DaBaby Shows Off His Jewelry Collection, Says First $20K Chain Was A Gift From "A Girl"

DaBaby‘s one the hottest rappers in the game at this very moment which means it was only a matter time until he made a visit to GQ to show f his Insane Jewelry Collection. The “Pop Star” rapper recently had the #1 album in the world and he’s still sitting pretty at #3 on the Billboard chart all thanks to his Kirk album. 

DaBaby Shows Off His Jewelry Collection, Says First $20K Chain Was A Gift From "A Girl"
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While showing f his favorite blinged-out pieces, DaBaby said his first-ever chain – a solid gold Cuban link with diamonds – was gifted to him by “a girl” who paid $20,000 for the piece. According to DaBaby, the expensive gift was simply because she “fucked with” him. Elsewhere in his collection, DaBaby showed f his watches (something he believes is a very important piece jewelry) and made it clear that he’s always “wheelin’ and dealin'” his prices. His diamond crusted Rolex is worth $40,000 but he dropped $37,000 based on the latter. “When I ask how much you want that’s just the starting point,” he said. “I like to talk down and you know, all good businessmen know to charge more than what you want.”

The “BOP” rapper continued to show f his baguette diamond bracelets, self-designed rings and course his major KIRK chain that was gifted to him on stage during his Oakland, California Rolling Loud stop

Watch the clip in full below.

Chris Brown Reacts To Rihanna Video Listening To One Of His Songs

The majority Rihanna‘s fanbase does not want the pop star to ever think /mention/listen to/date Chris Brown ever again in her life. They’ve made that very clear but, for some reason, the Virginia-based singer isn’t making it easy for them to forget about his existence. After all the controversies they lived through as a couple, Breezy is still seemingly still fiending for his ex-girlfriend. Some would consider them to be soulmates but, right now, Rihanna is spending time with her billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel. That’s not stopping CB from shooting his shot any chance he gets though.

A few weeks ago, the star could be found in RiRi’s comments section, wishing he were the lamp in her lingerie photo. He earned some backlash for the remark but then joked that he would be capitalizing on the hatred by marketing a lamp with his face on it. Things got even more complicated this weekend when the head Fenty Beauty shared a video to promote a new collection lip glosses and, in the background, she was playing a CB record. According to The Blast, Brown’s song “Come Together” was playing in the background and, course, the singer responded with another flirtatious note.

Coming through with a simple heart emoji, Chris didn’t have much to say. He later added the following though: “For life. Keep winning QUEEN.” Chris is fully aware that Rih is still keeping up with his musical releases and he’s clearly happy about that. 

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Freddie Gibbs Celebrity Lookalike Is Iggy Azalea & We Can’t Unsee It

If you’re not following Freddie Gibbs on Instagram, you’ve probably escaped a few mental images that are very hard to remember. His Instagram Story is filled with all sorts debauchery from the depths the Internet’s hell. However, there is also some PG-rated content on it. As you’ve probably seen, there’s been an incline in popularity in the celebrity lookalike app, Gradient. Gibbs was the latest to use it and the results were hilarious.

A lot people would argue that Gibbs looks a lot like Tupac but apparently, the Gradient app didn’t agree. The rapper shared two separate results that suggested he shares physical similarities to pop stars — white pop stars. He first shared one that resulted in showing his facial similarities to Iggy Azalea and another one with Justin Bieber. Like the rest us, Freddie Gibbs was quite confused about how he could possibly look like Justin Bieber or Iggy Azalea, captioning the posts with a simple, “D’fuck?”

Freddie Gibbs is a few months released from his latest project, Bandana with Madlib. The album is undoubtedly a contender for Album Of The Year which is actually the name his forthcoming tour. Gibbs will be hitting the road with Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Cousin Stizz. The tour kicks f in Minneapolis on Nov. 11th. Peep the tour dates here. 

Freddie Gibbs Celebrity Lookalike Is Iggy Azalea & We Can't Unsee It

Freddie Gibbs Celebrity Lookalike Is Iggy Azalea & We Can't Unsee It

Rap Or Go To The League: How The NBA Embedded Itself In Hip-Hop’s DNA

It’s  March 26th, 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

College basketball fans are getting ready for the NCAA men’s basketball finals. The Indiana State Sycamores willed their way to the winner takes all match, led by Larry Bird, who was drafted sixth overall by the Boston Celtics one year prior. Across the court were the Michigan State Spartans led by an exciting young talent in Magic Johnson. With this one game, perhaps the biggest and longest-standing rivalry in NBA history was about to commence. 

