Fear of God x New Era Launch Hat Collab: Purchase Links

Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear God and New Era Cap have teamed up to create the New Era Essential 59FIFTY from Fear  God Essentials, a collaborative cap that builds on past collaborations between the two brands.

Available in a black and white colorway, this 59FIFTY fitted cap is emblazoned with the Fear  God logo on the front, as well as MLB’s logo on the back and the brand’s recognizable Essentials labeling on the cap’s interior. 

The New Era Essential 59FIFTY from Fear  God Essentials collab will be available today, July 10, at 11am ET  NewEraCap.com as well as select retailers such as Foot Locker and Champs for $65.

Check out some early purchase links and additional images below.

Fear  God x New Era Launch Hat Collab: Purchase Links

New Era Essential 59FIFTY from Fear  God Essentials

Fear  God x New Era Launch Hat Collab: Purchase Links

New Era Essential 59FIFTY from Fear  God Essentials

Fear  God x New Era Launch Hat Collab: Purchase Links

New Era Essential 59FIFTY from Fear  God Essentials

New York Official Calls Woodstock 50 a 'Recipe for Disaster' as Permit Is Denied

As those who’ve followed Woodstock 50 can attest, the ill-fated anniversary music festival hasn’t been able to catch a break.

Now, just over a month out from the event’s scheduled date, things are looking bleaker than ever.

Specifically, residents of Vernon, New York, home of the Vernon Downs (Woodstock 50’s planned venue), came out swinging at a recent town board meeting.  Board members were similarly critical of the show, and to make matters worse, the event’s permit was denied because planners have allegedly failed to meet safety requirements.

This certification is hardly optional, and Woodstock 50 cannot take place unless a permit is granted.  One permit reviewer went as far as calling Woodstock 50 “a recipe for disaster.”

Residents and board members made some valid points at the mentioned meeting.  They expressed concerns with potential damage to homes, businesses, and property — damage that could result when the estimated 65,000 attendees depart Woodstock 50 on each of its three nights (16-18th of August).

Residents also questioned the ability of their law-enforcement professionals and emergency services to meet the demands of such a massive crowd.  For reference, Vernon’s 2010 population was just over 5,400 citizens.

In terms of the permit denial, Woodstock 50’s planners will have five days to appeal the decision, though experts have indicated that it’ll be very, very difficult — nearly impossible — to have the ruling overturned.

Stated in short, these experts noted that most of the issues with Woodstock 50’s permit application can be resolved, but that doing so will take many months. Vernon’s sheriff recommended that the festival be delayed until 2020.

Woodstock 50’s original financier, Dentsu Aegis, withdrew funding in May.  This move sparked a series of setbacks, including the loss of multiple event producers (the latest being CID Entertainment), the loss of a venue (Watkins Glen International Speedway), and the loss of a permit.

If the safety of attendees is going to be jeopardized — and more than a few individuals believe that it’ll be logistically tough to keep things in order — it’s probably best for Woodstock 50 to be delayed until the appropriate accommodations are prepared.

At the time of writing, though, the event’s planners claim that Woodstock 50 will go on as planned. Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: this one’s coming down to the wire.

Kevin Durant Revealed Nets Deal On IG Before Even Speaking With The Team

As soon as Free Agency opened up on June 30th, Kevin Durant announced that he would be signing with the Brooklyn Nets. He did so through his TheBoardroom Instagram account and Brooklyn sports fans were absolutely ecstatic. Knicks fans were crying their eyes out since they lost out on pretty well every big name free agent, but that’s neither here nor there. The Nets were also able to secure the services Kyrie Irving who was looking to move on from his troubling experience with the Boston Celtics.

During a press conference yesterday, Nets general manager Sean Marks spoke about Durant and how the team found out he was going to sign with them. Let’s just say the team was made aware his commitment in the most millennial way possible, through Instagram. Yes, that’s right. Durant said he would be joining the team before even meeting with them to confirm. It’s a pretty ballsy move but when you consider just how good a player Durant is, it’s not surprising that he would get away with it.

Considering there are tampering rules at play here, it’s not totally surprising that Durant would do such a thing. Teams and players aren’t allowed to meet until free agency ficially opens so if Marks had admitted to a meeting, who could receive punishment from the league.

