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

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

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

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

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

Jeezy Forecasts Snow As Guest Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

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

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

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

Watch for the outtakes at the end. 

Obie Trice Reemerges With "The Fifth" Album

Former Shady Records artist Obie Trice is back with a new album titled The Fifth. The LP is the “real name, no gimmicks” MC’s first studio release since 2015’s The Hangover.

“I’m 41 years old, so I make music and put it out when I feel like it,” he recently told HipHopDX. “It’s no rush for me. All the hype is gone for me, you know? That’s the thing — we’ve been there, done that. I feel like I had an album done and I wanted to release it. I want to get back out here and see what the world think about it. That’s it.”

Check out Obie’s The Fifth stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Obie Trice Reemerges With "The Fifth" Album

1. Intro
2. This & That f. G5 & Directorkasper
3. Heartless
4. No f. Lyriq
5. Truth to Power
6. Ass f. Magnedo7
7. Rollin
8. Take It There f. G5
9. Letter
10. Space f. Xzibit & Lyriq
11. 92
12. 185+ Deuce f. Spice 1 & Swifty McVay
13. Hate
14. Smr

Jidenna Delivers "85 To Africa" LP

Jidenna has dropped a new album titled 85 To Africa. The “Classic Man” creator’s latest work is the follow-up to 2017’s Boomerang EP and his first studio LP since The Chief, which was released that same year.

The Epic Records artist’s sophomore album features 11 songs. Guests include GoldLink, Fela Kuti’s son Seun Kuti, Mereba, St. Beauty and Mr. Eazi.

View Jidenna’s 85 To Africa stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Jidenna Delivers "85 To Africa" LP

1. Worth The Weight f. Seun Kuti
2. 85 To Africa
3. Babouche f. GoldLink
4. Tribe
5. Sou Sou
6. Zodi f. Mr. Eazi
7. Sufi Woman
8. Vaporiza
9. Pretty & Afraid
10. Jungle Fever
11. The Other Half f. St. Beauty & Mereba

WWE Launching Podcast Network With Several Superstar-Focused Series

WWE announced on Thursday that they’re launching their own podcast network with Endeavor Audio, which will include several superstar-focused series.

According to WWE, Endeavor’s studio has produced “The Bellas Podcast,” the weekly show hosted by the Bella Twins, as well as “Blackout” Rami Malek and QCode, and “Freaknik,” a podcast about Atlanta’s infamous spring break.

“Storytelling is at WWE’s core, and we are eager to add the audio genre to our portfolio,” said WWE Jayar Donlan, Executive Vice President, WWE Advanced Media. “Partnering with Endeavor Audio, an expert in podcasting, will enable us to provide our fans with unique content and reach new audiences across the platform.”

“We’re always looking to pair dynamic content with the best formats for listeners,” said Moses Soyoola, Senior Vice President, Endeavor Audio. “Through our new partnership with WWE, we’re looking forward to tapping into their iconic event portfolio and talent base to create compelling audio content for their fans.”

Additional details regarding the launch timing and content creative will be announced in the coming weeks.

This isn’t the only big announcement coming from WWE this week. Just days ago, the company revealed that NXT will be moving to a live, two-hour format on the USA Network starting Wednesday, September 18.

Additionally, the WWE is gearing up for the SmackDown Live 20th anniversary special which will air on Friday, October 4, as the show makes it’s FOX debut. A number WWE legends are scheduled for the event, including the Undertaker, Sting, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mark Henry and Ric Flair.

Stan Lee’s Daughter Co-Signs Sony’s Decision To Distance Spider-Man From MCU

Big news broke out yesterday when it was announced that Sony’s Spider-Man would be distancing themselves from Disney and Marvel Studios. This comes after a widely successful run between Disney and Marvel that produced the successful Avengers series and its sibling films. However, things between Sony and Disney haven’t worked out which resulted in the split between the two. But according to Stan Lee’s daughter, she’s happy that Sony decided to move away from Disney and Marvel because they weren’t doing justice to her father’s legacy.