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Throughout 1979, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were considered the best in the NCAA. Bird represented the white working-class man in rural America, while Magic was beginning to usher in a new era basketball, one where the players were flashy and marketable. Their personalities were seen as polar opposites and fans were curious about how this final would play out. This curiosity led to staggering ratings, with 40 million people tuning in to the tilt, according to Sports Illustrated. To this day, no other NCAA basketball game has reached that same amount viewership.

Thanks to a 24-point performance, Magic led the Spartans to a 75-64 win that for many, settled the argument as to who was a superior player. That summer, Johnson was drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and immediately made an impact. Throughout the 80s, Magic won five NBA Championships, while Bird won three. They would continue to face f in the Finals, in 1984, 1985, and 1987– Bird won the first matchup in ‘84 but Magic won the next two.

Their long-standing rivalry was unlike anything the NBA had ever seen. Two the best basketball players in the league, one white, one black, were battling against each other trying to prove who had the best dynasty. Prior to their NBA careers, the league had hit a low point in 1979 with a Finals rating share 24 — essentially, only about a quarter all TV viewers were tuning in. Once Magic and Bird entered the league, the NBA consistently hit shares over 30, according to tvbythenumbers.com. They even set a record in 1987 with a share 35.

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Bird and Magic changed the way both fans and brands looked at athletes. Not only were they players on the court, but bonafide superstars who could stand next to Hollywood elites in terms notoriety. This was all thanks to how charismatic and likeable they were. With Bird and Magic setting the standard, players like Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, who were drafted into the league in the mid-80s, began to exhibit some the same superstar qualities. At the same time that basketball was ascending into the public’s consciousness, hip-hop was beginning to thrive as a genre. The movement was born in New York in 1973 and remained underground until the mid to late-80s when groups like NWA, Beastie Boys, and Run DMC started to take over. Before long, rappers were referencing the sport in their songs. It was almost impossible to go to a game without hearing the 1984 song “Basketball” by Kurtis Blow. In 1988, Public Enemy and Chuck D came through with the song “Rebel Without A Pause” which referenced Barkley’s ability to throw down dunks. NBA players were starting to dress like rappers f the court. Artists were starting to don Jordans and other basketball shoes.

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By the time Shaquille O’Neal was drafted to the Orlando Magic in 1992, basketball and hip-hop were hitting their stride as mainstream successes.

At 7’1,” O’Neal was, not only a huge person but a huge personality. While playing for LSU, O’Neal wowed fans and was immediately given superstar status upon entry into the NBA. In the midst his first season in the league, Shaq did what no other NBA player had done before. He attempted to crossover into the rap game.

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Shaq’s foray into music may have seemed like a bit a reach on surface level, but actually, it was quite organic. During an interview with Slam in 2017, Shaq spoke about how he had been rapping since he was eight years old, influenced by the likes Will Smith and Big Daddy Kane. The Orlando Magic big man eventually gained the respect the hip-hop community when he appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992 and rapped alongside the Fu-Schnickens. Shaq was able to showcase his ability to flow and sounded as though he had been perfecting his craft for as long as anyone else in the game. 

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After the success his Arsenio Hall performance, Shaq signed a record deal with Jive. In 1993, he dropped his first album, Shaq Fu. When it came to production, Shaq was able to work with Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, as well as Meech Wells and Erick Sermon. Wells is famous for his work with Snoop Dogg, while Sermon has built a career working with the likes Redman, Jodeci, Method Man, AZ, and Jay-Z.  “Shaq flew me to Orlando since he was playing for the Magic then,” Sermon recalls. “The studio was dope, we had our own personal chef. The vibe was cool. The Fu-Schnickens were there.”

“It was unique because he was a basketball player,” Sermon continued. “Him standing 7ft, shoe size 22, it was ill. The whole process was real ill. He was real funny.  And he was from Newark, NJ, Redman was his favorite artist, so it was real comfortable.”

The next year, Shaq followed up on the success Shaq Diesel with his sophomore album Shaq Fu: Da Return. Sermon was tasked with production on this album as well, while Warren G, RZA, and Redman also pitched in. In terms commercial success, the album didn’t receive the same critical acclaim as his first, but it still went Gold. Shaq would go on to release You Can’t Stop The Reign in 1996 and Respect in 1998, but neither those projects would have the same impact.

