Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

Ballplayers want to be rappers and rappers want to be ballplayers. It’s an age-old adage. The NBA has long been a core piece hip-hop culture – from Allen Iverson heralding a new era emphatic urban style to rappers being fanatical about basketball sneakers. And course, rap songs are ten laden with references to the game’s most iconic players.

“Which park are y’all playing basketball/Get me on the court and I’m trouble/Last week fucked around and got a triple double/Freaking niggas every way like MJ/I can’t believe today was a good day” – Ice Cube

“Real quick, real sick, raw nights, I perform like Mike/Anyone—Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, action, pack guns” – Biggie

“But I’m limitless mentally, I’m lyrically ZMT/Lebron shit, I was in that 6 after 23” – Wale

“Went from most hated to the champion god flow/I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know” – Kanye

NBA stars have attempted to crossover into rap with great regularity. Shaquille O’Neal dropped four studio albums (although he’s not quite as dominant in the booth as he is on the block) and Ron Artest even started a record label. And whether its Stephon Marbury in Big Pun’s “Whatcha Gone Do” video or LeBron popping up in Jay-Z’s “D.O.A” visual or, let’s not forget, Ray Allen’s unforgettable cameo in Public Enemy’s “He Got Game,” Ballers haven’t ever been shy about popping up in rap videos. MC’s are mainstays at NBA games; if you turn on a Hawks game, you’ll ten see Gucci Mane sitting court-side or Ice Cube on the hardwood at Laker games. Given all the crossover and cultural importance these two share, I thought it was only right to draw some comparisons.

Trae Young (DaBaby)

New on the scene but with an adept game and a lot swag. Their moves on the court/stage get the crowd going. Both are more than willing to provide a good assist. DaBaby with a host saucy features, including Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Cash Shit” and Quality Control‘s “Baby.” Trae with the frequent no-look pass or alley-oop. Young Ice is Top 5 in the NBA in scoring and assists. Neither’s success has come without hate. People criticize DaBaby over his singular method flow. But those nay-sayers may be missing the actual bars he’s spitting. Like, are you even listening? Not to mention he’s got a chart-topping album. The same goes for Trae. People talk about the Hawks record but overlook the fact he a). Has 0 help and b). Is putting up historic numbers for an NBA sophomore.


Anthony Davis (Meek Mill)

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

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It always seemed like one thing after the other for these two. Nick-nack injuries, an incompetent General Manager – probation, legal fight after legal fight, beef. Neither could ever quite seem to get over the hump but now they are in significantly better situations. Davis is a Los Angeles Laker; running flank to LeBron James. Meek has rebounded from being the target maybe the biggest hit diss record ever and has been released from prison. With monkeys f their back, Davis is vying for a title this season and Meek is eyeing his first Grammy for Album the Year. These two have the potential to be the best in the game. Before his coup to exit New Orleans, Davis was pegged as next in line to take over the league while Meek was pinned the new Jay-Z. They have the talent but questions still remain about whether they can elevate their game even more to reach their potential.


Luka Doncic (YBN Cordae)

Young but polished. These guys both burst onto the scene looking to compete immediately with absolutely no fear – I’m sure to the surprise many. Cordae’s delivery as velvety and fluid as Luka’s step-back jumper. Each has his eye on running the game for years to come. they’re also not afraid to go at the neck an all-time great. YBN responded to J. Cole’s “1985” while Luka has dropped a 30-point triple-double on LeBron’s head top. Bright futures await this pair. Both will be hoisting trophies in the years to come. 


Damian Lillard (Dame DOLLA)

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

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There’s not a better comparison for Damian Lillard on the court than Damian Lillard in the booth. He plays the way he raps. Even keel. Consistent. Sharp. And they’ve been underrated for a long time. Another similarity, they both need to get out Portland! Neither is willing to back down from a challenge. Damian went nose to nose with Russell Westbrook who barked and barked at him during the first round playf series – sending OKC home with an elimination-game buzzer-beater. Dame DOLLA is no stranger to beef wither. He’s battled rapped the likes Marvin Bagley III and Shaq, taking home victories in both bouts. 


