Yasiin Bey, Formerly Mos Def, Will Release "Negus" Album In Hong Kong

Since announcing his retirement, Yasiin Bey has kept a relatively low-prile, in all facets his public life. Then a few months later, the former Black Star member recanted on his word, by revealing that 2 more albums lied in the pipeline. The first was tentatively named Negus in Natural Person. The other was titled As Promised. Mos Def fans would have to wait another 2 years for the next development.

Musician and producer Steven Julien, from the group Funkineven, assumed the responsibility sharing that news. According to a Tweet that he administered yesterday, Yasiin shortened the first two projects to read as the following: Negus. There’s a catch. Negus won’t exactly be getting a conventional release. There will no Spotify upload or compact disc novelty in the product launch.

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Instead, Negus will be presented to live audiences as a new media installation, with Art Basel Hong Kong already pegged as the project’s testing ground. An event was held in New York explaining Bey’s manifesto. Writer Ann Binlot was in attendance. She noted that his intentions for the project are very much rooted in “society’s inability to focus on anything because technology,” thus explaining the unconventional route that he’s taken, quite purposely.

Heavyweight Boxer Kash Ali Disqualified After Biting His Opponent

A commoner picks a fight over a single-digit bar tab. One the belligerents hits the floor, the other walks f a few pence lighter. Now imagine a real sanctioned bout where the paydays are in the thousands, the bar tabs completely free charge, to the victors at least.

Last night a boxer named Kash Ali came forward with a spotless record going on 16 fights. His promoter matches him up with David Price, a former European Champion, on opposite ends their pugilist journey.

Going into the fight, the 27-years-old Kash Ali really thought he was going to spark the old bellend they matched him up with. “Beating someone like David will put me straight in the mix. It’s a great opportunity to show my skills, and show that I’m a real contender,” he told the press, leading up to the fight.

David Price saw his stock dramatically in 2013, after suffering two consecutive losses to the same journeyman fighter, signaling an end to his days as a blue-chip prospect. But last night, Price was a rejuvenated fighter and it showed. In the fifth round, he dropped Ali, but when the 27-year-old rose back to his feet, he didn’t hit back with punches, but with his teeth over his older opponent’s sternum. 

Referee Mark Lyson spotted the bite, then look at Price’s chest to confirm his bewilderment. Within seconds, he’d be looking in the direction the scorer’s table with instructions to call the fight. Even though Kash Ali took the DQ in stride, it didn’t prevent him from trying to make nice with his opponent after the bout.

When Price was asked to elaborate on what his opponent had whispered into his ear, he mentioned that Ali had requested a rematch.  “I don’t want to share the ring again with an animal like that,” he explained. “He did a couple early on and I thought he had lost his head completely. I hurt him to the body just before the final bite he took.”

Seth Rogen Launches His Own Cannabis Company "Houseplant"

Seth Rogen and long-time friend and business partner Evan Goldberg are diving into the cannabis business. Rogen and Goldberg, who worked with the actor on Pineapple Express as the executive producer, announced their cannabis company Houseplant earlier this week. The company is a partnership with Ontario-based cannabis company, Canopy Growth, who also partnered withSnoop Dogg and Martha Stewart in separate ventures.

“Houseplant is the result years experience and dedication, with each element and expression thoughtfully designed to make it easier for people to learn to love cannabis as much as Houseplant does,” Canopy Growth said in a statement.

Rogen’s venture into the weed business is expected especially since the Canadian government legalized recreational use cannabis in October.

“Houseplant is a passion we’ve brought to life through drive and dedication. Every decision we’ve made for the business reflects the years education, first-hand experience and respect we have for cannabis,” Rogan said in a statement. Goldberg added, “We are so proud to be launching in Canada, our home. After spending five years diligently preparing for the launch this company, we’re excited to be able to share our passion for cannabis with Canadians in this way.”

The first strain from Houseplant will be available in April, called Houseplant Sativa. They will also be rolling out Houseplant Hybrid and Houseplant Indica.

Nav’s "Bad Habits" Expected To Debut At #1 On Billboard 200

It looks like Nav is finally getting the recognition he’s been looking for all along. The rapper’s trajectory in the rap game has been, and is still, in doubt but he’s proving the naysayers wrong. The rapper dropped f his project Bad Habits last week, an album he hoped would finally get him TMZ-level fame. Now, it looks like he’s well on his way as the rapper’s sophomore album is expected to top the charts this week.

Nav’s latest album is set to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, according to industry forecasters. The rapper’s expected to earn 80K units in his first week which is an increase from his initial sales projection. While the project dropped last Friday, he followed the release with a deluxe version that also played a factor in his predicted position on the chart. Nav added three new songs to the deluxe edition, including the Future-assisted “Amazing,” as well as the previously released Brown Boy EP. The first week numbers will likely be based on mainly streaming figures although merch bundles are set to have given the first-week numbers a boost.