At the time, Shaq’s foray into hip-hop was a bit an anomaly and people were a little skeptical his intentions. Rap was always about being authentic, and to see an already-established NBA player delve into hip-hop was jarring, to say the least. Regardless, Shaq always had co-signs from those making a name for themselves in the industry. By bolstering a significant amount record sales and working with industry legends, Shaq was able to lay the foundation for other NBA players who had artistic ambitions. At the tail end the 90s, it would be Shaq’s own teammate, Kobe Bryant, who would give hip-hop a go. Unfortunately for Kobe, his rap career wasn’t nearly as lucrative as Shaq’s.

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In 1992, Bryant attended Lower Merion high school at the age 14.

According to Grantland, Bryant met a kid named Anthony Bannister who introduced him to Kevin “Sandman” Sanchez. Sanchez was seen as the best rapper in the school and they quickly formed a rap group called CHEIZAW which featured two other MCs, Broady Boy and Jester. The group stayed together following high school and after hearing Bryant in a studio session, Sony signed CHEIZAW to a record deal in 1998. During the summer ‘98, Bryant stayed at the New York home Steve Stoute, the president Urban Music for Sony at the time. Bryant was in New York to train for the upcoming season and since Stoute wanted him to hone his artistic craft, it made sense for them to stay together. “During his first or second season, that’s when I realized he’s the hardest working person I’ve ever met, by far, because his tireless effort to actually watch, film, and shoot a thousand shots and then go to the studio and work everyday,” Stoute said excitedly, speaking to us over the phone. “He wanted to be a really good rapper, it mattered to him.”

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Kobe’s first track, released in 1998, was a remix Brian McKnight’s song “Hold Me.” The song peaked at no. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and essentially jumped-started Bryant’s career. After the success the song, Sony decided to move forward with an album. In true Kobe form, he was in the studio for hours at a time, writing and rewriting songs with tireless perfectionism. His group was with him throughout the process, as there was every intention for the project to be a CHEIZAW album. Kobe’s dedication to music was admirable since he was also entering his third full season in the league at the same time. It’s worth noting the music didn’t affect Kobe’s numbers at all — he completed his best statistical season up to that point. 

Discussing the legendary NBA player’s brief rap career, Stoute remembers how passionate Kobe was about the music, leading to some big expectations for the first album. Despite the excitement that was building, there was some unfortunate drama on the horizon that would ultimately spell the end Kobe’s hip-hop dreams. Bryant parted ways with CHEIZAW in November 1999 before they had a chance to release a proper debut. According to Stoute, it’s because the group members weren’t working hard enough. However, in the aforementioned Grantland piece, Bannister claims it was because the label wanted them to embrace a pop sound that went against the group’s lyrical sensibilities. This falling out allowed Bryant to fully embrace his role as a solo artist. As for the group, they withered away as it became clear that neither Sony nor Bryant wanted them on board.

The solo Kobe Bryant album was never released. A single with Tyra Banks called “K.O.B.E” debuted in January 2000. Bryant got to perform it that same month at the 2000 NBA All-Star game. Banks’ underwhelming vocals, as well as Bryant’s leather suit and leopard print hat, led to a disastrous performance that had NBA fans recoiling at the very sight it. The music video shot by Hype Williams was scrapped and Kobe decided to link back up with Broady Boy CHEIZAW. At that point, however, Sony had had enough. That same year, Bryant’s album was put to bed and he was dropped by the label. “I think we picked the wrong first single,” Stoute recalled. “He went through the process and tried really hard …] I just think that he made the right decision.”

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Things weren’t all bad for Bryant. That same year, he won his first NBA title and went on to win four more. Funnily enough, he won three those championships with Shaq– which just goes to show their rapper personas never interfered with their play on the court.

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Following Kobe’s short-lived career, Allen Iverson began rapping under the name Jewelz during the 2000 fseason.

Stoute, who was around for that as well, maintains Iverson could have been a huge success had it not been for the NBA’s condemnation  his first song “40 Bars.” Iverson was seen as someone who could pick up the mantle left by Shaq and was eventually signed by Universal Records. Despite this, he was criticized for using misogynistic and homophobic language, including lyrics such as: “Get murdered in a second in the first degree/Come to me with f***** tendencies/You’ll be sleeping where the maggots be.” 

