Kelvin Gastelum On Conor McGregor & Khabib Beef: "Somebody’s Gonna End Up Shot"

For the past year now, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor have been embroiled in a beef that will stand the test time as far as UFC feuds go. The two absolutely hate each other and back in October, Khabib was able to exact revenge on Conor for speaking ill his religion, by destroying him in the Octagon. This week, McGregor reignited the beef when he said Khabib’s wife was a “towel” in a tweet that has since been deleted. This prompted Khabib to call Conor a rapist and forced Dana White to issue a statement denouncing the feud.

TMZ Sports caught up with fellow UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum who said both fighters need to calm down because the beef is reaching a point no return.

“I think there are some lines that have been crossed, and it’s escalating to a point where it shouldn’t have to. I feel like if it keeps going the way it’s going, somebody’s gonna end up injured, somebody’s gonna end up hurt, somebody’s gonna end up shot,” Gastelum said. “Khabib don’t play no games, man. This is real life for him.”

Gastelum is currently in L.A for his UFC 236 fight against Israel Adesanya. Meanwhile, McGregor won’t be anywhere in sight considering he’s retired from the sport.

LeBron James Having Issues Casting "Top Players" For Space Jam 2

LeBron James is set to begin filming Space Jam 2 this Summer, but he’s reportedly having some issues locking in a supporting cast. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, casting “top guys” for the roles NBA players in Space Jam 2 has proven more difficult than expected. 

Windhorst didn’t mention any specific players that ‘Bron has reached out to, but he relayed the following on a recent episode “The Jump.”

“In all honesty, he’s been recruiting players to come and try to be in Space Jam with him this Summer, and he hasn’t been able to close some those deals.”

If Space Jam 2 follows the same general theme the original, LeBron will need at least five NBA stars who are willing to have their talents milked by the Monstars. In the first film, those players were Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues and Shawn Bradley.

Of course, finding a squad to play for the Monstars in Space Jam 2 isn’t the only concern for LeBron this summer – he also needs to recruit some talent to the Lakers.

What we do know: LeBron won’t be slacking on his f-season training while he’s filming the movie. According to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon, there are plans to build a full basketball court on the set Space Jam 2 so the four-time NBA MVP doesn’t miss out on his summer training regimen. Michael Jordan did the same when he filmed the original movie.

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

Today marks the second week our “Heat Seekers” contest. Of course, that means the expansion our accompanying playlist, featuring an additional wave artist spotlights. Dedicated to highlighting talented TuneCore artists, our new “Heat Seekers” playlist proves that there’s plenty unsigned promise working that independent grind, and you could be featured next. 

The “Heat Seekers” contest is running until June 7, so be sure to distribute your first project with TuneCore right here to be eligible for the next batch playlist additions to be posted on HNHH next week. The “Heat Seekers” grand prize winner will be treated to a studio session with one  the game’s best producers at the HNHH studio, with the entire experience being filmed and shared on our website in June. Submit your music now, and you may very well find yourself on our homepage this summer. 

In the meantime, check out some the new tracks showcased on this week’s playlist launch, including several familiar faces. In essence, it’s a showcase the talented roster you can find on TuneCore, all whom retain one hundred percent all prits made from their music.  

Last week, our artist spotlights focused on Mir Fontane, LightUp & CreamDaVillain, and Big Hud AKA Big Dawg Johnson. This week will center around one TuneCore’s more established voices, and a testament to the independent grind, Taylor Bennett. Also on the docket are Buddy Mylez and Futuristic, who have both forged a successful path by releasing their music on TuneCore. 

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. 


Taylor Bennett

Chicago resident Taylor Bennett has been killing it for a minute, with his most recent single “Streaming Services” currently available on all…streaming services. A family man, talented musician, and forward thinker, Bennett has been preparing to follow up last year’s Be Yourself with another drop. 


Buddy Mylez

Bronx wordsmith Buddy Mylez is the product his environment, carrying a New York state mind into the booth. With clear inspiration from the greats that paved the way, his The Show Must Go On project is a welcome homage to his city. Whether on songs like “G-Unit” or the nostalgia-inducing “Yeah I’m Trying To Party,” Buddy Mylez makes sure to leave an impression.


