Madlib Says The Beats On "Bandana" Were Produced Using An iPad

While Madlib is generally noted for his calm demeanor, and speak less- do more mentality, on June 29th he used Twitter to make the least subtle inferences. His flex: using an iPad, and solely an iPad to produce all the beats on Bandana with Freddie Gibbs. After dropping the incredulous claim, Madlib hopped in a cabby, never to be seen again – until early this morning, when his conscience caught up with him.

Madlib elaborated on those claims in a subsequent Twitter post. By the sound it, a good number Twitter users/hip-hop enthusiasts were perturbed by his perceived audacity. And thus, Madlib felt the need to clear the air, his intentions never irreverent or divisive in nature. For Madlib, creativity can be harvested on a moment’s notice; the same CAN’T be said your average bedroom producer, especially with so few resources (i.e an iPad tablet).

“Some these n—s mad lmao. I’m gonna keep making good music I like,” Madlid wrote in the subsequent post. “I’m gonna keep doin my thing till i’m 90. i’m gonna keep getting better. That iPad remark was just to say stop making excuses – use a tape deck if necessary. Technology is what you make it.”

That said, the negative reaction over Madlib’s initial Tweet is quite telling: jealousy is a scourge. Those who bought iPads to diddle on the toilet should take note: technology can limit your creativity, but it also provides a structural base for your work. Pick your poison, and remember, no one that YOU or anyone for that matter, become a jobless creative type. Don’t you dare scapegoat Madlib’s iPad efficiency.

Taylor Swift Slams Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun as the Worst Human Beings on the Planet

Taylor Swift didn’t like the recently by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings one bit.

Taylor first published her extensive personal takedown on Tumblr.  Here it is:

“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work.

Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums. 

Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years. 

Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it. (See photo) Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.

This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it. 

When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever. 

Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.

I will always be proud of my past work. But for a healthier option, Lover will be out August 23. 

Sad and grossed out,

💔

Taylor

Cat Gets Stuck In Washing Machine & Survives Full Cycle

If you own a cat, you know that you need to look out for your little ones every time you’re doing regular chores. If you need to take out the garbage, you’ve got to make sure your cats don’t follow you outside. When you’re running the washing machine, you should probably check to see if any your furry friends are chilling inside before letting the water run. Let this be a reminder that. Minnesota resident Stefani Carroll-Kirchf is lucky to still have one-year-old Felix around because she accidentally forgot to check if he was inside the washing machine before starting a cycle, letting Felix spin around in the water for thirty-five minutes. Somehow, the kitty used some his nine lives to survive the traumatic experience and is expected to make a full recovery.

As reported by CNN, Felix the Cat lived to meow about his experience inside the washing machine. He was on a scary ride through an express cycle with warm water and a cold rinse. Once Carroll-Kirchf spotted Felix’s paw blended in with her wet clothes, she freaked out and rushed him to the veterinarian’s fice. 

Felix suffered vision loss and pneumonia as a result all the water in his lungs but he’s expected to make a full recovery. He has started eating again but he remains on oxygen. Rest up, Felix!

Teacher Gets The Axe After Turning Classroom To A Porn Set

The classroom as a general setting certainly lends itself to all manner tried-and-true erotic fantasies, from the “schoolgirl” archetype to the seductive teacher. Yet just because one has access to a classroom, pornographic intentions, and a can-do attitude, does not mean a porn video should actually be filmed. Especially not in a place where unwitting students must later come to learn. Yet somewhere in Texas, a misguided substitute teacher found herself terminated from the El Campo High School after it was discovered she was using the classroom to shoot porn. 

According to a report from ABC13, the teacher was let go over “improper criminal incident,” which is to say, using the school facilities to stage her own homemade adult films. Luckily, no students were involved in the production to any degree, or so says the school district. The news report video above did a deep dive into the video itself, which found the teacher commenting on a “full classroom” being present during her incognito filming session. In any case, the school district received a tip indicating her nefarious doings, and it didn’t take long for police to uncover the truth. The teacher, name still anonymous, was fired after three months employment. 

Sometimes, even teachers need to be taught a lesson. As the old adage “don’t shit where you eat” holds true, so too does this revised rendition: “don’t film porn at your place employment.” It won’t be your place employment for that much longer. 

]

Tyra Banks Moves To Trademark "Smize Cream" For Her New Ice Cream

Supermodel, actress, and TV host, Tyra Banks is taking her love for dessert a step further. The 45-year-old applied to trademark “Smize Cream,” a new line ice cream named after the term “smize” which she coined in her America’s Next Top Model days, which means to “smile with the eyes.”According to a listing from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Banks’ company applied for the ownership the term “Smize Cream” on June 21. As PEOPLE has pointed out, Tyra has spoken about her love for ice cream a lot in the past.

