Lil Yachty Taps Playboi Carti, Pi’erre Bourne For New Album "Lil Boat 3"

Lil Boat 3, captained by Lil Yachty, is fast approaching and with him is a multitalented crew ready to take on the rest this Fall’s releases. Until this point, information on Lil Boat 3 has been fairly scarce, but like a submarine, details are finally surfacing. 

Speaking with XXL, Yachty has shared an impressive list production credits on his album, including an interesting appearance from The Alchemist, “This may be my album with the least features]. For producers,] I got Ronny J, Pi’erre Bourne, EarlThePearll, my brother, Mitch GoneMad]. I been working with Alchemist and I’m supposed to go to North Carolina to fuck with 9th Wonder.” The Alchemist is a producer who’s talents are inspiring Yachty to take his game to another level. When asked about the collaboration, Yachty remarked, “I’m just trying so hard to make it so good. I keep scratching and starting over, you know, ’cause I don’t want to fuck that up.”

Lil Yachty Taps Playboi Carti, Pi’erre Bourne For New Album "Lil Boat 3"
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While Yachty mentions an absence features, XXL still expects fans to find Playboi Carti and Oliver Tree on the project. Carti and Yachty have collaborated frequently in the past, and as for the alt-pop, meme aficionado, Oliver Tree, Yachty praised the artist saying, “He’s super creative, too. Up-and-coming artist; he’s super talented.” The two recently wrapped filming a video for their upcoming single, “Asshole.”

Further details on Lil Boat 3 are still emerging, but expect to find the project on streaming services this October.

Team USA Basketball Loses To A Squad Full Of G-League Players: Watch

While it may not be on everyone’s radar, there is no denying that the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be a huge event for the sport. It’s going down in just a few weeks from now and Team USA is preparing for what will be a difficult tournament as they’ve had numerous top tier players dropout. For now, Kemba Walker is the team’s best player and he is being supported by some the NBA’s young guns. In order to prepare for the tournament, the team played against the USA Basketball Select Team which was mainly composed G-League players. 

Through a shocking turn events, the G-League-heavy roster actually beat Team USA by a score 36-17. The Select Team was able to completely overpower head coach Gregg Popovich’s squad and it’s clear that some changes need to be made.

Fans were already skeptical about Team USA heading into the FIBA tournament as the vast majority the league’s best players dropped out. This is because they wanted to dedicate their summer to getting healthy and working out with their NBA teams, as opposed to devoting time and energy to the international squad.

It’s clear that playing for your country has lost a bit its meaning over the past few years and Team USA is suffering for it. This recent performance may be a cause for concern but there is still time to turn it around before the tournament starts next month. 

Needless to say, this team will be an interesting case study moving forward.

25% of CDs 'Fulfilled by Amazon' Are Counterfeit, Major Labels Say

Amazon is riddled with counterfeit CDs, says the RIAA.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents major labels Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music, has made a stunning discovery.  , 25 percent of CDs ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’ are knock-offs.

“Alarmingly, 25% of the purchased CDs that were ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’ were counterfeit,” the group flatly relayed.

Amazon’s ‘Fulfilled’ program allows third-party sellers to reach Amazon customers, with Amazon handling the shipping chores.  “With Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), you store your products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers, and we pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products,” Amazon explains on its site. “FBA can help you scale your business and reach more customers.”

The 25% claim, which was made after RIAA placed a number of orders on Amazon, eBay, and additional online marketplaces, is accentuated by other alarming statistics.

16 percent of the CDs bought from eBay were found to be counterfeit, as were 11 percent of those bought from Amazon proper. The latter figure is especially shocking, as it indicates that more than 1 out of 10 items shipped by Amazon itself are fake. “A recent sample purchase program found 11% of new CDs offered for sale on Amazon were counterfeit, and 16% of new CDs sold on eBay were counterfeit,” the group relayed.

Also, 100 percent of the CD box sets bought by the RIAA — 40 boxsets on eBay, 32 on AliExpress — were found to be counterfeit.

Naturally, these items’ generally higher sales prices attracted more counterfeiters; however, that means record labels and artists lost substantial sums on would-be sales.  Because of the value of these items, one would assume that the RIAA prioritizes their removal from e-commerce sites.

