Arnold Schwarzenegger & The Joker Added To "Mortal Kombat 11"

As if there wasn’t enough anxiety choice in choosing a Mortal Kombat main. It’s bad enough having to pick between such classics as Raiden, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and course Sheeva. But now, now they’ve gone and added some genuine pop culture icons. Of course, it’s not the first time they’ve done this, but this time might just be the biggest expansion yet. From now to next March, look for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, The Joker, and Spawn to be added to the eclectic cast.

Though the ficial reveal trailer has yet to showcase the characters in action, it does set the table for the madness to come. Also included in the upcoming Kombat Pack DLC are longtime mainstays Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Sindel, but the three cultural staples are likely to garner the most buzz. It’s not entirely to see Joker slide into the MK universe, given that he was already an established presence in Injustice, a game designed by NetherRealm Studios – the studio responsible for Mortal Kombat 11. 

Should you be among the rabid player base, sound f in the comments. Will you be buying this new DLC pack? If so, the release dates for each character are as follows:

Shang Tsung & Nightwolf – Available now
Terminator – October 8th
Sindel – November 26th
Joker – January 28th
Spawn – March 17th

Ariana Grande’s Lawsuit Over "God Is A Woman" Has Been Dropped

As reported back in February, Ariana Grande has been facing a lawsuit over her “God is a Woman” music video for many months now. Finally, that suit has been dropped. According to The Blast, Las Vegas-based artist, Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas filed a notice voluntary dismissal, effecting ending his suit against the pop-star. 

The notice reads, “Plaintiffs VLADIMIR KUSH and KUSH FINE ARTS LAS VEGAS, INC. hereby give notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed against all Defendants, with prejudice, as the parties have reached a resolution.”

Originally, the fense stemmed from a shot soon after the one-minute mark in her music video. A woman appears inside a fire atop a candle in the sky. Kush believes this idea was stolen from a painting he finished twenty-years-ago. The piece was apparently copyrighted in 1999 and 2000. The amount for which he was suing is unspecified. Alongside Grande, Universal Music Group, the video’s director, producer, and production company were all listed in the suit. 

The case, as well as all charges that have been filed against the aforementioned parties, will be dismissed. Check out the music video for Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” below.

Team USA Loses Kyle Kuzma To Ankle Injury, Finalizes World Cup Roster

The news just keeps getting worse for Team USA. After literally losing a baker’s dozen player personnel to “other commitments” their depleted roster came up short in their 2nd 2 rendez-vous with the Australian national team, led by Patty Mills the San Antonio Spurs no less. The exhibition loss marked the end a 78-game win streak for the US Men’s Basketball outfit.

Team USA Loses Kyle Kuzma To Ankle Injury, Finalizes World Cup Roster

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Then, it was announced that a left ankle injury would prevent Kyle Kuzma from participating in the upcoming FIBA World Cup – after much deliberation over his role within the team. With bigs like Tobias Harris, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis opting out at their earliest convenience – Kuzma looked set to take up a primary role on the fensive side the floor, his deficiencies masked by the nuclear presence P.J. Tucker.

Seeing as Kuzma was one 13 players participating in camp when the medical decision was rendered, Team USA’s roster kind finalized itself. The 12-man lineup, as coached by Gregg Popovich, is comprised Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Kemba Walker (Celtics) and coach’s pet Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

Instagram Gallery: An Introduction To Lil Tecca

Just as the leagues rappers before him who used their SoundCloud popularity as a springboard to mainstream success, Lil Tecca is now fully in the spotlight as an up-and-coming artist to watch. At just 16-years-old, the Queens-bred rapper currently boasts the No. 8 spot on the coveted Billboard Hot 100 chart with his breakout hit “Ran$om,” a followup to viral hits like “Molly Girl” and “Bossanova.” Riding the hot-right-now wave melodic rap as an entry point into the industry, Lil Tecca’s dulcet beats and goy, down-to-earth social media personality signal staying power far beyond his teen peers who found fame just as quickly.

“I just be chilling on the internet, really,” says Tecca his vibrant Instagram following. “And I don’t go to the internet to do the most. I try to not look at what anyone else does and just stay in my own lane. Like tunnel vision, you feel me? I’m not looking at everyone else. So yeah, everything you see from me on the internet, it’s coming from me. It’s not coming from no one else.” 