James Harden (Travis Scott)

Their numbers are as gaudy as their eye for attention-grabbing ensembles and jewelry. To go along with their creative fashion choices, each posts flashy numbers. Stats tell you they’re two the best in their individual games. But success hasn’t just come on a silver platter. Harden began his career as a 6th man, coming f the bench in OKC. Then transformed in the virtually unstoppable scoring machine we see today. As shown in his recent documentary, Travis had a steep climb up the mountain as well. A video that went viral shows Scott performing for a few dozen people in 2013. Compare that to La Flame selling out the AstroWorld festival just 6 years later. Harden went from 6th man the year in 2012 to NBA MVP in 2018. An equally impressive rise. 


Jimmy Butler (Pusha T)

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

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These two do so much for their team. Jimmy is Mr. Everything for Miami while Pusha T is the President GOOD music with the second most releases under the label. Neither puts up the splashy numbers but they’re incredibly effective in big moments. While their stats won’t jump f the page, they consistently deliver. Both are winners. Put them up against anybody rapping or hooping and they have the ability to come out on top. Of course this pair is not afraid a little beef. Pusha and Jimmy have regularly had spats with peers. Butler can trash-talk with the best them while Pusha diss records are the stuff legend. 


Nikola Jokic (Jack Harlow)

At first glance and maybe even second, most people wouldn’t recognize them on a city block. But these two are erudite in their craft at the highest level. Harlow and Jokic can hold their own against some the best in the game. In the basketball community, Jokic gets mad love but the casual fan may not fully appreciate his ability. The same could go for Harlow who isn’t as well known as he should be. 


LeBron James (Drake)

The numbers say they’re the best ever, but both have their doubters. Harshly criticized by the general public each just keeps on compiling milestone after milestone. Drake and LeBron have had their forgettable moments that amount to tiny stains on Rushmore resumes. The fact is, you can’t tell the story hip-hop without Drake and you can’t tell the story the NBA without LeBron James. The pair have single-handedly changed the culture their respective industries. LeBron ushered in positionless basketball while Drake took the role rapper-singer to new heights. Label them, all-around players, because their versatility. Lebron can do just about everything on both ends the court, while Drake can rap, sing, act, do comedy. Hell, I’m not sure if there’s anything this guy can’t do. To top the comparison f they are both chasing legacies many feel are untouchable no matter what they do (Jay-Z & Michael Jeffery Jordan).


Kawhi Leonard (Kendrick Lamar)

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

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Both L.A. guys. Both don’t quite get the recognition they deserve but are arguably the best in the game. The only question left about them is, how much longer will the run continue. Mild-mannered and unassuming f the court or stage their performance has a mercurial nature about it. Oh, and they make greatness look effortless. Two defensive player the year awards, two finals MVPs and two championships versus 37 Grammy nominations and 13 wins. All since 2013. They’ve got the hardware to back up an all-time resume. Each has accomplished a lot in a short period time. Both had to pay their dues before having the breakout year that changed their careers.  


Giannis Antetokounmpo (J. Cole)

Giannis and Cole are humble superstars, true to their roots and the soil that bred them. Both possess a tremendous work ethic and the ability to make those around them better. Giannis is one the only players in the NBA averaging more than 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Cole dished out plenty assists on features in 2019, including some fire bars on Jay Rock’s “OSOM.” He’s even featured on what may be the Grammy winner for Song the Year – 21 Savage’s hit, “A lot.” But don’t let the smile and even temperament fool you. If you push them far enough, they’ll get gully on you real quick. These stars are giving but they don’t have a problem shouldering a superstar’s burden. Giannis has been vocal about not wanting to team up with other marquee players in the league, rather wanting to beat them. Similarly, Cole had an album go platinum with NO FEATURES. 


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Kevin Durant (Wale)

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

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Some things just write themselves. There’s the obvious DMV connection. Both are constantly in their feelings, funny and candid on twitter. Seems like they’re always at war with themselves. Neither is afraid to speak their mind and go after their critics. Wale and Durant seem to search for the validation and praise they feel aren’t justly given. Wale has classic mixtapes but people say he doesn’t have a classic album while Durant has two rings but doubters say he rode the coattails the Warriors big three for those. Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State – Wale left Atlantic Records for Warner. Both are cemented in the eyes some but personally feel there’s something left to be proven.  


