PSG Air Jordan 6 Rumored To Release In July: Detailed Images

French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan Brand are currently locked into a three-year agreement which has the two entities teaming up for various sportswear and lifestyle products. Considering it’s Jumpman we’re talking about here, it’s absolutely no surprise that the two brands would collaborate on some fresh Jordans. So far, there has been a Jordan 1 and a Jordan 5 with an Air Jordan 6 on the way. Earlier in the week, we posted about the first look at this upcoming collaboration and now, we have even more photos thanks to @hanzuying.

As you can tell from the photos, the upper consists black and grey suede, while red accents make their way around the shoe. On the back heel, the Paris Saint-Germain logo is visible, while a Jumpman insignia is smack-dab in the middle. It’s a pretty interesting look and certainly matches the aesthetic the Jordan 1 and 5 that has come from this partnership.

There is no set release date for the shoe just yet but according to the above post, it appears as though this sneaker will be released sometime in July. Stay tuned for any updates on this sneaker as we will be sure to bring them to you.

Cavs Owner Thinks Kyrie Will Leave Boston, Says Cavs “Killed It” In Celtics Trade

Count Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as one the many people who believe Kyrie Irving has played his last game as a member the Boston Celtics. 

In a recent interview with Cleveland.com, Gilbert spoke about life without LeBron James and reflected on the trade that sent Kyrie to the Boston Celtics. Of that trade, Gilbert says, “we killed it.”

“I don’t know, but I think Kyrie will leave Boston,” Gilbert told Cleveland.com.

“We could have ended up with nothing,” Gilbert said. “Looking back after all the moves Koby made, we killed it in that trade.”

Irving, who is set to become a free agent this summer, was traded from the Cavs to the Celtics in 2017 in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick that turned into Collin Sexton. The Cavs later traded IT, Channing Frye and their own first-rounder to the Los Angeles Lakers for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.

If Kyrie does, in fact, decide to leave Boston this summer, the New York Knicks are reportedly prepared to give him and Kevin Durantwhatever the hell they want.” Some rumors suggest that the duo are dead set on teaming up on the Knicks, while other rumors claim that Kyrie is genuinely interested in reuniting with LeBron in L.A.

Of course, the Celtics could still make a trade for Anthony Davis this summer in an effort to convince Kyrie to stay in Boston. The speculation has been ongoing all season, and thankfully we’ll find out the answers soon enough as the July 1 free agency period is rapidly approaching.

Ashanti Flexes Her Curvaceous Body Goals In Stunning Beach Photos

We haven’t heard from Ashanti in a long while but she’s been reminding us all just how incredible she looks lately, posing for photos at every beach she goes to. She was a big part Carnival this year, donning an extravagant outfit and making sure everybody saw that she’s still glowing. The same thing happened today when Ashanti hit Thailand. She wore a flowy blue skirt and showed f her best angles for an impromptu photo shoot and, course, the results found their way onto her social pages.

The singer came through with some gorgeous shots herself in a yellow dress yesterday and today, she followed them up with more images from her Thailand vacation. This time, she switched yellow for blue but the fit was just as flowy. She let the wind carry her skirt with it, raising an arm and dipping her feet into the sand. Her top is bedazzled with tons sparkles, covering her top half but leaving enough empty space to still be considered extremely sexy. This isn’t the first time Ashanti has shown f her body goals and it won’t be the last. 

Take a look at the gorgeous photos and let us know what you think.

Seth Rogen’s GQ Cover Sparks A Stream Of Thirsty Tweets

With the release  Long Shot and Lion King set to arrive this summer, Seth Rogen has a lot on his plate these days. The star has been known to dabble in fields that extend way past just acting; including: writing, producing, directing, and most recently, managing his own cannabis company “Houseplant.” Rogen continues his spur productivity by gracing the latest cover GQ, and fans can’t help but notice a major glow-up.

The photos from his beach shoot, which were unveiled on Tuesday, set f a flurry thirsty tweets, with some users remarking on the star’s transformation, and others asserting that they’d been O.G. fangirls Rogen’s long before the cover. 

While the Long Shot star received a lot love across the internet, his adorable Cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy, Zelda, who also had the honor being featured on the cover, definitely had a few fans thirsting over her too. Even Rogen himself couldn’t help but fangirl over the dog. 

This one pup even took a thirst trap pic for Zelda!

Rogen’s rugged good looks aren’t the only thing who should be praised for though, as a quote from GQ about the visionary’s evolution throughout the year stated, “For people whose casual impression Seth Rogen begins and ends with the gallery quasi-employed, stoned men-children he played in his 20s, it might be hard to fully comprehend that he, now 37, is a legitimate Hollywood operator and entrepreneur in his own right, with a career that extends well beyond acting and writing. In addition to developing, writing, and acting in his own film projects, Rogen produces television, does voice work, and with his wife, Lauren Miller-Rogen, created @hilarityforcharity, a series comedy shows that’s raised millions for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.”