Futuristic

Despite the best effort your bills, the stigma around the first the month is no longer negative, thanks to the efforts Futuristic. The Chicago rapper has been dropping f new music on the 1st and 15th, a testament to his prolific work ethic. Never one to shy away from fan interaction, Futuristic has proven himself to be a man the people. Expect big things to come in 2019. 

HNHH TIDAL Wave Playlist: Honoring Nipsey Hussle

Each week, we’ve been keeping you up to speed on recent releases that we feel you must hear on our TIDAL Wave playlist. This week is different. The world’s mourning the death Nipsey Hussle who was shot and killed in front the Marathon Store in South Central Los Angeles. We honor the late rapper on this week’s edition our TIDAL Wave Playlist

Nipsey Hussle dominates this week’s TIDAL Wave playlist with tracks from his mixtape days all the way up until his most recent drop, “Racks In The Middle” with Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. We’ve also included some his most memorable guest spots over the years — a hard task considering there were so many them.

In addition to Nipsey Hussle, we got new heat from Yelawolf, 03 Greedo & Mustard, who are dropping their joint project this Friday, as well as Popcaan, G-Eazy, Nuez & Freddie Gibbs, and much more. 

If you ain’t on TIDAL, fix that A$AP here.


Alex Zidel (Editorial)
Nipsey Hussle – Racks In The Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
Khalid – Self
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
Jay Critch – Bully
Da$H – Walk The Plank

Alexander Cole (Editorial)
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road
Jay Critch – Bully
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

Paul Pirotta (Sales)
Stalley – Fountain Youth (feat. Nipsey Hussle & Rick Ross)
Nipsey Hussle – Hussle & Motivate
Nipsey Hussle – A Hunnit A Show (feat. Rick Ross)
Nipsey Hussle – Grinding All My Life
Nispey Hussle – Feeling Myself

Mike Rapp (Sales)
Nipsey Hussle – Dedication (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
YG – FDT (feat. Nipsey Hussle)
Jadakiss – Ain’t Nothin’ New (feat. Nipsey Hussle & Ne-Yo)
French Montana – I’m On It (feat. Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, & Nipsey Hussle)

Aron A. (Editorial)
Nuez – Avirex (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
Popcaan – Trouble Deh Deh
Nipsey Hussle – Blue Laces 2
03 Greedo & Mustard – Trap House (feat. Shoreline Mafia)
Col3trane – Superpowers (feat. Goldlink)

Devin Ch (Editorial)
Suga Free – Hole in My Heart (feat. Kokane)
Ninety6 – Call Log
03 Greedo & DJ Mustard – Trap House (feat. Shoreline Mafia)
Nuez – Avirex (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
Jugglerz – Good Pussy Gyal Fi Get Tings (feat. Gage)

Rose Lilah (Editorial)
Nipsey Hussle – Racks In The Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy)
Col3trane – Superpowers (feat. Goldlink)
Lil Tjay – Leaked

Mitch Findlay (Editorial)
Yelawolf – TM3
Anonymuz – No Threat (feat. Denzel Curry)
Nipsey Hussle – Hussle & Motivate
Yelawolf – We Slum

Angela Yee, Datwon Thomas, ItsBizkit & More To Speak At NYC Leadership Music Conference

New York, NY – For those wanting knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the music industry, and direct access to a valid network of movers and shakers, Showcase King, in partnership with TNB MusiQ and Twylight Media Group, are hosting the Leadership Music Conference in NYC on Sunday (April 14).

This single-day event will be held from 3PM-12AM est. at Zanger Hall (347 W. 34th Street New York, NY) and feature a panel consisting of syndicated radio personality, Angela Yee; social media influencer and blogger, ItsBizkit; EIC of Vibe Magazine, Datwon Thomas; VP of A&R at Atlantic Records, Yasiel Davis; Professor of Music Business and Founder of LiveThe.Biz, Walter J. Tucker, and more.

The Leadership Music Conference will lead with 1-on-1 artist’s listening sessions with reputable A&R’s, followed by a discussion panel with Q&A concluding with an Independent Artist Showcase where participants will perform live and have a shot at winning quality prizes.

This event is open to the public–and if that isn’t enough, there will be free food on deck and a one-hour open bar.

Follow Showcase King on Instagram for more information on how to register for this event. Check out the flyer for the Leadership Music Conference below.

