Black Milk To Release "DiVE" EP On Mass Appeal Records

Black Milk will be providing his fans with some new music for the summer. The respected MC/producer is scheduled to drop a new EP titled DiVE on August 2 Mass Appeal Records.

DiVE represents me looking ahead at 2020,” he said in a press release. “Stepping into this new decade, I want to have a mentality of progression. Once 2020 clicks in, I want to leave a lot of my old ways, traditions, and mentalities behind. I’m always going to have my standard and aesthetic. That’s why I’m not really afraid to step outside of any box because my taste will always keep me grounded.”

Black’s upcoming project features 11 tracks, including the BJ The Chicago Kid-assisted single “If U Say.” The EP will be his first studio release since last year’s FEVER album.

Check out Black’s DiVE cover art and tracklist below.

Black Milk To Release "DiVE" EP On Mass Appeal Records

1. Save Yourself
2. Black NASA f. Sam Austins
3. If U Say f. BJ The Chicago Kid
4. Relate (Want 2 Know) f. MAHD
5. Blame
6. Swimm f. Phil Swish
7. DiVE pt.2
8. Don’t Say
9. Out Loud
10. TYME
11. Now Begin

"Auntie” Jill Scott Speaks On Cucumber Challenge Consequences

Jill Scott raised several eyebrows when a performance video of hers went viral. In the clip, Ms. Scott seduces her microphone in a very sexually explicit way. But, that doesn’t mean she supports the recent #cucumberchallenge. 

The R&B singer/actress — or as she calls herself “Auntie” — took her thoughts to Instagram on Sunday (July 14) and explained the difference.

“Hey, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about this for a minute,” she says in the clip. “I have noticed the cucumber challenge. First, I just want to say the stage performance that you saw was a performance. I am an actor. It was a part of the journey of the evening.”

Scott then warns her 1.8 million Instagram followers participating in what many have deemed a “degrading” social media craze will make life harder.

“You putting a cucumber down your throat benefits you, how?” she continues. “First of all, it’s not very sanitary. Secondly, it’s not a real person, it’s an inanimate object. Proving this, doing this will make things more challenging for you.

“Since the video that I did not want to come out or didn’t even know existed  came out of that performance, it’s made things a little more challenging for me. This is your Auntie. I’m trying to tell you. Erase it or don’t do it.”

The #cucumberchallenge kicked off earlier this month. Several celebrities have weighed in on it, including Amber Rose and Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter. 

Carter was particularly disturbed by the trend and voiced her opinion on Instagram Live.

“I feel like to each his own, that’s what you do but it’s very degrading and it’s not cute,” she said. Also, if you have a daughter…that shit is not cool. Honestly, the folks that’s posting it and stuff like that you gotta understand if you got kids your kids is going to school and trust me [people] addressing your kids about that and it’s not cool.”

Evidently, Scott agrees.

DeMarcus Cousins Used To Chirp Warriors Rookie By Calling Him A "Virgin"

While DeMarcus Cousins is no longer on the Golden State Warriors, there is no doubt that he was a big presence on the team during this past season, even if they couldn’t win the championship. According to Ethan Strauss The Athletic, Cousins took a liking to some the prospects on the Warriors, including Alen Smailagic who was from Serbia. In the article, which was centered around Smailagic, Strauss explains how Cousins had to go to Santa Cruz during his rehab where he got to meet some the younger players. That’s where Cousins started to chirp Smailagic with some words he had never heard before.

DeMarcus Cousins Used To Chirp Warriors Rookie By Calling Him A "Virgin"

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Per The Athletic:

“‘This is like seven, eight months, living in America,’ he says his current linguistic facility.

He’s still learning new terms. “Virgin” was a word introduced to him by DeMarcus Cousins a few months ago. The lumbering veteran big man went down to Santa Cruz on a rehab assignment last season and relentlessly teased the eager kid in trash-talk sessions. Smailagić recounts Cousins repeatedly yelling, “Don’t play with us, you’re probably a virgin!” Smailagić would shoot back, “I’ll show you,” perhaps not completely understanding the context the insult.

