Kanye West Says He’s Banned From Talking About Drake Or His Family

When we found out that Kanye West would be speaking to David Letterman as part his Netflix interview special, we were all pretty excited. The legendary artist always comes through with some gems and it’s truly fascinating to learn more about Kanye every time he opens up about his life. With his appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast all but cancelled, this is a one-up for West. He’s set to speak about everything from Donald Trump, his feud with Drake, his family, and more on the show and in a new teaser, one tidbit seems to have gone overlooked in regards to Kanye and Drake.

Kanye West Says He's Banned From Talking About Drake Or His Family
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Sharing a new trailer for My Next Guest Needs No IntroductionThe Daily Beast focused more on Kanye West‘s quotes about Trump and liberals. Meanwhile, when he was talking about Drake, he suggested that he’s actually banned from divulging too much information about his rival or his family members. As he spoke to Letterman, Ye reflected on his public beef with the Toronto rapper, referring to him as “an artist which I will not mention, because I’m not allowed to mention him or any his family members.” If you’re not following, he’s almost certainly speaking about Drizzy Drake but he’ll confirm that in the next section anyway.

“Well, we had a little beef last year,” said Kanye. “He has this line that I love that says, ‘I told my story and made history’ — like made his story and made history. That’s what we do, we tell our story and then people relate to that story.”

While we’ll have to wait until the full interview airs at the end this month, that’s enough to get us willing to watch the second it’s loaded onto Netflix. Who’s with me?

WWE Superstars And Fans Honor Owen Hart On 20th Anniversary Of His Death

WWE superstars past and present, as well as wrestling fans worldwide, are remembering the life and career WWE superstar Owen Hart today on the 20th anniversary his tragic death. 

On May 23, 1999 Hart, playing the role “The Blue Blazer,” was scheduled for an Intercontinental Championship match against The Godfather at the “Over The Edge” PPV at Kember Arena in Kansas City Missouri. As part his entrance, Hart was to be lowered down from the rafters with a quick release mechanism meant to have him fall flat on his face just before touching down in the ring. However, the release malfunctioned far too soon and Hart fell nearly 80 feet to his death.

Hart’s niece Natalya, his brother Bret, Mick Foley, Ken Shamrock, Kevin Owens and countless others paid tribute to Owen on social media on Thursday. Legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross, who was ringside when the tragic accident took place, reflected on Owen’s life during a special episode his podcast this morning. Says Ross, “I’ve never met a guy in the wrestling business, or woman, that’s more universally loved, liked and respected than Owen.”

Check out some the heartfelt messages, memories and classic highlights The King Harts below.

Josh Hart Shades Head Coach Frank Vogel With Anti-Analytics Rant

Josh Hart is one the more vocal players on the Los Angeles Lakers as he isn’t afraid to let his feelings be known when it comes to the game basketball and what’s going on with the franchise. Hart recently appeared on Gilbert Arenas’ The No Chill Podcastwhere he talked about a plethora issues, including analytics. As you can imagine, Hart isn’t a big fan analytics and went on a mini-rant about how much he hates being told how to play the game by people without any athletic prowess.

“We got people who never hooped before doing all the analytics and bulls–t. They never hooped before. Trying to tell us what to do. Like, we’ve trained our whole life.” Hart said. “We’re adults. We try to be pressional about it…bust our ass, work out, do all that. You telling me that this dude that’s 45 that never played, doesn’t have an athletic bone in his body, gonna tell me how to play basketball?”

Some thought Hart was taking shots at his new head coach Frank Vogel, who has been known to engage in the more analytical side the game. Vogel also played very little basketball when he was young, which led even more people to make the connection. Hart made matters worse when he took to Twitter and doubled down on his claims.

“I love when people who don’t know anything about basketball try to give their opinion,” Hart wrote. “If yall knew that much yall wouldn’t be where yall are.”

Once again, the Lakers show us why they’re one the most entertaining teams in basketball.

Blueface Cops A Blue Mercedes Benz, Denies Reports That Wack 100 Bought It For Him

Contrary to reports that his manager Wack 100 bought him a car, Blueface says he gifted himself with a new ride on Wednesday. The 22-year-old rap star visited the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Valencia, California and picked up his new matte blue whip. Wack 100 was there with the “Thotiana” rapper, but it wasn’t to buy anything; according to Blueface, he just needed a ride to the dealership.

