Meek Mill Launches Dream Chasers Records with Roc Nation

Meek Mill is making more boss moves.

The Philly rapper has launched his Dream Chasers Records in partnership with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation. He announced the deal during a press conference at Roc Nation headquarters in New York City on Tuesday (July 23), reports Billboard.

“Of course I had offers to do a lot of business with other people, but the relationship we’ve built from [Roc Nation] believing in me through my whole career, through my ups and downs and the morals they showed to me and my team when it wasn’t in their best interest to have showed it — I feel comfortable going through this right here at home,” said Meek. “We’re ready to work. We’re just starting the beginning of a new chapter, a new page.”

Meek, who is managed by Roc Nation, will serve as president of Dream Chasers, overseeing the label and its staff. He hopes to sign artists who are looking to make a big impact, “not a social media success for the weekend or for the month.”

JAY-Z was also on hand to celebrate the joint venture, praising Meek for “his integrity, his honesty, and his sense of responsibility.” “Everything that he’s done leading up to this point, it showed that he can carry that weight for the next generation of people,” he added. “Everybody can sign some artists, make some money and brag about how hot they are for … [but] for us, we look at the big picture. For us, it’s way beyond signing hot artists and having a hot record.”

JAY-Z and Meek teamed up earlier this year to launch the REFORM Alliance. The organization’s goal is to shine a light on social and racial inequalities within the system and “give voice to the voiceless.”

Meek recently became a co-owner in sports-apparel retailer Lids and will lead the company’s creative strategy and release a limited-edition line of hats in August.

The sky is the limit for Meek, according to JAY-Z. “I know he can make music. We’ve seen that. We’ve heard the music,” said the Roc Nation boss. “I think he cannot only make music, he can make stars. Not only can he make stars, he can make film. He can do anything he wants.”

Majid Jordan and Khalid Team Up on ‘Caught Up’

Majid Jordan is “Caught Up” on their new collaboration with Khalid.

The slow burning jam was inspired by the Canadian duo’s experiences getting carried away in the Los Angeles lifestyle. “How many wrongs can I right? How many wrongs in a night?” they ask. “Caught up in L.A., caught up in a race / I’m tryna keep faith, tryna stay real now.”

In the Mathew Dillon Cohen-directed video, the OVO Sound signees heads on a desert trip on the outskirts of L.A. After eating some “space tacos” with hot sauce, things take a psychedelic turn and they start seeing aliens before meeting up with Khalid.

“‘Caught Up’ is a song about getting carried away. We have an interesting, impermanent relationship with L.A.,” said Majid. “It’s a really amazing place to connect with artists. But spend too much time out here and you start losing sight of life outside of the bubble. It’s that gorgeous scenery and culture mixed with the parties, the people and the glamour that leave you caught up and drifting away from home and the ones you love the most.”

Jordan added, “We first met Khalid in L.A. Like us, he is always on the go, but we managed to come back together in L.A. to finish the record. Majid and I are always inspired by our surroundings, and L.A. has so much to offer in terms of sights and sounds. And I think we’ve all had moments where we have felt like we’re really caught up in this city. I took that energy and put it into the production. This song is a great start to the next chapter of where we’re going with our music and I’m grateful to have made a lifelong friend in Khalid.”

The group is now gearing up for a new project, their first since 2017’s The Space Between.

Kevin Durant’s Injury Recovery Explained By Top Surgeon

Brooklyn Nets fans are extremely excited about the future their team as they have both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on their roster. Unfortunately, Durant will have to miss all next season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Durant has been posting behind the scenes looks at his long road to recovery and he is determined to be the player he was before the injury. It’s not going to be easy for Durant and according to the Chief Foot and Ankle Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System, Dr. Stephen Winfield, KD will have to worry about more than just his Achilles.

Kevin Durant's Injury Recovery Explained By Top Surgeon

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“I think it’s unlikely that he would play this season, but I’d be pleasantly surprised if he did come back,” Winfield explained in an article by Nets Insider. “Certainly things you want to be clear about as a surgeon allowing an athlete to come back to play high-level sport is that obviously their repair is healed enough and that their strength is where it needs to be and that’s what takes the longest in an Achilles injury. It’s not so much the healing the tendon, that usually takes somewhere between four, five, or six months, but the strength the calf muscle doesn’t usually come back for about a year and sometimes even longer. So that’s what keeps the high-performance athlete out as long as it does because you really have to be sure their strength is as good as it can be before you let them they come back.”