“It was great,” Smailagić said his time trying to prove himself to Cousins.”

Unfortunately, Cousins won’t be there next year to make fun Smailagic’s sexual exploits although maybe it’s for the best. The Warriors seem to think Smailagic can make a big impact with the team so only time will tell whether or not that’s the case.

50 Cent’s Ex-Manager Chaz "Slim" Williams Passes Away: Condolences Flood Twitter

News Chaz “Slim” Williams’ passing has begun making the rounds on social media, in spite his family’s reluctance to confirm it as such. The esteemed founder Black Hand Entertainment was a notorious figure in the New York streets, who managed 50 Cent in the early stage  his career. Much Williams’ reputation was founded on the type insider trading that doesn’t leave much a paper trail at all. Oldish heads are likely to recall the infamous line in which 50 Cent laments losing “Slim” to an act betrayal, in the memorable 2nd verse  “Many Men” f his classic debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin.

Chaz “Slim” Williams was also instrumental in furthering the career a younger Foxy Brown, while Black Hand Entertainment was still in operation. A native Jamaica Queens, NY, Williams once laid claim to a total 60 bank robberies, figures he shared with DJ Vlad over the course a sit-down interview in 2016. Williams was noted for keeping tabs on public figures such as Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur whilst maintaining a strong presence in the NY underground – none which compares the work he’d done for his community, as reflected by the emotional outpouring on Twitter right about now. RIP.

Nike Air Max 200 "Mystic Green" Set To Drop Next Week: Official Images

Nike’s most prominent sneaker line is easily the Air Max as it was created back in the 1980s and has seen a plethora models throughout the years. Every sneakerhead is different when it comes to their favorite Air Max creations, although it’s safe to say that those released during the 90s tend to get all the praise. Despite this, it’s important to give Nike props when it comes to their more contemporary Air Max models as they’ve been pretty dope over the past few years.

After dropping the Air Max 720 earlier this year, sneakerheads thought Nike would be done with the new Air Max models. Well, that turned out to be false with the reveal the Air Max 200 which sees the line go back to its roots. A few colorways have been released so far but the latest to come to the surface is the “Mystic Green” model. The sneaker has a plethora colors and materials such as mesh and suede. Green, yellow, blue, pink, and lilac are all present here while the Air Max unit appears chunky in the back, yet concealed unlike the Air Max 720.

If you want to cop these, they will be coming out on Friday, July 19th for $120 USD, according to Sneaker News.

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Air Jordan 1 High OG "Defiant" Coming Soon: Official Photos

It’s been stated numerous times before but it bears repeating that the Air Jordan 1 is quite possibly the most iconic Jordan Brand silhouette all-time. The shoe first released back in 1984 and was considered to be a basketball shoe at the time. Over the years, new technologies have rendered the Air Jordan 1 useless as a sneaker to be worn on the court, although it is an essential fashion piece that should be a part any sneakerhead’s closet. Every year Jordan Brand gives us new colorways the shoe and this year, they’ve been trying out some more unique designs.

The Air Jordan 1 High OG “Defiant” is among these unique looks as the shoe appears to have a ripped f Nike swoosh on the outside. Instead, there is nothing but red stitching that makes up the outline the infamous logo. On the medial side, there is a yellow swoosh which helps add some color. The rest the sneaker has black overlays, white side panels, and even a white toe box, all while hints red are sprinkled throughout.

As right now, there is no exact release date for this sneaker but the ficial images can finally be found below. According to Sneaker News, this shoe will cost the standard Jordan 1 price $160 USD.

