Busta Rhymes Tells DaBaby Other Rappers Are Scared Of Him

DaBaby has been given enough reason this year to believe he’s one the best rappers out there. While he ten boasts that he is in his songs, he tends to be humble whenever discussing his immense success in other contexts. Exuding extreme confidence on your tracks is just part the game. Otherwise, the numbers are supposed to speak for you. Based on his latest album, KIRK, going #1 and his streaming stats, it’s clear that DaBaby is winning. However, Busta Rhymes insisted on pointing out to DaBaby just how ferocious his run is right now. 

Bussa Bus caught one the Charlotte rapper’s recent shows and went to go meet him backstage afterwards. Their interaction was recorded and it shows Buss gassing up DaBaby for instilling fear in other rappers competing with him. “Let me tell you something. N****s is scared you,” he said. After DaBaby doubted the truth this claim, Busta continued. “Nah, nah, nah. I be in n****s studio sessions. I hear how n****s talk… You know what I love to see? When a n**** bust his ass on that stage with that stage production value and that energy – n****s don’t wanna come behind you.”

Considering that DaBaby ten draws comparisons to Busta Rhymes for being a high-energy, charismatic performer, this passing the torch is a cool moment to witness. For pro how great a show DaBaby puts on, check out his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Shaq’s Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Shaquille O’Neal’s classic signature sneaker – the Reebok Shaqnosis – is reportedly headed back to retailers in the very near future, with some reports suggesting the kicks could drop before the new year.

Appropriately named the Shaqnosis, the iconic high-tops are highlighted by a dizzying design swirling black overlays set atop a crisp, white leather upper with Shaq’s unmistakable logo stationed on the base the tongue and heel.

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

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The Reebok Shaqnosis originally made its retail debut back in late 1995 when Shaq, then a member the Orlando Magic, was establishing himself as one the most dominant athletes on the planet. With 2020 serving as the 25th anniversary the hypnotic sneakers it wouldn’t surprise us if even more colorways are in the works for next year.

Take a closer look at the OG Reebok Shaqnosis colorway below, and stay tuned for the ficial release date. 

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Reebok Shaqnosis

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Reebok Shaqnosis

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Reebok Shaqnosis

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Reebok Shaqnosis

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Reebok Shaqnosis

Shaq's Iconic Reebok Shaqnosis Returning In OG Form: Release Info

Reebok Shaqnosis

New Kylo Ren & Palpatine Footage Premiers In "Star Wars" The Rise Of Skywalker" Trailer

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be Disney’s next billion-dollar box fice smash. After Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Frozen 2, Toy Story, Aladdin, and The Lion King all crossed the billion-dollar mark for the house the mouse, they still have one more treat for us. The Rise Skywalker touches down next week, and fan theories are running amok online. A new trailer for the film has increased those theories ten fold. In the latest trailer, new footage shows Kylo Ren on what is believed to be the planet Exogol. He enters a truly scary lair which fans believe belongs to Palpatine. The emperor died in The Return Of The Jedi, but his return in this film hints that his end was not what it seemed. It’s possible that he turned into a Force ghost, or possibly that he employed his love for clones on himself and created a backup plan incase he was killed. 

In the new footage, fans get a glimpse Sith statues in the background. According to Inverse, in Sith lore, the Four Sages Dwartii (the statues seen in the trailer) were ancient philosophers and lawmakers. The Dwartii statues were kept inside Palpatine’s fice when he was a senator in the prequel trilogy. They first appeared in Attack the Clones, and then in the animated series The Clone Wars. Supreme Leader Snoke’s gold ring was inscribed with Dwartii writings and one the Knights Ren also has Dwartii symbols on his helmet. In only 5 days we’ll learn how it’s all connected. Check out the new trailer below. 

The Hallmark Channel Pulls Ads Featuring Same-Sex Marriage

According to the Associated Press, The Hallmark Channel is removing a string ads for a wedding-planning site that featured two women kissing before an altar.

