LeBron James & AD Won’t Be Given Another Max Player: Report

Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to make a huge trade to bring Anthony Davis to their squad. They ended up giving up Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, and the fourth overall pick in the draft which compromises their future for short term success. Now, the Lakers will have to fill the holes in their roster throughout free agency which has led some people to speculate their ability to pick up a max contract which would certainly make the squad a super team. As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explained yesterday, that just simply isn’t possible as the team won’t have enough salary cap space once their Davis trade goes through.

Per Woj:

“They needed a July 30 completion this deal with that No. 4 pick in it to be able to have around $32-33 million in cap space — enough for a max deal. Right now they’re closer to $24 million and there’s no A-list star who is going to take that kind discount, really not even a B-list big star. So right now it looks like they might want to break up that $23-24 million to bring in multiple players. And given how barren the rest their roster is, they don’t even have a starting five. That’s probably the better route for the Lakers to go.”

If the Lakers can’t find a superstar or some depth to put on their roster, they might have to begin the season with Alex Caruso as a starter, which would truly be the icing on the Lakers dysfunction cake.

Stay tuned for the latest information on free agency and player signings throughout the league.

"X-Men: Dark Phoenix" Director Takes Blame For Movie’s Box Office Flop

We’ve been actively reporting on the numbers tied to the recent installment to the X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix. And from the beginning its roll-out in theatres, it has been doing poorly. To begin, the disappointing box fice number related to Dark Phoenix’s debut meant the movie had the worst opening in the franchise’s history with a meager $14 million dollars nationwide and $33 million over the weekend. Moreover, the L’s continued being taken upon the movie’s second week wherein sales plummeted by 83%, only bringing in $2.438 million dollars during its second week. Many have blamed the movie’s underperformance as a result “franchise fatigue,” something Men In Black: International slightly experienced but not as badly. Moreover, the director behind the movie has now spoken and is taking full responsibility for the movie doing so badly

According to People, Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg took blame during an interview with The Business Podcast: “This weekend for me was certainly more disappointing then I’d anticipated, but I was anticipating or bracing for a tough weekend. I’d always felt like we had a tough date for this particular movie.” In addition, Kinberg adds that Avengers: Endgame’s huge success did not help, “Coming out 5-6 weeks after what will be the biggest, or second biggest movie in the history cinema that happens to also be in the genre superheroes was tough for us. But I wouldn’t blame it on the weekend, like it clearly is a movie that didn’t connect. That’s on me.” 

Kyrie Irving Reportedly Ghosted The Celtics Ahead Of Free Agency

Along with players like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving will be one the most sought after free agents this Summer. Irving has made it clear that he no longer wants to play with the Boston Celtics and will be looking to sign with a new team. Rumors state that Kyrie wants to join the Brooklyn Nets and that he would even be interested in playing with Anthony Davis and LeBron James in Los Angeles. Wherever Irving goes, he will surely make that team better so it’s no surprise that teams are lining up to sign him as quickly as possible.

Irving can still sign with the Celtics but according to a report from Adam Himmelsbach the Boston Globe, it seems like Kyrie isn’t interested even talking to them.

Kyrie Irving Reportedly Ghosted The Celtics Ahead Of Free Agency

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Per Himmelsbach:

“The strangest part the Irving situation right now is that it appears he has essentially ghosted on the Celtics. The people within the organization I have spoken with have made it clear that they have had little, if any, communication with Irving in recent weeks.”

Teams will ficially be allowed to have conversations with players as June 30th at 6 P.M. EST so it will be a couple weeks before we know what Irving’s ficial decision. Be sure to stay tuned for the latest on free agency and player signings.

Kawhi Leonard Explains His Plans For NBA Free Agency

Heading into free agency, one the most intriguing stories will involve Kawhi Leonard the Toronto Raptors. Leonard just helped win the NBA Championship for the Raptors and picked up NBA Finals MVP honors in the process. He is a free agent this summer and the whole league is wondering if he will come back to Toronto or if he will go to Los Angeles where he grew up. There have been reports that the Lakers and Knicks are looking into the superstar while the Raptors are doing the most to keep him with the team.

During the championship parade yesterday, Leonard was asked about his plans for free agency and as you would expect from the Board Man, he’s not divulging too much information just yet.

Kawhi Leonard Explains His Plans For NBA Free Agency

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“I’m going to take the right time,” Leonard told Ian Harrison  the Associated Press. “You don’t need too many days to figure it out. We’ll see what happens. Once that time comes, then we’ll all lay the pros and cons out.”