Air Jordan 1 High OG "Defiant" Coming Soon: Official Photos

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Air Jordan 1 High OG "Defiant" Coming Soon: Official Photos

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Air Jordan 1 High OG "Defiant" Coming Soon: Official Photos

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ScHoolboy Q Urges American Rappers To Boycott Sweden In Support Of A$AP Rocky

The Free Rocky movement is going strong these days. A$AP Rocky is currently in the custody Swedish authorities over an assault that went down last weekend. His peers and friends have pushed to create awareness for the rapper’s scenario while his team launched a petition calling for his freedom. Tyler, The Creator and ScHoolboy Q both pledged to never perform in Sweden but now, Q is urging all his peers in the rap industry to do the same in support Pretty Flacko.

ScHoolboy Q was on stage this week when he declared his boycott Sweden. Now, Q isn’t one to hop on the boycott bandwagon, as we’ve seen with his take on Gucci, but with Sweden’s treatment Rocky, Q believes that all American rappers should avoid performing in the country. The rapper was performing at Woo Hah festival when the crowd launched into a “Free A$AP’ chant.

“Lemme say this right quick: Fuck Sweden,” he said. “They ain’t never gonna get another American artist to perform there. I know they probably don’t care or whatever but you will never get another American rap artist to ever perform in Sweden… American rappers stick to-fucking-gether, dawg. We don’t do that shit. We ain’t goin’ to Sweden.”

He added, “And if you see an American in Sweden, fuck that n***a.”

Peep the clip below.

Usher Wants Herpes Accuser To Pay $2,500 For Skipping Deposition

Usher may have settled his herpes lawsuit with Laura Helm but it doesn’t mean he’s in the clear regarding the other women he allegedly transmitted the STD to. BOSSIP reports how the “U Got It Bad” singer wants his anonymous herpes accuser punished in the form a $2,500 fine since the woman did not answer questions from his legal team after she was deposed. 

The woman’s lawyer argued the questions Usher’s team asked her were an invasion privacy. However, being deposed means you must answer any and all questions and considering the woman has a protective order, her answers would be shielded from the public and the media. The publication details further how Usher’s legal team has reached out to the woman and her lawyers but they haven’t heard any word. 

Usher Wants Herpes Accuser To Pay $2,500 For Skipping Deposition
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Usher still has a few court dates to go regarding his herpes and considering his divorce that was announced at the end last year, it may just be him and his legal team fighting the battle. 

“After much thought and consideration we have mutually decided to separate as a couple. We remain deeply connected, loving friends who will continue supporting each other through the next phases our lives,” Usher and his former wife, Grace Miguel, previously stated

"Lakers" Air Jordan 13 Retro Drops Next Weekend: Official Photos

The Los Angeles Lakers have been one the most active teams in free agency as they traded for Anthony Davis and acquired a whole slew role players to surround him and LeBron James with. If everyone on the team can play to their full potential, it’s a safe bet that the Lakers could be NBA champions by the end the season. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Jordan Brand is looking to take advantage by blessing Lakers fans with some shoes inspired by their favorite team.

Official images the Air Jordan 13 “Lakers” have finally been revealed and the shoe is looking pretty fresh. The sneaker is mostly made white leather while purple suede is found on the midsole and the back heel. There are gold and black accents on the outsole which lend perfectly to the rest the Lakers aesthetic.

If you’re looking to cop these Lakers-inspired sneakers, you’ll be able to do so as Saturday, July 20th for $190 USD, according to Sole Collector. These will certainly be a great shoe to wear when the NBA season starts up in October so don’t sleep on the release.

"Lakers" Air Jordan 13 Retro Drops Next Weekend: Official Photos

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"Lakers" Air Jordan 13 Retro Drops Next Weekend: Official Photos

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"Lakers" Air Jordan 13 Retro Drops Next Weekend: Official Photos

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Bill Cosby Celebrates His 82nd Birthday With A Bible Quote Urging Us To "Man Up"

Despite being behind bars, Bill Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, has stated that the disgraced TV host is having an “amazing experience” behind bars. This indeed seemed to be the case with news from this past weekend that the Mr. Huxtable actor is reportedly living his best, health-conscious life in prison, taking to working out and eating right, even managing to shed 40 pounds! On this day, he celebrates his 82nd birthday, and he’s taken to releasing a statement to commemorate the occasion, through his social media accounts. The ironic message not only quotes the bible, but also urges others to “man up & become men valor.”

