LaVar Ball has done everything in his power to prevent the Big Baller Brand from going extinct, but it’s going to be tough to sell the pricey BBB gear if his owns sons refuse to support it. LaVar’s oldest son, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, has been repping nothing but Nike so far this season and there’s a growing belief that his youngest son, LaMelo, will follow in his footsteps.
The typically overconfident LaVar even seems to have his own doubts that LaMelo will wear Big Baller Brand sneakers once he gets to the league.
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During a recent appearance on TMZ Live, the Ball Father was asked specifically if LaMelo would be an ambassador for Big Baller Brand sneakers and apparel during his rookie season. LaVar’s response: “Will he be wearing a Big Baller Brand shoe? Uh, I don’t know. You guys will have to stay tuned for that now.”
It’s well documented at this point that Draymond Green and Charles Barkley don’t like each other. For the last four years, Green has been able to get the better Chuck thanks to his numerous championships. Now, without Klay Thompson and Steph Curry in the lineup, Green has been looking a little weird in the light. He’s been a complete non-factor for the Warriors this season and his constant ejections and technical fouls have put the team at a disadvantage. Last night, Green was ejected during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers and, course, Barkley took notice.
During the halftime show Inside The NBA, Barkley roasted Green by saying “He got his normal triple-single.” Barkley has been using the triple-single insult with Green all season and last night, he had the perfect excuse to use it. At this point, it’s clear that Barkley will never ease up on the Warriors star.
In Barkley’s defense, there has been a lot to criticize when it comes to the Warriors. For now, it appears as though they are trying to get a lottery pick. Not to mention, now that they’re losing, they don’t seem to know how to handle it. Overall, it’s been a horrendous season and the team’s last place record in the NBA is pro that.
With that being said, should Barkley ease up on Green or is he right to keep applying the pressure?
Back in the mid 2000s, a soul singer by the name Duffy took the industry by storm with her huge hit “Mercy” and an equally successful debut album titled Rockferry released in 2008. She would go on to release only one more album, the 2010 follow-up Endlessly, before going on what has now been a 10-year musical hiatus. However, the break was surprisingly due to an extremely heartbreaking ual assault situation that she had to endure and has finally got the courage to publicly reveal.
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Hopping on Instagram two days ago, Duffy wrote an extensive explanation behind her break from making music that sent shockwaves through those who caught wind her post. “You can only imagine the amount times I thought about writing this,” she started f her caption, following up by writing, “The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. Well, not entirely sure why now is the right time, and what it is that feels exciting and liberating for me to talk. I cannot explain it. Many you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why.” She then made the big revelation, adding, “A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer. He was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak. The truth is, and please trust me I am ok and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days.”
She confirmed that the assault is behind her, writing, “Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine.”
Some may have questioned as to why she didn’t channel the pain into her music as many artists have done in the past, to which she noted,”You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes. I asked myself, how can I sing from the heart if it is broken? And slowly it unbroke. In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview. If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can.”
She concluded her message with the following: “I have a sacred love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years. You have been friends. I want to thank you for that x Duffy.” She also adding a quick closing request to fans and the general public, writing, “Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family. Please support me to make this a positive experience.”
As someone who was shaping up to be in the same lane Adele and the late Amy Winehouse, we can only pray that Duffy can make a full recovery and continue to make beautiful music as she once did. Much respect, Queen.
While most people in love wear matching colors like Lil Baby and Jayda were doing just a few months ago during a night out at Traffik Nightclub in ATL (seen above), the “Drip Too Hard” rapper made it clear that he currently isn’t feeling lovey dovey for anyone at the moment. “I really ain’t too deep on love with a female — not right now,” Lil Baby said during a recent sit-down with social media commentator Wallo 267, doubling down by adding, “If I fuck with you, I fuck with you, but I can deal with you and not love you.” This comment lead many to hit up Jayda to see what she had to say, which elicited a written response from her that read, “Explain what? Y’all heard the man clear.” She then addressed it further by writing on social media that although she doesn’t “get” his explanation she’ll continue to maintain through the “bs” and that she won’t be “going out sad” over what he said. Prayers up!
Watch the clip and full interview below, and let us know if you think Lil Baby was wrong for playing Jayda Cheaves to the left or is he just being honest:
Will Smith is taking his Bel-Air Athletics line to the next level with an all-new limited edition collection titled “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away).” The collection is inspired by Smith’s close connection with the city of Miami.
