Michael Jordan made it on everyone’s basketball radars when he was playing with the University Of North Carolina Tar Heels back in the early 1980s. Once Jordan was drafted to the NBA, he was signed to Nike and Jordan Brand was born. Over the years, Jordan would pay homage to his alma mater with Jordan colorways that matched the powder blue and white jerseys made famous by the Tar Heels.
One the most iconic UNC colorways all-time was found on the Air Jordan 3. The shoe has a white leather upper, with powder blue on the back half the midsole and on the cuff. From there, the toe cap and the back heel feature elephant print which is what the Air Jordan 3 is known for. The back heel has “AIR” branding with the Jumpman logo right above it.
According to @zsneakerheadz, the shoe will be released on March 7th 2020 just in time for March Madness. There will be some differences between the retail version and the PE, so stay tuned for those details as they are slowly revealed. The shoe is rumored to cost $190 USD.
North Hollywood, CA – Mikey Akin and Mo “Mo-Keyz” Samuels make up British Nigerian production duo Sons of Sonix. They have worked with plenty of American superstars such as Ariana Grande and Ty Dolla $ign as well as huge UK artists such as Stormzy and Wretch 32.
Right now, Mikey and Mo have a plan to infiltrate the American market with the Afrobeat sound by tapping in with the biggest recording artists of our time.
They’ve learned a lot from Grammy Award-winning songwriter Poo Bear (known for being the production magic behind Justin Bieber’s career) so as a result, they’re able to create the kind of music that sounds sweet to the American ear.
“Do what you love and give them what they like,” Mo-Keyz told me during a conversation at the award-winning producer and songwriter Harmony Samuels‘ North Hollywood studio. Mo also happens to be Harmony’s brother and before our conversation really got deep, they went back-and-forth over a record that two A-list singers were fighting over. That’s how impactful Sons of Sonix’s packaging as a production duo is.
These guys are adamant that Americans listen to music differently than the rest of the world. The key is simplicity and they learned the ends and out of making their native Afrobeat sound dance with American Hip Hop from Poo Bear.
“He kind of like helped change our whole view on creating records and the importance of the song,” Mikey recounted. “I remember one of the first sessions with him, we came in with the mindset of, ok we’re working with Poo Bear let’s have the beat ready. We’re going to go in there and smash the production and he told us it was about the song. What we do with Poo Bear is we make it about songwriting. He makes it about the art of the song. What’s the song saying? What’s the melody? Is it straight to the point?…I’ve got many writers that I love but Poo Bear just understands simplicity and melody.”
“He’s got a message. The message is a strong message,” Mikey revealed.
“I feel like he’s going to be someone that is going to change the trajectory of how young people look at God,” Mo added. “I think it’s really important that it’s coming from him because it’s Justin.”
Mo and Mikey have been around The Biebz since he was young and recall him looking up to Chris Brown in a major way. It shouldn’t be surprising that Justin idolizes Chris Breezy, however. In May, Bieber compared Chris to the late Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur.
“Justin was this young kid who’s basically idolizing Chris Brown,” Mo remembered. “When he was working with Chris, he came into the studio and was basically just watching Chris Brown. Literally, everything that Chris did…you know Chris is a performer even when he’s just playing songs. Chris could play songs for hours and he’ll perform it. You got to understand, Justin is looking at him like you are the epitome of what I’m trying to be. Seeing him go from that to discovering himself and finding his purpose and changing his sound I think one, you can definitely hear the growth and two, for us it’s a privilege to be a part of the growth and be part of this new Justin that the world is about to see.”
Mo and Mikey both find Justin’s growth to be inspiring. For now, they’re using their innovative techniques to create songs for their upcoming project like “Full Speed” by Verse Simmonds.
“The new project is a mixture of sounds and a mixture of cultures,” Mikey explained. “It depicts what Sons of Sonix is all about. We’re not confined to necessarily just one thing. We have Afro, R&B, Trap, everything. It’s a collision of different sounds. We’ve been working on it for the best part of two years ago. It was one thing before and I guess as we kind of started growing our sound and working more. The palate kind of changed and the sound kind of changed also.”
BJ the Chicago Kid, Wretch 32 and Stormzy are all expected to make an appearance.
Watch Verse Simmond’s music video for “Full Speed” below.
Kanye West and Adidas reportedly have plans to release two all-new Yeezy Boost 350 V2s in September, including a “Citrin” coloway and a pristine “Cloud White” rendition.
According to sneaker source @YeezyMafia, the “Cloud White” colorway will look something like the mockup in the tweet embedded below.
