Kawhi Leonard was a busy man this past week as he had to decide which team he would be playing with next season. On Saturday, it was revealed that Kawhi would be going home to play with the Los Angeles Clippers alongside Paul George. Leonard was able to pull George away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who ended up getting traded. It was a huge announcement that came with some other reports that Leonard was trying to recruit some other big-name players.
This morning, we reported that Leonard tried to bring Kevin Durant on board and now, it’s been revealed that Kawhi tried to recruit Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe. As Lowe reports, Leonard’s goal was to keep quiet this whole time and recruit players in private. Durant and George were a part this recruitment, with Irving being a more low-key conversation. Of course, Irving and Durant ended up in Brooklyn.
“In one backroom power move, Kawhi Leonard rescued Paul George from a capped-out low-level playf team; rejected the Lakers’ attempts to build perhaps the greatest big three in basketball history; and left the league as open as it has been in years. The league’s quietest superstar ‘found his voice,’ as one executive put it. He recruited George, Durant and even Kyrie Irving at points, sources say.”
With Leonard and George on the roster, the Clippers are automatic contenders for the NBA championship.
G-Eazy‘s yet to make an impact in the world acting yet but if he does, he’ll be taking on a huge role. The rapper, who’s whole fashion sense is reminiscent Elvis Presley, has been in talks to play “The King Of Rock And Roll” in an upcoming biopic, TMZ reports. He would undoubtedly be an easy fit for the role but the director doesn’t seem to be entirely convinced he’s a perfect fit for the role. His name isn’t at the top the list right now but he’s met with Baz Luhrmann, the director the biopic, and Warner Bros., expressing his desire for the role.
Baz Luhrmann’s reportedly had a few other names in mind for the role Elvis. Among them are Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Austin Butler, Miles Teller, and former One Direction star Harry Styles. At this point, it’s already been confirmed that Tom Hanks will take on the role Elvis Presley’s manager. Not sure how Tom Hanks and G-Eazy’s chemistry on wax would be on screen together but this would be G-Eazy’s foray into the acting world.
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Aside from his efforts towards playing Elvis, he’s been teasing his forthcoming album over the past few months which is set to include a verse from Lil Wayne. He released the single, “West Coast” earlier this year with Blueface before dropping f the remix with additional verses from ALLBLACK and YG.
While he readies Chixtape 5, Tory Lanez pops up with a freestyle to Polo G and Lil Tjay’s “Pop Out.”
On his “Playboy Mix,” the Toronto rapper reflects on his come-up. In the accompanying video, he chills at his penthouse pad while showing off his plaques and watching “Family Guy,” with his dog Charlie by his side. He also swerves through the city in his Bentley Bentayga with his crew.
Lanez is still working on his long-awaited mixtape Chixtape 5, but assured fans that it will be worth the wait. “I kno it’s taking long guys . But perfection is perfection … and I promise it’s worth the wait,” he said. “I’ve never been in my bag like this ‘production , writing , creative concepts’ this project might really be the best one yet and that’s hard for me to say but the more time that gets spent on it is the better it sounds..”
In the meantime, he plans to release more songs and videos. “I still understand that it’s the summer time,” he added. “And while u wait I will be OVERLOADING YALL WITH CONTENT …. Videos , Music , Vlogs .. from me and the Whole #OneUmbrella.”
“Pop Out,” which has been certified platinum, can be found on Polo G’s debut album Die a Legend.
During a 117-113 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28th, 1990, Michael Jordan scored a career-high 69 points and etched himself into the history books. At the time, Jordan was wearing the Tinker Hatfield-designed Air Jordan 5 in the Chicago Bulls-inspired “Fire Red” colorway. The “Fire Red” model is one the most iconic Air Jordan models all-time thanks to the unique shark teeth near the midsole. There have been a few re-releases the shoe over the years and according to @zsneakerheadz, the sneaker is coming back in 2020.
In the Instagram post below, the significance Jordan’s 69-point game is explained. Essentially, the shoe will be released on March 29th 2020 to celebrate the 30th anniversary Jordan’s record-setting game. The sneaker will look like its OG counterpart which has Nike Air branding on the back and features white leather, with red accents all throughout the shoe.
As the post explains, this shoe will cost $200 USD and will not be a part the All-Star weekend lineup, which was originally thought to be the case.
