Paul Walker’s Personal Car Collection Auctioned Off For Over $2.3M

Saturday, Paul Walker’s personal collection 21 total cars, trucks and motorcycles brought in $2,333,450 total in final sales during an auction as a part a Barrett-Jackson sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. The late actor also took on the role car enthusiast fscreen, a passion deep-seated in his blood as he shared an interest in automobiles with his father and grandfather. 

Paul Walker's Personal Car Collection Auctioned Off For Over $2.3M
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“Paul Walker has been compared to a modern-day Steve McQueen, who lived his passion for racing in every aspect his life,” the Barrett-Jackson auction house tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He] has inspired entire generations car lovers. We worked closely with a close friend Paul’s who helped care for Paul’s collection following his death; he was responsible for consigning and prepping the vehicles for the auction. Paul’s daughter, Meadow, kept a few vehicles she had a connection with.”

It was in 2013 that the Fast & Furious star died a tragic and untimely death at the age 40 after the Porsche Carrera GT, in which he was riding as a passenger, crashed into a tree at nearly 100 mph.

“Paul was a racer at heart,” adds Jackson. “We’re told Paul spent countless hours on the track perfecting his racing skills. The question whether he intended to build a racing team is something we may never know.”

AirPods Pro Firmware Updates May Make Noise Cancellation Worse

AirPods are a massive market for Apple, but firmware updates may be ruining their noise-cancellation feature.

Apple’s firmware update 2C54 is the most commonly cited firmware with issues. Many anecdotal reports began popping up on the internet shortly after Apple released it on December 16.

These reports suggest the 2C54 firmware update worsens ANC quality on AirPods Pro earbuds. A user reviews site re-evaluated the AirPods Pro after the firmware update and found some merit to the claims.

“After updating to firmware 2C54, we retested the headphones, and our results showed a fairly significant drop in isolation performance, primarily in the bass-range.”

Reducing ANC for the bass-range means the don’t very well at blocking low rumbles. You know, the exact kind of low rumble that comes with being a passenger on a plane? While Apple may have pulled 2C54 to address these ANC issues, they’re not talking about it.

Some AirPods Pro owners say they’ve been experiencing ANC issues since the 2B588 firmware in November.

Apple isn’t the only company experiencing issues with firmware updates, either. Bose QuietComfort 35 II customers say an update to their cans worsened their active noise cancellation, too. So many people are experiencing the issue that Bose is visiting people at home to diagnose problems.

Apple’s firmware updates slightly tweak the sound profile of AirPods Pro. These tweaks may impact some users, while others don’t notice. It’s hard to tell since the firmware update process for AirPods is opaque as hell.

There’s no way for customers to reject a firmware update since it runs in the background with no notifications. That also means there is no way to downgrade from the firmware once you have it. Apple also includes no way to easily adjust the intensity of its ANC in AirPods Pro, unlike Bose or Sony.

Yung Joc Addresses Viral Video of Him Driving for Rideshare App

Yung Joc is proud to be a rideshare driver.

The “It’s Goin’ Down” rapper is speaking out after he went viral over the weekend when video surfaced of him driving a car for a new ride-share app in Atlanta called Pull Up N Go.

Joc tells TMZ that he heard about the app from a friend and decided to sign up to become a driver. While he was ridiculed by some passengers who assumed that he had fallen on hard times, Joc says his new gig is actually his way of teaching a lesson to the youth.

“A lot of times when you’re talking to these kids and these youth, you gotta lead by example,” said Joc, who’s been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. “And sometimes you have to show people you not too big. You have to show them what humility is and you not too big to do the right thing by making an honest living.”

And he’s not too ashamed or prideful to be seen behind the wheel. “It’s kind of a bucket list thing, but for anybody who really wants to do this, I think it’s a dope idea,” said Joc, who was in the middle of a ride when he called into TMZ.

Joc, who is a morning host on Atlanta’s Streetz 94.5 and appears on “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” is grateful for all the support, including from celebrities like Snoop Dogg. “I just realized that maybe people are beginning to be a little more mature,” he added.

Sinkhole In China Swallows Bus, Leaving Six People Dead

This past Monday evening, multiple lives were changed forever after a sinkhole opened up outside a local hospital in Xining, the capital Qinghai province in the nation China. Footage captured by nearby CCTV footage showed the tragic event take place as an entire bus was swallowed by the ground pulling bystanders into the hole which was then followed by an explosion. 