His song caught the attention NBA commissioner David Stern, who was quick to issue a statement saying “The lyrics that have been attributed to Allen Iverson’s soon-to-be-released rap CD are coarse, fensive, and anti-social.” Stern even threatened to kick Iverson out the league entirely. As the threat NBA expulsion loomed over his head, Iverson scrapped the music he was working on and an album never came to fruition. 

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Shaq’s success allowed him to have some credibility within the hip-hop space. However, Kobe and Iverson’s short-lived rap careers completely shifted the narrative when it came to athletes crossing over into music. Now, anyone coming into the space risked being seen as a novelty or simply put, corny. Thanks to this stigma, it would take a long time before we saw another NBA player attempt to immerse themselves in the genre.

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After a dry spell plagued the mid to late 2000s, Stephen Jackson came through with a mixtape in 2012 called What’s A Lockout.

As most basketball fans remember, the 2011-12 season was cut short thanks to a long and strenuous collective bargaining agreement negotiation which had some players wondering when they’d get back on the court. This prompted Jackson to get in the booth and express himself away from the bright lights the NBA.

Jackson immediately looked for ways to make his project stand out and it led to him enlisting none other than DJ Scream to host the tape. Scream had already built a rapport with Jackson and knew his high-caliber raps would surprise fans who didn’t know better. Once they started working on the music, Scream felt it was going to be special as Jackson came with the hunger someone trying to prove themselves to the world. “That project right there was him saying, ‘What’s a lockout?’” DJ Scream explained. “‘I don’t care about the lockout. The lockout don’t affect me. I got other things going, whether it be rap or other things.’”

As Scream recounted, the NBA star didn’t seem too worried about what the reception would be, and sure enough, his music was welcomed with open arms. Fans began clamoring for more projects after realizing how talented Jackson was as an MC. Scream says he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the music’s reception although it was great to see people giving Jackson a chance. “When he got some free time from basketball, he did another tape,” Scream said. “I think he called it Trill Freestyles and took a lot Texas classics and freestyled over those. That went well too, a lot positive feedback.”

With Jackson revitalizing the NBA rapper economy, more athletes would begin making the jump to music. Among the more high prile examples, Lou Williams dropped the project The Album That Never Was back in 2017. Williams was able to get the likes Jahlil Beats and Honorable C-Note to produce for him. The sixth-man the year immediately impressed his producers, including C-Note, who deemed him worthy his best beats. “If you’re really good at one thing, people try to put you in a box but when I first heard Lou Will, I played him my best beats. I was like ‘Bro, you can really rap,’” C-Note said. “I went into that secret stash and played him that shit, shit.”

The NBA rapper craze seemingly hit a new peak in 2017 after an XXL story went in-depth on a secret recording session LeBron James and Kevin Durant had during the 2011 lockout. This story caught the attention producer/engineer Franky Wahoo who worked at Spider Studios in Canton, Ohio. According to an interview Wahoo did with Vice, he was actually present during the infamous recording session and was surprised to find out people knew about it. During the 2017 NBA Finals, Wahoo took to Twitter and dropped a 30-second snippet LeBron and KD’s song “It Ain’t Easy,” which was recorded during that same session. Wahoo promised that if he got 1 million retweets, he would drop the full song. The retweet goal proved to be a little too lty. He never got there, although other opportunities to drop the song came along.

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TMZ fered some money for the track while LeBron’s agent Rich Paul suggested it could be used for NBA 2K19. Wahoo never accepted any these fers and uncredited demos the song eventually made their way to radio. This forced the DJ to throw the ficial song up on SoundCloud without any promotion. “We were like ‘well we sit on it we do nothing, they leak it I don’t get production credit,’” Wahoo told Vice. “In the industry, you have to protect yourself first so I’m like ‘what if I just put it on Soundcloud?’ The worst thing that could happen is that James’ agent] Paul would take it down.”

The song became a minor sensation, with fans wondering whether or not James or KD would continue to explore their musical prowess. In the end, neither player gave the song much acknowledgment but the fandom surrounding the song displayed a real appetite for more music from some the league’s biggest stars.

With this in mind, there seems to be one player in particular who has completely changed the narrative as far as the bility athletes in the hip-hop space. That man is Damian Lillard the Portland Trailblazers, who goes by the rap moniker Dame D.O.L.L.A. Unlike Shaq and Kobe, fans have been able to separate Damien Lillard the basketball player from Dame D.O.L.L.A the rapper. This distinction lends to the idea that attitudes are changing towards athletes who make music.