The PG-Rated remodel, shows Post embodying the immortality emotion, by portraying a love-crazed zombie in a video that has a retro feel to it. Malone impassionately wanders around a small town for most the video, in search his soulmate. He is eventually lead to a bar where Young Thug is performing for a crowd, tand happens to find said soul-mate there. In a touching sentiment, as others hastily flee at the sight the zombie’d Malone, the girl stays put while Post lovingly sings directly to her.
While the music documentary and/or concert film has been a staple the film genre for over 50 years, it’s only recently that the trend has been more freely produced, and as a result, rewarded. In the past seven years, four music documentaries have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Of those, three won: Searching for Sugar Man, 20 Feet From Stardom, & Amy.
Following the recent successes concert films, rock docs, and multi-part music docuseries on Netflix, HBO, Showtime, and others – expect to see more popping up on your go-to streaming platform and premium cable networks in the future. And need not forget the silver screen, as the summertime tends to see the release countless documentaries filling up indie and art house theaters.
For those looking to catch up on what they’ve missed over the past few years, below you’ll find recommendations for 15 music documentaries and concert films streaming right now. Happy binging!
Arguably the rawest music documentary featured on this list, Asif Kapadia’s 2015 film, Amy, follows the life and tragically early death British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Spanning the topics family, fame, media, and addiction – Amy does a brilliant job capturing the musical genius so few got the opportunity to witness first-hand. Thanks in part to a bevy home videos, the viewer is granted such personal access to the singer’s early life.
While most viewers already know Winehouse’s untimely demise prior to viewing, it’s this intimacy created by Kapadia that makes her inescapable premature death all the more devastating. At the 88th Academy Awards, Amy took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, and to this day stands as the highest-grossing British documentary all time. Currently streaming on Netflix, Amy is a highly enjoyable watch for both diehard fans and the most uninformed viewer alike. And man does her music never get old. Timeless… just like Amy.
HΘMΣCΘMING: A Film by Beyoncé (Netflix)
Following the massive successes her back-to-back HBO visual albums, 2013’s Beyoncé and 2016’s Lemonade, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter began work on what would become her next game-changing project. However, before she could unveil her newest creative endeavor, she would first have to give birth to twin babies. Due to the pregnancy, Beyoncé was forced to postpone her highly anticipated Coachella 2017 headlining performance to the following year. But damn, was the wait worth it.
For those who streamed the show Coachella’s YouTube page, we all knew the HBCU homecoming-themed performance was incredible – from its 100 dancers, full marching band, drumline, and Destiny’s Child reunion. But it wasn’t until the following year when Netflix released HΘMΣCΘMING: A Film by Beyoncé – that fans truly got to witness every angle one the greatest performances in music history. Edited alongside the behind-the-scenes how it all came together, HΘMΣCΘMING is a tour de force with the incomparable, strong black female on full display, as she steers the ship behind it all.
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (Amazon)
Inspired by Mel Stuart’s 1973 documentary, Wattstax, 2005’s Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is almost more a time capsule than music documentary/concert film. Taking place over the summer 2004 and culminating with Dave’s now legendary block party concert in the Clinton Hill neighborhood Brooklyn, the film covers various Brooklyn landmarks, as well as rap and neo-soul artists, both new and old. The film was made after season two Chappelle’s Show aired, but before Dave announced he would be walking away from the series. Directed by Michel Gondry, following the success and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Eternal Sunshine the Spotless Mind – Chappelle and Gondry were two men at their creative peaks, excited to make a fun movie and put on a memorable concert.
In addition to Dave’s gut-busting comedy, the concert features performances from a young Kanye West, John Legend, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and The Roots. Lauryn Hill was booked to perform solo, however, after her label wouldn’t clear her songs for the film, she opted instead to reunite The Fugees as the perfect headliner for arguably one the greatest concerts the last 50 years. If you have somehow never seen Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, it is currently streaming on Amazon and perfect for a hot summer day indoors.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO)
While Elvis Presley isn’t the standard fare for HotNewHipHop, HBO’s three-and-a-half-hour documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, really opens up the man still referred to as “the King” to a new, and for the most part, untapped demographic. The film spans the legend’s 42-year progression as both a musician, as well as the man very few got the chance to know. Ex-wife Priscilla Presley has stated that Elvis Presley: The Searcher “is the definitive Elvis] documentary. There’s no vanilla here. It is the real deal.”
