Rick Ross Drops ‘Numb Numb Juice’ Freestyle

After dropping his new single “Act a Fool,” Rick Ross keeps the Port of Miami II rollout going with his latest, a remix to ScHoolboy Q’s “Numb Numb Juice.”

Over the rattling bassline, the Bawse delivers bravado while paying homage to Nipsey Hussle. “You know I get the sneakers before they hit the shelf / Every album been a classic / I’m a feature film,” he boasts. “Nipsey Hussle gone, I gotta speak for him.”

Renzel is now gearing up to release his 10th album Port of Miami II: Born to Kill, the sequel to his 2006 debut Port of Miami. Last month, he kicked things off with his “Port of Miami II” freestyle, followed by his single “Act a Fool” with Wale.

“Numb Numb Juice” can be found on Q’s latest album CrasH Talk, which was released in April.

Daniel Caesar Drops Surprise Album ‘CASE STUDY 01’

Daniel Caesar surprises fans with the release of his new album CASE STUDY 01.

The 10 tracks include collaborations with Pharrell Williams, John Mayer, and Brandy, who duets with Caesar on the soulful lead single “Love Again.” “These are my heroes,” he tells Apple Music. “People who I never thought I’d ever collaborate with, until the opportunity came up and it was like, ‘Is this really real?’”

The album, which follows Caesar’s 2017 debut Freudian, finds the Grammy-winning singer confronting good and evil, life and death, and religion. “I’m drawn to touchy subjects. They’re my favorite,” he says. “I’ve been reading a lot about Judaism and Kabbalah and meditation. And I was raised religious, so it’s like my operating system. But I also needed to free myself from that—to live.”

Along with the album, the Canadian crooner has announced dates for his “CASE STUDY 01: TOUR PT. 1.” The international trek kicks off July 20 in Jakarta, Indonesia before traveling across Asia. The North American leg commences July 30 in Honolulu with special guest Koffee on select dates. Tickets go on sale beginning July 2 at 12 p.m. local time.

Stream CASE STUDY 01 and see tour dates below.

CASE STUDY 01:TOUR PT. 1 Dates

July 20 – Jakarta, ID*
July 21 – Kuala Lumpur, MY*
July 23 – Manila, PH*
July 25 – Bangkok, TH*
July 27 – Niigata, JP*
July 28 – Incheon, KR*
July 30 – Honolulu, HI*
Aug. 1 – Honolulu, HI*
Aug. 11 – Detroit, MI
Aug. 12 – Chicago, IL
Aug. 14 – Denver, CO
Aug. 17 – Seattle, WA
Aug. 21 – Portland, OR
Aug. 23 – Oakland, CA
Aug. 26 – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 29 – Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 30 – Phoenix, AZ*
Sept. 1 – Dallas, TX*
Sept. 4 – Houston, TX*
Sept. 5 – Austin, TX*
Sept. 6 – New Orleans, LA
Sept. 8 – Miami, FL*
Sept. 10 – Atlanta, GA*
Sept. 12 – Charlotte, NC*
Sept. 14 – Concord, CA*
Sept. 18 – New York, NY*
Sept. 21 – Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 23 – Boston, MA
Sept. 24 – Washington, DC
Sept. 25 – leveland, OH
Sept. 28 – Toronto, ON
Nov. 12 – Montreal, QC*
Nov. 14 – Halifax, NS*
Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB*
Nov. 22 – Saskatoon, SK*
Nov. 23 – Edmonton, AB*
Nov. 25 – Calgary, AB*
Nov. 28 – Vancouver, BC*

*No Koffee

Naruto x Adidas Sneaker Collab Coming Soon: First Look

Adidas has yet another anime-inspired sneaker collaboration in the works, this time exploring the ninja world Naruto Shippuden.

Similar to the Dragon Ball Z x Adidas sneaker collection, it is believed that the pack will consist several different sneakers inspired by the series’ many characters. Among the shoes set to release is a pink and red colorway that serves as a nod to Sakura Haruno. The kicks come equipped with a White Boost midsole, as well as “T.7” on the lateral patch with graphic insoles showing f the Japanese character.

