New York Knicks Unveil New Statement Edition Uniforms

After weeks leaked images and rumors, the New York Knicks ficially introduced their 2019-20 Statement Edition uniforms inspired by “the hustle and strength the city and team.”

The uniforms are highlighted by a slightly different shade blue with white lettering and numbers, as well as a white and orange trim.

Per the Knicks’ press release“Blue is our statement – we’re not here to ball, we’re here to battle. While our core colors remain, our updated style reflects the team today.” As for the steel piping, the Knicks explain, “These sleek, modern lines flow through the jersey – a nod to our evolving city – while staying true to the classic look past Knicks uniforms.”

The Knicks will wear the Statement Edition uniform against all Western Conference teams, beginning with their season opener in San Antonio on Wednesday, October 23 and at The Garden for the first time on November 3 when they take on the Sacramento Kings.

Take a look at some additional images in the tweets embedded below.


Nas Says He’s Tired of Celebrating ‘Illmatic’

Nas is over it.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Illmatic, but don’t expect more festivities. During an interview with Haute Living, Nas says he’s done celebrating the groundbreaking album once and for all.

“I’m tired of celebrating it,” he told the magazine. “I’m grateful, but it has started to take on a life of its own.”

He commemorated the 20th anniversary in 2014, but now it’s time to move on. “I just did the 20th anniversary with the National Symphony Orchestra five years ago and, the next thing you know, five years go by and it’s a calendar that I didn’t ask for showing me how fast time moves,” he added.

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Nas, who’s released 12 solo albums throughout his iconic career, thinks Illmatic receives too much attention. “Twenty-five years is a lifetime,” he said. “I’m very grateful–it’s so crazy–but to celebrate one album when I’ve made over 10, all the things I’ve worked on–and I’ve been working for so long–to celebrate one album over all else is corny to me. I don’t want to celebrate another Illmatic anything. I’m done. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for appreciating that record, but it’s over.”

In July, Nas released The Lost Tapes 2 featuring unreleased tracks, and more installments could be on the way. “As you can imagine, I’ve piled up a lot of songs since then,” he said. “So I got enough for a Lost Tapes 2 now. And a Lost Tapes 3 and a Lost Tapes 4.”

Cloudflare Responds to RIAA Accusations ⁠— "Not In the Business of Hiding Companies"

Cloudflare objects to being categorized as a helper of pirates in the latest “Notorious Markets” complaint.

Copyright holder groups send the complaint to the U.S. Trade Representative every year. It calls out apps, piracy sites, and services that facilitate piracy across the globe. While Cloudflare isn’t on the list as a piracy provider, it is frequently mentioned.

Cloudflare is a content delivery network, which means it helps keep websites online under high traffic situations. It’s an extra layer of security for many sites against malicious attacks like DDoS attacks designed to take websites offline. But the MPA and don’t see it that way.

In their complaint, the two organizations write that Cloudflare helps pirates “hide” their hosting locations. The Digital Citizens Alliances says the company facilitates pirates delivering malware.

Cloudflare General Counsel Doug Kramer disputes these claims in a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative. Cloudflare says the report is of how the company operates.

“My colleagues and I were frustrated to find continued misrepresentations of our business and efforts to malign our services.

We again feel called on to clarify that Cloudflare does not host the referenced websites, cannot block websites, and is not in the business of hiding companies that host illegal content – all facts well known to the industry groups based on our ongoing work with them.”

On the claims that Cloudflare helps pirates distribute malware ⁠— Kramer writes:

“Our system uses the collective intelligence from all the properties on our network to support and immediately update our web application firewall, which can block malware at the edge and prevent it from reaching a site’s origin server. This protects the many content creators who use our services for their websites as well as the users of their websites, from malware.”

Cloudflare argues that complaints from the DCA about malware are out of date.

The company admits it can’t stop all bad actors online, but continues to work with organizations as necessary.

Cloudflare says the complaint to the Notorious Markets list seems intended to pressure the service and shutting them down themselves.

“That is something that we are not obligated to do,” Kramer says.