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Dame first caught the attention hip-hop fans with his “Four-Bar Friday” series on SoundCloud.

In 2015, Lillard went on Sway In The Morning and dropped an impressive freestyle which immediately had his supporters clamoring for an album. One year later, Dame would deliver on that promise with his debut project The Letter O. The album had a feature from Lil Wayne and showcased Lillard’s ability to craft songs and deliver some scintillating bars. Once again fans were left asking for more and a year later, he dropped Confirmed.

Lillard has gone above and beyond what you would expect from an athlete doubling as a rapper. In November 2016, he started his own record label called Front Page Music, where he signed two artists: Danny from Sobrante and Brookfield Duece. Dame’s dedication to the craft is evident. While some do it for the look or for the exposure, he says he does it because he loves it and at the end the day, he wants the respect his contemporaries.

“I’ve put two albums out. I’ve done features. I got major artists on all my music. I’ve taken all the steps to be respected as a rapper,” Lillard explained. “I didn’t just come out and say, ‘I’m an NBA Allstar and I do music so respect my music.’ I took all the steps that everybody else does doing music primarily to be respected as an artist.”

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This artistic hunger has led some other NBA rappers to come for his throne. Sacramento Kings young gun Marvin Bagley challenged Dame with a diss track. Lillard immediately replied with a song his own, called “MARVINNNNNNN???” “After I heard the first track where he mentioned my name, I started writing a diss track just in case he ever came for me again,” Lillard recalled. “So the day that he dropped his, I dropped mine the same day. After I dropped mine, I didn’t know how fast he was gonna shoot back so I recorded another one and dropped another one and the next morning he came back with something else but at that point, I was done with it.”

Interestingly enough, a couple months after our interview with Lillard, he found himself embroiled in yet another rap beef. This time, Lillard was going up against the OG the NBA rap community, Shaq. During an appearance on The Joe Budden PodcastLillard made some combative comments about Shaq and even perpetuated some the stereotypes that plagued Shaq’s early foray into hip-hop. Dame claimed he was a better rapper than the four-time NBA champion and said that while Shaq could rap, most people saw him as a basketball player who made music — and not as a bonafide MC.

Even if you agree with Lillard and think Shaq can’t hang with the new kids, there is no denying his influence on the culture. Simply put, without Shaq, there is no Dame D.O.L.L.A. “Shaq paved the way for every NBA player to rap]. Everybody thought they could do what he did but nobody was able to be as successful,” Sermon said. “Shaq, from the heart, grew up hip-hop, being from Newark NJ, knowing what the styles were, he was able to learn the craft and take it seriously.”

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Sermon went on to acknowledge that Dame is one the few holding the mantle left by Shaq in the 90s. “There’s only one NBA player] that’s rapping right now] and that’s Dame Lillard. That happens to be the one that Shaq is beefin’ with Laughs]. But Dame is the only one that is taking it seriously, that I know about.”

Regardless where you fall in the debate, there is no denying how powerful the recent back-and-forth between Dame and Shaq has been for the “athletes that rap” movement. For years, NBA players trying to make a name for themselves in the rap game have been shunned and looked at as a gimmick. This latest rap beef has people talking about Shaq and Dame like they are legitimate artists, which, course, they always have been. The only difference is now they are being acknowledged as such. If Shaq set the precedent with his debut album, then Lillard has set the standard. 

Post Malone Makes It Rain In Miami Club From Bag Stuffed With $50K

Post Malone tends to be a humble dude. Despite being one the biggest hitmakers this generation, he’s someone who seems to be easily satiated by a case Bud Light (or several) and a pack smokes (or several). However, on Saturday night, the “Circles” singer decided to celebrate the success his ongoing arena tour by hitting the club. 

Popular nightclub, E11EVEN Miami, hosted a sold-out evening with Post Malone, which he showed up to with a loaded sack cash. Post Malone’s manager, Dre London, shared some shots from the wild affair on Instagram. In them, Posty is seen holding stacks on stacks, which were tossed in the air during his performance and stuffed into the waistbands bottle girls. E11EVEN’s IG page detailed that the bundles bills amount to $50,000. Post also balled out this weekend by giving 21 Savage a diamond-encrusted Rolex for his birthday

In a video recap the night, Post gives a high-energy performance “Rockstar” and tells the crowd, “I’m on a very very very special, super special, fucking wave today man.” He then classically asks, “Can I have another brewksie?” He also shared a heartfelt message with his fans: “I love you motherfuckers more than life and tonight might be the most fun I’ve had in a long fucking time.”