Durant won’t be able to play with the team next season as he is recovering from a ruptured Achilles.

Billie Eilish Shows Off Her New Lime Green Hair

The way that Billie Eilish absolutely took over the music industry is pretty insane. One day, she was a teenager making angsty music for her limited fanbase and the next, she was picked up by her label and is reaching millions people around the world. Her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is one the highest-selling bodies work this year and it’s bound to stay put on many year-end lists come December. She’s known for her alternative style, wearing oversized t-shirts and keeping people guessing about what she’ll look like the next time she hits the stage. She decided to make a pretty drastic change recently, dyeing her hair neon green and pairing the look with an equally flashy shirt, goy sunglasses and heavy chains.

Billie Eilish Shows Off Her New Lime Green Hair
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Billie quoted her own song “Bury A Friend” when she uploaded a photo herself draped in highlighter green, asking, “what do you want from me?” Her comments section has been filled with responses ranging from new music, a follow-back, marriage and more. The general response to her hair is positive, with many writing that she’s the coolest person to pop up on their timelines every day. Not many people can pull this f. Billie Eilish is certainly a rare breed.

Kevin Gates Visits C-Murder In Prison: See New Photos

Throughout the duration his career, Kevin Gates has had stop-start pushes because his legal troubles. The Baton Rouge sensation has been in and out prison and recently, he’s been able to keep his nose out any trouble. After being released from the pen early last year, it took Gates a while to make his way back home but he’s been working away in the studio, releasing tons new music for his fans. Some people would avoid going back to prison in the years following their releases but Gates decided that it was time for him to go back and visit some friends.

Kevin Gates Visits C-Murder In Prison: See New Photos
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Yesterday, photos Gates, C-Murder, and a number other men made their way online after the rappers shared the pics with their fans. Gates drove down to the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center to visit with C-Murder, Lee Lucas, Mac, Big Marlo, Cornbread and others. C-Murder, born Corey Miller, has been locked up since he was convicted second-degree murder in 2009 according to XXL. He remains in good spirits but things are not looking good when it comes to a post-conviction relief effort.

After visiting with Miller, Gates delivered a message from the rapper, saying, ” @trucmurder told me tell you all he loves you and oh yea – #itWontBeLongNow.” 

Take a look at the photos Kevin Gates and C-Murder below.

G-Eazy in Talks to Play Elvis Presley in Biopic

G-Eazy is hoping to land a legendary role.

The rapper is among the names up for consideration to play Elvis Presley in an upcoming movie about the rock ‘n’ roll icon. According to TMZ, G-Eazy is looking to make his big acting debut in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic and is making a strong push for the gig.

He has reportedly been in talks with executives at Warner Bros. and spent some time in NYC with Luhrmann, the filmmaker behind The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! G-Eazy made his pitch to show Luhrmann how serious he was about portraying Presley.

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The 30-year-old MC has also been sharing Elvis-inspired photos of himself on Instagram. He captioned one with the lyrics: “Don’t be cruel, to a heart that’s true.”

A casting decision has not been made yet, but G-Eazy has some serious competition. Five big names have reportedly auditioned for the starring role, including Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Harry Styles, and Austin Butler.

Tom Hanks has already been cast to play Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the film.

Slim 400 Emerges From ICU Following Shooting

Compton, CA – Slim 400 is on the road to recovery after being shot multiple times last month. According to TMZ, the YG affiliate is out of the intensive care unit but remains hospitalized.

While Slim is in stable condition, he won’t be leaving the hospital any time soon. Sources close to the injured rapper say he’ll remain at a medical facility for the indefinite future after originally anticipating a full recovery in a matter of weeks.

Last week, Slim’s family issued a statement to HipHopDX confirming he was in stable condition. They also expressed gratitude for the support they received.

“Slim’s family and friends remain by his side and greatly appreciate the continued prayers and support,” the statement read. “He is a family man, a father, a community man, and a uniquely talented artist with a greater purpose. Slim’s family is overwhelming thankful for every call, every positive thought and every prayer.”

Slim was shot nine times in his hometown of Compton on June 28. He has undergone four surgeries since he was rushed to St. Francis Medical Center following the drive-by attack.

