Brockhampton Readying "Summer Album," Thanks To Shia LaBeouf’s "Therapy"

Kevin Abstract was his usual forthright self during a recent Q&A session with GQ Magazine. The interview, conducted by noted playwright  Jeremy O. Harris, explored the many stones left unturned during his last public showing on Twitter – where he dispelled rumors an imminent Brockhampton breakup.

In speaking with Harris, Abstract revealed that not only are Brockhampton “alive and well” despite losing a key member within the past year, but they have an album in the works right this second.

“We want to make a summer album,” Abstract revealed. “Feel-good. Not too sad and like, “Oh, our life sucks,” just more like, “Just enjoy what’s in front you.”

Throughout the conceptual phase their “summer album” the group, and their operational center dubbed the “Creative House,” have played host to a variety unusual guests including Shia LeBeouf, who according to Kevin, ingratiating himself by becoming their de facto therapist in their foremost time need.

“I invite a bunch artists from L.A., and we sit in my kitchen. It could be 40 people. One by one, we go in a circle and say what our week looked like. It’s taught me a lot,” Abstract said. “A lot people’s issues are just rooted in living alone in Los Angeles, because everybody goes to that place chasing a dream.” 

Apparently, YesJulz was the lone guest whose presence was disruptive, but not her doing. According to Kevin Abstract, some the Brockhampton bandmates were taken aback by her tough mudder approach to self-learning. The rest the op-ed can be read here.

Brockhampton Readying "Summer Album," Shia Leboeuf Is Now The Group’s "Therapist"

Kevin Abstract was his usual forthright self during a recent Q&A session with GQ Magazine. The interview, conducted by noted playwright  Jeremy O. Harris, explored the many stones left unturned during his last public showing on Twitter – where he dispelled rumors an imminent Brockhampton breakup.

In speaking with Harris, Abstract revealed that not only are Brockhampton “alive and well” despite losing a key member within the past year, but they have an album in the works right this second.

“We want to make a summer album,” Abstract revealed. “Feel-good. Not too sad and like, “Oh, our life sucks,” just more like, “Just enjoy what’s in front you.”

Throughout the conceptual phase their “summer album” the group, and their operational center dubbed the “Creative House,” have played host to a variety unusual guests including Shia Leboeuf, who according to Kevin, ingratiating himself by becoming their de facto therapist in a moment need.

“I invite a bunch artists from L.A., and we sit in my kitchen. It could be 40 people. One by one, we go in a circle and say what our week looked like. It’s taught me a lot,” Abstract said. “A lot people’s issues are just rooted in living alone in Los Angeles, because everybody goes to that place chasing a dream.” 

Apparently, YesJulz was the lone guest whose presence was disruptive, but not her doing. According to Kevin Abstract, some the Brockhampton bandmates were taken aback by her tough mudder approach to self-learning. The rest the op-ed can be read here.

Azealia Banks Is Quitting Rap: "I’m Entirely Too Good For 3/4 Of The Public"

Despite insisting she’s the “most talented female rapper,” Azealia Banks says she’s quitting rap. On Friday (June 21), the controversial artist headed to Instagram where she emphatically stated her rapping days were behind her.

Banks feels people are more interested in her dramatic rants and any potential “bad news” about her than the music she creates.

“you guys will ALWAYS BE MORE CONCERNED WITH BAD NEWS ABOUT ME THAN ANY OF THE PHENOMENAL MUSIC I MAKE BECAUSE ITS HOW YOU’VE BEEN TAUGHT TO RELATE TO ME,” she wrote in all caps. “IT DOESNT MATTER HOW GOOD MY MUSIC IS I KNOW YOU GUYS DONT DESERVE IT.”

She ended with, “YOU WILL NEVER GET ANOTHER BODY OF AZEALIA BANKS WORK AGAIN. HEAR ME!?!”

Banks dove into further detail in the lengthy caption attached to the screenshot.

“Stop asking,” she said in part. “I’m clearly not ever going to release music again. I’m entirely too good for 3/4 of the public. They don’t deserve me and I don’t deserve to have my life’s purpose attached to ‘having to work three times as hard as a white woman’ lmfao FOH.

“How about I don’t work at all collect ebt and make a multi million dollar shit talk YouTube channel effectively making an exponentially higher amount of money than I’d make ‘working three times as hard.’”

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Stop asking. I’m clearly not ever going to release music again. I’m entirely too good for 3/4 of the public. They don’t deserve me and I don’t deserve to have my life’s purpose attached to “having to work three times as hard as a white woman” lmfao FOH. How about I don’t work at all , collect ebt and make a multi million dollar shit talk YouTube channel effectively making an exponentially higher amount of money than I’d make “working three times as hard” . . . If you cannot tell by now, Azealia Banks has been trying her hardest to hack the “three times as hard as a white woman code” …. some of you may see it as stupidity but I cannot , have not and will never accept that as a rule of my life, I will actually do the exact opposite in order to disrupt whatever spiritual warfare there is attached to that “three times as hard” ideology…. that is not an original black womans thought ….. that is something she has been taught and something I’ve dedicated my life to undoing. Although I was naturally born an exceptionally talented being, it behooves me to exhibit normalcy and humanity outside of being the stellar *over achieving negress* American social archetype each and every one of your favorite black female celebrities are. Even if I must underachieve or be mediocre… I will do so in order for the greater white society to UNDERSTAND, that my existence is NEVER EVER for their comfort, entertainment or consumption. The way whiteness engages with black entertainers is still not sterile enough for me to want to engage at that level. I want the special American psychopath pass given to Quentin Tarantino … until then you can read my rants and listen to the one song I drop a year. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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After a fan pointed out Banks was responsible for the positions she’s in, she quickly claimed the title of the “most intelligent” and “MOST talented” female rapper while defending her behavior. She says people don’t like her because she’s “conventionally ugly and black.”