Stan Lee's Daughter Co-Signs Sony's Decision To Distance Spider-Man From MCU
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Stan Lee’s daughter, JC Lee, believes that Sony’s decision is one that’s necessary to preserve what Stan Lee brought to the game. She said that by splitting from Disney and Marvel, Sony will be able to do good with the character Spider-Man. However, it looked like it all boiled down to money and when a dollar sign is involved, everything else is disregarded.

“Marvel and Disney seeking total control my father’s creations must be checked and balanced by others who, while still seeking to prit, have genuine respect for Stan Lee and his legacy,” she told TMZ. “Whether it’s Sony or someone else’s, the continued evolution Stan’s characters and his legacy deserves multiple points view.”

Ultimately, JC’s stance stems from respect, something she claims Disney nor Marvel has given her or her family. “When my father died, no one from Marvel or Disney reached out to me. From day one, they have commoditized my father’s work and never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency,” she said. “In the end, no one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives.”

Snoop Dogg’s Story Unfolds In New "I Wanna Thank Me" Movie

Is there anybody in hip-hop with a more compelling story than Snoop Dogg? Maybe so, but few have been as open as The Doggfather. Nearly one week removed from dropping f his latest studio album I Wanna Thank MeSnoop has enhanced the experience with another installment his new movie the same name. Following Part 1, which originally dropped on August 12th, Part 2 has ficially arrived to round out the narrative. Kicking f around the time Snoop was rewarded with a star on the Walk Of Fame, with footage the ceremony interspersed with various interviews.

The film also features clips from his turn on Undisputed, as well as studio footage, various escapades, and testimonies from Dr. Dre, Diddy, Usher, The D.O.C. and many more. Clearly, Snoop has nothing but love from his peers in the industry, and I Wanna Thank Me puts that fact on full display. Not to mention, the fact that he dropped this one for free on YouTube speaks to an integral side his character. Which is to say, Dogg is for the people.

Be sure to show some love for a genuine icon, and catch the latest part Snoop’s new documentary film below. How do you feel I Wanna Thank Me stacks up with his greater discography?

Jermaine Dupri Denies Claims That Jay Z Told Him Not To Take NFL Deal

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we speak up on someone else’s behalf. Over the last few days, Jermaine Dupri has remained silent as his name has been brought up in regards to Jay Z‘s recent Roc Nation partnership with the NFL. It was alleged that at some point last year, Dupri was involved with inking a deal with the league but decided not to because Jay, his longtime friend, advised him against it.

Funk Flex tweeted confirmation the news by writing, “I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JERMAINE DUPRI. HE CONFIRMED THAT WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NFL LAST YEAR HE DID GET A CALL FROM JAYZ ASKING HIM ‘HOW DEEP ARE U IN WITH THE NFL?’ EXPRESSING… ‘THAT MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA.'” 

Producer Brian Michael Cox seemed to co-sign Flex. “I’m not saying that it can’t turn into some good sh*t,” Cox said Jay’s deal. “We’re also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it …] When we all had that meeting with the NFL, all that sh*t was part the same sh*t.”

Jermaine Dupri Denies Claims That Jay Z Told Him Not To Take NFL Deal
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However, during a visit to Atlanta radio station V-103, Dupri wanted to clarify a few things. “I want to make sure that everybody understands that,” he said. “And today, on the Big Tigger Show, I’m speaking and letting people know. He and I never had a conversation where he told me don’t do what you’re doing. What our conversation was was that, you know what side I’m on. I understand what you’re doing. That’s what the conversation was.”

“Like I said, even when I was doing my press, I kept having to reiterate the fact that, guys, I’m not doing Super Bowl,” Dupri added, saying that the he was looking into putting on event in the park, not producing a Super Bowl show. “I’m doing shows in Centennial Olympic Park. And people just kept like, ‘No, you’re involved with the NFL,’ ’cause it’s an NFL sanctioned thing.” Check out the full interview below.

