Kelis Denys Violation In Custody Deal With Nas After Taking Son To Colombia

At the top the year, Nas  accused Kelis violating their custody deal when she took their son to Columbia. Nine-year-old Knight was supposed to spend new years with his father, but Kelis kept her son in Columbia with her and did not return until January 14th. According to The Blast, Kelis is now headed to trial since she pleaded not guilty to  20 counts contempt.

Kelis Denys Violation In Custody Deal With Nas After Taking Son To Colombia
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The trail is set for June 20th and the “Milkshakes” music maker is facing a hefty amount fines and if the case worsens, possibly jail time. In the court documents filed by Nas, he claimed his ex to have violated their custody agreement 17 times since January 2018.

“In or around December 2018, Petitioner (Kelis) moved to Cartagena, Colombia and took the minor child without my consent,” he wrote in ficial documents. Apparently, Kelis wanted to live on a farm with her son and Colombian husband. “On Christmas, Petitioner informed me by text message that although her ‘plan’ had been to bring the minor child back to me in Los Angeles for New Year’s, the plan had changed. She then stated that the new plan was to come back on January 4, 2019.”

Kelis didn’t return until 10 days later and Nas said he wasn’t able to get a hold his son for the whole duration the trip. 

Timbaland Artist Cosha TG Drops “Party Girl” Video

Cosha TG’s new music video for his Summer Nights cut “Party Girl” has arrived and it’s trippy as hell.

The colorful visual features Cosha chilling with a “party girl” at a house turn up, as he sings about not being impressed with her mixy lifestyle.

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The Chicago artist released his Summer Nights EP back in March under Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group imprint with Def Jam and is the first to be signed to the industry vet’s label.

Watch Cosha TG’s “Party Girl” video above.

Dwyane Wade Gifts Emmanuel Mudiay Signed Jersey After Swap Snub

Dwyane Wade played his final game in the NBA on Wednesday night which marks the end an era in the NBA. Throughout the year, Wade was on a farewell tour where he was subject to some huge standing ovations at arenas throughout the league. At the end each game, he would swap jerseys with a player on the opposing team. During Wade’s last game at Madison Square Garden, Knicks player Emmanuel Mudiay went up to Wade and asked if they could swap uniforms. Unfortunately, Wade had already chosen who he’d swap jerseys with. The clip the exchange went viral and the Twitter jokes ensued.

Wade clearly felt bad for Mudiay as he ended up making up for his snub. The NBA legend sent Mudiay a framed D-Wade Miami Heat jersey that was also signed. Mudiay took a video himself with the jersey thanking Wade for the gesture, as well as thanking him for everything he has done for the NBA.

Obviously, it would have been nice to have done the swap in the moment but Wade’s gesture shows just how much he cares about his fellow basketball players.

During Wade’s final game, he was cheered on by the Banana Boat crew LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul.

Kemba Walker Won’t Commit To The Hornets: "I Want To Win"

This Summer’s NBA free agency cycle will prove to be an interesting one as a plethora stars will become free agents. They will be tasked with choosing which team they want to sign to next and all NBA fans will be glued to their phones, anxiously awaiting updates on whether or not their team got themselves a franchise player. One the big name free agents this summer is Kemba Walker the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets just barely missed the playfs this season which isn’t good enough considering Walker says he wants to be a contender.

“I want to win; I want to win,” Walker told the Charlotte Observer. “That’s something that I’m going to have to really sit down and think about with my family, with my agent, with the people closest to me in my life that will help me make that decision.”

Walker explained that he wants the higher-ups in Charlotte to provide him with some talent that can help the team become a legit contender. Until the happens, Walker won’t be committing to anyone.

“I’m not sure,” Walker told NBA.com when asked if he’d be back with the Hornets. “I have a long time to even start thinking about that stuff. Me and my agent, my family, we will discuss that stuff when the time is right.”

This season, the Hornets finished 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record 39-43.

Stream Anderson .Paak’s Album ‘Ventura’

Six months after the release of his last album, Anderson .Paak returns with Ventura, the fourth and final chapter in his beach-themed series.

