Juice WRLD Gets Hacked; Tweets About Kanye West & Nipsey Hussle

For just over a year, Juice WRLD has been one the biggest stars to have broken into the hip-hop world. The 20-year-old Chicago native was in the headlines this week after he decided to match his girlfriend’s energy, getting her name tattooed on his arm after she had started the trend weeks ago. Hopefully, he and Ally stay together for the rest their lives so they never have to wonder if they made the wrong decision getting inked up. Anybody that follows Juice WRLD on social media knows that he can get in his feelings sometimes, tweeting about heartbreak, love, and other topics that he regularly explores in song. Today though, the young man was hacked and let f a few retweets that seemingly were not authorized.

Juice WRLD Gets Hacked; Tweets About Kanye West & Nipsey Hussle
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According to XXL, the rapper’s username was changed completely (to @joingroupbuy) and his verified status disappeared. Juice no longer has a blue check next to his name and although his team appears to be aware the hack since his name was changed back, the two questionable retweets are still present at the top his page. The first is about Kanye West‘s infamous moment at the 2009 VMAs when he interrupted Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech, claiming that even though Ye “blacked out,” he still “felt him.”

The second retweet is a recent one from Polo G, which speaks about the loss Nipsey Hussle and how he may not have personally known Nip but he’s still hurting. It’s unclear if Juice knows he was hacked. The Nipsey Hussle retweet falls in line with something that the Chicagoan would send out but considering its timing, people are confused.

Josh Norman Responds To Criticism After Viral Bull-Jumping Video

Josh Norman caught quite a bit flack last week after he was caught on video in Pamplona jumping over bulls. The clips which focused on Norman ended up going viral and showed him executing some serious hops that will have Washington Redskins fans salivating. While his skills are impressive, it’s quite concerning when you see your star cornerback at risk getting gored just weeks before training camp. Many felt as though he was disrespecting his team and putting himself in a position to be injured.

Today, Norman appeared on the Rich Eisen show where he talked about his experience with the bulls and the fallout from it all. As Norman explained, he wants to live life the fullest and not have to worry about anything else.

“For me, though, it’s literally like, would you rather live and die … or would you rather die and never lived?” Norman said. “You go out there to run out there with the bulls, you’re gonna get the horns if you’re not athletic enough to move out the way.”

As for the Redskins, Norman says the team is well aware his personality and weren’t upset about the video. Norman says as long as he doesn’t put himself in jeopardy, they’re fine with whatever he does.

"IT: Chapter Two" Delivers Chilling & Action Packed Trailer

There are many Stephen King fans who deem It to be the strongest work his career. And while that’s certainly debatable in literary circles, the people seemed more than willing to flock to the theatre for Pennywise’s big-screen debut. The first chapter, which hit theatres in September 2017, proved to be both a critical and commercial success. Now, this September marks the arrival  It: Chapter 2, which picks up 27 years after the first one left f. With an expanded cast including Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and more, the Losers must once again face f with their old friend Pennywise, who has been gunning for round-two for decades.

Following the reveal one the book’s creepiest scenes, the film’s second trailer has ficially touched down, fering a bigger look at some the upcoming setpieces. Glimpses a literal blood flood (word to Alt-J), a carnival from hell, and a few well-tucked book nods are found throughout. For the most part, Pennywise appears to be up to his old tricks, approaching scare tactics with his own personal brand psychological warfare. At once grotesque and darkly comic, Skarsgaard’s Pennywise clearly has his swagger back.

Check out the full trailer below, and sound f – do you think this one is about to surpass the original? Look for It: Chapter 2 to float into theatres on September 6th, 2019.

Giannis’ Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

Giannis Anetokounmpo is one the most exciting players in the NBA and this past year, he won the MVP trophy. The Greek Freak is signed to Nike who is looking to capitalize on his newfound celebrity with a signature series basketball sneakers. The first Giannis-endorsed sneaker to drop is the Nike Zoom Freak 1 which has seen a few interesting colorways make their way to the market so far. Now though, Nike and Giannis are looking to up the Ante and deliver some personalized, pop-culture-inspired shoes to the market.

One Giannis’ favorite films is Coming To America and this latest colorway does just that. The shoe has a black upper with gold highlights, including on the Nike swoosh. While the upper is black, there is a leopard print pattern that is visible underneath the black mesh. It makes for an extravagant looking sneaker that Giannis fans will surely enjoy. The shoe even says “Coming To America” on the tongue.

