All are susceptible to the effects lusty photos shared on social media. And ten times, even celebrities find themselves caught up for thirsting. While the parched behavior can sometimes go unnoticed a private and efficient DM, it can also be put on blast. As such, the latest victim to the latter was rapper Slim Thug. Houston’s very own was found commenting on the photo 25-year-old Shaniece Hairston, Evelyn Lozada’s eldest daughter. As such, his comment did not go overlooked as the social media personality’s mother quickly came in to question the rapper’s motives.
Precisely, Slim Thug left a set heart-eye emojis on Shaniece’s picture. The photo which was shared with Hairston’s 922K Instagram follows shows the young woman kneeling down while holding up a phone. Evidently, in doing so, the socialite fered a full look at her toned body. She even went onto proudly adding the caption: “i worked out all winter, I’m feeling myself💁🏽♀️.” Indubitably, Shaniece looks good and she wanted the world to see that her hard work had paid f. Though following Slim Thug’s hearty message, Evelyn Lozada promptly came through with the side-eye emojis.
In other words, Slim Thug what’s good? Momma Evelyn clearly does not come to play when it comes to her daughter.
We recently reported on the breakup rumors between model and Kardashian-clan member Kendall Jenner and Philadelphia 76ers player Ben Simmons. Following a few cryptic posts, a set sources close to the couple came forth to announce the couple had ficially broken up. And while the news may have pleased fans the Philadelphia 76ers, who once claimed Jenner served as a distraction to Simmons and halted his potential to be great, sources later recanted and stated the couple was “on a break.” Moreover, Jenner posted clips herself singing along to Tyler The Creator’s track “I Don’t Love You Anymore” which further fueled the already lit fire. Though as yet we can only rely on speculations.
Nevertheless, the socialite was spotted out and about with a fellow male model. Precisely, photos Kendall Jenner and Luka Sabbat were revealed and showed the two enjoying time with one another. The duo was having a blast while breezing through on jet skis on Saturday and was rumored to also have been spotted hanging out at the Cannes Film Festival earlier that week. While Sabbat was previously linked to Kourtney Kardashian, the sister has since shut the rumors down which leaves space for Kendall Jenner to fully play the field.
Often artists like to take to their social media pages and fer bits advice or motivation for their followers, and on Friday Russ did just that. The rapper quickly hopped on Instagram Live to share his thoughts about people trying to tell others how to live their lives. Russ wanted to let his followers know that they should trust themselves before anyone else.
“They’ll try and make you feel like you aren’t you,” he said. “It’s like, b*tch, watch your muthaf*ckin’ mouth and watch your tone and watch who you’re talking to. You’re not even you enough to f*ck with me yet. You know what I’m saying? It’s like a lot people are not even them enough to f*ck with me yet. How are you gonna be talkin’ to me about what I’m doin’ and] how I’m livin’ my life, et cetera, when you are not even you enough to f*ck with me.”
He continued, “Like, you are still scared yourself. You’re still scared you going after something, your dreams. You’re still scared this…You’re not even you enough yet to f*ck with me. What the f*ck are you talking about? You got some f*ckin’ nerve to be talkin’ to a self-actualized person when you still are still scared your own motherf*ckin’ shadow. Are you high, drunk, or stupid? Or all three? You’re f*ckin’ ridiculous. So, I’m just stopping by real quick to let motherf*ckas know. Listen, when in doubt, go back to yourself, trust yourself, and tell everyone else to suck ya motherf*ckin d*ck. Period.” Then he abruptly ended his broadcast. Is he speaking facts?
Last month it was reported that CEO Quality Control Pierre “Pee” Thomas had welcomed his baby girl with model and entrepreneur Lira Galore. The couple had broken up back in December, following rumours Thomas cheating on Galore, which appeared to be true since it was revealed that he was expecting another child with a woman named Kaylar Will.
Galore had no time for the baby-mama-drama though, as she was too busy being awestruck by her new baby girl, with whom she had shared an Instagram video (strategically covering the baby’s face) with, with the caption “Edges laid period 😍💕.”