Japanese Fan Travels 6,000 Miles to Cleveland to Meet Bone Thugs n' Harmony, Gets Robbed Blind by Locals

Ryo Muranaka, who is an aspiring Japanese rapper, traveled more than 6,000 miles to Cleveland, in the hope of meeting his idols: Bone Thugs n’ Harmony.

He also sold all his possessions to pay for the trip.

Then, tragedy struck. He was not only robbed of all his money somewhere on Cleveland’s rough-and-tumble northeast side, but the thieves also stole his luggage. Compounding Muranaka’s problems was that he cannot speak English well, meaning he was effectively stranded in a completely foreign city.

Discovered destitute by a pair of local activists, Kwas Bibbs and James Norton, Muranka was able to receive help from an unlikely source: Bone Thugs n’ Harmony themselves.

Not only did Layzie Bone put Muranka up at a local hotel after meeting the man, but MC Bizzy Bone will be flying Muranka back to Japan.  Layzie says that he is “putting my hands out there on behalf of Bone Thugs n’ Harmony.” He is doing this to show that they care and to show appreciation for all Muranka did to come out and meet them.

Bizzy further told Muranka to come back to the United States at another time, so that he could “do things properly.”

Krayzie Bone also commented on Muranka’s ordeal.

He said that it reminded him of what the group once did to become successful. Back when they were struggling artists, they took a one-way bus trip to Los Angeles in order to get their music in front of , which led to where they are today.

Krayzie went on to say that those who are looking to do the same thing should be careful about going to places that they know nothing about.  While he says that people should follow their dreams, they should understand that “we’re not from the suburbs, we’re from the ghetto.”

He added that Muranka is lucky that all he lost was his luggage, because he could have easily lost his life as well.

YouTube DMCA Scammer Slapped with a $25K Fine, Forced to Apologize

YouTube has settled a longstanding DMCA dispute with a man from Nebraska. Christopher Brady used YouTube DMCA take down notices to extort channel owners.

YouTube has long received criticism for how it handles take down requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Channels that receive three copyright infringement strikes can be banned, effectively losing their livelihood. Scammers have taken advantage of the situation by extorting channel owners for payments PayPal or bitcoin.

Last month, YouTube sued Christopher Brady and accused him of by making false claims. Brady would pretend to be the legitimate owner of the content and issue two copyright strikes against unsuspecting channels. Then he would send a message extorting payment to avoid a third strike that could ban the channel entirely.

YouTube submitted an agreed judgment and permanent injunction in Nebraska federal court today. The order prevents Brady form filing fake copyright claims ⁠— he also agreed to pay $25,000 for his misconduct. Brady must to everyone he extorted using the YouTube DMCA takedown platform.

“I, Christopher L. Brady, admit that I sent dozens of notices to YouTube falsely claiming that material uploaded by YouTube users infringed my copyrights. I apologize to the YouTube users that I directly impacted by my actions, to the YouTube community, and to YouTube itself,” the apology reads.

Courts have yet to sign off on the proposed judgement and injunction, but that could happen soon. Right now, it’s not clear if affected users will receive any compensation for the misuse of the copyright system. YouTube says it’s happy with the outcome and will “continue to work to prevent abuse of our systems.”

The copyright take down system YouTube currently employs has drawn criticism in the past. The fact that some random troll from Nebraska was able to extort several smaller YouTube channels is proof. The system needs to be fixed for the rights holders and content creators because it is broken.

24hrs Releases "World On Fire" Album

24hrs has dropped his new album World On Fire. The LP is the first project released his Private Club Records’ partnership with Rostrum Records.

The artist formerly known as Royce Rizzy’s latest work is produced by James Royo. Guests appearing on the project include DMX, Wiz Khalifa, MadeinTYO, Salma Slims and DWN2EARTH.

Check out 24hrs’ World On Fire stream, cover art and tracklist below.

24hrs Releases "World On Fire" Album

1. Highway to Hell
2. Different Frequency
3. 10 O’Clock
4. Stranger in the Mirror
5. Pick It Up f. MadeinTYO
6. Nudies
7. Flick
8. Moonlight f. Salma Slims
9. You Know f. DWN2EARTH
10. Leave Me Lone f. DMX
11. 911 f. Wiz Khalifa

Live Nation's Download Festival Madrid 2020 Is Canceled

Yet another music festival has been canceled.

