Majority Of America Is Rooting For Raptors Over The Warriors

For the first time in their 24-year history, the Toronto Raptors are going to the NBA Finals. On Thursday, they will hold home court advantage as they take on the Golden State Warriors who have won three the last four NBA Championships. The Warriors are favored in the series although they aren’t exactly the team that most people are rooting for. Despite not even being from America, a new chart reveals that the majority Americans are rooting for the Raptors to win it all.

The chart was created by BetOnline and is based on geotagged data from Twitter, according to SFGate. Forty-seven out 50 states are said to be cheering on the Raptors which is based on the fact that more people are tweeting #WeTheNorth than #DubNation. The three states that are still rooting for the Warriors are Califonia, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Perhaps this trend is because people are just fed up the Warriors winning all the time. When a team starts to become a dynasty, people tend to turn on them and it seems like the Warriors are starting to hit that point. Not to mention, the Raptors are such a great story that you can’t help but want them to win, even if they might be from a whole other country.

Meanwhile, Raptors president Masai Ujiri is touched by the support and the way people have embraced the franchise.

Tricky Mourns Daughter’s Death: "I Thought I Knew What Loss Was"

British-born trip-hop pioneer Tricky has revealed his daughter, Mazy Mina Topley-Bird, died earlier this month at the age of 24. The former Massive Attack member shared the heartbreaking news Facebook on Tuesday (May 28).

Along with photos of Mazy Mina, he penned a tribute to his late daughter, capturing the pain he’s currently feeling.

I thought I knew what loss was, but now my daughter is gone I realize I had no idea what it was after all. It feels like I’m in a world that doesn’t exist, knowing nothing will ever be the same again. No words or text can really explain—my soul feels empty.

Mazy Mina, my daughter, had two names — some people called her Mazy, some people called her Mina. She had an amazing talent for singing and songwriting; songs which will be finished and heard.

Your words and songs will live on, I will make sure they do. I haven’t had the strength to even look at a picture of you until now—people will hear your voice and songs. All my heart—what’s left of it. Love you Mazy Mina, Dad

Mazy Mina’s mother, singer Martina Topley-Bird, added, “Sweet baby, life won’t be the same without you.”

In honor of their daughter, Tricky and Martina shared a song she wrote in 2013 called “When You Go.” As indicated in the caption, she died on May 8. No cause of death has been disclosed.

Listen to the track below.

Meek Mill to Sue Las Vegas Hotel for Racism

Meek Mill is planning to sue The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after they banned him from the hotel and threatened to arrest him over Memorial Day weekend.

According to TMZ, Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, will ask for “heavy monetary damages” for “lying and humiliating Meek,” and intends to launch a legal assault. “I’m going to take this place down because of what they did,” he said.

Tacopina claims that The Cosmopolitan is among a group of Las Vegas hotels that maintains a list of black rappers who are banned. The hotel has denied the claim, but Tacopina says two other rappers, Yo Gotti and BlocBoy JB, have been refused from Vegas hotels because of their race and occupation.

Meek was at the hotel on Saturday (May 25) for a Mustard concert at Marquee nightclub. Upon his arrival, security stopped him and ordered him to leave, saying that he would be arrested for trespassing if he entered.

“At this time, with the information we have, we’re refusing to do business with you. We have a right to do that,” said the hotel’s security officer.

The hotel later said they wouldn’t let Meek in because Marquee was at capacity and they had informed him of this before he left for the hotel. However, the security guard in the video says that they denied him because of a prior incident. Tacopina says the Cosmo is scrambling by coming up with two different versions of events, both of which he claims are lies.

Meek filmed the encounter and called out the hotel for their “racist” actions. “If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell …. something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people!” he tweeted.

“They telling black rappers they are banned from properties they own without incident … they just told me I was trespassing and I will be arrested I stepped in that hotel once at a jayz party without incident!”

Meek will allege racial discrimination under state and federal law as well as defamation in his lawsuit.

Lil Wayne Announces 5th Annual Lil WeezyAna Fest Lineup

Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest will return to New Orleans this September with another star-studded lineup.

For its fifth year, the festival will double its attendance by expanding to a larger venue at the UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds on Sept. 7. Produced by Live Nation Urban, the one-day event will bring together hip-hop’s biggest stars on two stages, with performances from Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Trey Songz, and Megan Thee Stallion, along with a headlining set from Weezy. The bill also includes Kash Doll, Saweetie, Melii, Leven Kali, and Akbar V.