Describing the struggle in making a documentary on Elvis with a unique perspective, executive producer and friend Jerry Schilling said, “When there is an artist that has so much done on him, it’s very hard to come up with the fresh look.” Basically, Elvis Presley: The Searcher is the quintessential crash course on Elvis for millennials. Give it a watch if you’ve got the time.
Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix)
Inspired by both Amy Winehouse and Beyoncé – two artists already detailed on this list – Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, is a 5’2” force all to herself and the topic Chris Moukarbel’s 2017 Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. Following Gaga throughout a pivotal year in her career, Moukarbel successfully captures the brilliant artist in an observational, cinéma vérité style which Vertov would be proud.
Spanning both the writing/producing and release her fifth album, Joanne, her Super Bowl 51 halftime performance, and ongoing battle with fibromyalgia, Gaga: Five Foot Two paints Germanotta in a true-to-life light where she comes across as both strong and vulnerable; simultaneously human, and superhuman. Clocking in at 100 minutes long, Gaga: Five Foot Two successfully strips back the fame monster facade for a raw and emotional artist willing to bare it all.
Documenting Justin Timberlake’s final performance the most successful tour his career – The 20/20 Experience World Tour – Academy Award winning director, Jonathan Demme (The Silence the Lambs) takes viewers on a fantastic ride, using 17 different cameras to capture the global pop star’s 134th performance. Filmed on January 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids would tragically become the final film Jonathan Demme’s historic career; he passed away six months following the Netflix concert film’s release.
In addition to the death Demme, Prince also passed away while working on the film, prompting Timberlake to dedicate the film to his legacy, saying: “His influence is all over everyone’s music and there’s so much that I feel like I’ve maybe consciously and unconsciously borrowed from him that it felt right… It just feels right to dedicate the film to him.” RIP Prince, RIP Jonathan Demme, and rock on JT!
Leaving Neverland (HBO)
By far the most controversial film the year thus far, Dan Reed’s 4-hour HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, has been a hot topic discussion throughout 2019. For some fans, they had turned their back on Michael Jackson long ago. For others, this was the final straw. The rawest and detailed account two different boys’ respective experiences with the King Pop. Director Dan Reed (Three Days Terror, Terror at the Mall) has described the documentary feature as a “study the psychology child abuse, told through two ordinary families… groomed for 20 years by a pedophile masquerading as a trusted friend.” The film’s well-paced storytelling only helps build to its shockingly, disturbing first-person accounts a global celebrity’s sexual abuse underage boys.
Since the movie’s release, various radio stations have removed MJ’s music from playlists, FX ceased airing the Michael Jackson episode The Simpsons, and “Weird Al” Yankovic stopped playing his Jackson parodies on tour. Meanwhile, certain classic songs sound different, under a new light. The Jackson estate has denied the documentary’s accusations, but HBO has remained steadfast in the airing the two-part documentary.
The story Quincy Jones is truly one the most legendary careers in the history entertainment. Owning such titles as trumpeter, conductor, composer, and arranger – Quincy Jones is known by most as a music producer turned film producer. As Netflix puts it, “he has shaped the pop culture landscape for 70 years, mentoring and cultivating the careers young talents, from Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith.”
Directed by his daughter, actress Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca, Hot Girls Wanted), Quincy fers the behind-the-scenes access and questions answered that only a daughter can pull out her mythical father. While the documentary won the Grammy Award for Best Music Film this year, it didn’t receive a nomination for the Academy Award.
20 Feet From Stardom (Netflix)
Academy Award and Grammy-winning documentarian, Morgan Neville, was robbed a second Oscar win when his brilliant Mister Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, wasn’t even nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this past year’s awards ceremony. However, the film that brought him into the mainstream consciousness, 20 Feet From Stardom, remains an Academy favorite, appearing in documentary montages for years to come. 20 Feet From Stardom introduces viewers to the “unsung heroes behind the greatest songs our time” – the backup singers.