“The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose our network, which is to provide entertainment value,” Molly Biwer, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Hallmark said in a statement obtained by the AP. “The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don’t want to generate controversy, we’ve tried very hard to stay out it … we just felt it was in the best interest the brand to pull them and not continue to generate controversy.”

The move may not have worked as controversy over removing the commercial broke out on Twitter. Ellen Degeneres wrote, “Isn’t it almost 2020? What are you thinking? Please explain. We’re all ears,” and Netflix promoted their LGBTQ films saying “Titles Featuring Lesbians Joyfully Existing And Also It’s Christmas Can We Just Let People Love Who They Love. 🎥 Let It Snow. 📺 Merry Happy Whatever.”

Mike Chi, Zola’s (the wedding-planning site) chief marketing ficer, says that the company has decided to pull the rest their ads from Hallmark. “The only difference between the commercials that were flagged and the ones that were approved was that the commercials that did not meet Hallmark’s standards included a lesbian couple kissing,” he said in a statement to the AP adding, “All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark.”

 

Juice WRLD Remembered at Chicago Funeral

Five days after his tragic death, Juice WRLD’s closest relatives and friends gathered to pay their respects on Friday.

According to TMZ, the “Lucid Dreams” rapper was laid to rest in an open-casket funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Harvey, Ill., located about 45 minutes south of Chicago.

His mother, Carmella Wallace, delivered a touching tribute to her son, along with Juice’s siblings and grandmother. Executives and staffers from his label Interscope Records were also in attendance, along with his friend and collaborator, Ski Mask the Slump God.

“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short,” his mother told TMZ earlier this week. “Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”

The funeral program featured a photo of Juice, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, on the cover. Inside, there was a collage of photos from his childhood and career, along with personal tributes from family members, and an obituary.

“Jarad was a kid and loving person who left a lasting impression on those he interacted with,” reads the obituary, which also mentions his “special friend” Ally Lotti. “His laugh was contagious, and he had a way of lighting up a room.”

On Sunday, the 21-year-old rapper died after suffering a seizure following a flight to Chicago. Authorities believe he overdosed on Percocet pills, but additional testing is needed before an official cause of death can be determined. Feds seized 70 pounds of weed and bottles of codeine from his private plane.

In the wake of his death, there have been tributes from fans and friends, including Trippie Redd and Nicki Minaj, who dedicated her speech at Thursday’s Billboard Women in Music event to her tourmate. “I felt like he was a kindred spirit and looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help,” she said.

Cam’ron Questions Existence Of Dinosaurs, Doesn’t Believe Bones In Museums Are Real

As he prepares for the release  Purple Haze 2, Cam’ron continues to promote the album by sitting down for various interviews. The Dipset rapper recently chatted with ItsTheReal and shared that he isn’t fully convinced that dinosaurs, or any bones found and displayed in museums, are real. The skeptic went on to explain what led him to his conclusions and stated it all seems as if its a money-making empire.

Cam'ron Questions Existence Of Dinosaurs, Doesn't Believe Bones In Museums Are Real
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“I have fights with people about dinosaurs and their existence all the time,” the rapper said. “I’m not believing or disbelieving. It’s like, no pro like, because they throw these big bones, pause, up in the museum and be like, ‘Yo, these are the people that were here before us,’ I mean.” The hosts contended that those “bones” are the pro that Cam’ron is looking for and stated, “You’re looking for the pro, that is the pro.”

“So these bones, they’re still strong enough to be put up in museums and they didn’t crumble or anything like that?” Cam’ron asked. “I’m not necessarily going for that one. I’m not saying it didn’t happen…I’m not going f museum facts.” The rapper said that he’d “been to every museum when I was younger” and couldn’t just believe that “they’d found all these bones and glued them together.”

The confused, yet amused, hosts giggled at Cam’ron’s explanation his disapproval what they considered to be factual historical evidence. The rapper added that he believes many those “bones” are a product “a money-making” scheme. “I need a little more pro, and I don’t know what pro you can give me, but who found these bones? Pause.”