If you’re looking to cop, the sneaker, as well as some apparel, will be dropped on August 2nd, with the shoes going for $120 USD.

Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

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Giannis' Nike Zoom Freak 1 "Coming To America" Drops Next Month: Official Photos

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OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Cut His Travis Scott AJ1s Into Low-Tops

Travis Scott‘s Air Jordan 1 collab remains as one the most popular sneaker releases the year, with prices soaring over $1,500 on the secondary market. As such, it’s almost unfathomable that someone would deliberately alter the coveted kicks.

Just don’t tell that to OKC Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

SGA, who was traded from the Clippers to OKC as part the Paul George trade, recently took to instagram to show f his take on the Travis Scott 1s, which he had cut down into a low-top. Naturally, sneakerheads had plenty to say about the do-it-yourself Cactus Jack Air Jordan 1 Low. Of note, Travis and Jordan Brand actually have plans to release an AJ1 Low collab later this year. Click here for more on that.

Check out SGA’s personalized Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low, as well as some the reactions to his design, in the posts embedded below. 

Shannon Brown Is Doing Just Fine Amid Divorce From Singer Monica

Former NBA player Shannon Brown has found his name in the headlines, not only because he’s a co-captain BIG3’s Aliens team, but due to his divorce from singer Monica Brown. The 33-year-old sports star has been silent in regards to the dissolution his nine-year marriage, but he let everyone know that he’s doing just fine.

Brown told Sister Circle TV for TVOne that contrary to anything people may hear in the media, things aren’t as dramatic as they may seem. “I haven’t been going through a lot nothing,” he said when asked about everything he’s been enduring as late. “I feel like a lot people take stories that they hear and they kind blow it up for entertainment purposes. I learned how to ignore the negativity and just keep pushing forward. I feel like that’s what it’s all about. It’s funny because I think a lot people got the same idea. Like, when they see me they’re like, ‘Are you OK?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m fine, what’s wrong?’ It’s part it, though, when you’re in the public eye. You’ve got to be able to deal with whatever come along with it. I’m strong in my faith and my spirituality, so that’s what pull me or push me.”

During a recent episode  T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family HustleMonica admitted that things have been rough for her as she adjusts to the shifts that have been going on in her life. “Things in my personal life have been changing a lot, and it has not been easy,” Monica stated. “I cannot lie. My personal relationship is taking a major toll on me. I’m feeling it every day. I’ve been keeping everything to myself and I feel overwhelmed…I’m everybody’s go-to, and I think it makes people think I’m pretending to be perfect when in actuality, I just don’t believe in pausing. ‘Cause it’s like you pause and you get stuck.”

 

HNHH TIDAL Wave: Future, Ed Sheeran & Lil West Earn Spots

Every week, our staff looks through all the new releases and gathers a list our favourite tracks. With the summer heating up, the majority our staff is bumping some hot shit in the whip on the way home every day. As you all know, hip-hop has evolved so much in recent years with so many different sub-genres creeping to the forefront. Our TIDAL Wave playlist has been curated according to our staff’s personal tastes and this week, there’s a pretty eclectic mix music being featured.

The playlist starts out with Lil West’s new single “Bad,” which was released last week. Right away, we start to explore one the most popular releases the last little while: Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project. While you wouldn’t normally expect somebody like Ed Sheeran to pop up on the pages HNHH, his new album includes appearances from Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and plenty other hip-hop superstars. In fact, Ed even tries his hand at spitting bars on hype records like “Take Me Back To London.”

Dreamville is still sticking around strong on TIDAL Wave this week with leftovers “1993” and “Sunset” being added again to this week’s iteration. Other staff favourites include Big K.R.I.T.’s song with J. Cole, Lil Nas X’s remix “Old Town Road” and Nas’ new single.

If you’re not yet a member TIDAL, cop your free trial today. Keep an eye on TIDAL Wave because we’re always updating the playlist.