Angela Yee, Datwon Thomas, ItsBizkit & More To Speak At NYC Leadership Music Conference

New Music: Gallant feat. T-Pain ‘Gentleman (Remix)’

In honor of the song’s one-year anniversary, Gallant teams up with T-Pain on the remix to “Gentleman.”

The Grammy-nominated crooner serenades his lady on the seductive ballad. “Tell me have you ever had a gentleman?” he asks in his silky smooth falsetto. “If not, then girl you deserve a gentleman.”

Fresh off the release of his own album 1UP, T-Pain caters to his lady with his own promises. “I’ll take you somewhere that you never been,” he sings in all his Auto-Tuned glory.

The remix arrives ahead of Gallant’s sophomore album, the follow-up to 2016’s Ology, due later this summer.

Britney Spears Checks Herself Into Mental Facility: Report

Britney Spears has checked herself into a mental health facility after news her father’s health condition, TMZ reports. The pop singer’s father has been dealing with some serious health complications in recent times which sources said has caused her severe distress. Jamie Spears is reportedly not getting better. Sources said that she checked herself into the facility about a week ago and that she’ll be there for 30 days. 

Britney Spears Checks Herself Into Mental Facility: Report

Jamie Spears has undergone two surgeries due to series issues with his intestines and colon. He recently underwent the second surgery which has caused him to suffer serious complications. Britney’s father’s health issues began in late 2018 after his colon ruptured.

Jamie Spears’ health issues have already caused her to put her business on hold. Earlier this year, she announced that she’d be putting her Las Vegas residency on pause in order to care for her father. She took to Instagram at the top 2019 to reveal the residency wouldn’t be moving forward.

I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all you this year, so doing this breaks my heart,” she wrote. “However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out it alive, but he still has a long road ahead him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand.”

Beyoncé Reportedly Working On New Music & Netflix Special

Beyoncé fans should be on the lookout for a variety of streaming content, according to US Weekly.

Insider sources for the magazine say Queen Bey has recorded some new tracks for a deluxe edition of one of her previous albums. The pop superstar is also making a Netflix documentary about her much-lauded performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

No timetable has been reported for the deluxe album or documentary, but Beyoncé does have another major release for fans to look forward to this summer. The multi-platinum selling singer is starring in the upcoming remake of Disney’s The Lion King, which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 19.

Recently, Beyoncé and her husband JAY-Z received the 2019 Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The honor is given to “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.”

The event sparked a lot of chatter online after a video of Power star Omari Hardwick awkwardly kissing Beyoncé surfaced on social media.

Miley Cyrus Receives Backlash For Photoshoot On Near-Endangered Joshua Tree

Miley Cyrus has only recently come back on the grid announcing a new album that’s said to have some hip-hop elements. “There’s psychedelic elements, there’s pop elements, there’s more hip-hop-leaning records,” she explained. “You know, in the same way I like to kind just be genderless, I like feeling genre-less.” 

While she’s readying fans for new music, she’s also making others angry since her recent photo shoot that sees her posing on the near-endangered Joshua Trees. The “Malibu” singer shared a handful images on her Instagram and while she looks happy and cute, people can’t help but to remind her that the tree she’s perched on can’t handle her weight. 

“Hanging, climbing, sitting, swinging, standing, leaning, touching, hugging, supporting your yoga poses, hanging hammocks on these PROTECTED succulents are all violations County and City law,” one person commented. “Not to mention incredibly dangerous for the Joshua trees themselves. Any sort weight or pressure on the branch a Joshua tree an cause it to break or fall over completely.”

While Miley has yet to comment back to defend her actions, she has disabled her comments on her images in the meantime. Only time will tell if Miley gets some sort fine for playing around on the delicate trees. 

Future Gets Dragged After Comparing Himself To Nipsey Hussle

With the passing Nipsey Hussle, friends and family members the late rapper have been reacting to the unfortunate news all week, sending their deepest condolences and praying for Lauren London, who lost her best friend and partner many years. Hussle’s bodyguard penned a touching tribute to the artist, writing that he would be retiring from the pression in order to care for his own family. When Young Scooter reposted one Nip’s old tweets about taking care your own, Future found it appropriate to chime in and compare himself to Hussle, earning a few raised eyebrows in the process.