His manager shared a video the luxury purchase on Instagram with the caption, “@bluefacebleedem got another toy. @travforthestars did this one in his sleep . Enjoy nephew.” Blueface also shared clips his car on his Instagram Story where he showed the moment he got the key to the Benz before flashing his blinged out wristwatch.

Meanwhile, Wack 100 has found himself at the center multiple controversies lately. First, he stated that Cardi B’s “Thotiana” remix was better than Nicki Minaj‘s “Barbiana.” Next, he went after Joe Budden because the podcast host said he wasn’t a fan “Thotiana.” In retaliation, Wack said Budden’s aversion to the song was because his then-fiancé Cyn Santana was a thot. Later, he ripped into rapper E-40 on video, saying that the two have some beef that stemmed over an unpaid debt. He’s certainly not one to mince words.

Ric Flair Spotted Leaving Hospital Following Successful Surgery

Ric Flair has ficially been discharged from the hospital following his planned surgery that took place earlier this week. TMZ Sports shared photos Flair leaving the hospital in a wheelchair alongside his wife, Wendy Barlow, on Wednesday afternoon.

Naturally, The Nature Boy was wearing a Ric Flair t-shirt.

It’s unclear exactly what Flair was hospitalized for, but his son-in-law, Conrad Thompson, recently explained it wasn’t a last-minute surprise and the family had known about it for quite some time.

Although he is in good spirits, Flair will be unable to attend the anticipated “Roast Ric Flair” which had been scheduled to headline the Starrcast II event on Friday. 

The 70-year old wrestling legend spent 11 days in a coma back in August 2017 after suffering multiple organ problems. The wrestling icon required emergency surgery and, at the time, doctors only gave him a 20% chance to live.

In regards to that incident, Flair told the “School Morton” podcast (H/T Wrestling Inc),

“I had been drinking … shocker, yeah.” 

“A friend mine came in town from Dallas and we had been out all day the day before (the emergency) and again in the morning before I flew back.”

“I got a really sharp pain in my stomach. I knew the pain. That was very similar to the pain I had the last time. Wendy took me to the hospital and my intestine had broken open and that’s the last thing I remember. I don’t remember anything else. On Monday they put me in an induced coma. I stayed in that and on life support for 11 days. I don’t remember any it. I just dreamt… I had to learn how to walk again. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t twist the top f a Gatorade bottle or open a diet coke I lost forty-three pounds.”

The 16x WWE champion has been open about his alcohol abuse ever since he walked out the hospital in 2017. During ESPN’s “Nature Boy” 30-for-30, Flair described how he drank at least 10 beers and approximately five mixed drinks every day his life for almost 20 years. Since recovering from surgery, Flair has said that he gave up drinking altogether.

Conor McGregor Gunning For Floyd Mayweather Rematch: "I Would Win"

One the greatest combat sports events the last decade occurred back in August 2017 when Conor McGregor battled it out in the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather. No one gave McGregor a shot to win, which was a smart bet as Floyd eventually won the fight in the tenth round. Since then, McGregor has been in one UFC fight, which he ultimately lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov. While Mcgregor seeks a comeback in the UFC, it appears as though he’d be just as happy to have a rematch against Mayweather. 

“I would like to rematch him under boxing rules, again, and I believe I would win,” McGregor told Tony Robbins on his podcast. “Actually, there I go again with that fake humbleness, I know I would win.”

McGregor then went into vast detail about Mayweather’s style during the fight and how the Irish fighter actually believes he dominated the early stages the bout.

“He never fought like that in his entire career, but he was forced to fight that way because he was getting beaten,” Conor said. “The approach caught me f guard. I was not prepared for it, I was not used to it and he walked me down and end up getting the stoppage.”

A rematch with Mayweather is probably a longshot at this point but if it were to happen, it would surely be another blockbuster event.

Conor McGregor Opens Up About Post-Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov Brawl

The last time we saw Conor McGregor in the Octagon, he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October. After the match, there was an all-out war as Khabib jumped over the Octagon’s walls and went after McGregor’s crew. It was quite the scene and now months later, the Irish-born fighter is speaking out about what happened. While joining self-help guru on Tony Robbins on his podcast, McGregor went into detail about his role in the post-fight brawl and some the damage he inflicted.