He was told archaeologists and scientists were responsible and then asked where the money came from. The hosts told him archaeologists receive grants, to which Cam’ron became skeptical once again because they get paid. “I wish I could be an archaeologist and be like ‘I found some sh*t.’ I’d be at the beach every day like, ‘Look what I discovered’ and just make some sh*t up.” Watch the clip below and check out a few reactions.

Meek Mill Admits He Used To Take 10 Percocets Daily & Doesn’t Know Why He Dissed Drake

Since the unexpected death of 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD on Sunday (December 8), many legacy Hip Hop musicians have come forward with stories of their own experiences with drug addiction, in hopes of passing lessons learned on to the next generation of musicians.

The latest to join the growing pill-popping conversation Meek Mill. During a recent interview with Charlamagne Tha God billed as “A Conversation Between Champions,” Meek discussed how he overcame a serious addiction to pills.

“I’ve never disclosed this before.” he said in the interview, which was published on Friday (December 13) “I’ve taken 10 30’s Percocets a day. You’re walking with death. Real shit.”

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Meek, whose album Championships is nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, told Charlamagne his decision to quit came in a moment of self-reflection. “I had to cater to myself.” he said “Like ‘Nigga you poppin’ 10 Percs? You a junkie, nigga.’ […] I had to make a decision with myself.”

It was then Meek realized his drug habits were stopping him from achieving his version of success. “I ain’t never seen a millionaire, bossed-up pill popper in my life.” he said.

Today, Meek is part owner of the sports apparel brand Lids.

Meek also dropped a bombshell when he revealed that his dependency on the popular opioid was so bad, it was partially to blame for his infamous 2015 beef with Drake. He admitted his addiction clouded his judgment. The two publicly squashed their feud on stage at a Drake concert in 2018.

“If you ask me about like why I came at Drake … I don’t even fuckin really, really, really know. Like, everybody be saying Nicki and shit, that wasn’t the case.” he said.

“I’m making very bad decisions here and not knowing that I’m making these bad decisions. And when I wasn’t high I look back and went on YouTube and I check my file I’m like, ‘I don’t do shit like that.’ ”

Stream Meek’s Grammy-nominated album below and watch the full interview above.

Sting Reacts To Juice Wrld’s Death & Denies ‘Lucid Dreams’ Lawsuit

Juice Wrld used Sting’s “Shape Of My Heart” for his massive hit “Lucid Dreams,” introducing The Police frontman’s music to an entirely new audience. In an exclusive statement to Billboard, Sting spoke on the 21-year-old’s recent death and heavily praised the song.

“This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent,” he said. “‘Lucid Dreams’ was my favorite of all the many interpolations of ‘Shape of My Heart,’ it will resonate for many years to come. My sincere condolences to the family.” 

Through his reps, Sting also confirmed the lawsuit rumors surrounding “Lucid Dreams” were “simply untrue.”

Upon its release last year, “Lucid Dreams” reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. At the time, Sting called the song a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form,” while joking the royalties will “put my grandkids through college.”

Juice Wrld passed away on Sunday (December 8) after suffering a fatal seizure. Prior to his death, he reportedly swallowed several Percocets. 

Check out the “Shape Of My Heart” mashup featuring Shaggy below.

Rihanna Documentary Coming To Amazon For Reported $25 Million

It appears Rihanna just got secured another bag, and we’e talking BIG bag. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has purchased the rights to a new Rihanna documentary, and they only coughed up $25 million to get it.

The untitled doc, which is being directed by Peter Berg, is dubbed an unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life, providing a glimpse into the evolution one the world’s most well-known pop artists. With unparalleled access into the singer’s life and more than 1,200 hours footage, the doc fers private insights into Rihanna’s personality, sense humor, work ethic, family and love.

Berg previously revealed some details on the secret, 2-year long project: “That was a fun change pace…to go travel with Rihanna around Europe, and Rihanna is surrounded by girls. We were in Nice France]. She was going to do a concert on Bastille Day. And that truck driver who killed all those people plowed through them right in front our hotel. So even in me trying to do something light, I had a very, very front-row seat to something that horrific.”