Further updates on the new-born were kept concealed after her birth, until earlier this month when an Instagram post shared by Galore the nursery revealed her name to the world: Khaleesi. In case you didn’t know, Khaleesi is the name Khal Drogo’s wife Daenerys Targaryen from the popular series “Game Of Thrones.” With the series having recently come to an end and absolutely everyone talking about it, it’s kind no surprise that the iconic show inspired a few names. Plus, the name actually means “Queen” in Dothraki, so it’s quite adorable that Lira would give that name to her baby girl.
The new mommy took to Instagram once more this morning – in celebration her one month – to share the first video which showed baby Khaleesi’s darling face. Her #Twin indicates that Galore think Khaleesi resembles her, but we’ll let you guys decide: who does she look more like? Mommy or daddy?
Being a man that posed for his Jeffery album cover in a dress, there’s not much Thugger can do to shock us at this point. The potential album art for GOLDMOUFDOG is substantially understated this time around, simply containing an image the rapper intensely staring in the camera. The photo looks like it could be used as a skincare or haircare advertisement and while it may not be the final form the album’s cover art, fans seem satisfied with it, referring to the artist as a “sassy GOAT” in the comments.
In addition to the unveiling the possible album artwork, Thug launched a website that seemingly contains a countdown for the project’s arrival. If you visit this website, you’ll be redirected to a countdown but whenever you refresh the page, the time changes drastically. Sneaky, Thugger. Jeffrey appears to be tapping into his playful side this time around. Are you down with it?
We recently reported that rapper and Fashionnova partner, Cardi B, was filing a trademark for “Bocktails With Cardi B,” which a report by TMZ claimed was for a show, in which the premise was to produce “entertainment services in the nature providing ongoing episodes for distribution television and the Internet featuring celebrities and artists.”
The publication also went on to say that the plan extended way beyond simply producing a show, but also in the hopes helming a collection “clothing, including shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, caps, footwear, skirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, pants and shorts.” As well as this, the trademarked name would be used for “alcoholic beverages, except beer and beverages containing beer.”
Upon the report’s release, however, Cardi took to Twitter to set things straight about her intentions behind filing for the trademark, saying, “No I’m not doing a tv show. I’m just trade marking different drinks name.,” She then goes on to accuse TMZ fabricating tales out statements given, “TMZ gets one piece information and put legs and feet on that bitch !” the star says the rumours.
The Nike Kobe 4 Protro “Del Sol,” mimicking the beloved colorway that dropped back in 2009, is returning to retailers today, May 24, starting at 10am ET.
The sneakers, priced at $175, will be available at major retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eastbay and Foot Locker, as well as many other Nike Basketball accounts. Check out some early purchase links below.
Styled just like the ’09 rendition, the “Del Sol” Kobe 4 Protro is built on a white and black colorway accompanied by “del sol’ accents on the laces, ankle collar and around the Nike swoosh. The sneakers will reportedly drop on May 24 for the retail price $175, though it remains to be seen how many stores will have the kicks in stock.
In addition the Nike Kobe 4 Protro “Del Sol,” Nike has also collaborated with Undefeated for a colorful assortment Kobe 4s that will reportedly drop in August. Click here for more info on the UNDFTD x Nike Kobe 4 Protro collection and continue scrolling for additional images the Del Sol colorway.
Los Angeles, CA – To most of the modern world, lighting up a cigarette — or blunt for that matter — at the gas pump is extremely dangerous. Gasoline vapors are much more explosive than gasoline in its liquid state. Subsequently, a small spark can set off an explosion.
This tiny piece of common sense evidently escapes 18-year-old Lil Pump. In a video shared by TMZ, the “Gucci Gang” boss lights up a blunt and blows the smoke directly at the fuel nozzle — like a rube.
Paparazzi later caught up with the Florida native outside of Hyde Nightclub in Los Angeles, where they confronted him about his gas station etiquette.
He basically laughed it off and there was a sense he plans to continue lighting up wherever he feels like it.