Live Nation’s Download Festival Madrid has announced that the event will not be returning in 2020.  Organizers are trying to redevelop the event, though for now, things look to be on permanent hiatus.

The festival is one of a number of Download events that take place across the world. For the last three years, the Caja Magica has hosted this particular edition. The inaugural 2017 festival was especially successful, with more than 100,000 people attending.

The most recent edition of the festival took place this past June. Among those who performed there were Tool, Scorpions, Sabaton and Slipknot.

The festival organizers issued a statement along with the announcement. They said that, while they would have liked to announce the 4th edition of the festival, they have not “achieved all the conditions that we believe a festival of this nature requires,” so they have decided to go on hiatus while they try to redevelop the concept.

They added that, as they “evaluate different options,” they hope to bring fans the “best experience possible,” in line with what 250,000 people have seen in the last three years.

Download Festival Madrid has been one of the main rock festivals in Spain.

Among the many stars that have performed at the festival is Linkin Park, which featured one of the last performances of singer Chester Bennington before he died. Other performers have included:

  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Guns n’ Roses
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Judas Priest

The flagship Download Festival has taken place in the United Kingdom every year since 2003 in Donington Park. Other Download Festivals have taken place in Japan, France and Australia.

The Madrid edition of the Download Festival is not the first that has gone on hiatus. The French festival, which had been staged in Paris since 2016, went on hiatus this year. It was scheduled to return next year, but it was also canceled.

G-Eazy Readies ‘Scary Nights’ EP

It’s Eazy season.

Just in time for Halloween, G-Eazy has announced that his new EP Scary Nights will arrive this Friday, Oct. 18.

The eight tracks include the Bio-1da-produced “I Wanna Rock” featuring Gunna. Miguel and The Game appear on “Demons & Angels,” while French Montana and Moneybagg Yo join Gerald on “Full Time Cappers.” Other guests include Preme (“Big Ben”) and Dex Lauper (“KIDS”).

“A little treat for y’all just in time for my favorite season,” said G-Eazy, who resembles the Joker on the black-and-white cover art.

Prior to Scary Nights, G-Eazy has been releasing tracks off his B-Sides series throughout the year, including collaborations with E-40, Ty Dolla $ign, T-Pain, and Nef the Pharaoh.

Scary Nights Tracklisting

1. “Scary Nights”
2. “I Wanna Rock” feat. Gunna
3. “Full Time Cappers” feat. French Montana & Moneybagg Yo
4. “Big Ben” feat. Preme
5. “KIDS” feat. Dex Lauper
6. “Hittin Licks”
7. “Demons & Angels” feat. Miguel & The Game
8. “A Very Strange Time”

Lizzo Accused of Stealing Her "100% That Bitch" Line from "Truth Hurts"

Producer Justin Raisen is accusing singer Lizzo of plagiarizing the most famous line from her hit single “Truth Hurts,” making him the second person to make such claims.

On Instagram, Raisen said that he and a number of people collaborated on the following line of the song: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.”  These people include producer and songwriter Yves Rothman, songwriter Jesse Saint John and Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Vinne Jefferson.

Lizzo has not credited any of the claimed collaborators on the famous like, according to Raisen.

Raisen further said that the four wrote the line for a demo called “Healthy,” and that he and the other two collaborators were never credited in “Truth Hurts.”

In 2017, when the song was released, the three collaborators tried to reach out to Ricky Reed, who is the co-writer and the producer of the song. They also tried to reach out to members of Jefferson’s team. When this failed, they started the wheels on their dispute.

For the past two years, the three have privately have been trying to work out a deal. They each want 5% of the proceeds from “Truth Hurts,” but because they are getting nowhere with their demands, they decided to go public with them as a means of relieving their “emotional distress.”

Cynthia S. Arato, who is a lawyer for Jefferson, insists that Raisen and the others did not participate in the creation of “Truth Hurts” and therefore are not entitled to any profit from it.