If Leonard stays with the Raptors, the team has the opportunity to reach dynasty status especially with the Warriors depleted heading into next season. If he goes to the Clippers or Lakers, both those teams would become instant contenders.

OJ Simpson Threatens Parody Twitter Account With 16 Knife Emojis

OJ Simpson made a Twitter account recently and he’s already out here doing the absolute most. Since being released from jail a couple years ago, the former Buffalo Bills running back was living a pretty quiet life but now, it seems like he wants to be back in the spotlight again. Over the weekend, he explained how he never had an affair with Kris Jenner and now, it appears as though he’s threatening parody accounts.

An account by the name  @KillerOJSimpson received a pretty harrowing DM from OJ himself, urging the parody account to shut down or he would get his lawyers after him.

“Like I said, delete this ‘Parody’ account as you call it or face serious consequences by me. I’ll find your ass one way or another so don’t mess with me. I got nothing to lose. Grow up!” OJ wrote. That’s when the parody account replied with a thumbs up and knife emoji. OJ immediately hit back with that same knife emoji which was truly frightening.

The man posted the interaction to his Twitter account and received yet another threatening DM from Simpson. “Seen that video you posted about me. You think I’m playing? Tired all your bulls–t. I WILL FIND YOUR ASS AND CUT YOU — Don’t believe me? Just watch and see bitch,” Simpson’s account wrote back. He then hit the man back with another text that contained 16 knife emojis and the words “you next.”

There has been no confirmation as to whether or not the DM’s are real and OJ himself hasn’t addressed the controversy on his Twitter page. If the messages are in fact real, he could be in violation his parole.

50 Cent Begins Feud With Adrien Broner: "I Blocked Your Ass"

Whenever 50 Cent‘s “Fty” senses start to tingle, you know there’s some bad news around the corner. The New York rapper has been on a tear as late, crossing paths with some the world’s most entertaining celebrities and demanding a percentage from them. During his new role as hip-hop’s resident debt collector, Fiddy has taken aim at Teairra Mari, Young Buck, Randall Emmett, Jackie Long, and so many more. His most recent spat against Bow Wow appears to be nearing an end so Fif needed to find a new target. He ended up settling on his good friend Adrien Broner, realizing that he might owe him some money.

The boxer took to social media to call out 50 Cent for blocking him on Instagram, telling him that he might need to borrow a million dollars soon. When news got back to Fiddy though, he was not impressed. “Fuck you AB, we still mad about that money you made us lose on the fight,” joked Curtis on his own page, rubbing in the loss. “Yeah I blocked your ass because you fucking up the money.” 

Commenting on his own post, Fif added some more, thinking it’s about time he gives Broner an ultimatum. “IM STARTING TO FEEL LIKE YOU OWE ME AB. So have something for me by Monday,” he wrote.

Uh oh. You better pay up AB because when it comes to 50 Cent’s wrath, you don’t want to be on the wrong side. Broner does pack a powerful punch though…

"Surviving R. Kelly" Takes Home Best Documentary At 2019 MTV Awards

It has been roughly six months since the premiere the controversial documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. The multiple allegations sexual abuse and more surrounding the shamed actor have finally culminated to an explosive two-part series that shocked viewers and sparked outrage across social media platforms. Ever since the documentary’s release, the justice encouraged by the #MeToo movement was served to R. Kelly in the shape several lawsuits and legal issues meant to investigate the claims made. While the documentary both successfully and powerfully managed to hold R. Kelly accountable for his alleged actions, it also shed light on the remnants sexual abuse on its victims. Moreover, due to its success and ability to reach viewers on a deeper level, a series follow up was announced and aired last month on May 4th. 

Most recently, the widely talked-about docuseries snagged a nomination at the MTV Awards 2019 ceremony for Best Documentary. And now, it appears the series has won, beating out At The Heart Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandals–another documentary shedding light on the sexual assault and molestation claims tied to Dr. Larry Nassar over the years–McQueen, Minding the Gap & RBG. A big congratulations to all involved in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary. 

Jada Pinkett Smith Has Son Jaden By Her Side As She Receives MTV Award

There were many honors being given at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday evening. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave an inspirational speech after he was presented with the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith received the Trailblazer Award for her work with the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Foundation. 

Comedian Tiffany Haddish presented her Girls Trip co-star with the trophy as Jada, donning a shimmering, silver suit, graced the stage with her son Jaden Smith by her side. The 47-year-old said, “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms the mind that are full uncertainty, false beliefs, and pain. And it’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world.”