The uni line features a variety of colorful looks that consumers can try and get their hands on. The designs feature tropical hues, animal prints and a color scheme that’s inspired by the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes uniforms from the 1980s and 1990s.
There are several standout pieces to keep an eye on including a selection of t-shirts that pay homage to Virginia Key Beach, an important Miami landmark to the civil rights movement, the ‘Bel-Air Bengal’ tee, which introduces Bel-Air Athletics’ new mascot and the ‘Bengal Varsity Jacket,’ which is limited to just 50 pieces. Miami Heat star and NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo was also named one of the ambassadors of this Miami-inspired collection.
The “Home/Away” concept of the limited edition collection represents the intersection of one’s comfort zone (home) and the excitement and risk associated with new adventures (away). This concept symbolizes Smith’s journey, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Los Angeles, and gained international acclaim in part because of Miami.
Smith’s relationship with the city began in 1995 when he starred alongside Martin Lawrence in the buddy cop film Bad Boys. The film spawned two more sequels based in Miami – Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020). In 1997, Smith released his hit single “Miami” off his multi-platinum album, Big Willie Style.
“Miami just agrees with me spiritually, vibrationally and emotionally,” said Smith in a statement. “I just believe places have that for certain people and it’s an X-factor.”
“From music to movies, Miami has always been Will’s second home and we wanted to showcase that special connection with this collection,” said Samyr Laine, the Brand General Manager for Bel-Air Athletics. “It was important for us to capture Miami’s distinct look and feel while merging it with our brand’s signature style.”
Bel-Air Athletics is a sports-inspired lifestyle brand that promotes the individuality and creativity that Will’s character embodied on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It celebrates the love of competition, the inclusiveness of fans, and the stories, styles, and culture born out of sports.
The “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away)” collection is available now exclusively on Bel-Air Athletics website.
Snoop Dogg took to the comments comedian Deon Cole’s Instagram video detailing the upsetting comments he’s gotten about his outfit choice at the NAACP Awards on Saturday. The rapper reminded Deon that he is indeed a comedian, and that he should handle the criticism and threats about his bell bottoms in a different way.
“Tomorrow Im going to do a post talking about this and the many many more derogatory messages and threats I’ve received about that gucci velvet bell bottom pants suit that I wore,” Deon wrote in caption the post. “It’s sad that these messages come from my own kind but more about this tomorrow. #justakidfromthechi #gucci.” He came through on this promise, sharing a 15-minute video the following day in which he details the extent the unkind responses he’s received, which include threats violence.
Snoop was not on board with how Deon chose to react to the whole ordeal, however. In the comments the video, he wrote, “that outfit was funny],” followed by some laughing emojis, “anyway u a comedian n*gga deal with it. And clap back.” Deon replied to the comment, saying, “shut yo ass up!!! Lol, it’s too much actual hate going on over dumb sh*t. I need people to gear their anger where it’s needed pimp. With yo Skinny ass! U look like a spoon. I’m going to start calling you Spoon Dogg.”
Deon went on to post another screenshot on Instagram, in which someone told him he was “a sick individual,” for wearing the bell bottoms. “I’m a sick individual for wearing bell bottoms pants???” Deon questioned. “I swear people, I’m not getting this s*** at all??? These MF’s r crazy! There’s so many these comments, It’s insane. Again, over some pants? Lmfao, Wow.”
New York, NY – As Run-DMC was on the journey to becoming the celebrated, pioneering Hip Hop group they are today, they had an ample amount of help from the people they grew up with in Hollis, Queens.
Runny Ray, who was part of the Hollis Crew, would handle a host of duties for Rev Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay while they were on the road — from carrying JMJ’s turntables to protecting their famous black bowler hats. He was also integral to the plot of Run-DMC’s 1988 film Tougher Than Leather.
Sadly, Runny Ray recently passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56, a massive blow to Run-DMC and all those who loved him.
“Runny Ray is personification of the good, powerful, wonderful essence of our communities and culture!” DMC tells HipHopDX. “The hip, humorous, caring, awkward and perfect nature of the hood, ghetto or streets. The no conflict, no beef, no problem with anyone.