According to BBC, the sinkhole approximately 10m (32 feet) in diameter, killed six civilians and injured sixteen others who were able to scramble out the pit before the fiery combustion took place. Some bystanders attempted to rescue the bus passengers but also ended up engulfed in the sinkhole as it widened. 

Construction is usually to blame for the recent rise sinkholes in China due to the country’s rapid pace in development and lackadaisical precautionary safety measures. In 2018, four pedestrians were killed when the pavement opened up on a busy street in the city Dazhou. A similar incident took place in 2013 when five people were killed in an industrial estate in Shenzhen.

Check out the tragic aftermath footage the sinkhole that has changed the lives those affected this past Monday evening in the video provided above. 

Yung Joc Is Driving For Pull Up N Go For All The Right Reasons

Atlanta, GA – A video of Yung Joc driving for the rideshare app Pull Up N Go went viral over the weekend. The passenger who recorded the clip couldn’t believe the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta personality would have to resort to having a side hustle considering his celebrity status and job-shammed him as a result.

But according to a video clip obtained by TMZ, Joc is simply trying to be a role model for young kids. He’s been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta for years and wants to set the right example.

“So I’m a part of this organization that’s been around for 25 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a lot of times when we talking to these kids you gotta lead by example,” he explained in the clip. “You have to show people you not too big.

“You have to show them what humility is and you not too big to do the right thing by making an honest living. I think a lot of times that’s why our kids, and even adults, go astray because they’re too ashamed, too prideful to do something.”

Joc said he wanted to challenge himself to do something he’d never done before. But he added working for Pull Up N Go is a “dope idea” for anyone looking for a job. He also explained how this experience has been humbling.

“The most phenomenal part of this whole experience of going viral is the amount of support,” he concluded. “A lot of celebrities have reached out. People hitting my phone. Snoop said something like, ‘hustlers hustle.’ Maybe people are beginning to be a little more mature.”

Revisit the viral clip below.

Yung Joc Drives For App To Show He’s "Not Too Big" To Make An "Honest Living"

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Yung Joc found himself the butt social media jokes after someone shared a video him driving for the new rideshare app Pull Up & Go. “He actually didn’t react how I thought he would he just basically was telling me that’s my problem if I feel he fell f for having multiple streams income,” the passenger reportedly told The Shade Room

After he was shamed online, there were plenty people who defended Joc. In an interview with TMZ, he explained why he decided to jump behind the wheel as a rideshare driver. He said he’s apart the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization and he wants to show young kids the value hard work. “You gotta lead by example and sometimes you gotta show people you not too big,” the rapper said. “You’re not too big to do the right thing by making an honest living. I think a lot times that kids and even adults go astray because they too ashamed. They too prideful.”

He goes on to say that he also wanted to challenge himself to do things that he’s never done before. Joc was also surprised about how many people reached out to support his Pull Up & Go driver job. “A lot celebrities have reached out, people have hit my phone. I mean, Snoop said something. He’s like, ‘Hustlers hustle.’ I just realized that maybe people are beginning to be a little more mature.” Check out his clip with TMZ below.

Yung Joc Involved In Job-Shaming Altercation While Driving Pull Up N Go

Atlanta, GA – Let’s be real — most people need to hustle a little on the side to make a decent living these days. But evidently that doesn’t sit right with people when you’re a celebrity.

Yung Joc was recently spotted driving for rideshare app Pull Up N Go and caught plenty of flak because of it — or at least that’s how it appeared. The two women passengers in the backseat of his car couldn’t help but notice Joc was behind the wheel, but they weren’t exactly kind about it and decided to put him on blast for all of social media to see.

“You sound like somebody I know,” one of the passengers says. The other passenger then asks, “I just wanna ask a question. Are you Young Joc?”

Joc replies, “I think y’all already put that part together.”

One of the women says, “Oh, so you must’ve fell off or something. He asks, “I gotta fall off?… I just felt like it was an easy way to get some easy money downtown. I meet people.”

