Slim 400 was shot last month during an ambushed shooting but the thing is, this isn’t the first time he’s escaped death. Slim 400 previously spoke about getting shot in the past and he’s clearly survived. But he recently admitted that the recent shooting that left him hospitalized is the one that he thought was going to take his life away. He spoke to TMZ recently where he revealed that he was convinced that night was going to be his last.
Slim 400 detailed the shooting the night he was hit nine times by masked gunman. “As the shots was goin’ f, I was trying to run and get it, do my thing. But after so long, I dropped. And I’m steady trying to crawl, get it. One my folks come and try to pull me in, they still shooting and I’m like, ‘Man, it’s over,” he said.
After getting out the hospital, Slim 400 taunted the shooters online, letting them know not to purchase bullets from Walmart anymore. He explained that he only did that for entertainment purposes so his fans know that he’s doing alright. “I do that for the fans, you know what I’m sayin’? To keep them alive, and you know, motivated to the point where Slim ain’t — he ain’t change, you feel me?”
Nike and Kyrie Irving are celebrating the 20th anniversary the hit Nickelodeon tv series SpongeBob SquarePants with the release several special edition sneakers.
Kyrie recently unveiled five different colorways as part the collection, which includes Kyrie 5s inspired by SpongeBob, Patrick Star and Squidward, as well as Nike Kyrie Low 2s in honor Sandy and Mr. Krabs. Nike has today announced that the SpongeBob and Patrick Kyrie 5s will be releasing SNKRS on August 10. Each colorway will retail for $130.
Naturally, the SpongeBob Kyrie 5 features a yellow sponge inspired upper complete with hits white and red, referencing the beloved character’s shirt and tie. A gum outsole sits beneath the build, just like his patented shorts.
Meanwhile, the “Patrick Star” Kyrie 5 is highlighted by it’s pink construction, yellow midsole and “Patrick Star” detailing behind the tongue. Both colorways come equipped with Nickelodeon branding on the tongue shroud with “NIKE” text on the heel inspired by the show title’s font.
Take a look at the ficial images below, and mark your calendars for August 10.
Charles Barkley will most likely go down in history as one the best NBA players ever, who never won a championship. Barkley played 16 years in the NBA and was known for being a beast out on the court. While Barkley developed quite a few rivalries over the years, he’s never been shy to pay respect to those who he felt were worthy adversaries. He knows when to give people their flowers and at a recent charity event, the NBA on TNT analyst revealed who he thought was the best player he’s ever gone up against.
Barkley gave a surprising answer as he said Kevin McHale the Boston Celtics was the best player he ever had to guard. McHale played 17 years in the NBA and won three championships with the Celtics throughout the 80s. He may not be a household name to today’s NBA crowd, but he was definitely a great player at the time.
“He’s one the greatest basketball players ever, and I actually work with him now on television,” Barkley said Sports Illustrated. “He’s the best player I ever played against and had to guard.”
Barkley also said that McHale was practically impossible to stop on defense and that he used to have nightmares about him. Considering Barkley played against the likes Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Magic Johnson, McHale is getting some pretty high praise here.
Los Angeles, CA – Ryan Coogler isn’t the only purveyor of the arts in his family.
His brother Noah goes by the name of White Dave and he’s all about fun-loving vibes, evidenced from his recently released Black Rapper EP.
For the next visual single, “Glass Slipper Shorty (G.S.S.),” White Dave has linked with his younger brother Keenan to hold down the Creative Director duties, €¥£$ for the overall directorial duties and partnered with HipHopDX for the premiere.
If the song’s title is giving you visions of Cinderella, there’s just cause for that.
“When my producer and I first heard this song it sounded sort of like a fairytale,” White Dave tells HipHopDX. “When you pair that light fluffy sound with an 808, it sounds like some Disney princesses got into some madness.”
As a student of Hip Hop, Keenan also agreed with video’s treatment.
“Our favorite rap videos growing up were always the ones with a comedic twist, and weren’t too serious, but had bright colors and absurd vignettes. I wanted to bring some of that creative to something my brother created.”
The zany clip features a backyard wrestling scene and cameos from ALLBLACK and Offset Jim — the type of organized confusion a director loves to a part of.