The rapper’s previously landed in the top 10 with his debut album Reckless which peaked at #8 on the chart. His self-titled debut in 2017 reached #24 while Perfect Timing, his collaborative project with Metro Boomin, made its way to #13.

Warner Music Group Unveils Its Swanky DTLA Digs — Take a Look

Last month, Warner Music Group confirmed that it would in the Arts District.

Warner/Chappell relocated to the new building on February 25th, followed by Warner Bros. Records and other labels on March 15th.  Indeed, the migration marks the first time that all of Warner Music’s various west coast divisions have existed under one roof in Los Angeles.

The building sits at 777 S. Santa Fe Avenue and was designed by Rockwell Group.  The building features recording studios, artist lounges, and custom-designed offices.

The building was originally a showroom for Ford’s Model T in 1912.  Architectural firm Rockefeller Kempel Architects renovated the building to transform it into a modern office space.  They also worked to preserve some of the more historic elements of the building.

Warner Bros. shared a few pictures of its newly designed office space on Instagram, giving us our first look inside.  The reception area features some of Warner Music’s best-selling albums of all time, followed by a relaxed art deco lounge. Open office space, custom recording studios, and large open-air collaboration areas round out the space.

As part of the move, Warner Bros. Records left behind its after more than 44 years.  That’s the end of a legacy — but perhaps the beginning of another.

WMG says the new space will “provide an environment where the distinctive cultures of WMG’s different labels and business units will flourish while allowing for greater creative collaboration across the company.”

Other labels joining on the move include Elektra, Atlantic, Rhino, WEA, and ADA.  Warner Music Group says the budding art, fashion, and food scene in Downton Los Angeles made it the best fit for its new HQ.

Watch Matthew McConaughey Hilariously Convince People They’re High

Matthew McConaughey’s doing some film promo for his flick The Beach Bum that follows a weed-smoking, beer-loving writer who is fully capable penning the next greatest novel as long as he can stop the partying and drug use for just a little while. In light the film’s release, Matthew has teamed with Jimmy Kimmel and his late show to hit the streets West Hollywood and convince pedestrians they’re high. 

Of course, Matthew was dressed as the character the movie as he lied to people by telling them that everything they were about to ingest had THC in it, when really it didn’t. “That’s crazy,” one woman explained, detailing how she felt “tingly” in her hands and toes. Another guy sipped on some ‘infused’ tea and said he was feeling “something relaxing” coming over him while another woman said her legs felt like gummy bears – check it out below.

The Beach Bum also stars Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Isla Fisher and Snoop Dogg who previously explained how he and Matthew made some “real songs” when they got high on set. 

“We made about seven songs that was for real, right, and he was so high, like, for the whole rest the movie we kept touching back on those songs,” Snoop explained. “Like, we would be just chilling and he would bring this song up and this song up, and I’m like, alright cool. We got the whole groove set so now everything is beautiful. But at the same time, he didn’t do none the lines from the movie the first night.”

Liam Neeson Apologizes For Racist Revenge Comment: "I Missed The Point"

Liam Neeson was under fire earlier this year after an interview with The Independent published where he admitted that he tried to find a “black bastard” to attack because his friend was raped by a Black male. It’s unsure why he decided to admit this during a press run for his film but clearly, he made his PR team work for their bucks. Although many tried to “cancel” the actor, he insisted that he isn’t a racist and that he felt remorse for his actions. Now, nearly two months after the initial comments, he’s issued a formal apology.

Liam Neeson Apologizes For Racist Revenge Comment: "I Missed The Point"
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Liam Neeson issued a statement  Deadline over the retelling his strange racist revenge fantasy, explaining that the story isn’t a reflection the person he is today. He admitted that the thoughts at the time were irrational and he realized that the things he said were hurtful after the fact.

“Over the last several weeks, I have reflected on and spoken to a variety people who were hurt by my impulsive recounting a brutal rape a dear female friend nearly 40 years ago and my unacceptable thoughts and actions at that time in response to this crime. The horror what happened to my friend ignited irrational thoughts that do not represent the person I am. In trying to explain those feelings today, I missed the point and hurt many people at a time when language is so ten weaponized and an entire community innocent people are targeted in acts rage. What I failed to realize is that this is not about justifying my anger all those years ago, it is also about the impact my words have today. I was wrong to do what I did. I recognize that, although the comments I made do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me, they were hurtful and divisive. I proundly apologize.”

