Dave East & Trouble Stake Claim As Essential Hip-Hop Duo

Dave East and Trouble are looking to stake their claim as one hip-hop’s slept on partnerships. Despite hailing from New York and Atlanta respectively, East and Big Skoob have found common ground in the booth. The last time we heard them link up was on East’s underrated gem Karma 2, in which Trouble assisted on the Murda Beatz produced “I Ain’t Goin,” which served as the album’s closing track.

Despite many people’s myopic perception on East’s New York energy, the beloved rapper has proven a versatile collaborator on numerous occasions. On “I Ain’t Goin,” he and Trouble are equally matched, trading stellar verses united by a shared come-up trapping. Now, the pair have once again reunited following the BET Awards, with Trouble sharing an image their bromance Instagram.

“SomeBody name this group,” writes Skoob, before chiming in with his own suggestion “City Boys.” Given the track record with which they’re batting thus far, we can only hope that East and Trouble are ready to link up for another drop. The game could surely use it, especially if Trouble’s career as a meteorologist comes to an untimely end.

Despite Downgrade from Evercore, Spotify's Stock Recovers and Gains

Over the weekdn, Spotify’s stock had plummeted.

The drop came following a bearish report from investment firm Evercore.  Spotify’s shares had declined 3.6% in after-hours trading to $143.

Knocking the music streaming company’s stock from In Line to Underperform, analyst Kevin Rippey said investors have overstated Spotify’s ability to make money from podcasts as well as its services to musicians.  He slashed the company’s price target to $110.

Explaining why shares have rebounded this year, Rippey added investors expect one of two outcomes.  Either the company will come out “way ahead” in licensing negotiations with the Big 3 labels – Warner, Sony, and Universal Music – or it will make “a bundle of money” from services which have previously accounted for none of its income.

So, Rippey continues, for the company to achieve Wall Street’s gross profit targets, either Spotify will have to take a larger cut of song royalties from streams, or generate up to $650 million in “ancillary areas” by 2022.  These include Spotify for Artists and podcasts, among others.

Rippey added the company has also overestimated its potential market position in emerging markets.  These includes India, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and in Indonesia.

Stating Jio and Gaana remain the current streaming music market leaders in the regions, he wrote,

In emerging markets like India, local players dominate the market.  This fragmentation leads to an understatement of how competitive streaming music is globally.

In addition, Spotify also remains in a tricky position in the United States.  Still behind Apple Music in subscriptions locally, the company could lose its battle with the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB).

Should the CRB uphold its ruling, Spotify will have to pay songwriters and publishers much more per stream.  This, says Rippey, would cut into the company’s income, which the company hasn’t yet “embedded” in its estimates.

Investors have largely ignored Evercore’s bearish report.  Today, Spotify’s stock closed at $150.11.  The company opened at $143.  On Friday, it closed at $148.31.

 


 

New Music: Danity Kane ‘Neøn Lights’

Turn the lights on.

After reuniting on “The Universe Is Undefeated Tour” last year, Danity Kane delivers their electric new single “Neøn Lights,” the group’s first new music in years.

Over a pulsing EDM beat, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, and Shannon Bex come alive on the after-hours jam. “It’s one of them nights, I feel it / It’s one of them nights, no inhibitions,” they sing.

DK is currently performing shows across the country, and it appears that there’s more to come from the trio. “Just the beginning,” wrote Dawn.

Aside from DK, the girls are still focusing on their solo careers. Dawn released her solo album new breed in January, while Aubrey and Shannon dropped their dumblonde EP Bianca in March.

Speaking to Rap-Up last year, Danity Kane opened up about their reunion. “We have our family back. I’ve been in a relationship with them longer than anyone I’ve loved, since I was 17,” said Aubrey.

Nike Air Max 720 Gets New "Multicolor" Model: Official Photos

One the best new sneakers 2019 is the Nike Air Max 720 which is characterized by its chunky Air Max unit that wraps around the entire midsole. It’s a pretty eclectic design and so far, it has been a huge hit among sneakerheads, especially those who have a special affinity for Nike products. Over the last few months, there have been a ton new colorways for this shoe and the Beaverton brand has absolutely no signs slowing down. The latest colorway that has been revealed has a color blocking we haven’t seen yet from the shoe so it will certainly elicit some curiosity from consumers.