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TSR Staff: Thembi! @ThembiTV_ _____________________________________ #TSRExclusiveDetails: A video of #YungJoc driving for a ride share app similar to #Uber and #Lyft is circulating online and we have obtained unreleased clips of the full video. _____________________________________ In the video which took place on Thursday morning in Atlanta, you can hear the passengers telling the driver that he looked and sounded familiar, and that’s because the driver was #YungJoc. One of the passengers, J’Koni, goes on to ask #Joc why he’s driving for the app #pugorides, and proceeds to tell him that he “fell off”. _____________________________________ Joc responds by saying that it’s an easy way to get some easy money, adding that he gets to meet a lot of people from doing so too. _____________________________________ The passenger, J’Koni, exclusively tells us this about his “fell off” comment to Joc: “He actually didn’t react how I thought he would he just basically was telling me thats my problem if I feel he fell off for having multiple streams of income.” _____________________________________ We’re definitely here for any black man doing what he needs to do to continue making money. 🎥: @iamjkonired

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The woman then continues to chide the Love & Hip Hop:Atlanta personality, saying, “You went from TV to driving Pull Up N Go.” He snaps back, “I’d rather do this than Uber or Lyft.”

But she wouldn’t let up, “I’m trying to figure it out. How you Yung Joc and you riding for Pull Up N Go?” He responds, “I got a question: Is it a problem that I’m Yung Joc and doing this?”

“Not at all,” the second passenger says.

“You trying to clown me?” Joc asks as he notices the woman is filming their interaction. “You wanna do this on your social media to try and clown me.”

Joc’s situation is similar to the one Geoffrey Owens endured in September 2018. The former Cosby Show star was photographed working as a cashier at Trader’s Joes and subsequently ridiculed online.

As a result, several celebrities rallied around him and offered their support. In fact, Nicki Minaj even donated $25,000 to Owens as a sign of good faith.

He ultimately donated the money to the Actor’s Fund, explaining, “I would like to give this donation of $25,000 to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman — who played Cosby’s father ‘Russell’ on The Cosby Show — who lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home, (funded and run by the Actor’s Fund). I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.”

Much like Owens, fans stood up for Joc Twitter. But it’s entirely possible this is some kind of promotion for the show/rideshare app rather than Joc’s legit side hustle.

In any case, check out some of the reactions below. 

Yung Joc Gets Mad Fan Love After Ride Share Revelation

Over the weekend, it was revealed that Yung Joc was expanding his income stream by working a second job as a ride-share driver. In a recently-surfaced clip, his passenger makes the connection and belittles Joc for having “fallen f,” prompting him to defend his own entrepreneurial spirit. Seeing as job-shaming is not something the online masses take kindly too — as Gefery Owens came to understand back in 2018— it didn’t take long before Joc was receiving legions support from the Twitter folk. 

Wayno, host Everyday Struggle saw little to laugh at, though he opted to keep his deeper thoughts to himself. Underground lyricist Sadistik felt the same way, taking some time to show Joc’s ambition some love. And course, the old reliable Twitter chorus stepping up in a time need, whether summoned or otherwise. 

Others are more skeptical, however. Given today’s viral media, many assumed that Joc was actually an investor in “Pull Up,” and strategically managed to bamboozle the outrage-seeking masses into spreading free publicity. Either way, Joc is coming out strong. 

Yung Joc Reportedly Seen Driving For A Rideshare App

Yung Joc has reportedly been made yet another victim the act job-shaming as the Atlanta rapper was spotted by a fan working as a driver on a new rideshare app Pull Up & Go. Per the Shade Room, the new clip finds Joc explaining himself to the filming passenger who states that the Love & Hip-Hop Star “fell f.”

“He actually didn’t react how I thought he would he just basically was telling me that’s my problem if I feel he fell f for having multiple streams income,” the passenger told the publication. 

The timing the clip paired with the recent rollout the new ridesharing app, however, have caused many to reach the conclusion that Yung Joc is involved with the company in a much more higher-ranking capacity. Some evidence can be found in the fact that Joc followed up the new clip with a screenshot his driver’s dashboard, enticing riders in his hometown to download the app and book a ride in a branded caption.

“Anybody need a ride to @boogalouatl today for #alluresundays🍾 ???? I know they gonna hate but somebody wanna get wasted and get to their next destination safe & sound,” penned Joc. “Download the app and I just might #pullupngo @pugorides

Lil Wayne Admitted To Owning Gold Pistol Found On Private Jet: Reported

Lil Wayne‘s 2019 ended up a strange note. Actually, there were a series strange events that Weezy had to deal with towards the end the year. One the biggest headlines was the FBI search a private jet he was flying on. Although Wayne casually brushed it f on social media a day later, reports later emerged the FBI’s discoveries including a gold plated pistol, and what police suspect to be a gang drugs.