With KD out for the season, there aren’t too many expectations being placed on the Nets although they will most definitely be a contender to make the playfs.

Mustard Trolls Drake With Missing Milk-Carton Meme "Last Seen: Yelling Courtside For The Raptors"

Last we heard Drake, the 6 rapper was photographed sipping on some red wine with legend Rick Ross, with news arriving later that day that the two had just finished filming the video for their Raptors victory-released single “Money In The Grave.” But before that, other than penning a sentimental birthday post to Popcaan on Instagram, and fering free OVO Fest tickets to fans with the “best caption” his old-man FaceApp challenge pic, Drake has been keeping a relatively low prile for a hot minute. Now this is just relative, course, to the headlines the “Redemption” artist was making throughout the approach the 2019 NBA playf finals with his antics, up until (and even after, for his over-the-top celebrations) the Raptor’s eventual victory. “On GOD” rapper, Mustard, certainly noticed Drake’s disappearance, and has taken to creating a “missing persons” milk cartoon meme, and we just snorted on our milk. 

With a hilariously edited picture the 6 God on the back a milk carton, The West Coast rapper took to Instagram to ask if anyone happened to know Drake’s whereabouts. “Last Seen: Yelling Courtside For The Raptors,” read the carton, below a description Drake which included his nationality simply as “Canada.” “If you hane any information regarding this individual, please tell him to contact MUSTARD who’s already working on his next album.” the statement ended. Anyone know where he at??

Jayson Tatum Reacts To His NBA 2K Rating With A Bold Prediction

If there’s one thing for certain in the world sports, it’s that NBA players can be pretty sensitive when it comes to their ratings in 2K. Last week, there were a plethora NBA players who reacted to their 2K ratings while saying they should have been much higher. 2K Games is still in the process revealing some the ratings in the game and one the players who found out about their overall rating yesterday was none other than Boston Celtics star, Jayson Tatum. Tatum was told that he was an 85 overall which he wasn’t really expecting at all.

By the end last season, Tatum had an overall rating 87 and that’s what he was expecting this season. Despite the slight disappointment, Tatum seems determined to prove everyone wrong and had some interesting comments about the rating.

“I’m going to average over 20. All-Star. And the Celtics are going to the championship,” Tatum exclaimed. 

Tatum also said that he plans to have an overall rating 90 by the end the season which will certainly be a tall task. The budding Celtics star will have an opportunity to play with the likes Kemba Walker this season so perhaps it’s fair to assume his production will, in fact, go up.

Kelly Rowland Clears Up Rumors About Defending Chris Brown During "Indigo" Drama

An unlikely person to get caught up in any sort controversy is Kelly Rowland. The Destiny’s Child singer isn’t one to have her name ensnared in headlines that are scandalous, but she found herself in the crosshairs critics earlier this month. Recently, Chris Brown was targeted after he released his latest hit albumIndigo. The record featured a song titled “Need a Stack” with a line from the R&B singer that states, “Only wanna f*ck the black b*tches with the nice hair.

Brown defended his lyrics and thought people were being overly sensitive, and a social media debate ensued. On one his posts about the chart-topping album, Rowland attempted to celebrate Brown’s accomplishments by writing, “We love you Chris!” This came in the middle his melanin-centered controversy and many fans condemned her for defending him, even though that’s not what she was doing at all.

“I was actually in Australia,” Rowland told Ok! Magazine about the backlash. “I did not realize…I was actually giving him credit for, was it a history…? He had broken some sort record, and I had said, ‘We love you Chris.’ Then I realized on the other part that was something that was taken in the completely wrong way.”

Controversy or not, Indigo pulled in impressive numbers its first week and we’re expecting more singles from Brown as the summer months roll on.