Executive produced by Dr. Dre, the follow-up to November’s Oxnard boasts appearances from OGs like André 3000, Smokey Robinson, and the late Nate Dogg. Additionally, the 11 tracks feature R&B powerhouses including Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, and Lalah Hathaway.

The album, which .Paak calls “the last wave,” was recorded at the same time as Oxnard. “Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine,” said the Grammy winner. “One town over I went further and found my depth. The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to Ventura.”

Following his Coachella performance on Friday night, .Paak is set to hit the road on his “Best Teef in the Game Tour.” The 21-date trek kicks off May 17 in Nashville with Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco, and Jessie Reyez on select dates.

Stream Ventura below.

Submit Your Music For The "Heat Seekers" Contest: Week Three Artist Spotlights

The “Heat Seekers” contest is ficially three weeks deep, with plenty artists having already come through to share their music. As a result, our ever-growing playlist continues to expand, with emphasis on the extensive world unsigned hype, many whom have chosen TuneCore as their means digital distribution. Dedicated to highlighting talented TuneCore artists, each contributor will have a shot at landing a spot on the list, in addition to being eligible for our grand prize detailed below. In fact, you could be the next artist featured, should you be willing to take the plunge and sign up here

There’s still time, as the “Heat Seekers” contest will be running until June 7th. All you have to do is sign up and distribute your upcoming release through TuneCore, be it a single, EP, album, or mixtape. For starters, your release will be eligible for “Heat Seekers” playlist consideration. Not only that, but those who sign up will also have a shot at securing the grand prize, which includes a studio session with one  the game’s best producers at the HNHH studio, with the entire experience being filmed and shared on our home page in June. Submit your music now.

In keeping with tradition, today we’ll be highlighting three TuneCore artists, two which landed on our radar through their “Heat Seekers” involvement. While last week shone a spotlight on the established presence Taylor Bennett, New York’s own Buddy Mylez, and the fan-favorite Futuristic, today brings Nereaux, Bobby J From Rockaway, and Bishop Neru. Be sure to act quickly – next week might bring your name to the forefront. 

About TuneCore

Many independent artists wonder how to get their music on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other stores. The reality is, you don’t have to be signed to a major label – all you need is a digital distributor. We recommend using industry leader TuneCore if you’re looking for a trustworthy and transparent service. For an affordable fee, TuneCore will host your album or single on all the major stores and streaming platforms. You get to keep all your rights and 100% the sales revenue.


Bishop Neru

New York’s own Bishop Neru has been deep in the game for years now, having amassed an impressive collection material to his name. With solo releases like Emperor Nehru’s New Groove, and collaborative drops like the MF DOOM assisted NehrunDoom Bishop has proven his worth as a fixture in the underground hip-hop scene. Now, with his acclaimed two-part Elevator series behind him, Nerhu is steadily plotting his next move. Where do you want to see the young talent go next? 


Nereaux

New York continues to shine as Neraux enters the fold, representing for Bushwick, Brooklyn. Though his music blends a variety genres, including rap, punk and house music, Neraux’s inspirations are some the greatest to ever touch a mic, including the likes Notorious BIG, Lil Wayne, Andre 3000. Dedicating to putting his life and soul into his music, sharing both trauma and tragedy in equal measure, Neraux is looking primed to gather momentum to in the coming months. 


Bobby J From Rockaway

Another born and bred New Yorker, the aptly named Bobby J From Rockaway once received a glowing co-sign from the elusive Jay Electronica. “This man right here is a bearer witness that times are changing,” proclaimed Jay, amidst a packed house listeners. “This man has BARS!” It’s not difficult to validate Electronica’s assessment, as Bobby J makes sure to keep the bars coming at a pace that would cause Funkmaster Flex to slam his desk in excitement. In his new single “Walter White,” Bobby J lives up to Heisenberg’s legacy, spitting heat that would leave bathtubs – and Skylar’s heart – a smoldering wreck. 

