LaMelo Ball’s Manager Likens Him To A Prostitute Ahead Of NBA Draft

LaMelo Ball is the youngest the infamous Ball brothers and in some people’s minds, he is the best one the bunch. While many may find this to be a bit a stretch, it has the potential to be the truth. Heading into next season, many believe that LaMelo could end up being a top-five pick in the draft and in some circles, he may even go number one. As right now, he’s playing overseas in the NBL and has had multiple opportunities to show f just how good he is. 

In a new article from Bleacher Report, LaMelo’s manager, Jermaine Jackson, spoke about how the league and some brands have been exploiting him before he ficially gets his bag in the NBA. In fact, Jackson used some strong words that he didn’t particularly enjoy using.

LaMelo Ball's Manager Likens Him To A Prostitute Ahead Of NBA Draft

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“People done made money f this kid for years,” Jackson said. “I don’t really want to use the word, but it’s damn near like he’s a prostitute.”

Ball is well aware his draft stock but finds a lot the attention he has gotten has led to some misconceptions. “People don’t know me, know me as a person. They don’t know what I’ve been through,” Ball said. “People don’t look at you as a human. People look at you as a dollar sign.” 

As Ball makes his way into the league, it will be interesting to see if he can live up to the hype.

Dr. Dre & Kanye West’s "Jesus Is King II": What Can We Expect?

Jesus Is King Part II. It’s something people didn’t even realize they wanted. The first installment Kanye West’s foray behind the preacher’s pulpit yielded mixed reviews, with some accepting the project’s daring defiance expectation. Not unlike the brilliant 808s & Heartbreak, Ye’s ninth studio album trudged forward into uncharted musical terrain, trading in the roadmap in favor sheer instinct. Given all we know about the post-YANDHI debacle, which ultimately led to a late-game creative rush, Jesus Is King feels like the product spontaneity. The result abandoning a gameplan and simply giving in to the music; in other words, the death overthought. 

Whether the twenty-seven-minute project suffered as a result can, and likely will provide the basis many a Ye-centric debate. And yet, when Kanye West announced that a sequel was indeed on the horizon, it was his running mate that elicited double-takes across the board. The man had Dr. Dre on deck, ostensibly to play a pivotal role in shaping the next endeavor. The Good Doctor’s presence was enough to spark renewed interest in the Jesus Is King saga, albeit one that has likely fueled a few key misunderstandings.

For one, the idea that Dre would be providing beats feels almost naively optimistic, though a hopeful take is understandable; it’s been a minute since Doc has laced a project in its completion, going back as far as 2009’s Relapse. Naturally, Dre played a key role in shaping Compton’s musical direction, but the production credits point to a highly collaborative affair. One in which Dre’s impact as the grand orchestrator should not go unrecognized. While he might not be as hands-on in shaping the instrumentals, he’s absolutely murderous behind the boards; lest we forget, Dre’s engineering game is nigh-unparalleled. His drums alone are enough to turn heads, a testament to his mastery everything from processing to microphone selection. If Dr. Dre is involved in a project, rest assured the sonics shall be on point. 

Dr. Dre & Kanye West's "Jesus Is King II": What Can We Expect?

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Despite associating himself with legendary producers like Mike Dean and Rick Rubin, it’s not uncommon to see criticisms leveled at Yeezy’s mixing standards. Entire projects are finished, uploaded, and consumed, only be to remixed and tweaked days later. While working on Ye and Paul McCartney’s “Only One,” Rubin described the mixing process as “chaotic”to Rolling Stone. Ever since the “Living Album” Life Of Pablo, Ye has seemingly prioritized the songwriting process, promising deadlines and rushing the mix accordingly. That’s not to say the results are lacking, as Mike Dean is a beast at what he does. But the process itself has developed a reputation for being haphazard in a sense, which occasionally leads to some retroactive fixes.

It’s almost as if Kanye West and Dr. Dre stand at polar opposites in that regard. Dre has long earned a reputation as an ardent perfectionist, honing in on intricate details should they prove problematic to his ear. It’s no surprise that 2001, released twenty years ago this year, remains one the best-sounding records in hip-hop history. Conversely, Ye seems content to go with the flow, prioritizing the purity his vision and worrying about the little things later. That in itself makes for an interesting narrative, and it will be interesting to see how the creative dynamic unfolds and builds over time.  