“You all will find out when it is too late and I’ve married a Russian and get to raise my kids in a fancy Siberian underground bunker while you all scramble to get indoors for 6pm curfew under us martial law,” she wrote in another post. Lmfao… fuck y’all … don’t hate me hate your mother for not sending you to private and catholic school.

“Hate your very limited use of vocabulary. Hate the Board of education for failing you. Hate yourself for smoking hookah and paying fashion nova $90 for $15 clothes…….. Azealia banks is not your enemy .”

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Agrees To Hold "Pay-Equity Mediation" After World Cup

According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, the pending lawsuit filed by the USWNT against the U.S. Soccer Federation has reached some middle ground. As Rachel Bachman writes, the Federation and the 28 players currently listed on the National Team, will sit down for mediation before the issue pay inequality reaches the courts. 

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Agrees To Hold "Pay-Equity Mediation" After World Cup

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The mediation is slated to come into effect as soon as the team’s World Cup crusades come to an end, which in likelihood would occur after 3rd July, seeing as the U.S. women’s team looks destined to regain the ground they lost to Japan in the previous tournament. That isn’t to say the USWNT will go unchallenged, but the tournament bracket is currently spliced to their advantage. Barring any hiccups, and they do happen rather frequently in this knockout format, Germany is a safe bet to place in the finals opposite the USWNT.

For added context, numerous veteran players in the national set-up, including Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe, have spoken a double standard that exists between them and men’s selection. The ficial complaint, as it reads, denounces this lopsided standard in relation to the discrimination “the players’ medical treatment, their working conditions and the surface they play on during matches.” It’s no secret the U.S. national selection is a tale two completely different levels competency. The USWNT occupies the top spot in FIFA’s rankings going into their matchup with Spain, while the men’s side if somewhere f in the abyss.

Drake, E-40 & Lil Nas X Dominate This Week’s "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

The fight over spots in this week’s FIRE EMOJI playlist began with Drake manning the access points in a celebratory pose. If 5% Toronto’s tourist buzz is generated by October’s Very Own, how much those plaudits trickle down to the Raptors’ inaugural NBA Championship and the couplet songs that arose from it. That being said, it’s no surprise that both “Omerta” and “Money in the Grave” with Rick Ross have earned the Raptors’ ambassador a nice plot on our weekly playlist.

Drake, E-40 & Lil Nas X Dominate This Week's "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

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Otherwise, it was E-40 and Lil Nas X who stole the headlines this week, the former f the strength a neatly-arranged posse cut, and the album he announced in the dying hours last weekend’s regular festivities. “Chase The Money” isn’t typical E-40 in any measure the imagination. In fact, his teaser single proves him capable adapting to any style or fit. Roddy Ricch and Quavo are both placed in positions, relative to their strengths as songwriters, whereas A$AP Ferg and ScHoolboy Q are allowed to run amok, like Red Cross fundraisers going f-script on the busy streets.

Last but not least, Lil Nas X released his Seven EP to mixed reviews. And yet, “Panini” was greenlighted for submission based f its own merit. Other artists to earn a split podium finish were YBN Cordae, and Lil Keed for a third time in as many weeks. Listen to the FIRE EMOJI and follow all HNHH Spotify playlists below.

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Azealia Banks Vows To Quit Music, Claims Title Of "Most Talented Female Rapper"

Azealia Banks wears one many hats, but a “working recording artist” is no longer one them, by her own admission. The following is just the latest cause for concern in what’s been a tumultuous journey for her as a musician. The constant push-pull between her and her detractors has brought to a point where – as she so adamantly stated herself… “You will never get another body Azealia Banks work again. Hear me?!?!” she opined before launching into yet another diatribe.

It all begun with Azealia re-posting an exchange with a disgruntled fan. If ever Azealia Banks showed an aptitude for storytelling, it was in this very chaotic sequence non-events. There needs to be one positive takeaway from this derailment sorts. You shouldn’t expect anything less than an instant classic when Azealia’s behind the keyboard.

Azealia Banks Vows To Quit Music, Claims Title Of "Most Talented Female Rapper"

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“Sad thing is I’m the most intelligent and THE MOST talented female rapper and have been for years. You all will find out when it is too late and I’ve married a Russian and get to raise my kids in a fancy Siberian underground bunker while you all scramble to get indoors for 6pm curfew under us martial law . Lmfao… fuck y’all … don’t hate me hate your mother for not sending you to private and catholic school. Hate your very limited use vocabulary. Hate the Board education for failing you. Hate yourself for smoking hookah and paying fashion nova $90 for $15 clothes…….. Azealia banks is not your enemy,” she write in descriptive fashion.

Azealia Banks’ last musical fering came to us in December 2018, in the form a 3-piece oddity titled Icy Colors Change. Has the outspoken Banks reached the point oversaturation, over-zealotry? Hit us with your thoughts down below.

Instagram Gallery: Halle Berry’s Most Sensual Photos

In Hollywood, few things are as constant as Halle Berry’s timeless beauty both on and f the red carpet. In an industry dominated by cosmetically-enhanced figures and under-the-knife instant makeovers, Berry’s effortless, natural glamor stands out amongst the throngs her A-list peers. As both a record-breaking Academy Award-winning actress and a Revlon brand ambassador, Berry has used her jaw-dropping natural beauty to create an ageless personal brand that defies her 52 years age. Unlike other big screen stars who continually dodge questions about their ever-changing personal appearance, Berry is proud to encourage fans with natural approach to nourishing her body and achieving that trademark glow. 

“I do believe that exercise is so related to healthy skin and how you not only feel but how you look,” says Berry her behind-the-scenes secret to her flawless complexion and figure. “Cardio. Cardio Cardio. Getting the blood running through your body is so good for your complexion. Sweat, and the cheeks get naturally flushed,” she added.