Stephen A. Smith Joining ESPN’s NBA Studio Coverage: Report

NBA fans will be seeing a lot more Stephen A. Smith next season, as ESPN reportedly plans to switch up their NBA studio coverage.

According to The Big Lead, it is believed that Smith will be featured as part Wednesday night’s NBA on ESPN double-headers, although his specific role has not yet been announced.

Back in April, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that Smith was “in line to become the highest-paid on-air person at ESPN,” and could see his salary double from $5 million a year to $10 million annually. The legendary “First Take” co-host already appears on numerous other programs within the network in addition to hosting his own radio show.

Additionally, Richard Deitsch reports that Rachel Nichols & Maria Taylor will be named as the hosts NBA Countdown. As a result, it looks like Michelle Beadle will be dropped from the lineup. 

Deitsch also notes that Chauncey Billups is expected to move from the studio to a game analyst role, while Jalen Rose is believed to be returning to NBA Countdown. It remains to be seen if Paul Pierce will continue to be involved.

"Bond 25" Finally Announces Official Title Of 2020 Film

It’s been one thing after another when it has come to setbacks on the set  Bond 25. Director Danny Boyle made an exit, only to be replaced by Cary Fukanaga. Star Daniel Craig injured himself during a scene and needed emergency surgery, which further set back production. Then, there was the explosion that occurred which also put a pause on filming, but thankfully, no one was hurt.

There have been numerous delays for a variety other reasons, leaving many to believe that the next installment the franchise would never hit theaters. They’re still sticking with their April 8, 2020 release date, but fans aren’t holding their breaths as attempting to complete this film has become a comedy errors—you know, just without the comedy.

However, Bond 25 is moving forward, and it seems like the right time for the studios to deliver the movie’s ficial title. The 007 Twitter account made a quiet announcement today, sharing that Bond 25 is titled No Time To Die. It’s said to be about Bond, portrayed once again by Craig, becoming entangled in a plot to rescue a team kidnapped scientists. The villain this time around will be played by Rami Malek who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal the late-great Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

Spider-Man Set To Leave Marvel Cinematic Universe

Spider-Man: Far From Home was recently declared Sony’s highest-grossing film all time and it seems that may end up being bad news for Marvel fans. According to Deadline, Disney and Sony have ficially failed to reach a co-financing agreement, meaning Peter Parker will no longer be a member the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

This means that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will no longer be serving a producing role on the two upcoming Spider-Man movies in the works. With Feige’s recent Avengers: Endgame being named the highest-grossing film all-time, there is a lot money on the table.

Spider-Man Set To Leave Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Disney apparently fered up a 50/50 split all earnings from Spider-Man films going forward; to which, Sony replied with a flat rejection. “Sony turned that fer down flat, and I don’t believe they even came back to the table to figure out a compromise. Led by Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra, Sony just simply didn’t want to share its biggest franchise. Sony proposed keeping the arrangement going under the current terms where Marvel receives in the range 5% first dollar gross, sources said. Disney refused.” the Deadline report reads.

With sequels to both Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse already on the way, as well as the upcoming Spider-Man movies, Sony thinks they’ll be just fine without Marvel’s support. As for Marvel, Spidey has played an important role in the recent Avengers films and his absence will certainly be missed.

Tyler, The Creator Performs "IGOR" Front To Back: Watch

A few days after the release his fifth studio album, IGOR, Tyler, The Creator performed the 40-minute album in full at intimate concert in Los Angeles. Apple Music hosted the event and live-streamed it that night, but it has just been made available to stream track by track or all at once. 