“The internet is a place where it’s very easy to get attention. It’s a good thing, but it can be bad,” he continues, rounding his surprisingly balanced outlook regarding the marriage between internet popularity and track performance. “That’s why I don’t talk about dumb stuff on Instagram. There’s so many people watching. I don’t think I’m a face for the youth, but they like me, I guess.”

If you haven’t vibed yet to the cool, laid-back vibe Lil Tecca’s melodic rap anthem well on its way to the top the Billboard 100, keep reading for an Instagram introduction to this young artist on the rise. 


Stats

1,000,000 views is a major accomplishment, especially for a teenager who is just starting to explore his own sound. 

Live Show 

Judging by the way Tecca commanded the crowd at this Chicago show, he is far from just an “internet rapper.” 

YBN

Tecca wasn’t lying when he told Billboard that he “really fuck swith YBN. They’re fire. I be talking to Nahmir and he’s funny.” 

2x Platinum 

Here, Tecca links up with Menohbeats, a 2x platinum producer best known for linking up with Lil Skies.

Ran$om 

Even in the studio, Tecca knew that his breakout “Ran$om” was a chart-worthy hit. 

Taz Taylor 

Incredibly, Lil Tecca’s work in the studio has even caught the attention Grammy-nominated producer Taz Taylor who has worked with hip-hop heavyweights like Drake and Future

You Made It 

Proud to take note his accomplishments, Lil Tecca couldn’t help but shout out one the first times his social media popularity filtered into digital media. 

Love Me 

Now boasting nearly 7 million views on Youtube, Tecca’s got another hit on his hands with “Love Me.” Here, the rapper gets down in the studio while putting the finishing touches on the track. 

NY

For a NY artist, there’s nothing quite like seeing an ad for your hit single in Times Square. 

BTS

Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot the visual for “Ran$om” which is sure to soon break the 100,000,000 mark (with a tongue-in-cheek caption referencing his happy ending fer).  

Missy Elliott Makes Triumphant Return With "Throw It Back" Video

Not even 24 hours after its release, Missy Elliott’s new “Throw It Back” video has already amassed over 3.5 million YouTube views. It’s safe to say the inimitable Misdemeanor has been missed.

Presented by The Goldmind and Atlantic Records, the colorful, eye-popping visual finds Missy front and center as she “throws it back” with a crew of talented dancers. It also features a cameo from Teyana Taylor who kicks off the video as host to the “Hall Of Missy.”

“Throw It Back” is one of five fresh cuts from the Iconology EP, Missy’s first project in 14 years.

The new video arrives only days before the Grammy Award-winning artist will be honored at the 2019 MTV VMAs with the Video Vanguard Award, the first female MC to ever accomplish this feat.

Missy made history once again when she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

Watch the “Throw It Back” video above.

Quavo Is Trapping Popeye’s Chicken Sandwiches For $1K Apiece

Quavo’s answer to Popeye’s and Chick-fil-A’s growing hostilities was to stockpile their products for fear a food shortage. Surely, there’s enough chicken sandwich to go around, but don’t tell that to the founding Migos member, whose latest sales plan is to sell Popeye’s out his trunk at an inflationary rate $1000 a pop.

Chick-fil-A fancies itself the originator the “chicken sandwich” on a corporate scale. So it stands to reason that when hostilities kicked f, it was due to Popeye’s introduction a new “chicken sandwich” on their nationwide menu. As you likely heard, Popeye’s new addition has been such a hit with the clientele that drive-thru tellers have had to board up their windows for fear an uprising. 

Quavo on the other hand, is none too concerned with the risk factor posed by a zombielike crowd crossing paths with him in the parking lot. Quite the opposite. Quavo wants to rekindle the sort arrangement he once had (or still maintains) with the fiends. Instead driving up the price admission in view his streaming numbers – Quavo is here to prit on the coming apocalypse while the getting is good, Chicken shortage or not. 

Damon Dash Says JAY-Z ‘Ain’t Sh*t’ for Taking NFL Deal

Damon Dash is putting JAY-Z on blast.

The hip-hop mogul, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Hov, is weighing in on the Roc Nation boss’ new NFL partnership, claiming the deal has exposed him as a backstabber.