Much to the delight her 5.3 million Instagram followers, Berry is well aware just how she looks behind the lens. Unafraid to show f her toned physique, the Monster’s Ball actress isn’t afraid to bare it all for the camera and pose in a slinky bikini or show f her form in a designer dress. For the ultimate collection Berry’s hardest flexes for the ‘Gram, check out the gallery below. 


Came Through Drippin’ 

Berry’s got the body and the drip. 


No Bra, No Problem 

Dressed in a denim jacket with nothing on underneath, Halle Berry proves once again that she doesn’t need designer duds to drop jaws. 


Bath Time 

Who knew self-care could look so good?


Bare Back 

“Who says I’m not a mermaid,” captioned Berry alongside this snap her decorated bare back. 


Tank Top 

Clearly, Berry is just one step away from joining the #FreeTheNipple campaign. 


Relax 

Somehow, it’s not surprising that Halle Berry’s idea a “lazy Sunday” looks wildly different than most. 


SAG Awards 

Not only is Berry naturally stunning, but she can pull f polished red carpet glam as well. 


Confident 

Halle Berry (rightly) wears her body confidence like a badge honor. 


Free At 50 

“In my opinion, there is no greater feeling than being FREE to be your truest, most authentic self,” wrote Berry in a post dedicated to marking another decade in her life. 


Squat 

No photoshop/filter needed. 

YG’s Artist Sad Boy Loko Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder Charges

4Hunnid artist Sad Boy Loko has reportedly pleaded not guilty on charges attempted murder. Rapper YG‘s artist was arrested in connection with a July 2018 incident that left a man only identified as “AS” clinging for his life. According to documents, on July 22, AS was in the company two minors as they were driving around trying to sell drugs—marijuana, mushrooms, ecstasy, and acid—that AS had stashed in his backpack. During their trip, they reportedly picked up Loko, real name Mario Hernandez Pacheco, and later met up with another man identified as Yellow Shirt.

Things allegedly went awry when Yellow Shirt took out a knife and tried to rob AS. When AS said he would call the cops, everyone in the car reportedly beat AS. The victim was later transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for his significant injuries. When police arrived, he named his assailants. Everyone involved was arrested aside from Yellow Shirt who has yet to be located.

According to the Santa Barbara IndependentSad Boy’s attorneys state that AS’s description their client to the police doesn’t align with what he looks like. They also claim that there’s no forensic evidence linking Sad Boy to the assault and their client allegedly placed two calls during the time when the incident was supposed to have occurred. Meanwhile, the rapper has been denied bail and will return to court on July 26.

Blueface Clarifies To A Fan Why All His Songs "Sound The Same"

Still coming f the high making it as one the 10 chosen to feature on the prestigious XXL’s Freshman list, and all used up in terms bragging rights, Blueface has taken a no-bullshit approach to anyone that has anything to say about him or his work that is not positive. The “Thotiana” rapper took to clapping back at a fan who inquired why he bothered to “keep making songs that sound the same,” upon noticing that the new single he dropped with Rich The Kid “Daddy” sounded a little too similar to some his older tracks.

The West Coast rapper shut down Twitter user “Phem” real quick, keeping his response short and sweet with: “it’s less work 🤷‍♂️.” I mean… it’s true. But, jokes aside, Blueface does deserve credit for working extra hard to prove to the masses that he wasnt just a one hit wonder after his viral hite “Thotiana;” securing collaborations with names like French Montana, Tyga, and Rich The Kid (among others), and even orchestrating his own Buss Down Tour this July. The midsummer concert boasts a loaded list (a relatively new to the game) supporting cast, including names like Asian Da Brat, Calboy, Sada Baby, and Kiddo Curry. 

Security Cameras Installed Atop XXXTENTACION’S Grave Due To Vandalism

June 18th, 3 days ago, marked the 1 year anniversary our beloved Triple X. Since his passing, his art has taken f even further with “SAD!” reaching one billion streams and several posthumous albums being introduced to us. Fans patiently await his next body work to be presented alongside a documentary on his life, but they can’t help but grieve the talented young artist gone too soon, as if he had just left us yesterday. and while his friend and fellow rapper Lil Pump commemorated the occasion by bumping X’s “Revenge” and allowing the tears to fallfans flooded his gravesite to pay their respects.

Security Cameras Installed Atop XXXTENTACION'S Grave Due To Vandalism

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TMZ reports that there were a ton people that flooded Boca Raton Memorial Park – where X is buried. A mausoleum was built for his burial and his family went inside, (where the public wasn’t allowed) shutting the doors for a moment privacy. Now, Rap Current (where you can also see a picture the grave with the camera installed) reports that a single security camera has been installed at the top X’s grave due to alleged vandalism. X’s mama, Cleo, reportedly had the camera installed prior the 1 year mark, in an attempt to take all the necessary precautious measures to ensure that there wasn’t any further vandalism at the grave. The family was being extra cautious in making sure some overzealous fan didn’t try to pay tribute to the late rapper in any way which they would not appreciate. 

 

The Biggest Public Controversies In Wrestling History

Surrounded on all sides by negative press and internal disputes, no period time in the past decade has been as tumultuous for World Wrestling Entertainment than right now. Regularly pilloried for their 10-year-deal with the kingdom Saudi Arabia and their history human rights violations, the fallout from this month’s Super Showdown in Jeddah continues to rage on. Aside from the mural dubiety the deal itself, fans and pundits were also left incensed by the disastrous main-event the show which pitted two ailing legends against one another. Billed as a “dream match,” the resulting contest between 50+ year old icons The Undertaker and Goldberg was one that never should’ve happened as a couple  botched manoeuvres could’ve paralyzed either man for life.

