Lil Uzi Vert Shares Text Messages With Ex-Girlfriend: "Why Would You Leave Me"

Some Lil Uzi Vert‘s fans are selfishly excited about what’s going on in his life right now. Over the course the last forty-eight hours, the Philadelphia rapper has been channelling his emotions into his social media pages, telling the world about his break-up and sharing limited details about what happened. While it’s still not entirely clear who he was dating, Uzi seemingly got broken up with this week and he’s feeling really low. Of course, the fans who like Uzi’s heartbreak music are excited because this possibly means he’ll be writing a few anthems for them in the coming days. However, we really should just be wishing him well because, from the looks it, he’s taking this really hard.

Updating his Instagram story with a video himself using a search engine to ask “WHY IS LIL UZI SO SAD,” he then decided to expose his text messages to his ex-girlfriend. “Wya I’m not feeling well,” he started. He then realized that she was ghosting him, venting to the non-respondent woman in an emotional manner. “I can’t believe you left me and I never left you,” he added. “Can you please answer? Wtf. Why would you leave me?”

Everyone send your well wishes to Lil Uzi Vert right now. Clearly, he can use some love.

Lil Uzi Vert Shares Text Messages With Ex-Girlfriend: "Why Would You Leave Me"

Rockets Source Claims Carmelo Anthony’s Houston Stint "Ruined Him"

Carmelo Anthony has had a huge fall from grace over the last year or so and it all stems from his short-lived time with the Houston Rockets. Anthony was a bonafide superstar in the league during his prime with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. After a while, Carmelo seemed to be on the decline and ended up with the Oklahoma City Thunder for one season. Last season, he joined the Houston Rockets and was released after just ten games.

In a recent report from Baxter Holmes ESPN, it was revealed that Anthony’s defensive woes were the real reason why he didn’t work out in Houston. Another source from the Rockets has spoken out and said the whole situation is truly unfortunate. In fact, the source claims Melo ruined his career by going to the Rockets and should have signed elsewhere.

Rockets Source Claims Carmelo Anthony's Houston Stint "Ruined Him"

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“I feel awful that it ended the way it did,” the source said. “He would have been better f either going to Miami or just not playing. But those 10 games … basically ruined him.”

Essentially, many people throughout the league believe there is no way Melo can come back and that he is effectively done in the NBA. Melo has been trying hard to get a contract but it doesn’t seem like there is a team willing to give him a chance. If that’s the case, it would be a sad end to an otherwise fruitful career.

Air Jordan 12 "Michigan" Release Update Revealed

Last month rumors surfaced about a brand new “Michigan” Air Jordan 12 that was reportedly on track to release this holiday season. s the Wolverines-themed Air Jordan 12 never surfaced, but it was believed that the sneakers would follow a “White/Amarillo/Metallic Gold/Midnight Navy” color scheme.

As it turns out, that sneaker won’t be releasing after all. According to sneaker source House Heat, “multiple sources” have confirmed that Jordan Brand has no plans to release another Michigan Air Jordan 12 – which is a shame considering the mockup below looks pretty damn nice.

Air Jordan 12 "Michigan" Release Update Revealed

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It’s not all sad news for Air Jordan 12 fans however, as Jordan Brand has a number dope colorways in the works including the highly anticipated “Reverse Taxi” iteration that is scheduled to launch on Halloween, as well as the “Dark Grey” version on tap for December.

On top that, it is believed that a black and gold colorway, similar to Gary Payton’s Air Jordan 12 PE, is in the works for 2020. We’ll take that with a grain salt however, until Jordan Brand makes an ficial announcement.

Shaq Provides Incredible Gesture For Boy Paralyzed In A Shooting

Back in August, a 12-year-old boy by the name Isaiah Payton was tragically shot by a stray bullet in a shooting. Payton was leaving a high school football game when the incident occurred and it left him paralyzed from the chest down. Once Payton was stabilized in the hospital, he was unable to leave due to the fact his family’s apartment wasn’t accessible enough for his disability. 

Shaq heard about Payton’s story and decided to partner up with Papa John’s to find the family a new home and is going to pay all their bills for a year. It’s an incredible gesture that the NBA legend got to speak on recently.