“This was a fun video to be a part of and such an interesting adaptation that Keenan conjured up,” €¥£$ revealed. “We love working with fresh talent like White Dave and are so appreciative for the opportunity to create with the Coogler family.”
Check out the video for “Glass Slipper Shorty (G.S.S.)” up above and follow him on Instagram @WhiteDave for more black Whiteness.
The power couple took over the streets of Hollywood while performing their Father of 4 collaboration on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday night (July 17). The Migos rapper stepped out of his car and onto his makeshift star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While making his way down Hollywood Blvd., Offset performed the track while his social media stats were displayed on screen. Clout chasers, including Elvis Presley and Jason Voorhees, approached him for photos and followed him.
Fans went wild when his wife emerged from the car to spit her verse, wearing a colorful skintight bodysuit, before meeting up with her husband on stage to cap things off.
The couple also helped Kimmel translate the lyrics to “Clout” as part of his popular “New Lyrics for Old People” segment. Kimmel’s translation got the stamp of approval from the Hustlers star herself. “Some people don’t understand our lingo, and I think you would be really good…” said Cardi.
Kawhi Leonard was signed to Nike’s Jordan Brand between 2011 and 2018 before signing with New Balance. Back in 2014, Jordan Brand started giving Leonard his very own logo which is in the shape a hand but also bears his initials and his jersey number. It’s one the best logos in the sport and was featured on shoes and apparel. Despite leaving Nike, Leonard has continued to use the logo but as the star said in a recent lawsuit against Nike, the brand sent him a cease and desist. Leonard claims he’s the one who created the logo and that it’s his property.
According to TMZ, Nike disagrees with Leonard’s claims and are countersuing him for a plethora reasons including copyright infringement, fraud and breach contract. The Beaverton brand says there are differences between the final logo and the sketch that Leonard had come up with while in college. Nike also says Leonard has acknowledged in the past that Nike came up with the final idea and made it what it is today.
Kawhi filed to trademark the logo back in 2017 which is what raised some red flags for Nike. As right now, the brand is trying to get the judge to force Leonard to stop using the image. They also want to collect damages from Leonard but as right now, the figure hasn’t been made public.
After the release the “Spirit” music video, ABC Network decided that they were so in love with Beyoncé that they wanted to rename their station to better suit the vocalist. Instead the traditional ABC, the social media team at the network decided to temporarily alter their name to read “ABeyC.” They also sent out a tweet confirming that they were becoming an account devoted solely to Beyoncé coverage. While they’ve already cheated on the Queen by covering other stories, you’ve got to respect the dedication. Considering the fact that Disney owns ABC though, this isn’t all too surprising though. Disney is the studio behind The Lion King, after all.
Ayesha Curry seems to think it comes from a song performed by the City Girls and while Yung Miami and JT have been strong forces in enjoying their own Hot Girl Summers, Megan Thee Stallion should really be the one speaking on this. She explained her personal meaning the phrase on Twitter. “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident,living YOUR truth , being the life the party etc,” said the rapper.
Curry wasn’t too far f but she did need some help from the Houston native. Put some respeck on Meg’s name!
In July 2009, Forbes published their third annual list “Cash Kings.” After abdicating the throne to allow for Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s rise in 2008, Jay-Z re-emerged to take his rightful place atop hip hop’s financial index. Propelled to his victory courtesy Cola Cola’s procurement Vitamin Water, 50 would notoriously file for bankruptcy within seven years receiving the prestigious honor. Conversely, the Marcy Projects resident that used to “sell snowflakes by the OZ” hasn’t only retained his pre-existing wealth, but has expanded it to unprecedented levels. Whilst hip-hop and entrepreneurship are far from distant cousins, Shawn Corey Carter’s sustained level success in both avenues is improbable at best and, at worst, nonreplicable.
By and large, rappers will secede from the frontlines artistry when it comes time to attain mogul status. Instead, Jay saw that diversifying beyond one the most erratic industries in the world didn’t mean closing that revenue stream for good. Three years on from bidding a fond farewell to the rap game with The Black Album, Jay-Z was back and more acutely aware his value than ever. Where other rappers would’ve embarked on the conventional press junket, Hova signposted the forthcoming release 2006’s Kingdom Come with a Budweiser ad campaign that he’d soon parlay into a co-brand director position for their Select Range. In March that same year, the then-Def Jam president pulled f an impressive coup as he sold his Rocawear clothing line to fashion magnates Iconix for a whopping $204 million, setting the tone for a career renaissance that would see his musical exploits and business endeavors coexist in a harmonious fashion.