The entire shoe is black with similar-colored “AIR” branding on the medial side while stripes color can be found all the way throughout. These lines range from red, to green, to gold, and even to purple. It’s an interesting look that one wouldn’t exactly expect from this sneaker but it will definitely be a great cop for the Summer.

According to Sneaker Bar Detroit, the shoe is slated to release later this Summer for $180 USD. Will you be copping or is it a skip?

Nike Air Max 720 Gets New "Multicolor" Model: Official Photos

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Nike Air Max 720 Gets New "Multicolor" Model: Official Photos

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Nike Air Max 720 Gets New "Multicolor" Model: Official Photos

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Nike Air Max 720 Gets New "Multicolor" Model: Official Photos

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Kawhi Leonard Is Being "Harrassed" Too Much, Says Raptors Superfan

You may be aware the artist Nav from Toronto, but perhaps the most famous Nav in the city is the Toronto Raptors superfan who can be seen waving his towel courtside at every single Raptors home game. The man has received a ton media coverage throughout the postseason and now, he is taking it upon himself to address the city Toronto as they look to bring Kawhi back for at least one more season.

Leonard is set to decline his player option and will look to sign a brand new contract, with Toronto supposedly being the frontrunner. While this is great news for Raptors fans, Superfan Nav wants to make sure the city doesn’t get too eager when interacting with the Superstar.

As he explains, Leonard has been out and about in the city, although some fans are taking pictures Kawhi and interrupting him while he’s trying to enjoy himself. For Nav, some people have become like the Paparazzi which the superfan feels could deter Leonard from resigning. Instead, he would prefer that the city recruits him the “Toronto way” which involves being polite and leaving him alone while he experiences the city.

It appears as though a petition will be made which hopes to draw thousands signatures with the main goal showing Leonard just how many people want him back in the city. After winning a championship, it’s hard to see why he would want to leave, even if he does prefer the comforts in his hometown Los Angeles.

Kawhi Leonard Billboards Pop Up In L.A.: "King Of SoCal"

Kawhi Leonard is ficially set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end June and he is reportedly torn between re-signing with the NBA champion Toronto Raptors or heading back to Cali to play for the Los Angeles Clippers.

A recent report suggests that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is “seriously considering” returning to Toronto, but that won’t stop the recruiting efforts from title-starved Clips fans. For example, a pair billboards have gone up over Interstate 5 in Downey, about 10 miles southeast Staples Center, encouraging the Southern California native to leave the North.

One the billboards features an image a California license plate personalized to read “KAWHI,” with the hashtag #ClipperNation, while the other bears an image Kawhi from his New Balance ad along with the text, “King SoCal,” and the hashtag #KAWHI2LAC. According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, a source says “the Clippers knew nothing” about the billboards.

Leonard, 27, is eligible to sign a five-year, $190 million “supermax” contract with the Raptors, while other teams, like the Clippers, can fer a max  four-years, $140.6 million. The three-time All Star averaged 26.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in the regular season while leading Toronto to its first NBA title.

Cardi B Psyched For "BET Experience" With Migos & Lil Yachty Despite Looming Indictment

Cardi B‘s inclusion in a string live events hosted by BET was revealed to us back in January. The showcase billed as “The BET Experience” did take effect, as instructed in the aforementioned press release, highlighting a host headline performances from the likes  Lil WayneTory LanezMigos, Lil YachtyLil Baby and City Girls – booked for the weekend encompassing June 20th through June 22nd.

Evidently, the projected dates were slightly f the mark, as tonight, the 23rd June is being pegged the marquee concert the festivities in their entirety. Apart from the minor calendar mix-up, the tentative line-up mocked up in January seems to have kept its shape. The bolded names up above denote performers who’ve secured spots on tonight’s concert bill. They will be joined by Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Trippie Redd in separate sets.

Last night’s BET Experience itinerary saw Nipsey Hussle‘s peers pay tribute to his undying legacy before a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center. This week’s festivities were conceived in part, to drum up interest in the BET Awards on Sunday evening, hosted by the lovely Regina Hall at the Microst Theater in Los Angeles. Kudos to BET for expanding its vision to include the 30-and-ups. The ploy is clearly paying dividends, after decades persistent coverage.

