Snoop Dogg & Kurt Cobain Connect In Iconic Throwback Pic

Snoop Dogg has cemented himself as the king the throwback picture. Given his longstanding tenure in the game, Snoop has crossed paths with no shortage iconic artists, from Death Row to the No Limit Soldiers. Today, Snoop took a moment to circulate a new one, which has since sparked debate over its authenticity. Sadly, the likely conclusion is that the image appears to be a photoshop, but that doesn’t exactly dull the sentiment behind it. 

Snoop Dogg & Kurt Cobain Connect In Iconic Throwback Pic

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The image finds Snoop chilling in the cut with a young Kurt Cobain, legendary Nirvana frontman and beloved cultural icon. Though Kurt sadly passed away in 1994, his legacy has endured, with many young musicians drawing inspiration from his artistry to this day. “Young dogg with Kurt, 92” writes Snoop, in the caption. For additional context, Nirvana had recently released their classic Nevermind album in 1991 (In Utero would later arrive in 1993). As for Snoop, he would have likely been sitting on Dr. Dre’s The Chronicthough unless it were taken in December, the album was yet to drop. 

Shopped or not, Snoop certainly kicked f a wave admiration, with many praising what the image has come to represent. The pairing two genres, alike in so many philosophical ways. Busta Rhymes said it best in the comment section, not once, but four times: “this shit is incredible.” That it is, Busta. That it is.  

Former NFL QB Jared Lorenzen Passes Away At 38: Report

During the early 2000s, Jared Lorenzen became a sensation at the University Kentucky thanks to his skills at the quarterback position. What made him unique as a quarterback was the fact that he was bigger than most, weighing in at close to 300 pounds. Lorenzen was able to work his way into a backup position with the New York Giants and even played with the Indianapolis Colts for a few preseason games before being cut. From there, Lorenzen made a career playing indoor football and eventually retired a few years ago.

Unfortunately, Lorenzen had fallen ill thanks to an infection that eventually impacted his heart and his kidneys. Despite doctors’ best efforts to save him, Lorenzen passed away today at the age 38, according to TMZ. His family put out a statement today announcing that he had passed away, while also thanking those who had shown support.

“It is with heavy hearts that the family Jared Lorenzen, would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for all your support and prayers over the past 6 days,” the statement read. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing Jared today, July 3, 2019. Again, we appreciate all the warm wishes and prayers but as a family we would request your respect and privacy.”

Lorenzen was known for being a kind individual who was always down to talk about the game football.

Lil Uzi Vert Appears To Cancel Entire European Tour After One Show

It’s no secret that Lil Uzi Vert is in a strange place right now. At least, where matters his career are concerned. Not long ago, in 2017 to be specific, Uzi was riding the highs “XO Tour Life,” one the biggest songs the entire year. Not long after that came Luv Is Rage 2, an album that cemented him as one the game’s most promising young rappers. Yet what should have been a triumphant seizing momentum was instead a moment artistic stagnation, borne largely from the negligence his label-heads DJ Drama and Don Cannon. Or so Uzi would have us believe.

Lil Uzi Vert Appears To Cancel Entire European Tour After One Show

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Either way, the delay(s)  Eternal Atake has been one the industry’s biggest mysteries, and it seems to have taken a toll on Lil Uzi Vert‘s drive. Now, fans have been left concerned after Uzi appeared to have canceled the remainder his European tour. A user from R/hiphopheads first noticed some the venues making the confirmation, with Ireland’s “Longitude Festival” claiming he canceled the “rest his European run.” 

In any case, that hasn’t stopped Uzi from indulging in a little bit retail therapy, opting to drop bags on a small shoe collection (you can see that on his current Instagram story, as this moment). Though it must be frustrating for Uzi’s European fanbase to hear this unfortunate news, perhaps it’s worth asking whether the man is truly happy? Is this a “tears a clown” situation, in which one the game’s bright talents is slowly dying on the inside? 