Jada Pinkett Smith Has Son Jaden By Her Side As She Receives MTV Award
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And then I thought a little more deeply,” she continued. “I was thinking, every last person in this room must do that at some capacity. So that means that every single person in this room is trailblazing, whether it’s within or withoutSo as you honor me tonight, I want to honor all you. And I want to say, here’s to us for all our trailblazing. Keep it up and thank you!

Amy Doyle, general manager MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo praised Jada in a statement. “Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” she wrote. “She is the epitome someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”

Bill Cosby Gives Lectures On Life Lessons & Parenting In Prison: Report

Regardless his location and the convictions against him, Bill Cosby continues to operate as a moral authority. The 81-year-old is currently serving a three-10 year sentence in state prison after being convicted three counts aggravated indecent assault. Nevertheless, Cosby has been able to communicate with the outside world telephone and social media. 

For decades, fans equated Cosby’s “Heathcliff Huxtable” character with the real-life Bill Cosby, therefore his image has always been steeped in wholesome memories. The comedian’s recent scandals have tarnished that image, but while millions fans have turned their backs to him, Cosby still sees himself as America’s favorite father. 

Cosby’s representative, Andrew Wyatt, chatted with TMZ to share what life has been like behind bars for the elderly entertainer. According to Wyatt, Cosby may be keeping a busier schedule nowadays, considering that he’s reportedly giving four lectures per week to fellow inmates. As many as 100 prisoners show up to hear Cosby give life advice about parenting. Subjects include advising inmates on how to help their children stay out prison, and for those being released, how they can re-bond with their children.

The actor reportedly is also giving inmates interview techniques for those who looking for work after their sentence is up, and he’s also advising addicts on how to stay sober. Wyatt says, “These are the types men he has wanted to get his messages across to for years, and now he has a totally captive audience.”

Anderson .Paak Delivers Freestyle While Visiting Funkmaster Flex At HOT 97

His soulful singles have captured the hearts R&B lovers worldwide, but don’t get it twisted: Anderson .Paak’s freestyle skills are nothing to play with. The hip hop artist has visited his share radio stations where he’s fered to show f his lyrical abilities, and the latest to get a taste what Paak’s working with was New York’s Hot 97. Paak visited Funkmaster Flex to drop some bars and his flow seemed flawless…aside from a few hiccups on the beat.

While Paak was spitting his freestyle, there were some jumps on the tempo. The rapper was able to recover on multiple occasions, but he couldn’t hold in his frustration. Some have argued that it was just the song and no fault to DJ Juanyto who was in the booth and responsible for playing the beat, while others have slammed Juanyto for messing up Paak’s performance. On Funk Flex’s blog, they shared that the loop was downloaded from the internet so it wasn’t necessarily the DJ’s fault.

Meanwhile, Paak has been tearing up festival stages and performing non-stop since the release his last record Ventura. Check out his freestyle with Funkmaster Flex below and let us know your favorite lyrics.

The Album Rollout Is Shrinking

Do you remember the days waiting months for your favorite artist’s newest record? Do you remember the build up? What about waiting for their newest music video to debut on MTV, or first hearing their singles on the radio? Those days are long gone. Brevity has permeated throughout the music industry in a way that, for the most part, has made these archaic methods album promotion inefficient. In response, artists have turned to spontaneity, oversaturation, and snippets. You’ve had to have noticed; it’d be impossible not to, but do you realize how we got here, or where exactly we are?

“Hello everyone. Well, the new album is finished, and it’s coming out in 10 days; we’ve called it In Rainbows.” That was all the warning Radiohead would give before the release their 2007 album, In Rainbows and, in turn,help redirect album promotion for the next decade. They ignored making the traditional rounds on TV, radio, and print, instead, opting only for the internet. They delivered the succinct announcement in a blog post; nothing more, nothing less. This wouldn’t be the only unusual aspect to their release; they also sold the album with a “pay what you want” model. This allowed users to get the album for whatever price they’d like and was intended to compete with the unstoppable force that was music piracy. In a sense, this model predicted streaming services but, at the time, it was considered an acceptance defeat in the battle against piracy and a devaluation music.