Despite the controversy from his initial remarks, he was met with both support and opposition from industry peers. Terry Crews showed him support and Michelle Williams suggested that it’s impossible for Neeson to be racist because he kissed Viola Davis in a film…

Lil Uzi Vert’s "Free Uzi" Producer Says Rapper Can Do Whatever He Wants With Song

A few years ago, G Herbo released “Gangway” under his old moniker Lil Herb. The DJ L production was pretty solid and Lil Uzi Vertchose that exact beat to rap over for his latest release, effectively coming out retirement yesterday. We reported earlier today that because clearance issues, “Free Uzi” was removed from streaming platforms. While many would assume that DJ Drama and Don Cannon had to do with the removal Uzi’s comeback effort, it was apparently a higher power that swung down on the Philly rapper. According to the producer who created the instrumental though, Lil Uzi Vert can do whatever he wants with the beat.

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Writing over the original article on his Instagram story, DJ L told fans that Uzi has his blessing to release the song on streaming and make some money f it. “I own this beat 100 percent,” said the producer. “@liluzivert can do whatever the fuck he wanna do to the gangway instrumental.” With that said, we should expect the high-pitched record to return to streaming soon. It may not happen today but if DJ L has anything to say about it, Uzi is in the clear.

Have a listen to the song here and take a look at the five things we want the most from Uzi’s upcoming album Eternal Atake.

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50 Cent Slanders Sober Living Wendy Williams, Calls Her A “Crack Head”

50 Cent is taking aim at talk show host Wendy Williams — again. This time, he’s criticizing her recent attempt at drug rehab.

On Friday (March 29), the notorious internet troll shared a photo of a disheveled-looking Williams with the text, “DEAR WENDY, WE ARE PRAYING FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY ON YOUR DRUG ADDICTION.”

“I knew some thing was up with this bitch,” he wrote in the caption. “It was the drugs. She better not talk about me, then go to the rehab every day Crack Head. get the strap #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac.”

Williams entered rehab last week to address her cocaine addiction, but ultimately checked herself out on Monday (March 25) and relapsed on alcohol.

“She was in a bad way and disappeared from the studio after her show Monday,” a source told The Daily Mail.“She went back to the sober house only to check herself out and decided to start drinking. It’s not clear where she went but she headed in the direction of her home in Jersey and managed to find alcohol along the way.

“Word got back to the studio and there was panic and concern, everyone was looking for her, no one knew whether there would be a show.”

Of course, Williams and 50 Cent have had a contentious relationship for years. More recently, the Power exec threw jabs at her when she was photographed without makeup. Prior to that, Fiddy chided Williams for her “bad acting” following a fainting spell during the airing of one of her shows last year.

Nike Kyrie 5 "Friends" Colorway Nods To The Classic TV Series

If Kyrie Irving fans didn’t already know that the ’90s sitcom “Friends” is one his favorite tv series’  all time, I’ve got some news for you.

In honor the hit tv show, Nike and Kyrie Irving reportedly have plans to release a “Friends” version the Kyrie 5 this Spring. Rumors the “Friends” Kyrie 5 release surfaced earlier this year but the sneakers have popped up again, giving us a good idea what to expect when they release.

Nike Kyrie 5 "Friends" Colorway Nods To The Classic TV Series

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As seen in the latest batch images that surfaced today, the kicks sport a black upper, equipped with blue, red and yellow accents.

Additionally, the Nike Kyrie 5 “Friends” features the show’s hand written logo under the white Swoosh on the lateral side the left sneaker. “KYRIE” is also spelled out on the right sneaker in the familiar Friends font, with small Nike swooshes in place the red, blue and yellow dots.

Take a closer look at the details below and stay tuned for release info.

Nike Kyrie 5 "Friends" Colorway Nods To The Classic TV Series

Nike Kyrie 5 “Friends”/@lwss525

Nike Kyrie 5 "Friends" Colorway Nods To The Classic TV Series

Nike Kyrie 5 “Friends”/@lwss525

Nike Kyrie 5 "Friends" Colorway Nods To The Classic TV Series

Nike Kyrie 5 “Friends”/@lwss525

#DXCLUSIVE: Payday Record’s BBY Goyard Releases "Wild Thing" Single & Announces New EP

HipHopDX Premiere – As BBY Goyard inches closer to his upcoming Depth Perception EP, the Maryland rapper is giving fans a little taste with the “Wild Thing” single.

Throughout the track, Goyard’s lyrics stay true to his infatuation with punchlines and pop culture references, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Zillow, DC Go-Go music, Fat Joe, Family Matters, Dawson’s Creek, Wyatt Earp and basketball player Shawn Bradley.

“A futuristic trap style track littered with pop culture references, for the people who love everything from Dawson’s Creek to Buffalo Wild Wings,” he said in press release.

As described the press release, the track opens with “distorted zappy chords that bounce above a future trap beat with fast 808s and thumping bass, the track is ripe for Triller.”

