Jusuf Nurkic Takes Parting Shot At Russell Westbrook After Game 5

Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic was in the building when Damian Lillard hit that epic, series-clinching three-point bomb over Paul George on Tuesday night – but only because he decided to drive himself to the arena during the third quarter.

Nurkic, who was averaging career-high across the board before he suffered a season-ending leg injury on March 26, told reporters after the game that he “was in pain” watching the game from home and just had to be at the Moda Center with his teammates.

The Bosnian Beast made sure to wear his “Got Bricks? Next Question” t-shirt as a parting jab at Russell Westbrook, who he has trolled throughout the series.

“I was in pain watching the game,” Nurkic joked with Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd on the NBC Sports broadcast after the game. “By the end the third quarter, I was like f*** it, excuse my French, I’m gonna go out there and show up and I knew if I showed up, we were going to win this game. I had zero doubt.”

“It meant a lot. I had seen him earlier today; he was at the practice facility. He was getting a lift in and some rehab. I was like, ‘when you gonna come to a game?’  He was like, ‘I’m not ready yet,’ so, when I looked and saw him I was like, man it must’ve looked bad on TV for him to leave his house in the middle third quarter and drive all the way out here,” CJ McCollum joked postgame.

The Blazers now await the winner the Denver Nuggets-San Antonio Spurs series. The Nuggets lead that series 3-2 heading into Thursday night’s Game 6 in San Antonio.

Khalid Claps Back After Someone Says He Turned His Back On His Hometown

If you don’t acknowledge the charity work you’ve done in your city, people will automatically assume that you’re not doing anything to help out and that’s wrong. There are people, like Khalid, who prefer not to publicize all the philanthropic work they’ve done, keeping that type information to himself and those that he has helped. With all the resources that the R&B superstar has at this point, you’ve got to believe that he’s been trying to assist in areas where he can, funding charities close to his heart and launching foundations in his hometown, but still, somebody felt like trying him on Twitter today.

When one person tweeted that Khalid has taken advantage underground community support, stolen people’s money in El Paso and never done anything note in his community, the singer rightfully put them down. “Actually, I created a foundation that supports music & schools in underserved communities,” he began. “It starts in El Paso and my goal is to provide resources and help bridge education and prominent music programs in the city. I’m giving 30,000 in scholarships next month.”

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That’s not all he’s done though. He felt a need to continue in another post. “I’ve donated a shit load money in El Paso, and these past two christmas’ I have came and personally handed out Christmas gifts to kids in the city as well,” he explained. 

Khalid doesn’t necessarily need to clarify what he’s done in his community. However, he felt a need to let everybody know that he’s not playing around and that he really does rep the 915.

G-Unit’s Mike Knox Reunites With 50 Cent Following 7-Year Prison Stint

Philadelphia, PA – G-Unit affiliate Mike Knox is finally free from prison after serving seven years for identity theft and bank fraud. The Philly native quickly hopped on Instagram during the bus ride home to provide an update and appeared intent on making a comeback.

“I am just taking it all in it feels good to be home,” he wrote in the caption. “after 7 years in the feds I am coming for everything I deserve #knox.”

G-Unit powerhouse 50 Cent — who initially sent the bus for Knox’s pickup — seemed equally relieved his longtime friend was out of prison.

He shared a photo of Knox to his Instagram page on Tuesday (April 23) with the caption, “home, fresh out he said gonna shake it up.”

Knox thanked the Power exec in another video of their FaceTime conversation.

“You know I appreciate everything you did for me,” he said. “I’m ready to get busy, you know I gotta get in that studio!” to which 50 replied, “It’s good. It’s good, get it together.”

Knox wasn’t done there. He also called up his fellow G-Unit associates Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid from the bus.

“You lost like forty pounds in there!” Yayo said. Knox responds,”It’s time to get back and turn up, you know what it is!”

Judging by his Instagram captions and conversations, Knox is more than ready to get back to work. His assured his fans new music is on the way.