In a beautiful work art that finally puts names and faces to the voices we’ve been listening to for decades, 20 Feet From Stardom tells the stories world-famous backup singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Tata Vega, Judith Hill, Lisa Fischer, and Jo Lawry; as the performers they once backed up, like Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Sting take to the background for once in their illustrious careers. “When you’re a background singer it is a springboard, but it can easily become quicksand if that’s not what you want to do,” says Judith Hill in the film’s trailer. 20 Feet From Stardom is a must-watch doc that serves as both a music history lesson, as well as a guide for future singers.
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)
Although the iconic song, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” was written about Nina Simone’s dear friend and author A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry, it was Nina’s voice that magically brought those mighty words to life. And much like her voice animated her words, the incredible, rare footage featured throughout Liz Garbus’ 2015 Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? helps provide the images necessary in telling the powerful story Eunice Waymon, known by most as Nina Simone.
Regarded as the “High Priestess Soul” – Nina Simone was known for her music, civil rights activism, and temper (which was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder). However, Garbus’ documentary does a wonderful job revealing her life as a mother, friend, and expatriate. Titled from a Maya Angelou quote, what makes What Happened, Miss Simone? truly unique is its unreleased archival footage, in addition to exclusive interviews with her friends, colleagues, and daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly. The Oscar-nominated documentary (it lost to Amy) is streaming now on Netflix.
2018 was full documentaries with a buzz, and as a result (similar to Quincy), Whitney didn’t draw the amount attention many had expected. While the Whitney Houston documentary featured nearly 70 interviews, including a majority her family, it ultimately drew much more critical attention than actual box fices sales.
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Scotland, Marley), the two-hour documentary features over 1,500 tapes archival footage, including 2,000 stills, 250 masters, and rare performances. Throughout her nearly 30-year career, Whitney Houston was a musical force that Whitney helps capture through sharing her most intimate moments. Whether it’s her vocal gift, erratic behavior, or premature death – Whitney rides the wave that was Whitney Houston’s unparalleled career.
Released as part Mass Appeal’s film & television division, Rapture is an 8-part Netflix docu-series with episodes devoted to Logic, Nas & Dave East, T.I., G-Eazy, 2 Chainz, Rapsody, Just Blaze, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Described by Netflix as a series that “dives into artists’ lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power moving the crowd” – Rapture displays hip-hop’s mainstream effect and influence on the culture the world.
While each episode features major rap artists sharing their unique life stories, Rapture parallels these distinctions with one another, proving that while the path may be different, the goal remains the same.
Rick Rubin, the sage-like creative guru and legendary music producer holed away along the Malibu coastline, is the latest subject Academy Award and Grammy-winning documentarian, Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor, 20 Feet From Stardom). Set amongst Rubin’s iconic monastery-esque, Malibu music studio, Shangri-La Studios, Neville engages in creative conversations with the man, the myth, and the legend, in addition to the revolving door musical guests visiting Rubin’s Los Angeles beach town estate.
Throughout the 4-episode docu-series, expect to see some your favorite musicians including Ezra Koenig Vampire Weekend, Tyler the Creator, David Lynch, Mark Ronson, and the late Mac Miller. All four episodes Shangri-La begin streaming VOD and Showtime Anytime on July 12th.
The Defiant Ones (HBO)
The Defiant Ones is a 4-part HBO docu-series that follows the diverging life trajectories record producer Jimmy Iovine and rapper/producer Dr. Dre, and how their lives would inevitably meet. Beginning by establishing Jimmy’s east coast past engineering and producing for Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, and U2; while Dre is on the west coast blowing up with NWA – the two eventually meet in 1992 when Jimmy decides to put out The Chronic on Interscope Records. And from there, everything else is history. The Defiant Ones features interviews with the biggest names in music including Lady Gaga, Ice Cube, Trent Reznor, Kendrick Lamar, Bono, and Eminem. So whether you’re a fan classic rock, late ‘80s/’90s hip-hop, early 2000s rap, or the growing headphone market in tech – this docu-series will have something for you.
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Showtime)
Celebrating the 25th anniversary one the most iconic groups in hip-hop history, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men consists four hour-long episodes spanning the group’s origins and ascension to ‘90s rap royalty. Directed by Mass Appeal creative director, Sacha Jenkins – Of Mics and Men has been critically well-received, garnering praise as the definitive Wu-Tang documentary for its interviews with all nine living members (RZA, GZA, Inspectah Desk, Raekwon, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna), in addition to rare behind-the-scenes and concert footage.