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Read our review Post Malone’s latest album, Hollywood Bleeding, here

Future’s "Crushed Up" Kicks Off HBO’s "Watchmen" Premiere

The influence Future‘s The WIZRD is only now beginning to manifest. Considered among the year’s lowkey best albums, Future’s darkest project in a minute featured plenty mysterious and hazy imagery. It’s no wonder that the team behind HBO and Damon Lindel’s Watchmen series, a “remix” Alan Moore’s iconic graphic novel, looked to Big Future for sonic inspiration. In what may very well prove to be the crossover event 2019, the series premiere kicked f with Future’s “Crushed Up,” sending social media into a celebratory uproar. 

The premiere, titled “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out Ice,” was directed by Nicole Kassell. She revealed that it was actually Lindel who co-signed the Future placement, speaking with Complex about the showrunner’s visionary status. “I think one my favorite things about Damon’s work is his use music,” she revealed. “And he’s so good at finding a song that is a perfect contradiction to a scene yet then it somehow works. And the words that song is actually really relevant to the theme the episode or the title the episode.”

Clearly, the wisdom Future knows no bounds. May his presence continue to infiltrate HBO in the coming months. Have you watched The Watchmen yet? 

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Air Jordan 1 "Shattered Backboard 3.0" Official Images Unveiled: Release Info

One the more popular Air Jordan colorways to come out over the last few years has been the “Shattered Backboard” and the proceeding 2.0 model. These shoes are filled with orange, black, and white tones which leads to a pretty interesting and clean combination. Sneakerheads have loved these models and Jumpman is well aware that. This year, the infamous sneaker company is bringing the “Shattered Backboard” back, this time with a 3.0 model.

Thanks to the teaser images, the shoe has been suffering some scrutiny at the hands sneakerheads due to the crinkled shiny leather that graces the upper. While the colorway itself is impressive, the leather has had fans divided although there are still those who are fiending to cop them. Over the weekend, Jordan Brand came through with the ficial images which give fans a better opportunity to inspect the shoe before making a purchase decision.

As for the release date, nothing has changed as these are still expected to drop on Saturday, October 26th for $160 USD. Let us know in the comments below if you plan on copping.

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Benzino Reflects On War With Eminem & Shady Records

Eminem fans probably know the name Ray Benzino. Chances are, they have no love for the former mogul. Still, having helped bring The Source into the world Zino has earned the right to speak on his career. Over the weekend, the former Made Man rapper slid through Noreaga’s Drink Champs for a conversation, and it didn’t take long before Em’s name was thrown into the mix.

Explaining that his whirlwind lifestyle and unmitigated spending habits were getting the better him, Benzino opened up about his legendary war with Shady Records. As the conversation reaches the thirty-six-minute mark, Zino admits that he did use his position at The Source to his advantage against Em. “The only time I gave myself the mics was the Eminem situation,” he reflects. “It was me against the staff, me against everybody. At that point, it was just fuck everybody. I was in a dark place where I felt like ‘I’m standing for something that’s right.’ I felt like nobody backed me.”

“You can’t look at the industry to be righteous,” he muses, prompting Nore to ask whether he’d change his tactics if given the chance. “At that time, I felt deep about what I was standing for,” says Benzino. “My thing is hip-hop is the only thing that made white people come to the culture, buy into the culture, spend money, and also interact with the culture through hip-hop…I felt like once they get a white rapper and make it so white people want to buy him, they fuck with that balance. Cause now white people will just fuck with him cause his skin color. Before they had to fuck with us cause the music.”

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“With Eminem, I felt hip-hop is big now, it’s pop now,” continues Zino, fueling his prediction that the industry would mobilize behind a popular white rapper. “He came in, there was a whole demographic white people who just ain’t fuckin with n***as, period. I don’t give a fuck. Those are the guys who’d vote Donald Trump.” He goes on to explain that while Eminem raps, he’s not ” the culture.” “Eminem is not in the culture that I’m from,” he elaborates. “That’s not a bad thing. I’m not mad at that. He grew up one way, I grew up a whole different way…He grew up where there weren’t a lot black people.”