Kurtis Blow Gives The Oral History Of "Basketball" Amid Raising $20M For Universal Hip Hop Museum

Nearly ever article, book and documentary about Hip Hop history credits Kurtis Blow as the first superstar solo MC in the early 1980s. The culture’s earliest visuals featuring block parties and park jams at basketball courts in the game’s “Mecca” of New York City, MCs coaching and Ice Cube’s fledgling BIG3 League are a few examples of why basketball remains Hip Hop’s favorite sport.

Blow made that official when he released the game’s most memorable ode 35 years ago. The nexus of Hip Hop and basketball has always been Blow’s passion along with being a minister spreading his Christian faith.

“The whole connection of sports and Hip Hop is rhythm,” Blow said. “The same rhythm that it takes for an MC to flow and deliver vocals is the same rhythm for anyone who is an athlete in sports. You’ve heard it over and over before, in order to block a shot you have to be in rhythm with the shooter. There’s a rhythm to dribbling.”

As he’s recovering from his recent heart surgery, Blow spoke with us about the backstory of penning “Basketball” in 1984. He also gave his thoughts about today’s NBA and how he raised $20 million to erect the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

The Creation of “Basketball” Was Intended To Match Baseball’s Beloved Song

HipHopDX: Take me back to the recording process and how you conceptualized your song “Basketball.”

Kurtis Blow: It was 1984 and the idea came from, believe or not, my wife. My one and only rib, 35 years married to this great woman. Her name is Shirley Walker. She said, “Kurt, you should do a theme song for basketball, that’s your favorite sport. You know you watch it all the time.” And I’m a real sports fanatic. Actually football is up there for me, too. She said basketball doesn’t have a theme song and baseball has one. (Sings) “Take me out to the ball game!” during the seventh inning stretch. So, I went to my partner and writer William Waring and told him the idea and he came up with some lyrics that I definitely wanted to include the superstars in basketball’s history as well as the guys who were playing during that time. It was amazing, and it came up when that monumental [NBA] draft year, like four or five Hall of Famers: [Charles] Barkley, John Stockton, [Hakeem] Olajuwon, Michael Jordan…an incredible year.

HipHopDX: What other notable things happened to create the song?

Kurtis Blow: I went to my producers and got them interested in the song. What was really special about the recording process is we wanted to include the sound of a basketball. That was going to be part of our kick drum or bass drum and we did that. Jimmy Bralower, a great drummer and producer who went onto become one of the greatest drum programmers in the world, he actually designed some of it. That’s his snare from when he actually recorded the sound of a basketball and sometimes when basketball player shoots and it rattles (mimics basketball sound bouncing within the rim). It’s one of the predominant sounds that’s repeated throughout the song. And we recorded Mr. John Andariese, the great announcer for the Knicks who just died a few years ago. He starts out the song, “Now rapping at No. 1, Kurtis Blow!” That was a big thing recording him because he was a New York legend.

HipHopDX: Who sang the famous melody?

Kurtis Blow: We used [former Def Jam R&B singer] Alysin Williams who was the vocalist who came up with the melody for the song. She was my college buddy who once worked for Benny Ashburn, the Commodores’ manager. She actually convinced Benny to have her college buddy who was hot with a song called ‘The Breaks” to go out on my first tour with the Commodores on an 80-city tour in 1980 to open up their shows. We, in turn, hooked her up and got her to sing 70 to 80 percent of my songs that had background vocals like “8 Million Stories,” “The Games People Play,” “A.J., and ”If I Ruled The World.”

She was a part of all of it and her partner Audrey Wheeler, sang on them, too. It was a great collaboration of great people, and [R&B legends] Full Force was there working on the guitar parts and bassline helping me out. The other musicians were great, too, like J.B. Moore and Robert Ford. Halfway through the song, everybody knew this was going to be a big hit.

Kurtis Blow Speaks On The NBA & Golden State Warriors

HipHopDX: You mentioned players who are your favorites in “Basketball” Who are some of the players in today’s NBA and legends from the 90s and 2000s who you would namedrop in an updated version of the song?

Kurtis Blow: That would be an incredible list. From the 90s to the 2000s, you have Kobe Bryant and Shaq and, of course, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Clyde Drexler, so many players. And even today, “The Greek Freak” [Giannis Antetokounmpo], Damian Lillard, James Harden — what an incredible player. Kevin Durant, that whole Golden State team’s starting five! (laughs). You can name all five of them in the song — one verse about the Golden State Warriors — Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, so many players. And every team has a couple players who should be in there, for sure.