Twitter Erupts With Jokes After Neighborhood Vandalized With Cursive "Crips" Graffiti

Newton County, GA – A neighborhood in Newton County, Georgia was tagged with alleged gang graffiti earlier this week. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, at least three homes and a car were hit with black spray paint. Neighbor Mary Smith was shocked.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it ‘cause we don’t have that in this neighborhood,” Smith said. “It’s quiet out here.”

But, there was another issue. The word “Crips” was written in messy cursive, calling its authenticity into question.

Naturally, Twitter erupted with jokes and the subject became a trending topic on the social media platform.

Check out some of the best reactions below.

 

 

Mark Hamill Reveals How Luke Returns In "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker"

Luke Skywalker finally met his end in The Last Jedi, which was the most polarizing Star Wars film to date. After using all his strength to project himself across the galaxy to confront Kylo Ren, Luke willingly let his physical form go as he joined the world the force. Mark Hamill, who has been playing Luke since the late ’70s, confirmed that he will be back for The Rise Skywalker, but he hopes that it will be his last appearance in the franchise. 

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press questioned Hamill about his role in The Rise Skywalker. “I sure hope so,” answered Hamill with a laugh when asked if he was finally done with the Star Wars franchise. “I had closure in the last one,” he continued. “The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because that peculiar aspect the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.” Hamill revealing exactly how he will be involved in The Rise Of Skywalker may cause some executives at Disney to shake their heads, but this isn’t a very big revelation. Star Wars has been bringing back “dead” characters since Obi-Wan.

President Of Marvel Studios Admits That A "Spider-Man" & "Venom" Crossover Movie "Seems Likely"

Sony Pictures’ most recent live-action film, Tom Hardy’s Venom, is very different from other films in its licensed Spider-Man cinematic universe. Despite its distinction from Spider-Man: Homecoming, and its forthcoming sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, both sets movies are based on a Marvel Comics characters, as well as both being owned by Sony. And, should the studio decide to do it, both parties can very well be put together in the same film, and according to Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige, that “seems likely.”

When asked a potential crossover fil featuring the two characters while speaking with reporters during the Far From Home press tour, Feige admitted as much, saying: “I think probably it’s up to Sony. Sony has both those characters and, has Venom in their world. I don’t know what their plans are for another Venom or if they’re doing that. But it seems likely at some point.”

The recent Venom film did overwhelmingly well at the box fice, thereby guaranteeing itself three more sequels. And, while Sony continues developing potential ideas and directions for the next Hardy vehicle, however, early Far From Home reactions point to all signs that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will not be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon, and a crossover movie between the two may prove to be very interesting to viewers.

Kyrie Irving "Didn’t Like" Boston: Report

Despite publicly announcing his intentions to stay in Boston a year ago, Kyrie Irving is no longer in love with the Northeastern city. According to CBS SportsIrving’s chances staying in Boston are slim to none. As free agency approaches, Irving has reportedly “ghosted” the Celtics organization. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan stopped by the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast and said that Irving “didn’t like” Boston and had issues with Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge.

Kyrie Irving "Didn't Like" Boston: Report
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“Kyrie Irving didn’t like Boston,” MacMullan stated. “I’ve been told this by many people. He didn’t like living in Boston. He just didn’t. By the end, he had issues with Brad Stevens]. By the end, he had issues with Danny Ainge]. By the end, he had issues with pretty much all us.” Sports fans saw this coming a mile away. Irving opted out his $21.3 million contract for the 2019-20 season and also fired his longtime agent Jeff Wechsler. Irving then signed with Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z’s sports management company. This move has fans speculating that Irving will land on the Brooklyn Nets. It became obvious that Irving no longer had love for Boston back in February when he told reporters he didn’t “owe anybody shit”  heading into free agency. The NBA is poised to have one the most interesting f-seasons in recent history. 

Jeezy Strikes Telecommunications Deal With New Partnership

Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy is carving out his place in the telecommunications world by partnering up with entrepreneur Freddie Figgers, the founder Figgers Communications. According to a press release, the pair aim to provide wireless services that will rival their competition by implementing price points that are more attainable.