Back in May, while covering the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover for the first time, TyTy revealed how the dessert helped her embrace her changing figure.“I thought I needed to drop 30 pounds. I thought I had to look the same. Then the ice cream called my name,” she captioned a photo herself posing in a bikini for this year’s Sports Illustrated’s famed swimsuit edition.

“Yep, all flavors. From Butter Pecan to Matcha to Cfee. I love me some ice cream and I just couldn’t say no to it when I heard it calling. ‘TyTy, Come eat me…’ from my mom’s freezer,” the captioned continued. “So, this is me in @si_swimsuit today. Ice Screaming from mountain tops, ‘Screw cookie cutter beauty!’ Yes, we should exercise. Stay healthy. Take our vitamins. But sometimes we can give ourselves permission to work out with a scoop frozen deliciousness in our hands.” Tyra’s been one the leading body image activists in the industry for a long time, always willing to start the conversation about unrealistic standards in the industry from further back than a decade ago.

Michelle Williams Shares She Suffered Nervous Breakdown, Talks Mental Health Recovery

Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams was in the midst promoting her OWN reality television show, Chad Love Michelle, when she and her fiancé, pastor Chad Johnson, called f their engagement. Since that announcement last December, Michelle admitted that she was in such a dark place that she didn’t know if she would make it out. Last July she checked herself into a mental health facility because her depression, and in an interview with Essence, the singer shared that last December she suffered a nervous breakdown.

“I thought I can do everything at once,” she said. “Well, I got so overwhelmed in that season that by the time I got to rehearsals for Once on This Island, I was already depleted and exhausted. But we were taught that you’d better get on that stage even when you’re sick. People paid their money to see you. That was a thing from Destiny’s Child. I think I’ve only missed one show ever in my nearly 20-year career. You just want to push, push, push until you push yourself to exhaustion. Then you have a nervous breakdown, and you can’t do anything.”

Michelle says that she’s surrounded herself with people who support her, but it’s taken over six months to get to this place. “In December it was a whole ’nother story, sis. I was weak, very depressed and thinking it was the end my life. If someone had asked me where I would be today, I didn’t think I would be alive, because I was so broken. It felt as though I had failed publicly and privately too, and that was just not like me. And I was like, God, there’s got to be more. I am in a better place now. I am not perfect. I’m not preaching. I’m just telling you what I’m doing right now—I’m sticking to my routine.”

She also gave advice to anyone who may be experiencing mental health struggles. “Allow yourself to feel the pain what you’re feeling, okay? But then tell yourself you’ve got to get up,” she stated. “Because some people won’t tell you to get up or know what to say. I pray you find that inner strength to say, Okay, I’ve been down. I’ve been in this bed too long. I’ve got to get up. That’s what I did. You have to have it in you to tell yourself to get up. The days do get better. They really, really do. I’m a living testament it. You have to do the work. And I strongly suggest finding a therapist to talk to.”

Kyrie Irving Reportedly Refused To Sign Celtics Basketballs For Charity

With NBA free agency ficially starting on Sunday, June 30th, the league will be completely reshaped as some the biggest names in the sport swap teams and pick up some humongous contracts. One the biggest players in free agency is Kyrie Irving who has had a public falling out with the Boston Celtics over the last month or so. It is believed that Irving ghosted the team and is looking at signing a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, although not if the Los Angeles Lakers have anything to say about it.

ESPN reporter Jackie Macmullan has been on the frontlines when it comes to Kyrie’s situation with the Celtics and she’s been bringing some pretty interesting details to light. According to Macmullan, Irving disliked living in Boston and wasn’t a big fan head coach Brad Stevens. What’s more surprising, is that Irving reportedly had very little interest in team bonding and refused to take part in charity initiatives.

Every year, the Celtics prepare 100 green basketballs which are auctioned f to the team’s charitable partners. The balls are signed by every member the team and according to Macmullan, Irving refused saying “No, I’m not interested in that.”

Someone in the comments to the tweet above tried to refute the claims by saying they had one the balls and that it was, in fact, signed by Kyrie. The man got quite a few replies saying the ball was from last season and that it doesn’t prove Macmullan’s report to be false.

Nicki Minaj Rips BET Awards Over Low Ratings

Nicki Minaj is having the last laugh.

In response to an unconfirmed report that the ratings for the 2019 BET Awards were an all-time low in the show’s history, with only 2 million viewers, the “Megatron” rapper clowned the network. While retweeting a screenshot from the Music News Facts account, Minaj blasted the BET Awards, calling it a “messy reality show.”

“When u go out of ur way to b spiteful & hurt artists who have always supported ur show,” she tweeted. “when you fire great ppl who have put their heart & soul into the show… when you’d rather be a messy reality show than a prestigious award show… when ur still being dragged by that lace.”

She also added a laughing face emoji.