On top that, the meteoric rise All Elite Wrestling– a new company independent superstars and former WWE mainstays financed by Shahid Khan’s son Tony– has weakened WWE’s unfaltering grip over the industry’s purse strings and resulted in many their under-utilized workers pining for pastures new. In fact, it’s rumoured that wrestlers ranging from Sasha Banks, Gallows & Anderson and a whole host other undisclosed but high-prile names are simply running out their contracts before making their way to the fledgling alternative brand. Coupled with the continually spiralling ratings for Raw and Smackdown, it’s safe to say that things are likely less than harmonious at their Greenwich, CT base operations.

The singularly-minded chairman Vince McMahon, who is ten cited as the leading cause acrimony in today’s WWE, is likely taking this groundswell negative publicity and internal unrest better than most. After all, he– and the wrestling industry at large– are no strangers to chaos ensuing in ways that they cannot control. Prone to firefighting PR storms, tragedies and legal proceedings with any and all weapons at their disposal, the highly chaotic world sports entertainment has had its fair share controversies that have shook the very fabric the pression. Now that the WWE is on the backfoot in a way that it hasn’t been in many years, it seems like an ideal opportunity to look at some the other furores that turned the industry on its head.

As a sidebar, this article will examine incidents that played out in the public domain as opposed to internal issues. If you’d like a rundown those, feel free to check out this list from earlier in the year.


Stone Cold’s Domestic Abuse Charges

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At the height his Attitude Era fame, Stone Cold Steve Austin could do no wrong even when he seemed to be breaking every role known to man. Bald, beer-guzzling and quick to take decisive action against anyone and everyone, his every-man persona gave him free reign to wreak havoc on national TV in a way that few could ever dream . Airlocked within the confines a storyline, it didn’t matter whether it was Vince McMahon, Santa Claus, the current President the United States or women such as Lita, Stephanie McMahon or her aging mother Linda that was on the receiving end a “Stone Cold Stunner” as the response would always be rapturous applause. But for a brief period in 2002, Steve Austin’s fictionalized hell-raising was supplanted by the real-life indiscretions the man lesser-known as Steve Williams.

Just five days after he’d fled WWE TV tapings in light a creative dispute, Stone Cold turned himself into police due to a warrant that charged him with “misdemeanour charge assault with bodily injury.” The recipient this attack was none other than Austin’s then-spouse Debra Marshall.

By November 25th 2002, the incident was resolved with a $1000 fine and 80 hours community service but accusations WWE placing a gagging order on Austin’s ex-wife to curtail any further revelations has made it something a lingering black cloud over Stone Cold’s legacy. While Austin is now happily remarried, Debra has been less willing to let the alleged three instances abuse slip unknowingly past the public eye and provided a detailed account for Hannity & Colmes back in 2007. “The last time Steve attacked me, alcohol was involved. He jumped on me. He’s on my back with his knee in my back, pounding me in the back and in my face. I thought I was going to die,” she said. 


The Mass Transit Incident

Positioned as a rebellious, counter-culture entity that was the antidote to wrestling’s more pantomimed presentation, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was always willing to provocatively push the boundaries taboo & bloodletting. Covertly funded by WWE as a means to compensate them for taking their biggest stars, it’s safe to say that WWE were even more eager to keep their affiliation under wraps after the infamous Mass Transit Incident. The subject news reports, investigations and court proceedings, it all sparked from an underaged and untrained 17-year-old known as Eric Kulas finding his way into their notoriously lawless ring under false pretences. Kulas falsified a gimmick and background that allowed him to be booked against the hyper-violent tandem “The Gangstas,” as a last-minute replacement. Comprised New Jack and Mustafa, it was the former that was all too happy to oblige Kulas– clad in a bus driver’s attire and billed under Mass Transit– and his request to be cut open during the match.

Due to a mixture Kulas’ inexperience and New Jack’s overzealousness, the ensuing cut with what was rumoured to be an X-Acto knife was deeper than he’d anticipated and led to a pool blood emanating from his head. The subject a CNN Inside Edition, the fallout nearly derailed the entire company due to the proposed cancellation their first pay-per-view, was the subject a fruitless lawsuit from Kulas’ family and almost landed New Jack in jail for up to 5 years. To this day, New Jack insists that he did exactly what Kulas permitted him to, while the one-time wrestler died in 2002 from complications arising from a gastric bypass surgery. Footage the match can be found here but be warned, it is not for the faint heart.

 


Sable Sues WWE

Once a marquee attraction for the company that quickened pulses at every turn, Rena “Sable” Mero was a cornerstone the WWE during its late 90s boom period. Never particularly gifted from an in-ring standpoint, the appeal Sable corresponded with their move towards an edgier, debauchery-fuelled direction that adhered to the concept “sex sells.” As a result, Sable became one their biggest draws and would bolster their TV ratings with every sultry appearance but the relationship between the woman that would become Mrs. Brock Lesnar and the company’s top brass would sour by 1999. In June that year, Mero sued the company for $110 million as a result “sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.”

Taken from transcripts the trial and filing documents, the details the case have since been unveiled and hinge around “the humiliation that she was constantly facing” due to “tee-shirts depicting Mrs. Mero in a degrading fashion fering sexual favors; Mrs. Mero was requested to display affection to women to promote a ‘lesbian angle’; Mrs. Mero was asked to have her gown ripped f repeatedly (notwithstanding promises to the contrary), and Plaintiff was asked to expose her breasts by ‘mistake’ on national television during a wrestling contest.”

Complete with allegations that “men would routinely walk into the women’s dressing room as if by accident,” it’s remarkable that not only did they settle out court but Sable would return as a fully fledged member the roster in 2002.


The Billy And Chuck Scandal

In recent times, artists varying from Ariana Grande to Taylor Swift have all found themselves lobbied with accusations “queerbaiting” in order to prit from the LGBTQ+ community. However, what goes under-publicized is that WWE were early proponents this unscrupulous marketing strategy. Both left to languish on the mid card, former D-Generation X member Billy Gunn and WCW import Chuck Palumbo soon found themselves saddled with a gimmick that portrayed them as a same-sex couple. Never made explicit but alluded to time and time again, the storyline eventually came to a head with a “commitment ceremony”– but when it came down to going through with the nuptials on an episode Smackdown, the pair revealed it all to be a ruse and in doing so, dispersed all the goodwill that WWE had garnered from gay rights activists along the way.