Depth Perception is expected to drop Payday Records on April 26. Pre-orders are available here. 

Jussie Smollett Faces Lawsuit By Chicago, Could Cost Him "Empire" Role

 Jussie Smollett went from victim to suspect and now, he’s somewhere in between. After weeks claims by police saying that he staged his own attack, the actor had all charges against him dropped. Chicago Police and the mayor Chicago were furious over the State’s Attorney’s decision to drop the charges, especially after the amount money that was spent on the investigation. According to TMZ, the City Chicago pressing Jussie Smollett to reimburse them for the $130K spent on the case.

The City Chicago sent Smollett a demand letter for reimbursement the $130K spent on police overtime to investigate the alleged hate crime but Smollett’s folks are budging. The actor’s legal team reportedly already rejected the letter, saying Smollett’s the one who’s owed an apology from the Mayor and the Chicago PD superintendent. Now, a source close to the mayor said that the City is ready to file a civil suit against Smollett. According to the law, the City Chicago is allowed to collect three times the amount the penalty which could mean roughly $390K.

If this goes to court, the alleged attack will be fully litigated and the judge will have to decide whether he staged his own attack or not. However, since its a criminal case, the judge will only have to determine whether it’s likely that the actor staged his own attack.

Empire could have enough validation to fire Smollett if the judge finds that he faked his attack. Additionally, if Smollett loses the case and refuses to cough up the loot, the city could freeze his bank accounts and garnish wages including his salary from the show.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes Little Girl Cry After Admiring Her Artwork

Giannis Antetokounmpo is having himself an MVP-worth season thanks to his incredible play with the Milwaukee Bucks. At 57-19, the team is ranked first in the Eastern Conference and even have the best record in the entire league. This is all due in part to Antetokounmpo’s contributions on the court, which typically include some monstrous dunks. While the Greek Freak may come across as evil on the court, he certainly isn’t the same way f it. Sometimes it’s hard to strike a balance between on and f court personas, although based on a recently surfaced clip, it seems like Giannis does so perfectly. 

In the video, a little girl named Lily brought her jersey to be signed at an autograph event and she even had some artwork for the Bucks star. After taking a look at the art, Giannis was so moved that he got up from behind the desk and hugged her. That’s when she burst into tears in a moment that will surely tug at your heartstrings.

“Thank you so much, this is amazing. It’s amazing. You did all this? Thank you, thank you,” Antetokounmpo says.

In the background, even the adults can be seen shedding a tear at the beautiful moment. 

With the playfs on the horizon, perhaps Giannis will have karma on his side to help him go to the NBA Finals.

Rihanna Is Sweet & Incredibly Sexy In New Lingerie Pictures

It should be common knowledge that Rihanna is a modern-day goddess. The self-proclaimed “bad gal” is at the top most people’s lists and she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. We’re still waiting on new music from the global sensation but she’s been remaining active online for her other business ventures. RiRi has used her social pages to promote her make-up brand as well as her wildly successful lingerie line. Savage X Fenty has the benefit being operated by Rihanna, which means that the promotional pictures will ten be her rocking some lingerie. While I may not have the mind a woman, Rihanna would be enough to entice me to cop something. Her latest batch shots for April Fools will likely trick you into taking a closer look at the photos.

Despite calling herself a “bad gal,” Rihanna’s new photo shoot is innocent and harmless, showing a different side to her usually sexy products. Don’t be mistaken by her sudden naivety though because the artist is still every ounce the sensual being we know her to be. The Bajan princess rocks a yellow sheer bra and underwear, turning around and giving her best “nice girl” impression by pursing her lips and adding a bow in her hair.

Each time Rihanna shares a new gallery Fenty X Savage shots, a large number men and women stop in their tracks to momentarily thank the heavens above for her beauty. Take a look at the latest shots below.

Trey Songz Shoots His Shot with Megan Thee Stallion

Trey Songz is shooting shots with Megan Thee Stallion.

The R&B heartthrob took to Twitter to publicly thirst over the rising rap star after hearing her song “Big Ole Freak.”

“Big Ol Freak make me wanna knock the stallion head off for the culture,” tweeted the newly-single Trigga, who recently broke up with Lori Harvey.

His provocative tweet went viral and caught the attention of Meg herself, who put the “Chi Chi” singer in his place with her hilarious response.

“Somebody tell Trigga he can’t handle me …😂😂😂” she tweeted alongside crying laughing emojis.

Just last week, the Houston phenom released her new single “Sex Talk” off her upcoming album Fever, due April 12. She has also been dealing with the loss of her mother, who recently passed away.

Taking to Instagram, Meg shared a childhood photo of her and her mom from Christmas with a heartfelt caption. “The best mom in the whole world. The strongest woman on the planet,” she wrote. “I can’t even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama.”