“I mean everybody knows JAY ain’t shit like that. Everybody knows that,” he told Adam22 on the “No Jumper” podcast ( TMZ).

According to Dame, JAY is only out for himself. “If you ask anyone in the industry, it’s common knowledge that JAY ain’t shit,” he said. “He’s about the bag. We all know that. He’s self-preserving, period. It’s just that the people he does it to don’t have Beyoncé next to him, they don’t have that kind of power.”

He cited other instances when JAY would deceive him. “It’s not even a secret. He do that shit to me with girls,” said Dame. “I’ll be talking to a chick and I’ll be like, ‘Yo, she asked me to do this that and the third.’ And he’ll be like, ‘I wouldn’t do it.’ And then the next day he’s wifed her.”

The comments shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Dame and JAY’s rocky past. He feels JAY betrayed him when he cut him out of the Roc-A-Fella deal and caused the label’s demise.

JAY-Z has been criticized for taking the NFL deal despite Colin Kaepernick still not having a job in the NFL. But despite the backlash, Dame thinks JAY is untouchable and even compared him to Trump.

“There’s always been a pattern with that dude. Everyone always forgives him,” he added. “He’s like Trump in that way. He could do anything, say anything, and everyone goes with the populist sometimes.”

Funkmaster Flex previously claimed that Jermaine Dupri was offered a similar deal to JAY-Z with the NFL, but JAY told him to turn it down. However, the So So Def mogul shot down Flex’s claim during an interview with Atlanta’s V-103. “It was never nothing like that,” he said. “He never told me don’t do what I was doing.”

Kemba Walker Reflects On "Team USA" Snapping Its 78-Game Win Streak Vs. Australia

Aside from the lone blemish on their record, a third-place showing at the 2004 Olympics, the US Men’s Basketball team is expected to maintain a flawless win-loss record, at all costs. Unfortunately, that did not occur last night when USA Basketball was hit with a permanent stain to their record, in the form a loss to Australia by a narrow score  98-94.

Coach Popovich’s failure to will his squad members to victory, all but snaps a historic run for the US program: 78 victories in succession. After the game, Popovich and most notably, the team’s projected starting point guard Kemba Walker, were on hand to reflect on the exhibition loss.

“They say Team USA doesn’t lose. I get it. They haven’t lost in a very long time, which I understand, but it happens. Teams lose. Like I said, we’re going to take this loss and build from it,” Kemba Walker opined after the contest. “That’s all we can do. That’s all we can do is continue to try our best to get better. The real thing doesn’t start until China.”

Kemba’s not fibbing. It can be at times, rather difficult, to raise one’s “compete level” when the stakes are lowered. Hence why NBA players ten take a month or so to rear into gear upon opening tip-f. The FIBA World Cup commences in a week. Is USA’s loss to Australia a caveat or just another blip on the radar? Comment below.

Jeezy Forecasts Snow As Guest Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

It’s Jeezy week, and to cap f a week promoting and celebrating his new album, TM104: The Legend the Snowman, the Atlanta rapper stopped by his hometown’s Weather Channel studio. Jeezy kicked f his segment as guest meteorologist by introducing himself to viewers as “yours truly, the weatherman, better known as the snowman”. Given the snowman theme that has pervaded Jeezy’s work and image since he stepped onto the scene, giving a weather report was definitely an ingenious marketing idea. 

Jeezy gave a regular report until the screen switched to display a forecast calling for snow in Atlanta with “The Legend the Snowman” written at the top. He explained this weird meteorological phenomenon: “It’s gonna get to snowing, cause my album is in the streets and I am the snowman,  Atlanta, Georgia”. 

Jeezy also rocked one his iconic snowman tees, which is pretty hilarious when you remember that they were banned from schools nationwide back around the release his debut studio album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. The shirts became incredibly popular but when school administrators realized that the snowman symbolized Jeezy’s coke-dealing past, they weren’t thrilled. Now, it all comes full circle as Jeezy releases the last instalment the Thug Motivation series through Def Jam. The top comment on The Weather Channel’s tweet calls out Jeezy for his subtle move on broadcast television, “Y’all know he’s taking about cocaine, right”.

Watch for the outtakes at the end. 