But don’t be surprised when headlines read “Lil Pump Blown Up At The Gas Pump.” We warned him.
There’s a rule, and a law, that patrons gas stations cannot smoke in the general vicinity because the threat a massive explosion. Most smokers adhere to the law because they don’t want to put their lives or the lives others in danger, but Lil Pump apparently doesn’t abide by the rules. The rapper caught heat last week after he shared a video himself filling up his tank at a station while smoking a cigarette dangerously close to the pump. “Lil Pump smoking with lil pump equals lil pump,” he said in the clip that many didn’t think was too funny.
Pump was recently spotted by TMZ as he was leaving Hyde Nightclub in Los Angeles with his entourage. The paparazzo wanted to get more information about what the rapper thought about his smoking backlash, and it was clear that that was the least his worries. “We do that on the regular,” he said with a smile on his face. “I seen people in my comments, like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ Is there something wrong with that?”
He then says he’s more concerned with which car he would be taking home. Pump was excited to show f his $3 million Ferrari that, he says, he drives to the gas station and to Chik-fil-A. Check out Pump, and his bright yellow, luxury ride, below.
Audio mastering is now a luxury everyone can access.
Simply defined, mastering is the last creative step after mixing, and a critical step that optimizes a song for different platforms like streaming and CDs. It’s the polished mix that sounds pro, and separates professional recordings from amateur bedroom productions.
Now, CD Baby has tapped CloudBounce to offer a quick solution for instant mastering. The integration is available to CD Baby users immediately, and can be accessed within the platform account dashboard.
Each track will cost a modest $4.90, with an instantly spruced-up audio track the result.
“With our new partnership with CD Baby, we can harness our audio know-how and offer our best-in-class mastering service as a directly integrated option for all CDBaby customers,” Anssi Uimonen, cofounder and CEO of CloudBounce told Digital Music News.
“This aligns perfectly with both companies’ mission to support the core creative interests of indie artists.”
CloudBounce’s mastering solution sounds simple enough, though up until recently, few could easily access and arrange a professional mastering engineer. So it wasn’t even an option for most emerging artists, or even smaller indies.
In fact, it typically wasn’t until an artist was inked by a serious label or met a knowledgeable manager that the mastering stage would be taken seriously.
That reality has changed dramatically over the past few years. The concept of automated, instant, algorithm-driven mastering is no longer the stuff of audio research, it’s a fast-growing and accessible solution. Now, companies like CloudBounce are delivering serious, algorithmically-driven solutions for automated mastering, and upping the game for millions of artists.
These automatic conversions sound convincing, and can make the difference between an iffy demo and a serious track that gets added to Spotify playlists and gets noticed by labels, agents, festivals, and fans.
The process for mastering a recording is now easier than ever. Typically, a higher-res file (like a 24-bit WAV or AIFF file) is simply uploaded onto a separate server, and within minutes, the whole mastering process is ready. Artists can then accept the final cut, or tinker with a number of settings to tweak the results.
Here’s a quick ‘before and after’ automatically created by CloudBounce, which is working with DMN to expand the industry’s understanding of the fast-changing mastering stage.
The instant mastering solution platform was created by industry professionals and audio engineers from Finland, Germany, and United Kingdom. The company’s automated mastering is used by rap producers like Arkatech Beatz, whose credits include Nas, Raekwon, and Big Pun, among others.
TJH87 – Wait For Us [Pre-master]
TJH87 – Wait For Us [Mastered]
TMSV x Digid – Gates [Pre-master]
TMSV x Digid – Gates [Mastered]
The results are pretty obvious, and delivered instantly. But Uimonen says this isn’t a replacement for seasoned mastering engineers. When it comes to focus singles and higher-budget releases, mastering engineers are critical to the process.
Instead, Uimonen told us that “automated mastering is a perfect solution for everything else: demos, live recordings, and recordings from artists that are just getting started.”
On top of that, a professional mastering engineer can always be brought in later on recordings that were previously mastered automatically. In just one year, a band can find themselves signed, on a major festival bill, or enjoying a significant increase in fans. Luck certainly plays a factor in that, but an initial mastering certainly doesn’t hurt towards reaching those breakpoints.