HipHopDX: What’s your take on the NBA’s Western Conference dominating the Eastern Conference and the tampering among players and league executives this season, such as LeBron who tried to recruit Anthony Davis to leave the New Orleans Pelicans for the L.A. Lakers?

Kurtis Blow: Yeah that was the talk of the year because LeBron and A.D. have the same agent, trying to make it happen on the low. Look, if you look at the Golden State Warriors, you’d probably call that cheating (laughs).

HipHopDX: But great players joining other great players to be on dominant teams has always happened since the 60s Celtics, the 1972 and 80s and 2000s Lakers squads, the 1983 76ers who had five All-Stars on its roster with “Doctor J” who you mention in the song and 90s Bulls with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Kurtis Blow: Right, so I’m not concerned with LeBron trying to get Anthony Davis because they need a couple more players. The Lakers need Kyrie (Irving) or Carmelo and they would probably be more talked about. But it’s a wrap right now. The league is on lock. It’s going to be quite difficult to beat Golden State. You gotta give that team the props. They remind me of the Boston Celtics with Bill Russell, those years when they won eight (titles) in a row.

HipHopDX: You’re a Knicks fans still, right?

Kurtis Blow: The Knicks lost 18 in a row this season. (sighs)

HipHopDX: Knick fans like Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Q-Tip and Spike Lee were hoping to get the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft from its worst season ever but got the No. 3 pick instead.

Kurtis Blow: Yeah, that’s wack.

HipHopDX: Do you think the Knicks having that $71 million in salary cap space and having the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft will help them finally get marquee free agents? Or will they mess it up per usual?

Kurtis Blow: I just pray for the best. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open and I was hoping that when the draft lottery came out that Zion (Williamson) kid might be a Knick.

HipHopDX: Since their chance of getting Zion is out the window now, are you sold on the Knicks signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer?

Kurtis Blow: That would be the most incredible. I think Kyrie is an underrated player. He’s definitely top three material in the league and he really, really showed me something when he was with Cleveland and they won that championship. To have him in New York would be a win-win situation.

HipHopDX: Kyrie is from New York and his godfather is (former NBA All-Star) Rod Strickland.

Kurtis Blow: And that’s my buddy, Rod Strickland! I remember him when he was playing big time. We actually met and hung out at a couple events and stuff. He’s a good dude. That’s even better, like family almost.

Kurtis Blow Helps Raise $20 Million For Universal Hip Hop Museum

HipHopDX: Let’s talk about the Hip Hop Museum. You and co-founder Rock Buccano have $21 million invested in this project?

Kurtis Blow: Well, we’ve raised close to $20 million. So far, the city council of New York has us on their books for $4 million in 2020 and we have an LOI and contract from the L&M Corporation for $12 million to start construction for 2019 and we’ll open the doors in 2023, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.

HipHopDX: Where will this be located?

Kurtis Blow: In The Bronx, the birthplace of Hip Hop, five blocks south of Yankee Stadium which address is 65 East 149th Street called the Bronx Point section, soon to be called the Downtown Bronx City Center. The city is actually putting up like $2.5 million to remodel the whole section of The Bronx over there. It’s prime real estate and where we will be is a huge housing development structure, 25 floors, and that same property will be a mini-mall, an outdoor concert venue, there’s going to be a movie theater. It’s going to be a nice little section of The Bronx and we have the bottom two floors which is about 5000 square feet.

HipHopDX: Will basketball be part of the Hip Hop Museum? Basketball and Hip Hop have been married since the beginning of the culture.

Kurtis Blow: The whole connection of sports and Hip Hop is rhythm. The same rhythm that it takes for an MC to flow and deliver vocals is the same rhythm for anyone who is an athlete in sports. You’ve heard it over and over before, in order to block a shot you have to be in rhythm with the shooter. There’s a rhythm to dribbling. Anytime you hear an announcer say, “He’s out of his rhythm” when missing a shot. The rhythm to hit a baseball, to catch or throw a pass or to run. Anything in sports you use your rhythm more than your any other of your skills.

Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

Adidas has always been known to bring futuristic technology to their shoes and the latest example that has been 4D printing. This type technology is different from 3D printing as 4D printed objects are malleable and can transform, while 3D objects simply can’t. One the silhouettes that have ushered in the 4D aesthetic is the Adidas AlphaEdge which has seen a few releases over the last year.

Now, Adidas is completely revamping the upper the shoe with recycled ocean plastics thanks to frequent collaborator Parley. Surrounding those plastics is a Primeknit upper which will surely make this pair comfy on top. Meanwhile, the 4D printed midsole is dressed in its signature mint green. Adidas announced that three colorways the shoe will release, including a light blue Parley model, a triple-white version, and a black pair. 

