Amazon Music & HNHH Present "Heavy Rotation"

HotNewHipHop has teamed up with Amazon Music to launch a new four-part video series dubbed “Heavy Rotation,” inspired by Amazon Music’s new hip-hop heavy playlist, Rap Rotation.

As part the series we linked up with four artists, including Wale, to find out what five tracks are in their Heavy Rotation.

As seen in the video embedded above, Wale’s Heavy Rotation includes:

Act a Fool – Rick Ross ft. Wale

Something New – Ade ft. Lil Baby

Anybody- Burna Boy

Pole Dancer – Wale ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Gemini – Wale

Updated each week, Amazon Music’s Rap Rotation features the best in what’s moving in hip-hop, from the biggest new releases to the latest hits from rising talent including Cardi B, YG, J Cole and more. 

To listen to the playlist, head on over to https://www.amazon.com/raprotation, or simply say “Alexa, play Rotation on Amazon Music” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, and on Alexa-enabled devices.

"Super Size Me 2" Explores The Reality Behind "Healthy" & "Organic" Fast Food

It’s been thirteen years since Super Size Me put McDonald’s on blast which subsequently put a halt to the Super Size option at America’s favorite fast food joint. Many who’ve watched it stopped eating McDonald’s altogether after finding out the truth behind what’s in their Big Macs and other favorite menu items. Morgan Spurlock, the director behind the documentary, is apparently still on the mission to expose the fast-food giant so he decided to make a sequel to 2004’s game-changing documentary.

Super Size Me 2 will ficially see the light day on July 12th with a digital and theatrical release. The trailer debuted earlier today which continues to explore the fast-food industry but this one is focused on how poultry is raised. With labels like “healthy” and “organic” being slapped across products, Spurlock and his team open up a chicken joint and investigate how these chickens are ranged. At one point, Spurlock explains how technicalities can get the USDA’s approval despite for chicken products to be labeled as “free-range,” “hormone-free,” “cage-free,” “humanely raised” 100% chicken.

Spurlock’s latest documentary was supposed to be released in 2017. In the midst the rise the #MeToo movement, he wrote an open letter admitting to sexual misconduct which later prompted YouTube Red to drop the film as well as other projects Morgan Spurlock had in the pipeline. 

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse has a couple  exclusive sneaker collaborations set to release at ComplexCon Chicago this weekend, including collabs with Chinatown Market and LA-based artist Joshua Vides. Each the special edition sneakers take shape in the form the Chuck 70.

Converse and Chinatown Market conceptualized a light-sensitive, multi-tone asymmetrical canvas upper, which transforms from a muted palette to a bold saturated palette using UV activated ink, when exposed to UV light – as shown below.

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse x Chinatown Market/Foot Locker

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse x Chinatown Market/Converse

Utilizing Vides’ signature linework on the mid- and outsole, he redrew the lines  Chuck 70, crafting a black and white base layer with subtle linework. Then, with a desire to ensure the wearer can adapt the shoe to their individual style, concepted interchangeable Velcro hook and loop panels in custom Pantone colorways that overlay the canvas base. 

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse x Joshua Vides/Converse

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse x Joshua Vides/Converse

In addition to those two collabs, Converse will also be releasing am “UNT1TL3D” pack, featuring an exaggerated midsole and upper that features hand drawn iterations the phrase – “Not A Chuck.”

The three new interpretations the Chuck 70 will be available in limited quantities during ComplexCon Chicago on July 20 & 21 at the Foot Locker x Converse Supermall booth open from 9AM to 8PM.

Converse x UNT1TL3D will be available on July 26 for $70, and Converse x Joshua Vides will be available for $95-$100 on August 16 at Foot Locker stores nationwide. Converse x Chinatown Market will be available at 12:01 AM ET on July 20 at Foot Locker stores nationwide on August 2 for $110.

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse x UNT1TL3D

Converse Unveils Chinatown Market Collab & Other Exclusive Colorways

Converse x UNT1TL3D

Cardi B Says America Let Down Bernie Sanders In 2016

Cardi B is no rookie when it comes to expressing her thoughts on the political climate in the United States. The “Press” rapper has previously encouraged her followers to stay up to date on who’s running for president so they can make a calculated, informed choice on who they chose to vote for. 