Spalding Releasing Kobe Bryant-Inspired "Black Mamba" Basketball For $125

This Saturday, April 13, marks the three-year anniversary Kobe Bryant’s last game in the NBA, in which he dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz in front a sold out crowd at Staples Center.

Nike has since dubbed 4/13 “Mamba Day,” and the date serves as an annual celebration the Kobe’s Hall Fame career. Ahead Mamba Day 2019, Spalding will be releasing a limited edition basketball in honor the Black Mamba.

Spalding Releasing Kobe Bryant-Inspired "Black Mamba" Basketball For $125

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Dubbed the Kobe Bryant 24K Basketball, the rock is made from a Mamba snakeskin embossed composite cover. It comes house in a special edition Kobe Bryant 94 Series display box and is the ficial size and weight the balls used in the NBA.

“The Mamba Mentality is what defined me throughout my career,” says Bryant. “Spalding understands that product quality is a big part that mentality.”

The Kobe Bryant 24K Basketball, priced at $125, will be available for Spalding MVP members on the company’s website on Friday morning. The ball will then go on sale Dick’s Sporting Goods’ online shop at 1pm ET.

Check out some additional shots the sleek basketball below.

Lil Nas X’s "Old Town Road" Debuts On Billboard Country Airplay Charts

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is currently the number one song in the country. “Old Town Road” has made waves over the past few weeks, largely due to Billboard’s controversial move to pull it from the country charts for not being country enough. The backlash is faced helped Lil Nas X gain international recognition and support, leading Billy Ray Cyrus to hop on the remix. After the success its remix, it looks like it’s been making a serious amount  spins on the country radio stations across America.

According to Billboard, “Old Town Road” has entered Billboard’s Country Airplay chart at #53 with 1 million in audience, 140 plays on 35 reporters. The publication points out that its entry onto the chart has everything to do with actual stats regarding its radio spins on country stations rather than how the song is classified as a genre. 

“The song’s prile first swelled thanks in part to TikTok videos and other viral memes, while subsequent attention has centered on its removal after a week on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (dated March 16),” it reads. “Hot Country Songs, based on airplay, streaming and sales, requires Billboard to designate songs for inclusion based on genre fit; Country Airplay, however, as well as Rhythmic Songs and Pop Songs, purely reflects plays on reporting stations.”

There’s been speculation that the song will maintain its position on the Billboard Hot 100 next week as well.

Hotels.com Announces Free Room Giveaway If James Harden Is Called For Travelling

With the 2019 NBA Playfs set to begin this weekend, Hotels.com has announced a special promotion that will have travellers keeping a close watch on the Houston Rockets’ first-round series against the Utah Jazz. Specifically, Hotels.com wants you to keep an eye on James Harden’s patented step-back.

That’s because Hotels.com will be giving away one free room each time Harden is called for travelling during the Rockets’ post-season run.

Per Hotels.com:

“Throughout the playfs, anytime Harden gets called for a travel Hotels.com will give away one free room… because Harden shouldn’t be the only one allowed to travel this month.”

“Here’s how to shoot your shot: See The Beard get called for a travel during a playf game? Hurry over to your Twitter and use #TravelforHotels for your chance at a free stay. It’s that easy. One winner will be chosen at random for each Harden travel throughout the Rockets’ playf run.”

Harden has ten been criticized for his step-back maneuver that blurs the lines between a legal gather-step and a blatant walk, but it’s rare that the reigning NBA MVP is whistled for a violation. 

The Rockets enter the playfs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will host the Utah Jazz in the first-round. Game 1, airing on TNT, is scheduled to tipf at 9:30pm ET this Sunday, April 14.

Check out the Rockets-Jazz tv schedule below, and click here for a full viewing guide the first round matchups.

Hotels.com Announces Free Room Giveaway If James Harden Is Called For Travelling

Wale Spends His Idle Moments Raving About Chris Brown’s Teenage Debut

Wale took a moment out his busy schedule (oiiii) to speak on the understated impact Chris Brown‘s debut released in 2005. Not to be facetious or anything but Wale mentioned it himself: the DMV rapper has nothing but spare time to devote to such topics, sort like an abandoned case file getting scooped up by an out–work NPR correspondent, or a manic person who must at all costs, inscribe their manifesto on a cardboard sign.