“The ‘we all can eat, participate and bring that something special everybody has.’ Every nation, state, city, neighborhood and street has a ‘Runny Ray,’ but there’s no Runny Ray like our Runny Ray! He was the star of Tougher Than Leather.”
DMC continued, “I’m so, so, so sad to say —’Who killed Runny Ray?’ [The tagline of Tougher Than Leather] Cancer did! And that cancer has killed, and continues to kill many, many, many of our loved ones. Let’s take that happiness, that goodness and blessing which is a magical power called love and spread it across the universe. That’s what Ray and all the other good souls we’ve lost represent.”
Famed music executive Lyor Cohen, who was Run-DMC’s tour manager during the 1980s, spent countless hours with Runny Ray and stayed close to him while he was in hospice. He, DMC and former Def Jam publicist Bill Adler were among the many who attended his funeral.
In the wake of his death, Cohen has penned a tribute to his late friend, painting a portrait of a kindhearted and selfless man who was always down for the cause.
Read the statement in full below.
Let’s all pay tribute to the roadies, production managers, road managers, lighting designers, sound engineers and all the people who help make artists successful….
Runny Ray was my friend. We worked together for three-and-a-half straight years. That’s almost 1300 days. From 1984 to 1987, I was Run-DMC’s road manager, and Ray carried the turntables and kept the needle safe. If a show happened to be within a certain radius of New York, we’d be joined by the Hollis Crew, but more than 95 percent of the time, it was just the five of us. We believed in speed. Before the curtain came down on any given show, we were in the car to the next town. Sometimes we played five gigs in one day. Once the gigs were in three different states. We crissed and crossed the globe, playing LiveAid in Philly, the jazz fest in Montreux, Switzerland, and everywhere in between.
Ray did his job his way. Oftentimes, he wore four hats on his head at once – his, Run’s, D’s, and Jay’s – while his hands were occupied by the guys’ turntable and records and a cigarette dangled dangerously from the tip of his lips.
Ray made all of us feel positive and happy. Like his sister Patty, he was always smiling. He was uncomplicated, and I never heard a bad word about anyone come out of his mouth.
Those were the days!!! We had no clear idea of the impact of our work, but we did know that it was ginormus. Uncomplicated by knowledge, boy, ignorance was bliss, and we just made it up as we went along. I blinked and the Eighties disappeared, and then the Nineties. Jay was murdered — may his soul rest in peace — the millennium arrived, and suddenly the world is full of rappers. And now, inconceivably, it’s 2020.
Ray lost his son a couple years back and a piece of him was lost with him. He always spoke to me about his best friend and ex wife, Lenore, and his daughter, Naomi. My God, he is so proud of her and he is convinced that she will do important things.
When Ray got sick, his homeboys rallied around him. They meant the world to him. He had dreams and his homeboys and family were all a part of it!!!! Ray was amazingly generous, and he planned for no one to be left behind. He used to come over to my house to watch football on Sundays and always brought my wife a gift.
Ray was a great man and loving man. When he first sought help for his pain, the problem was misdiagnosed and – baow! – he was hit by a vicious cancer. On the flip side, there’s another theory about what happened. His dear friend Jam Master Jay, who has a lot of gigs in heaven, was tired of carrying his own records and turntables, and he wanted Ray to join him.
In an interview conducted back in September, Post Malone told Zane Lowe about how highly he thought Mac Miller. “Mac was the first one that tweeted me,” he recalled. “It’s so weird because I listened to him since the beginning, I was like, ‘Yeah, awesome. This guy’s cool as shit.’ Then to be able to meet him and become friends with him was just like, ‘I look up to you, and now we’re sitting here playing beer pong.’” Post went on to reveal that he and Mac had considered making a collaborative project together, which left fans imagining an alternate world where they would be able to enjoy that special music. Mac will continue to hold a special place in Post’s heart and, on Monday night (Feb. 24), Post did something to keep his late friend’s memory alive.
Post appeared onstage at PPG Paints Arena in Mac’s hometown Pittsburgh wearing a custom t-shirt that had “RIP MAC MILLER” airbrushed across the chest. The crowd must have rapturously applauded after seeing that a hometown hero is still getting his roses. This wasn’t the first time that Post donned this tee. It was first unveiled a couple weeks after Mac passed away in September 2018.