It remains to be seen how many sneakers will be releasing in the Naruto x Adidas collection, but we expect to learn more in the near future. Scroll through the IG post embedded below for an early look at the Sakura sneaker and stay tuned for more details.

BTS World Quickly Dominates Apple's App Store Rankings

BTS World, a mobile game based on the internationally successful Korean boy band BTS (or Bangtan Boys), is making some serious waves in the Apple Store.

Though it was only released on June 26th, BTS World has already jumped to the Apple Store’s top spot.  And at the time of this writing, the free-to-play game commands a top-five ranking in over 60 different countries, including the vast majority of Asia.

BTS World was developed by Takeone Company Corporation and Netmarble Corporation.  The management-simulation game allows players to customize various parts of BTS’s career.  Interestingly, and in a contrast to many other mobile games, a large portion of the work is comprised of real-life pictures and video footage of band members; a staggering 10,000 pictures and 100 videos were captured exclusively for use in the game.

The seven-piece South Korean band formed in 2013, and they currently boast several industry records.  That includes the bestselling Korean album of all time (with Map of the Soul: Persona) and being the bestselling Korean band to date, having moved more than 14 million records.

At this stage, pretty much anything these guys release will sell.  So it’s sort of like printing money.

Accordingly, BTS World: Official Soundtrack will launch on June 28th.  Three singles from the album—”Dream Glow,” “A Brand New Day,” and “All Night”—were released earlier in June, and due in part to the immense popularity of BTS World, the Official Soundtrack‘s sales are expected to break additional records.

BTS also embarked on a world tour in August 2018.

The band has made more than 40 stops, including shows in South Korea, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and many other nations.  The tour was initially expected to end in April of this year, but it was extended through July 14th, with additional stops coming in the U.S., England, France, Brazil, and Japan.

Air Jordan 8 "White Aqua" Release Details Announced

Nike and Jordan Brand have plenty women’s sneakers in the pipeline for the coming weeks, including Nike’s newly unveiled summer women’s collection, as well as several other women’s-exclusive Air Jordans. Among them, the returning “White Aqua” Air Jordan 8.

The colorful kicks are ficially slated slated to launch on July 12 for the retail price $190. Worth noting, a women’s size 12 translates to a men’s 10.5.

The women’s Air Jordan 8 “White Aqua” first debuted in 2007, featuring a “white, varsity red-bright concord-aqua” color scheme. Judging from early images that have surfaced thus far, the 2019 edition will stick to that familiar design along with some reflective 3M detailing around the heel.

Continue scrolling for some additional images while we await ficial photos and release details.

Air Jordan 8 "White Aqua" Release Details Announced

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Air Jordan 8 "White Aqua" Release Details Announced

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Air Jordan 8 "White Aqua" Release Details Announced

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Air Jordan 8 "White Aqua" Release Details Announced

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Nicki Minaj Reveals Why She Was Fired From Red Lobster As She Dines With Jimmy Fallon

Nicki Minaj is back in her groove after dropping her single, “Megatron.” The 36-year-old rapper took a personal break from social media for months, only to emerge in full force in support her latest track. “Megatron” quickly reached No. 1 on iTunes, and to further promote her single, Nicki visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday evening. Amidst confirming that there’s definitely a new album on the way (despite the fact that she has not yet figured out a release date for it), Nicki showed f her rap skills for The Wheel Of Freestyle, and talks her past as a Red Lobster waitress, including why she was fired from “all 3 or 4” the ones she worked for.

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As they sip on Nicki’s favorite Red Lobster drink, the “lobsterita,” and share some food, Minaj reveals the reason behind her being fired from numerous Red Lobsters. Minaj explains how she was fired from the last Red Lobster she worked at, saying she took to chasing a couple to their car after they left no tip for her, and took her pen.“I banged on the car window and I said, ‘Give me my pen!’” she said, before continuing to recount how she flipped the middle finger at the couple, telling Fallon: “My manager fired me on the spot.” After their feast, Fallon reveals to Nicki that she’s “been redeemed” as he tracked the people down to get her pen back, also handing her a “cheddar bay biscuits for life” card. 