Future Gets Dragged After Comparing Himself To Nipsey Hussle
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Scooter wrote that we need more people in the world like Nipsey Hussle, to which Fewtch chimed in: “Yeah we do need more like us.. I been teaching and preaching for a decade also showing and proving what hard work and dedication get u.” The Atlanta icon’s reply has garnered mixed emotions from fans, who had to remind him that he’s been involved in more than a few child support battles. Others noted that the only “teaching and preaching” Future has done is about drugs. At the end the day, Future isn’t necessarily seen in the same light as Nipsey was, which is something that the majority commenters have agreed on.

Do you think the Freebandz General should have sat this one out or do you agree with his stance?

Stephen King’s "It Chapter 2" First Footage Airs At Comic-Con

Stephen King’s It is considered, by and large, a masterpiece the genre (barring one strange scene in particular – readers will know the one). The success the original novel certainly translated to the big screen, as proven by 2017’s cinematic rendition. With Bill Skarsgard taking up the mantle the villainous Pennywise, many praised the film’s adventurous tone, blending horror elements with coming–age themes. Now, with the concluding chapter set to hit theatres this September, the first ficial footage has been revealed during a Comic-Con showcase. 

IGN reported on the panel, which included director Andy Muschietti and the entire cast adult “Losers:” James McAvoy (Bill), Jessica Chastain (Beverly), Bill Hader (Richie), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), Jay Ryan (Ben), James Ransone (Eddie), and Andy Bean (Stanley). Eventually, all except Bill were joined by their younger selves. Skarsgard was not in attendance. Muschietti proceeded to reveal the first look at his upcoming film, which draws from one the novel’s most disturbing scenes.

Stephen King's "It Chapter 2" First Footage Airs At Comic-Con

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In the scene, Jessica Chastain’s Beverly revisits her childhood home, which is currently occupied by an elderly woman named Mrs. Kersh. Upon receiving word that her father has since passed away, Kersh invites Beverly inside with tea on the mind. While she waits, Bev inspects her surroundings, even discovering the love-poem Ben penned in her honor. Unfortunately for Bev, everything quickly turns left. A rushing figure in the distance indicates that dread is on the horizon, and it isn’t long before the vibe has changed completely. Flies line the windowsill. Kersh is slick with sweat. 

As Bev moves to leave, she notices an old picture, allegedly Kersh’s father. Only her father looks exactly like Pennywise. As she turns, she’s met with nightmare fuel – a nude, decrepit old Kersh, in true crone form. Those who have read the book likely recall this disturbing scene, and we can only hope Muschetti does it justice. Are you excited for It: Chapter 2? Sound f below.

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iHeartMedia Discreetly Files for IPO

IHeartMedia’s IPO could do decently.  But, will the company’s top executives run the company into the ground once more?

Two years ago, iHeartMedia faced a massive problem.

Saddled with around $20.6 billion in debt, a group of the broadcast radio giant’s lenders had rejected an overhaul plan.

The company had no choice but to file for bankruptcy.

Of course, the move didn’t affect its top executives – just its low-level employees.

In its rushed 2018 Key Incentive Bonus Plan presented last year, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman received $9.3 million in bonus payments by the end of 2018.  Basically, he received millions for running the company into the ground. Chief Operating Officer Bressler – another executive arguably responsible for the company’s bankruptcy – got $5.3 million.  General Counsel Robert Walls earned $900,000.

Now, fresh out of bankruptcy, and with undeserved millions in top execs’ pockets, the company has a new plan to earn even more money.

iHeartMedia’s three favorite letters – IPO.

According to a new SEC filing, the broadcast radio giant has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) earlier today.

Competing against established streaming music services like Spotify, Pittman’s company must now provide investors with a compelling reason to invest in traditional radio.

According to iHeartMedia, and unlike streaming music, radio provides “‘companionship.”  In this medium, “people look to audio, starting with broadcast radio and the personalities there, as their friend and companions.”

Radio continues to offer consumers something different in the form of curated, personality-led audio.

The medium is able to offer influencers a word-of-mouth style conversation, which propels audience engagement and connection in a very effective way.

To entice potential investors, iHeartMedia now claims it has a monthly audience reach of 275 million listeners aged 6 and above.  In contrast, Google and Facebook had 251 million and 215 million, respectively.  In its last financial report, Spotify revealed it around 207 million unique monthly active users (MAUs).