“We’re so blessed to be celebrating our 5th year of Lil Weezyana Fest and grateful to all of the fans who have been with us since the beginning,” said Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, in a statement. “It’s only right that we made it bigger and better this year to commemorate such a milestone in Wayne’s hometown!”

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. local time.

In the past, Lil WeezyAna Fest has featured performances from Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Migos, 2 Chainz, and the Hot Boyz, plus surprise guests including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Birdman, and more.

Watch Kanye West Give David Letterman a Yeezy Makeover

Kanye West opens up about his mother, politics, and Drake during his interview with David Letterman for Season 2 of his Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

During the hour-long episode, which airs May 31, Kanye also invites Letterman to his Hidden Hills house for a style makeover. The 72-year-old talk show legend shows off his Yeezy drip in a brown coat, beige pants, and black military boots.

“That’s fire. You look like an artist,” Kanye says after Letterman asks for his opinion. “It’s like when I used to work at the Gap, bro.”

Letterman then models his new look for Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner, who offer their glowing approval. “You’re a new man,” says Jenner, while Kim adds, “You look really good.”

But Letterman himself seems most happy with his fit. “I feel really good and this is stuff, even if I was not doing this, and somebody could drive me to the mall, I’d buy this,” he says. “I like the colors, I like the fit, I love the shoes. And so there you go.”

Kim asks Kanye if he will give him the clothing, while Letterman insists he will pay for it. “We’re not just here to get an outfit,” he laughs.

The full episode with Kanye starts streaming Friday on Netflix.

"Blue’s Clues" Return Sparks Hate From People Who Won’t Watch To Begin With

In case you missed it, don’t care, or simply live in denial, Nickelodeon classic Blue’s Clues is making a comeback. While the unblinking, soul-crunching stare  beloved host Steven Michael Burns is a difficult phenomenon to replicate, it seems as if reboot host Joshua Dela Cruz has dedicated himself to capturing the spirit. Does he blink? The answer is no, no he does not. That in itself should gain the reboot a few points. Yet people who will likely never watch a single episode the rebooted series have taken to Twitter to complain about its existence, questioning how the sanctity the original could ever dare be tampered with. 

Of course, Blue’s Clues likely holds sentimental value for many who continue to view their childhood staples through a nostalgic lens. Yet the reboot has elicited several strong responses, with many criticizing the decision to go with a fully-CGI Blue; not only that, but the pining for former host Steve has also emerged as a strong point contention. Still, newcomer Josh appears more than capable filling in, and to see him torn down by people who won’t even watch the updated series to begin with raises many questions about the current state affairs. Still, it’s not all bad, as some have found his casting inspirational, especially where television representation is concerned. 

Either way you stand, Blue’s Clues is set to return in the imminent future. Expect many references from Ski Mask The Slump God to follow. 

Jay Z To Host Tidal Listening Party For New Prince LP "Originals"

Following this month’s news Brooklyn’s Jay-Z’s albums returning to Apple Music, as well as Roc Nation firing numerous senior-level executives, the latest news sees the rapper and business mogul hosting a listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince LP, Originals, during a June 6th Tidal event held in Los Angeles. The streaming service will also fer its members the chance to attend celebrations elsewhere in the U.S., including with Spain, Poland, Brazil, and other countries. 

The 15-track Originals, which Jay-Z hand-selected alongside Troy Carter on behalf the Prince Estate, features 14 previously unreleased recordings from the late musician’s “vault.” The record includes original versions songs Prince wrote for other artists, including hits like Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’ “Manic Monday,” as well as classics like Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life.” The album also includes the Prince version “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which his estate issued as a single, back in 2018, and will be out exclusively to stream Tidal on June 7th, following with a wide release scheduled by Warner Bros. on June 21st.

“Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership,” Jay-Z said in a statement regarding the news. “He’s one the bravest people I can think in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”

Jay Z To Host Tidal Listening Party For New Prince LP "Originals"

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Prince had teamed with Tidal in the past, for a run exclusive releases, including the 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., as well as his personally curated vault selections. After signing the Tidal deal in 2015, Prince said in a statement, “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put into their craft to achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry. Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows us to continue making art in the fashion We’ve grown accustomed to, and We’re extremely grateful for their generous support.”