The Vinyl Industry Has a Trade Group — Introducing the Vinyl Alliance

After nearly 15 years of consecutive recovery, vinyl is becoming a bonafide industry again.

The freshly-unwrapped trade group, which aims to cover all aspects of vinyl record mastering, manufacturing, hardware, software, distribution, and retail, was announced to Digital Music News this morning. The group, dubbed the ‘Vinyl Alliance,’ had their inaugural meeting at the Making Vinyl conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood, a crowded pow-wow that attracted major and indie labels, worldwide manufacturers, mastering engineers, and a variety of technology players.

The Vinyl Alliance is being started with 11 founding companies:

  • GZ Media
  • KDG
  • Making Vinyl
  • Masterdisk
  • MPO
  • Ortofon
  • Pro-Ject
  • Audio-Technica
  • Rebeat Innovation
  • The Analogue Foundation
  • Vinylize

Those are some pretty heavy-hitters, with GZ Media and MPO representing two of the largest pressing plants in Europe (if not the world). Ortofon and Pro-Ject are also well-established names on the hardware side, and Rebeat Innovation is the company behind the next-generation ‘HD Vinyl’ concept.

The eleven founding members will pool their resources to collaborate in such activities as research, quality assurance, and marketing. The Vinyl Alliance expects to announce other members soon, with record companies, manufacturers, dealers and pressing plants all expected to join the ranks.  They are also open to new members.

The founder of the organization is Bryan Ekus, who’s also the coordinating force behind Making Vinyl.

He told DMN that “there’s a need to bring the vinyl record industry together to prevent the devaluations of the format by formulating a strategic approach to promote vinyl records as a premium consumer experience in an era of streaming.”

Ekus further says that the alliance is targeting specific groups of people. This includes young people who love music but want to go beyond the quality that is available through streaming. They also want to target high-net-worth individuals and artists of all kinds.

In terms of outreach, the alliance has a few interesting plans. This includes film and TV product placements, using celebrities and social media influencers to act as “vinyl ambassadors” and publishing articles about the industry. (Given that you’re currently reading an article about the vinyl industry, the last goal is already getting satisfied).

At some point around 2007, vinyl started making a comeback, and while vinyl records account for less than 6% of current music sales, its popularity in some regions is approaching that of the late 80s. Just recently, it was projected that vinyl sales will surpass CD sales in the U.S. this year for the first time since 1986.

DJ Premier Unveils Release Date & Tracklist For Historic Gang Starr Album

When DJ Premier first teased a new Gang Starr album on Instagram last month, everyone was in disbelief. With Guru gone, it didn’t seem possible. But behind the scenes, this was years in the making.

In September 2017, Preemo embarked on a journey with Guru’s aura and presence occupying the studio with him — not only in spiritual form but also in physical form. Throughout the process, the urn with Guru’s ashes sat on his production console as began work on the first new Gang Starr album in 16 years — One Of The Best Yet. 

“This album means everything to me,” Preemo said. “It’s a continuation of what I never wanted to end. It’s a very foreign place for me and very emotional. I get happy, sad, excited; my feelings are kind of all over the place. But predominantly, just very happy to be making music with Guru again.”

DJ Premier Unveils Release Date & Tracklist For Historic Gang Starr Album

Along with the next single, “Bad Name,” Preemo has also unveiled the tracklist for the 16-track project. Notable artists such as J. Cole, M.O.P., A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Royce Da 5’9, Talib Kweli, Ne-Yo and Jeru The Damaja are among the many guests on the album.

One Of The Best Yet is expected to arrive on November 1. Pre-order the project here.

In the meantime, check out the cover art and tracklist below and stream “Bad Name” here. 

