"Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 Low IE Release Date Announced

The all-new “Space Jam” Air Jordan 11 Low IE will reportedly release on July 13, just as filming on the LeBron-led Space Jam 2 gets underway.

The kicks will reportedly retail for $170, and it is believed they’ll be widely available at all major retailers.

As seen in the latest batch images posted by sneaker source @Zsneakerheadz, the upcoming Jordan 11 Low IE consists a black, white and concord colorway, exactly like the beloved “Space Jam” Air Jordan 11. In classic Air Jordan 11 fashion, the kicks also come equipped with a glossy, black patent leather overlay.

In addition to the Air Jordan 11 Low IE, Jordan Brand will also be rolling out several colorways the Air Jordan 11 during the Holiday season, including the return the iconic “Bred” colorway, and an all-new “Vast Grey” rendition that’ll reportedly be available in women’s sizes.

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"Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 Low IE Release Date Announced

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"Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 Low IE Release Date Announced

Air Jordan 11 Low IE Space Jam/Sneakerscouts

"Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 Low IE Release Date Announced

Air Jordan 11 Low IE Space Jam/Sneakerscouts

"Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 Low IE Release Date Announced

Air Jordan 11 Low IE Space Jam/Sneakerscouts

Carmelo Anthony Open To Returning To New York Knicks: Report

Kevin Durant may not be the only 10-time All Star forward interested in signing with the New York Knicks this Summer. SNY’s Ian Begley reports that former Knick Carmelo Anthony “would have interest in signing with the Knicks and finishing his career in New York, despite how his Knicks tenure ended.”

That said, it doesn’t appear the feeling is mutual. According to Begley, “bringing Anthony back is not currently part” the Knicks’ fseason plan, and a majority executives believe Melo will be signing with the Los Angeles Lakers instead.

Melo, 34, was waived by the Chicago Bulls on February 1, paving the way for him to sign with a team his choosing, but nothing ever materialized. Anthony has not played since November 8 after the Houston Rockets announced that they’d be going in a different direction. In 10 games with the Rockets last season, Melo averaged a pedestrian 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in a career-low 29.4 minutes per night.

The 16-year veteran played for the Knicks from 2011-2017, earning All Star honors in each those seven seasons and leading the Knicks to the playfs in three those years.

Master P Ordered To Pay $55K For Calabasas Home He Rented For Ex-Wife

It’s no secret that Master P and his ex-wife Sonya Miller have had a rocky relationship during and after their marriage. Two months after she filed for divorce back in 2013, P rented her a home in Calabasas with a two-year lease. Owners Peter and Alicia Hercz stated that the lease could not, under any circumstances, be extended, but when it came time for Sonya to move out, she wouldn’t leave.

In documents obtained by The Blast, Sonya didn’t move out until March 2016—and that only occurred because they had her formally evicted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The couple reportedly had to file an unlawful detainer lawsuit against Sonya and cited that they had to find somewhere else to live during the additional period when she wouldn’t vacate the premises. 

The Herczes also claimed that when they inspected their home there were items missing including a wall unit, a dining room table with chairs, the washer and dryer, and a flatscreen television. They stated there were “significant cleaning efforts, repairs and renovations,” and the couple sent Master P a letter, through their lawyers, to make him aware what was going on. It’s alleged that Sonya told the Herczes that she didn’t move out at the allotted time because she “did not have enough money to find another place to move because P] did not pay her any support payments as ordered by the court.”

The Herczes were reportedly told by P’s lawyer that he didn’t believe he was responsible for the missing items or damages, but a court thought otherwise. On Monday, a default judgment was levied against both Master P and Sonya for over $55K.

Illinois & New York Loosen Marijuana Laws & Expunge Criminal Records

Illinois and New York passed new marijuana legislation that will result in more than 1 million minor cannabis-related cases being expunged. Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday (June 25), while New York passed a bill decriminalizing small amounts of the substance on last Thursday (June 20).

The new Illinois law will allow resident adults to buy and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis as well as purchase marijuana edibles. Money raised from marijuana sales taxes, which will depend on the potency, will first go toward expunging roughly 770,000 criminal cases, according to USA Today. Leftover funds will be diverted to drug treatment and enforcement programs, mental health services and the state’s general fund.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker hopes expungement and legalization will continue to reform a system that disproportionately targets minorities. State regulators will also give priority to minority individuals seeking business licenses for growing marijuana.