In a statement published during the aftermath, GLAAD admonished WWE for their actions:

“We supported the representation Billy & Chuck, NOT the called-f wedding. The WWE lied to us two months ago when they promised that Billy & Chuck would come out and wed on the air. In fact, I was told (lied to) the day after the show was taped in Minneapolis that the wedding took place and all was well. The WWE also lied to The Today Show, the New York Times and other media outlets. Many have contacted me to express their disdain for the WWE’s unpressional marketing machine.”

In the years since, Billy Gunn has claimed that he has “no regrets” over the storyline.


Defending The Business

While there’s a wealth tales that could constitute a list in itself, it’d be impossible to mention public controversies without touching on the longstanding tradition wrestlers defending the legitimacy the business through any means necessary. Whether it’s Vader grabbing a Kuwaiti TV presenter by his neck and subsequently ushering in a 10-year-long ban on sports entertainment in the country or Meng– also known as Haku– biting f the nose a man who referred to it as “fake,” many stars the past were willing to go to any length to preserve the integrity wrestling as a genuine sporting contest. In the case WWE, two their biggest court battles in the 80s and 90s came as a result this exact duty. While being interviewed by 20/20’s John Stossel, “Dr D” David Schultz retorted to accusations fakery by open-hand slapping the journalist on the head twice. As a result, WWE would have to award Stossel $425,000 and the journeyman wrestler was released from the company.

On the other end the spectrum fame, it was none other than Hulk Hogan that would embroil them in a legal battle after he choked out comedian Richard Belzer live on Lifetime Network’s Hot Properties after a series snarky remarks. Gripped in a front chin lock, it took only a matter seconds for the bleached blonde behemoth to knock Belzer out and left him in need nine stitches in the back his head. The case was eventually settled out court for an undisclosed fee but an interview with Howard Stern from 2008 revealed that it was somewhere in the vicinity $450,000.

 


The Muhamad Hassan Debacle

Billed as a Muslim man that was disgruntled with the continued discrimination that he faced in post 9/11 USA, the character Muhammad Hassan, portrayed by Italian-American Marc Copani, seemed to be tastefully handled when he first debuted. Rather than acting as a foreign heel in the conventional sense, his grievances all came from issues that people in the Islamic community were facing and he seemed poised for a run at the main event scene. Or at least that was the plan until WWE plunged themselves into the murky waters jihadism for promotional gain. During the climactic stages a feud with The Undertaker, Hassan was involved in an in-ring confrontation with “The Deadman” that eventually lead to the WWE legend being subdued with piano wire by assailants in combat gear and balaclavas. Filled with terrorism-inspired imagery, the timing couldn’t have been worse as the segment aired just three days before the 7/7 bombings in London. Faced with widespread backlash from the UPN network, The New York Post and others, the character was quickly written f TV and Copani hastily departed from the wrestling industry up until April 2018.


The $10 Million Rocker Dropper

In December 1990, a young preliminary wrestler’s life was altered forever and his career left in tatters before it could ever get f the ground. Despite his claims familiarity with the move, it was Marty Jannetty, who at the time was the tag team partner GOAT contender Shawn Michaels, and his “rocker dropper” finishing manoeuvre that would paralyze Chuck Austin for life. In Jannetty’s account, the accident stemmed from the fact that his opponent “wasn’t that good… but he lied and said he was.” Nevertheless, Austin’s head colliding with the mat would cost the WWE a grand total $10 million, $100,000 which came directly out Jannetty’s pocket.

As for who was to blame, you can take a look for yourself.


The Steroid Trial

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Although he seems almost invulnerable to all public scrutiny, the closest Vince McMahon ever came to losing more than just market share was during 1994’s Steroid trial. Pitted against the federal government, wrestling’s own oligarch was accused acting as the head a drug-trafficking ring that supplied competitors in his organization with illegal anabolic substances and growth hormones. Sparked by a slip-up from Pennsylvanian urologist Dr George Zahorian, the court proceedings made for a fascinating web conflicting evidence and testimonies from Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and other stars that threatened to derail WWE and send its chairman to jail.

For anyone that’s after an in-depth guide what transpired, check out long-time WWE producer Bruce Prichard’s retrospective on his Conrad Thompson-hosted podcast Something To Wrestle With below. 


Owen Hart’s Death

Throughout his tenure in the company, Owen Hart wasn’t just one the most uniquely gifted entertainers on the roster but one the most intensely liked individuals in the WWF. Prone to amazing feats athleticism and backstage pranks in equal measure, it only seemed like a matter time until he’d finally follow in his brother’s footsteps and capture the organization’s top prize. Sadly, any plans that he had for his future were brought to a heartrending end at Over The Edge 99 in the Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Owen Hart, primed to descend from the ro as his superhero-indebted character The Blue Blazer, fell 78 feet and died in the ring his injuries as paramedics frantically attempted to revive him. Controversially, the pay-per-view went on with the Calgary legend’s passing being announced live on-air by Jim Ross. In the years since his untimely demise, Owen’s wife Martha has sued WWE on the grounds wrongful death and refuses to allow his induction into the Hall Of Fame despite pleas from fans and even his fellow wrestlers such as Mark Henry to allow him to be celebrated. Footage Owen’s death has never been released to the public and remains in WWE’s vault. 