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“That was the greatest trick in music that people ever pulled f, to convince artists that you can’t be an artist and make money. I think the people that were making the millions said that. It was almost shameful, especially in rock ‘n’ roll. Here you got these millionaire guys who had to pretend as if they weren’t successful at all or it would be like a detriment to their career.”
With a well-documented history balking at the conventional, this reluctance to adhere to the industry playbook has been the impetus behind some his most inspired money moves. After all, this is a man that infamously turned down Def Jam’s first attempt to sign him on the grounds that “I own the company I rap for.” An audacious move even by his standards, it explains why he would resign from his post as president that same label on the grounds that “I felt like I would be a waste there.” Less than a year later, he’d unveil his new label Roc Nation, doing so alongside a lucrative deal with Live Nation valued at $150 million. Marked by Jay’s assertive claims that “I’ve turned into The Rolling Stones hip-hop,” Live Nation renewed it for $200 million 10 years later. “Jay Z is one the world’s preeminent touring artists,” said the company’s CEO Michael Rapino upon its announcement. “This strengthens the creative and business partnership someone that continues to expand his touring base and reach.”
Anything but an isolated incident, this vast increase in price tag mirrors the shrewd business move that saw him sell his stake in the team he’d help rechristen as the Brooklyn Nets. Although he maintains that he’ll a fan the team “forever,” he turned his investment into a reported prit 135% – and that’s before he’d floaded his share the Barclays Center or set up his new management agency Roc Nation Sports. Impressive achievements in their own right, what makes the increasing price tag on his Live Nation Deal or his ability to turn positive equity into prit all the more noteworthy is how it neatly mirrors the art-collecting analogy he details on 4:44’s“The Story Of OJ”:
“I bought some artwork for one million Two years later, that shit worth two million Few years later, that shit worth eight million I can’t wait to give this shit to my children”
As alluded to in his 2010 memoir Decoded, Jay’s rapacious need to keep the money flowing in was partly inspired by watching MC Hammer go from being “in Forbes Magazine with eight figures to his name, big pants and all” to “filing for bankruptcy” a couple years later. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that Jay wants to safeguard his family’s financial freedom for generations to come. To a kid that grew up in the treacherous Marcy Projects, money is empowerment. An escape route from systemic injustices that countless can never outrun. As a result the prevalence this reality, Jay and Beyonce’s decision to give their daughter Blue Ivy credits on a number tracks exemplify how he’s looking to secure her future. Detailed on 4:44’s “Legacy”, the track that doubled as an ad-hoc living will, Hov is simply following the example that his mother once set for him:
“My parents ain’t have shit, so that shift started with me. My mom took her money, she bought me bonds. That was the sweetest thing all time.”
Self-reliant to the hilt, Jay is one the few men on earth that could conjure up bars such as “put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I’ll triple my worth” from “U Don’t Know” without coming across as misguidedly arrogant. But for every unequivocal victory that he’s notched, he’s as susceptible to false starts or miscalculations as the rest us. Compiled in an article by Gizmodo, the news that he intended to launch a new venture capital fund for start-ups led them to reappraise his history investments, uncovering some blemishes in the process. Whilst the t-debated pritability Tidal has been a hot topic conversation for years, high-reward investments that he’d made with sock brand Stance and Uber were fset by ill-fated backing social media platform “Viddy” and private plane-renting app Blackjet.