A$AP Rocky Reportedly Refused to Thank Trump

The White House is reportedly upset that A$AP Rocky didn’t issue a public “thank you” to President Trump over his attempts to pressure the Swedish government to release the rapper from jail.

According to a new report from Yahoo! News, Trump’s team got involved in trying to secure Rocky’s freedom under the condition that they would receive a public thank you.

“The White House didn’t ask for anything. There were no conditions attached, but my condition and Kareem [Lanier]’s condition was that all I’m asking for you guys to do is say thank you,” said Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor and Trump surrogate, who helped to advocate for the rapper’s release.

According to Scott, Rocky’s manager John Ehmann consented. “If a serial killer gets Rocky out of jail, I would have no problem saying thank you to the serial killer,” Ehmann allegedly said.

Despite Trump’s attempt, a Swedish court convicted Rocky of assault, sentencing him to the time he already served and two years of probation. Rocky previously spent a month in Swedish jail.

After his release, the White House was expecting a public acknowledgment that Trump had helped with his case, hoping that his plea for the rapper would help his image with black voters. Rocky thanked his supporters on Instagram, but made no mention of Trump.

When Trump’s team spoke with Ehmann, he reportedly started making excuses about Rocky needing time to travel and rest. Within two days after he was freed, his team stopped responding to text messages from Trump’s people.

Scott told Ehmann, “I hope you guys aren’t going back on what you said you were going to do.”

Rocky apparently wouldn’t even thank the White House behind the scenes. “All he had to do was do a two-minute call to say thank you,” said Scott. “Rocky hasn’t even called us and said, ‘Hey, man, thank you guys. I appreciate it,’ in private. Just in private.”

Lanier, co-chairman of the Urban Revitalization Coalition, attributed this to the potential backlash that Rocky could face for embracing the President. “One of the problems that we have as a culture — and I’m talking about black Americans — is herd mentality,” said Lanier. “Right now it’s popular for those guys to bash President Trump.”

Watch a Trailer for Travis Scott’s Netflix Documentary ‘Look Mom I Can Fly’

Travis Scott is bringing Astroworld to Netflix.

After announcing the project with a surprise pop-up in his hometown, the Houston rapper has debuted the trailer for his Netflix special, Look Mom I Can Fly.

The documentary, which was shot in the months surrounding the release of his chart-topping album Astroworld, chronicles his journey to superstardom and includes footage from his live shows and home videos from his childhood.

The trailer opens with La Flame performing for a small crowd at a show in 2014 before watching the same footage in present day. He is then seen raging in front of a crowd of thousands while fans their share testimonies (“He saved my life,” says one).

The 85-minute film, directed by White Trash Tyler, also features highlights from Travis’ life and career, including him becoming a father and performing at the Super Bowl. His girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi also make cameos.

Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly hits Netflix on Aug. 28. Watch the trailer below.

Apple Music Tries to Kill Stale Playlists With 'New Music Daily'

Apple Music has launched a new human-curated playlist that updates on the daily.

The new playlist is called New Music Daily, and it aims to provide a look at the newest tracks in music. The debut lead single for the playlist is Taylor Swift’s “The Man,” from her brand-new album, Lover.

Apple will likely use the new playlist as a way to promote lead artists on a rolling basis.

The long-time playlist Best of the Week will cease to be now that New Music Daily is here. The old playlist was updated once a week on Friday. The new list will be updated daily with “new music you can’t miss from across the world and genres.”

The result is a more dynamic mix of tunes that will refresh daily. You can add the playlist to your library for automatic updates as the list changes. Apple Music currently offers a 3-month free trial if you don’t use the service, with Spotify recently matching the generous 90-day term.

But Apple is still far behind Spotify in terms of subscribers, and playlists offer one way to catch up. New Apple Music playlists like Rap Life and ALT CTRL have launched to compete with Spotify’s branded playlists. A big part of Spotify’s success can be attributed to the popularity of its playlists .
But playlists are only one theater in this war. The two streaming giants have duked it out in the past with and . Both services offer a bevy of exclusive music content and podcasts to entice users, though major labels like UMG have put the kibosh on restrictive exclusives.

Apple recently debuted a that features the most searched for songs using the Shazam service. Count that as another unique playlist that sets Apple Music apart from other services.