Thankfully the earnest and talented Wale falls in between both those precarious positions. This is how he worded his praise Chris Brown’s debut in two-numbered shots. Breezy’s 2005 debut included the smash singles “Run It” and Yo (Excuse Me Miss) and fell just short reaching the number one spot on Billboard’s best-seller list.

Wale Spends His Idle Moments Raving About Chris Brown's Teenage Debut

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Wale said it himself on Twitter hours ago, “Brown was a kid and made a classic.. that’s crazy ..he was just tryna buy bapes and Jordan’s and found some time to record in between .. and made a classic. Dass crazy,” whereupon it would be casual to forget that Brown was a mere child just over ten years ago.

For reasons only known to him, Wale talks about precocious nature, yet he chooses not to traverse the subject his youthful transgressions in the process building his case. How do you feel about Chris Brown’s debut record, hit us with your thoughts?

Diddy Shares That Lawyer Responsible For Kaepernick NFL Lawsuit Was Once His Intern

Not every Bad Boy intern turns to a career in music by choosing to become the next Diddy or Jay Z. One former intern is Ben Meiselas, a 33-year-old attorney who represented Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid in their lawsuit against the NFL. Ben, along with his father Kenny Meiselas, were awarded at Variety‘s Power Of Law event at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday.

“Man, when I heard that Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid were suing the NFL, I was like, good luck!” said Combs, addressing the audience. “I was like, ‘Whatever lawyer took this, they’ve got their hands full.’ And then I look and I’m like, ‘That’s my intern — what?’”

“It’s one the biggest wins in legal history, and especially the topic and the state America’s in,” Diddy continued. “To have that impact and to come up with a solution for something that was affecting America and really pulling us apart. Figuring out that solution is a testament to you Kenny, and also to Ben. I just wanna say I’m proud you.”

Diddy also revealed that because he’d lost his father at an early age, he always looked at Kenny as a father figure. “I have something I want to confess to Kenny right now,” Combs said. “I lost my father when I was 2, so whenever I would have some real serious problems that I would have to go to ask my father (about), like being in jail or getting somebody pregnant” — a trickle laughter emerged among the audience — “or wanting to know what I was gonna go through in my life and my future, I called my lawyer. I called Kenny. And he didn’t notice, but I was calling him ‘big brother’ — but in my head, he was dad.” 

Diddy Shares That Lawyer Responsible For Kaepernick NFL Lawsuit Was Once His Intern
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Reid was at the event and sang Ben’s praises for standing by them through the “take a knee” controversy. “I refused to be one those people who watches injustices and yet does nothing. I want to be someone my children and children’s children could be proud ,” Reid told the crowd. “When I was being blackballed…around that time, I learned from Colin that he had hired a young, brash attorney by the name Ben Meiselas who specialized in civil rights cases and fighting for the underdog across the country.”

“Ben not only represented myself and Colin, but he was there to counsel dozens other players in the NFL that were reaching out to us for advice, all while the NFL was trying to implement a new policy that would force us to stop our protests,” Reid continued. “We didn’t back down,” and “I still take a knee… He was there for Colin and I when our own union and our own teammates turned their back on us for fear repercussions.”

LL Cool J Scores Victory In Court In "Rock The Bells" Lawsuit

Before LL Cool J was known as “the guy from NCIS: Los Angeles the rapper was the force to be reckoned with in the rap game (and still is). If you’re old enough to remember, back in 1985 he released his classic track “Rock The Bells,” and as the years have rolled on, the title the song has been a phrase associated with the rapper. He even used it as the name his SiriusXM hip hop channel.

That’s why LL, real name James Todd Smith. felt it was necessary to take a promotions company called Guerilla Union, Inc. to court. Smith sued the company, stating that they not only attempted to trademark “Rock The Bells,” but they used the phrase as the name a hip hop festival that ran from 2004 to 2013. Smith went as far as to contact the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, petitioning them to cancel the company’s “Rock The Bells” trademarks. He finally scored a victory in 2017 when the Trademark Board agreed.