Dame Dash Denied More Custody With Daughter

Business mogul Dame Dash has been at odds with the mothers his children, especially fashion designer Rachel Roy. The former couple was married from 2005 to 2009 and have two daughters together: 19-year-old Ava and 11-year-old Tallulah. Roy was awarded sole custody the girls and while Dash has visitation, he petitioned the court to extend that time now that his work schedule has changed. Dash recently filed paperwork asking the court to reevaluate his custody rights for Tallulah, but according to The Blast, things didn’t turn out in his favor.

The judgment came in Tuesday that “there are no material changes in circumstances, therefore Dash’s] Request for Order regarding modification child custody and visitation is denied.” After Dash submitted documents stating that he remarried as made time in his schedule to be with his daughter, Roy fired f a response asking for the judge to deny his request. She told the court that Dash has a history domestic violence and that his children have anxiety when in his presence. She also accused him using drugs—marijuana—in front their daughters, as well.

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Dash made accusations his own, writing in documents that at a Christmas party last year, Roy was so drunk that she couldn’t drive home. He claimed that Roy almost got behind the wheel with their daughter, citing that she puts their children in danger. 

Justin Bieber Breaks Off With No Ticket After Being Pulled Over In Blue Lambo

Justin Bieber and his blue Lamborghini have caused a scene in Beverly Hills once again and this time the “Sorry” singer got away with no problems. TMZ reports that Justin was pulled over today due to the fact that he was missing a front license plate and his windows were tinted too dark. 

According to the publication, Justin never got a ticket because his politeness, respectfulness and cooperation. He also agreed to take care his missing license plate situation as soon as possible – pays f to be the Biebs.

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In other Justin news, he recently shared some images on Instagram showing f his studio time with his wife, Hailey Bieber. Aside from debuting Hailey’s new nickname, the photos are a great sign overall, proving that Justin is back to feeling like his normal self. If you can remember, Justin previously stated that he was taking a hiatus from music to focus on his “deep rooted issues.” 

Him being back in the studio and dropping f a track with Ed Sheeran means Justin’s readying his musical comeback. “Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick ass album ASAP,” he previously stated. 

Chris Hemsworth Was Fully Committed To "Lebowski Thor"

For those who have yet to see Endgame, it feels more like Fairgame at this point, at least where spoilers are concerned. With that in mind, we’re here to discuss one the film’s more controversial decisions: overweight, “Dadbod” Thor. Generally depicted as a statuesque, chiseled, Adonis type, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor spent the bulk his tenure in the MCU as a formidable and imposing presence, befitting his diety status. Yet come Endgame, following the hollow defeat Thanos, Thor turned to beer and empty calories, developing a body type more akin to the legendary Jeffery Lebowski – a comparison not entirely lost on Tony Stark.

While some fans were left puzzled, especially after Thor never partook in a mid-movie fitness montage a la Tony Horton, Chris Hemsworth happened to embrace the creative direction his character took. Though, as he describes it, the process was deceptively exhausting. In a new feature from Variety, Hemsworth explains that he was absolutely covered in additional prosthetics, the product three-and-a-half hour makeup session. “Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-f scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds,” he explained. “It was certainly exhausting. I had weights on my hands and ankles just to have my arms and legs swing differently when I shuffled along through the set.”

Apparently, the Russo Brothers originally intended for a full-body transformation around the midway point, but ultimately decided against it. “I enjoyed that version Thor,” continues Hemsworth. “It was so different than any other way I played the character.” He even took to styling himself “Lebowski Thor,” though with great power came additional responsibility. “People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant,” Hemsworth reveals. “Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch kids around.”

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French Montana’s Fluffy Dog Nearly Breaks Instagram

Over the course a few days, French Montana has become a must-follow on social media and it’s not because anything he released. People are going crazy over the rapper’s dog. The Bronx artist started to post pictures himself alongside his furry friend and people have absolutely lost it. At this point, there’s no use in debating whether or not French owns the most adorable dog in the world. It is a well-known fact that he does and many people would agree with me.

There is a case to be made that every single doggo on the planet is the cutest. That’s a fair statement. However, taking a look at French Montana’s pet may alter your opinion on that very pressing matter. At the beginning May, the Coke Boys rapper started sharing moments with his pretty pooch on Instagram and ever since then, we’ve been convinced that he’s the luckiest dog-owner in the world. His little friend is a Tibetan Mastiff and he’s been the star his page for weeks. Every time he makes an appearance, people comment about just how adorable he is, asking for more information and hoping that French will activate a secondary prile just for the dog.