The mentioned elements of the report represent a small portion of its total text, as the final five (of seven) pages highlight the various steps, measures, and procedures that the RIAA believes will reduce and eventually eliminate counterfeit CD sales.

Each of these suggestions depends heavily on the cooperation of eBay, Amazon, and other online marketplaces, though these companies haven’t yet issued a public statement on the matter. In all likelihood, each marketplace will only clean things up if presented with serious threats, legally or otherwise. A voluntary crackdown could substantially reduce profits at each seller, especially if heavy sellers close their accounts.

While the growth of music-streaming platforms has fundamentally changed the ways that artists and record companies earn money, CD sales are still significant. In 2017, for instance, CD sales accounted for $1.5 billion in revenue.

With this figure and the high counterfeit rates in mind, it isn’t difficult to understand the RIAA’s concern. It’ll be interesting to see how eBay, Amazon, AliExpress, and other online-shopping brands ultimately respond to the issue.

Charles Barkley Has A Bold Take On Who Will Win The East This Season

While the majority the talent in the NBA lies within the Western Conference, there is no denying how entertaining the Eastern Conference can be. Last year, there was a battle between four teams, including the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Philadelphia 76ers. With Kawhi Leonard f the Raptors, the conference is more wide open than ever before. Fans are already giving their predictions on who will win the conference next season, with the usual suspects hovering at the top.

During a recent appearance on NBA TV’s schedule release show, NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley spoke about the battle in the East this year and divulged who he thinks will come away victorious. 

Charles Barkley Has A Bold Take On Who Will Win The East This Season

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“I’m going out on a limb right now, I’m riding and dying with the Philadelphia 76ers,” Barkley said Yahoo! Sports. I know it’s going to be a great battle between them and the Milwaukee Bucks all year. But I love Philadelphia. I love Al Horford, Josh Richardson. Milwaukee losing Malcolm] Brogdon, I think that’s a big deal. But I think it’s a two-team race in the Eastern Conference between the 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks. I can’t wait until they play each other head to head.”

Barkley went on to guarantee a 76ers Eastern Conference victory which would certainly be an interesting sight to behold. The 76ers have been a team on the rise since becoming a laughing stock during the early stages the decade. With their newfound success, it’s clear that “The Process” has been a success so far. 

#DXCLUSIVE: Shabaam Sahdeeq & J57 Tease Joint LP With "Razor Sharp Vernacular” Single

Lyricist Lounge alumni Shabaam Sahdeeq and producer J57 are currently putting the finishing touches on their brand new collaborative LP. In anticipation, the duo decided to release a loose single as a “warning shot,” to let people know what to expect.

“Razor Sharp Vernacular,” produced by J57, features verses from DMV spitter Born Unique as well as TriState of Durag Dynasty — a trio that also includes Killer Ben and Planet Asia.

As Shabaam told HipHopDX in a recent interview, his relationship with J57 goes back a few years.

“Me and J57 met at the Fat Beats flagship store … we always stayed cool. I went to events there frequently and did business with Fat Beats on some independent records that I put out over the years,” he explained.

“We finally got to work together on a song called ‘GMR,’ which I put out as a one-off single … it did very well.”

The single blossomed into an EP, and eventually became a full-length LP dropping soon — featuring Planet Asia, Casual, Nems, Rim, TriState, El Da Sensei, J Hood, DV Alias Kryst, Born Unique, Recognize Ali and more.

Stream Shabaam Sahdeeq and J57’s “Razor Sharp Vernacular” featuring Born Unique and TriState below.

Cardi B Stars In Reebok’s "Meet You There" Campaign: Watch

Reebok launched their new “Meet Your There” campaign on Wednesday featuring Cardi B, as she shares her point view on the importance staying true to your weird self.

As seen in the video embedded below, Cardi describes what makes her unique, how growing up in the Bronx has influenced her style, and ultimately why Reebok’s “Meet You There” collection is the perfect reflection her personality and unapologetic attitude. 

The specially-curated collection, available for both men and women, intersects street style and workout wear, highlighted by bold graphics and bright colors that allow wearers to express their personal style and creativity.