“At the end the day, I landed the final blow the night, right on his brother’s eye socket,” McGregor explained. “Although the match didn’t go my way, the fight went my way. And trust me when I tell you, Tony, this war is not over. If this fight does not happen again, if it does not get reset, it’s on them. They’re running away. I’m here for the fight and here for the rematch.”

McGregor also spoke about getting back into the Octagon and how he’ll only accept a rematch if he’s given exactly what he wants.

“I just want my worth,” McGregor said. “There’s a lot politics in the game. The fight game is full sharks. But I’m the f—ing whale, so I want what’s mine, and that’s what I’m gonna get: what I deserve.”

If McGregor is granted a rematch against Khabib, who do you think will win?

Pandora's New Desktop App Puts Music Front-and-Center Over Podcasts

The new Pandora app for desktops is now available for Mac users. Pandora says support for Windows PCs is coming soon.

The new app is a native desktop app designed to give you access to Pandora without a browser. The app also includes plenty of new features that previously required a browser extension to enable.

Pandora’s list of desktop advantages include:

  • Native keyboard audio controls to play, pause, replay, skip, shuffle, or thumbs up/down songs.
  • Native desktop notifications for new songs that display the artist, album, and song title.
  • App-based controls for Pandora Modes, which allows listeners to customize the music available on Pandora stations. These modes include Crowd Faves, Deep Cuts, Newly-Released, Artist Only, and more.

A music before podcasts approach.

While rivals like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon continue to focus on podcast content, this new Pandora desktop app puts music front and center.  Despite several new SiriusXM shows appearing on Pandora as original content podcasts, music still takes the central focus here.

Don’t get me wrong: Pandora’s podcast strategy is just as .  In an industry that is expected to generate over $659 million by 2020, it would be foolish not to focus on original content.  Perhaps Pandora doesn’t want to ruffle too many feathers by pushing podcast content too hard.  Most Pandora listeners are passive, often creating a station and letting Pandora’s algorithms choose where the station goes.

Podcasts are by nature active listening products.  Users typically seek out podcasts with content they’ll enjoy. They’re also part of , so putting them front-and-center doesn’t make sense for free listeners.

Where to find it.

Mac users can download the native desktop Pandora app here.  The app requires macOS version 10.10 and above to run correctly. A Windows version of the app is advertised as ‘coming soon.’

Khloe Kardashian Still Open To Idea Of Marriage, But Not For Right Now

While people continue to comment on Khloe Kardashian’s possible nose job that was visible in her recent conversation with Laura Wasser’s Divorce Sucks! podcast, another topic conversation is Khloe’s openness to marriage. Despite the mother one’s ending in her first marriage to Lamar Odom and the unfortunate series being cheated on by Tristan Thompson, the 34-year-old is still open to waking down the aisle again. 

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“What I’ve learnt from my first ex-husband is that you’ll be OK,” Khloe said. “I really think you should go through your feelings. The divorce from] Lamar was so hard for me, it was the first time I had my heart broken and I put my all into my marriage.”

She added: “Me knowing I could survive that, I would rather experience those moments greatness than never experience it. Life is about love, you’ll find someone again once you heal.”

Khloe detailed how she’s open to love again, but for right now it’s all about her self and her daughter, True. 

“I’m not even thinking about that, I don’t care to be on dating apps],” she said. “I’m so in love with True. It sounds like the typical answer, but I’m working on myself – mind, body and soul. I don’t feel a sense urgency to find someone or even go on a date.”

Fans Convinced Khloe Kardashian Got A Nose Job Amid Latest On Camera Interview

Khloe Kardashian just can’t get away from people sharing their opinions on her dating life and now her cosmetic happenings. We reported on Khloe’s visit to Laura Wasser’s Divorce Sucks! podcast last week but now the visuals to the conversation have sparked people to speak out on her visibly changed nose. 

TMZ has the ficial clip that sees Khloe discussing her life after Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandal and how she hasn’t given up on the idea marriage. While it’s an interesting conversation, people just couldn’t help but comment on the obvious difference in Khloe’s appearance. 

“Omg! What did Khloe Kardashian do to her nose??” one user wrote, while another added: “Khloe Kardashian needs to stop w the nose jobs bc she’s starting to look like Michael Jackson.”