The Album Rollout Is Shrinking

Beyonce performing during the 59th Grammy Awards, 2017 – Christopher Polk/Getty s 

Beyoncé took brevity and made it her mantra with the way she released her eponymous fifth album. At one instant, there was nothing, then next, there was an entire Beyoncé album for fans to consume. The album hit iTunes in the wee hours the morning on December 13th, 2013; a complete surprise to fans and critics alike. Excluding leaks, this was virtually unheard . Beyoncé sold over 800,000 digital copies in its first three days after hitting streaming services.Its success is pro that spending months going through a circuit promotion is no longer necessary for big artists.

Artists took note. From 2013 on, releasing albums with little to no warning has almost become the norm. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Blonde, and more all used this strategy to surprising success. The influence concision didn’t end with just announcements and releases; the way with which artists promote their album in between was bound to change as well.

Snippets are the pinnacle brevity. Artists now distribute– although sometimes leaked unintentionally– brief bite-sized rations a song to their fans; in effect, leaving them starved, begging for more like Oliver Twist until the full track is released. This model can be traced back to iTunes previews, but it truly gained steam as a marketing force during the height the SoundCloud era with artists like Playboi CartiLil Uzi Vert and more. It’s further bolstered by the format platforms such as Instagram and Twitter which limit users content to one-minute videos or character controlled tweets.

The Album Rollout Is Shrinking

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For a time, Playboi Carti’s career was, in essence, a personified song snippet. He existed as an enigmatic figure behind the curtain Soundcloud loosies. No one could predict the power snippets; his ficial mixtape was so far f, it was considered mythical. Now, snippets have grown into something more. They have become one the most effective ways marketing, not just an album, but even a single. Look to the number one song in the country right now, “Old Town Road.” This song found its virality after fans on TikTok used a snippet the track as the basis the “Yeehaw Challenge” way back in December 2018. Yes, the number one song in the country, rode its way to the top f the power a (viral) snippet.

All these moments have led us here, but where is here? To find out, look no further than Tyler, The Creator’s Igor, and it’s battle for the top spot againstDJ Khaled’s Father Asahd. Tyler knows exactly where we are; in fact, Tyler has such a tight grip on marketing an album in 2019, that Igor won the fight against Father Asahd, landing the number one spot on the Billboard charts. Igor dropped on May, 17th, but we only have to turn back seventeen days, to May 1st to find the inflection point, where Tyler, yes literally transmogrified into another character, but also began promoting his album. Igor was ficially announced on May 6th, in an even more curt fashion than In Rainbows, with a post reading simply, “Igor – 5/17.” The announcement gave fans (almost) the same number days to prepare for the album. Throughout the next eleven days, Tyler would abandon singles altogether, instead opting for snippets (all which garnered at least two million views on Instagram) to promote the album. The first ficial single, “Earfquake” was only released after the album was available.

The Album Rollout Is Shrinking

DJ Khaled and his son Asahd Khaled at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards – Jamie McCarthy/Getty s

Compare Tyler’s strategy to that DJ Khaled. You’ll have to dig last year’s calendar out the trash (ironically where you’ll find Father Asahd as well)  and turn back to March 2018 to find the announcement for Father Asahd. While turning back, take note what you find in between. Over the course thirteen months, Khaled released five singles for his album, teased an endless number collaborations and even released a trailer for the album. This all sounds great, and even just ten years ago, it would likely have been enough to earn him the number one spot regardless how terrible the project is; however, spontaneity garners excitement in 2019, snippets garner excitement in 2019, and most importantly, brevity garners excitement in 2019. Khaled failed where Tyler succeeded. Where Tyler transformed into Igor, Khaled transformed into an old man yelling at a cloud.

It’d be impossible to determine exactly why the trend towards concision refuses to slow down, but it’s undeniably had its impact on the music industry. Perhaps it’s a shorting attention span worldwide, or the allure refreshing ways to engage with music; regardless, the music industry, as we know it today, exists within a zeitgeist dominated by brevity.

Akon & Partner Tricia Ana To Join "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood": Report

Could Akon be the latest rapper to join Love & Hip Hop Hollywood? The hit VH1 reality show has been shaking things up a bit with the cast, hoping to bring in some fresh blood in order to attract new viewers—and new drama. Over the last few days, there have been rumors floating around that the St. Louis singer was planning on making his reality TV debut on the upcoming season the show.

As soon as social media caught wind the information, the news spread like wildfire and was believed to be truthful. However, Akon adamantly denied the gossip and shared an image on his Instagram page that reads, “I am not joining Love & Hip Hop.” In the caption, he wrote, “Social Media is the Devil!!!”