Minaj, along with Lil Wayne, pulled out of this year’s BET Experience following a social post from BET that celebrated Cardi’s Best Rap Album Grammy win at her expense. “Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront,” read the tweet.

BET later apologized to Minaj for the comment. “BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward,” the company said in a statement. “Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry. Unfortunately the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values.”

BET has not responded to Minaj’s latest tweet, but according to a press release ( Billboard), BET says this year’s awards were watched by 12.7 million total viewers across eight Viacom networks.

During her Queen Radio show last week, Nicki addressed her relationship with BET. “I don’t even think about them. They’re not important enough to think about. I’m indifferent,” she said.

She also called out the Grammys and its executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who she claims blackballed her. “They robbed me of the New Artist Grammy,” she said. “Best New Artist they gave to Bon Iver over me, the person who they made promote their whole show.”

Kawhi Leonard "Seriously Considering" Lakers: Report

The Los Angeles Lakers created $32 million in salary cap space on Thursday, enough to fer a max contract, by trading away Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards as part the Anthony Davis deal with New Orleans. Davis also waived his $4.1M trade kicker, allowing the Lakers achieve their goal being able to sign a third superstar to play alongside AD and LeBron James.

Enter: Two-time NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard.

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Kawhi is now “seriously considering” signing with the Lakers as a free agent. Of course, recent reports have also suggested that Leonard is “seriously considering” returning to the NBA champion Toronto Raptors – all which leaves the Los Angeles Clippers feeling “very, very nervous,” as Stephen A. puts it.

Shortly after the Lakers opened up max contract cap space, Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported that Kawhi will meet with the Lakers and Clippers once free agency opens at 6pm ET on Sunday, June 30. Leonard will also allow the Raptors the opportunity to meet with him last, before making his final decision.

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

Kevin Durant Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Are "Not The Favorites"

Another day, another rumors about where 10-time All Star Kevin Durant may, or may not, be signing as a free agent.

The latest report on Durant’s alleged thought process is that the Brooklyn Nets are “not the front runners or favorites” to sign Durant at the moment, according to SNY’s Ian Begley. This report comes just days after the Nets were listed with the best odds to win the KD sweepstakes

In addition to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors are in the running to sign Durant to a max contract. The soon-to-be 31-year old star is eligible to sign a five-year deal with Golden State worth approximately $221 million, while the others can fer $164M over four years.

According to The Athletic, Durant hasn’t decided if he’ll meet with any teams once free agency ficially kicks f at 6pm ET this Sunday – but if he does those meeting will reportedly be held in New York, where he reportedly purchased a home recently. The two-time Finals MVP was recently spotted on a scooter in the streets NYC as he recovers from the ruptured achilles tendon that will most likely prevent him from playing at all during the 2019-20 season.

Nicki Minaj & Her Boyfriend Look Fendi Fine In Ass-Grabbing Photos

People were surprised to see Nicki Minaj’s controversial boyfriend make an appearance in her new video for “Megatron.” The song acts as the rapper’s ficial return to the world music and many believed that she would be moving in a different direction, perhaps elevating her game to regain the top spot among her fellow female emcees. Yesterday, Minaj hyped up her upcoming late-night appearance by dressing up in a suit, pulling a cute pose and pursing her lips for the camera. Today though, she’s back to delivering tons sex appeal, draping herself in Fendi and allowing her man to cop a feel her famous behind.

Ever since she first made an impact in the rap world, Nicki Minaj has always had boys around the world breaking their necks because her gigantic ass. She ten rocks tight-fitting clothing to show f her curves, reminding everyone that she’s still got lots to work with in the back. Today, she posted a series shots where she flaunted her booty. In the first image, she bends over to reach her finest angle. In the second, her boytoy Kenny joins in and caresses his girlfriend, wrapping his arms around the superstar and copping a feel. 

In the past, Nicki has said that she and Kenny get intimate three times per night on average. They’ve proven to have incredible sexual chemistry both in the “Megatron” video and in shots like this so it makes sense that the couple can’t keep their hands f each other.

LeBron James Will Give Anthony Davis His Jersey Number: Report

Huge news broke in the NBA today when it was revealed that Anthony Davis would waive his $4 million trade kicker in order to give the Los Angeles Lakers enough cap space to sign another max player. This is a big development for the Lakers as they were about to head into free agency with some pretty obvious financial restrictions.

In light this news, it was revealed by Chris Haynes Yahoo! Sports that LeBron James will be giving up the No. 23 next season and will pass it on to Davis, who is reportedly very appreciative the gesture. Davis has worn the No. 23 since the start his career, while LeBron has worn it for the majority his career, except his four seasons in Miami. Between 2010 and 2014, James wore the No. 6 and it is believed that’s what he’ll return to next season.