We’re not lying — take a look at this pup and report back to us in the comments.

Sylvester Stallone Nearly Died From Dolph Lundgren’s Punch Filming "Rocky IV"

Sylvester Stallone has taken a walk down memory lane to discuss his most recognized film, Rocky IV. The 72-year-old recently opened up to Variety about the 1985 movie and how his co-star Dolph Lundgren nearly killed him from a punch. 

 “He hit me so hard he almost stopped my heart,” Rocky told the publication during his Cannes attendance. “I told him, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Just try to knock me out. Really cut loose as hard as you can.’ That was a really stupid thing to say. Next thing I know, I’m on a low-altitude plane to the emergency room, and I’m in intensive care for four days. And there are all these nuns around.”

Sylvester further explained how he hated Dolph the moment he met him, but that also helped him truthfully act out his role since the two are nemesis in the film. After some time, Sylvester finally realized why Dolph was cast in the move. 

“Oh, that’s right, he’s perfect … This is what I would imagine they would create as an athlete — someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant butt, neck, back, everything,” he said. 

Netflix Drops New Trailer For "Central Park Five" Miniseries "When They See Us"

Numerous trailers have been released thus far with regards to Ava DuVernay’s upcoming miniseries about the famous case the Central Park Five, When They See UsThe limited series will focus on the true story five Harlem youth who were wrongfully convicted raping a female jogger in Central Park during the late 1980s. The teens fought long and hard for their freedom and their perseverance led to their 2002 exonerations. The miniseries is set to take a look at the series events which had Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise locked up as well as what came next for them as they attempted to resume their lives.   

While the first few trailers gave us a look at the early stages the case, this new one dives into the lives the wrongfully convicted men shortly after prison. “The things they did to me in the interrogation room … They did terrible things. I lost my religion; I stopped believing in God. I thought, How could the police get up on the stand, put their hands on the Bible, and lie? I knew the truth would come out someday. I just thought I wouldn’t be alive to see it,” is what Antron McCray recalls the happening.

The ficial release date for the series is this Friday, May 31st on Netflix. 

Tokyo Jetz Reveals 1st Pregnancy

Jacksonville, FL – Tokyo Jetz is expecting her first child later this year.

The lone female member of T.I.’s Hustle Gang and “Baller Alert” rapper announced she is pregnant with her first child during a concert at the Duval Reunion Festival in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida on Memorial Day (May 27).

Tokyo Jetz had apparently kept her pregnancy under wraps since December, according to her Instagram post that revealed the child’s name-to-be, Amir.

“We decided to keep you private in December because of how important we believe peace is,” she said in her Instagram post. “My entire tour I performed through hell with you but I’d go through it again a million times over to meet you. You been tryna cause a scene at almost every show popping out. Well say hi Amir.. we do this for you now.”

There has been no revelation of the child’s father at press time.

Tokyo Jetz released her debut album Viral in 2017 and appeared on Hustle Gang’s album We Want Smoke released later that year. She released her sophomore album Bonafide in 2018.

HipHopDX sends its congratulations to the mother-to-be!

Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About Being Sexual Assaulted By Her Step-Father At 15

Ellen DeGeneres is one the privileged guests for season two Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. Ellen, who’s used to asking the majority questions on her self-titled talk show switched things up by being the one to answer more questions than ever before. The 61-year-old revealed a traumatic moment in her life, detailing how her step-father sexually assaulted her when she was 15. 

Ellen’s mother, Betty DeGeneres, married  “a very bad man” when Ellen was a teenager. After some time, Ellen’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to get one her breasts removed. Her step-father used that information to assault Ellen. 

Ellen DeGeneres Opens Up About Being Sexual Assaulted By Her Step-Father At 15
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“He told me when she was out town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine,” she explained on the show, ETC details. “Again, ’cause I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and… Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.”

Ellen even recalled a time where her step-father broke down her door but she kicked her window out and escaped, knowing something worst would happen. “I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t — I was too weak to stand up to — I was 15 or 16,” she added. “It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that.”

Ellen’s mother didn’t believe her and stayed with the “very bad man” for 18 years. Finally, after he changed his story so many times Ellen’s mother left him. 

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“I always have taken care her my whole life. So I just kept taking care her. I didn’t really let it get to me. Until recently, I kind went, ‘I wish I would have been better taken care . I wish she would have believed me.’ And she’s apologetic, but, you know…”