Amazon declined THR’s request for comment, and it is unclear when the Rihanna documentary will be released. But it’ll definitely be a good one when it does air. We’ll keep you posted with further updates and announcements moving forward. Stay tuned.

Air Jordan 11 "Bred" & "Yeezreel" Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Drop This Weekend: Resale Report

Two the most highly anticipated sneaker releases the month – the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” and Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel” – will be dropping this Saturday, December 14. Both the kicks retail for $220, but the Yeezreel Yeezys will carry more value on the resale market. 

The Yeezreel Yeezy Boost 350 V2s carry an average resale price $330 right now on StocKX, and one would assume those prices will only go up after Saturday’s drop. Click here to secure your pair today.

The eye-catching kicks are highlighted by an electric volt primeknit upper, equipped with dashes black and grey across the silhouette, and a glow-in-the-dark sole beneath it all. As always, the sneakers are grounded by the beloved Boost cushioning, covered by a matching green shell. For those wondering, Yeezreel (Jezreel) translates to “God will sow.”

Meanwhile, the Bred 11s can be had for an average $280 right now. Due to the fact the kicks will be widely available at just about every sneaker shop under the sun, I’d expect those resale prices to decline. The iconic black and red 11s will come equipped with a higher-cut patent leather, similar to recent Air Jordan 11 Holiday releases like the “Space Jam” and “Concord” colorways. Additionally, the “23” will indeed be on the heel.

Click here to see how much the “Bred” Air Jordan 11s are going for right now.

Air Jordan 11 "Bred" & "Yeezreel" Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Drop This Weekend: Resale Report

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Air Jordan 11 "Bred" & "Yeezreel" Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Drop This Weekend: Resale Report

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Kaytranada Returns With ‘Bubba’ LP

Acclaimed producer Kaytranada is back with Bubba, his first LP since 2016’s 99.9%. The album serves as the follow-up to his Nothing Like U / Chances EP, which arrived in November 2018.

The RCA Records artist’s sophomore album includes 17 tracks. Pharrell, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Kali Uchis, SiR, Tinashe, Masego, Iman Omari and Estelle are among the guests featured on the project.

View Kaytranada’s Bubba stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Kaytranada Returns With 'Bubba' LP

1. DO IT
2. 2 The Music f. Iman Omari
3. Go DJ f. SiR
4. Gray Area f. Mick Jenkins
5. Puff Lah
6. 10% f. Kali Uchis
7. Need It f. Masego
8. Taste f. VanJess
9. Oh No f. Estelle
10. What You Need f. Charlotte Day Wilson
11. Vex Oh f. GoldLink, Eight9fly & ARI
12. Scared To Death
13. Freefall f. Durand Bernarr
14. Culture f. Teedra Moses
15. The Worst In Me f. Tinashe
16. September 21
17. Midsection f. Pharrell

Usher and Ella Mai Team Up on ‘Don’t Waste My Time’

New Usher!

The R&B icon returns with his Ella Mai duet “Don’t Waste My Time,” which officially hit streaming services after leaking last month. The two show off their flirty chemistry on the Jermaine Dupri-produced track.

“Girl, give me that good lovin’, no questions / Reach out and you touch me / Bad habits, don’t judge me / Just don’t waste my time,” sings Usher before Ella adds her sultry vibes. “Let’s be lovers and friends / Let’s rendezvous / Boy, I got plans for you.”

Taking to Twitter, Ella called the collaboration a “childhood dream” before thanking Usher.

Usher has been in the studio working on a new album, a possible sequel to 2004’s Confessions. It will reportedly feature a reunion with his “Yeah!” and “Lovers and Friends” collaborators Lil Jon and Ludacris.

Usher hasn’t released a full project since 2016’s Hard II Love. In honor of his 40th birthday last year, he dropped A, his collaborative project with Zaytoven.

Meanwhile, Ella recently earned another Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album for her self-titled debut.

How to Protect Yourself From the Copyright Trolls — Our Latest Podcast

“Certainly, we’re in the age of copyright trolling.”