So far, police haven’t publicly identified any suspects in the shooting.

To Combat Rampant Piracy, a U.N. Organization Launches a Global Anti-Piracy Database

So far this year, multiple piracy websites have gone down as part of a large-scale crackdown from the music industry.

Thanks to subpoenas from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), , a self-described “powerful” YouTube stream-ripper, has indefinitely closed its doors.

In a surprise agreement with the RIAA, agreed to hand over the personal information of 2,793 pirating business subscribers.  This includes the names, payment information, and addresses of business subscribers who have apparently downloaded illegal content.   has challenged the ruling – a hospital and medical care facility.

Then, teaming up with the IFPI and Music Canada, the RIAA promptly shut down notorious pirate cyberlocker .  The agreement forced the domain’s unnamed owner to write on his website,

Making available copyright-protected music on the internet without authorization from the copyright holder is illegal.  Willful, commercial scale copyright infringement could lead to a criminal conviction.  Illegal music services exploit the work of artists and pay nothing to those creating and investing in music.

Then, obtaining more subpoenas against NameCheap and Cloudflare, the industry successfully took down two music piracy websites – .

Yet, not everything has gone as well as the industry has hoped for.  Despite obtaining subpoenas, the RIAA remains locked in a fierce battle against , one of the world’s largest stream-rippers.  The powerful organization also hopes American courts will rule against Russian stream-ripper FLVTO and its sister site, 2Conv.

Now, a global organization has aided efforts to take down even more illegal websites.

Will a database help identify – and take down – suspected pirates?

Over in Australia, – led by Warner, Sony, and Universal Music – successfully won a major injunction.

Two months ago, a federal judge issued a broad ruling, demanding major Australian ISPs to block stream-rippers.

According to Music Rights Australia (MRA), forced site-blocking remains a ble anti-piracy strategy.

We use this effective and efficient no-fault remedy to block the illegal sites which undermine the many licensed online services which give music fans the music they love where, when, and how they want to hear it.

– part of the United Nations – has launched a new database.  Dubbed Building Respect for Intellectual Property (or BRIP, for short), UN Member States will promptly report “problematic sites.”  After looking at the database, advertisers may choose to block these “bad” websites.

WIPO first introduced the idea of a global anti-piracy database in 2017.

Explaining the purpose of BRIP, WIPO wrote,

The BRIP Database is now open for the acceptance of Authorized Contributors from WIPO Member States and Authorized Users from the advertising sector.

It comprises a secure, access-controlled online platform, to which authorized agencies in WIPO Member States may upload lists of websites which deliberately facilitate the infringement of copyright.

In short, WIPO hopes BRIP will cut pirate sites’ revenue.  The organization writes this will “reduce the flow of money to illegal website operators.”  In addition, brands no longer risk “tarnishment.”  Legitimate advertising also won’t appear “illegally” on websites.  This, writes WIPO, confuses consumers.

Member States will assign their own submitters who will add pirate websites to BRIP.  AGCOM, an Italian telecom regulator, and KCOPA, a Korean copyright protection agency, tested the database prior to its launch.

Concluding its statement promoting BRIP, the WIPO wrote,

The project responds to increased interest among policy-makers in methods of building respect for intellectual property which rely on voluntary cooperation, rather than on judicial or other compulsory measures.

Yet, the organization added a possibility for failure still exists.  Member States must participate to ensure BRIP’s bility.

Its success will, however, depend on the extent to which it is adopted by Member State agencies and the advertising sector.

 


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Kawhi Leonard & Jaden Smith Appear In Fresh New Balance Ad: Watch

New Balance was able to resurrect its basketball line this past year when they announced the signing former Toronto Raptors star, Kawhi Leonard. Now that Leonard is with the Clippers, New Balance will see an uptick in exposure as he will be playing under the bright lights the Staples Center. New Balance has been able to take advantage their partnership with Leonard thanks to some funny t-shirts and even some NBA championship-inspired sneakers. Yesterday, New Balance posted a new ad which features Leonard, as well as Jaden Smith.

Smith just releases his new album Erys and the commercial features the song “I” which is a part the epic intro “PINK.” The song fits well with the theme the commercial as athletes from various different sports pull f some incredible moves. Soccer players, skateboarders, and even runners are shown throughout the add, while images Jaden are sprinkled throughout.