If you’re familiar with Khloe’s previous posts then her latest upload, as seen below, may highlight the changes she has seemingly made. 

Khloe has previously discussed her nose back in 2017 when Daily Mail referred to her feature as a “snout.” Her true fans rallied behind her, telling her not to pay attention to the heartless comment. “Thank you love! It was so rude and I like my nose. Yes I contour but damn it’s not that big without it! Such an ignorant statement to make,” Khloe wrote at the time. 

Peep some recent reactions below.

Spotify Confirms Public Test of Car Thing, Its First Official Hardware Product

Early last year, and prior to its non-IPO direct listing on Wall Street, Spotify posted three interesting job advertisements.

Unveiling a shift away from its dependency on music streaming, the company sought an Operations Manager in Hardware Product along with a Senior Project Manager in Hardware Product.  The music giant also looked to hire a Project Manager in Hardware Production and Engineering.

Revealing the company’s strategy to build hardware products – possibly including speakers and other offerings – the first job advertisement read,

You will define and manage Distribution, Supply, Logistics, fulfillment, and Customer Service for Hardware Products, and work with partners to deliver the optimal Spotify experience to millions of users.

The company, for the most part, has remained rather silent on its upcoming hardware product offerings.

Now, we may know what Spotify plans to build.

Testing the ‘Thing.’

The company will publicly test a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars “in the coming weeks.”

Dubbed Car Thing, the test device plugs into a car’s 12-volt outlet, or the cigarette lighter.  Similar to Alexa and Google voice assistants, drivers can activate Car Thing simply by saying, ‘Hey, Spotify. ’ Then, after linking the device to their personal Spotify accounts, users can make a request.

Little remains known about what requests listeners can make.  The company also doesn’t have a specific test timeline, meaning the test can last several weeks to even over a year.  In addition, the test will only take place in the U.S. with only a “small group of Premium users.”

Speaking about Car Thing, Spotify confirmed in a blog post the company will also test similar products in the future.

We’re testing how people listen in the car through a voice-controlled music and podcast device called “Car Thing.”

While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, Car Thing was developed to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts.  Our focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform—not on creating hardware.

The test will be done in the US only, with a small group of invited Spotify Premium users.

We might do similar voice-specific tests in the future, so don’t be surprised if you hear about “Voice Thing” and “Home Thing.”

We don’t have any current plans to make this specific device available to consumers, but the learnings from our test will dictate how we develop experiences everywhere you listen.

 


Featured image by Spotify.

Sony Music Unveils Joint Venture With Two Podcast Veterans

As the podcasting industry continues to explode, Sony Music now wants in.

Sony Music Entertainment has just unveiled a new joint venture.

Partnering with podcast developers Laura Mayer and Adam Davidson, the still-unnamed joint venture will find and develop original podcast talent and programming.

According to a press release, all three will “create and distribute original scripted and unscripted programming across multiple podcast genres and subject matters.”  Based in Brooklyn, Mayer and Davidson will use Sony Music’s expertise “in content creation and supporting new technologies for monetization.”

Davidson and Mayer have previously worked on public radio.  The former has frequently contributed to Chicago Public Media’s This American Life.  He also provided his own co-reporting on the episode, ‘The Giant Pool of Money,’ which received multiple awards.  Mayer launched her career as a producer at WYNC New York Public Radio.  She worked on shows, including Fishko Files and On the Media.  Mayer then served as Managing Producer at podcast network Panoply.  She most recently served as Executive Producer for Show Development at Stitcher, where she oversaw the development, production, and launch of new podcasts for the company’s Earwolf Podcast Network.

Sony Music will own 50% of the unnamed joint venture.  Davidson and Mayer will each own a 25% share.

Praising Davidson and Mayer as “acclaimed, visionary journalists and leaders in the podcasting industry,” Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Entertainment Music, explained,

We want to enhance opportunities for talented storytellers in this rapidly evolving audio entertainment segment.  This partnership will help creators grow their brands and share their work with global audiences across a variety of services and platforms.

It remains unknown which specific projects and genres the joint venture will focus on.  However, stating they want to create “the best possible shows for the widest possible audience,” Mayer and Davidson said in an interview,

We’re beyond giddy about the partnership.  There are a lot of podcasts out there, but a lot of people haven’t found the podcast for them.