Cardi B Says America Let Down Bernie Sanders In 2016
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More recently, Cardi B shared a video on Instagram asking her fans to comment with questions they have for the next president, sparking a conversation on health care, gun laws and equal pay. The latest political moves Cardi has made has taken place on Twitter where the rapper shared a statement about her feelings on Bernie Sanders and how she feels America has let him down. 

“I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such along time. Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign,” she wrote. 

A user then responded to Cardi’s tweet, reminding her a time she once complained about paying taxes – something Bernie wants to increase for the rich. “I don’t mind paying taxes if I see on what am I paying my taxes on.Its sad that we pay so much taxes yet we don’t have free college education neither free healthcare,” Cardi responded 

Drake Reveals OVO Basketball Court in Toronto Mansion

Drake is ballin’ on his own court.

After showing off his private plane, the 6 God is giving fans a sneak peek at his latest extravagance, a private basketball court. After years in construction, the near-NBA regulation-sized court is finally finished and features the OVO logos and a digital scoreboard housed under a glass ceiling inside his 35,000-square-foot Toronto mansion.

Drake shared footage of himself sinking a shot from a room above the massive hardwood court. “Basketball, dinner, @euphoria on a Sunday,” he captioned it.

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The Raptors global ambassador has been constructing his mansion in Toronto’s Bridle Path neighborhood. In 2015, he purchased the property for $6.7 million and tore down the existing home to build his own, which he nicknamed “The Embassy.”

Canadian designer Ferris Rafauli is behind the three-story mansion, which boasts a 941-square-foot master bedroom, elevator, 10-car garage, screening room, and four guest rooms. Additionally, there is a jersey museum for Drake’s basketball memorabilia and an awards room to house all of his trophies.

#DXCLUSIVE: CMW’s Tha Chill & Serlatheo Hop On Boris Love’s "Boss Drippin" Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Compton’s Most Wanted MC Tha Chill put his production and lyrical skills to work for Boris Love’s new single “Boss Drippin” featuring Serlatheo. In the accompanying video, the trio hits the beach while bouncing bars back and forth.

“We on it like we want it,” Love tells HipHopDX. “We’re bringing you good music only. This new album has a bit of something for everyone to relate to — the bridge between the old and new.”

“Boss Drippin” comes from Love’s forthcoming Tha Bridge album, which is arriving sometime this year Tibl. Music.

Watch the “Boss Drippin” video above.

Actor Chosen to Play Elvis Presley In Upcoming Warner Bros. Biopic

Austin Butler will star in an Elvis Presley biopic film, directed by Baz Luhrmann for Warner Bros.

The studio tested with a handful of actors in full make-up and hair to see who would land the role.

Butler will be co-starring alongside Tom Hanks, who is playing Col. Tom Parker. Luhrmann said he wanted to make sure the casting was absolutely right for the biopic, with Butler viewed as someone who could adequately capture Presley’s style and inner vulnerability.

Luhrmann told Deadline that he landed on Butler after hearing about previous performances. Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles all submitted a film test for the director.  In comments to Variety, Luhrmann relayed that he’d ‘unequivocally’ found the right guy.

“I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”

Butler made his Broadway debut in 2018 alongside Denzel Washington in the adaptation of The Iceman Cometh. He will also appear opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The film covers the relationship between a seasoned manager and a dirt-poor up-and-coming artist set to become an iconic star.

Luhrmann co-wrote the script for the biopic with Craig Pearce. He previously worked on an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Shooting for the biopic won’t begin until 2020 to accommodate Tom Hank’s schedule.

Luhrmann is also producing the biopic alongside multiple-Oscar winner Catherine Martin. Gail Berman also worked with Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge; she will serve as the production and costume designer for the film.

The film will be made in Queensland with support from several Australian organizations.

Soulja Boy Released From Jail & Immediately Sued For Skipping Gig

Soulja Boy’s time behind bars may be over, but his legal issues aren’t. After securing an early release from jail in his probation violation case, Big Draco has been hit with a lawsuit for no-showing an event in April.

According to TMZ, promoter William Hicks is suing Soulja for bailing on a gig at the Luxe Lounge in Birmingham, Alabama after being paid almost $9,000 upfront. Soulja’s manager allegedly claimed his client wasn’t able to make it due to a missed flight, but Hicks believes the “Crank That” creator opted to party in Las Vegas instead.

Hicks is seeking $13,487.85 for breach of contract and to recoup the money he lost. The promoter has accused Soulja of refusing to pay back $8,750 sent wire transfer.