Cardi B Responds to Critics Who Say She Isn’t Black

Cardi B is clapping back at her critics.

In response to those who say she isn’t black, the “Press” rapper took to Instagram to educate them about her ethnicity. While going live on Tuesday (June 25), she explained that she speaks Spanish because she is West Indian and Dominican.

“A lot of people are dumb so they don’t really know the difference,” said the 26-year-old MC. “A lot of people don’t know the difference between nationality, race, ethnicity, and that’s not nobody’s fault. That’s actually the school’s fault because schools don’t be teaching this shit to people.”

She often gets mistaken for Mexican because she speaks Spanish. “I’m not Mexican at all. First of all, I’m West Indian and I’m Dominican. I speak Spanish because I’m Dominican,” she explained. “So what’s the difference between Dominican and Mexican? It’s like everything, like everything! Everything!”

She continued, “I feel like people need to really understand because people don’t be understanding shit. It’s like, ‘Cardi’s Latin, she’s not black.’ And it’s like, ‘Bro, my features don’t come from fu**ing white people fu**ing, OK?’ And they always wanna race-bait when it comes to me. That’s why I have Afro features. ‘Oh, but your parents are light-skinned.’ Alright, but my grandparents aren’t.”

Just because she speaks Spanish, it doesn’t make her less black. “It’s crazy because some island women, some artists that are from the same islands as me, people will be like, ‘Oh they’re black,’” she said. “But because Cardi speaks Spanish to people, she’s not black, even though we have similar features, same skin complexion. But no, they wanna not put Cardi in it because I speak Spanish.”

Watch Cardi address her race below.

Lil Uzi Vert Praises Roc Nation Amidst "Eternal Atake" Uncertainty

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release Lil Uzi Vert‘s highly-anticipated album Eternal Atake. The last time Uzi released a full-length project it was all the way back in August 2017 with Luv Is Rage 2 and with Eternal Atake, there has been a ton uncertainty, especially when it came to his label situation with DJ Drama and Don Cannon. Uzi has expressed his displeasure with his record label in the past, although recently, it appears as though Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint is taking care his situation.

Even with new representation, Eternal Atake’s release is still up in the air but that hasn’t stopped Lil Uzi from expressing gratitude to his new label. The rapper went on his Instagram story last night with the message “I love Roc Nation. I feel so normal. Thank you.”

Lil Uzi Vert Praises Roc Nation Amidst "Eternal Atake" Uncertainty

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Roc Nation replied to the rapper saying “right back at you” which is some wholesome content we can all get behind. 

This is a far cry from Uzi’s interactions with Generation Now which seemed to be an exercise in futility for the rapper. Uzi is one the most unique voices in the game right now and with two years in between projects, fans are starting to grow increasingly impatient.

Perhaps Uzi’s new relationship with Roc Nation will turn into a release at some point.

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, through Wednesday, June 26th.

Welcome back to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. Read on for insights into the most popular artists and festivals from the prior and upcoming weeks.

Most Popular Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on SeatGeek Web Traffic

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1. Billie Eilish (Rank last week: 2)

Eilish returns to the top spot on this list for the last stretch of her tour. In addition to a handful of festival appearances over the summer and fall, the “bad guy” singer will play four more shows alongside rapper Denzel Curry, all in southern California.

2. Ariana Grande (Rank last week: 1)

Ariana Grande drops one spot this week, but will likely be a mainstay on this list for months to come as she recently extended her “Sweetener” tour. The additional leg, which includes 19 more dates, launches on November 9th.

3. Khalid (Rank last week: 4)

Khalid’s “Free Spirit Tour” remains one of the hottest of the summer, and should receive a nice bump in ticket demand if he can start performing what is likely to be another hit single — the upcoming track “Beautiful People” alongside Ed Sheeran.

4. Jonas Brothers (Rank last week: 3)

The Jonas Brothers ceded the top spot on the Billboard Albums chart to Madonna this week, but have plenty of momentum heading into their reunion tour that starts on August 7 in Miami.

5. Paul McCartney (Rank last week: 18)

With five stops remaining on his “Freshen Up” tour, fans continue to come out in droves to catch the legendary rocker in person.