Alex Zidel (Editorial)

Ed Sheeran – Take Me Back To London (feat. Stormzy)
Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott – Antisocial
Lil Duke – Wet Like A Boat (feat. Lil Keed & Lil Yachty)
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug & Mason Ramsay)
Post Malone – Goodbyes (feat. Young Thug)

Alex Cole (Editorial)

Post Malone – Goodbyes (feat. Young Thug)
Ed Sheeran & Travis Scott – Antisocial
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug & Mason Ramsay)
Big K.R.I.T – Prove It (feat. J. Cole)
Future – 100 Shooters (feat. Meek Mill & Doe Boy)

Michael Rapp (Sales)

Lil West – Bad
Big K.R.I.T – Prove It (feat. J. Cole)
Benjamin Earl Turner – Yoni Pop
Dreamville – 1993 (feat. Buddy, Cozz, JID, EarthGang, J. Cole & Smino)
Dreamville – Sunset (feat. J. Cole & Young Nudy)

Mitch Findlay (Editorial)

Ed Sheeran – Take Me Back To London (feat. Stormzy)
Dreamville – 1993 (feat. Buddy, Cozz, JID, EarthGang, J. Cole & Smino)
Future – 100 Shooters (feat. Meek Mill & Doe Boy)
Dreamville – Sacrifices (feat. EarthGang, Saba, Smino, & J. Cole)
Nas – Jarreau Of Rap (Skatt Attack)

Paul Pirotta (Sales)

Benjamin Earl Turner – Yoni Pop
Wale – On Chill ( feat. Jeremih)
Nas – Jarreau Of Rap (Skatt Attack)
Lil West – Bad
French Montana – Wiggle It (feat. City Girls)

Chantilly Post (Editorial)

Ed Sheeran – I Don’t Want Your Money (feat. H.E.R)
BANKS – Hawaiian Mazes
Blood Orange – Dark & Handsome (feat. Tory Y Moi)
Nef the Pharaoh – High Voltage (feat. Tyga)
The Bonfyre – U Say (feat. 6LACK)

Devin Ch (Editorial)

ChaseTheMoney – On Tha Way 
Nef The Pharaoh – High Voltage (feat. Tyga)
P-Lo – Luh U (feat. Bosko)
Big K.R.I.T. – I Made (feat. Yella Beezy)
Young M.A – BIG

Aron A. (Editorial)

Wretch 32, WSTRN & Kamille – One More Night
Krept & Konan – I Spy (feat. Headie One & K-Trap)
Future – 100 Shooters (feat. Meek Mill & Doe Boy)
Alkaline, Mavado & Jahmiel – Jealousy 

Dwight Howard Reveals How He Felt When Kobe Bryant Called Him "Soft"

Dwight Howard recently sat down with FS1’s Kristine Leahy for an in-depth conversation about his career and his personal life. During their conversation, which will debut in full later today, Howard spoke about his relationship with Kobe Bryant and how the two didn’t get along when they played together on the Los Angeles Lakers. As Howard explains, both players had opposite personalities that didn’t mesh well.

“I just think we were on two different levels mentally,” Howard said. “He hadn’t never seen a person like me. Someone who could enjoy basketball but at the same time not be so serious]. That’s not me.”

Once Howard was traded from LA to Houston, the two got into an altercation during a game which led to Bryant calling him “st.” Howard says he was pissed f at the time and held some resentment towards Kobe.

“I kinda hated him for saying that because I looked at it the wrong way,” Howard explained . “I think he was more so talking about my mentality…not how I am on the court. And I didn’t realize that because all the noise surrounding him saying I was st. And I hated him. I hated him for that moment.”

Howard says he’s since found peace with Kobe’s comments and that today, he would actually thank the Lakers legend for being tough on him.

“Everybody reaches different levels maturity at different times,” Howard stated. “I think at that time I was ignorant to the level that he was at. So I appreciate you, Kobe. Thank you for saying I was st. I didn’t realize what you meant until now.”

The newest member the Memphis Grizzlies also talked about his sexuality and claimed that he’s not gay, despite the rumors out there.

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Megan Thee Stallion Describes "Hot Girl Summer" After Ayesha Curry’s Fail

Earlier this year, Ayesha Curry found herself in the news for her comments about feeling desired by men she encounters in the street. Now, she’s back with some more wisdom for us all as she attempted to explain what a Hot Girl Summer is. The term has been thrown around for weeks, being popularized by musical acts Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls. Houston Hottie Meg can be given credit for making the phrase one the biggest things this year as City Boys and Hot Girls compete to see who will come out on top at the end August. Ayesha Curry’s definition the viral craze didn’t necessarily impress that many folks — in fact, it was lacking in many areas — so Megan Thee Stallion decided to elaborate on the true definition a Hot Girl Summer.

Megan Thee Stallion Describes "Hot Girl Summer" After Ayesha Curry's Fail
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Ayesha Curry seems to think it comes from a song performed by the City Girls and while Yung Miami and JT have been strong forces in enjoying their own Hot Girl Summers, Megan Thee Stallion should really be the one speaking on this. She explained her personal meaning the phrase on Twitter. “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident,living YOUR truth , being the life the party etc,” said the rapper.