Interview: French Rapper Rilès Dispels Myths & Spits Bars

New York, NY – Hosting your listening party at Quad Studios in New York City is a bold move…especially if you know your Hip Hop history.

For what it’s worth, Algerian-by-way-of-France rapper Rilès does know his Hip Hop history, and he seems humbled — cowed, even — to be in such an energetically-charged place to host the listening party for his upcoming debut album on Republic Records, a division of Universal Records.

“This is amazing,” he tells HipHopDX exclusively. “Never did I think I would be here.”

By “here,” of course, he means not just in New York City — not just in Quad Studios — but having a rap career that he used to only dream about when he was growing up in Rouen, a small city that sits on the River Seine in the north of France. Born Rilès Kacimi, the budding Hip Hop star is quick to point out that, despite the American stereotype of France being nothing but baguettes, fine cinema, the Eiffel Tower, and strolling along the Champs-Elysees to shop at the haute couture shops, the struggle is just as real in France as it is in the United States.

“Poverty is everywhere,” he said. “Racism, everywhere. Struggle, everywhere. No country is immune to it. Not even France. And I, too, had to struggle. And that’s what I explore in my music.”

“His music,” of course, has a distinctly European flavor (which is to be expected, especially if authenticity is the goal), but one that’s become wildly popular in a short period of time. He gained notoriety in his home country when he composed, mixed and mastered 1 song per week for a year with no songs already pre-made. The challenge garnered huge exposure for him and he independently racked up over 250 million views on his YouTube channel (which, as of this writing, sits pretty with 1.2 million subscribers). He went on to sell out his first tour with more than 30 shows throughout Europe and North Africa, at venues with 10,000 + capacities.

Despite his obvious creativity, talent, and yes, success — including directing and editing all of his visuals — Stateside success eluded him. But he hopes that this will change with his upcoming tour of the United States, and his soon-to-be-released debut album on Republic Records, a division of Universal Records.

“For many artists in Europe, there’s nothing they want more than to be American superstars,” he said. “I hope to be amongst them.”

Follow Riles on YouTube and on Instagram.

Beyoncé Ignites Viral #BeforeILetGoChallenge

Beyoncé surprised fans with the release of her Netflix Homecoming special followed by an accompanying 40-track album that includes the previously unreleased Baddie Bey track “Before I Let Go.”

To commemorate its existence, Bey sparked the #BeforeILetGoChallenge and used Instagram’s story feature for the first time to kick it off.

Though the track was unexpected, it was welcomed with open arms by the Bey Hive and is sure to be played at the family cookout and Sunday brunches across the globe this summer.

“Before I Let Go” takes its cue from Frankie Beverly and Maze‘s 1981 hit and is remixed with Cameo’s 1986 song “Candy” for an irresistible New Orleans Bounce vibe.

On the track, the R&B superstar encourages listeners to participate in a series of dance moves and the challenge features dancers putting their own twist to each step.

Queen Bey reposted about nine minutes worth of videos featuring fans dancing along to every word.

Check out all the #BeforeILetGoChallenge video clips straight from Beyoncé’s Instagram story below.

#DXCLUSIVE: UnderCover Presents Drops "A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders"

HipHopDX Premiere – A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders turned 25 last November, but the classic album is still celebrated no matter what day it is. Serving as ATCQ’s third studio album and follow-up to 1991’s The Low End Theory, the project bridged the gap between Hip Hop and jazz, much like Guru did with the Jazzmatazz series.

In honor of the Tribe masterpiece, the Bay Area UnderCover Presents collective has sewn together a tribute, the appropriately titled A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. 

Founder Lyz Luke explains to HipHopDX, “If there was ever a time to release a tribute album to A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Midnight Marauders,’ that time would be NOW,” says Lyz Luke. “In order to do this right and fully represent ATCQ, I knew we needed to bring in Starita as music producer, based upon his deep production experience across a multitude of genres in addition to his relationship and work with Phife Dawg and ATCQ.

“Apart from this album being released digitally, this is the first time in the history of UnderCover where we will be releasing a double vinyl to commemorate ATCQ and Phife Dawg.”