Raisen is not the only person accusing Jefferson of plagiarizing the song lyric.

British singer Mina Lioness insists that she tweeted the line prior to the release of “Truth Hurts.” She said that it represents “my creativity, my wit and my comedy.”

Jefferson admits that “I’m 100% that bitch,” came from an Internet meme, and she credits it for the song’s inspiration, but she still insists that she has ownership of the phrase. She is even trying to trademark “100% That Bitch.”

Ja Rule Is Getting Dragged Back Into a $100 Million Fyre Festival Lawsuit

Ja Rule knew the Fyre Festival was going to be a disaster, litigants claim.

A number of festival ticket holders, in a class action lawsuit, are now suing Ja Rule for $100 million, insisting that newly uncovered evidence proves that the rapper was promoting the festival even after he knew it was going to fail.  Earlier, Ja Rule was dismissed from the action based on insufficient evidence of his involvement or knowledge of the pending disaster.

This past July, U.S. District Court Judge P. Kevin Castel indicated that there was insufficient evidence that Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, knew for certain that the Fyre Festival would be a disaster. So, he dismissed all claims against the rapper. But he also permitted the plaintiffs to file a new complaint if additional evidence should arise.

The case against Ja Rule primarily hinges on a tweet he posted on the day before the festival.

It stated definitively that the festival would begin “in less than 24 hours.” Castel dismissed the first complaint because the plaintiffs could not demonstrate that any of them had relied on this tweet in any of the actions they subsequently took relating to the festival.

In the new complaint, attorney Ben Meiselas, who is representing the plaintiffs, says that he has proof that many of his clients did in fact rely on Ja Rule’s tweet when they decided to buy airline tickets and fly to the festival, which was to take place on a private Caribbean island in April of 2017.

Meiselas further says that a pair of recent documentaries about the festival demonstrate categorically that Ja Rule knew that the festival would be a failure but still continued to promote it.  Interestingly, Meiselas himself appears in the two films.

Ja Rule was one of the primary organizers of the Fyre Festival, along with entrepreneur Billy McFarland, who is serving a 6-year jail sentence for mail and wire fraud in addition to having to pay $26 million in restitution. The documentaries show that most people involved with the festival knew it would fail, but pushed ahead anyway.

Deezer Might Have an IPO In the Next 12-15 Months, CEO Says

Hans-Holger Albrecht, who is the CEO of the music streaming service Deezer, once again signaled his plans for an IPO.

He says that the company will go public sometime in the next 12-18 months, with the exact time being dependent on market conditions.

In 2015, Deezer was planning an IPO that it hoped would raise close to $330 million for the company. But it backed out of it after failing to convince investors.

In an interview with The National, Albrecht pointed to other successful music IPOs, including that of Spotify, which in April of last year received a valuation of more than $26 billion. He believes that Deezer is “the right size” to issue an IPO “if everything goes well.”  Exactly what that means is unclear.

Deezer has some big investors, including Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who in August of last year invested 1 billion Saudi riyals ($270 million) in the company. Warner Music, Sony, Universal as well as telecommunication company Orange and French tycoon Xavier Niel also have interests. At the time of Alwaleed’s investment, the company was valued at about $1.1 billion.

Albrecht insists that the company does not need to raise more money at the moment, but he also insists that they could if they wanted to.  He categorized Deezer as being “well-funded” and in “a very fortunate situation.”

Deezer began operations way back in 2007. It currently has 14 million active monthly users spread across 185 countries. The company’s catalog includes over 56 million songs as well as other content.

Last October, Deezer entered both North Africa and the Middle East, and they are expecting significant growth in the coming months from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE.  It is in markets like these — markets that are small for Spotify, Apple and Amazon — that the company sees itself succeeding.

Elton John Defends Ellen Degeneres Over George Bush Friendship

Ellen Degeneres caught some flack from the public this week after video surfaced her hanging out with George Bush earlier this week. Many found the friendship to be hypocritical the pro-LGBT positions she believes in and more. While fans hated on the move, many celebrities have come forward to defend her. Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell and now, Elton John have all stood by the comedian. 

