. Jonas Brothers, “Sucker” (357,000) 8. Lauren Daigle, “You Say” (322,000) 9. Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie, “Me!” (322,000) 10. Ava Max, “Sweet But Psycho” (321,000)
2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined) 1. Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road” (1,337,995,000) 2. Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” (850,194,000) 3. Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (776,696,000) 4. Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode” (623,498,000) 5. Halsey, “Without Me” (599,335,000) 6. J. Cole, “Middle Child” (582,748,000) 7. Post Malone, “Wow.” (582,633,000) 8. Blueface, “Thotiana” (588,277,000) 9. Marshmello & Bastille, “Happier” (528,640,000) 10. YNW Melly, “Murder On My Mind” (498,806,000)
2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Audio Streams 1. Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road” (596,113,000) 2. Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” (458,470,000) 3. Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (433,904,000) 4. Post Malone, “Wow.” (416,231,000) 5. J. Cole, “Middle Child” (395,872,000) 6. Meek Mill featuring Drake, “Going Bad” (337,025,000) 7. Halsey, “Without Me” (319,879,000) 8. YNW Melly, “Murder On My Mind” (287,219,000) 9. Lil Baby & Gunna, “Drip Too Hard” (284,613,000) 10. Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode” (276,802,000)