Undeterred by these small mishaps, Jay has plowed money into Californian cannabis company Caliva, meat-free alternative Impossible Foods, and even threw his hat into the private jet ring once more with JetSmarter. His refusal to second guess himself after failure recalls a line from Kingdom Come’s reflective number “Beach Chair:” “Some said: ‘Hov’, how you get so fly? I said ‘From not being afraid to fall out the sky.’” Where others might have faltered and mimicked the demise the proverbial Icarus, Hov simply brushed the dirt f his shoulder and moved on to the next one. A man that has crafted far more than the 3 Blueprints that he’s committed to record, if any further evidence Hov’s unequaled tenacity is needed then look no further than this character-defining anecdote from none other than The Roots’ own Questlove:
“Lawyers were holding up the record because the “You and Whose Army” sample. Jay-Z was still president the label then. I was like, “Can you get me on the phone with those guys in five minutes?” He was like, “Yeah.” I said, “Do you know those guys?” He said, “No.” I was confused. So I asked, “Well, how are you going to get through to those guys?” He said, “Watch.” Sure enough, in five minutes I was jogging on the treadmill talking to the Radiohead guys. Lawyers can’t make it work, but Jay-Z can.”
Cardi B has shared a few behind-the-scenes images her on the set Hustlers, but the first ficial trailer has been released by STX Entertainment. Along with the “Press” rapper, the film stars Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, and Lili Reinhart. The movie is said to be inspired by a New York Magazine piece done by Jessica Pressler that centers around a group strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy clients. The 2015 article‘s title includes: “Here’s a modern Robin Hood story for you: a few strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting, (in their minds) pathetic men and gave to, well, themselves.“
The Hustlers trailer opens with Lopez’s character teaching a dancer how to work the pole. The story unravels as Lopez, shown as the ringleader, convinces a group dancers to take advantage their rich, Wall Street clients by getting them liquored up before taking their bank cards and spending their money.
The film’s director, Lorene Scafaria, shared with Vulture that Lopez was dedicated to her role. Not only did she train round the clock to make sure that her moves were believable, but she also took trips to different clubs. “She’s obviously such an unbelievable dancer, but she trained so hard-core for this. Pole dancing is not like anything else. It required muscles you don’t know you have. So we did treat it a little bit like a sports movie in that way. She and Alex went and visited a strip club, and she was able to give me some…insights.” Hustlers will be released in theaters on September 13.
Manager Scott Rodger says his client — Matteo Bocelli — did not receive any compensation from the American Icon Awards for his performance.
The event was held in May to honor Al Pacino at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Long-time friend Robert De Niro opened the night with a lively speech. Quincy Jones and Evander Holyfield also spoke, among many others.
Attendees of the event included Sylvester Stallone, Naomi Campbell, Joe Mantegna, and more. Martin Scorsese served as the event’s honorary dinner chair.
A splashy affair, indeed.
The American Icon Awards describes itself as a philanthropic organization whose mission is . Many performers and attendees often waive their performance and appearance fees, donating their time to promote the event. According to Scott Rodger, the request to sing for Al Pacino was an offer Bocelli “couldn’t refuse.”
“Matteo was happy to do it in return for the event covering his travel and hotel costs,” says Rodger. “No fee was involved [but] they stiffed us and won’t reimburse the agreed expenses.”
Rodger says it’s not the end of the world, but he wants to bring attention to the issue. Variety reached out for comment from Joseph Clapsaddle, executive producer of the American Icon Awards, who confirmed that Matteo Bocelli has yet to receive reimbursement for his travel expenses.
“We are very grateful for Matteo Bocelli’s beautiful performance at our event as well as the support of his management. His generous participation was especially appreciated by Al Pacino and our other honorees and guests.”
“I guess they assume we can afford it and they don’t have to pay,” Rodger stated. “They shouldn’t be allowed to take advantage of people.”
Other performers at the American Icon Awards included Robin Thicke and Pia Toscano. Both artists performed for free, but they both reside in Los Angeles and needed no travel reimbursement. Separately, one vendor confirmed to Variety they were compensated for their services.
Khalid has a show in San Antonio tonight, as part his Free Spirit tour that’s taking him across North America. The “Lovely” singer paid a visit to a local barbeque restaurant in the city last night to grab some dinner and was welcomed with open arms by the staff, especially considering his impromptu karaoke performance. The 21-year-old hit the mic for a little set, singing Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” while a baseball game played in the background.
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“The world stops when Khalid walks into your Restaurant on Karaoke night.. signs up as another name and sings his heart out! What. A. Night. And what an amazing person!” the caption Khalid’s performance reads.