If you call yourself a fan the Wu, and you haven’t seen Sacha Jenkins’ four-hour docu-series yet, you’re slippin’. And for those already hungry for more televised Wu content, RZA is currently writing and producing for Hulu, a 10-episode dramatic telling the group’s ‘90s rise starring Dave East and Joey Bada$$ as Method Man & Inspectah Deck, respectively.
Yesterday, we reported on Spider-Man: Far From Home as expected to make over $180 million dollars by the end the weekend and it appears the estimates were right. According to Variety, the Far From Home instalment managed to garner $185 million dollars within six days its release in theatres. This makes for a very successful week in the box fice, precisely one which takes a jab at the ongoing rumored franchise fatigue critics have brought up. The latter makes for a much larger figure than the initial estimate $125 to $150 million range it was previously given. Considering July 4th is not necessarily a movie-going type long-weekend, it is fair to say the movie killed it. Internationally, the movie has also been doing well with $218.5 million dollars in international box fice sales. Indeed, our friendly neighborhood accomplice Spider-Man appears to be flying high.
The previous reports by Variety previously showed that that the movie did very good on its Tuesday premiere by generating a total $39.2 million dollars domestically from exactly 4,634 North American locations. The opening day results broke a record by setting a new standard for Tuesday ticket sales. Additionally, the film managed to supersede the records previously set by the Andrew Garfield-starring film The Amazing Spider-Man which was released back in 2012.
Supreme is a highly sought-after brand, which over the year, has cultivated a cult-like following from teens all over the world who are attracted by the thought being able to sport hard-to-get looks. As you know, Supreme pieces are quite the bank breakers, and on top that, the brand is known to keep their products scarce, adding to the element exclusivity for those who are able to get their hands on some their pieces. But now, an Italian businessman has come forward to flood the market with T-shirts and hoodies which bear the iconic, bright red-and-white Supreme logo, and has even named his counterfeit brand Supreme Italia.
Michele di Pierro started the rogue version the brand in Europe, and has since filed trademarks for variations the Supreme logo in dozens countries as 2015, forcing the U.S. company to enter into a legal battle with him in court. After opening up its second store in Shanghai earlier this year and losing its trademark registrations in China, di Pierro, finally speaks up about his controversial brand. He sits down with The Wall Street Journal, to explain that he sees nothing wrong with the practices him and his brand. “Our success is not based on the box logo. It’s the quality.” He continues his justification by detailing how Supreme Italia is actually just trying to make fashion more accessible to young people by selling more affordable variations, and using lightweight fabrics. Supreme founder James Jebbia doesn’t seem to think this justification is enough though, and has described Supreme Italia’s behavior as “a whole new level with this criminal enterprise” and has labeled it a “counterfeit organization.”
Throughout the interview, di Pierro also alleges that he was completely unaware that Supreme even existed before starting his venture. “When I filed for registration in Italy, I did it in good faith. I didn’t know it even existed. It wasn’t popular in Italy. There wasn’t even a store.” Documents obtained by the WSJ however, reveal that di Pierro was previously convicted fraud when his prior sportswear business went bankrupt, meaning this is not the first time the Businessman dabbles in such risky operations.
We previously reported on Nicki Minajcelebrating her 12 years in the game with a post wherein she emphasized the multiple contributions she made to the Hip Hop industry as a female artist, the importance writing her own content, and most importantly, paying her dues to those who came before her. While Twitter and other social media platforms split into two teams, one which favored and/or opposed Nicki Minja’s views, the majority showed love to the artist. And most recently, budding Hip Hop artist Lizzo became one the Barbz and thought it best to respond in favor the rapper with a video where she showed love to Nicki Minaj for opening doors for women like her in Hip Hop. In response to a question posed on her Instagram live, Lizzo shared the following when asked about her opinion on Nicki Minaj:
“Here’s my opinion. Influential, ground-breaking, ushered in the new wave this generation women in rap. Bars, punch-lines, iconic voice. I love Nicki. B*tch what?” Clearly, Lizzo said what she said and is unapologetically standing with Ms. Minaj. The “MEGATRON” artist retweeted the video and wrote: “And I love you back mama!!!” Are you Team Nicki or do you think otherwise?