Despite the fact that Zino’s claims may very well be unfounded, given Em’s widely-documented come ups with D12, Royce Da 5’9″, and The Outsidaz, it’s still interesting to hear him reflect on a beef that many hip-hop heads hold dear. Of course, Em has likely forever tarnished Zino’s reputation in the eyes the Stan-army, but we can’t forget what he did contribute to hip-hop culture. The Source remains a legendary publication, and arguably the most impactful piece hip-hop media to date. Check out his full Drink Champs appearance below. 

Benzino Reflects On War With Eminem & Shady Records

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Future & Lori Harvey Have People Thinking They’re Dating

It takes a lot work to try to stay on top Lori Harvey’s dating life. She has alternated from Justin Combs to his father, Diddy. Harvey and Diddy were believed to have split several times and then they would be spotted out together again. Two weeks ago, Diddy was seen with another woman and then just a few days later, Diddy’s son, Christian, seemed to confirm that he was still dating Steve Harvey’s stepdaughter

However, now people are speculating that Harvey is hanging out with Future, who she was rumored to have dated last December. On Sunday, both Lori and Future posted Instagram stories at what appeared to be the same beachy location, causing people to think that the two were on vacation together. Their videos showed ocean-views from a deck with the same banister. 

Although people are quick to get the rumor mill spinning, a bit investigating would prove that Harvey and Future just both happened to be at Nobu Malibu – a popular dining spot for the elite. Harvey’s later Instagram story even showed that she was accompanied by her friend, Amaya Colon, not Future. It makes sense that people were eager to jump on this story considering Future and Lori are both known to have erratic and secretive dating lives

Future & Lori Harvey Have People Thinking They're Dating

Jada Pinkett Smith Eyeing A Return To "Matrix" Franchise

Before you could utter “Not Like This,” a fourth Matrix chapter was ficially announced with Lana Wachowski at the helm. Though fans have grown to be wary at the prospect a revived franchise, others have been won over by the likes  El Camino and The Deadwood Movie. Yet for every one those lies a new Terminator film. Still, The Matrix remains one the greatest science-fiction films all time, and perhaps we should approach this one with a sense cautious optimism. Especially given that we’ll be seeing a few familiar faces. 

Jada Pinkett Smith Eyeing A Return To "Matrix" Franchise

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According to Entertainment Tonight, Jada Pinkett Smith has been having conversations with Lana Wachowski, though they remain in the negotiation stages. “Well, I’ve had my conversations with Lana,” Smith revealed. “So, we’ll see. I think, you know, I think there may be some things in the horizon.” Should she join the mix, she’ll be reuniting with original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and series newcomer Neil Patrick Harris. 

While Niobe wasn’t exactly fleshed out in the existing film canon, she was the focus the 2003 PS2/Xbox game Enter The Matrix. Though the game was glitchy and generally unpolished, it did feature an exclusive and well-realized story component that further developed her character. For that, Matrix fiends deemed it worthwhile, and likely hold Niobe a little closer to their hearts. Luckily, should these reports prove accurate, Niobe will have a role to play in the Wachowski-helmed fourth chapter  The Matrix. 

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Natalie Portman Weighs In On Martin Scorcese’s Claim That Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema

Martin Scorcese spurred a great debate regarding whether Marvel movies constitute true cinema after he claimed that they do not. When asked about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an interview with Empire magazine, the renowned filmmaker said, “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Marvel has been responsible for many the highest grossing films in recent years, so this comment coming from one the most influential voices in the industry really rocked the boat. James Gunn – who wrote and directed the Guardians the Galaxy films – expressed strong disapproval Scorcese’s statement. Francis Ford Coppolla – who directed the Godfather trilogy – came to Scorcese’s defence and took his argument a step further by deeming Marvel films “despicable.” Samuel L. Jackson assumed a rather neutral stance, claiming everyone has a right to their own tastes and opinions. 

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While Scorcese’s comment was made public weeks ago, the responses continue to roll in and Scorcese continues to stand by what he said. Natalie Portman – who recently revealed that she will be returning in the upcoming Thor films as Lady Thor – is the latest star to give her two cents on the matter. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Portman said, “I think there’s room for all types cinema… There’s not one way to make art. I think that Marvel films are so popular because they’re really entertaining and people desire entertainment when they have their special time after work, after dealing with their hardships in real life.”