It appears XXXTentacion’s mother was just granted a restraining order against an alleged stalker who tried to break into her home multiple times recently.
TheBlast reports that X’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, filed a petition for a restraining order against a 24-year-old New York man named Donavon Banton. She accuses Banton stalking the late rapper’s family and traveling to Florida multiple times in the past couple months. She said the man came to Florida to harass her and has repeatedly done so. As a result, a judge recently signed f on an order protection against stalking violence.
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But that’s not the end it. What really is weird is that the stalker is saying that the late rapper has been in contact with him and that he’s been receiving “sadistic messages” from XXXtentacion. He told ficers the only way to stop the sadistic game was to contact XXXTentacion’s mother.
He told police that X’s mother “possessed him by the use witchcraft and is using witchcraft to spiritually attack him.” But if you ask me this all sounds like a case the crazies. The last time Banton was arrested outside her Florida resident was last month when he was found with a small ax, pry bar and two pairs gloves. He was arrested on charges felony burglary dwelling/structure cause, possess burglary tools with intent to use, burglary/dwelling structure or conveyance armed, stalking-follow harass cyberstalk another and criminal mischief over $1000.
Banton is currently behind bars awaiting a court hearing. Hopefully this is the last we hear this kid and story. RIP X.
Brooklyn-based rock band Yeasayer is suing The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for copyright infringement over “Pray for Me,” which was created for and featured in 2018’s Black Panther.
Brooklyn-based rock band Yeasayer is suing The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for copyright infringement over “Pray for Me,” which was created for and featured in 2018’s Black Panther.
In a filing submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Yeasayer alleges that key elements of their 2007 song “Sunrise” have been stolen not just by and Kendrick Lamar, but also by “Pray for Me” producer/writer Martin “Doc” McKinney, writer Adam Feeney, UMG, Interscope Records, Aftermath Records, and Top Dawg Entertainment.
And in terms of the suit itself, Yeasayer believes that the “distinctive choral performance” in “Sunrise” was ripped off in “Pray for Me.”
According to the plaintiffs, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd lifted the vocal portion of the Yeasayer track, “slightly modified it,” and then released it in Black Panther; “at least eight discrete reproductions” are present in the final version of “Pray for Me,” per the complaint.
The filing goes on to specify the exact violations that resulted from the alleged copyright infringement, before requesting that Yeasayer be “awarded all profits of Defendants” from “Pray for Me,” as well as damages equal to “lost profits.”
At the time of this piece’s writing, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd had not publicly responded to the lawsuit.
Notably, Yeasayer broke up in December 2019, having released an album, Erotic Returns, in June. The three-piece group had been together since 2006.
Many fans have taken to social media and indicated that the similarities between “Sunrise” and “Pray for Me” are decidedly minimal, but it’s entirely possible that jurors may reach a different decision.
Last year, a California jury by saddling Katy Perry with a $2.78 million copyright-infringement fine over 2013’s “Dark Horse,” part of which was allegedly lifted from “Joyful Noise,” a 2008 song by Christian rapper Flame.
It’s worth mentioning that the jurors in Katy Perry’s case chose a fee of less than $3 million despite having had the option to levy a fine of up to $41 million. Because Kendrick Lamar created the soundtrack for Black Panther and because the film raked in a staggering $1.35 billion, a small amount of damages (relative to overall earnings) still has the potential to bring Yeasayer a huge payday.
Vanessa Bryant showcased a ton strength yesterday when she got on stage at the Staples Center to eulogize her late husband and daughter, Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The public memorial saw thousands people embark on the home the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a beautiful event that featured numerous famous faces. Bryant’s speech about her husband and daughter immediately went viral on social media as people marveled at her ability to speak so eloquently in a time pain and sorrow.
On today’s episode ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith spoke about Vanessa’s speech and admitted that he was simply awestruck by what she did. Bryant eventually got a standing ovation and for good reason. It’s hard to fathom what she has been through but clearly, she’s handling it in the best way possible
“When she stepped up on that stage, for her to express herself in the fashion that she did was absolutely phenomenal,” Smith said. The sports analyst knew Kobe personally and was shocked and saddened by his death. Considering their close relationship, it isn’t surprising that Smith felt a deep connection to the words said during the memorial.
With the NBA season quickly approaching the playfs, we will surely see even more tributes coming down the pipeline. It just goes to show how beloved Kobe is.