While the work ethic might make for some truly Buddy-Cop-esque material, the fact that both men are undeniable legends lends this link-up some monumental gravitas. Kanye’s admiration for Dre has been no secret, with Ye citing “XXplosive” as the basis for Jay-Z’s Dynasty cut “This Can’t Be Life.” In what feels like a true “full-circle” moment, Kanye honored Dre in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists piece nine years ago, using an appropriately Christian analogy to describe his prowess: “Dre feels like God placed him here to make music, and no matter what forces are aligned against him, he always ends up on the mountaintop.” Now, given Ye’s renewed faith, his words feel almost prophetic in hindsight. Who’d have thunk that Dre and Kanye would finally link up on a “gospel album?” And more importantly, what might their joint effort sound like?

Dr. Dre & Kanye West's "Jesus Is King II": What Can We Expect?

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As stated earlier, Dre’s ear for structure, arrangement, and sonics will likely make Jesus Is King II feel grandiose in comparison to its predecessor. Where Ye has taken to implementing a collaborative approach to his songwriting, Dre remains at the top the totem pole, retaining final say in matters concerning his vision. Given Ye’s noted trust Doc’s acumen, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Aftermath legend’s presence felt throughout the project, if and when it ultimately arrives. And on that note, one the biggest mysteries remains one creative direction. Throughout his lengthy career, Dre has never dabbled in the realm gospel music. Quite the opposite in fact, having played a pivotal role in shaping the modern-day “Dark Banger.” Staples like minor-key gothic pianos and haunting strings are Dre classics, a far cry from Ye’s typical instrumentation.

But that was then. Most recently, Dr. Dre helped bring Anderson .Paak’s albums to life, mixing, and executive producing both Oxnard and Ventura. Musically, .Paak is far from gospel, though his sound is closer to Ye’s current direction than to Dre’s yore. Clearly, Dre has no trouble stepping into an artist’s mindset, the hallmark a capable producer. In that regard, Dre should make for the perfect springboard for Kanye West, reigning in his impulses and honing them in his own meticulous fashion. Perhaps Yeezy’s boyish excitement over Dre’s musical chops will prove inspiring, spurring the Doc to step to the MPC and dust f the keyboard. Though unpredictable in theory, a musical partnership between Kanye West and Dr. Dre might make for one the game’s quietly exciting narratives. 

Earl Sweatshirt Reveals That He Does Not Own A Cell Phone

There’s no doubt that the addiction to cell phones is real. Most people can’t go a few minutes without their cell phones, especially since apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have been made so accessible. Some people have found ways to reduce their screen time while others just allow the technological takeover to continue. For those who’ve found themselves glued to their cell phones throughout the day, perhaps the Earl Sweatshirt approach can help. 

Earl hit Twitter to reveal two things. 1) He doesn’t own a cellphone and 2) we’re lucky that he doesn’t. Apparently, his #ootd was too fire that there was a possibility someone could’ve died if he revealed it to the Interwebs. “yal lucky i dont have a phone this #ootd so crazy i caught a body,” he wrote. And for those you wondering, he was tweeting from the Twitter Web App like a real one.

Earl’s not the first, and certainly not the last, creative to not own a cell phone. Madlib apparently also doesn’t have a cell phone. Jack White has also admitted that he doesn’t own a cell phone either.

Aside form his cell phone business, Earl has been quite busy in the past twelve months. He released Some Rap Songs roughly a year ago and recently followed it up with Feet Of Clay EP. 

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Lil Kim & Talib Kweli Talk About The Queen Bee Being Rejected By Feminists

Two Brooklyn icons collided when Talib Kweli and Lil Kim sat down to chat about the pint-sized emcee’s rap career. Kim was visiting Talib on his UPROXX show People’s Party, and the New Yorkers took a walk down memory lane as they revisited stories about Kim’s rise to stardom as well as mutual friends they both know in the hip hop game.