This Famous YouTube Family Is Under Fire Amidst Sexual Assault Allegations

Over the years, Youtube has become a popular go-to when it comes to acquiring an accessible form entertainment. And as its popularity increased, the platform has allowed for many to make serious coins out the daring path the Youtuber lifestyle. Unfortunately, the latter also comes with great cost–much like any form celebrity–privacy becomes a thing the past and all (whether good or bad) is exposed for all to see. Most recently, Youtube couple the Ace Family, who have amassed great wealth along the years from their vlogs and views from 17 million followers, have been under fire. According to Vulture, Austin McBroom and Catherine Paiz, are in the thick legal battles amidst both claims ual assault and extortion. Another YouTuber, Cole Carrigan has excused McBoom raping his friend. The claims were supported by screenshots text messages and alleged photos the victim’s bloody sheets the day after the claimed assault. 

Immediate outrage followed the claims and McBroom has since vehemently denied them, suggesting that Carrigan made up the story to extort the family. And now the Ace family is reportedly suing Carrigan for extortion. Carrigan has not publicly responded to the call for legal actions. We expect more on this later.

Lil Tecca’s "Ransom" Is No. 1 On Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart

This week, Lil Tecca’s “Ran$om” track earns the young rapper the No. 1 slot on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, per Billboard, after experiencing an increase 12% in airplay. It marks for the first No. 1 songs on the chart for producer Taz Taylor while adding onto the resume co-producer Nick Mira who previously accomplished the feat with Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams.”

Lil Tecca's "Ransom" Is No. 1 On Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart

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The track first debuted on the chart on July 20th, cracking the top 10 in its seventh week. The airplay follows on the heels amazing streaming numbers logged by the young Tecca as the song was at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart for seven weeks straight. Currently, it sits at No. 4.

On other charts, the track also creeps to No. 6 on the RapAirplay chart while hitting No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, increasing his audience by 18% and 26%, respectively. Billboard also notes that the cut is quietly leaving a mark on the Pop Airplay chart, sliding from No. 20 to 28 after a 5% increase.

At the bottom the Rhythmic Songs chart, you’ll also find Tecca’s “Did It Again,” also produced by Taz Taylor and Nick Mira. With a 9% boosts in plays, it holds the 40th position on the chart.

 

 

 

Lakers-Inspired Air Jordan Spiz’Ike Coming Soon: Official Images

While it may not the most popular Air Jordan model, there is something to be said about the unique aesthetic Spike Lee’s infamous Spiz’Ike. The shoe is a combination multiple Jordan Brand silhouettes and has come in some pretty interesting colorways over the years. Even though the shoe doesn’t have the same iconic status as the numbered Jordans, the Spiz’Ike has built a cult status over the years and sneaker consumers are always looking forward to some new iterations.

This past week, we got a brand new look at this purple and black Spiz’Ike which looks like it would be perfect for Lakers fans. The upper is made black nubuck while the purple accents help to add a much-needed pop color. If you’re not a fan the Lakers, you can convince yourself that these are some dope Halloween shoes that are perfect for some spooky festivities.

According to Sneaker News, these will be dropping quite soon for an undisclosed price. Let us know in the comments below if you plan on copping these or if you’re going to be passing.

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Will "Joker" Be In New "Suicide Squad" Movie? Probably Not

These days, with Joker being the number-one movie in the country for two straight weeks, it’s easy to see the popularity the green-haired villain has garnished over the years. Back in 2016, Suicide Squad featured the villain, played by Jared Leto. However, fans may be disappointed to know that Joker probably won’t be in the second edition the Suicide Squad story.

Will "Joker" Be In New "Suicide Squad" Movie? Probably Not
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Recently, director James Gunn did a Q&A on Instagram. One user asked, “How can you justify a Suicide Squad movie that does not have Joker in it?” This Joker fan was probably not very content with the response they got. Gunn responded, “No one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part the Suicide Squad in the comics.” Gunn’s response doesn’t completely rule out the possibility Joker appearing in the movie, but it does make it seem pretty unlikely. The second Suicide Squad movie is set to release on August 6, 2021.

Still, all hope is not lost for Joker fans. The villain and his lover, Harley Quinn, are set to have their own ‘love story spin-f’ movie in which they kidnap Dr. Phil. Keep an eye out for that.

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