Steph Curry (Young Thug)

Their Innovative styles changed the game. Curry virtually eliminated traditional centers and is single-handedly responsible for the rise 30-foot chucks in the game. Few have influenced this era rap like Young Thug; BBC named him the 21st Century’s most influential. Curry attracted KD to join him in Golden State. Thug attracted some the game’s hottest new artists like Gunna and Lil Keed to YSL records, his label. Curry has kids everywhere emulating his style. Thug has kids everywhere dressing like him and rapping/singing auto-tuned.  

This article is sure to stir up some heated debate, but I SAID WHAT I SAID! Sound f in the comments with your opinion.

Moneybagg Yo Breaks Personal Billboard Record With "Time Served"

Memphis stepper Moneybagg Yo just continues to grow, seeing his fanbase and his sales figures multiply in the last twelve months. Through his consistency, feature prowess, and street savvy, Bagg has become one the rap game’s most impressive young characters. His personal life has been detailed on gossip websites because his recent relationships with Megan Thee Stallion and Ari Fletcher, but he lets his music do the talking. Time Served was released earlier this year and upon estimating his first-week numbers, it was looking as though he would set a new record for himself. Previously, his 43VA Heartless project earned him 40,000 units moved in its first week out and, according to Billboard, he added a nice chunk to that number by debuting with 66,000 equivalent albums sold.

Much the sales narrative this week had to do with Selena Gomez and Roddy Ricch, with fans guessing which superstar would take the top spot. The week prior, Ricch had enjoyed some time at the pole position but he ended up getting bounced by a mere 2,000 album units, making room for Selena Gomez and Rare to debut on top. You can’t forget about Moneybagg Yo though, who also released a new project. These are his best stats thus far for a first-week report, meaning that the legacy the Memphis rapper just keeps on writing itself.

Are you messing with Time Served?

Supreme Court Rules That Victims Of Flint Water Crisis Can Sue Government Officials

Residents Flint, Michigan have been trying to hold government ficials accountable for their contaminated water supply for years, but their attempts to file class-action lawsuits were blocked. The U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled that both state and local ficials are no longer immune from facing legal repercussions for their negligence. 

The Flint water crisis started in 2014 when the city began sourcing its drinking water from the Flint River without properly treating pipes for corrosion. This resulted in the water supply being tainted by lead and bacteria, an issue that has still not been fully resolved. 

According to NPR, lower courts have been supporting victims’ right to prosecute government ficials for years, but Flint city ficials and state regulators were arguing that they were protected by “qualified immunity” under the 11th Amendment. The first class-action lawsuit was filed in 2016, but was turned away by the high court. The Supreme Court announced on Tuesday (Jan. 21) that it is now granting permission for these lawsuits to move forward. 

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The Governor at the outset this public health emergency, Rick Snyder, was listed among the ficials targeted in the 2016 lawsuit. In an April 2019 ruling, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled that Snyder “was indifferent because instead mitigating the risk harm caused by the contaminated water, he covered it up. In private, he worried about the need to return Flint to Detroit’s water system] and the political implications the crisis. But in public, he denied all knowledge, despite being aware the developing crisis. As a result, plaintiffs were lured into a false sense security.” 

“Knowing the Flint River water was unsafe for public use, distributing it without taking steps to counter its problems, and assuring the public in the meantime that it was safe is conduct that would alert a reasonable person to the likelihood personal liability,” the 6th US Circuit Court Appeals declared. “Any reasonable ficial should have known that doing so constitutes conscience-shocking conduct prohibited by the substantive due process clause.”
Defense attorney Michael Pitt says the trial will likely only begin in 2021. 

Ousted Grammy Chief Accused Of Lying, Extorting Recording Academy

Although the Grammys are set to take place this weekend, it appears as though there are some internal issues the Recording Academy is dealing with. Deborah Dugan, the ousted Grammy chief, has been at the center controversy ever since allegations were made that she created a “toxic and intolerable” working environment which was also described as “abusive and bullying.”

Ousted Grammy Chief Accused Of Lying, Extorting Recording Academy
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Following the complaint, Dugan was put on leave due to a “formal allegation misconduct was made against her] by a senior female staff] member.” But she filed her own complaint to the head HR alleging “something was seriously amiss at the Academy” while accusing them misconduct including voting practices, conflicts interest, and financial mismanagement. 

But perhaps the allegations she made aren’t as serious as she made them out to be. According to reports from Billboard and Variety, on Jan. 10th, less than a week before she was placed on leave, she demanded $22M from the Academy to withdraw her complaints and quietly step down from her position. 