The Benoit Family Tragedy

Often regarded as the darkest day in the history pressional wrestling, the actions Chris Benoit on the 24th June 2007 have reverberated through the industry ever since. The catalyst for new concussion protocol and his name being largely expunged from the history books wherever possible, the former WWE champion’s heinous actions transformed him from one wrestling’s most heart-warming success stories to a vilified figure. Although no one knows exactly what happened in the confines the family’s Georgia home, the end result was the murder Benoit’s wife Nancy and his seven-year-old son Daniel before he hung himself from a weight-lifting machine. Regarded as a “family man” and a “quiet” individual, many his contemporaries remain unable to come to terms with his unforgivable crimes to this day. Accredited to “roid rage” or potential marital problems, an autopsy Benoit revealed that his brain had been so decimated by his years wrestling a high-velocity style in the ring that it resembled that an 80-year old with “very severe” Alzheimer’s disease.

Although there’s plenty supplementary content out there, this podcast between Chavo Guerrero and Chris Jericho provides one the most compelling insights from one the last men ever to talk to Benoit.

Lizzo Opens About Her Struggle With Depression & What Triggers Her Down Days

Lizzo has always unapologetically been herself and it’s one the most appreciated qualities the “Truth Hurts” singer. The 31-year-old has previously discussed just how much she loves herself and all the dimples in her butt. “I’m doing this for myself. I love creating shapes with my body, and I love normalizing the dimples in my butt or the lumps in my thighs or my back fat or my stretch marks,” she said. “I love normalizing my black-ass elbows. I think it’s beautiful.”

But just as any human, Lizzo has down days and the singer isn’t afraid to speak about those moments, as she recently did on Instagram. Lizzo posted a video to her feed that sees her blocking the camera with text that reads: “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts.”

Lizzo Opens About Her Struggle With Depression & What Triggers Her Down Days
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Lizzo received a wave support and kind words from fans and followers which prompted her to follow-up with another video where she got even more candid and shed a couple tears. “I went on live to have a discussion about triggers. My triggers are: rejection and inadequacy. But I love that I’m more emotionally honest lately. I love that I can use my sadness constructively in real time for gratitude,” she captioned the video. 

Watch in full below and if you too feel the weight the world on your shoulders, just know that what you’re going through right now isn’t forever. 

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Post-Credit Scenes Have Been Leaked

Spider-Man: Far From Home won’t be released to the public until July 2nd, but those who have already seen the film have returned from the theater bringing good news. Along with praise, critics also have noted that the film features two post-credit scenes. Details from the two scenes have been leaked and provide an interesting insight into the future the series.

Spoilers ahead.

It seems that the newest addition to the series will be laying the groundwork for the upcoming Spider-Man 3. Apparently, Norman Osborn will make an appearance during one the post-credit scenes. Fans have theorized that the scene is a tease to the Sinister Six. RoyG575, on subreddit MarvelStudiosSpoiler, claims to be a special effects artist for Disney and describes the scene in a post reading:

“The mid-credit scene starts f in a dark room, with chilling and villainous music. A defeated and sad looking Mysterio looks out the window from a skyscraper at night time. The view the shot is within the building looking outwards, so you can’t see the building itself.

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Post-Credit Scenes Have Been Leaked
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A voice is heard in the background (which sounds Russian), which says something like “He beat us once, but soon he is going to pay”. Mysterio turns around and the voice is revealed to be from the Chameleon in his costume. Mysterio then says “Dimitri, thanks for having my back out there”. Chameleon replies with “don’t worry, there are more us”. Right then, the music gets darker while the Vulture (similar outfit as homecoming with a few modifications), Scorpion (Outfit similar to comics but few differences), Shocker (Different outfit than homecoming, it looks like the red and yellow suit from comics), and a man in a business suit walk in from another room.

The businessman gathers the villains together and says “I have a proposal”. The camera pans out to the outside the building, which is the old Stark/Avengers tower which has the name “OSCORP” in large green font, at the same spot the Stark logo was, and shows it for a few seconds. The scene ends here. It was about 45 seconds but I have only seen the whole clip twice. I couldn’t tell if the businessman was Norman Osborn, or if he was simply an assistant, and I didn’t know the actor playing him.”

If what this user has to say is true, the chance us seeing the Sinister Six in upcoming films is definitely a possibility. Catch it in theaters on July 2nd.

DJ Mustard Honored With "Mustard Day" In Los Angeles

DJ Mustard‘s being recognized for his contributions to South Los Angeles. June 19th now marks Mustard Day in Los Angeles. Mustard was honored today with the declaration ceremony taking place at City Hall chambers. “I never would have imagined having a day in the city I was born and raised in,” Mustard said. “I am just super grateful and happy that I could even be named, or have a day in this city, because everything I do is for the city.”

Mustard was also dubbed the ambassador for the the Boys & Girls Club who benefited from the resources the organization. He explained that the Boys & Girls Club was vital in helping him find his passion in music. 

“I am truly excited to support the Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Los Angeles,” he continued. “They are truly doing the important work to prepare youth to graduate from high school with a plan to support them in becoming the next generation leaders in our community. Mentors, like my Uncle Tyrei, helped me see the possibilities a career in music and production—I want to do the same for thousands youth at the Clubs and help them fulfill their own personal dreams.”

Aside from his recent honor, his new album Perfect Tendrops on June 28th. He’ll also be opening up for Meek Mill and Future on the Legendary Nights tour.

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Craig Xen Establishes The "Broken Kids Club" & Details His Favorite XXXTentacion Memories

This week marks the one-year anniversary XXXTentacion’s tragic death. One the core artists in the Members Only collective, XXX had an impact on his immediate surroundings and on the entire world, connecting with a group young people who live life every day with worry, fear, anxiety and depression. During his time on Earth, the late rapper crafted several singles that would become early classics, like “SAD!,” and his closest friends, family and collaborators are doing everything in their power to keep his memory alive. That brings us to Houston artist Craig Xen. Having lived with Jahseh, Xen knows X better than anybody else. He was ten in the studio with him and lived through tons crazy experiences with the rapper. If you think it, he is the logical choice to take over from where X left f and Broken Kids Club is where that all begins. 