Kawhi’s appearance in the ad is a little more subtle as they show him in a photo studio in the midst a shoot. Leonard is “shooshing” the camera and dribbling the ball around while wearing some New Balance gear. The video also features some new colorways the 997 and the 997H which is are two New Balance’s most popular models.

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Jaden Turns 21: Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Celebrate With Beautiful Messages

Of all celebrity kids we’ve watched grow up before our very eyes, Jaden Smith is quite possibly the one that’s destined to do the greatest things by himself. So far in his music career, the young star has impressed with his innovative creation techniques, modifying his voice and adopting multiple alter-egos to truly get his messages across. His most recent album ERYS is incredibly solid, adopting more a raw tone to it and embracing visceral, rock-oriented qualities across the entire body work. You can tell by listening to it that Jaden wants to change the game. He’s not just attempting to conform to a trap sound that’s over-saturated. He’s been like that for years and finally, he’s starting to step out his parents’ shadows. Today is Jaden’s 21st birthday and both Will and Jada wished him well on social media, writing out touching messages to their son.

Jada kicked f the day by showing major love to her son, posting a video montage photos that show Jaden as a baby up until today. “After my first trimester… being pregnant with you were some the happiest moments my life. You were tangible joy. When you were born you became my first experience tangible love,” said the actress. “You have taught me so much about love and kindness. You have been a powerful teacher in my life. I feel so blessed you chose me to be your mom. Happy 21st to one my dearest treasures. I love you Jaden.”

As for Will, his post was just as beautiful but he opted for a funnier caption. “Jaden is 21 today!! The equation still astounds me… Love + Tequila = a Person,” wrote Will. 

As a gift to Jaden for his birthday, go stream his new album ERYS and stay tuned because this kid has got something special.

Warriors Will Retire Andre Iguodala’s No. 9 Jersey

It’s no doubt that the roster that has graced the Warriors locker room within what has been a little over half the past decade has been the franchise’s most historic to date and certainly one the league’s most iconic. So as the free agency period shakes up Golden State’s core, with the likes Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala moving to other squads this season, the organization has made the decision to put their jerseys to rest, commemorating the players’ time with the team.

While the Warriors already suggested their intent to retire Durant’s No. 35, Warriors Co-Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob also released a statement confirming the decision to retire Iguodala’s No. 9.

“During the summer 2013, we went through an extensive free agency process in our efforts to sign Andre Iguodala. At that time, we envisioned him becoming a vital part a young, up-and-coming team with championship aspirations. As we look back six years later, we actually underestimated what his value would be to our team, both on the court and in the locker room,” Lacob penned in a statement. “In what has been well-documented, Andre sacrificed for the betterment our team and, in one the best stories this journey, earned NBA Finals MVP honors in 2015. He has been absolutely vital to our success during five consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and three championships. We thank Andre for his contributions and look forward to seeing his number in the rafters at Chase Center.” 

Iguodala was traded to Memphis early in the free agency period in a deal that gave the Grizzlies the veteran swingman and a protected first-round draft pick in exchange for Julian Washburn. 

During his time with the Warriors, he would play 413 regular season games, averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Creating Bitcoin Uses As Much Energy As The Whole Of Switzerland In A Year

Over the past couple years, the rise the cryptocurrency phenomena has been pretty crazy. With celebrities like Lil Yachty and Akon adopting the enigmatic investment as another source revenue, its popularity has steadily appreciated, making it a common means  cashing in on those coins. But, for those you that are unaware the details the whole process, it uses quite a bit energy, and recent studies have found that Bitcoin may actually use around the same amount energy as the entire country  Switzerland in a single year. 

The process that creates the online currency involves computers constantly computing, and solving complex equations. Researches considered two hypothetical extremes when estimating the energy-usage: a worst-case scenario (in which all Bitcoin miners hit the bare-minimum efficiency, the least efficient computers that could still turn a prit) and a best-case (in which all miners use exceptionally efficient machines). The average the two gave them the best guess 53.81 terawatt-hours per year, which is roughly enough to power every single American household product on standby for a staggering four years. 