“I would like to thank all my friends, supporters and family members for wishing me a Happy 82nd Birthday,” the post starts. It continues on to explain how his fellow inmates at SCI Phoenix – a maximum-security lockup in Pennsylvania – asked him if he would like “anything special” for his birthday. “I politely replied that the greatest present for me is: 1 Corinthians 13:11″ he says, introducing the bible verse he goes on to quote. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” He then directly adresses “all men” saying: “it’s a time to be Great Fathers, Great American Citizens & Great Husbands. Man Up & Become Men Valor.” I mean, hey, a lot people do tend to gain at least some enlightenment during their time behind bars – maybe the same can be said for the fallen actor and host. 

After Just 3 Days, Officials Once Again Reject Woodstock 50's "Incomplete" and "Late" Permit Application

Several days ago, and denying the event a much-needed permit, a New York official called Woodstock 50 a “recipe for disaster.”

With just over a month left to go, tickets still .  With major agencies quietly threatening to pull their artists from the music festival, – Woodstock 50’s new planned venue – denied the show a necessary permit to hold the event.

According to locals, planners have outright failed to meet safety requirements.  Vernon Downs’ sheriff has suggested delaying the event until 2020, thus defeating the purpose of holding Woodstock.

That hasn’t stopped organizers, however, from filing an appeal.

Now, the show may finally be over for Woodstock 50.

Just Say No to Woodstock.

After three days following the initial rejection, Vernon Downs officials have once again turned down Woodstock 50’s permit application.

Elaborating on the town’s decision, a code enforcement officer said organizers had filed an incomplete application quite late.

Lambasting local officials, a Woodstock 50 representative claimed the town didn’t have a legitimate justification to reject the permit.  In fact, continued the rep, Vernon Downs basically needs the event to happen.

We believe there was no legal reason for the Town to turn down the original permit application.  We hope that for the good of the local and regional economy of central New York and for the health of the Town’s largest employer, Vernon Downs, officials will grant the requested permit on an expedited basis and agree to host what will be a safe, world-class, and historic event.

So far, the event has lost its former financial backer and its original venue along with producers and possibly even scheduled headliners.

Slamming officials’ second permit rejection, another Woodstock 50 spokesperson said,

Woodstock 50 looks forward to formally presenting in person its application to the Town of Vernon at a meeting that officials agreed late Thursday to scheduled imminently, once they have had sufficient time to review our exhaustive plan.

 


 

Cardi B Breaks Down How Much Money She Makes Every Night

Cardi B fans are upset that the star hasn’t announced a headlining summer tour and they’ve been flooding her mentions, asking why she decided not to head out on the road. The new mom has remained active on social media and when it comes to her musical releases, she’s still on top. Yesterday, the rapper took to her Instagram prile to co-sign a few her favourite femcees, including Tierra Whack, Rapsody, Chika, and Kamaiyah in an effort to prove that not all women are rapping about sex, scamming and their bodies. The star also ranted about why she wasn’t going on tour, explaining that it’s just not the right time for her to get that kind bag.

In the since-deleted post, Cardi B reportedly detailed exactly how much money she would be set to make on tour. As reported by Daily Mail, Cardi broke down the reasoning behind her decision not to tour. She shared a spreadsheet with expenses and her income, telling her supporters, “I find it so funny that people that ARE NOT FANS have the biggest concerns on why haven’t I done a tour. Welp because here you go, let me break it down for you.”

Cardi B Breaks Down How Much Money She Makes Every Night
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The “Bodak Yellow” songstress went into specifics, explaining just how much she would net from a tour. “Let’s say if I go on tour and I do 600K a night right… sounds good but let’s get in the touring business shall we? Stage production gotta be massive since the fans pay massive so just on stage and production, I’ll be left with like 150k a night.” Bardi said that her stage, hair, makeup, costuming and more production costs would be over $300K so she doesn’t see why she would take to the road. 