Indeed, mastering can literally be make-or-break for certain artists, especially when it comes to Spotify and Apple Music playlists. A mastered recording simply sounds more professional. It’s what used to be called “radio friendly,” and more likely to make it onto a high-trafficked playlist.
And that goes for radio platforms like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Sirius XM, all of whom have curators combing through tracks.
CloudBounce’s mastering engine includes the most sophisticated audio processors for intelligent audio analysis and mastering.
The robust, modular mastering engine allows the creator to tackle even the toughest challenges in audio production. That includes enhancing the overall balance, eq, resonance control, and stereo imaging, while polishing the audio to a professional loudness standard, among other things.
Of course, as algorithms and mastering technology continues to mature, the ‘machine vs. human’ debates will continue to broil. But for now, there’s still a very important role for mastering pros.
For everything else, there’s an affordable and automated mastering solution with greater accessibility than ever.
As we know, Kim and Kanye West welcomed their fourth child recently and named him Psalm West. His name was revealed by a post Kim made to Instagram, that saw an image the little newborn in his carriage with a text from Kanye. While the photo was very sweet, it’s since been removed from Kim’s feed and it looks as though it’s because she got backlash for how Psalm was sleeping.
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The comments surrounded around the fear Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), that can be prevented by always placing a baby on its back to sleep, on a firm, flat mattress. Being as the photo showed Psalm cuddled up in a blanket, on a not-so-firm looking mattress is what lead people to respond.
“‘Im not much into concern trolling, but this is a suuuuuper dangerous sleep situation. We’ve eliminated a huge portion SIDS deaths by getting people to stop putting babies to bed like this,” one user wrote, while another added: “Please please please go pay an overpriced “sleep consultant” to get all that unnecessary padding, bumpers, and blankets out your child’s crib so they are not at risk for SIDS. I’ve tried and failed to resuscitate too many children that have died this way Signed An ER doctor.”
Kim has yet to respond. Peep some more reactions below.
Following the NBA’s All-Rookie and All-Defensive Teams that were revealed earlier this week, the NBA has today announced the All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams. Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the two MVP favorites, were unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team.
The All-NBA results are as follows:
All-NBA First Team: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, James Harden and Stephen Curry.
All-NBA Second Team: Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.
All-NBA Third Team: Rudy Gobert, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook.
According to ESPN, this marks the first season that LeBron wasn’t named to the All-NBA First Team since the 2006-07 season, and it’s only the second time he wasn’t on the first or second teams since his rookie year in 2003-04.
These All-NBA honors have major implications as far as free agency is concerned. For instance, Kemba Walker is now supermax eligible (5 years, $221M) with Charlotte, while any other team can only fer him a four-year $181 million deal. Additionally, Damian Lillard is now eligible for four-year, $191 million extension with the Blazers this summer. Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal both missed the cut, and therefore won’t qualify for a supermax contract extension.
Two days ago, news broke out that Adult entertainment company, Naughty America, was using augmented reality to get the word out about its paid services. The company began making Snapchat filters featuring 3D holograms some its models, as well as teaching their audience how to do the same.
They proceeded to share three these lenses for free on their site (one including adult performer Stephanie West in lingerie, and the other two, decidedly more x-rated, featuring full-frontal nudity). Paying members the site are given access to a number additional lenses, as well as holographic source files necessary to make AR filters.
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Snapchat quickly removed the lenses – which allowed Snapchat users to super-impose porn stars in various states undress into their pictures – upon discovery on Tuesday, however, the porn studio doesn’t seem to be quite done with Snapchat just yet, as it is still distributing the source data that allows Snapchat users to build their own naughty lenses – complete with a manual on how to do so.
Naughty America CEO Andreas Hronopoulos told Variety this week that he understood these lenses to be in compliance with Snapchat’s policies, arguing that he wasn’t making them publicly available, and paralleling it to sharing personal photos with friends on Snapchat. “We are just privately sharing these,” he said, defending their actions.