Celebrating individual style and personal expression, “Meet You There” fers an array athleisure apparel for both men and women in an extended range sizes (XXS – XXXL) with prices ranging from $25-$70. The “Meet You There” collection is available now at Reebok.com.

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Spotify Pisses off Android Users by Removing the Homescreen Widget

Spotify has removed support for the playback widget on the Android home screen. The move has left several users scrambling to downgrade their app to get the widget back.

Earlier this (Tuesday) morning, several Android blogs began reporting on the removal of the homescreen widget.  A post on the Spotify community forums about the removal has so far received a very negative response.

Spotify says they removed the feature to “pour resources into the things that make the best experience.” The generic little widget couldn’t have taken Spotify too many resources to maintain; it has looked the same way throughout the many versions of Android.

The update that removes the widget is rolling out to Android users now.  The streaming giant isn’t wholly tone-deaf to the issue, though. A new Live Idea has surfaced on its site as a feature you can vote for.  For those who severely miss the widget, you can vote for its return.

However, it’s unlikely the form will do much. Despite tallying over 1,500 votes so far, Spotify has marked the issue as a “not right now” issue.

If that isn’t a fast enough solution, you can uninstall the app entirely and return to a previous version. The downside of this approach is that it involves disabling automatic updates on your phone for now.  If you want the earlier version of the app that features the home screen widget, follow these steps.

How to Get Spotify on Android With the Widget

  • Uninstall the Spotify app on Android.
  • Open the Google Play app and tap the hamburger icon
  • Tap Settings
  • Set the “auto-update apps” setting to off or don’t update
  • Install an older version of Spotify from here

The streaming giant is one of the only music solutions on Android to make this decision.  Amazon Music, , Pandora, SoundCloud, TIDAL, and several other media apps all feature home screen widgets.  Strangely enough, Google’s own does not support the feature.

Spotify also recently pulled the quick toggle to allow users to activate offline mode on Android.

Jack Black Join Forces With Jack White — Introducing 'Jack Gray'

Jack Black and Jack White have teamed up for a legendary collaboration.

Black and his Tenacious D partner Kyle Gass recorded a new single with the White Stripes frontman.

Jack Black shared the news on Twitter, posting a picture of himself with Jack White. The duo recorded the new song at White’s home in Nashville.

In a video released on his JablinskiGames YouTube channel, he called it a “legendary collaboration.”

The 17-minute video features highlights from the Nashville leg of the Tenacious D tour. The video also includes some behind-the-scenes footage from their Lollapalooza set in Chicago.

In the video, Black gushes about White’s house saying,

“I’ve never seen so many cool antique toys. It’s what you would expect: Jack White’s house is gonna be off the chain. I’m still floating on Cloud 9. I think our song is kickin’ chicken too —it’s a stone-cold jam.”

Black revealed that the musical partnership came about following the Tenacious D concert at Lollapalooza. White gave Tenacious D a tour of his Third Man Records headquarters, which is part recording studio and part museum.

No cameras were allowed, and the collaboration was not shared, so it’s a mystery what the song sounds like. At one point, Jack White deadpans at the camera, stating that Tenacious D are “very mean guys.”

“We just finished recording a new song at Jack White’s home studio. I wish you could have been filming because it was magical. Me and KG kicked out the jams. In record time — that was a really fast recording session.”

Black confirmed the song was recorded on an 8-track.

recently wrapped up a seven-city American tour that included stops in Denver, Atlanta, and Nashville. Their latest album Post-Apocalypto dropped last year. You can check out the full tracklist for the album on Spotify.

LA Opera Hires Outside Counsel to Manage the Placido Domingo Crisis

The LA Opera is now responding to a full-blown crisis involving its General Director Placido Domingo.

The famed opera star is now besieged with allegations of rampant sexual abuse involving nine different women.  That has put at least two major organizations in a pickle, including the LA Opera (the other being the global recording industry trade group, IFPI, where Domingo sits as Chairman).

Both groups have hoisted the legendary Domingo as their chief ambassador and public face.  Accordingly, both are now grappling with high-profile PR disasters.

On Tuesday, the LA Opera issued a formal statement on the matter.  As General Director, Domingo is the most recognizable face of the LAO, though the Opera has quickly hired outside counsel to advise on next steps.