Despite a proliferation of smart tastemaking algorithms, many listeners prefer the human-curated touch of a playlist, which is supposed to be an intensely personal thing. Even Apple has taken shots at Spotify for its algorithm-driven playlist selection, though it .

Popeyes Got $23.25M Of Free Advertisement From Social Media Mentions: Report

The only people that haven’t tried the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich by now are vegans and pagans. Over the past week, people have been going wild on social media about the sandwich, prompting the Chick Fil A vs. Popeyes debate. Unfortunately, this also resulted in Popeyes running out chicken sandwiches because they didn’t anticipate this kind demand. On the bright side, all the conversation surrounding the sandwich on social media has gotten the company millions in free advertisement.

According to Apex Marketing, Popeyes Chicken Sandwich garnered about $23.25M in free social media advertising from digital, print, social, TV, and radio is about 11 days. It’s an impressive feat but not one that Popeyes marketing team can necessarily take the credit for if you think about it. Although they slightly initiated it with the shade they threw at Chick-Fil-A, they clearly didn’t expect it to get this big. After all, they didn’t seem to have the supply for the demand. 

“Many our restaurants have seen a high demand for the sandwich, with guests excited to give it a try,” a rep for Popeyes said.  “A few restaurants have temporarily sold out the sandwich, and we are working to make sure they receive more as soon as possible.”

It got to the point where people we re-selling the sandwich at 7x the original value. Wild times, bruh. 

Taylor Swift Seemingly Shades Kanye West A Decade After VMA Fiasco On New Album

It’s crazy how time flies. This Monday will mark the 10-year anniversary that infamous moment in the VMAs that spawned one pop culture’s funniest feuds between Kanye West and Taylor Swift. That’s right, we’re nearing a decade since that moment when Kanye ran up on Taylor and let her know that Beyonce should’ve won the Best Female Video. Ever since then, Taylor Swift has pulled the victim card at any point that she could in order to win this decade-long feud. 

Taylor Swift Seemingly Shades Kanye West A Decade After VMA Fiasco On New Album
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Swizzy recently dropped f her latest album, Lover that opens up with the song, “I Forgot That You Exist.” Timing the release aside, the opening lines the song seems to reference the feud between her and the Kardashian-Wests. 

How many days did I spend thinking
‘Bout how you did me wrong, wrong, wrong?
Lived in the shade you were throwing
‘Til all my sunshine was gone, gone, gone
And I couldn’t get away from ya
In my feelings more than Drake, so yeah

Many believed this was a shot at ‘Ye after Kim exposed Taylor for lying on Kanye’s name over the “Famous” lyrics. On the hook, she continues to address the feud, singing, “And I thought that it would kill me/ But it didn’t/ And it was so nice/ So peaceful and quiet/ I forgot that you existed.” 

The line itself added fuel to the speculation that it was because the Snapchat video. Maybe now, she can shut up about it forever. 

YNW Melly Extends Co-Sign To Lil Tjay From Jail: “Free Da Real”

Before getting locked up on double murder charges, YNW Melly was considered one the fastest rising rappers from the state Florida. With the number superstars the Sunshine State has churned out in the last few years, people were excited to see what would become the teenager. Early in his career, he kept getting into rough situations with the police, earning an arrest at the beginning the year for marijuana possession. After he got out jail, he released his album We All Shine and almost directly following, he turned himself in for double murder. We’re waiting to find out what Melly’s sentence will be but right now, he’s facing the death penalty. When/if he ever gets out, he’s already got his eyes on a few possible collaborations, including one with New York’s Lil Tjay.

18-year-old Bronx native Tjay has been rising quickly in the ranks the East Coast’s favorite new rappers and it’s partly due to his stellar inclusion on Polo G’s “Pop Out.” His new music video caused a little bit confusion when some fans believed he was arrested. The star could be seen fighting with cops before being thrown into the back a cop car. Thankfully, it turns out that it was all for his “F.N” video and even from behind bars, YNW Melly is into the track.

The Florida artist took to his social media pages to extend a co-sign to Lil Tjay, reposting his video and fering a brief message. “Free Da Real,” wrote Melly, which Tjay later echoed in the comments.

Do you wanna hear a song from YNW Melly and Lil Tjay?