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“Rising” Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on the Percent Increase in SeatGeek Web Traffic

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1. The 1975: 441%

Though the North American leg of their recent tour has wrapped up, the band is driving interest after announcing that they will be releasing new music before their appearance at Reading and Leeds Festival. The group was also a recent answer on Jeopardy — though none of the contestants knew the answer.

2. Cher: 429%

The music icon is in the midst of her “Here We Go Again Tour,” to which she recently added a fresh batch of dates.

3. Conan Gray: 417%

The YouTube star and pop artist, who was recently on tour with Panic! At the Disco, will play a handful of festivals and solo shows through the fall.

4. Juice WRLD: 413%

Though the rapper’s recent tour has wrapped up, Juice WRLD has remained in the headlines following his new single “Hate Me” with Ellie Goulding.

5. NF: 407%

The Michigan rapper recently released another single, “When I Grow Up,” ahead of a Lollapalooza appearance and fall tour.

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Most Popular Upcoming Tour Stops and Festivals

Upcoming Week, Based on SeatGeek Ticket Sales

Rock and roll legends make up the top three spots for the upcoming week, as The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney continue to be some of the hottest tickets of the summer.

Outside of this top ten list, Janet Jackson in Vegas continues to be a big draw, as do a handful of Twenty One Pilots shows across the midwest.

Ty Dolla $ign Drug Case Wiped From Record After Finishing Drug Classes: Report

Ty Dolla $ign got into a bit trouble last summer after he was arrested for drug-related charges. However, he struck a deal with the court that would allow the charge to be expunged from his criminal record if he completes drug classes. Ty Dolla completed the drug classes with flying colors and now, the two felonies and one misdemeanor charge have been erased from his record forever, The Blast reports. Ty Dolla $ign’s lawyer, Steven Sadow, managed to make a deal with the prosecutors in the case. Ty agreed to stay out trouble, complete an online drug invention program, and stay sober. The singer was also told that he would have to comply with random drug tests.

Ty Dolla $ign Drug Case Wiped From Record After Finishing Drug Classes: Report
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Ty Dolla $ign was pulled over last September after police said they smelled cannabis coming out the vehicle the singer and six others were in. After a search, they found marijuana and cocaine. He later charged with marijuana less than an ounce, possession cocaine, and possession and use drug-related objects. The other six people in the vehicle didn’t face any charges.

Steven Sadow’s a high-prile celebrity attorney who’s been hired by T.I. and Usher in the past. Sadow actually represented T.I. in his criminal case where he was accused simple assault, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct against the security guard in his gated community. 

 

New Music: Fat Joe, Dre, & Lil Wayne ‘Pullin’

Thirteen years since “Make It Rain,” Fat Joe and Lil Wayne reunite on their latest collaboration “Pullin” featuring Dre.

Over a sample of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” Joey Crack cooks up a fiery verse, while Dre borrows Wayne’s classic “Phone Home” line: “We are not the same / I am a martian.” Weezy comes through with some rapid-fire rhymes to finish it off (“I’m from the jungle, not the petting zoo / And you look edible”).

“Pullin” follows Fat Joe and Wayne’s past collaborations including 2006’s “Make It Rain” and 2012’s “Yellow Tape.” Joe is now working on Family Ties, his first album since 2017’s Plata O Plomo with Remy Ma. “Finally the wait is OVER we will begin Operation Paralyze The SUMMER,” he said.

Tonight, Weezy is set to kick off his co-headlining North American tour with blink-182 in Columbus, Ohio.

Celtics Are Now The Frontrunner To Sign Kemba Walker: Report

Kemba Walker is one the biggest free agents on the market this Summer and while he isn’t in the same stratosphere as Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard, there are plenty teams who could use his talents. One those teams is the Boston Celtics, who are about to lose Kyrie Irving in free agency. It’s been rumored for a while now that they have been looking at signing Walker and according to this latest Woj bomb from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it could very well become a reality.

“The Boston Celtics have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker once free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted.

Walker is eligible to sign a supermax deal with the Charlotte Hornets worth $220 million over 5 years. If he were to sign with Boston, he would only be able to yield a four-year contract, although playing for a franchise like the Celtics would probably be a huge factor in his decision.