“Ms. Dugan’s attorney then informed the executive committee that if Ms. Dugan was paid millions dollars, she would ‘withdraw’ her allegations and resign,” the Academy’s interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in an e-mail memo. “I’m deeply disturbed and saddened by the ‘leaks’ and misinformation, which are fueling a press campaign designed to create leverage against the Academy for personal gain.”

Selena Gomez Secures No.1 With "Rare" Knocking Roddy Ricch Out Of Top Spot

Justin Bieber‘s begging couldn’t help him secure the Billboard 200 chart No. 1 spot over Roddy Ricch, but it looks like Selena Gomez’s public pleas worked. It was revealed on Tuesday (January 21) that Gomez has secured her third consecutive No. 1 album with her recently released Rare. The project marked the first record Selena had released in four years, and it was important to the singer to see what she called her most important album to date top the charts.

Selena Gomez Secures No.1 With "Rare" Knocking Roddy Ricch Out Of Top Spot
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Of course, Roddy Ricch’s debut Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial has been welcomed with open arms worldwide along with his single “The Box,” causing artists like Beiber and Gomez to repeatedly plead with their fans to stream their music. The “Yummy” singer gave detailed instructions on how fans could increase his streaming numbers while Gomez shared a photo herself after purchasing numerous copies for her own record. She also shared a video explaining why it was important to her that Rare reach the No. 1 spot, a move that Joe Budden recently criticized her for. Roddy tweeted out to his fans, as well, telling them to stream Beiber and Gomez’s song and album, respectively.

Billboard noted that Rare came in at “112,000 equivalent album units earned” while PEMFBA lost it’s No. 1 spot and “falls one rung with 110,000 equivalent album units earned” for the week. Gomez couldn’t contain her excitement about the news on Instagram. “It’s ficially out! I was a bit embarrassed asking so ten for you to stream or buy my album,” she wrote. “It felt inauthentic. Thank YOU so much for making something so personal to me be a moment I’ll never forget. All I truly desire is for you all to enjoy the music and spread the love 🦋🌈💫.”

Eddie Murphy Shares Bad Advice From Rodney Dangerfield: "Dunno About The Race Stuff"

Very rarely do the masses get to witness the resurgence a comedic genius such as Eddie Murphy. Then again, there aren’t too many comedians and personalities that are as prolific as the Raw creator. In recent months, the Beverly Hills Cop actor made his return to the Saturday Night Live stage, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and made his return to the silver screen starring as Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name. Now, Eddie Murphy is getting candid with the good brothers and sisters  WMagazine in an exclusive one-on-one interview.

Eddie Murphy Shares Bad Advice From Rodney Dangerfield: "Dunno About The Race Stuff"

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During a brief interview with the publication, Murphy spoke on meeting the legendary, blaxploitation actress Pam Grier for the first time and attempting to hold back his lust. He also spoke on his experience as a youth annoying his mother with his imitations, buying Richard Pryor’s comedy album, his first kiss, and more. 

However, there was one story about his run-in with legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield that stood out the most during the comedian turned actor’s conversation with W. Murphy reveals that he was able to convince Rodney Dangerfield to watch his comedy set at a Florida comedy club while he was still a young buck in the business. 

According to Murphy, his set was full “really dirty” and “edgy racial stuff.” Following his act, Murphy approached Dangerfield seeking his advice to which the clean-cut comic responded, “Hey, kid. I don’t know where you’re gonna go with that — the language and the race stuff.” 

After acquiring mainstream success and becoming world-renowned for his “really dirty” standup acts, Murphy revealed the two met again this time in the bathroom Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and while standing next to each other at the urinals, Dangerfield leaned over and said, “Hey, who knew?!”

Check out the five-minute clip Eddie Murphy charismatically carrying one an unintentionally hilarious conversation with W Magazine and be on the lookout for Eddie Murphy to be hitting the road with brand new material sometime in the near future. 

Apryl Jones Says She "Should Have F*cked The Game When I Had The Opportunity"

She ten tells people to mind their businesses when it comes to her personal life, but Apryl Jones has no problem sharing details about her intimate moments with the public. Her relationship with Fizz has been scrutinized for nearly a year after rumors circulated that she was dating her baby daddy Omarion’s B2K groupmate. She and Fizz would later flaunt their romance for Love & Hip Hop Hollywood cameras, further placing them both at the forefront public criticism.