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As with every Lil Kim interview, the topic her relationship with Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace is unavoidable. The rapper shared that she never missed his shows and would always be there when he was performing on the block. When they spoke about Diddy, Kim said that the first time she met him she was “mesmerized,” mostly because she was a huge fan Jodeci, a group who Diddy helped develop. She added that Sean Combs deserves the title “Godfather” and warrants more credit than people give him.

Elsewhere in the video, they spoke about feminism and how Kim was rejected throughout her career by certain movements because her raunchy lyrics. Kim said she was surprised by how fended people, especially women, were with some her imagery, most notably the photos where she was squatting down with her legs open. There are a few other gems between these two, so watch her entire episode with Talib below.

Lil Uzi Vert Shows Off His Breakdancing Skills On IG Live

We all knew Lil Uzi Vert could dance, but we didn’t know he could breakdance. Videos Uzi dancing have been appearing online since the beginning his career. Let me dive into this history real quick.

If you’re a true supporter, you may have first learned the Philly rapper’s moves from a Vine that dates back to 2013. In a chaotic clip, he pumps it and then drops into a split from which he miraculously transitions into a spin.More people may have caught on to Uzi’s not-so-hidden talent when he started busting out his iconic shoulder roll. This sassy move became his signature that stuns crowds with to this day. The next chapter in ‘The Dances Lil Uzi’ consists the self-recorded videos he began posting to social media to preview unreleased tracks. Fans watched Uzi nail choreography to a snippet “New Patek” for months before finally being blessed with the song’s ficial release. Fast forward a bit and Uzi’s hitting “the shoot” dance all over the place, including in a video alongside BlocBoy JB.  

While this summary is by no means extensive, it touches upon some crucial moments in Uzi’s dance dance evolution. The latest video that can be added to the list features Uzi breakdancing in what appears to be a public park. The brief clip that he posted on Instagram was extracted from an IG Live session in which he gave his followers a glimpse his dance practice. Uzi can be seen pulling f the flare move. He only does it once, but that’s impressive enough. 

Omarion Breaks His Silence On Apryl Jones & Lil Fizz & Now People Love Him More

For weeks now we’ve been sharing updates on Apryl Jones and Lil Fizz’s new relationship since it’s caused drama with Fizz’s baby mama Moniece Slaughter and the thousands upon thousands viewers who tuned into Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. Considering that Fizz is Omarion‘s B2K band member and Apryl is Omarion’s baby mother, the drama ensued. 

But throughout it all, Omarion remained mute and didn’t shed one ounce reaction. Even Moniece praised Omario for his ways when she bombarded his comment section writing: “I simply wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank you and acknowledge you. Your ability to focus on vibrating at such a high level.”

Omarion recently chatted with VladTV and took the time to finally speak on the matter and still kept it chill and collected. When asked why they broke up, he said it was based on “miscommunication.” When asked how he feels about Apryl’s dating his former friend, he added: “I don’t feel no ways. I don’t feel any way about it. I think that if they’re happy, then they should be happy. I think they should change the narrative, though.”

People have now reacted to Omarion’s response and seem to love him even more based on his chill reaction. “I know we joke about it, but Omarion’s level peace really is dope as hell,” one user wrote. Peep more reactions below. 

Safaree Gifts Erica Mena With $42K Necklace To Inspire Jewelry Line

Safaree and Erica Mena are expecting their first child together and have done a fine job at updating their followers with the special moments that come with a growing baby bump. Just last week Safaree joked that he wanted to sue Donald Trump after Eric sprained her ankle on the streets New York and now Safaree has gifted his wife with a necklace worth $42K to inspire her creative endeavors.

Safaree Gifts Erica Mena With $42K Necklace To Inspire Jewelry Line
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Erica turned 32 earlier this month and according to TMZ the necklace that reads “Her” is the name Erica’s clothing and jewelry line that Safaree’s encouraging Erica to start up again. The publication details how the Safaree commissioned Eden Diamonds to make the pendant that’s rose and white gold with 28.5 carats VS 1/2 clarity diamonds – peep the neck piece here.  Apparently Erica plans to relaunch her company in the first quarter 2020. The brand shut down previously after Erica found out one her employees was embezzling. 