Meanwhile, The Jasmine Brand claims to have exclusively reported that they’ve confirmed Akon and his partner, Tricia Ana, will be featured on the show. According to TJB, it hasn’t been revealed whether or not the 46-year-old artist will be a regular fixture, but he and Tricia Ana are set to make appearances. The status Akon’s relationship with Tricia Ana hasn’t been made clear as some people have called her his girlfriend while TJB states that she refers to herself as his wife and works with Akon’s Konvict Music as an A&R representative.

Master P Tells Hip Hop Artists To "Stop All This Beefin’"

Twenty-one years after the release the original I Got the Hook Up, the follow up is set to hit theaters. Next month, I Got the Hook Up 2 starring Romeo Miller, Tiny Lister, John Witherspoon, Clifton Powell, Luenell, Sheryl Underwood, Kyle Massey, D.C. Young Fly, and course Master P, will hopefully be a comedy that brings the laughs. However, P recently told Baller Alert that he also wants fans to pick up on the message behind the jokes.

“This has a message, even though it’s going to be funny. To be able to bring these social media stars, connect them with the Hollywood stars,” he said. “It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be hilarious, but like I said, it’s got a meaning. This movie has a meaning, that’s what’s going to be different. It’s about gentrification. It’s about ownership. It’s about taking control and having a business in the ‘hood.” He added, “We need some laughter. Laughter heals all this negativity we been going through.”

The rap mogul was asked about his next business ventures, and P showed f his MoneYatti kicks as he talked about the importance brand ownership. “I think the most important thing for me, that changed my life was about ownership. None my family never had anything, and I said, ‘You know what, I need to be an entrepreneur,’” P stated. “I need to get to work. Everyone got 24 hrs, its what you do with your 24 hours. You gotta celebrate other people’s success, I started celebrating other people’s success, and I start being successful.”

P also had a few words for hip hop artists with aspirations being superstars: “Learn your business. Get out there, know hip hop business. Everybody want to be a star. Everybody want to be famous. But you know, I passed up a million dollars when I got in this game and I had nothing. To pass up some money to know your business, I turned that into hundreds millions. Don’t just get into it for the fame. And stop all this beefing. You don’t need to be beefin’. Leave that at the steakhouse. Be bout your money.”

Ciara Shuts Down Fan Who Criticized Her For Officiating Gay Wedding In Music Video

Celebrities are showing their support for the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month, but Ciara‘s inclusion in a music video rubbed a few fans the wrong way. Taylor Swift recently released the star-studded visual to her single “You Need To Calm Down,” a video that includes Ciara ficiating a wedding between actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (from Modern Family) and lawyer Justin Mikita. In real life, the couple were married back in 2013.

Ciara shared a clip the wedding scene on her Instagram page with the caption, “Wedding is Lit #Equality #YNTCDmusicvideo.” A fan thought that the singer was doing her religion a disservice by supporting gay marriage as Ciara has been vocal about her Christian beliefs. “Ciara. You shouldn’t be doing this,” the person wrote. “We respect u too much, Being at a gay wedding is one thing and joining them together is even more a greater sin. We love you but this is wrong.”

The Beauty Marks singer usually doesn’t respond to critical comments, but she made time to reply in a way that some called a classy clapback. “Firstly, Christians don’t judge,” she wrote. “Secondly, #YouNeedToCalmDown.” 

Chris Brown Unveils Star-Studded Tracklist For Double Disc "Indigo" Album

The streaming era has made many artists, including some your faves, to dilute the quality the project by inflating the number songs that are included on the tracklist. Drake, for example, gave fans a 25-track double disc project with ScorpionMigos Culture II included 24 songs that ran for nearly two hours. But before them, Chris Brown’s Heartbreak On A Full Moon included a tracklist that was the nearly length the two projects combined. Breezy confirmed that his new album, Indigo will also be a lengthy effort, except not as long with Heartbreak that held 45 tracks in total.

Keeping to his promise, Breezy’s new project, INDIGO will consist 30 songs as well as three bonus tracks. The album includes the features that he previously mentioned. Joyner Lucas, Lil Wayne, Gunna, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Tyga, Tory Lanez, Tank, and Chris Brown, among others, will be featured on the project. Breezy revealed the tracklist along with the announcement that the pre-order is available today. Indigo is due out on June 28th.

Aside from the tracklist for the project, Chris Brown and Drake’s collabo, “No Guidance” which will appear on the project, debuted at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking another top 10 single for both artists. A visual for the song is set to drop soon and we’re sure that it’ll hit the #1 spot on the chart. 

Peep the tracklist below.