Following Record $5.6 Million Fine from the FTC, the UK Launches Investigation Into TikTok's Alleged Violations Against Children

TikTok hasn’t exactly had the best year so far.

Near the end of 2018, the ByteDance-owned company YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram in total mobile downloads.  In the U.S. alone, the short-form video sharing app grew 25%.

It seemed things would get better for TikTok in 2019.  At the start of the year, the company’s ‘lite’ mobile app 12 million installs.

Then, things quickly went south.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the app’s parent company $5.7 million.  Filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FTC found TikTok and ByteDance knowingly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

In the U.S., developers or websites targeted at children under 13 must require parental consent to share personal information.

Speaking about the violation, Joe Simons, Chairman of the FTC, explained,

The operators of Musical.ly — now known as TikTok — knew many children were using the app but they still failed to seek parental consent before collecting names, email addresses, and other personal information from users under the age of 13.

Soon thereafter, lawmakers in India called for a ban on TikTok.  The app had apparently caused “cultural degradation.”  People in the country had used the app to bully others, leading to a jump in suicides.

One lawmaker, Tamimum Ansari, took the issue to India’s Central Legislative Assembly.

Slamming content readily found in the app, he wrote,

I raised an issue forwarded to me by community welfare workers that the mobile application (TikTok) was acting as a platform for heated debates inimical to law and order, and sharing of sexually-explicit material.

In April, the country successfully banned the app.  This came after the death of a college student as well as a suicide.

Last October, a 24-year-old took his own life.  V. Kalaiyarasan had used TikTok to release videos of himself dressed in drag.  Bullied and ridiculed by strangers – and even his own friends – Kalaiyarasan jumped in front of a train.  In February, a college student died while filming a TikTok video on a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist lost control, ramming into the back of a bus.  His two friends were severely injured.

Following these and other controversies, the Madras High Court in India ordered Google and Apple to take down TikTok on their respective app stores.  The court also ruled that the app encouraged pornography and other illicit content.

According to ByteDance, India’s ban resulted in “financial losses” of up to $500,000 a day.  The company pointed to a serious drop in the value of its investments, as well as the loss of commercial revenue.

Weeks later, an Indian state court reversed the ban.

Now, just after two months, TikTok and its parent company face another high-profile investigation.

Why hasn’t ByteDance done more to protect underage users?

Speaking with The Guardian, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham confirmed authorities have launched an “active investigation” into TikTok.

She added the investigation first started in February following the FTC’s fine against the social media app.

Stating the UK will now see how the company violated child protection laws, Denham explained,

We’re looking at the transparency tools for children [and] looking at the messaging system, which is completely open, we’re looking at the kind of videos that are collected and shared by children online.  We do have an active investigation into TikTok right now, so watch this space.

The commissioner added ByteDance may also have violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  According to Denham, the law “requires the company to provide different services and different protections for children.”

Acknowledging the investigation but remaining silent on the specifics, a TikTok representative merely said,

We cooperate with organizations such as the [Information Commissioner’s Office] to provide relevant information about our product to support their work.  Ensuring data protection principles are upheld as a top priority for TikTok.

 


Featured image by TikTok.

Cardi B Encourages Fans To Question What They Want In The Next President

Cardi B is using her platform for good and has done it a few times already before. Back in April, the “Press” rapper shared an image on Instagram the 2020 Democratic field, encouraging her followers to stay updated on what each candidate has to fer so they can go into voting season informed an aware.

Cardi B Encourages Fans To Question What They Want In The Next President
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Cardi has followed up with more political posts and her recent share to her Instagram feed is a video herself detailing how she wants to see change when it comes to police brutality. “I would like to know if our next president even cares because it seems like the one we have now, doesn’t,” she says in the clip.

Her caption then tells her followers to share what it is they want to ask the candidates running for president. “What change would you like to see in your community and in the USA 🇺🇸? 2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country!”

Cardi’s post sparked a number her followers to comment exactly what they want to see improved in their country from trans rights, gun laws, ICE camps and more.