As you’d expect from a Yeezy carrying the “Cloud White” moniker, the kicks will reportedly come equipped with a predominately white primeknit upper, equipped with a tinted Boost midsole. Adidas has not yet announced release details, but it is believed the kicks will be launching in September alongside the aforementioned “Citrin” Yeezy Boost 350 V2.
In addition to those two upcoming Yeezy Boost 350 V2s, Adidas will introduce a new “St Vision” Yeezy 500 in October. Click here for more details on that colorway.
Immediately following the victory, fans in the crowd began chanting “Equal Pay!” in reference to a report that the women earned $250,000 each for winning the cup, while the men’s team would have raked in $1.1M a piece had they done the same.
Snoop Dogg took to instagram to voice his support for the women’s movement, while simultaneously bashing the “sorry-ass” U.S. Men’s National squad. Says Snoop:
“Sorry-ass f****** men from the US soccer team ain’t ever won shit, ain’t gonna ever win shit, can’t even get out the f****** first round.
“Pay them ladies man, pay them girls what they’re worth. The women should be getting $500,000 per athlete, Snoop Dogg says so.
“Them girls won four World Cups, and $90,000? Man, please.”
According to CNN, the 2018 Men’s World Cup prize money totalled $400 million, while the women in the 2019 World Cup Tournament received a total $30 million. That prize money will double to $60 million for the 2023 World Cup, but U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe still says it’s not enough.
“It certainly is not fair,” Rapinoe said during a press conference ahead Sunday’s final, according to Yahoo. “We should double it now and then use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time.”
If Badu was to make a supergroup with her children and their fathers, it would include The D.O.C. (Puma’s father), the aforementioned Outkast luminary and Jay Electronica (Mars’ father). It would be the most tripped out, gangsta rap-influenced neo-soul the world would ever hear.
Badu, who is still in a relationship with Electronica, appears to be on good terms with her kids’ fathers.
For Father’s Day last year, she posted a selfie with Seven and 3 Stacks and for Puma’s recent 15th birthday, she recorded a video with D.O.C. wishing their daughter a happy birthday.
As much as it pains me to say it, Zion Williamson will miss the remainder Summer League play, on direct orders from the Pelicans’ Executive Vice President Basketball Operations David Griffin. For added context: Zion Williamson was yanked from a contest vs. the Knicks after a knee-on-knee collision with an opposing player. The Pelicans haven’t given the league ficial any indication Williamson has suffered a debilitating injury any kind.
And yet, the organization has elected to air on the side caution, rather than risk his health in scrimmages the like. It’s true, players entering next season without a guaranteed contract can leverage a strong Summer League performance into a roster spot – but that’s hardly the prile a player Zion’s stature: entering his rookie campaign with the weight a middling NBA franchise on his shoulders.
Zion will move forward from this incident without issue,” David Griffin wrote in the Pelicans’ ficial disclaimer Twitter. “However, in an abundance caution, we have made the determination that he will not appear in game action for the remainder the NBA Summer League. He will continue to take part in training and conditioning with our performance team.”
Needless to say, Zion Williamson was able to wow the onlookers in limited playing time (two days ago vs. Knicks). With Williamson ruled out the contest in the early going, the role sparking the Pels to victory fell on 2nd-year point guard Frank Jackson and his 30 points on 11–17 shooting. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for R.J. Barrett on the opposing side the court, his 10-point contribution falling short expectation. The game ended: Knicks 74 – 80 Pelicans FT.
While it’s only a matter time before the world catches up to the US’s excellence in women’s soccer – the shift in power won’t be readily perceived until 2023 at the earliest, because as this writing, the USWNT are back at the summit the sport after edging the Netherlands 2-0 in the match that decided the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
After a dormant first-half, the US team came to life in the 2nd half with goals by Megan Rapinoe and the mercurial Rose Lavelle proving decisive. After missing the last match with injury, Megan Rapinoe was relegated to the bench to start this afternoon’s final. In sensing the team was in need a jolt, USWNTmanager Jill Ellis drew her co-captain into the game, just in time for her to assume her responsibilities as the squad’s go-to penalty-taker.
The insurance marker was scored by Rose Lavelle, a 24-year old talent that would likely slot in as a starter on 95% the teams that participated in this year’s World Cup. On the US, she’s been utilized as a “super sub” behind Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Tobin Heath in the pecking order – FOR NOW!
While the final lacked the climactic feel past tournaments, the Germany-USA rivalry, in particular, the USWNT’s 4th ever World Cup victory should be regarded as the arguably the most skilled team the program has ever fielded since its origins in the 1980s.