Lil Wayne Admitted To Owning Gold Pistol Found On Private Jet: Reported
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According to documents obtained by the Miami Herald, records show that Lil Wayne admitted to being the owner a gold-plated pistol found in his luggage. Documents also show that they discovered bullets and what they suspected to be cocaine, along with ecstasy, cannabis, heroin, and other substances. They also discovered nearly $26,000 in cash.

Wayne reportedly admitted to cops that the gold-plated gun belonged to him when FBI agent Justin Carsten asked if there were any weapons on the plane. “There is a gold-plated Glock firearm inside his book bag … which was given to him as a Father’s Day gift,” according to notes in the warrant. Authorities also said that the plane smelled like weed when they got on the plane.

The warrant was granted on grounds probable cause trafficking cannabis and possession a firearm by a convicted felon. 

BMW Tupac Was Riding In When He Was Fatally Shot Up For Auction At $1.75Mill

For months, Tupac Shakur’s personal items have sold to the highest bidder. Back in January 2019, two ographic drawings sketched by the late rapper went for $21K. Two polaroid photos Tupac and his wife Keisha Morris that he’d given to a fellow prisoner were announced to go to auction just last month. Then, there was the letter he wrote to Madonna from prison, explaining to her why they couldn’t be in a romantic relationship. Now, the car Tupac was riding in when he was shot in Las Vegas is up for sale, and it’s reported that bids are starting at $1.75 million.

There are a select group high-rolling collectors who like to gather music memorabilia, however morbid it may seem. In 1996, Tupac was riding as a passenger in a black BMW 750Li with Suge Knight when a white Cadillac pulled alongside them and opened fire. Six days later, Tupac passed away while recovering in a hospital. 

The BMW has passed through a few owners since that fateful evening that shook hip hop, and now it’s found its way to the auction block. The car reportedly comes with documentation proving it’s authenticity and the seller, Celebrity Cars Las Vegas, writes that the car has been fully restored.

“This is the first time this car has ever been up for sale or on display since his death in 1996. It has been completely restored to the condition it was in before his death and has just received a new coat paint,” they wrote on their website. “There is a small indentation where we believe one the bullet holes was but it is hard to tell. Other than that it is fully restored. The photo the bullet holes is just for reference. The wheels have been replaced with the same wheels that it had at the time the shooting. It runs great and is in excellent condition.”

They added, “The shooting occurred September, 7th 1996 at 11:15 p.m. pacific time when the car with Shakur and Knight stopped at a red light at East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. Shakur was struck by four .40 caliber rounds fired from a Glock two in the chest, one in the arm, and one in the thigh.” How much would you spend to own this ride?

Nettwerk Music Is Buying Itself Back — Plans Repurchase from HBC

Nettwerk Music Group has announced that it plans to recapitalize its business by repurchasing ownership of the company from HBC Investments.

The company said that the repurchase was part of what it termed “a broader financing plan that recognizes the success of the Company’s strategy over the past seven years and which also provides capital to be used to build on that foundation and accelerate growth.”

Established in Vancouver in 1984, Nettwerk has launched and developed the careers of artists such as:

  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Coldplay
  • fun.
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Morgan Page
  • Passenger
  • Syml
  • Angus & Julia Stone

Interestingly, one of the things that got them attention in their early years was when Tipper Gore went after them because of the cover of Skinny Puppy’s Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse.

In 2013, HBC Investments along with the founders of Nettwerk and existing investor Beedie Capital invested $10.25 million in the then 30-year-old company. The company used this money not only to make acquisitions but also to invest in artists that they believed stood to benefit from prevailing shifts in both music distribution and consumption.

Nettwerk is now trying to leverage the experience that it has gained over the past seven years in digital music and streaming in order to rapidly grow its existing roster as well as to develop new artists.

Executives of both Nettwerk and HBC commented on the deal.

Terry McBride, who is the chief executive officer and one of the co-founders of Nettwerk, said, “Our management team appreciates the growth capital HBC Investments invested to support our strategy and the guidance they provided to achieve our goals through acquisition and organic growth.”

Joe Colonnetta, who is the managing partner at HBC Investments, said, “We have so much respect for Terry McBride and his leadership over the last seven years of our investment in Nettwerk. The management team has executed on its investment objectives and is well positioned to continue to prosper with the continued evolution of the music industry.”