Khalid was kind enough to pose for photos with people in the restaurant and when he was asked how he found out about the seemingly local spot he said it was all thanks to a Google search for the “best downtown BBQ.”
We previously posted about Khalid’s first stop on his tour and how the singer teared up during his set, in awe how far he’s come. “It wasn’t that long ago,” Khalid told the crowd as tears fell down his face. “That I was playing in rooms 50 people, and no one was paying attention to me, and now I’m in an arena. I’ve done a few tours now, but this one — it means the most to me.”
TLC are currently on tour, visiting fans in major city’s who want sing their hearts to “No Scrubs,” “Creep” and “Waterfalls.” The fan love has been endless so far (as seen through social media reactions) but unfortunately for those in Sacramento and the Stanislaus State Fair, they’ll have to catch TLC at a later date since Chilli has been put on vocal rest.
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“It breaks my heart to tell our fans that we have to cancel our performance tonight at Sacramento because I lost my voice and my dr has me on strict voice rest. We want the fans at Sacramento to know we love them and thank them for their support,” Chilli wrote on Twitter, more recently adding: “STILL on voice rest😫 getting better but not at a 100% just yet. Sadly we will miss seeing the fans in Turlock. Thank u so much for ur prayers n well wishes. I’ll be back on stage soon. 💪🏾”
There’s no word on whether TLC will make up any missed dates for fans but we can only hope Chilli makes a fast recovery. TLC are also set to hit the road with Nelly and Flo Rida, for a co-headlining tour set to kick f on July 23.
A Drake concert will bring you through a rollercoaster emotions. You might be getting lit during “Nonstop” and “Sicko Mode” but once he gets into the ballads, you’ll be crying about your ex-girlfriend in the stands. During that turn-up stage though, some people are bound to get a little rowdy. After attending a concert in August 2016, Amanda Giovacco alleges that she sustained serious brain injuries and seizures, noting that she was struck by a beer bottle on her head and now, she’s suing a number large entities, including Madison Square Garden, Live Nation Worldwide, and even Drake.
According to The Blast, Giovacco was in the crowd at Drake’s August 8 show in New York City when she was unexpectedly hit in the head with a flying bottle. The legal documents read that she “was violently struck by a beer bottle that was thrown while attending the DRAKE concert, was maliciously and without just cause or provocation, subjected to a battery.” Giovacco is attempting to argue that the staff at the arena, the vendors, Drake himself, and everybody that planned the event should be more careful when serving alcohol to their patrons. She believes they were negligent in assuring that fans weren’t overserved alcohol and was upset that they used bottles instead plastic cups.
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The lawsuit states that Drake could have prevented this from happening, which seems highly unlikely to stand up in court. The rapper and other defendants reportedly failed to prevent “aggressive and/or violent behavior at the concert, they knew Drake has history violence at his concerts, providing a dangerous weapon at Drake’s concerts.”
Giovacco alleges that she sustained brain injuries and seizures as a direct result the incident, claiming that she has been unable to attend medical school because it. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Artists just want to own the music that they create, but that’s not always the case. There’s some drama going down between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun after the latter recently purchased Swift’s previous label, Big Machine Label Group. The move means that Braun owns Swifts recordings, and since the announcement was made, Swift has been throwing shade at the music manager.
Nelly was recently asked his give his thoughts about the feud from the viewpoint an artist. “Music is your life, man,” he told PEOPLE. “It’s your art. It’s your heart. It’s your sweat. It’s your blood. It’s your tears. You stand up. You alienate different things. I went through a point to where I spent so much time in the studio that it was affecting my relationships with my kids in the sense them asking], ‘Daddy, why are you spending so much time there.’ But that was when they were really, really young. Now that they are] older they see, because now one them wants to sing…My point is, you put so much blood and so much sweat and tears into it, you just want a fair shake when it comes to being able to claim what’s yours.”
The rapper also shared that it took some time for his children to recognize his international superstar status. He claimed that his daughter didn’t give him any props until he took her to a concert where she was able to meet Bow Wow face-to-face backstage. He said his daughter asked, “We meetin’ Bow Wow?” to which he replied, “You do know that I out-sold Bow Wow…but it was a great feeling. Just to see her eyes light up when she met him…I felt great as a father being able to do that.”