While still not recreationally legal, the decriminalization of marijuana in New York will allow about 900,000 low-level marijuana arrests over the past 20 years to be expunged. The new law will enable individuals to avoid criminal penalties for holding less than two ounces of weed.

Illinois marijuana sales will begin January 1, 2020.

Nicki Minaj Pulls Up On Wendy’s For Always Taking Spicy Nuggets Off Menu

Last month, Chance The Rapper embarked on a mission to bring back Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets. He joined forces with two million other chicken lovers to campaign for a better tomorrow, urging the fast-food chain to bring back the popular item. Today, Wendy’s came through with a solid announcement, telling the world that the Spicy Chicken Nuggets will be back on August 19. Fans the menu addition will need to wait over a month to fulfill their taste buds and although Nicki Minaj is happy that she can have her nuggs in August, she’s confused as to why they keep getting pulled from their restaurants. Minaj decided to take her frustrations to Twitter, asking Wendy’s why they don’t just leave the Spicy Chicken Nuggets on their menu forever.

The Queen took to Twitter, @ing the restaurant and hoping for a response. “Why do y’all keep taking it f the menu in the first place? Just leave it. Y’all mad aggy,” said Minaj. Wendy’s responded and they were unusually polite, noting that they’re not about to disrespect one the greatest female rappers all time. “Sorry Queen. When people aren’t buying something they take it away. Hopefully they stay around this time,” replied the chain. When a fan joked that not even Wendy’s can roast the Queen, the restaurant said they have too much respect to even try.

We’ve got to keep Chance The Rapper and Nicki Minaj satisfied. Spicy Chicken Nuggets will be back on August 19.

#DXCLUSIVE: Lecrae Is Building His Multimedia Empire

Beverly Hills, CA – A year has passed since Lecrae dropped the Zaytoven-assisted album Let The Trap Say Amen and speaking with HipHopDX at the 4th Annual Culture Creators Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch in Beverly Hills, he has more plans under his sleeve as well outside of music.

“It’s been busy in the tech space and film while trying to knock out this album at the same time is a lot of work,” he said. “We’re about 40 percent done with the project.”

For Lecrae’s segway into Hollywood behind the camera, he started his own film production company that’ll exist on both major and indie collaborations.

“We started a film company Three Strands Films and we have a couple of films on the docket right now,” he explained. “We’re working with an independent company and Sony Pictures so stay tuned.”

On the tech side of things, Lecrae invested in Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Jacob “Biz” Morris’ start-up MXD. The service essentially allows artists to get music mixed and mastered by A.I. algorithms for a fraction of the price.

“I love technology so I’ve always been into the tech space,” Lecrae explained. “It’s basically artificial intelligence but working to make the music industry work a lot better. Independent artist can be able to mix their projects without worrying too much about cost.”

When it comes to the music side of things, Reach Records recently signed Wande as the label’s first female artist.

According to Lecrae, it was the right time.

“We’ve been around for 15 years and have multiple awards, recognition and Grammys,” he explained. “We’ve done all these things and there wasn’t gender equality happening. We thought it was time to really let the ladies shine. We found Wande and built that out.”

Alongside Lecrae wanting to have a female voice, he mentioned the idea of transcendence in pop culture happening in regards to faith and spirituality.

“It’s more of an open dialogue now,” he said. “We got Chance [The Rapper], Kanye [West] and Kirk Franklin being involved. The things I’ve been able to do or look at Tasha Cobbs working with Nicki Minaj. I think people are pretty open to it and Wande has a great future ahead of her.”

That level of transparency displayed by Lecrae sometimes leads to controversy including some comments made following Alabama’s recent ban on abortions. On Twitter, the Houston-native even admitted to paying for an abortion once.

Despite catching flack for the controversial tweet, Lecrae says he wasn’t attempting to pick a political side to the issue but, give a nuanced explanation based on his own experience.

“All the issues are important to me,” said the Grammy Award-winner admitted. “I wasn’t trying to ring a political bell but, there are a lot of issues that we should be concerned about. A lot of times, we focus on one single solitary issue and ignore things are very parallel to it. If you care about people, care about them from the womb to the tomb.

“The whole way through.”

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

Kanye West‘s Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 will be releasing in a “Utility Black” colorway this weekend, following up the “Tephra” rendition that launched earlier this month.