Tobias Harris Has Heartbreaking Reaction To Boban Marjanovic Signing

Over the past two seasons, Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris have been the best friends. The two were on the Los Angeles Clippers together for a season before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Since they’ve traveled around the league together, their bond has been pretty strong and it’s clear that two have a lot mutual admiration for one another. Boban even had a role in John Wick 3and Harris was right there with him at the premiere. 

Earlier in free agency, Harris signed an extension with the 76ers which means the team has guaranteed themselves some good shooting over the next few years. Marjanovic was also a free agent and today, it was announced he would be signing to the Dallas Mavericks. As you can imagine, Harris was pretty devasted by the news and took to Twitter to pay his respects to his favorite teammate.

Luckily for Harris, he’ll still be able to play with the likes Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid who are some the best young stars in the league. If Kawhi Leonard leaves the Raptors, the Sixers will certainly be one the favorites to come out the Eastern Conference.

Either way, it’s sad to see the Bobi and Tobi era come to an end.

WATCH: Cardi B’s Daughter Kulture Has Her Attitude & It Shows

Cardi B recently shared an adorable video her young one, Kulture, for the world to see. The post was shared the rapper’s Instagram account and documented Kulture’s similarity to her mother the attitude. In the video, we can see Kulture staring at the camera with what appears to be nonchalance as Cardi speaks to her in the background. Indeed, Kulture looks as though she could not be bothered at the moment. As such, it appears Cardi saw a lot herself in her daughter’s response to her filming. The video was tied to the quote: “Maaaa attitude.” What do you think? Do you see a bit Cardi in Kulture’s reaction?

Aside from this, the latest news surrounding Cardi B includes the rapper delving into politics. Accordingly, the Hip Hop artist has been making use her platform to discuss the upcoming presidential elections along with the 2020 candidates. Back in April, the rapper had shared an image the 2020 democratic field and encouraged her followers to stay up to date on the race so they could vote when it was time. She’s since followed up with more political post including one where she asks her supporters to think about the changes they want to see in their communities and consider the latter in their voting choices.

"The Lion King" Featurette Sees Seth Rogen & Billy Eichner Sing "Hakuna Matata"

If you were already pumped for the release the live-action remake The Lion King then the latest featurette to be dropped f will get you even more ready. In just under three minutes, the video shows some special behind the scenes moments had by all the stars as well as the vocal and musical arrangements crafted for the film. 

Pharrell is even seen at one point helping with the music side things while stars such as Donald Glover and Beyonce get to play both singers and actors. A memorable clip sees Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner showing f their singing chops for their duet “Hakuna Matata.” 

“This has been a really incredible experience. I’ve never seen anything made this way before,” Donald says in the video. “The level care where everybody knows how much it means and everybody’s invested.”

“We wanted to capture what people’s memory was this with both the music and the imagery,” director Jon Favreau added. “When you can capture the spirit but show them something new and surprising, it’s sort the best combo.”

The film hits theaters July 19th. Check out the full video below and let us know if you’re looking forward to its release. 

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Jeezy Is Back With His New Single ‘1 Time’

Put your hands in the air.

Just in time for the holiday weekend, Jeezy returns with his surprise single “1 Time.” On the trap anthem, produced by Sonaro, the Snowman whips up rhymes about Tiger Woods, the Cooking Network, and his hustler ways.

“Got the weight on the dresser, I’m the Nutty Professor / Twenty-four like they coke, yeah, I got that Vanessa,” he raps before delivering the hook: “You ni**as put your hands in the air one time / You ni**as put them bands in the air one time.”

Last year, Jeezy announced that he was hanging up the mic with his final album Thug Motivation 104: Trust Ya Process. “Class is coming to [an] end,” he tweeted. “It’s time for Graduation! My Last Album & Final Class: TM104.”

Jeezy’s latest album, Pressure, dropped in December 2017 and debuted at No. 6 on Billboard 200.