The thoughtful gifts comes just a few weeks after Erica gifted Safaree with a “daddy” stamped rose gold Cuban link.

“Wow, wow, it’s a big deal! Very big deal. I didn’t know I was capable doing this. I’m excited!” Safaree said when they first revealed they were expecting. “I’m nervous. I’m in shock. I’m in disbelief. It’s very surreal to me. I don’t know what to do but I know I’m going to be great at what I do because I’m great at everything.”

Dave East "Survival" Debuts Just Shy Of Top 10 On Billboard 200

Upon first glance, it appeared as though Dave East‘s debut studio album Survival was not performing that strongly on the charts in its first week out. Despite being a solid display what East can consistently bring on the microphone, the rapper was being critiqued left and right after several sources claimed the project would generate less than three-thousand total units moved in its debut week. It turns out that, unlike the projections initially stated, the New York recording artist actually came through with some solid numbers that landed him a spot just outside the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.

It was being reported that Survival would be left f the Billboard 200 entirely with under 3,000 units moved but it now turns out that that was misinformation at its highest form. Not only is East popping up just outside the prestigious Top 10, he’s doing so with a pretty impressive debut. According to the rapper’s representatives, he actually managed to distribute 24K equal copies the body work, which is a much better number than initially proposed. The New Yorker’s appeal can be compared to that a Nipsey Hussle, where the general public may not catch on to his prowess right away but deep down, we all know that Dave can spit with the best them.

Is Survival one your albums the year?

Jordan Mars 270 Dropping In Flashy "Electric Green" Model: Official Images

Spike Lee has been a huge sneakerhead over the years and even has his very own shoe with Jordan Brand called the Spiz’Ike. Now, Lee’s son has thrown his hand into the sneaker design ring and as right now, he has been killing it with the Jordan Mars 270. The Jordan Mars is an interesting shoe as it combines elements from many classic silhouettes while also using the popular Air Max 270 technology on the back heel.

There have been a large array colorways to drop so far but now, Jordan Brand is coming through with a lowkey yet also quite vibrant model which can be seen below. The upper is mostly comprised leather and suede with the latter being black and the former being dark grey. These colors merge together seamlessly while “electric green” is placed around the tongue and the heel tab on the back the sneaker.

For now, there is no release date for these although according to Sneaker News, they should be coming soon for $160 USD. Are these a cop or a skip? Let us know in the comments.

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Maxo Kream Dives Into Crowd To Fight Fan After Beer Is Thrown On Him

If you ever find yourself at a Maxo Kream concert, or any concert for that matter, do not throw beer on the performer. A fan learned that lesson the hard way Saturday night when Maxo Kream drove from the stage to attack him for doing so.

“When someone throws water on you at your own show: @MAXOKREAM,” a user posted on twitter with video the incident. Maxo can be seen pausing mid-song and flying into the crowd with fists ready to swing. His crew then joins him as they team up on the rowdy fan. No other information is known about the situation as now, but one fan might have a hefty lawsuit to file soon enough.

“Y’all gon learn to stop throwing shit,” the rapper replied to a video the fight on Twitter. He later expanded saying, “N***a threw beer on me so I whooped his ass.”

Maxo Kream is currently finishing up a tour promoting his last album, Brandon Banks, which released in July. The final date is scheduled for tonight, November 17th, in El Paso, Texas. He’s also been posting behind the scenes videos throughout the tour. Check out the first episode below.

Air Jordan 12 “Dark Grey” Releasing Sooner Than Expected: New Details

Jordan Brand’s annual Holiday lineup will include several highly coveted sneaker releases, including the “Bred” and “Metallic Silver” Air Jordan 11s, as well as a brand new colorway the Air Jordan 12. The latter is now scheduled to release on December 2nd, several weeks earlier than the rumored December 21 release date. 

The not-so-creatively-named “Dark Grey” Air Jordan 12 comes equipped with a white tumbled leather upper accompanied by dark grey overlays and matching detailing on the sole, inner lining and heel tab. Other details include a red Jumpman and “Two 3” text on the tongue. 