Curry wasn’t too far f but she did need some help from the Houston native. Put some respeck on Meg’s name!

FaceApp Grants Russia Permission To Use Your Photos: Report

If you’ve logged onto social media in the last two days, you know that everybody is trying out this Age Challenge. Instagram has been flooded with people sharing their results from the viral process, which invites users to download an app called FaceApp and see how they would look as an older version themselves. You can alter exactly how many years you want to add, letting the facial recognition stware add heavy wrinkles to your skin and grey your hair out. People like Meek Mill, Drake, Ludacris, and more have all uploaded their shots but according to new reports, it might actually be unsafe to participate.

According to the New York Post, there are some security concerns regarding FaceApp. The app has been downloaded millions times but it reportedly grants permission to Russia to alter and use your photos. The app was originally created in St. Petersberg and after some research, it was deemed that by uploading photos to FaceApp, Russia may be getting access to your identity and personal information.

Speaking on the seriousness the issue, digital strategist James Whatley said, “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable… royalty-free… license to use, adapt, publish, distribute your user content… in all media formats… when you post or otherwise share.”

That means that Russia can use your full name, photos, username and more without paying you a penny. If you’re worried about the potential having your identity stolen, stay away from FaceApp.

Van Jones Believes Meek Mill’s 2008 Conviction Will Be Overturned In 3-6 Weeks

We’re halfway through 2019 and Meek Mill is still on probation for a drugs and weapons conviction from 2008. But the rapper and his legal team are still fighting hard to have his conviction overturned. Meek showed up in court today to make a case to get his conviction tossed out. Although there wasn’t a ruling made today for a retrial, the CEO  REFORM Alliance is feeling optimistic that Meek will finally get the justice he deserves by the end the summer.

Van Jones Believes Meek Mill's 2008 Conviction Will Be Overturned In 3-6 Weeks
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Speaking to the press outside the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Van Jones broke down what he thinks will likely happen down the line in the case. Meek and his legal team have asked for a retrial on the case due to credibility issues with the cop who testified against Meek and the current judge on the case. Judge Genece Brinkley has been accused having a personal grudge against Meek. She later sentenced Meek to 2 to 4 years in prison for popping a wheelie. 

“This hearing was an extraordinary moment where you have attorneys on both sides saying that a new trial should go forward,” Van Jones told reporters. “The judges themselves seem convinced that the underlying facts are not at dispute: The cop that put Meek Mill in prison is completely not credible, number one. Number two, both sides this case put forward multiple credible reasons that there should be a new trial. No judge disputed a single claim from either side,” he continued. “If a new trial is ordered, it is hard for us to imagine the District Attorney being able to move forward. We think we are three to six weeks away from a decision in this case that will right an injustice that has been on the books and ruining Meek Mill’s life.”

Peep the clip below. 

JR Smith Reacts To Being Waived By The Cleveland Cavaliers

JR Smith has been a polarizing player in the NBA thanks to his infectious personality that has given him the nickname “the Henny God.” Smith can frequently be seen taking his shirt f and having an overall good time wherever he goes, although sometimes this doesn’t translate well to the basketball court. During the 2018 NBA Finals, Smith made one the worst mistakes in the history the sport when he dribbled the ball out thinking the Cavs had a lead. The score was actually tied at the time and the team ended up losing in game 1 the Finals. Eventually, the Cavaliers were swept and LeBron James left the team.

Heading into this season, it was clear that Smith was on thin ice and after just 11 games, he was benched for the rest the season. On Monday, Smith was finally waived from the team which makes him a free agent. Tim Hardaway Jr. took to his Instagram story with some words encouragement for Smith, saying “free at last. Thank God Almight, he is free at last.” Smith saw the message and reposted it on his own Instagram story which pretty much lets us know that he was anxious for his tenure in Cleveland to come to an end.

While his demise in the city is unfortunate, at least he can say he won a championship.

Van Jones Believes Meek Mil’s 2008 Conviction Will Be Overturned In 3-6 Weeks

We’re halfway through 2019 and Meek Mill is still on probation for a drugs and weapons conviction from 2008. But the rapper and his legal team are still fighting hard to have his conviction overturned. Meek showed up in court today to make a case to get his conviction tossed out. Although there wasn’t a ruling made today for a retrial, the CEO  REFORM Alliance is feeling optimistic that Meek will finally get the justice he deserves by the end the summer.