The predominately black Yeezys feature the familiar combination leather, mesh and suede throughout the upper, with a timeless gum outsole sitting beneath the silhouette. The Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Utility Black,” priced at $300, will be available Adidas and select Adidas retailers this Saturday, June 29.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

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Adidas came on strong with the Yeezy releases in June, and there are several more anticipated drops in the works for this summer, including the “Bone White” Yeezy 500. Rumors suggest that the first Yeezy Basketball sneaker and the Yeezy 451 could also make their debut in 2019, but Adidas has not yet announced ficial details.

Click here for more details on the “Bone White” Yeezy 500s and scroll down for another look at the “Utility Black” Yeezy Boost 700s.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Utility Black”/SneakerNews

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Utility Black" Debuts This Weekend: Closer Look

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Lil Nas X, Young Thug, Geto Boys, Vince Staples & More To Headline 2nd Adult Swim Festival

Los Angeles, CA – Adult Swim has announced the lineup for the second annual Adult Swim Festival.

Young Thug, Vince Staples, Captain Murphy (AKA Flying Lotus), Tierra Whack, Lil Nas X, the surviving members of the Geto Boys and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib are scheduled to perform at the Los Angeles-based event.

Organizers publicly announced the festival lineup Instagram on Tuesday (June 25).

“We’re back and this time we brought real bathrooms,” the caption read. “Join us for an extra ridiculous assembly of music, comedy and life-altering experiences at the return of the #AdultSwimFestival.”

According to a press release, this year’s festival will also feature a one-of-a-kind, 360° fan experience with a never-before-seen Rick and Morty season four screening, a Robot Chicken Intergalatic Power Summit, Squidbillies 10 Man Bunkhouse Stampede, a discussion with Genndy Tartakovsky, exclusive talent appearances, panels, meet and greets, merchandise and games.

The Adult Swim Festival takes place on November 15 and 16 at the Banc of California Stadium. Tickets start at $49 and are available here.

Check out the full schedule below.

Friday (November 15)
Dethklok
Captain Murphy
Geto Boys
Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble
Iron Reagan
HEALTH
Inter Arma
Speedy Ortiz
Cooly G
DAWN
Sarah Squirm
Conner O’Malley
Three Busy Debras
and more!

Saturday (November 16)
Jamie xx
Vince Staples
The Eric Andre Show Live!
Tierra Whack
Young Thug
Lil Nas X
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
CupcakKe
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Negative Gemini
No Joy
Joe Pera
Jena Friedman
Wham City
and more!

XXXTentacion’s Mother Refuses To Pay "Look At Me!" Producer Royalties: Report

At the beginning the year, Jimmy Duval, one XXXTentacion’s collaborators and a producer on his breakout hit “Look At Me!,” sued the late rapper’s estate for a total $1 million. He claimed that he wanted no bad blood between himself and anybody in X’s camp; he was simply looking for what he was owed on the song. At the time the lawsuit was filed, DJ Scheme, another X’s close friends, commented and called out Duval, saying that he’s a “fucking pussy” for suing the estate. Now, Jahseh’s mother Cleopatra Bernard is reportedly refusing to give up the royalties that Duval is asking for, objecting the claim in new court documents.

XXXTentacion's Mother Refuses To Pay "Look At Me!" Producer Royalties: Report
David Livingston/Getty s — Cleopatra Bernard, the mother late rapper XXXTentacion, attends Variety’s 2nd Annual Hitmakers Brunch at Sunset Tower on December 01, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

According to The Blast, Cleo has ficially filed an objection on behalf XXXTentacion’s estate, believing that the producer is not owed a dime for “Look At Me!” The initial claim was filed in March with Duval claiming to be owed money relating to “royalties, contribution, breach contract and copyright infringement.” Duval asked for $1 million to be given to him immediately but the case has since dragged on for a few months.

It will be interesting to see how things move forward in this case. HNHH has reached out to XXXTentacion’s estate for comment.

SZA Gets A Tattoo After Her Grandmother Passes Away: Report

SZA has been processing a painful loss lately. The singer and songwriter has been dealing with the sickness a close relative, her grandmother. SZA fans may recall the sassy voice her grandmother giving SZA advice on a track from her debut album, CTRL. And in a swift Instagram post, the singer confirmed that her grandmother had passed. In honor her late granny, SZA shared a photo a new tattoo she has gotten along with photos herself and her grandmother. The caption which was tied to the post read: “Dec 25 1928- June 19 2019” which considerably confirms the passing. We fer SZA our deepest condolences for the loss her grandmother. 

The latest in SZA news involved plans a musical comeback. While doing a slew collaborations this year which we have thoroughly enjoyed thus far, SZA has also been giving us a bit teasers what we can expect from her upcoming releases. The snippets were shared social media and herein we could hear some luscious intros to some tracks along with SZA singing lyrics wanting to be herself. We are surely looking forward to see what SZA has in store for us.

DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Blueface, & More Read Freshman Class Mean Tweets

Last week, XXL revealed their 2019 Freshman Class list and fans had quite a bit to say about the publication’s choices. Artists like DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, YK Osiris, YBN Cordae, Gunna, Blueface, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Lil Mosey, Comethazine, and Tierra Whack rounded out the list, and XXL decided to have them read f the more negative reactions to their Freshman Class inclusion. Let’s just say DaBaby is about that smoke and stays ready.

Tierra Whack’s read, “I see why they call her whack.” She responded, “That’s my last name. It’s my real last name. So yes, they call me Whack. I’m Whack. I’m Tierra Whack.” A person wrote about YBN Cordae, “Building a legacy yet I can’t name 5 songs his.” Cordae hilariously responded, “Well, Jacob, I don’t have five songs out. So f*ck you.”

DaBaby was up next. “Damn, this was a pretty trash pitch,” a social media user wrote. “He damn near convinced me otherwise and made me feel like he shouldn’t be on the list right now.” The rapper issued a simple response: “F*ck you, you b*tch ass n*gga.” Someone came for Megan Thee Stallion next. “How do y’all b*tches like @theestallion she lame ash,” they wrote. Megan replied, “First all, b*tch, you must like me because you tuned the f*ck in and if you don’t like it, tune the f*ck out!”

A commenter said that Rico Nasty scares them, but Rico didn’t see a problem with that. Blueface was called “the face the worst raps,” a judgment that he called “corny.” Check out more mean tweets for the artists above and what else Comethazine, Roddy Ricch, Lil Mosey, and YK Osiris had to say below.

Woodstock 50 Loses Bid to Keep $18.4MM Investment

A panel of New York appellate judges has denied an appeal sought by the organizers of Woodstock 50.

The organizers hoped to force the restoration of $18.4 million in festival funds promised by Dentsu, the Japanese conglomerate partner who bailed.

Dentsu agreed to fund $49 million for the August festival, but pulled out a few months later and attempted to cancel the festival outright.  A judge ruled that Dentsu and its subsidiary, Amplifi, had no right to cancel the festival, but would not force the company to return funds.

Organizers Greg Peck and Michael Lang did not acquire the required permits, with Dentsu arguing that the pair missed too many milestones for a successful concert.

Despite the legal setback, reps for Woodstock 50 released a statement saying the show will go on at a smaller venue.  They also tried to keep Dentsu’s remaining $18.4 million.

“Woodstock 50 is proceeding with the planning of the festival and looks forward to holding the festival at another venue with its new partners.  The arbitration will address Woodstock 50’s claims against Amplifi and determine the damages that Woodstock 50 will receive from Amplifi as a result of its wrongful conduct.”

The appellate court didn’t share its reasoning for denying the . But it did allow Dentsu to keep its remaining $18.4 million.

Other backers have reportedly entered the fray or flirted with getting involved.  But so far, nothing concrete has been confirmed.

Now, Woodstock 50 is negotiating with nearby Vernon Downs, a harness horse-racing track and casino that has a capacity of fewer than 50,000.  The track is located near Utica, NY.

The Woodstock 50 concert has had a troubled path since it was first announced.  Earlier this month, Watkins Glen International canceled their licensing agreement with the festival.  Organizers to use the space, which also triggered the withdrawal of a mass gathering permit needed from the NY Department of Health.

Peck and Lang continue to insist that the festival will take place, despite numerous setbacks. Woodstock 50 lost its second festival promoter and tickets are not yet available for the event, despite it being only two months away.

Brockhampton Readying "Summer Album," Shia Leboeuf Is Now The Group’s "Therapist"

Kevin Abstract was his usual forthright self during a recent Q&A session with GQ Magazine. The interview, conducted by noted playwright  Jeremy O. Harris, explored the many stones left unturned during his last public showing on Twitter – where he dispelled rumors an imminent Brockhampton breakup.

In speaking with Harris, Abstract revealed that not only are Brockhampton “alive and well” despite losing a key member within the past year, but they have an album in the works right this second.

“We want to make a summer album,” Abstract revealed. “Feel-good. Not too sad and like, “Oh, our life sucks,” just more like, “Just enjoy what’s in front you.”