It’s been a long time coming, ladies and gentlemen, but we are happy to report on the release the ficial trailer to Power season six. Although for the longest time, 50 Cent and other executives tied to the show have stated that this would be the final season, the rapper circled back to let fans know the show was far too good to stop. The producers the show had previously said that they already had ideas for several spin-f series hence we are not sure what to expect as yet. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, shared the following nearing the end last month. “I have decided not to end POWER,” wrote Curtis Jackson on social media, uploading an image himself at a red carpet event. “When you see season 6 you will understand why.”
Either way, it appears we shall be the ones to be the judge quality as the sixth season’s airing is fast approaching. Once more, we find our beloved characters in the thick the drama, family feuds, personal vendettas, crime, legalities, and life-threatening situations. To note, Power returns on August 25th. Check out the trailer to the upcoming season above.
Season three Netflix’s Stranger Things has finally arrived which means many you are well aware the newest character Larry Kline, who’s the selfish mayor the fictional town Hawkins, Indiana. Cary Elwes stars as the character and has already done some responding to fans since people called out his fictional campaign for its resemblance to Donald Trump’s.
“I think that somehow got picked up by a reporter and people ran with it, but that has no bearing on our current president whatsoever,” Cary told The Huffington Post about the assumed correlation. “I mean, I don’t know where anyone saw orange makeup? But I certainly didn’t see any. No, he just happened to be a politician who is very self-centered, and is very driven by material things, but it’s not a comment on the president at all.”
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Cary detailed to the publication further just how the role was pitched to him from the show’s creators, The Duffer Brothers.
“They] told me that they wanted me to play this character and allowed me to pick and choose between a number politicians on my own, which I ran by them, and make it a combination people as I chose fit,” he explained.
“They basically wanted to make a comment on how politics play in the story. Because you have a character like Hopper, played wonderfully by David Harbour, who is a man who deeply cares about the community. And in stark contrast, you have a mayor who basically couldn’t care less.”
Things have changed for Freddie Gibbs in the past five years since releasing Pinata. Although he already held the title your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, Gibbs and Madlib’s unusual pairing turned out to be a beautiful masterpiece. Jazzy, lo-fi production based on obscure samples served as the canvas for Freddie Gibbs self-described “gangster Blaxploitation film on wax.” An admitted challenge for the Gary, Indiana rapper, he and Madlib created a cult classic that had fans patiently waiting for its follow-up. Gibbs and Madlib have gone onto do their own things while maintaining that Bandana was on the way. Gangsta G.I. released four strong projects that continued to prove why he’s one the best rappers in the game, but the bar that he set with Madlib on Pinata was a hard one to live up to. On Bandana, MadGibbs return in full-form, focused and even stronger than on their predecessor.
Bandana is ultimately an album rooted in Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s growth as artists and as collaborators. Whereas Pinata found Freddie Gibbs challenging himself over Madlib’s f-kilter production style, their follow-up finds them pushing each other in equal parts. Madlib gets deeper into the cocaine-fuelled world Freddie Gibbs. “Half Manne Half Cocaine” serves as the third track on the project but its transition from “Freestyle Shit” turned heads immediately. Would anyone ever expect Madlib to dive into the world trap? Not exactly. But Madlib tailored these beats for Freddie Gibbs specifically, unlike Pinata.
After the trap-centric first half “Half Manne” that has Gibbs on a braggadocious tip, reflecting on his successes from the trenches to big business, he snaps into Gangsta Gibbs mode. “Yeah, half manne, half cocaine/ I just mixed the Tylenol with heroin/ Junkies shoot some detergent in their fuckin’ veins,” he coldly declares over devilish East Coast production. The beat switches are common throughout the project, which allows Gibbs to give an elevated perspective his world. “Fake Names” opens up with Gibbs showcasing his pristine storytelling abilities while vividly detailing the mental and emotional scars stemming from the commonality murder and death in the streets. By the time the beat switches to a smoother, upbeat instrumental, Gibbs breezily transitions into boastful bars about pimping and the dope game.