“Every time I ask for the money, they don’t respond,” Hicks told BOSSIP in April. “I think it’s really really pitiful. You’re supposed to be a professional. But you’re in Vegas smoking and drinking and you screwed people over in another state. That is bad business.”

Soulja responded to Hicks by commenting on a Say Cheese TV Instagram post about the promoter’s allegations.

“$9,000 I wipe my ass with that lol,” he wrote. “I spent that a day haha I spend that on drank Xbox games and backwoods When did I get a saycheese wife beater.”

Despite their public spat, Soulja did send Hicks a video apology. The promoter wanted the viral artist to do this publicly but claims Soulja refused even though a clip of him apologizing has surfaced on YouTube.

Sources close to Soulja told TMZ the two sides were trying work something out before Soulja was arrested and communication ceased.

Watch Soulja’s apology below.

Anthony Davis Claims He Has No Regrets Over Pelicans Trade Demand

Right before the Free Agency period opened up, the Los Angeles Lakers traded their entire future for the services Anthony Davis. Players like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart were sent to the New Orleans Pelicans and it appears as though the trade has worked out for everyone involved. Halfway through the season, Davis requested a trade out New Orleans with some thinking it could get done by the trade deadline. A deal was never made and Davis’ future lingered into the Summer. Now that Davis is a member the Lakers, he has been speaking to the media and even talked to Rachel Nichols ESPN.

In a recent clip, Davis asked AD if he regrets how he handled his situation. As a player looking to reclaim his autonomy, Davis said he did what was right for him.

“No, I wish I did it the way I did it,” Davis said. “I love the city New Orleans, but from a pressional standpoint, I felt like it was time for me to move on.”

Davis went on to say that he used to let his team make decisions for him but at this point, he can safely say that he’s in the driver’s seat his own career.

“I allowed people to tell me what to do and advise me to do things, and I’d think, ‘Alright, they’re looking out for me,'” Davis explained. “Now, by me being able to take control my career, any decision I make I can sleep at night. That’s the biggest thing for me.”

Air Jordan 4 Retro "Cool Grey" Drops Next Month: Fresh Look

If you were to look deep into the Air Jordan 4’s expansive library, you would quickly realize that the “Cool Grey” colorway is amongst one the most classic and most popular. Cool Grey colorways have been a staple Jordan Brand over the last few years and with this particular retro, Jumpman is looking to carry the torch once again.

As you would expect from a shoe called “Cool Grey” the colors here aren’t exactly bright. The entire upper is made with grey suede while black and white can be found on the midsole. There is a white Jumpman logo on the tongue, with the logo returning on the back heel but in silver. The new images provided by @zsneakerheadz give a better look at what the latest “Cool Grey” model will look like.

According to the post below, this latest Jordan Brand release will drop on August 3rd for $190 USD. If you’re a fan the Air Jordan 4 and don’t have this in your collection already, be sure to stay active on release day because these will be highly sought after.

The Game’s Royalties Seized Until $7M Sexual Assault Judgment Paid Off: Report

The Game had no way maneuvering his way around this one. The rapper’s been trying to avoid paying Priscilla Rainey after she won a $7M judgment in her sexual assault case against him. Earlier this year, she asked the judge to grant her a motion to seize his royalties until the entire judgment is paid f. Reports in June stated the judge stopped Rainey from directly collecting the rapper’s income to pay f the lawsuit but it seems like the judge has now granted Rainey’s motion.

The Game's Royalties Seized Until $7M Sexual Assault Judgment Paid Off: Report
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The Blast reports that a judge gave Priscilla Rainey the green light to seize the rapper’s music royalties until the $7.4M he owes her is paid f. This includes any money that also comes in from his record label as well. “Any and all rights, title, and interest Defendant from the following companies in the form , among other things, commission, royalties, contract receivables, deferred compensation, income, wages, payroll, salary, and accounts receivable: Sound Exchange, Inc., 733 10th Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001; and Entertainment One U.S. LP, Attn: Michael Healy, 22 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050,” the order states.

With the judge’s new ruling, The Game will have to pay Rainey directly until she receives all the money. If he fails to obey the order, the judge warned him that he could be found in contempt court. 

Soulja Boy Released From Jail Early

Soulja Boy is a free man.

The rapper was released from jail just before 2 a.m. PST on Sunday morning (July 14) as a result of his jail time expiring. The L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. tells TMZ that he was released 146 days early due to a combination of good behavior, time served, and overcrowding.