Throughout the conceptual phase their “summer album” the group, and their operational center dubbed the “Creative House,” have played host to a variety unusual guests including Shia Leboeuf, who according to Kevin, ingratiating himself by becoming their de facto therapist in a moment need.

“I invite a bunch artists from L.A., and we sit in my kitchen. It could be 40 people. One by one, we go in a circle and say what our week looked like. It’s taught me a lot,” Abstract said. “A lot people’s issues are just rooted in living alone in Los Angeles, because everybody goes to that place chasing a dream.” 

Apparently, YesJulz was the lone guest whose presence was disruptive, but not her doing. According to Kevin Abstract, some the Brockhampton bandmates were taken aback by her tough mudder approach to self-learning. The rest the op-ed can be read here.

Lena Waithe’s "Queen & Slim" Trailer Is A Bonnie & Clyde Story With Daniel Kaluuya

Universal Pictures just unveiled the fresh new trailer to Lena Waithe’s up and coming film, Queen & Slim. And the movie grasps a modernized version Bonnie & Clyde’s infamous love story, with course an emphasis on a crime which makes things take an ugly turn. Daniel Kaluuya the hit-movie Get Out was tapped with the movie as the modern day Clyde-like character and is set to co-star with a new girl on the block Jodie Turner-Smith. The duo plays a couple out on a first date in a deserted diner late night. However, things take an unexpected turn as the night unfolds.

“Did you think we were gonna have sex,” asks Turner-Smith’s character in the trailer to which Kaluuya’s character responds frankly, “No, I thought we were gonna hang out, maybe get to know each other.” As the two enjoy their time together, they are stopped by a police ficer. During the stop, things go left and the police ficer quickly draws his gun on them. However, when Kaluuya grabs the ficer’s gun and shoots him in self-defense, the couple embarks on a journey wherein they must escape the authorities. The movie explores their relationships and escapes from the law, in a classic Bonnie and Clyde tale. “I ain’t gonna bend the world. As long as my lady remembers me fondly, that’s all I need,” says Kaluuya’s character at some point in the trailer. 

The film is scheduled to hit theatres on November 27th, 2019.

Spotify Only Paid 0.5% on App Store Commissions to Apple for Premium Subscriptions

Several months ago, and with the help of Anghami and Deezer, Spotify formally lodged an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union.

The Swedish music streaming company its rival of taking a 30% “fee” on the App Store.  This, claimed top executives, stifles creativity and innovation while Apple readily promotes its own music streaming service.

Siding with Spotify, a Deezer spokesperson person wrote,

Companies should be able to compete through innovation, content, and customer focus.  Right now, that’s not the case.  iOS and Apple users who love music streaming are disenfranchised, with higher fees and less realistic options as a result.”

Elie Habib, Anghami’s Co-Founder, added,

I think the entire music streaming industry stands behind Spotify in this battle – because it’s blatantly anti-competitive.

The Cupertino tech company quickly fired back, stating Apple has offered to work with Spotify.  Yet, the Swedish company’s CEO, Daniel Ek, hasn’t wanted to.

That didn’t stop the European Union from launching its own investigation into Apple, however.  The Department of Justice a similar investigation.

Now, the Cupertino tech company has responded.

Spotify wants to have its cake, and eat it, too.

As part of its rebuttal earlier this year, Apple said 84% of all developers on the App Store don’t pay a dime.  The company also doesn’t directly compete with Spotify.

Taking a swipe at its rival’s increasingly bitter fight against songwriters, the Cupertino tech company wrote,

We share Spotify’s love of music and their vision of sharing it with the world.  Where we differ is how you achieve that goal.

Underneath the rhetoric, Spotify’s aim is to make more money off others’ work.  And it’s not just the App Store that they’re trying to squeeze — it’s also artists, musicians, and songwriters.

According to documents seen by German newspaper Der Spiegel, Apple argues Spotify has operated on “misleading numbers.”

The Cupertino tech company, for example, had only collected the 30% commission when its rival allowed subscriptions through its iOS app.  During that time, Spotify only signed up 680,000 customers.  Since 2016, however, the Swedish company changed that model, forcing iOS users to subscribe to Premium through its own website.

In short, Spotify only pays the App Store 15% after the first year of a subscription for new customers.  In fact, now that Spotify has 100 million users, the App Store commission has only applied to 0.5% of its worldwide subscribers.

Basically, Spotify hasn’t paid Apple a dime for iOS subscribers in the past three years.  This led an unnamed top music executive to allegedly tell MBW, “Spotify just wants to pay nothing.”

 


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