Nike Waffle Racing "Moon Shoe" Goes For $437K At Auction

Sneakerheads are knowing for paying insane amounts money for rare sneakers. Sometimes, shoe enthusiasts are laughed at for their hobby because how protective they are their kicks. We will typically go to great lengths to keep our shoes clean and pristine and will do almost anything to cop a new and rare release. While all these things may be true, there are very few sneakerheads out there who would pay close to half a million dollars. Well at a recent Stadium Goods x Sotheby’s auction, that exact thing happened as someone paid $437,500 for a pair Nike Waffle Racing Flat’s from 1972.

The shoe has also been referred to as the “Moon Shoe” thanks to the tracks it leaves when you walk in them. This track shoe was reportedly constructed for the 1972 Olympics and only 12 were made. The design, scarcity, and condition the shoe are what led to the insane price tag.

Nike Waffle Racing "Moon Shoe" Goes For $437K At Auction

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According to Sneaker News, each pair was made by hand by Gef Hollister who was one Nike’s first-ever employees. It’s clear that there is a lot history here and now it will never be forgotten thanks to this historic purchase.

Hopefully, the person who bought these isn’t feeling any buyers remorse.

Iggy Azalea Has The Strangest Rap Beef With Peppa Pig Right Now

There have been some unlikely feuds in the world hip-hop with City Girls taking on Hazel-E this year, Offset going back and forth with Chris Brown, and more drama. Perhaps the oddest smidgen competition between two musical artists has just begun though because, all people, Iggy Azalea is beefing with a fictional cartoon character over her album sales.

Last week, Iggy Azalea released her latest studio album In My Defense, celebrating the drop with a new Kash Doll-assisted music video. Azalea has been enjoying the post-release glee with her fans, interacting with them on social media and showing them love for keeping the streams coming. However, her album release date was shared by a prominent artist that many know as Peppa Pig. The children’s show hero released My First Album on Friday and given her popularity, Peppa has a good chance dethroning Iggy on the charts. That bit information didn’t exactly leave the Aussie rapper with a smile on her face.

“It’s over for me now,” joked Azalea after hearing Peppa Pig’s plans to release her new project. Peppa got cheeky in her response, kicking f the online back-and-forth by quoting one Iggy’s most popular songs. “Peppa’s so fancy, you already know,” wrote the animated porker. That’s when things got ugly. Iggy responded: “Collab with me now or you’ll end up a breakfast special peppa.”

Speaking about the beef with E! News, Iggy said that she was genuinely “scared” to go up against Peppa Pig in the upcoming sales week. She ended up gaining the upper hand on Peps in recent standings but there’s a chance the little oinker catches up before Friday.

DaBaby & Megan Thee Stallion Snap On Freshman Cypher

Today marks the arrival the first 2019 XXL Freshman Cypher, featuring performances from Lil Mosey, Megan Thee Stallion, YK Osiris, and DaBaby. For the most part, the opening Cypher kicks f as expected. Which is to say, both DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion emerging as standout performers, through no fault  YK Osiris or Lil Mosey, who make do with the time allotted. In a Cypher setting, however, they are simply outclassed by two the game’s emerging bar-spitters. 

DaBaby & Megan Thee Stallion Snap On  Freshman Cypher

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After Mosey moseys his way through the instrumental, Megan slides through with a dose momentum, spitting hard bars that might land her a place in the 2019 Freshman Class top 3 when all is said and done. “Speaking on my name only make it sound better,” she raps, “your n***a in my DM and he writing love letters.” Though Megan has caught her fair share hate, there’s no denying that she can hold her own on the mic, matched only in this Cypher by the Young CEO himself. 

As one might have expected, it’s DaBaby who steals the show, turning in what might be one the best XXL Cypher performances in recent memory. For one, he raps at a ceaseless pace, going in for nearly two full minutes straight bars. In case you’re still wondering whether man is the truth, DaBaby silences the doubters with fire lines and stern warnings in equal measure. “These n***as they know I’m a dawg I ain’t worried about him I know he a bitch,” spits Baby. “The next n***a that come play with me I’ma send him to go ask 2Pac for a pic.” 

Four Loko & Fleshlight Team Up For Inconspicuous "Sex In A Can"

Four Loko is expanding its brand into the world adult entertainment in one the most random brand collaborations. Four Loko and Fleshlight have announced their new partnership with their new product, Sex In A Can. The new collaboration is essentially a sex toy disguised as a Four Loko can, just in case you fantasized about fornicating with aluminum. The creation the new sex toy was brought to life with the help Pizzaslime, a company that specializes in merchandise surrounded by Internet and meme culture. 