LL Cool J Scores Victory In Court In "Rock The Bells" Lawsuit
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However, the company allegedly continued to use the trademark, so he took them to court and demanded an injunction be placed to stop them legally. The Blast reports that they’ve obtained documents that show a judge has issued a default judgment against the promoter for unspecified damages. The promoter must “immediately transfer all control social media accounts, website domains, and other intellectual property.” There is no word on whether or not they had to pay up, as well.

Nike React Element 55 Dropping In "Dark Obsidian" Colorway

Coming into 2019, two the silhouettes that had sneakerheads excited about the future Nike, were the Nike React Element 55 and 87. Both shoes boasted the exact same shape, although the 87 was unique as it had a translucent upper. This meant that the shoe’s aesthetics changed depending on the socks you wore. At the beginning the year, colorways for both models were few and far between, but now Nike is making sure the fans are fed. Over the last week, Nike has unveiled a few new Element 55 colorways that will surely leave sneakerheads excited for more.

Today, we have a look at a new colorway which will be dropping in the coming weeks. The upper the shoe is covered in “dark obsidian” while a mint green pull tap adds a pop color to the back. As for the midsole, it is predominantly white, but obsidian and mint green plugs can be found at the front and back respectively. 

Overall, it’s a pretty clean colorway that is shaping up to be a great cop. According to Sneaker Bar Detroit, these kicks will run you $130 USD.

Nike React Element 55 Dropping In "Dark Obsidian" Colorway

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Nike React Element 55 Dropping In "Dark Obsidian" Colorway

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Nike React Element 55 Dropping In "Dark Obsidian" Colorway

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Nike React Element 55 Dropping In "Dark Obsidian" Colorway

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Nike React Element 55 Dropping In "Dark Obsidian" Colorway

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Trump Removes "Dark Knight Rising" Music From Campaign Video After Legal Threats

Donald Trump has likened himself to Batman in the past so it didn’t come as much a shock when he decided to use the score  Dark Knight Rising for his campaign video. However, it probably would’ve been a wise decision to clear it with Warner Bros. before posting it.

Trump was forced to remove his Dark Knight Rising-themed campaign video for the 2020 elections today after Warner Bros. threatened him with legal action. The campaign video included music taken from Dark Knight Rising which was composed by Hanz Zimmer’s as well as font taken from the film’s title cards.

Trump Removes "Dark Knight Rising" Music From Campaign Video After Legal Threats
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“The use Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized,” a Warner Brothers spokesperson said in a statement before the removal. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”

Trump uses the film’s font while pushing for a 2020 victory. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong. Trump: The Great Victory. 2020,” it read across the screen.

The video also took aim at some his political opponents such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as well as Hollywood stars who’ve been critical his presidency such as Amy Schumer and Rosie O’Donell. 

HBO Appears To Pull "Leaving Neverland" Doc As Oprah Deletes Accusers’ YouTube Interviews

It appears HBO has planned to stop airing the Leaving Neverland documentary this month. According to HBO’s website, the only listing for the Michael Jackson-related series is April 17. There are no further dates listed after that even though the original end time was scheduled for September.

The integrity of Jackson’s accusers — James Safechuck and Wade Robson — was called into question earlier this month after a key component in Safechuck’s account of sexual abuse was proved to be impossible.

Safechuck claimed Jackson sexually assaulted him from 1988 to 1992. While both under oath and in the documentary interviews, he explained one particular incident happened at the Neverland train station, but the train station didn’t begin construction until 1993.

Oprah Winfrey also seems to be distancing herself from the documentary. All of her public tweets regarding Leaving Neverland have been removed and the interviews she conducted have disappeared from her YouTube channel.

The Jackson estate is also suing HBO over the airing of the documentary and Jackson’s nephews are reportedly raising money to create a counter documentary.

Both HBO and Oprah have yet to comment publicly.