Apryl Jones Says She "Should Have F*cked The Game When I Had The Opportunity"
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However, that’s not the only topic that has caused Apryl to become a villain sorts. In a chat with Tiffany “New York” Pollard for VH1’s Brunch With Tiffany webseries, Apryl also discussed the viral video that circulated where she explicitly named f celebrities she says wanted to sleep with her. Those men included including Kevin Durant, The Game, A$AP Rocky, Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce, Shiggy Show, and last but certainly not least, Fizz.

Apryl explained that she was being accused sleeping with multiple men so she just listed their names in jest. “At this point, it’s like, you’re right, I f*cked every single one them because that’s what you want to hear, so that’s what they captured,” she told Tiffany. “Not that I have had with those men]. I would have no problem when, sh*t, I should have. I mean, I should have f*cked The Game when I had the opportunity.” She added that she never bedded any the other men she mentioned.

Elsewhere, Apryl spoke on co-parenting with Omarion and how it gets more difficult as time progresses. They haven’t been in a relationship in over three years and she states the primary caregiver to their two children. “It’s not been easy, that’s the truth,” she said. “I’m trying to figure it out on a daily. I’m prayed up that it’s gonna get better, but I don’t know.”

Watch Apryl’s Brunch With Tiffany episode below where she talks quite a bit about…well, …and check out her controversial viral video as well.

Wale Goes Up Close And Personal With First Tiny Desk Concert

Wale has proven himself time and again to be an artist who values his message. And sometimes, a message is best delivered in intimate fashion to be conveyed most effectively. As such, Wale has decided to take his talents to NPR for his first Tiny Desk Concert, and we’re happy to see him do it. Especially seeing as his lush new album Wow…That’s Crazy seems the perfect candidate for the live and unplugged treatment.

Wale Goes Up Close And Personal With First Tiny Desk Concert

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NPR’s Bobby Carter details his experience speaking with Wale en route to the event. “I was talking to J. Cole about me doing this,” revealed the rapper. “He told me to just do my thing, but I wish I had more time to work this set out.” On that note, the set in question consisted several hits, as Wale ran through “Lotus Flower Bomb,” “LoveHate Thing,” “CC White,” “Sexy Lady,” “Sue Me,” and “On Chill.” 

With the backing band guiding the ride, Wale holds it down with class, his flow gliding over smooth arrangements. The audience loves every minute it, though there is one key distinction between Tiny Desk and the traditional rap concert. “It’s not the show love, it’s that ‘I’ve got to get to work in the morning and some my superiors are watching me,'” laughs Wale. “Ya’ll giving me that love, giving me that energy I needed to do this shit.” Check out Wale tearing it down for NPR, and show some love in the comments. 

Megan Thee Stallion Twerks While Receiving Beyoncé’s Adidas x IVY PARK Collection

Beyoncé’s new adidas x IVY PARK collection has been all that people can talk about since it dropped this past weekend, especially with all the celebrities that’ve been promoting it on social media after receiving the entire set personally delivered to their cribs. While Cardi B’s reaction was hilarious to say the least, we have to give it to Megan Thee Stallion for having the “most enthusiastic” reaction to this grandiose gift from King Bey.

Twerking up a storm as Beyoncé’s 2003 smash hit “Crazy In Love” plays as background music, Meg was more than excited to get her delivery the full line. Arriving in the now-famous orange wardrobe closet that we’ve seen everyone else unwrapping, Meg’s new adidas x IVY PARK digs were definitely the envy many out there who couldn’t even get it at retail because it all sold out instantly. Either way, it’s just good to see Hot Girl Meg happy as can be and, course, giving all 8.3 million her IG followers a twerk show to express her appreciation. 

Did you get a chance to get some Beyoncé’s adidas x IVY PARK gear? Let us know what you were able to cop (if anything) down in the comments!

Meet the Artist Who Is Literally Saving His Fans' Lives

Lucidious is an independent rapper with more than 100 million Spotify streams and a steady income. He’s also a guy helping his fans deal with serious issues of depression and suicide.

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Lucidious is an artist who said ‘fuck it’ — with some proper planning.