Despite these numbers however, Cambridge researchers went on to point out that Bitcoin’s impact on the environment is surprisingly currently insignificant. “There is currently little evidence suggesting that Bitcoin directly contributes to climate change,” they wrote. “Even when assuming that Bitcoin mining was exclusively powered by coal – a very unrealistic scenario given that a non-tril number facilities run exclusively on renewables – total carbon dioxide emissions would not exceed 58 million tons CO2, which would roughly correspond to 0.17 percent the world’s total emissions.”

Watch: A Very Drunk Usher & Evan Ross Speak French & Sing Happy Birthday To Kevin Hart

Despite being involved in arguably the biggest scandals 2018, with the extortion plot over his infidelity, Kevin Hart was all smiles as he celebrated his 40th birthday this weekend in L.A. According to TMZthe bash started with a dinner held in TAO, with the festivities being moved later on to The Highlight Room – both connected to one the hottest hotels in the city, Dream Hollywood. The star-studded event – which Hart previously predicted would be “a pool party like you’ve never seen before,” saw appearances from Lebron James, Don Cheadle, Meek Mill, Chris Paul, Nick CannonUsher, Evan Ross, Draya Michele, Karrueche Tran, Marlon Wayans, Michael Ealy, and Gabrielle Union…amongst others. Two party goers in particular, Usher and actor/musician Evan Ross seemed to have a good time and plenty drinks, taking to Instagram at the end the night to drunkenly share a message to Hart.

As soon as the clips starts, we can almost instantly recognize that the two seem to have had one too many drinks, as they attempt conversing in French. The hilarious cheesy smiles on their face do not disappear as they proceed to converse, and their conversation switches to a musical Happy Birthday wish to Hart. “Aight, we closin, we closin the club,” says Usher as Ross starts vocalizing. “Kevin you 40, I’m 40,” says a pleased-looking usher, as Ross teases him over the fact that he is still, in fact, 10 years their junior.

03 Greedo Teams With Travis Barker For "Meet The Drummers" EP

03 Greedo’s incarceration can’t stop his music grind. A few months after dropping his Still Summer In The Projects album with Mustard, the West Coast artist has linked up with Blink-182’s Travis Barker for an EP titled Meet The Drummers.

“A lot of people are gonna wonder if the EP is on some rock ‘n’ roll or if it’s taking me out my element, but it’s kinda like Travis stepped into my world for this one,” Greedo said in a press release. “It’s gonna shock a lot of people when they hear it.”

He added, “Recording with Travis was work just like any other time, with me going in on every song. Once we were done with the project and had a friendly relationship was when I really got to appreciate the moment. It trips me out still when I talk to him while I’m locked up. He checks in on how I’m doing. It blew my mind when I put him on my visiting list to come see me.”

The five-track EP is produced entirely by Barker. Greedo, who is eligible for parole in 2020, says he plans to record a full-length project with the veteran drummer in the future.

Check out 03 Greedo and Barker’s Meet The Drummers stream, cover art and tracklist below.

03 Greedo Teams With Travis Barker For "Meet The Drummers" EP

1. Cellout
2. Detention
3. Felony
4. Trap Again
5. Whatever Happened

MoviePass Puts Hold On Its Services To Improve Mobile App & More

MoviePass recently shut down its service on Independence Day to focus on some internalized improvements. According to UpRoxx, a note showed up upon customers signing into the app to inform that the company would be interrupting their services to “improve their] mobile app.” As yet, the source and we have acquired no information as to when the service is expected to return. Though reports by Deadline shared that a statement was released on behalf MoviePass which emphasized they would be utilizing the time they need to recapitalize “in order to facilitate a seamless transition and improved subscriber experience.” For now, new subscribers won’t be allowed to enroll and current subscribers will not be charged for the days the shut-down. 

MoviePass Puts Hold On Its Services To Improve Mobile App & More

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The subscription-based movie ticketing service has experienced a series changes since its launch. Of these, we include a change in pricing structures from an original invite-only launch from 2017 to a single film per day plan priced at $9.95 monthly. Moreover, changes in their business model continued as a major stake in the company was acquired by an analytics firm. In 2012, MoviePass was cited as one the “25 Most Disruptive Apps 2012” by the business news website, Business Insider.