Van Jones Believes Meek Mil's 2008 Conviction Will Be Overturned In 3-6 Weeks
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Speaking to the press outside the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Van Jones broke down what he thinks will likely happen down the line in the case. Meek and his legal team have asked for a retrial on the case due to credibility issues with the cop who testified against Meek and the current judge on the case. Judge Genece Brinkley has been accused having a personal grudge against Meek. She later sentenced Meek to 2 to 4 years in prison for popping a wheelie. 

“This hearing was an extraordinary moment where you have attorneys on both sides saying that a new trial should go forward,” Van Jones told reporters. “The judges themselves seem convinced that the underlying facts are not at dispute: The cop that put Meek Mill in prison is completely not credible, number one. Number two, both sides this case put forward multiple credible reasons that there should be a new trial. No judge disputed a single claim from either side,” he continued. “If a new trial is ordered, it is hard for us to imagine the District Attorney being able to move forward. We think we are three to six weeks away from a decision in this case that will right an injustice that has been on the books and ruining Meek Mill’s life.”

Peep the clip below. 

Patreon Raises $60 Million in Series D Funding Round

Patreon has confirmed a new fundraising milestone.

Co-founder and CEO Jack Conte announced that the crowdfunding platform has raised $60 million in a Series D funding round.

Glade Brook Capital led the funding round.  Patreon also welcomed back previous investors, including Thrive Capital, Initialized, Index Ventures, DFJ, Freestyle Capital, Charles River Ventures, and Otherwise.  Armenian musician Serj Tankian and American comedian/producer Hannibal Buress also invested in the company.

In a blog post confirming the milestone, Conte said the company will pay out over $1 billion to content creators from around the globe by the end of this year.  The Series D funding round, he added, will “accelerate” the next $10 billion paid out to creators.

The company plans to use the money to support international growth.  The global spread includes implementing and using new currencies, payment methods, and languages.  Patreon recently opened two offices in Porto, Portugal and Dublin, Ireland.  The expansions, said Conte, will help the crowdfunding platform better serve creators.

Patreon’s co-founder and CEO also said the funds would grant creators greater customization “their way.”  This includes more personalized profile pages, updates to exclusive merchandise, and subscriber-exclusive content.  Merch for Membership, for example, will now provide international shipping and a list of other options.

In its short 6-year life span, Patreon has raised $2.1 million in seed funding and another $15 million in 2014.

According to Conte, Patreon “fulfills” a unique need for creators.  This includes “leveraging” deep, personal connections with fans as well as the opportunity to receive fair payments for their work.

Concluding the blog post stating “the best is yet to come,” Conte said,

We envision a future where creative people everywhere can do their best work with the support of their biggest fans, and where creativity is valued for the joy, inspiration, and connection it brings.  We’re so grateful for the opportunity to build this future as a thriving independent company, together with creators and patrons.

 


Featured image by GFDL (CC by 2.0).

"Love & Hip-Hop" Star Hazel-E Details Her Plastic Surgeries In Personal Post

Earlier this year, Love & Hip Hop star Hazel-E was involved in a beef against the City Girls, accusing them stealing her idea for their hit single “Act Up.” The rapper told both Yung Miami and JT that if she catches them in the street, it’s on sight. Their feud dissipated quickly with Hazel claiming she’s over it all and now, the reality actress is back in the news for her comments about plastic surgery.

These days, it feels as though everybody in Hollywood is getting knifed up to improve their physical appearance. Whether somebody is getting a nose job, a breast augmentation, butt injections, lip fillers, or anything else, Los Angeles is filled to the brim with D-List celebrities altering their bodies to shock the world. Hazel-E doesn’t want to be cast in that category though because, in her new Instagram story, the socialite told fans that she hasn’t had any procedures in a while.

"Love & Hip-Hop" Star Hazel-E Details Her Plastic Surgeries In Personal Post
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“Last time I had surgery was to fix my nose on March 25, 2016,” said the LHH star. “Before that was my breast reduction for my birthday in April 2015. I had veneers done only on my front 4 teeth in 2016 because I lost one in my crash. Just cuz my weight fluctuates doesn’t mean I’m sitting on surgery tables. I do get skin tightening and laser treatments, coolsculpting which are non-invasive. I also share it with y’all every time I go.”

Hazel goes on to say that living in Houston, she’s got some the best food in the entire world at her disposal so she’s been eating good. No surgery, just good eatin’!