In a new interview with NPR, John defended Ellen saying, “I admire Ellen for standing up and saying what she said. George Bush has made a lot mistakes. I made a lot mistakes. Ellen DeGeneres has made a lot mistakes. People need to come together …] They need to respect people’s view on life. Except when it’s heresy, and I don’t think George Bush is that kind guy.” 

Ellen defended herself on her own show eariler this week saying, “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different.”

Elton John’s interview with NPR is being conducted to promote John’s upcoming autobiography, Me. The book is due out on October 15th.

Robert Downey Jr.’s First Film Since "Avengers: Endgame" Gets Official Poster

The poster for Robert Downey Jr.’s first film since Avengers: Endgame is here.

Universal’s Dr. Dolittle reboot, simply titled Dolittle, is ready to be one the biggest films to kick f 2020 when it releases on January 17th. So far, little is known about the film. It was originally titled The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle, but after a delay from it’s original April 2019 release target, it’s title was shortened. 

We also know some the remaining cast. Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen are also set to star, while a handful familiar names will be making voice-over appearances. Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson are all set to lend their voices.

The synopsis for the film reads, “A former doctor turns to treating animals because his love for all creatures. When Doctor Dolittle discovers he can communicate with the animals, he embarks on a fantastical adventure.” 

Deadline explains the story by saying, “After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.”

Oprah Discusses Decision Not To Have Children, Shock-TV & More

Oprah Winfrey has graced the cover the newest issue People magazine and the media mogul uses the platform to open up about a number life-changing events and decisions.

For starters, she talks about her decision not to have children. Apparently, she “has seen too much.” Oprah explains, “I realized, ‘Whoa, I’m talking to a lot messed-up people, and they are messed up because they had mothers and fathers who were not aware how serious that job is.”

She expands, “I don’t have the ability to compartmentalize the way I see other women do. It is why, throughout my years, I have had the highest regard for women who choose to be at home with] their kids, because I don’t know how you do that all day long. Nobody gives women the credit they deserve.”

Oprah also comments on her decision to move on from “sensationalist TV,” citing two pivotal episodes. “It was the KKK skinhead show during which fights broke out repeatedly and one guest was kicked out for pranity] and then the show with a man, his wife . . . and his mistress,” Winfrey recalls. “At the time, the producers thought this was one the greatest bookings we could ever get. We thought, ‘He’s agreed to come on with his girlfriend? This is unbelievable.’ Then there was a moment when the man says to his wife, ‘You know what? There’s nothing you can do about the affair], because my mistress] is pregnant.’ We were live and I didn’t know he was going to tell her, nor did the producers know.”

Check out  more the interview with People magazine on their website here or on ET Canada here.

8-Year-Old Girl Successfully Climbs Replica Of Trump’s Border Wall

I know it’s hard to believe, but Donald Trump has once again lied to the people. If you recall back in September, the President traveled to Otay Mesa, California, to show f a section the U.S.-Mexico border wall that he claimed was “virtually impenetrable.” He said he had 20 world class climbers try to scale the wall, and they couldn’t climb it.

“We had 20 mountain climbers. That’s all they do—they love to climb mountains … Me? I don’t want to climb mountains,” Trump said. “But they are very good, and some them were champions. And we gave them different prototypes walls, and this was the one that was hardest to climb … This wall can’t be climbed.”

Well it turns out what Trump said about the wall wasn’t true at all. In fact, an 8-year old girl just climbed a replica the wall with rather ease.

Rick Weber, a retired engineer who co-founded the Muir Valley rock climbing park in Rogers, Kentucky, took Trump’s claims as a challenge. “You don’t tell a bona fide rock climber something’s impossible to climb,” he told TIME.

Weber decided to construct a wooden replica Trump’s Otay Mesa-area border wall, and it has already been climbed by several people, including 8-year-old Lucy Hanock. TIME reports that the little girl didn’t use any ropes or other tools to climb the wall, but wore a belay, a safety device designed to catch a falling climber. In addition, adult climber, Erik Kloeker, was up and over the wall in about 40 seconds, proving that Trump’s claims are indeed a joke.

Lucy apparently called the climb “easy.” Check out the post (below).