Snapchat did not agree though, and took down the lenses, citing them as a violation their terms service and community guidelines, as well as the company’s lens studio submission guidelines (which prohibit the use content that includes “obscene language or imagery, depictions nudity, sex acts, or pranity.”) This could prove to be the start a cat-and-mouse game, with Naughty America users creating lenses and Snapchat taking them down.
Chris Brown‘s recent “Wobble Up” single, which features contributions from both G-Eazy and Nicki Minaj, has become somewhat a runaway hit, having already garnered over eight million YouTube views. Unfortunately, not everybody is feeling the track, especially those who feel slighted by the clip’s artistic direction. Highsnobriety recently highlighted that visual artists – including Marius Sperlich, Tony Futura, Vanessa McKeown, and Catherine Losing – felt that “Wobble Up” ripped f their work without even bothering to provide due credit. Not only that, but the article pinpoints the work Jamie Calderon, including his “censored fruit” series, which also went uncredited.
Marius Sperlich also spoke with Highsnobriety, explaining that the current artistic landscape leaves artists vulnerable to predatory practices. “At first I was made aware the strong similarities my works with the corresponding scenes from the music video by my community,” he explains. “The funny thing is that I am so used to this, that I wasn’t even surprised. My work is used on album covers, iPhone-cases, clothes, digital designs and so on-without permission. It’s not easy to claim your rights these days.”
Catherine Losing also spoke about “Wobble Up’s” visuals, which she blasts for having lifted from several her peers. “What got me is the number artists that they copied,” Losing says. “I’ve been shooting conceptual still life photography for 10 years and have a really good knowledge my peer’s work. I counted five photographers whose work had clearly been copied.” Tony Futura also took a few shots at Brown and co-director Arrad, stating “I‘m not even that angry. It‘s just sad. Sad for all artists and creatives out there that strive to create original ideas and try to enrich our world with their work. It’s sad that Marius, me and the other artists were not involved in any way and it’s sad that our work gets dragged through some lame ass music video that wouldn’t be worth anything without our genuine work.”
Be sure to check out the full piece over at Highsnobriety; respect to them for giving the artists a voice, and helping raise awareness to stories this nature. We can only hope those who feel slighted can find some compensation for their work, though by all accounts, it may be too little too late.
Nearly two years since his last album, Common is set to return this summer with Let Love Have the Last Word.
During a private listening session at Gold Diggers in Los Angeles on Tuesday (May 21), which Rap-Up attended, the Chicago MC previewed several tracks off the unfinished project, which inspired his new memoir of the same name. The soulful, instrument-driven set was mostly produced by Karriem Riggins, with contributions from J Dilla, Jill Scott, Daniel Caesar, Leon Bridges, Swizz Beatz, and BJ the Chicago Kid.
The album kicks off with “Good Morning Love,” followed by “Her Love,” which serves as a sequel to 1994’s classic “I Used to Love H.E.R.” Over a previously unreleased J Dilla beat, with vocals from Daniel Caesar, Common cleverly name checks today’s rappers including A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, and Kendrick Lamar.
It was followed by “Hercules,” an aggressive hip-hop track with a boom-bap beat and a hook from Swizz Beatz. Common joked that the song came about after he noticed that no one works out to his music in the gym.
On the Leikeli47-assisted “Fifth Story,” which recalls 2005’s “Testify,” Common narrates a suspenseful tale of a man who cheats on his girlfriend, while questioning his performance as a father on the Jill Scott-assisted “Show Me That You Care,” inspired by a late-night phone call he received from his daughter.
On the personal “Memories From Home” featuring BJ the Chicago Kid, Common opens up about issues that are rarely discussed in the black community, including mental health, and reveals that he was molested as a child, something he also discusses in his book.
The album caps off with “God Is Love,” a gospel-inspired track featuring Leon Bridges that nearly brought some of the people in the room to tears.
Let Love Have the Last Word is due in August Loma Vista Recordings, while the first single, “Love Her,” is set to drop June 14.