Soulja had originally been sentenced to 240 days in jail and 265 days of community service for violating his probation in April. The judge said he failed to do his court-ordered community service and even conspired to falsify evidence he had completed it. In February, cops raided Soulja’s home and found ammunition while investigating a claim from an ex-girlfriend, who said that Soulja had kidnapped her.

While he was behind bars, his kidnapping case was rejected by prosecutors. The Ventura County District Attorney declined to file charges against the rapper due to insufficient evidence. The alleged victim accused him of holding her captive for six hours. However, the case was dropped after a police investigation didn’t prove it.

Steph Curry Breaks Down The Time He Hit A Three Over Kobe Bryant: Watch

Steph Curry will most likely go down as the best shooter in NBA history, although things weren’t always easy for the three-time champion. During the early stages 2014, the Golden State Warriors were an up and coming team who hadn’t established themselves as a dynasty for the ages. Curry was just about to hit his stride and during the preseason their championship year, he was able to catch the attention Kobe Bryant. During a game on October 12th, 2014, Curry went up the court and faced some in-your-face defense from Bryant. That’s when he pulled f a step-back three that would soon become the star’s staple.

In a recent interview, Curry talked about the moment and how he was able to pull it f.

“This is him, I think the year after his Achilles tear] and he’s trying to get his competitive fire back because he missed so much time. He started to pick me up full court two possessions in a row, so this is the second possession. So I took the challenge obviously. They let him foul and they didn’t call that so I kinda had to work with that,” Curry said. “But I came down the court and he was trying to steal it, trying to be physical. I got him with a little half step to get a little bit space and then just pulled it from deep and obviously it went in and then his smile afterward, the little ass tap.”

From there, Curry and the Warriors went on to win the championship against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. If Curry didn’t have the league’s respect at that point, he would certainly gain it after that.

WWE Extreme Rules: Brock Lesnar Cashes In, Wins Universal Title

Brock Lesnar is WWE Universal Champion once again, much to the dismay  many fans in the WWE Universe. 

As promised by Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman, the former UFC champ successfully cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase during Sunday night’s Extreme Rules PPV in Philadelphia. The Beast Incarnate made his appearance following the final match on the card, just moments after Seth Rollins pinned Baron Corbin.

Lesnar’s in-ring time was brief, as he hit Rollins with a pair German Suplexes before finishing him f with an F5 for the victory. If Lesnar’s previous Universal Title run is any indication, WWE fans shouldn’t expect to see the belt on TV too ten until the SummerSlam PPV in Toronto on August 11.

The Universal Championship wasn’t the only title to change hands at Extreme Rules. Earlier in the night, AJ Styles defeated Ricochet with the help his henchmen, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, to win the United States Championship.

The New Day also outlasted Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan, as well as Heavy Machinery in a Triple Threat match to regain the SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles, while Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor on the kick-f show.

Other notable results: Ki Kingston over Samoa Joe, Undertaker and Roman Reigns victorious against Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon, and Braun Strowman defeated Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match.

Florida Principal Who Doesn’t Consider The Holocaust "Factual" Has Been Fired

A principal is Florida faced backlash after reports emerged that he failed to acknowledge the Holocaust as a “historical, factual event” in an e-mail with a parent. Spanish River Community High School’s former principal, Williams Latson, has been fired from his position after a petition went live calling for his dismissal.

Florida Principal Who Doesn't Consider The Holocaust "Factual" Has Been Fired
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A parent one the students e-mailed the principal about the prioritization The Holocaust in the school curriculum. While he tried to maintain a neutral position on the topic, he made it clear that there wasn’t a big emphasis on educating children on the Holocaust. I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” he wrote back to the parent. “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”

He later added that the school allows “information about the Holocaust to be presented” to students so they could “make decisions about it accordingly” which he said he also does when it comes to slavery. The e-mailed leaked online last week which Latson apologized for but at that point, the school already caught wind a petition for the principal’s resignation which garnered 11K signatures.

“I regret that the verbiage that I used when responding to an email message from a parent, one year ago, did not accurately reflect my pressional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities the Holocaust,” Latson wrote to the Palm Beach Post. “It is critical that, as a society, we hold dear the memory the victims and hold fast to our commitment to counter anti-Semitism.”

The school district said that Latson’s “leadership has become a major distraction for the school community.” 

“In addition to being fensive,” the district stated, “the principal’s statement is not supported by either the School District Administration or the School Board.”