The 14-track effort boasts appearances from 13 local bands from a wide range of genres, seven MCs, over 100 artists, nine engineers, five music studios and a vinyl pressing plant. Blackalicious’ Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Truthspeaker and vocalist Gina Madrid are just three of the many whose fingerprints are on the project.

“When Lyz first approached me to work on this project, I instantly knew there were some critical pillars that we needed to uphold in order for this tribute album to resonate,” Starita adds. “Let’s be clear. This work is sacrilegious. This is a tribute album, not a cover album. This is already a perfect album. There’s nothing to re-make.

“To introduce this classic record to new audiences, our goal was to pay homage by pulling together the best of the best artists to make an album of re-interpreted songs representing the full breadth of the imagination that is ATCQ’s music.”

In conjunction with the album’s digital release, the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in San Francisco will play host to three shows May 16-18 that will incorporate elements from all four pillars of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, graffiti and B-Boying (breakdancing), along with the minimalism and free-form nature of jazz instrumentation.

The city has proclaimed that week “A Tribe Called Quest Week” and will present Phife Dawg’s wife and other family members with “PhifeDay.”

Check out the album up top, pre-order the vinyl here and cop tickets  the YBCA website.

GASHI & G-Eazy Link For NSFW "My Year" Video

GASHI and G-Eazy dropped their collab “My Year” a few months ago and the hyped-up single just got a bootylicious new visual.

GASHI released “My Year” along with a slew of singles starting in January, such as the Ledri Vula-assisted “That’s Mine,” “Coming Down” and the “My Year (Remix)” featuring Soulja Boy.

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The Libya-born artist spent much of his childhood as a refugee before his family settled in Brooklyn. He initially entered the game as a songwriter and gained attention as an artist with collabs featuring French Montana and DJ Snake.

In “My Year” GASHI and G-Eazy spit energetic verses about making 2019 work for them and it seems GASHI is following through. His debut album with RCA Records is set to drop later this year and he’s joining blackbear on the Dead 2 The World North American Tour next month.

Check out the Tristious-animated clip for “My Year” above.

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Chris Brown and Tyga Shoot Video with J Balvin

Chris Brown and Tyga are teaming up with J Balvin for a new banger.

The trio was recently spotted shooting a video for an unreleased song. Breezy shared three images from the set, which finds them in a tropical setting, surrounded by palm trees and lots of ladies. The title of the song is unknown, but based on the photos, fans can expect a summer-ready vibe.

Chris has been busy releasing his own music and gearing up for a joint tour with Nicki Minaj, which is set to kick off this summer. Earlier this month, he dropped his new single “Wobble Up” featuring Nicki and G-Eazy as well as “Back to Love.” Plus, he has upcoming collaborations with DJ Khaled and Marshmello.

If that wasn’t enough, Brown recently shot a video for Eric Bellinger’s single “Type a Way.”

Tyga is on a hot streak on his own, having just released the Western-themed video for his single “Goddamn.”

DJ Paul Sues Travis Scott for $20 Million Over ‘Astroworld’ Song

Travis Scott is in trouble with the Mafia.

DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia has filed a lawsuit against the Houston rapper over his Astroworld song “No Bystanders,” which he claims has an almost identical hook to Three 6 Mafia’s track “Tear Da Club Up” off the group’s 1995 album Mystic Stylez.

According to legal documents, obtained by TMZ, DJ Paul claims the cadence and sound are almost identical. The hook to Three 6 Mafia’s song goes “Tear da club up, tear da club up,” while Travis’ “No Bystanders” says “F**k da club up, f**k da club up.”

Paul also cites Travis’ performance at the Grammys in February, where he used his exact hook from “Tear Da Club Up.”

“No Bystanders” can be found on Travis’ Astroworld album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the second-largest pure album sales week of 2018.

As part of his lawsuit, DJ Paul wants the track pulled from Astroworld and is seeking profits from “No Bystanders,” which he estimates are around $20 million.