Currently in the midst serving a 27-month prison sentence over weapons charges, Dipset rapper Juelz Santana has taken to Twitter to reflect on an unfortunate milestone. He’s ficially been in jail for an entire year, serving a little under half his intended sentence. “The 1 year anniversary I been incarcerated,” writes the rapper, his chosen emojis speaking to his mindstate; sad but staying strong in the face adversity.
Though it seems as if Santana still has a while to go, the possibility an early release has been previously teased by his wife Kimberly “Kimbella” Vanderhee. At the end December 2019, Kimbella took to Instagram to predict that Juelz would be home by Summer 2020, though she neglected to specify as to whether the favorable news was a done deal. Either way, Santana appears to be staying the course, using the opportunity to get brolic while waiting out the remaining days.
Luckily, the rapper’s fanbase has opted to remain supportive. Many fans took to Twitter to implore him to stay strong, and it’s clear the rapper has been taking their unconditional appreciation to heart. Not long ago, Santana fered up a new song to satiate his patient followers, the highly personal update “23 & 1.” Arriving complete with a message from Meek Mill, Santana’s latest single provided a heartfelt examination his current situation: “Locked in a cell 23 and 1, sitting up in jail hoping freedom come,” he raps. “Worst part about it I can’t see my son, or my daughter they too young to know what’s going on / my oldest son hit me saying ‘hold your head’ / said ‘I’m praying for you dad hold your head’ / brought tears to the eyes a grown man.”
Stay tuned for more news on Juelz Santana’s incarceration and the new music that will inevitably come as a result. Keep your head up, Juelz!
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna tragically passed away in a helicopter accident, alongside seven other people, on January 26th. The whole basketball community has been in a state shock since their deaths and numerous tributes have poured in since. Yesterday, the city Los Angeles got to pay respects to Kobe and Gigi as a public memorial was held at the Staples Center. Numerous people spoke at the event, including those who Kobe knew best. One those people was none other than Rob Pelinka who was Kobe’s agent for many years. Pelinka is now the general manager the Los Angeles Lakers and up until Kobe’s death, the two remained in touch.
During Pelinka’s speech, he revealed that Kobe was texting him just moments prior to the helicopter accident. In true Kobe fashion, the Lakers legend was looking to help out a friend with an internship. Kobe wanted to know if Pelinka knew any baseball agents his friend could potentially intern with.
The story is a happy reminder the kind person Kobe was. While he may have been ruthless on the court, he was someone who wanted to help those who deserved a chance. While Pelinka was sad throughout his speech, you could tell he was beaming with pride over just how great his friend was.
“Sending love and. Prayers to momma. And Pappa Bean Bryant,” Snoop wrote. “Thank u for giving us. Kobe we love y’all and praying for your strength as parents to keep moving on from the. Broadus family.”
Snoop Dogg is a huge fan the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe’s death has certainly been hard for him to process. In that sense, Snoop is like millions other basketball fans who looked up to Kobe as he made his way through the league, eventually winning five championships. While it’s sad that Kobe and Gianna are no longer here, yesterday was a true celebration their lives. It may have been hard to swallow, but the entire event was beautiful as thousands came together for one cause.
With a release date October 2nd, 2020, Venom 2 is already beginning to amass some major hype. For starters, it has two the best actors in Hollywood taking up leading roles, with Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson set to square f as Venom and Carnage. And while it’s unlikely the film will get the coveted R rating fans are hoping for, many are still excited to see the franchise expand on the foundation built by the sloppy-yet-endearing first movie.
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And while Venom is certainly heavy on the CGI, some new behind-the-scenes footage has hit the internet depicting some practical effects at work. One fan in particular managed to film a capture a death-defying stunt during a nighttime shoot in San Francisco. While it’s difficult to tell which character is meant to be performing the leap faith, it wouldn’t be surprising if it were Venom himself doing the honors. Check it out for yourself, as embedded after the jump.
This isn’t the first time behind-the-scenes Venom 2 material has surfaced. Last week, Hardy himself posted a picture Harrelson decked out as Cletus Kasady, rocking a Hawaiin shirt in keeping with the villain’s iconic color scheme. Though he deleted the image shortly after posting it, the image quickly began circulating across various IG fan pages; see Marvel’s favorite serial killer on the prowl right here.