$150K per night sounds like a lot money to you and I but for Cardi B, she thinks she could finesse her way into making a little more before committing to a long touring process. 

Cardi B Breaks Down How Much Money She Makes Every Night
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Kendrick Norton Speaks Out After Losing Arm In Car Crash: Watch

Kendrick Norton the Miami Dolphins tragically lost his left arm in a car accident on July 4th while driving in Miami. His car was cut f by another vehicle which forced him to swerve f the road. This led to his car flipping upside down and in order to get proper care, first responders had to amputate Norton’s arm on the scene. At just 22 years old, Norton had his entire career ahead him although that’s all changed due to the incident. The young man is currently recovering at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and spoke to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench about his injuries.

“I’m alive,” Norton said. “If nothing else, I’m alive.”

In the video, you can see that Norton’s arm was amputated near his elbow and as he explained, he’s pretty sure football is a distant dream for him now. Regardless, Norton wants to remain positive and even thanked all the teams and players who have shown him support over the past week.

“I’m doing fine. I’m doing the best I can,” Norton said. “It’s not realistic that I’m going to play football anymore. We’re working past that.”

As right now, Norton said that he plans to host a blood drive and wants to continue to inspire others who are going through the same thing.

Cardi B Claps Back At Jermaine Dupri’s Criticism Of Female Rappers

There’s been a rise in women emcees in the rap game in the past few years, more so now than ever before. While Nicki Minaj and Cardi B‘s names are typically the ones brought up in reference to the biggest names in hip-hop right now, there’s a ton new, dope talent that emerged. Unfortunately, the women in the game are still getting a bad rep for their subject matter.Jermaine Dupri echoed this sentiment in a recent interview with People. “They all rapping about the same thing and I don’t think they’re showing us who is the best rapper. For me, it’s like strippers rapping,” he said.

Cardi B Claps Back At Jermaine Dupri's Criticism Of Female Rappers

Cardi B responded to the criticism that women only talk about their vaginas in wake JD’s comments. She kicked things f saying she only talks about hers because it’s her best friend before jumping into the matter at hand. “It seems like that’s what people want to hear. I ain’t even gonna front because let me tell you something. When I did ‘Be Careful,’ people was talking mad shit in the beginning, like, ‘what the fuck is. This is not what I expected,’ she said. “If that’s what people isn’t trying to hear, then it’s like, alright, I’mma start rapping about my pussy again.'”

Cardi then went onto defend the female rappers out right now who are really doing their thing. She shared another video where she gave a shout out to Tierra Whack, Kamaiyah, Chika, and Rapsody for their efforts. Peep the video below. 

Ja Rule Officially Innocent In Fyre Festival Lawsuit

New York City – It appears that Ja Rule can finally put the embarrassing Fyre Festival fiasco behind him following a ruling by Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kevin Castel on Wednesday (July 11).

A lawsuit launched in the aftermath of the ill-fated Bahamas-based concert experience alleged that Ja and Fyre Fest chief marketing officer Grant Margolin organized and promoted the event with prior knowledge that it was ultimately was a scam.

“There is no assertion that the Festival when first conceived or introduced to the public was intended not to go forward or that defendants intended not to perform by organizing the advertised amenities and accommodation,” Castel wrote in his 32-page decision.

“It’s not funny to me, man,” Ja noted to TMZ back in February of 2019. “It’s heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing and it just didn’t turn out that way.”

He also has since revealed plans to deliver on another Fyre Fest type event in conjunction with his Iconn platform — though he’s been mum on details since first teasing the information earlier this year.

“I have plans to create the Iconic music festival, but you didn’t hear it from me.”

Festival mastermind — and Ja’s former business partner — Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in federal prison (both for Fyre Festival and fake ticket sales afterwards) in October of 2018.