Outside of music, the multi-platinum rapper is making big moves in the tech space. He recently partnered with Figgers Wireless to launch a new cell phone and earpods.

Jaden Smith Taps A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, & Tyler, the Creator for ‘ERYS’

ERYS is coming.

Jaden Smith has revealed the release date and tracklisting for his long-awaited sophomore album ERYS. The follow-up to his 2017 debut SYRE is set to arrive on Friday, July 5.

“ERYS IS COMING THIS FRIDAY 7/5,” tweeted Jaden, along with the cover art.

The 17 tracks include appearances from Tyler, the Creator, Trinidad James, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, and his sister Willow, who guests on “Summertime in Paris,” which they debuted on “Ellen.” The deluxe version contains three bonus tracks including a remix to “Ghost” with A$AP Rocky.

Along with the album announcement, Will and Jada’s multi-faceted son also dropped a new song called “Again,” which finds him rapping over drums and singing in Auto-Tune.

Jaden is set to open for Tyler, the Creator on his upcoming “IGOR” tour, starting Sept. 2 in Minneapolis.

ERYS Tracklisting

1. “P”
2. “I”
3. “N”
4. “K”
5.. “NOIZE” (feat. Tyler, the Creator)
6. “i-drip-or-is”
7. “Again” (feat. SYRE)
8. “Got It”
9. “Fire Dept”
10. “Mission” (feat. Trinidad James)
11. “Summertime in Paris” (feat. Willow)
12. “Blackout”
13. “Pain”
14. “Chateau” (feat. A$AP Rocky)
15. “On My Own” (feat. Kid Cudi)
16. “Riot”
17. “ERYS”

Deluxe

1. “Beautiful Disruption”
2. “Somebody Else”
3. “Ghost” (feat. A$AP Rocky) [Remix]

Pharrell Grants 114 Harlem Students With Internships

Harlem, NY – Pharrell Williams is providing some high school graduates with a special opportunity. While giving a commencement speech at a graduation ceremony for Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academies I and II, the Grammy Award-winning producer promised internships to all 114 students in the graduating class.

“So let me be clear: every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them — you — next summer,” he announced.

He added, “The world is watching Harlem, but this Renaissance will be different. And believe it or not, with respect, it’s gonna actually be better. And the reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core.”

According to BuzzFeed, Pharrell partnerned with the charter schools to create an internship program that can facilitate career inroads and connections to Harlem students. Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Anne Williams-Isom hopes the program will help to end generational poverty.

“When we have somebody who is willing to say something as important as ‘I will guarantee you a high-quality internship once you finish your freshman year of college,’ we thought that that was very valuable, and we’re very excited about it,” she told BuzzFeed.

Promise Academy I valedictorian Jada Warmington also gave insight on the direct effect of Pharrell’s pledge.

“When he guaranteed my entire class with an internship, I knew that this a stepping-stone into something great,” she said. “I just knew that next summer was gonna be the summer for me, because I was a little bit worried about going into college and not knowing what’s next, like how am I gonna prepare for internships for the fall and summer, especially the really competitive ones.”

Every member of the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academies I and II graduating classes have been accepted into colleges and universities. Their internships, if they choose to participate, will begin in 2020.

Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Told Magic Johnson His Demands For The Lakers

Kawhi Leonard has yet to make a decision regarding where he is going to play next season, although that hasn’t stopped him from talking to prospective teams and laying out his demands. Kawhi is planning on taking meetings with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Toronto Raptors. According to Broderick Turner the L.A. Times, Kawhi and his uncle, Uncle Dennis, have already been speaking to Lakers legend Magic Johnson about the possibility joining the purple and gold. It is important to note here that Johnson no longer works for the team.

As you can imagine, Leonard has some demands for the franchise and many them have to do with his entourage. As Turner told Spectrum Sportsnet, Leonard would like to be able to bring his own staff, including trainers with him.

Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Told Magic Johnson His Demands For The Lakers

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“LeBron James was able to bring on his own trainer, his own medical people. (Kawhi) wants to know if he can do that as well,” Turner explained. “LeBron James brought on some people that weren’t with the Lakers, and he wants to know ‘can I bring with a couple my guys?’ … And as far as I know, the Lakers would be willing to do that, because you do those things for superstar players.”

These demands make sense considering Kawhi had problems with the San Antonio Spurs medical staff during the 2017-2018 season. These well-documented issues led to his trade to the Raptors.

It is believed that Kawhi will reveal his decision later this week and is committed to taking his time.

Khloe Kardashian Reportedly "Confused" By Tristan Thompson’s Birthday Message

Khloe Kardashian’s 35th birthday was just a couple weeks ago and by some surprise, her cheating ex Tristan Thompson shared a heartfelt message on Instagram for the mother his child. “You are the most beautiful human I have ever met inside and out. Thank you for being an amazing mommy to our princess True. She is blessed to have someone like you to look up to. I wish you nothing but more success and sending you positive blessing your way. Enjoy your day Koko ❤️” he wrote

Khloe Kardashian Reportedly "Confused" By Tristan Thompson's Birthday Message
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Sources now tell The Daily Mail that Khloe is “confused” by the message and Tristan is really making moves to make things right. “Tristan has been begging her to get back together, and he posted that long gushing birthday message to her too,” the insider explained. 

“He’s been asking her to sit down with him properly, have a heart to heart – but she’s refusing. She wants to keep things civil for True’s sake, but she doesn’t want to risk falling for him again and getting her heart broken all over again.”

Tristan recently purchased a million dollar home in Los Angeles, a move that we assume was made to be closer to Khloe now that she’s back to residing in Los Angeles. “He’s really keen to show her he’s changed, though – he’s even buying a big ‘family’ house near Khloé’s LA home so he can have True to stay more ten, and saying he’d do anything to put things right. Khloé’s torn.”

Klay Thompson x Anta Releasing KT4 Inspired By Klay’s Pre-Game Ritual

Klay Thompson and Anta are celebrating his new four-year, $190 million contract with the Golden State Warriors by releasing a special edition sneaker collaboration inspired by Klay’s pre-game ritual reading the newspaper.

According to ESPN’s Nick DePaula, the East Bay Times x Anta KT4 will be available at 11am ET this Sunday, July 7 the Oaklandish downtown shop, located at 1444 Broadway in downtown Oakland.

As seen in the photos embedded below, the exclusive collab – limited to just 200 pairs – is smothered in newspaper clippings from heel to toe.

Klay Thompson x Anta Releasing KT4 Inspired By Klay's Pre-Game Ritual

East Bay Times x Anta KT4/Nick DePaula

Klay Thompson x Anta Releasing KT4 Inspired By Klay's Pre-Game Ritual

East Bay Times x Anta KT4/Nick DePaula

Klay Thompson x Anta Releasing KT4 Inspired By Klay's Pre-Game Ritual

East Bay Times x Anta KT4/Nick DePaula

Klay Thompson x Anta Releasing KT4 Inspired By Klay's Pre-Game Ritual

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Nike Air Foamposite Pro Appears in "Purple Camo" Colorway

Even if you’ve never owned a pair before, there is no denying just how important the Nike Air Foamposite Pro is to sneaker culture. Penny Hardaway’s signature shoe was a huge hit just a decade ago and over the years, its momentum has slowed down. Despite this, sneakerheads still have an appreciation for the eclectic shoe and what it represents. There have been dozens colorways the shoe and it doesn’t seem like Nike has any signs slowing down.

Instagram sneaker insider @zsneakerheadz unveiled the latest Foamposite Pro colorway recently and let’s just say it’s a little wild. The shoe is being dubbed “purple camo” thanks to its wild upper that Bape consumers will certainly be a fan . The upper immediately hits you with purple and pink accents while the Nike swoosh and tongue are all-black. It’s a very polarizing looking shoe and based on the comments section on the post below, you can see that consumers are pretty divided here.

It appears as though this shoe will be coming out in 2019 so stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.