Free agency ficially begins on Sunday, June 30th at 6 P.M. EST so that’s when players will start meeting with teams. Things can change between now and then so stay tuned for all the updates regarding the free agent period.

Another Major Spotify Executive Is Jumping Ship — Brian Benedik

Spotify’s VP Global Head of Ad Sales — Brian Benedik — will be departing the company later this fall.

At present, Spotify doesn’t have a clear replacement but is actively seeking to fill the role.  News of the departure leaked earlier this week, and is now all-but-official.

Spotify has been experiencing a significant turnover of top executives since the company went public this year.  Even before Spotify’s NYSE listing, several high profile executives left the company.  Some were probably cashing in on a decade-long investment, while others were lured away by competitors offering better salaries.

Just recently, Rap Car curator for YouTube in March, on rumors of a seriously bumped-up salary. Other departures over the past year include Angela Watts, Dave Rocco, Kevin Brown, , and Mark Williamson.

More recently, Spotify bid adieu to Global Head of Publishing Adam Parness, the latest pushing through a well-worn exit door.

Benedik joined Spotify in 2013 as the VP of North American sales. He was soon promoted to his global role in 2015. Benedik helped create Spotify’s third-party measurement services in cooperation with companies like Nielsen.

Benedik’s tenure as Global Head of Sales coincided with healthy revenue growth for Spotify. The company saw a 24% year-over-year growth during the first quarter of his tenure.  Programmatic ad sales saw a boost of 53% during the same time period.

Spotify has over 100 million paid subscribers, but the company is struggling to be profitable. One area where Spotify is seeking to set itself apart is the focus on podcasts and original episodic content for subscribers. The streaming company bet big on podcasts this year, with hundreds of millions pouring into the expansion.

In 2019 alone, Spotify has purchased including Gimlet Media, Anchor, and Parcast.  Accordingly, Benedik spent much of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year promoting Spotify’s focus on podcasts. He showed off the company’s roster of new, exclusive content, including an with former President and First Lady, Barack & Michelle Obama.

ScHoolboy Q & Kid Cudi Teaches Violence Begets Violence In "Dangerous" Video

Los Angeles, CA – If it’s true you reap what you sow then karma is inescapable in life and death.

That’s the alarming message in ScHoolboy Q’s latest video for his song “Dangerous” featuring Kid Cudi, which is taken from his latest album, CrasH Talk.

In the grim Alexandre Moors-directed visual, the TDE rapper sits in the driver’s seat of a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. Cudi, who sings the track’s hook, waits in the car’s passenger side.

When they exit the vehicle, they carry loaded guns and kill two unassuming pedestrians in side street under a dim sky.

After the shooting, the screen goes black and a message pops up that reads: “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”

When the screen returns to the crime scene, Cudi gets back in the car to drive and pick up Q.

Suddenly, the video takes a dark turn before it closes.

Check the video above.

LaVar Ball Warns Kings’ De’Aaron Fox Of Luke Walton

Luke Walton will get a fresh start with the Sacramento Kings in the 2019-20 NBA season, following a three-year run as head coach the Los Angeles Lakers. Similarly, his former point guard Lonzo Ball starts with a clean slate in New Orleans as a result the Lakers’ other big f-season move.

And although the two are no longer together, LaVar Ball simply can’t resist taking jabs at his son’s former head coach. During an appearance on the “Maybe I’m Crazy” podcast, LaVar explained his issues with Walton as a coach and fered a warning to Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox.

“He wasn’t battle-tested. Just because you stood in for a team that was autopilot and then fooled the Lakers saying ‘Oh he’s a great coach!.’ If he would have coached a high school or an AAU team to a championship, he might have a little something. I’ve never seen him do something. Just because you come out Arizona and your daddy’s Bill Walton, that don’t make you the best coach in the world.”

“And De’Aaron Fox is going to call Lonzo and say ‘God dang, man what the hell happened.’ You going to see. You going to see. Be sure to talk to Fox’s dad, too, when he gets crazy in Sacramento because it’s going to happen.”