DJ Premier Unveils Release Date & Tracklist For Historic Gang Starr Album
  1. The Sure Shot (Intro)
  2. Lights Out f. M.O.P.
  3. Bad Name
  4. Hit Man f. Q-Tip
  5. What’s Real f. Group Home & Royce Da 5’9
  6. Keith Casim Elam (Interlude)
  7. From A Distance f. Jeru The Damaja
  8. Family and Loyalty f. J. Cole
  9. Get Together f. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott
  10. NYGz/GS 183rd (Interlude)
  11. So Many Rappers
  12. Business Or Art f. Talib Kweli
  13. Bring It Back Here
  14. One Of The Best Yet (Big Shug Interlude)
  15. Take Flight (Militia Pt. 4) f. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx
  16. Bless The Mic

Michael Jordan Tears Up While Unveiling New Clinic In Charlotte: Watch

Michael Jordan is one the most iconic athletes that has ever lived and after winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls, it’s easy to understand why. The NBA legend continues to do work f the court in his retirement and is mainly known for his massive Jordan Brand with Nike. He is also the owner the Charlotte Hornets and continues to do some charitable work in the communities throughout North Carolina.

According to the Charlotte Observer, his next big philanthropic venture has come in the form a $7 million donation to bring medical clinics to disadvantaged neighborhoods. Today, Jordan was on hand for the grand opening the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic which has already helped 300 patients. During his speech, Jordan got emotional as he began to shed a couple tears.

“I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member this community. My mother, my brothers, my daughter, my grandson, we all represent the name ‘Michael Jordan,’” the NBA Hall–Famer said. “As you can see, it’s a very emotional thing for me. To be able to give back to a community that’s supported me over the years.”

The $7 million pledge is one his largest and will also go towards a second clinic in Charlotte. As you can tell, Jordan is still doing great things well after his career in the NBA.

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Jonah Hill Reportedly Dips From "The Batman" Talks

With Joker continuing to forge an unstoppable path, news its counterpart The Batman is starting to heat up. With the recent development that Zoe Kravitz would be joining Robert Pattison as Catwoman, many began openly speculating on who might take the caped crusader to task. Rumors that Jonah Hill was in the mix to portray Oswald Cobblepot himself, better known as The Penguin, began to shape. And yet, it was not to be. A new report from Complex indicates that while Hill was indeed “in talks,” the Oscar-nominated actor has since bowed out.

Jonah Hill Reportedly Dips From "The Batman" Talks

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Apparently, the talks between Warner Brothers and Hill’s camp “broke down,” though it’s unclear what proved to be the deciding factor. Now that Hill is no longer in the mix, the studio has once again returned to the hunt for their two villains, going so far as to express interest in none other than Seth Rogen. Though negotiations have yet to kick-f, the idea that comedically-inclined actors like Hill and Rogen are being considered is a revealing insight in itself.

Do you think Seth Rogen could take up the Cobblepot mantle? Perhaps the film will feature a subplot centering on Gotham’s black market cannabis industry. Look for the freakin’ bat, as he’s so lovingly referred to in the Arkham games, to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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Jhene Aiko Dispels Pregnancy Rumours With Trio Of Hot Instagram Shares

Jhene Aiko‘s been maintaining a low radar except for her recent feature on Summer Walker’s debut album Over It. The duo collaborated on the tender threatening single “I’ll Kill You” with lyrics that detail just how much love both singers have for a man. Aside from Jhene’s latest music moves, she’s dropped f a new trio images on her Instagram that showcases her hot girl ways in a matching two-piece outfit. If anything, the pictures make it clear that Jhene is not pregnant with Big Sean‘s baby as some social media users assumed

The posts pulled in all kinds positive responses from fans with some commenting on Jhene’s flawless complexion, something the “Triggered” singer has previously opened up about when sharing her beauty routine. Jhene recently became the global ambassador for Kat Von D Beauty’s True Portrait Foundation, marking the first make-up collaboration for the singer. 

“I love the brand. It was like a no brainer to work with them. I love that they’re cruelty-free, and they’re Vegan,” Jhene told BET. “Kat Von D Beauty has a wide variety models and representation. They celebrate all different types women.” Aside from her beauty practices, Jhene told the publication other ways she maintains self-care. “I take naps, even if it’s for 20 minutes, it really makes a difference in my mood. I drink lots water, exercise probably like once or twice a week, and just breathing mindfully throughout the day,” she said.