Lil Wayne Performs New Unreleased Song While Filming Commercial For ESPN: Watch

It’s no secret that Lil Wayne is well-loved over at ESPN. Not only has Weezy been the designated go-to artist for providing theme songs for various ESPN shows, he’s also been asked to come on and fered his own sports takes. Weezy has also developed a close personal friendship with ESPN host, Skip Bayless, and has managed to maintain a good relationship with everyone over at the network for many years. Weezy’s latest collaboration with the Sports network appears to be in the form a commercial for ESPN, in which he will debut a brand new, never-before-heard song.

A video from the set the commercial shows a camera crew filming Weezy as he dances around on stage in front a small crowd, while the band in the background goes to town on their instruments. Wayne hypes up the musicians, which include a saxophone player and a trombone player, before the video cuts to a clip him rapping an unreleased track. Just from this brief snippet, the song already sounds fire, and we can’t wait for the full version Wayne’s genius to be bestowed upon us.

It’s a relief that Wayne has been spotted working on a new project, considering the unfortunate circumstances he was in recently. Roughly two weeks, Wayne was involved in a frightening incident in which he was a passenger on a private jet that was searched by the police in Miami. While the whole ordeal made many people anxious about what the outcome would be, Wayne informed his fans that he was fine and that the whole situation was just a big misunderstanding. While there were reports that drugs and weapons were found in Wayne’s bag, the story has not been confirmed by his reps, and Mack Maine, the president  Wayne’s company, Young Money Entertainment, asked that everyone “STOP running these bogus ass stories without all the facts.”

Uber Driver Obtains College Degree After Passenger Pays Off School Debt

An Uber driver is celebrating a milestone in her education thanks to one her passengers. Georgia State University student Latonya Young has always had dreams and aspirations  becoming a lawyer. During the day, she works as a hairstylist and in the evenings she makes extra money as an Uber driver. The two jobs keep her busy enough, but Latonya is also a devoted mother and student.

When Latonya picked up Kevin Esch from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, she had no idea it would be a life-changing ride. The pair casually chatted during the drive and Latonya revealed that when she was just 16-years-old, she got pregnant and dropped out high school. She later resumed her studies at Georgia State but had to drop out college, as well, because she couldn’t afford the $700 balance on her account. The university put a hold on her account making it impossible for Latonya to continue her education and register for classes.

“Every time I got ready to pay the money, my kids needed something,” Latonya reportedly told WSB. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll just wait.'” Days after giving Kevin a ride, Latonya was notified that she could register. She’s now earned her associate’s degree in criminal justice and is preparing to register for her classes to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Latonya and Kevin kept in touch while she was back in school, and he said she made sure to maintain As and Bs in order to show him that she was serious and how much she appreciated his kindness.

“There was something about Latonya that just — she resonates with me and we developed an incredible friendship now and I am incredibly proud what she’s done,” Kevin told CNN. “I could’ve bought new clothes or I could’ve helped someone out. And what has come back to me has come back a hundredfold and I would do it 1,000 times over.”

Man Filmed Allegedly Attempting To Kidnap Girl From Subway Says She Asked For Help

Over the last few days, a disturbing video has gone viral showing an alleged kidnapping incident that took place on a New York City subway. In the video, a man later identified as Sonny Alloway, is seen sitting across from two sleeping passengers. A person records Alloway as he watches the two people, then he taps one them on the foot to get their attention.

The verbal exchange between the two is difficult to decipher, but the resting passenger goes back to leaning on her friend. When the train stops and the doors open, Alloway suddenly gets up, grabs the girl, and runs onto the railway station. She screams for him to put her down and he does before she makes her way back onto the subway to tell everyone about what just happened. Alloway is seen sitting on a bench outside the subway as if nothing happened.

Another video went viral showing Alloway getting beaten up by vigilantes who recognized him from the video. It’s reported that Alloway only lived blocks from the subway station he exited, for Bronx residents were quick to spot him. Because the publicity, it’s reported that the New York Police Department arrested Alloway for unlawful imprisonment, but he was later released. Now, another video has surfaced Alloway explaining why he grabbed the girl and ran.

According to Alloway, the girl is not a child but an adult, and she asked him for help because the man she was with was holding her hostage. Alloway said he told her to just get f the train but she said she couldn’t, so he took it upon himself to grab her and go. The alleged victim has not come forward. However, another video Alloway came to light showing him singing about an underage girl who is “just so beautiful.” Check it all out below.