Much this album was written while Gibbs as locked up in Austria on sexual assault charges which he was later acquitted — an experience that nearly took him out the rap game. Although the album doesn’t necessarily dive deeply into the case itself, Bandana finds Gibbs more vulnerable and open than on any his other projects. Everything we’ve heard from Gibbs in the past found him rapping from a present, active voice. However, Bandana finds Gibbs reflecting on the past. His life isn’t in the same place where he was on Pinata, where drug consumption and distribution played a large role. The political and social commentary — from Trump’s America to his controversial take on vaccinations — flow effortlessly as Freddie Gibbs raps and reflects on his story from an elevated angle. It’s not that he hasn’t addressed important issues that affect Black and Brown people in America before, but Bandana takes these topics and ties it back to Freddie Gibbs’ own experiences.
Take “Palmolive” for example, the long-awaited collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and Pusha — two rappers particularly known for their illustrative depiction cocaine. With equal amount years in the rap and the dope game, they tie together life as a Black Americans struggling to make it in the system. Pusha T contrasts the effects the Reagan era had in the 80s to being invited to the White House alongside other members the rap community to meet Obama in 2016. Meanwhile, Gibbs points out the correlation between the Reagan era and Trump’s presidency. These thoughts extend onto “Education” with Black Thought and Yasiin Bey. A history lesson on wax, the three rappers tie together the Black struggle from colonialism and its evolution into modern day systemic racism and institutionalism.
Five years is a long wait for an album and not many can live up to that expectation. As the relationship between Madlib and Freddie Gibbs developed, they were able to capture their raw chemistry over the course fifteen tracks. Madlib continued to push himself which always results in excellence, while Freddie Gibbs fered his most personal and refined work to date, providing flawless politically-charged coke raps from a bird’s eye view.
Back in 2018, Kanye West dropped the first ever Adidas Yeezy 500 with the “Desert Rat” colorway. This particular model embraces the dad shoe trend set forth by the 700 but with a more maximalist approach. The 500 has been a pretty big hit amongst sneakerheads although there haven’t been too many colorways to choose from as late. Kanye is looking to change that though as the “White Bone” model has been announced and now, another new colorway has been revealed.
Yeezy Mafia took to Twitter today with an interesting new model which is being called “St Vision.” The upper the shoe contains light purple leather and suede which can be described as “lilac.” Just like the “White Bone” colorway, there is a gum bottom on the outsole which creates quite a bit contrast.
As right now, it appears as though these will be releasing sometime in October based on the post below. Be sure to stay tuned for updates on this shoe as we will be sure to bring them to you.
It was a day relaxation for millions Americans as they enjoyed kicking f their Independence Day weekend. The 4th July celebration always sparks a social media debate about American history as there are some who choose to relish in not having to work while others take the holiday as an opportunity to educate the masses on slavery in the United States. Wherever you may fall in that conversation is your business, but the online debate didn’t stop some our favorite celebrities from sharing photos and videos their holiday festivities.
Nelly and his girlfriend Shantel Jackson were soaking up the sun in the Bahamas, while Ciara saluted our troops as a “proud military brat.” Chris Brown rose above the colorism controversy that has been following him this week and kicked back on a boat for the holiday. Yung Miami and her man Southside lit fireworks, former President Obama shared a photo his family with a tender message, and Mary J. Blige showed f her single-and-ready-to-mingle curves as she rocked a bathing suit for the ‘Gram. And, course, President Trump kicked f his military-clad celebration in the nation’s capital. Check out a few flicks below.
Post Malone‘s Beerbongs & Bentleys came and went, bringing forth no shortage hit singles, from “Rockstar” to “Better Now.” And while he took a little bit well deserved time f, it would appear that Posty is gearing up for another proverbial keg-stand. As tomorrow, he’ll be delivering a new single with none other than Young Thug, known by many as “Jeffery.” And while Thugger has briefly enjoyed stints on the charts, largely in part to Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and his own “The London,” teaming up with a bonafide hitmaker like Post might be exactly what the doctor ordered.
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Today, the man that also goes by “SEX” took a moment to tease the new single “Goodbyes,” sharing a clip from the upcoming video. The visuals look to go heavy on the “Greaser” motif, and from the look it, Thug is doing his part in laying down the hook. As now, it’s still too early to tell whether Jeff will be limited to the chorus, or play a greater role in the process. Either way, it looks to be another surefire hit for Posty, while ushering in the eclectic talents Young Thug to an audience that may otherwise prove unfamiliar.
Are you looking forward to tomorrow? It’s shaping up to be one hell a day.