Future’s Alleged Baby Mama Changes IG Name To Troll Him Over DNA Test

Future‘s baby mama drama became a huge part his persona. Although he’s a relatively mysterious figure, the rapper’s personal life manages to bleed into the public, whether it be through his BMs putting him on blast or the blogs picking up on news. In recent times, the rapper’s been dealing with an alleged baby mama, Eliza Reign, who claims that he’s the father her child, although Future’s denied it.

The drama’s been going on for roughly a year at this point. Rumors surfaced that Reign was going to take him to court to determine the paternity but she reportedly doesn’t have the funds to do so. However, that doesn’t appear to affect her from applying pressure on the “Codeine Crazy” artist. She hit Instagram to blatantly press Future over taking the DNA test without actually naming him or tagging him. “Just Take The Test.”  

This comes shortly after she put him on blast on social media for not “taking care his responsibilities” while claiming that he’s trying to clown her on social media. 

Although Reign can’t afford to take Future to court, he requested that the entire lawsuit against him gets dismissed. He accused her “fraud upon the court” and also completely denied the allegations that he’s the father Reign’s child. We’ll keep you posted on any updates. 

Shaggy Warns Fans Of Internet Scam: "Please [Do] Not Engage With These Fake Accounts"

You’d think that by 2019, most people would be familiar with the scams that permeate technology. Yet, people still send money to robo-callers who claim to be from the IRS, they wire transfer thousands to their out–country lovers that they meet on dating sites, and they give money to celebrity social media accounts posing to be their favorite famous figures. Scams will never die as long as there’s a sucker to be had, and according to Shaggy, someone is using his likeness to swindle his fans.

Shaggy Warns Fans Of Internet Scam: "Please Do] Not Engage With These Fake Accounts"
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The “It Wasn’t Me” singer took to his Instagram to issue a warning to his admirers because he’d been made aware that someone out there is posing as him in an attempt to siphon money. “It has come to my attention that there have been posts online from people purporting to be me and hitting up my fans for money while making false claims that they owe me something,” he wrote. “I would like to make it clear that these are nothing more than an internet scam.”

“They are not from me nor do they represent me in any way,” he continued. “It saddens me that this has become our reality & that innocent people are being dragged in to this ridiculousness. My best advice is to please not engage with these fake accounts. Thank you. One love to all my wonderful fans.” Have you ever fallen victim to an internet or telephone scam?

Megan Thee Stallion Posts Sweet Tribute To Her Fallen Mother: "I Miss My Mama"

Megan The Stallion proudly graced the stage at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards where she took home a golden trophy since winning this year’s Best Mixtape award for her Fever tape. In an Instagram post showing love to the moment, she noted how her “mama would be so proud” since she’s the rapper’s “motivation for waking up and everyday and going hard.”

As we know, Megan’s mother Holly Thomas sadly passed away earlier in the year and Megan’s love for her mom continues on her Instagram feed since the “All Dat” rapper has posted a throwback video her mom looking all cute. “Damn I miss my mama, all we did was crack jokes all day 😭 she is the only person that could make me cry laughing. I be feeling so lost with out her but I try my best to keep my shit on track how she would,” Megan captioned the clip. 

Back in 2018 before the mega-rise Megan Thee Stallion, the Houston-bred MC explained how her mother quit her full-time day job to be her manager where they spent everyday together working on crafting her beats and sounds. “…] Holly was my biggest cheerleader and toughest critic. she taught me enough for 2 lifetimes and if you were blessed to meet her she taught you something too. My mama is still my rock, my world and my inspiration. ima go 100x harder because I kno that’s what she would want me to do,” Megan previously wrote. 

RIP, Holly 

Carmelo Anthony’s Defensive Issues Revealed In Scathing Report

Carmelo Anthony is one those NBA players who constantly has fans divided. While he might be one the best scorers the last decade, there is certainly quite a bit debate as to what he’s accomplished and what kind player he is when he doesn’t have the ball. After an unsuccessful stint in OKC, Anthony went to the Houston Rockets last season and was released after just 10 games. Since then, not a single team has signed him to a contract and now, he’s in basketball purgatory.