This is not the first legal dispute over Astroworld. In September, Frank Ocean sent a cease and desist to Travis’ team to remove his vocals from “Carousel.” However, they later settled their issues. “Me and Travis resolved it amongst ourselves weeks ago,” Ocean wrote on his Tumblr page.

Cardi B Blasts The Shade Room for Negative Reports

Cardi B is waging war on The Shade Room.

The Grammy-winning rapper has publicly called out the popular Instagram-based blog, claiming they only report negative stories about her husband Offset and those associated with them. Cardi’s outburst was in response to a recent story about Offset being hit with three charges following his arrest last summer.

In a series of eight Instagram posts, which have since been deleted, Cardi lashed out at the Instagram blog that has over 15 million followers. “This is why I don’t fuck with that nasty ass fake ass page that always claim they for the people but in a BIAS way!” she wrote before defending her Quality Control family including CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas and Offset. “How many positive shit have offset been doing this year ? Sooo much ! But naaa they rather post about his babymomma drama and cases all cause a refrigerator build bitch that owns the page is mad cause I be calling out the bullshit.”

Cardi B Blasts The Shade Room for Negative Reports

During her rant, she went on to personally attack the owner of The Shade Room, Angelica Nwandu, who she called a “water buffalo built bitch.” According to Cardi, the site is not allowed to post about her, but she believes they have a vendetta against her. “She know that she not allowed to post about me, so what does she do, she post mad shit about people who she know that I’m associated with,” she said.

She continued to blast The Shade Room for negative coverage instead of positive stories including Offset’s charitable work, like his $25,000 donation to the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund and his $500,000 fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society. “But they sure posted when he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posted about his court cases, right?” she said.

“That bias shit that people wanna do all the time because they on a fucking hate campaign, they on some fuck QC, fuck Cardi B campaign. That shit is getting wack. It’s trash. How do people want us to change…for what? Why change, if y’all only post the fuck shit that happens in our lives.”

During her social media tirade, she also shared a photo of the owner of The Shade Room. “This is Angie by the way. Ask her why she posting that fake ass support she claim she posting on her story but none of the shit that I posted on my last post ?STOP CLAIMING YOU FOR THE PEOPLE WHEN YOU CAPITALIZE OF URBAN ARTIST DRAMA AND ALWAYS PUTTING THEM IN A BAD LIGHT !”

She ended with a note directed at blogs, chiding them for “fueling” drama including Kodak Black and T.I.’s recent beef. “Stop claiming that y’all for the people when y’all promote these urban artists’ misfortunes,” she said. “Don’t fuel shit that could be taken to the street. Stop fueling this shit.”

Lil’ Kim Delays ‘9’ Album Release

Lil’ Kim was set to release her first album in 14 years next month, but fans will have to wait a little longer.

The hip-hop icon has revealed that the project, entitled 9, has been pushed back. Taking to Instagram Stories, the Queen Bee announced the delay, attributing it to her label Entertainment One.

“eOne has pushed back the date of my album y’all. If you have an issue, take it up with them,” she told her fans, adding, “This has nothing to do with me.”

The oft-delayed project, her first since 2005’s The Naked Truth, was originally scheduled for release on May 17. No new date has been announced. “I am beyond upset with this and couldn’t wait to show you all what I’ve been working on,” added Kim.

Lil' Kim Delays '9' Album Release

She also called out Spotify, claiming that the streaming service has been “hating” on her. “I can’t understand why after all of the favors I’ve done for them,” she said. “Direct all of your energy towards them too.”

The 13-track album has already spawned the single “Go Awff,” and is set to include appearances from Rick Ross, Remy Ma, Rich the Kid, Fabolous, and Musiq Soulchild, as well as production from Buda & Grandz, Mark Henry, and Noc.

In the meantime, Kim is holding fans over with “No Auto Blanco,” her remix to G Herbo’s “Never Cared.”

Lil Nas X Responds to Dave East’s Criticism of ‘Old Town Road’

Lil Nas X is not worried about Dave East’s opinion.

During an interview with the “Zach Sang Show,” the trap-country rapper brushed off the Harlem rapper’s criticism of his hit single “Old Town Road,” which is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week.