He ditched his ‘Plan B’ day job, packed his belongings into a U-Haul, drove to Los Angeles, and eventually reached a point where he could live off of his music.  But he warns artists not to just quit cold-turkey — especially since developing a career takes money.  Instead, Lucidious waited — and worked —until his musical career was generating enough cash, then he quit.  “I was at the point financially with music where there was literally no excuse for me to have a job,” he said.

But he never planned to ‘fall back’ on his plan B.  “If I have to, I’ll have two jobs.  But I’ll never stop making music — because it’s not a choice, and that, in my opinion, is what a real artist is.”

“This is my journal, this is my therapy.  I have to do this.  Because if I don’t, I wouldn’t be alive right now.”

It’s a subtle difference in life-planning.  In one scenario, ‘Plan B’ is a fallback if things don’t work out.  In Lucidious’ world, it’s only there to make ‘Plan A’ into a reality.  And giving up on Plan A isn’t a ble option — ever.

Part of Lucidious’ success comes from the deep connection he’s developed with his fans.

His verses are emotionally raw, stripped of any pretense, and totally heartrending, with personal struggles a pervasive topic throughout.  This isn’t typical rap bravado, it’s a form of therapy, and his fanbase has responded accordingly.

They also reach out to him for help, recognizing a kindred soul.  Sometimes, that somebody is on the brink of suicide.

Lucidious told us he responds to as many messages as humanly possible.  “If I open my phone right now, and I scroll for less than a minute, or maybe even thirty seconds, I can open one of four messages, that will say you saved my life, or you changed my life, like, significantly, not just ‘you boosted my mood today.”  

“It’s almost always related to ‘I had a divorce after 10 years, lost my kids, like, thank you for getting me back on track,’ or, ‘I’m extremely extremely anxious and I’ve lost a lot of friendships, you showed me that I can actually get help and work through this, thank you.’”

I asked him how many fans have contacted him on the brink of suicide.  He said it’s impossible to say, but it’s a constant in his daily interaction with his fans.  “The actual saved lives, I mean suicidal, darkness, I can open my phone at any given time, to a message of somebody, a new message of somebody sending me that,” Lucidious said.

That includes people right on the ledge.  “Those are really hard for me to take in.  I’m like, ‘oh man, I’d better say the perfect words right now’.”

But getting someone on the line means there’s a huge chance of saving a life. “The real people that commit suicide do not reach out,” Lucidious said.  “Or, threaten it.  They’re usually the people that hide it so well, you think they’re happy.”

Sadly, Lucidious is a sorely-needed artist in modern times.

Lucidious wished more artists — especially superstar artists — would more meaningfully connect with fans and try to positively influence them.

“I do wish there was more of a spotlight on mental health,” Lucidious continued.  “I’m not doing that for my career or to grow my music.  I’m doing it because I care — I know what it feels like to feel that way and it’s a soul calling, beyond music.  I love music, but I love this whole personal development, helping people shift their perspectives.  I’ve definitely dedicated part of my journey to that process.”

Here’s our podcast interview with Lucidious.

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White Battle Rapper William Wolf Blurts N-Word & Gets Decked In The Face

Some lines are not meant to be crossed… even in battle rap. With the current state affairs in the United States and around the world, it’s clear that racism is still a major issue in 2020. Most things, especially personal matters, get tossed to the side when preparing to battle against another high-energy spitter at war. One thing that should never be uttered by a white battle rapper though is the n-word. The word carries so much weight and it’s just plainly inappropriate to use in any circumstances. During a recent battle, William Wolf learned his lesson when he was decked in the face after daring to allow the word to leave his lips.

After earning some oohs and aahs from the audience, battle rapper William Wolf was setting up for his next punchline when he referenced the fact that he was instructed not to use the n-word for obvious reasons. “I ain’t like these other battle rappers, they talk too much/Saying I can’t say the n-word in this battle, my n***a,” raps Wolf before he swiftly gets punched in the face, ending his bar early. Wolf has since responded to the backlash, insisting that the lyric was misinterpreted but, like… bruh… really?

“Shit got broken up. To me, it’s not that deep,” he says. In all honesty, nobody really cares about whether it’s deep or not to him. The fact the matter is that he shouldn’t have said the word and, since he did, he’s getting dragged to hell and back. Because how “corny” things played out, Wolf says he will be taking a step away from battle rap for a minute.

Grammy Awards Interim Chief Alleges Massive Extortion Plot by Ex-CEO

Just days before the Grammy Awards are slated to air, Recording Academy interim chief Harvey Mason is slamming just-fired CEO Deborah Dugan for attempting to extort the organization.