Here’s the LA Opera’s formal statement on the matter, which is also posted on their website.

August 13, 2019

We believe all employees and artists should be treated respectfully and feel safe and secure within their work environment.

LA Opera has robust human resources policies and procedures in place. In accordance with those policies, LA Opera will engage outside counsel to investigate the concerning allegations about Plácido Domingo.

Plácido Domingo has been a dynamic creative force in the life of LA Opera and the artistic culture of Los Angeles for more than three decades. Nevertheless, we are committed to doing everything we can to foster a professional and collaborative environment where all our employees and artists feel equally comfortable, valued and respected.

As for the IFPI, a formal announcement has yet to be issued, though the group has indicated that a formal investigation is underway.  Placido Domingo has been an Honorary Chairman at the trade group since 2011.

In all fairness, Domingo himself has also issued his own statement on the allegations.

The opera singer has stated that the facts have not been properly presented, as that he isn’t guilty of sexual abuse or sexually aggressive behavior.  Here’s his statement, also issued with the last 24 hours.

“The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.

“Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.

“However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

More as this develops.

Chad Johnson Offers Antonio Brown His 2010 Helmet, Under One Condition

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown took to social media on Tuesday morning to ask fans for help finding a very specific helmet, which seems to be the only helmet he’ll consider wearing in the 2019 season. 

Nearly 2,000 people have responded to Brown’s inquiry, including former Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Johnson, who says he’ll let AB borrow his 2010 Schutt Air Advantage helmet under one condition. That stipulation: Brown has to tell Raiders coach Jon Gruden to let Ochocinco play in the slot on third downs this season.

This isn’t the first time that Johnson has joked about coming out retirement. Following AJ Green’s ankle surgery a few weeks ago, Johnson tweeted to his former team“@Bengals I’m available for training camp to preserve the starting receivers legs, don’t need a contract just a McDonald’s coupon book from the one in Convington & I’ll run all day. -Pepe”

While it’s all fun and games for Ochocinco, Brown’s helmet dilemma, not to mention his bizarre foot issue, has caused some serious headache for the Raiders this f-season.

If nothing else, all this “nonsensical stuff” will provide for some interesting story lines on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Episode 2, airing tonight at 10pm ET, will surely touch on all  the AB drama.

Placido Domingo Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations from 9 Women

At least nine different women have accused opera superstar and IFPI Chairman Placido Domingo of sexual assault.  The IFPI has promised an investigation.

Domingo is a prolific conductor and the current director of the Los Angeles Opera. He is often regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time. Perhaps most famously in the mainstream consciousness, Domingo was one-third of the operatic singing group The Three Tenors, alongside Jose Carreras and .

The 78-year-old opera singer still attracts sell-out crowds to his shows around the globe. He has performed over 4,000 times in 150 different roles, more than any opera singer in history.

Now, Domingo’s legacy is under attack.  At least eight singers and one dancer have confirmed they were sexually harassed by Domingo, with the accusations emerging this morning.  The encounters allegedly took place over three decades, beginning in the late 1980s. Many of the women worked at venues that included opera companies where he held managerial positions.

Domingo was named Chairman of the IFPI in 2011, a move designed to boost the prestige of the global recording trade group.  Now, the IFPI has promised a full investigation in the matter.

One woman described Domingo as “always touching you in some way, and always kissing you.”

AP also reports that in addition to the nine accusers, a half-dozen other women reported suggestive overtures. These women say Domingo made them feel uncomfortable, including one woman who said he repeatedly asked her out on dates after hiring her.

In addition to these allegations from accusers, AP says it spoke to almost three dozen other people. Singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, voice teachers, and an administrator all confirmed they had seen Domingo exhibit inappropriate behavior towards women. Many described him as pursuing younger women with impunity.

Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from AP concerning specific incidents. However, the opera singer did issue a blanket statement.

“The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.

“Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.

“However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

The Los Angeles Opera has said they will hire outside counsel to investigate the allegations made against Domingo. Domingo has served as the general director of the LA Opera since 2003.

Blueface Receives Absurd Diamond Encrusted Bandana From Avianne & Co.

New York-based jeweler, Anne & Co., have blessed Blueface yet again. This time around, the creative director, Alex Moss, and his team talented craftsmen have designed an original “Kryptonite Bandana” for the California rapper. 