Craig Xen and XXXTentacion came up at around the same time. They were both creating heavy music and they gravitated towards each other, building a tight bond, which eventually culminated in Craig Xen joining Members Only. After the release Members Only Vol. 4, Xen felt it was time to make a proper impact by himself, showing everybody what he’s all about and growing his personal brand. 

We had the pleasure speaking with Craig on June 17, just days before the release Broken Kids Club, to learn more about the project, his connection to Members Only, and where he might be headed next.

Read our full interview below, edited slightly for clarity and length.


Craig Xen: What’s going on man?

HNHH: Not much man. It’s a pleasure to speak with you. Thank you so much for coming to the fice.

Yeah. I appreciate you having me.

No worries man. I know you’ve lived in a few different places: Houston, Los Angeles, Florida, etc. Where do you consider home?

I’d say where my brothers are at. Wherever my people are at. I feel at home with certain people because I move around so much, now especially, just getting f tour. Anytime, at a show, after work, the meet and greets, or just performing is when I feel most at home. There’s no specific geographical location. It’s more so with a certain group people.

I feel you. Home is a feeling.

It is. I can’t deny going back to my mom’s in Houston, but my mom is home. It doesn’t matter. If I see my mom in LA, sometimes she’ll be travelling and I’ll see her out and that feels like home too. Yeah, it’s a feeling bro.

I know your father was in prison. I wanted to ask if you hear from him ever.

It’s funny you say that. I guess he was released recently because somehow he got my phone number and he texted me so I auto-replied since I didn’t know the number. I hit him with “Sorry, I can’t talk right now” and then he sent me a selfie himself. I didn’t respond. I had to change my number a few times also. He’s out somewhere.

So, you guys don’t have a good relationship?

I’d say we just don’t have a relationship. It’s not necessarily bad, it’s just that I learned how to do everything without him. I think a part me when I was younger was really resentful that he was locked up but, as I got older, I learned to forgive and understand. I’ve just been so busy and it’s such a touchy spot to make time to develop that relationship.

I read somewhere that he was friends with DJ Screw?

I actually don’t know where that came from. There was some misinformation that I was DJ Screw’s nephew, which would’ve been really badass. I don’t know how close they were but I know my dad and my uncle hung around SUC and hung around those guys. I didn’t ask too many questions but one my uncles produced for the Geto Boys. Rest in peace to Bushwick man.

Craig Xen Establishes The "Broken Kids Club" & Details His Favorite XXXTentacion Memories

For real man. You’ve got your Broken Kids Club project coming out on Wednesday. How would you describe it?

I haven’t heard anything like it be released this year. It’s for after the party. It’s not necessarily party music. It’s for after the party, when all the smoke clears and everyone goes home and you’re still up late at night and you have to deal with your emotions.

There’s a lot people that need music like that. X was making music like that too. 

Absolutely, I’d say X, Peep, Mac was hitting that spot.

RIP to all three those dudes. How did you come up with the title Broken Kids Club?

Yeah, there was this girl named Julia and we were hanging out, talking about how sometimes you’ll be in a room and you won’t necessarily know everybody, you’ll go to a party and not know anybody but you feel certain people on certain vibrations resonate with you. It’s a resiliency thing. You can detect people who have been through shit. I felt like I wanted to be and I needed to be the voice for the kids and I wanted them to know that not only are they not alone but it’s okay to not be “perfect.” It’s okay that you’re struggling with depression, it’s okay that you’re struggling with anxiety, it’s okay that you didn’t grow up with a picture-perfect household. Sometimes some kids who grow up in picture-perfect households are broken on the inside also. I felt like it’s a club. I felt like there was no title to it but we can detect people like ourselves who are resilient.

You’re part Members Only. What’s it like to be in such a tight collective talented artists?

I’d say we’re all brothers before we’re rappers or recording artists or performers. We hang out. We’ve spent so much more time together bullshitting and kicking it than we do making music and I think you can attribute such an organic sound over the past years and projects to that: just friends making music together. That’s what it’s always been. Obviously, everybody’s working really hard on their solo stuff right now and we’re all really proud each other. Everybody’s got their own moves to make and then we all come together for the Members Only tour. We’re always ready to come together and have all us in one spot.

What’s it like being on tour and seeing all the different types people that fuck with you?

So many different backgrounds. At the meet and greet, I’ll sit there until the venue kicks me out. That’s another thing. When I was younger and I would go shows, I remember there were two artists that I paid for meet and greets with. I took a picture with one them and that was it and I was like “When I get in that position, I’m gonna meet and greet and get to kick it with my fans.” I’m grateful that I’m in a position where I’m able to help so many people in so many different ways. Just having kids come up to me, some them have similar backgrounds, some come from opposite socioeconomic backgrounds but it’s really cool man.

Who did you pay for meet and greets with?

One time was Wiz Khalifa and, I don’t know what the limit was, but there were so many people. I remember with Wiz it was a good experience. I told him I wanna make music and he said “chase your dreams” and we took a picture. Regardless that being a cliché response or not, it gave me so much inspiration and motivation that I remember watching him perform after that and I knew one day I was gonna be on that stage. That night I went and recorded my first song and I think him just sharing his energy with me really inspired me.

Have you spoken to Wiz since then?

Nah, I haven’t spoken to Wiz yet. It’s coming though.

I wanted to also ask how you met XXXTentacion.