Last week, the Recording Academy abruptly placed its CEO, Deborah Dugan, on ‘administrative leave’ based on an unspecified but’ formal allegation of misconduct.’ That was the start of an avalanche of leaks, with the ‘allegation’ rumored to have originated from staffer Claudine Little. However, it’s unclear what Dugan did to spark the complaint.

Now, incoming interim CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. is starting his tenure with a hammer blow. After fighting words were issued by Dugan’s attorney, Mason alleges that Dugan threatened the Recording Academy with damaging information. The extortion demand was ‘in the millions, according to Mason, a statement that quickly sparked rumors of a demand exceeding $20 million.

“After we received the employee complaints against Ms. Dugan, she then (for the first time) made allegations against the Academy,” Mason wrote in a letter to Academy members.  “In response, we started a separate investigation into Ms. Dugan’s allegations. Ms. Dugan’s attorney then informed the Executive Committee that if Ms. Dugan was paid millions of dollars, she would ‘withdraw’ her allegations and resign from her role as CEO.

“Following that communication from Ms. Dugan’s attorney, Ms. Dugan was placed on administrative leave as we complete both of these ongoing investigations.”

So what dirt does Dugan have, exactly?

That’s another unknown. But the ousted CEO was apparently rattling the cage a bit too aggressively — a decision that likely led to her abrupt firing. Dugan was rumored to be snuffing out Grammy Awards voting irregularities, exorbitant legal bills, and even misappropriation of funds at the organization.

All of which may still come to the surface.  “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told,” Dugan’s attorney Bryan Freedman described.  “When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”

Prior to Dugan, Recording Academy then-CEO Neil Portnow was accused of a massive misappropriation of funds relating to  the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity.  In May of 2018, former MusiCares vice president Dana Tomarken the Recording Academy and Portnow of steering funds from the charitable organization to cover deficits incurred by the Grammy Awards.

Oh, just one last thing: the Grammy Awards are five days away.

Here’s Mason’s complete letter.

Academy Family,

As a proud member of our music community and the Recording Academy’s interim President and CEO, I thought it important that I reach out to you all directly about Deborah Dugan. In her brief time with the Academy, Ms. Dugan and I were in sync about taking a fresh look at everything and making any and all changes necessary to improve the Academy as well as making it more current and relevant to the creative community we serve. I remain committed to that goal.

In November of 2019, the Executive Committee became aware of abusive work environment complaints alleged against Ms. Dugan and in December 2019, a letter was sent from an attorney representing a staff member that included additional detailed and serious allegations of a “toxic and intolerable” and “abusive and bullying” environment created by Ms. Dugan towards the staff. Given these concerning reports, the Executive Committee launched an immediate and independent investigation into the alleged misconduct of Ms. Dugan.

After we received the employee complaints against Ms. Dugan, she then (for the first time) made allegations against the Academy. In response, we started a separate investigation into Ms. Dugan’s allegations. Ms. Dugan’s attorney then informed the Executive Committee that if Ms. Dugan was paid millions of dollars, she would “withdraw” her allegations and resign from her role as CEO. Following that communication from Ms. Dugan’s attorney, Ms. Dugan was placed on administrative leave as we complete both of these ongoing investigations.

I’m deeply disturbed and saddened by the “leaks” and misinformation, which are fueling a press campaign designed to create leverage against the Academy for personal gain. As GRAMMY week is upon us, I truly hope we can focus our attention on the artists who’ve received nominations and deserve to be celebrated at this time of the year, and not give credence to unsubstantiated attacks on the Academy. To do otherwise is just not right.

As you know the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees is composed of creative and technical artists and music makers from all genres, who’ve devoted their lives to making music and volunteering their time dedicated to the mission of the Recording Academy. These Trustees, as well as the Governors in our 12 chapters, give their time freely and passionately. Many are entrepreneurs who run small businesses devoted to their art, and generously donate their time not only to recognize their peers, but to fight for the rights of music makers, foster music education, and provide support to those in need all year long. Furthermore, our hardworking and knowledgeable staff could not be more dedicated to supporting and furthering our mission. The current attacks on the Academy are attacks on these people, which are unwarranted, uninformed and unconscionable.