Sony Music had approached both veterans late last year about a podcast company.  Mayer explained,

Sony really knows what it means to invest in creators.  Creating this on our own would have been hard.

 


Featured image by Sony Music Entertainment.

Joe Budden’s Alleged Side Chick Sets The Record Straight

After a video was published online over Spring Break showing Joe Budden allegedly getting “caught” with his side chick in Miami, social media started to stir, finally understanding why Cyn Santana called it quits with the podcaster and rapper. However, the video really shows nothing. The two aren’t walking hand-in-hand or making out… they’re literally just walking down South Beach. Can a man and woman not just be friends? People started to refer to Jazzma Kendrick as a homewrecker, singling her out as the reason why Joe and Cyn are no longer engaged to be married. All the talk got to be too much for Jazzma because the model and realtor decided to give her side the story this week.

According to Bossip, Jazzma Kendrick has explained the video that has people talking in an Instagram comment. She reportedly said, “No one was caught doing anything. I dated Joe’s cousin. We stopped talking but Joe and I remained friends. Platonic friends! Joe visited Miami with some friends and asked where they could go. I took them to a lounge. We all left together as a group, then went our separate ways. The end.”

So now, everyone can stop harassing her. Hopefully, Cyn and Joe find a way to make things work but the way it’s looking right now, they appear to be happy leading their own new single lives.

Kanye West’s Upcoming David Letterman Interview Revealed In New Trailer

Interestingly enough, Kanye West‘s appearance on My Guest Needs No Introduction follows former Watch The Throne collaborator Jay-Z’s interview in the first season. While it might be best chalked up to simple coincidence, we’ve never known Kanye to be one-upped by his “Big Brother.” In any case, Kanye will be blessing David Letterman with his presence during the upcoming second season, and a debut trailer reveals what we might be able to expect. Waiting backstage, Letterman hits Yeezy with a question centered around fashion: “if velcro had been invented first, would there be zippers?”

Kanye West's Upcoming David Letterman Interview Revealed In New Trailer

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Kanye seems to ponder, uncertain. “It’s really a deep question,” he says. The trailer proceeds to unveil a new roster guests, including Ellen DeGeneres, Tiffany Haddish, Melinda Gates, and Lewis Hamilton. Of course, Yeezy’s installment will likely make for a highlight episode, as the legendary rapper looks to cover a wide variety ground. “When you’re bipolar, you have a potential to ramp up,” says Kanye. “It can take you to a point where you’re acting erratic, as TMZ would put it.” The crowd laughs, and Kanye looks to die a little inside.

While it’s possible he originally mistook Letterman for Rick Rubin, it looks like David Letterman will actually be well matched to trade words with Yeezy; while the Joe Rogan podcast may be a pipe dream, perhaps My Guest Needs No Introduction will be the next best thing. Look for season two to premiere on May 31st, exclusively on Netflix.

Ric Flair Hospitalized For "Very Serious" Medical Emergency: Report

WWE Hall Famer “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Thursday morning in Atlanta after suffering a medical emergency, according to TMZ Sports

Details Flair’s hospitalization have not yet been revealed, but TMZ reports the situation is “very serious.”

Flair, 70, spent 11 days in a coma back in August 2017 after suffering multiple organ problems. The wrestling icon required emergency surgery and, at the time, doctors only gave him a 20% chance to live.

In regards to that incident, Flair told the “School Morton” podcast (H/T Wrestling Inc),

“I had been drinking … shocker, yeah.” 

“A friend mine came in town from Dallas and we had been out all day the day before (the emergency) and again in the morning before I flew back.”

“I got a really sharp pain in my stomach. I knew the pain. That was very similar to the pain I had the last time. Wendy took me to the hospital and my intestine had broken open and that’s the last thing I remember. I don’t remember anything else. On Monday they put me in an induced coma. I stayed in that and on life support for 11 days. I don’t remember any it. I just dreamt… I had to learn how to walk again. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t twist the top f a Gatorade bottle or open a diet coke I lost forty-three pounds.”

The 16x WWE champion has been open about his alcohol abuse ever since he walked out the hospital in 2017. During ESPN’s “Nature Boy” 30-for-30, Flair described how he drank at least 10 beers and approximately five mixed drinks every day his life for almost 20 years. Since recovering from surgery, Flair has said that he gave up drinking altogether.