Taking a veiled swipe at the streaming music giant to puff itself up, iHeartMedia wrote,

Our Differentiated Social Reach – iHeartMedia’s personalities, stations, and brands have garnered 145 million social fans and followers as compared to Spotify’s 28 million and Pandora’s 8 million.

Our radio personalities engage with their listeners and fans across every major social platform, using technology to extend their deep listener connection and relationships.

Additionally, as of February 2019, the Company has 19 million monthly unique visitors on Snapchat and 19 million monthly unique visitors on YouTube, which we believe are larger than the audiences of the other major audio players on these platforms.

But, with the same executives that run the company into the ground still in charge, will investors buy in?

Hopefully not.

 


Featured image by Sam Valadi (CC by 2.0).

Nipsey Hussle Murder: Woman Admits To Being Eric Holder’s Getaway Driver

In the two days since Nipsey Hussle was killed in Los Angeles, information has slowly been making its way out about the alleged suspect, Eric Holder. There was reportedly a personal dispute between Holder and Hussle and when they clashed outside The Marathon, Holder reportedly reached for his gun and opened fire. Fans, friends and peers have been reacting to the news with extreme sadness and now, a bizarre update has come after TMZ phoned the woman who allegedly drove the getaway vehicle.

Nipsey Hussle Murder: Woman Admits To Being Eric Holder's Getaway Driver
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It was previously reported that a woman was waiting in the alley for Eric Holder so that they could get away after the shooting. After getting ahold the driver’s contact information, TMZ called her and for some reason, she actually picked up the phone. According to the phone conversation, the woman said that she knows Eric Holder and that she was with him when they went to Hussle’s shop on Sunday. She claims that she was waiting in the alley when Holder walked over to the store but apparently, she didn’t know why they were headed over there. She also reportedly claims that Holder said nothing when he got back in the car. 

Following the conversation, TMZ spoke to detectives about the phone call. The woman reportedly said that she would call the police to “clear her name.”

Billie Eilish Talks Tourette’s & How Fans Have Made Her Feel "At Home"

Seventeen-year-old Billie Eilish has made quite a name for herself and has fast become one the most streamed acts in music right now, securing three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. She recently dropped f her debut album, WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO and because that she’s popped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her success and people who are big fans her music. 

Billie Eilish Talks Tourette's & How Fans Have Made Her Feel "At Home"
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Ellen made Billie aware that Julia Roberts, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Sam Smith and Foo Fighters’ Dave Groh are all fans hers as well as Justin Bieber, who recently followed the singer on Instagram – something she was super excited about.

Billie later discussed her Tourette Syndrome diagnosis, something she’s had her whole life. “It’s not anything different, you know? I never said anything because I didn’t want that to define who I was,” she said, detailing how she manages her tics during on-camera interviews. “I think I’ve also learned that a lot my fans have it, which made me feel kind more at home with saying it,” she said. 

Watch the full clip with Ellen below. 

Crenshaw & Slauson May Be Renamed "Nipsey Hussle Blvd" With New Petition

Now that it’s been a few days since Nipsey Hussle was tragically murdered in front his own store, fans have had time to reflect on the Los Angeles artist’s legacy. He was unproblematic, going about his business quietly and always helping out his community. That’s why it hurts so much to see him go in such a horrible way. For years, Hussle had been trying to shift the culture in his home city, creating a positive environment for kids to grow up in. Yesterday, he was scheduled to meet with the LAPD to discuss gang violence in Los Angeles and how they can work together to prevent further shootings. It’s safe to say that Nipsey impacted a lot people’s lives in a positive manner. A large number people are now trying to give back to his family, asking to have Crenshaw and Slauson renamed to honor the 33-year-old.

Crenshaw & Slauson May Be Renamed "Nipsey Hussle Blvd" With New Petition
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As reported by Complex, a petition has been picking up steam to rename Crenshaw Blvd and Slauson Ave in the Hyde Park district Los Angeles to Nipsey Hussle Blvd. The corner is where Hussle’s clothing shop, The Marathon, is located, which is where he ultimately lost his life. Since its creation yesterday, the petition has already earned over 7,000 signatures, nearing its goal.

If you’re down to see the renaming Crenshaw and Slauson, check out the active petition here

Crenshaw & Slauson May Be Renamed "Nipsey Hussle Blvd" With New Petition
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