For those you 90’s babies, you might remember the entertaining as hell, Game Boy and Nintendo game, Dr. Mario, in which you had to stack medicine pills in a Tetris- esque way. Well, if you were a fan Dr. Mario and his antics, you may be delighted to know that the game is returning as an updated Dr. Mario World, and will be coming out for free on iOS and Android devices on July 10th. Ahead its release, however, Nintendo decided to show f what their new multiplayer feature will look like in a trailer.
Players will be able to connect and play against one another through Facebook or Line, where you can see your friend’s progress, send them hearts (which gives you stamina), as well as being able to challenge them to a real-time match. The new game will maintain its original Tetris-like structure, and as viruses are eliminated, an attack gauge will fill up, which will allow you to send those viruses over to your opponent’s way – the more your attack stat is, the more viruses you send over, as well as leveling up your speed and defense stats. We can also see that they have slightly changed the game up a bit too, as brick blocks can appear in the jar, as well as a new virus in the color green. You will also have a variety classic Mario characters to play with, each equipped with their own specific skill. Princess Peach can remove random rows from the stage and Toad can delete five objects at random on the board.
On Friday (July 5), a report surfaced that Brown’s baby mama Nia Guzman was accusing him of not paying child support for their 5-year-old daughter, Royalty. According to court documents, obtained by The Blast, Brown was ordered in February to pay $17,743 in child support.
But Guzman is slamming the reports. After the story surfaced, she defended the Indigo singer, saying that he isn’t behind on child support payments.
“Not true! All is great on our end!” she told Page Six. “Please stop with the Chris Brown bashing.”
She continued to speak up for the father of her child. “It’s just sad that negative things hurry and try and get published! We are just tired of it. … He does pay and is not behind what so ever [sic].”
A rep for Brown also confirmed that he is not behind on child support payments. “Chris has been taking care of his child and he and his daughter’s mother have no issues,” said his rep.
Brown’s family is about to get even bigger. He is now reportedly expecting a second child with ex-girlfriend Ammika Harris.
TikTok is taking the world by storm and leaving Instagram in the dust. A report looking at Q2 2019 shows TikTok still sits heartily above Instagram — at least when it comes to installs.
TikTok ranked number 4 ahead of Instagram in downloads for Q2 2019, with 28% year-over-year growth. The Chinese app has been locked in a battle with Instagram since acquiring musical.ly last year. TikTok’s US downloads have steadily increased each quarter in the US.
This chart from SensorTower report showcases just how much TikTok is growing quarterly. At the end of 2018, TikTok was crowned the most downloaded iPhone app in the world. It had more than 500 million global monthly users and over 800 million app installs.
Impressively, TikTok now has over 1 billion downloads worldwide. TikTok’s audience is massively supported by the 18-24 and 25-34 age bracket.
40% of TikTok’s userbase is estimated to be teenagers. TikTok appears to be evenly split between male and female users, but its young user base brings concerns. TikTok boasts a 28% engagement rate for its users.
Instagram’s audience is slightly older than TikTok, with the majority of users aged 18-29. Instagram’s audience is also skewed toward female users, while TikTok’s audience appears balanced. The main difference between the two is Instagram’s massive 95% engagement rate.
Many parents and governments are placing restrictions on TikTok. for two weeks before eventually allowing the app. After that much-publicized two week ban, the app saw .
Perhaps that result was obvious — especially given the younger demo. Indeed, the more worried parents and governments get, the more installs TikTok is likely to reap.
But where’s the revenue going to come from?
TikTok is free to use for now without advertisements. Users can make in-app purchases for digital items like emojis and gifts for friends. From October 2017 to October 2018, TikTok saw a massive 275% increase in in-app purchases from users. This revenue model differs from Instagram, whose app is supported by ads.
Sounds like a potentially promising revenue stream ahead. But one peek at this revenue chart shows why TikTok isn’t replacing Instagram any time soon.
Chris Brown and his ex Nia Guzman may not be together but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have his back considering he’s the father their daughter, Royalty. Reports were hitting the web suggesting Chris wasn’t paying his monthly child support to Nia for their five-year-old daughter but Nia has come through to put the gossip to bed.
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“Not true! All is great on our end!” she said on the matter, according toPage Six. “Please stop with the Chris Brown bashing. It’s just sad that negative things hurry and try and get published! We are just tired it. He does pay and is not behind what so ever sic].”
A representative for the “Wobble Up” music maker even confirmed the false allegations, telling the publication that “Chris has been taking care his child and he and his daughter’s mother have no issues.”
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“I have a co-parenting job that’s pretty amazing but, you know, learning how to be a dad, especially learning how to take care somebody else, you know, I barely know how to brush my teeth in the morning!” Chris previously said when discussing fatherhood.