The bandana is comprised a fourteen karat gold clasp that acts as the base and includes over 12,300 set stones. The unique jewelry also comes equipped with 130 carats blue hand-picked diamonds displayed in both round and pear shapes across the bandana.

Symbolically, the piece reflects back on the “Respect My Crypn” rapper’s past and upbringing. Blueface has been anything but shy about his School Yard Crip affiliation. He is an avid fan the Crip Walk and makes sure to rep the set in many his videos. The Kryptonite Bandana is yet another reference to his gang loyalties.

Back in March, Anne & Co. hooked Blueface up with a unique Benjamin Franklin chain that boasts over 7200 individual stones and forty-seven carats Anne diamonds. While one might assume the “blue” in Blueface references his gang affiliation, it is actually a reference to the one-hundred-dollar bill featuring none other than Benjamin Franklin.

You can find everything that you need to know about Blueface here.

The Game Announces October Release For "Born To Rap"

The Game‘s been teasing his “final album” for a hot minute. He kicked f the campaign on a controversial tip when he decided to preview a single f the project which references to an alleged fling he had with Kim Kardashian. Then he revealed allegedly hooking up with Joe Budden’s then-fiancee Cyn Santana. Needless to say, the term “clout chasing” should be synonymous with the rollout for Born To Rap. Thankfully, he’s focused more on the music than antics which means that we’ll finally be receiving the album soon.

The Game’s album is ficially on the way. The rapper came through with a tidbit info for fans on the update on the project. After playing the album for Apple Music and turning the building into a party, he revealed that the final product will arrive in the hands his fans this fall. “Played the album for the @applemusic team & let’s just say… they know what it is. It was a party in that building…… dropping October,” he wrote.

Although a tracklist has been revealed yet, he has teased a few features. Among the singers that are set to appear on Born To Rap are Ed Sheeran, Trey Songz, Miguel, Chris Brown, and more. He also teased a posthumous Nipsey Hussle collaboration that will appear on the project. 

Drake Becomes 1st Solo Artist With 200 Billboard Placements

Drake scored his ninth No. 1 Billboard 200 album this week with Care Package, a compilation of previously unreleased songs. According to Billboard, the 6 God has once again made chart history by becoming the first soloist — and only the second act overall — with at least 200 visits to the Billboard Hot 100.

With the addition of six songs from the recently released Care Package, his total comes to 203 entries in just over a decade, which kicked off in 2009 with “Best I Ever Had.” The Glee Cast is the only act to accumulate more with 207.

The six out of the 17 songs from Care Package that pushed Drake to the new milestone are “Trust Issues” (No. 58), “How About Now” (No. 60), “The Motion” (No. 61), “Dreams Money Can Buy” (No. 68), “Club Paradise” (No. 85) and “Days in the East” (No. 95).

Last year, Drake set a new record for most Top 10 Hot 100 placements in a single year, surpassing a record previously held by The Beatles.

As a result, the 32-year-old got a tattoo of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road cover with him walking in front of the Fab Four and waving to them, which has sparked some controversy among Beatles fans.

Tay-K Denies Robbing Elderly Man At The Park In Resurfaced Video

Earlier this year, Tay-K was the talk the town after the teenage rapper was sentenced to spend the majority his life in prison. He had been a hot topic for years in the world hip-hop, furthering a perplexing narrative whether or not his art and lyrics should hold any weight in court. Tay-K, born Taymor McIntyre, was sentenced to fifty-five years in prison for aggravated robbery and murder. While he was on the run from the police, he allegedly robbed a senior citizen in the park, attacking Skip Pepe and nearly killing him in the process. In a newly-resurfaced video, Tay-K denies any wrongdoing in that matter.

A video that has been shared by DJ Akademiks shows Tay-K, who was still free at the time, speaking about the robbery that was pinned on him. “I got one thing to say,” told the rapper to the cameras. “I did not ever, never, never, never rob no old n***a at no park, boy.”

The controversial recording artist has maintained his innocence up until a few weeks ago when it was reported that he would be spending the next fifty-five years behind bars. His story has not, and likely will never change. Do you think Tay-K did it?