We met on Twitter and we both had maybe a couple songs out. We just fucked with each other. The first time we got to hang out was when he came to LA, I wanted him to stay at my crib, we had been talking for a while. He came when I was asleep so I didn’t see the text message until the next morning but there were so many people staying at the crib that there wasn’t enough room for him and his manager at the time. I know Ski Mask the Slump God] was with him. He told me “Man, I really appreciate the gesture.” He ended up getting a hotel. The first time we hung out after that was the South Side Suicide tour with Pouya and the $uicideBoy$. When we met, instantly there was a connection. At the time, both our music was really heavy and hard-hitting so we decided, since we were both openers for them on tour, that we’d share a set. I knew his music, he knew my music, he fucked with me, I fucked with him so when we met it clicked, so we decided to share a set. It was phenomenal man. It was an experience. I remember every show there was something we couldn’t do. There was one time he performed in his boxers. That was funny as shit. I remember the guys with Buffet Boys were like “Hey man, can you guys not do that at the next show?” Then, the next show would be some other shit. Me and him were like “One day we’re gonna have our own tour,” because we didn’t wanna disrespect anybody, we were just in the moment. After that tour, we just ended up kicking it. I think I ended up staying in Miami for like two weeks and we just hung out. That’s when I met all the guys. I met Flyboy Tarantino. That’s when I got to meet everybody and he was like, “You wanna be in Members Only?” I was like “Sure.” It was a really natural, organic thing.

What’s your favourite memory with him?

I’d say whenever we were riding three-wheelers. We would go at like three, four in the morning. We would argue like brothers do and, we were living together at the time, so I’d go to my room, he’d go to his room, time would pass, three or four hours, then I would go knock on his door or he’d knock on my door and the ice-breaker was always “You wanna go riding?” That was our thing. We’d ride these three-wheeled motorcycles. Just riding those around. There were a couple times where we’d go invite girls over and they’d hop on the bar and we’d go to a bar. Just go kick it man. Those rides were really special to me because they were a time where he wasn’t X. He had his helmet on and nobody could tell who he was. There was nobody on the roads; it was just us. That was our thing. Good memories.

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary his death. If you could tell him anything tomorrow, what would it be and why?

It’s hard to encapsulate that into one statement. Not only that, but he’s still here. Just because he’s not here physically, I know he’s still here in spirit. He experiences all the growth. I felt like his energy was there with us and the fans on tour. We would play a lot his music and everybody would get lit and hype. I would just tell him how proud I was and still am him and how many people he’s helped. I remember that was his biggest thing. He just didn’t want anybody to feel alone. I just wish he could see the impact the way that we see it. I would just tell him that he did it. He wanted to be a legend and he did it. Not on like some underground shit, not even on some mainstream shit, timeless music– a legend.

You just released “RUN IT BACK!” with X. What does that song mean to you?

To me, that song is such an important piece to the culture because a lot the new fans either don’t know about the roots his sound or haven’t gotten into the older work, whatever it may be. Personally, I love the song, not only because we made it in person, but I can remember all the times where we listened to it together. We were really listening to it a lot when we got into working out. We got a CrossFit membership together which was a funny story too because, for some reason, he just wouldn’t carry around a fucking card so we went to sign up for personal training at a CrossFit and the guy was like “It’ll be x] amount money” and Jah was like “Alright, can you help me count this shit?” He just pulled out hella bands. So, we listened to that song a lot pre-, and post-CrossFit. I feel like it’s really important for the culture, for the OG fans to have that itch satisfied like “Oh man, I want that old X so bad” because we made that song when he still had half black and half blonde hair. It’s one those. It’s an artifact, a fossil dude.

I read that you were obsessed with Eminem and Lil B. Obviously, they run two completely different spectrums, what led you to both those artists?

As a creative, I’ve grown to appreciate something about every artist. I feel that every artist is a genius in their own way and their own fashion. It’s hard for me to dislike an artist because I feel every artist is special in their own way, whether it be lyrically or sonically. There’s always something that I can take and appreciate from an artist. With Eminem, it was his resiliency. That was also the first album that I bought, The Eminem Show. I remember my uncle didn’t fuck with it so that was the first rebellious thing that I had. I had a CD player and I would listen to it and his pain resonated with me. Him being an outsider and being proud and speaking firmly, saying “Yes, I’m different and I’m not gonna fucking change for anybody,” helped me with my confidence in that area and, “If my uncle doesn’t like it, fuck him.” I love this shit. You don’t have to like this shit, I like it which was really rare for a kid like me because I was heavily influenced by my uncle and idolized him. I’d say Lil B, in high school, when I was going through a dark time in my life, he helped me find courage. He made being positive cool to me, and being yourself cool, and being raw and unfiltered cool. I think that’s somewhere Eminem and Lil B both meet. They’re both really rare and unfiltered with what they say. I still got love for Lil B to this day. I feel like he’s set so many trends and opened so many doors for so many artists. Even the way he went about business, being independent and his marketing and the way he released a lot free music, I love the way that he moved and that he genuinely felt great being himself.

After Broken Kids Club, what’s coming next?

I’m gonna be working on my album and in between, I’m gonna be releasing singles and I’m definitely gonna drop a bunch videos. I’d say there’s gonna be collabs, there’s gonna be solo singles and there’s gonna be a new album coming. People have found out about me through features and now I’m ready to show them that this is my solo work and this is me.

Is there anything you want to add about Broken Kids Club?

The only thing I would touch on is that I used the EP as an introduction to the movement. I feel like, me personally, there’s no movement right now, there’s nobody doing what I’m doing and I feel like it’s really important to the culture and to the kids that they know what it is and that the doors are open for them to be apart the Broken Kids Club. I wanna welcome them somewhere where they feel at home and that’s something that’s hard to come across. For instance, at shows we mosh but we’re not actually trying to hurt anybody, nobody came to fight. We’re just trying to let all that negative energy out in a healthy way. That’s the same thing I do with music and I hope the way that they digest it. Even with my loud, angry shit, I told my fans, “Don’t go fighting anybody to this shit.” You can scream as loud as you want. You can swing at the air as much as you want. I just want my music to be used as a tool to get that negative energy out and for them to know that they are not alone.

STREAM CRAIG XEN’S “BROKEN KIDS CLUB” HERE.