“There was a point in my life where I wasn’t able to pay the phone bill,” said Jeezy. “Now as a businessman and entrepreneur to be able to partner with Freddie, someone who overcame similar life obstacles, and to give people more access to handheld technology at an affordable price, it’s truly a blessing.”

“As the youngest African-American to own and operate an independent, U.S. based telecommunications company, I built Figgers Communications on the premise that telecommunications access should be attainable for everyone,” said Freddie Figgers. “The Jeezy/Figgers Wireless partnership is a natural evolution two men who experienced some the same challenges during our upbringing but rose above those circumstances to make our mark.

Jeezy Strikes Telecommunications Deal With New Partnership
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The first products to be released under the new partnership are the F3 cellular phone and the F-Buds earpods, both which are currently available for purchase.

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello’s Sexy "Señorita" Music Video Have Fans Going Wild

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes previously collaborated on 2015’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” but nothing can compare to their latest single “Senorita” and the obvious chemistry the duo share on camera. The song is all about getting closer than expected with a friend, something fans think could be a reality for Shawn and Camila. 

Such lyrics like “You say ‘we’re just friends,’ but friends don’t know the way you taste,” has led to a frenzy on Twitter with fans dropping f all kinds comments about the possibility both singer’s dating in real life. “Camila and Shawn went from “i know what you did last summer” to “im doing you this summer”,” one user shared, while another added, “IF CAMILA AND SHAWN AIN’T DATING IRL I’M SUING THEM”

 

When the video premiered on YouTube, Camila responded to some questions from fans and detailed just how important Shawn is to her, not alluding to any kind relationship. 

“We’ve known each other for about four years now, and I really love Shawn as a person and he’s always been there for me. I’m lucky I found someone like that early on what I started this!” she wrote. 

We’ll see how this plays out.

Young Buck Unleashes 50 Cent ‘Foofy Freestyle’ Diss

G-G-G-Unot.

After going back and forth on social media, 50 and Young Buck’s beef has seemingly reached a breaking point. Following footage of a 50 fan harassing Buck in a supermarket, Buck takes aim at his former G-Unit affiliate with his “Foofy Freestyle.”

Over the instrumental for Drake’s Pusha-T diss “Duppy Freestyle,” Buck rips the “Power” producer for his social media antics. “Come on Foofy / This Instagram shit done got goofy,” he raps. “Let’s focus on them 2 million dollars / That ni**a robbed me.”

He also takes aim at 50’s fatherhood (“You know what I learned? How not to be a father”) and says he saved 50 from blows with Floyd Mayweather. Plus, he claims to have written songs for 50 including 2015’s “Too Rich for the Bitch.” “I wrote ‘Too Rich’ for you and this the thanks I get / You taught that young boy to snitch, ni**a / You think you slick,” he raps.

Their relationship went sour in 2008 after 50 claimed Buck had been “unloyal” to G-Unit and kicked him out of the group. They reconciled in 2014, but things took a turn recently when 50 trolled Buck on Instagram for his alleged relationship with a transgender partner. Buck is now looking to get out of his G-Unit contract, but 50 won’t let him exit without paying $300,000.

“Foofy Freestyle” appears on Buck’s upcoming Strictly 4 The Traps N Trunks (Young Buck Edition) mixtape. Listen below.

Megan Thee Stallion Considers Return To School Campus

Megan Thee Stallion, newly announced XXL Freshman, has taken to Instagram to announce plans returning to school. “I miss being on campus lol I think I’ll start regular classes again in the fall 😂,” she captions a post her in elegant, business attire. The picture seems to be taken at the College Pharmacy & Health Sciences at Texas Southern University.

Whether she is serious or not, the post also refers to being increasingly busy, to the point having to take online classes. This is, without a doubt, true. Megan recently dropped her first full-length album, Fever, which includes features from DaBaby and Juicy J but is mostly carried f the strength her own talent. She is also receiving more attention than ever, especially since gracing the cover XXL, and undoubtedly has a booked schedule. Fever is Megan’s most critically acclaimed album yet.

The rapper is currently preparing for a tour beginning at the end August with Meek Mill, YG and Mustard. Being able to tour and take classes in the Fall seems like an impossible task but Megan is still currently enrolled at Texas Southern University. Tickets for the “Legendary Nights” tour go on sale today.

Megan Thee Stallion Considers Return To School Campus
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