“It’s actually great. It’s very humbling. You know, it’s very calming. I think I was a lot, you know, rambunctious, very hyper as a kid but now seeing that 10 times over, my daughter’s kinda like mellowing me out.”
One could arguably say that the age record label loyalty is either on the decline or is just over altogether. There were days in hip hop history where artists would “ride or die”—quite literally—for the labels who represented them musically. Death Row, Aftermath, Bad Boy, Ruff Ryders, Shady, Roc Nation, and countless others paraded star-studded rosters chart-topping, incredibly talented artists that they flaunted to the world. These labels are more than music. They are families.
However, the advancement the internet and social media culture has made it easier for artists to reach the masses without the backing or approval a record label. Of course, many the labels aforementioned still exist and are thriving, but Soundcloud and Instagram artists are becoming famous without help from managers or music executives as they rake in millions streams and stacks cash. As wonderful as that is for artists as they take control their own careers, there is still something about being apart a team, especially one that’s led by a visionary, in the music industry.
Take Dreamville, for example. They aren’t the only record label with an increasing stronghold in the game (TDE, anyone?), but label head J. Cole is making sure he carefully crafts a roster that is weighted with substance. Because his personal reputation is rooted in witty lyricism, quality productions, and navigating his place in the hip hop industry with precision and respect, Dreamville was already alluring. The fact that Cozz, EarthGang, Ari Lennox, Omen, Lute, J.I.D, and Bas just happen to be uniquely skilled in what they do is the icing on the cake.
Revenge The Dreamers III may not be everyone’s cup tea, but it would be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn’t impressed by Dreamville’s latest effort. DaBaby has been living his best life as “Suge” has topped the charts, but he came out like a beast on his verse on “Under The Sun” (dd you also catch K.Dot’s addition?). Cozz and TDE’s REASON linking up on “LamboTruck” was an unlikely match due to the light-hearted rivalry between the labels, but the fact that Cole was the lyrical target let it be known it was all in good fun. Tracks like “1993” and “Rembrandt…Run It Back” switched up how rappers trade verses so things aren’t as linear and conventional. “Sunset” shows that just because Cole and crew are more lyrics-focused and tend to be considered “underground,” they can still infuse a slight trap sound that’s the main influence the rap game at the moment.
Revenge The Dreamers III delivers a little something for everybody, so let us know what track is your favorite and which artist upped their game on the collaborative project.
Enes Kanter was recently acquired by the Boston Celtics after the team lost some their best players in Al Horford and Kyrie Irving. Irving was eventually replaced by Kemba Walker, although it’s safe to say that both players aren’t the same caliber. FS1’s Nick Wright has been very critical the Celtics over the years and today on First Things First, Wright went in on the team, calling them a “disaster.” Wright’s argument is that the team wanted Anthony Davis, Kyrie, and Horford, although that eventually turned into Kanter, Walker, and Tatum.
Kanter saw Wright’s rant and decided to take to Twitter where he hilariously roasted his appearance, saying “The only disaster is that hairpiece.”
The only problem with Kanter’s retort is the fact that it was completely stolen, word for word, from a commenter in the original thread. If you were to go to the original post, the first comment you see says the exact same thing as Kanter. The only difference is the Twitter user wrote his comment about an hour before Kanter did. Considering the joke is copied verbatim, there’s a solid chance that Kanter was inspired and for a split second, forgot about the ramifications plagiarism.
Blatant plagiarism aside, the internet had a laugh at Wright’s expense and for some, that’s all that really matters.
The custody Nipsey Hussle‘s daughter, Emani, has yet to be resolved as Nipsey’s sister, Samantha Smith, was denied the rights to custody and Nipsey’s family have argued that Emani’s mother is an unfit parent. The Blast now reports that Nipsey’s brother Samiel Asghedom (AKA Blacc Samm) and their mother Angelique Smith have requested to “be appointed as co-guardians with Samantha Smith.”
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According to documents, the three state how they’ve been a “constant and strong presence in Emani’s life. They have participated in her care and upbringing since her birth. Since the unfortunate murder Emani’s father in March 2019, Samiel and Angelique have assisted in providing care for Emani.”
It states even further: “The request to appoint Samiel and Angelique as co-guardians is, per the recommendation Minor’s Counsel, a form ‘insurance policy’ so that should anything happen to one Emani’s guardians, other guardians are already in place to continue in providing for Emani’s care without having to return to Court.”
Blacc Sam has previously filed paperwork supporting their sister getting custody Nipsey’s daughter and we can only hope that him and their mother agreeing to be co-parents settles the ongoing court battle.