Earlier today, LeBron hinted at the return his signature chalk toss which was a staple his time in Miami. Perhaps this admission was a simple case foreshadowing what was to come today.

With LeBron and Davis at the helm the Lakers, they will certainly be title contenders next year and if they get another max player, they will be deadly.

WATCH: Logic Reveals The First Vlog Episode Of Bobby’s World

Logic has recently revamped his Youtube channel and released the first episode his new vlog entitled BobbysWorld. The webisodes are what the rapper calls a direct communication with his fans, without the involvement any middlemen. In his first episode, he takes viewers through his day and at the fices his label. “I just decided I want to do something for my fans directly, you know? I just love interacting with y’all and showing y’all that I have going on. And the true die-hard fans that really care. Man, yeah. I thought I’d revamp the channel with all the new great things that are going on. New movies, new music, new books. And just kind keep you guys updated on my day-to-day life.” Logic then proceeds to take us through “what he does.” Indeed, we follow him from the moment he wakes up and throughout the day. You can check out the episode below. 

Aside from his vlogging debut, the latest news surrounding Logic includes the announcement his new label, BobbyBoy Records. The rapper launched the venture as part a bigger empire he is building. Along with being an author, movie star, television producer and more–we can only look forward to seeing what Logic has in store next.

Rich The Kid Ordered To Pay $11K-A-Month Child Support As Divorce Nears Its End

Rich The Kid just got slapped in the face with massive child support payments. According to The Blast, he’ll have to cough up $11,000 a month to Antonette Willis, the mother of his two children.

While the estranged couple is setting their divorce out of court with a private judge, another judge handed down the child support order during a hearing this month.

Willis filed for divorce last year amid cheating allegations. Court papers state he’s a serial cheater who slept with women such as Blac Chyna and India Love during their marriage. As a result, his soon-to-be ex-wife wants full physical custody of both of their toddler children, joint legal custody between both parents and spousal support.

In March 2018, Willis put Rich on Blast his own Instagram account, which is allegedly his favorite social media platform to meet potential hook-ups.

“THIS IS HIS WIFE WHO HE CLAIMS HE’S NOT MARRIED TO,” she wrote in all caps. “JUST LETTING Y’ALL KNOW I’M FILING A DIVORCE. #NOPRENUP.”

Rich is facing other legal troubles this year. In March, he was sued by attorney Maro Burunsuzyan for posting her phone number on social media as a prank.

He allegedly shared Burunsuzyan’s number Twitter on Valentine’s Day, which led to harassment from his followers. He posted “Valentines calls me” with her number attached, which prompted at least 500 text messages and numerous phone calls.

Burunsuzyan sued for an unspecified amount of damage.

Still Lacking Key Features, YouTube Music Unveils Smart Downloads

YouTube has finally caught up to its music streaming competitors – at least somewhat.

Google’s third attempt to break into the music streaming market – YouTube Music – has expanded Offline Mixtape.  The feature will now include an option dubbed ‘Smart Downloads.’

Offline Mixtape serves as a 100-song playlist automatically populated based on your listening history.  Smart Downloads only works for subscribers on Android.

After enabling Smart Downloads, YouTube Music will automatically download up to 500 songs onto your Android smartphone and tablet users have ‘liked.’  The company explains these include “songs from your Liked Songs playlist and your other favorite playlists and albums.”  Smart Downloads will ensure users can listen to their favorite songs and albums offline and whenever they’d like to hear them.

YouTube Music will only download the songs late at night and on a Wi-Fi connection.  The company explains this will allow users to save on data.

YouTube Music’s update comes after Google rolled out new features for its primary video streaming platform.  Aiming to connect users with the content they prefer, YouTube refreshed Homepage and Up Next.

Explaining the update, YouTube said,

The options that you see are based on your existing personalized suggestions and are meant to help you find what you’re looking for faster.  They could be videos related to the one you’re watching, videos published by the channel you’re watching, or other topics which may be of interest to you.

This new feature can be found on the homepage when you scroll up, and on Up Next when browsing.

The new Homepage and Up Next updates will only apply to “signed-in users in English” on the YouTube mobile app on Android.

Despite enabling Smart Downloads, YouTube Music continues to lack key features.  This includes the ability to import users’ Google Play Music libraries.

As The Verge’s Chris Welch explains, importing libraries from GPM may actually keep more users from switching over.

I can’t make the switch to YouTube Music until all my stuff shows up there, and I know there are other people in the same boat, so I’ll keep asking.

Other missing key features include:

  • Sorting libraries.
  • Automatically add Liked songs onto users’ libraries.
  • Shuffling more than twenty songs when playing a queue of over a hundred songs.
  • Preventing regular YouTube videos from appearing alongside music and videos from followed artists.
  • Preventing YouTube playlists from appearing alongside YouTube Music playlists.

 


Featured image by YouTube Music.