“Inspired by the spirit Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci, we at Pizzaslime embarked on a quest to bring the world an innovative and cutting-edge sexual experience,” a statement reads on their Instagram page. “The result was the orchestration combining the two legendary brands that are @fourloko and @fleshlight.”

Both the CEO Four Loko’s parent company Phusion, Jaisen Freeman, and Fleshlight founder and CEO Steve Shubin, believe this product will help expand their respective across the internet and further engrain themselves into internet culture.

“The Four Loko x Fleshlight Sex In A Can is just another example how we continue to be on the cutting edge collaborations and projects,” Freeman said. Shubin added, “This unique collaboration will allow us to spread our much-needed message throughout the culture in exciting new ways.”

Kevin Durant Reveals His One-Legged Offseason Rehab Routine

Kevin Durant‘s health was vital to the success the Golden State Warriors and that very fact was on full display during this year’s NBA Finals. The Toronto Raptors defeated the Warriors in six games and without Durant in the lineup, the team couldn’t get any consistent scoring. Durant found his way back into the lineup for Game 5 but ruptured his Achilles tendon early in the second quarter. Since then, Durant has signed with the Brooklyn Nets and it’s been revealed that he probably won’t see any NBA action this season.

Since Durant isn’t able to play, he’s been hard at work to make sure he’s still in shape once he comes back to the court. Of course, Durant can only use one his legs right now, so many his workouts involve him sitting down and working out his upper body.

With Durant hard at work, it’s clear the NBA will be in for a quite a show once he gets back. The Nets will certainly miss him this season but with Kyrie Irving at point guard, they’ll have a huge opportunity to be a playf team for the second year in a row. 

Hopefully, when Durant gets back, he can be the player we’ve known him to be.

Dina Hashem, Woman Behind XXXTentacion Joke, Gets Support From Comedians

Rising comedienne Dina Hashem has been touring the stand-up circuit in hopes catching her big break in order to reach fame by telling jokes, but it’s doubtful that this is the way she wanted to obtain notoriety. Recently, Hashem has gained international attention after Comedy Central shared a clip her telling a distasteful joke about late rapper XXXTentacion.

“He was shot, he was on his way to buy a car with $50K in cash and somebody shot him and took the money,” she said. “Which is very tragic but I think also it would be a very good Venmo commercial. That’s the first thing I thought when I heard that.”

Thousands XXXTentacion’s friends and supporters called Hashem out on her remarks. Fans stormed her social media pages, some with threats, while music artists like Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Juice Wrld, and DJ Scheme criticized her publicly. However, there were others who have supported Hashem through the scandal, many whom are comedians and industry pressionals. “If Eminem made the same joke @dinahashem_ did but it rhymed, it would get a billion plays on Spotify and no one would care,” one comedian wrote. Check out some highlights from those who think that there are no limits in comedy.

Ex-NFL Star Shawne Merriman Sued Over Playboy Employee’s Overdose

Playboy employee Kimberly Fattorini’s death has been shrouded in mystery for years. Back in 2017, the 30-year-old model and casting assistant was found unresponsive in a Hollywood home after being discovered by her friends. A coroner’s report revealed that Fattorini died an accidental overdose after alcohol, cocaine, and GHB was found in her system. GHB is known as the “date rape drug” that can render a person unconscious within minutes.

On the evening her death, Fattorini was reportedly partying with friends at a nightclub because they were invited by the event’s promoter. The group went back to his home for the afterparty that allegedly continued into the early hours the following morning. Now, this is where former NFL star Shawne Merriman’s name enters into this sordid equation. In a lawsuit filed by Fattorini’s parents, Deann and Ferdinand, the promoter allegedly texted Merriman by writing, “Got 3 whores over.” The lawsuit states that Merriman joined the party at the promoter’s home and, according to a witness, arrived with a bottle an unknown substance.