James Sammataro, partner at Pryor Cashman, is one of the top music industry attorneys. And like many music biz barristers, he’s reacting to an alarming swell in copyright infringement lawsuits — some of which are pretty questionable (and very high-profile). 

Litigants are seeing huge dollars signs — in the the 7 or 8 figures — and that virtually guarantees future copyright warfare ahead.  Because even if a claim is flimsy, that doesn’t mean an ill-educated jury won’t award a multi-million dollar award to the litigating troll. Just ask Katy Perry or Pharrell.

But this goes far beyond the flashy, high-profile suits.  “Certainly, we’re in the age of copyright trolling,” Sammataro flatly told Digital Music News.

So what’s the solution?

In this edition of the Digital Music News Podcast, we set out to create a working survival list for protecting yourself against the oncoming wave of copyright trolls.  Because the reality is simple: if you score a smash hit, you may also attract some serious infringement litigation — sometimes merited, oftentimes not.

There’s even an old saying in the music industry: ‘where there’s a hit, there’s a writ.’

But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for a possible attack.  Sammataro is offering some critical tips to artists and IP owners who might find themselves in the line of fire from copyright trolls.  And some of the advice was downright depressing.  Sammataro tells his clients to stop rattling off their influences — ever — even though every artist on the planet has tons of inspirational influences.  In the current climate, however, giving kudos to a particular artist may mean you’re going to get sued by that particular artist — or, the artist’s litigating estate.

But there are also steps you can take to protect yourself before the creative process is underway.  “Part of the problem is that you don’t have the lawyer sitting in the studio,” Sammataro told us. 

But what if your lawyer was sitting next to you in the studio?

Take a listen.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V3 "Azael" Coming Soon: On-Foot Photos

Kanye West has been killing it this year with his Yeezy brand and before we get to the end 2019, he has plenty more releases up his sleeve. One the shoes that have been on our radar is the Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V3 which is about to debut in the inaugural “Azael” colorway. The shoe is slated to drop on Monday, December 23rd for $200 USD and might just be one the unorthodox sneakers in the Yeezy library.

As you can see from the photos below, courtesy @hanzuying, the sneaker is kind bulky and has a weird shape that lends to the dad shoe aesthetic Kanye has helped to popularize. There are both beauty shots and on-foot images below and all them are fantastic in their own little way. The shoe looks like it could be a huge hit amongst sneakerheads, especially those who have been particularly curious about what the Yeezy brand is able to bring to the table. 

Let us know in the comments below what you think about this shoe and whether or not you plan on copping in a few weeks from now. Is this the best 700 model to date or is it the weakest? 

Houston Rockets Invite Lizzo To Shake With The Cheerleaders

Houston, TX – Lizzo continues to shine even if her critics despise her recent moves. The “Truth Hurts” singer was invited by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (December 11) to strut her stuff with the Clutch City Dancers.

In a tweet posted by the Rockets’ official Twitter account, the team shared their admiration for Lizzo’s confidence. “Lizzo, we like your moves! You can have an open invite to come home to Houston and dance with Clutch City Dancers on the court any time,” the tweet read.

Lizzo, who moved to Houston when she was 10 years old, gleefully accepted the invitation with a tweet of her own that read, “I’ll be there w/ bells on my booty.” The Minnesota Timberwolves even chimed in tweeting a picture of Lizzo —who’s a big fan of Timberwolves star Karl Anthony Towns — sipping a drink with the caption “She’s a Wolves fan. The thirst…”

The singer-rapper made headlines for arriving at a Los Angeles Lakers game in an outfit that exposed her fishnet stockings and backside in a thong. When the Laker cheerleaders performed a routine to her hit “Juice,” the jumbotron showed Lizzo twerking and showing her thong to the camera. Social media erupted with all types of comments from full-on support for her daring outfit choice to fat-shaming.

Lizzo took to Instagram Live to chime in on the critics who bashed her for having a little fun. “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s looking at it and your criticism can just remain your criticism,” she said in the live stream. “Your criticism has no effect on me, negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions.”

On Wednesday (December 11), she was voted Time’s Entertainer of the Year.