In front a silver glitter curtain, Tyler flails around the stage dressed as his Igor persona, donning a powder blue suit (with no shirt underneath) and a bleached blond bowl cut wig. Tyler is always one to try to execute a specific vision he has in mind and you can tell by the way this concert is shot that it was meant to conform to his direction. There’s a grainy, blue-tinged aesthetic and weird camera angles that make the video a fascinating watch. He also pauses several times between songs to provide his fans with some backstory regarding how the songs came to be. For example, he shares that “EARFQUAKE” was birthed out his desire to write pop songs, and he ended up keeping it for his record after both Justin Bieber and Rihanna turned it down. 

If you like what you see here, you can catch Igor in your city. Tyler embarks on a tour with Blood Orange, Jaden Smith and Goldlink very soon. 

Young Thug Previews "Super Slimey 2" Songs With Future, Gunna & Lil Baby

We may just be a few days removed from Young Thug’s debut album So Much Fun dropping but the Atlanta icon is already planning out his next steps for Super Slimey 2. Before he even announced the ficial release for SMF, Thug had started teasing the next instalment in his collaborative enterprise with Future. A social post from Young Stoner Life Records suggested that the second version Super Slimey would no longer simply include only Thugger and Fewtch. Two rising stars would be joining the roster in Lil Baby and Gunna, who are also placed all over So Much Fun. Clearly, these four have strong chemistry and whenever they hop in the studio together, they prove that they can deliver some insane bangers. Over the weekend, Jeffery started teasing the imminent arrival Super Slimey 2, posting several snippets on his story. 

Young Thug has been in all the headlines this week, including for his fiery beef against YFN Lucci. Focusing primarily on work, positivity and a dedication to continue growing, Thug shared a preview a song he has put aside for the sequel project with all three his slimes on the track. The cut, which is nearly three minutes and a half in its demo stage, shows f the vocal stylings Young Thug and Future on what sounds like a hook. Gunna and Lil Baby can be heard spitting their verses later on.

Listen to the snippet below and let us know if you’re getting excited for this. It looks like Young Thug isn’t planning on slowing down yet.

Joaquin Phoenix Breaks Down Origin Of His "Joker Laugh"

Joaquin Phoenix is considered by some to be one our best current actors. With a filmography boasting Gladiator, Signs, You Were Never Really Here, The Master, Her, and course, his memorable foray into method acting, Phoenix’ upcoming turn as The Joker has piqued many an interest. In fact, director Todd Phillips and Warner Bros Studio may or may not have been hinting at potential Oscar buzz. Now, Phoenix has opened up a little bit about his approach to bringing the loveable maniac to the big screen for yet another go. 

Speaking with an Italian publication, Phoenix reveals that he ultimately drew inspiration for his Joker laugh from a real-world source. One that may very well lead to a few hurt feelings, as such revelations are wont to do. “I saw videos showing people suffering from pathological laughter, a mental illness that makes mimicry uncontrollable,” he explains, elaborating on his approach to the craft

As Complex points out, Lupita Nyong’o drew inspiration from a disorder for her Us role, only to be met with a sea backlash, ultimately prompting an apology from the actress. It’s unlikely Pheonix is the type to cave to social pressure, however, and one cannot expect or control sources inspiration. It’s likely that Pheonix will find himself facing all matter opinions upon Joker’s theatrical release on October 5th. 

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New Music: Jacquees feat. Lil Keed & Lil Gotit ‘Hot for Me’

While we await Jacquees’ sophomore album Round 2, the self-proclaimed “King of R&B” holds fans over with his new single “Hot for Me” featuring Lil Keed and Lil Gotit.

The R&B crooner caters to the ladies on the seductive bedroom banger. “Baby, can you make it hot for me? / In my bed making memories,” he sings in his falsetto before YSL’s Lil Keed adds a slimey verse.

Round 2 was originally set for release last month, but it has been delayed. A new release date has not been announced. “Was suppose to be today but you know how the game go…#Round2SoonTho,” wrote Jacquees.

When he’s not in the studio, Jacquees is working on other business ventures including his own fragrance. He recently revealed the bottle for “You by Jacquees,” which is set to launch sometime this year.