“You friend just poor’d half G in my drink,” Fattorini texted to the promoter while at the party, according to court documents. The deceased woman’s parents believe she was referring to GHB. Following that text, Fattorni sent out a slew others that were difficult to comprehend. She eventually left the promoter’s home and traveled to another friend’s house with Merriman. Later on that afternoon, her friend found her unconscious and called for an ambulance. According to TMZemergency responders claimed Fattorini was “half-naked with her jeans unzipped and unbottoned.” Merriman was also reportedly on the scene when medics arrived, but told everyone there that he wanted to keep that fact under wraps.

Fattorini’s parents are suing Merriman, the nightclub Fattorini attended the evening she died, and a number others for wrongful death, battery, and negligence. They suggest that Merriman drugged and possibly sexually assaulted their daughter before she died. The grieving parents also include texts they’ve discovered that were included in a correspondence between the promoter and one their daughter’s friends that state, “Shawn killed her ass, what a f*cking idiot” and “That dumbass been drugging girls for years.”

Merriman denies any responsibility or wrong-doing. His representative told TMZ, “As right now Shawne, nor his attorney, have any knowledge him being named in any lawsuit. This alleged lawsuit is baseless. Shawne attended an after party more than two years ago where a young woman unfortunately overdosed. The police thoroughly investigated and found no wrong doing whatsoever by Shawne. The fact that they are raising this now, two years after the fact, demonstrates the baseless nature these allegations.”

Funk Flex Criticizes "Gimmick Rappers" Who Don’t Write Their Own Rhymes

Famed Hot 97 DJ Funk Flex is calling “Times Up” on today’s social media-driven rappers. It’s true that in today’s era hip hop, artists all ages are able to get their music directly out to consumers social media. Whereas previously there was a music industry hierarchy ladder that artists would have to climb before their songs would be widely distributed to the masses, now rappers just need a solid Instagram presence and a Soundcloud account.

The accessibility can be a double-edged sword as talented artists are able to share their creativity with fans with the click a button. However, there are others who gain popularity through becoming viral sensations and top the charts not because they’re particularly good at what they do, but because they are willing to do whatever is needed to become famous.

Flex has had enough, and he took to his Twitter account to issue a warning to those that have entered the hip hop arena for fame and not passion, specifically targeting rappers who don’t pen their own rhymes. “Hahaha! Attention Gimmick Rappers: You will never be taken seriously when u don’t WRITE your OWN songs!” he wrote. “I’ve seen rappers fade into the wind for years! #ThisIsYourLastSummer #TimesUp.”

He shared his tweet on Instagram, adding to the message by writing in the caption: “The same ‘social media’ they use to blow up quickly is the same ‘social media’ that pushes them aside for the next wack ‘social media’ trash rapper!” Who do you consider to be a “social media trash rapper”? Is Flex speaking facts?

TikTok Faces Renewed Pressure from Indian Regulators — But Is Another Ban Ahead?

After spending two weeks banned from India, TikTok’s legal troubles may not be over.

The Indian Ministry of Electronics has sent some questions to ByteDance, which operates TikTok and Helo.

The Ministry wants to know what data the apps are collecting about its users, and whether that data is being stored in China. Other questions relate to how the developers ensure the information is not transferred “to a foreign government, third-party, or private entity.”

The Ministry says it will ban both apps in India again if the answers to these questions are not satisfactory.

Both TikTok and Helo have issued a joint statement about the questions.  Both apps have promised to collaborate with the Indian Ministry fully.  That statement also included a coded reminder of ByteDance’s commitment to investing in India.

“In line with our commitment to India, we are investing $1 billion in India over the next three years, with a strategic focus on developing technology infrastructure, establishing local partnerships and supporting initiatives such as the Skill India Program which we are proud to be assisting with already.”

Helo already has plans to establish an Indian data center for its users in the country.  ByteDance says it recognizes India’s efforts to protect the data of its citizens.

“We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within India’s borders.”

TikTok has exploded in growth, partly .  More than 200 million people use TikTok in the country, with the first ban serving to highlight the app.  ByteDance says that since its app launched in India, data on Indian users have been stored in the US and Singapore.

TikTok and Helo have both come under fire for . India citing public safety concerns but lifted the ban a week later.

Helo has 50 million monthly active users in India and supports 14 Indian languages.  It is a social network for posting photos, similar to Instagram.