I encourage anyone who is truly interested to go beyond the sensational sound bites and teaser headlines and look at what the Academy actually does and how it functions. Don’t buy into headlines generated for personal gain but seek the truth as I am doing. As I mentioned we have initiated two independent investigations to explore all claims and present objective findings. My pledge to you is that I will address the findings of these investigations fairly and honestly and work to make needed repairs and changes while ensuring we have an Academy that honors diversity, inclusion and a safe work environment for all concerned.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and your support of our Recording Academy.

Harvey Mason, Jr.

 

Blake Griffin Reportedly Moves On From Kendall Jenner With Fox Sports Reporter

Blake Griffin and Kendall Jenner ended their romance a while back but as the model moved on to Ben Simmons it seemed as though Blake was keeping occupied with basketball, his children, among other things. However, new reports from US Weekly now detail how the Detroit Pistons player has sparked a new fling with Fox Sports Detroit reporter Brooke Fletcher.

The rumored romance is the first person Blake has been linked to since Kendall. Brooke is the sideline correspondent for Blake’s team, which gives them ample time to converse while Blake is at work. We can’t confirm how long something has been brewing between the two but only time will tell if anything becomes ficial. 

As for Kendall, she and Ben were spotted this past weekend grabbing lunch in New York but don’t expect to get any updates from the model about her relationship. “I got a glimpse how my sisters dealt with the attention] and it’s cool to learn from that. For me, a lot things are very special and very sacred, like my friends and relationships, and I personally think that bringing things into the public makes everything so much messier,” she previously stated

Jon Brion Talks Mac Miller’s Songwriting Process On "Circles"

With his first posthumous album having dropped on Friday with Circles,Mac Miller‘s memory has once again returned to the fore. Yesterday, Zane Lowe sat down with the album’s producer Jon Brion, who played an integral role in honoring Mac’s vision. “He was really wonderful in the studio,” praises Brion. “He comes in, and he plays five or six things the first night and I was floored. It was stuff that ended up on both albums. There was more hip-hop leaning stuff and it was great and funny and personal. After a couple those, he said ‘I’ve got these other things’ I’m not sure what to do with.’ When he said something like that I was all ears.” On the topic the thematic connection between Circles and Swimming, Brion explains that Mac enjoyed the idea having “connective tissue.” 

Jon Brion Talks Mac Miller's Songwriting Process On "Circles"

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Speaking on his own involvement in arranging “Good News,” Brion provides an interesting insight into the behind-the-scenes layer songwriting. “The track was meandering,” says Brion. “I thought the lyrics were incredible. It didn’t have a chorus yet. I just said ‘I love what you’re saying.’ I’ve done with him what I’ve done with a bunch directors. I watched the body language. We started going to town with a basic structure. He came into the control room and he was really excited, like ‘great, I love this.’ He started singing in the control room, he sang the chorus “Good News.” I look up and go, that’s great, run on to the mic!” 

He reveals that Mac was initially uncertain, and while Brion is generally one for collaboration, he felt compelled to lay down the law. “I went ‘No, you’re wrong,'” he tells Zane. “That’s the chorus, go sing it. He was doing it and I was only asking him to recognize that it was great.” For much more from Brion, who makes for a compelling interview subject, check out the video below. Have you listened to Circles yet?

Summer Walker Serves Luscious Looks In Most Recent Thirst Traps

After letting her fans know that she would be taking it easy in 2020, Summer Walker is focusing on her personal life, which includes her relationship with producer London On Da Track, and the management her social anxiety, which has affected so many her performances. In person, the rising star isn’t too down to do interviews or anything that would trigger her to become uncomfortable. However, she doesn’t hold back online. On social media, she ten works to further her brand by revealing layers her personality to all  her supporters. This morning, she switched things up by showing f some skin, which she doesn’t regularly do, uploading a series “Players Club Vibes” to her page.

Complementing a shot she shared last night her exposing her underboob in a revealing crop top, Summer Walker returned with a trio sultry pictures in a lavish black dress and oodles icy jewelry. Diamonds dance on her neck, wrist, and digits, with the artist feeling herself in the display and confirming that she is still spending time with LODT. A few days ago, the rumor mill kicked f with reports that they may have broken up after Walker shared a cryptic post that people assumed was about the producer. London appears in her latest images so she’s definitely gone and cleared that one up.

What do you think Summer Walker? Are you messing with her music?