In addition to men’s sizes, price at $190, the kicks will also be available in grade school sizes for the standard price $140. Check out some additional photos the “Dark Grey” 12s in the IG posts embedded below, and stay tuned for the ficial announcement from Jordan Brand.

Harry Styles Hosts SNL, Premieres New Song "Watermelon Sugar"

Over the course Saturday Night Live‘s 45-season history, only 27 people have performed the double duty serving as both host and musical guest. Among this faction are Drake, Donald Glover and most recent addition, Chance the Rapper. Last night (Nov. 16), Harry Styles joined this prestigious crew and proved he has the all-around talent to be worthy. 

While this was Styles’ first time hosting the sketch comedy show, he does have acting experience. The former One Direction member notably starred in the 2017 film, Dunkirk, but SNL showed him exercising his comedic chops. He took on the roles a supportive soon-to-be father at a Lamaze class, an airline copilot, a drug dealer’s righthand man – all while showcasing a variety accents. An SNL digital short also featured him playing the human embodiment Aidy Bryant’s dog.

Styles recently announced that he will be dropping his second solo album, Fine Line, on December 13. A few weeks prior to this announcement, he surprise released the first single, “Lights Up”, along with its accompanying music video. Last night, he debuted another song f the album, “Watermelon Sugar”, which became available on streaming services after the show. He performed a stripped-back, slowed down version “Lights Up” – his vocals mostly supported by piano and backup singers. Both his musical performances stayed away from any theatrics. Styles stood singing at centerstage in his elaborate suits, at times letting out the occasional dance move. 

 

To close the show, Styles appeared onstage in a white tee that simply read “Sex”, while giving viewers a simple reminder to “treat people with kindness.” 

Larry June Offers Laid Back ‘Recaro Seat’ Video

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco-based lifestyle rapper Larry June has been applying pressure all year and recently raised the stakes yet again with the release of his Product of the Dope Game mixtape

And in typical fashion without missing a beat, Uncle Larry delivers the video for the second track of the tape “Recaro Seats.” The visual opts for an extremely laid back vibe as June shares Bay views from his apartment while smoking on “something slight” and displaying the immaculate interior of his vintage ASC McLaren — the inspiration behind the vibes.

The 14-track solo effort features production from Harry Fraud, K. Fisha, Sledgren, among others. Product of the Dope Game serves as his fifth release of the year and serves as the follow-up to last months Out the Trunk mixtape.

Catch the full video for “Recaro Seats” above and also check out the “Around the World” remix featuring Too $hort below.

Livestream Colin Kaepernick’s NFL Workout

After changing the venue so that media could be included, Colin Kaepernick‘s workout in now underway. You can live stream the workout below. Kaepernick is in Atlanta working out for several teams, which reportedly include Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, New England, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, and Washington. Kaepernick wanted to switch the workout to a venue that would allow the press, something the NFL initially refused. Kaepernick’s team has stated they are aiming for complete transparency, and having the press there somewhat forces the NFL to play fair, or at least, refrain from suspicious activity since they will be under scrutiny from journalists.

Kaepernick, 32, is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has not played since the 2016 season. He was blackballed when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality against African-Americans. He filed a grievance accusing the league’s owners conspiring to keep him out the NFL because his political activism and ended up settling for millions dollars. Now, Jay-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have seen to it that Kapernick at least gets to workout for NFL teams, giving him a small opportunity to get back into the league.

Colin Kaepernick’s Workout Gets Moved, Now Allows Media Presence

In an effort to make sure everything is documented and transparent, Colin Kaepernick‘s NFL workout is being moved to a new location in the Atlanta area and will now start at 4 PM ET Saturday, reports ESPN. The NFL had previously declined to allow media and cameras into the workout when Kaepernick had requested for transparency, attorney Ben Meiselas and agent Jeff Nalley said in a statement.

The Press will now be allowed to attend the workout in the new location. “From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league fice has not provided one,” Meiselas and Nalley said. “Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives… Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today.”

Sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the NFL was providing three wide receivers for the workout, but the league refused to release the names those receivers. That forced Kaepernick to bring his own wideouts, to avoid ending up in a bad situation.