“I honestly have got this question so many [times]…it’s like I have the No. 1 song in the country, I do not give a fuck about what Dave East is saying,” said Lil Nas X.

On Wednesday (April 17), East went on an Instagram Live and shared his opinion of the genre-bending song, which has also spawned a remix with Billy Ray Cyrus.

“That fuckin’ ‘Old Town Road’ shit is fucking wack,” said East. “I don’t know what the fuck is going on with hip-hop, with rap, but I ain’t no hater, man, but that shit is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack!”

“Old Town Road” has broken the record for largest single streaming week ever with 143 million U.S. streams, surpassing the previous record set by Drake, whose “In My Feelings” drew 116.2 million streams.

“It’s insane,” Lil Nas X said of his record-breaking feat. “Drake…who’s been in the game for so long and you know made huge records. It’s insane.”

A remix with Young Thug is on the way, while Lil Nas X recently shot a video for the Billy Ray Cyrus remix.

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Offset Faces Three Charges Over Georgia Arrest

Offset has been charged following his arrest in Georgia last summer.

The Clayton County District Attorney’s Office filed three charges against the Migos rapper in February following an incident in July 2018 where he was arrested for allegedly making an illegal lane change.

According to TMZ, Offset faces a felony charge for firearms possession by a convicted felon, along with misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession and an improper lane change.

A felony charge of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime has been dropped. Offset pleaded not guilty last month and is scheduled to appear in court in May.

Offset’s lawyer, Drew Findling, believes the rapper was targeted because he’s rich, successful, and black. “It’s a common theme. We’re talking about a young, African-American man driving a shiny, beautiful luxury car and clad in designer clothes and watches and jewelry,” Findling previously told TMZ. “Unfortunately people in his genre become a target for law enforcement who think that lifestyle is connected to some illegal activity … and that is a sad statement.”

Tyga ‘Goddamn’

Wild wild west. Tyga unleashes the Western-themed video for “Goddamn.”

Rocking a cowboy hat and denim, T-Raww busts into a saloon and turns it upside down. He grabs the mic before getting freaky with some cowgirls. Even the older clientele can’t resist partaking in the fun as Tyga leads a group of line dancers, while girls ride mechanical bulls. A Michael Jackson impersonator even makes a cameo (“Beat it like Billie Jean, then I say hee hee”) during the country bash.

Produced by D.A. Doman (“Taste”), “Goddamn” is the latest release from Tyga, who has also collaborated with Chris Brown and Marshmello on an upcoming song. Tyga has been in the headlines this week after he dropped his $10 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money over unpaid royalties.

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Jay-Z Launches College Bus Tour To Empower Historically-Black Institutions

Jay-Z’s The Shawn Carter Foundation is now working with Toyota in an effort to entice young people to consider higher education in historically black institutions. The program will send these high achievers on a bus tour 11 different college campuses across the Eastern peninsula, beginning in Washington, DC, and ending down the coastline in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jay-Z Launches College Bus Tour To Empower Historically-Black Institutions

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The students selected for the tour will be categorically-defined by the academic term that precedes many the major decisions that go into college enrollment, like SAT testing, etc. Jay-Z is hopeful that after taking this trip, the prospective students will choose between these 11 historically black colleges and universities in their pursuit higher education. The program is thereby conceived as a power-taking measure, meant to destabilize the status quo and empower Black ownership. Nipsey Hussle would be gleaming with pride.

During the bus tour, the prospective students will gain special access to resume-building seminars, as well as one-on-one meetings with various the school’s admissions counselors.  The Shawn Carter Foundation is staffed to accommodate any number the student’s inquiries throughout the process. Although Jay-Z won’t be on hand to kick things f, he’s put his mother Gloria Carter in the de facto position as the tour’s lead administrator. 93.9 WKYS radio personality Angie Ange and Creative Writing M.F.A. Candidate Candice Wong will also play a prominent role in the tour’s deployment, kicking f this week in Washington.