There have been theories as to why no one wants to sign him but a new report from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes seems to point to Melo’s defensive shortcomings. In the report, an anonymous source says Melo is so bad on defense that he actually surprised the Rockets.

Carmelo Anthony's Defensive Issues Revealed In Scathing Report

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Per Holmes:

“Although the Rockets knew Anthony’s defensive weaknesses before he joined, team sources say they didn’t anticipate just how limited he would be in their aggressive switch-centric defense, which tasked him with running quicker players f the 3-point line. One team source speculates that, had they known he’d struggle so much in their defense, Anthony wouldn’t have been brought aboard. “He really, really struggled with it,” the source says.”

With that being said, it shouldn’t be surprising that Melo hasn’t found another home in the NBA. It’s a sad state affairs for a player who was so beloved during his prime.

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Atlantic Records UK President Steps Down Over Blackface Allegations

An ugly situation is unfolding this morning involving Atlantic Records UK president — or, ex-president — Ben Cook.

The longtime Atlantic Records UK president Ben Cook has officially tendered his resignation, citing issues stemming from a costume party seven years ago.  Cook did not disclose the exact details of his costume, except to state that he donned a Run D.M.C. outfit.

That may sound innocuous, especially given that the famous Run D.M.C. hats, oversized gold chains and, of course, Adidas shell-toes have become iconic parts of American rap and music culture.  Sadly, it appears that Cook decided to wear blackface at the event to complete the look, though we haven’t seen a photo — yet — of the exact costume.

Warner Music Group, the parent company to Atlantic Records UK, has confirmed that Ben Cook is no longer employed by the company.

In a statement issued alongside his resignation, Cook vaguely pointed to ‘rumors’ about his exact costume, which he stated were ‘untrue’.

Here’s his complete resignation letter.

“It is with great sadness that today I announce I am stepping down as President of Atlantic Records, UK.

“Seven years ago, at a birthday party where guests were asked to come dressed as their favorite musical icon, I came as a member of Run DMC. Late last year rumors began to circulate about my appearance at that event, many of which are simply untrue. While my intention was to honor a musical hero, I recognize my appearance was offensive and I made a terrible mistake.

“As a consequence of this, I readily agreed to disciplinary actions by my employer last year. Since then, however, allegations surrounding the party have continued to be made against me. Moreover, they have been used against a wonderful company and the label I love. I have therefore come to the conclusion that I should make this statement and step down, with immediate effect.

“I am devastated that this mistake has caused upset and has called into question my commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, values which I have championed throughout my career. I have learned a great deal from this event and will resolutely continue to champion these values moving forward.

“It has been an incredible privilege to have worked with the immensely talented artists, managers and team at Atlantic and the wider Warner family.

“I unreservedly apologize to anyone who has been hurt.”

"Venom 2" Will Introduce A Second Marvel Villain Who’s Familiar With Carnage

The follow-up film to Marvel’s Venom is scheduled to arrive next year and Deadline is reporting that Tom Hardy’s character will have two villains to take down in the sequel. According to the publication, Cletus Kasady (played by Woody Harrelson) will still be an issue for Eddie Brock, and Shriek  (another Marvel comic character) will add even more trouble for the film’s lead. 

"Venom 2" Will Introduce A Second Marvel Villain Who's Familiar With Carnage
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It’s still unclear who will star as Shriek, but the character has previously been depicted as Cletus’ (AKA Carnage) love interest. “Shriek’s childhood problems being obsessed with families started to surface, and she adopted Carnage as her husband, Carrion and Demogoblin as their children to which she would teach their evil ways, and Doppelganger became their adopted pet. Carnage, demented in his own right, went along with this dysfunctional family idea hers,” Marvel writes.

“Right now the role is not filled, the net is cast wide toward many kinds actresses,” a source told the publication, adding that filmmakers are “looking mostly at unknowns right now.” 

“There’s a tragic clown element, which I find funny and is harmonious with some the work that I like to do,” Tom previously stated about his role. “There’s something funny about the circumstances having a gift but it’s a tragic gift. It’s a superpower you don’t really want, but at the same time, you love it. It makes you feel special. He’s a reluctant hero and an anti-hero.”