“Adidas 4D continues to be our most ambitious midsole and having seen the success the AlphaEdge 4D to date we are excited that we can now increase availability thanks to our innovative new manufacturing process, allowing athletes the world over to feel the future  performance footwear—this is what happens when sport meets Silicon Valley,” said Marco Kormann, Director Future Technology Innovation at Adidas through a press release.

These kicks will release on Friday, May 31st for $300 USD. Check out the ficial images below.

Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

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Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

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Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

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Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

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Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

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Parley X Adidas AlphaEdge 4D Drops Next Week: Detailed Photos

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Fatboy SSE Arrested For Weed In New Jersey — & Gives Us The Rundown On Instagram

Jersey City, NJ – Social media star Fatboy SSE is known for making headlines for his comedic skits but his latest situation is no laughing matter.

The viral comedic actor was arrested on Monday night (May 20) in his home state of New Jersey for possession of marijuana and bail jumping two outstanding bench warrants as well as being ticketed for failure to observe a signal and driving with a suspended license.

After pulling the Instagram sensation over for a traffic violation, police discovered Fatboy SSE was driving with the aforementioned suspended license and two outstanding bench warrants. Authorities proceeded to search the vehicle, also occupied by his manager and security guard, discovering the stash of weed.

In true Fatboy SSE fashion every moment after the arrest was documented for his five million-strong Instagram following, captioning a video of his release, “THEY CANT HOLD US BACK #FATBOYGANG.”

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The now free entertainment personality, continued to upload videos to his IG condemning the treatment he received while in custody, “y’all treated me like shit man, no respect was given to me my nigga, so no respect given to ya’ll” he continued, “fuck ya’ll and the cop that said he know me a’int show me no love… I’m still smoking, bitch.”

The animated personality released his studio debut, Boobie From The Block, last November which includes features from Lil Yachty, Jadakiss and YFN Lucci.

Fatboy SSE, real name Tariq Kimbrough, had recently been signed by Hip Hop legend Master P to play a role in the upcoming film, I Got The Hookup 2, primed for a summer release.

KITH x Tommy Hilfiger S/S 2019 Collection Revealed: Release Info

KITH founder Ronnie Fieg has teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger yet again for another apparel collection set to release this Friday, May 24. The summer collection consists everything from swim trunks, boxing shorts and tank tops to short-sleeve button ups, polos and sailing vests. 

KITH x Tommy Hilfiger S/S 2019 Collection Revealed: Release Info

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Although the latest KITH x Tommy collab is releasing as part the brand’s Spring/Summer collection there are plenty options that will last you well beyond the Summer season and into the Fall. For instance, the KITH x Tommy SS 19 gear includes fleece crewnecks and hoodies, as well as lightweight jackets, track suits and Nautical popovers.

KITH x Tommy Hilfiger S/S 2019 Collection Revealed: Release Info

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In addition to the apparel, KITH will also be releasing another iteration the Tommy Hilfiger Hyperbole Running Sneaker, as well as bucket hats, towels, fanny packs and slides. 

The KITH x Tommy Hilfiger SS19 collection will be available at all KITH locations as well as the KITH website starting at 11am ET on Friday, May 24. Scroll down for a look at the upcoming range KITH x Tommy gear.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Lundmark" To Come In Reflective Model

Kanye West and the Yeezy brand are showing knowing signs slowing down when it comes to releasing brand new colorways the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2. There have already been quite a few colorways to release so far this year and as we head into the summer, there are even more models coming down the pipeline. One those versions the shoe comes in the form the beige/grey muted “Lundmark” colorway which looks like a darker version the “Static” model from December.

Now, thanks to the Instagram account @hanzuying, we have a fresh look at the “reflective” version the “Lundmark” colorway which will drop alongside the regular version. Just like the other reflective models on the market, this one has 3M material that glows depending on the lighting. It’s an aesthetic that sneakerheads have become quite familiar with so it shouldn’t come as that much a surprise.

Some the rumors circulating have this shoe dropping in June, although that still remains to be seen.

Stay tuned for updates on this model as we will be sure to bring them to you.

What’s The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West is an undeniably enduring artist. His continued relevance, while undoubtedly partially fueled by controversy, is remarkable in its longevity as compared to most pop artists. While the general crowing usually amounts to “I like the old Kanye,” (a criticism West has poked fun at himself on later records) in reference, more ten than not, to his critically lauded and culturally ubiquitous debut The College Dropout and its follow up Late Registration, as West’s career developed he became more experimental and arguably more influential. Rather than ranking his albums from best to worst, as is the general practice music blogs internet-wide, we’re here to answer a question less specific but perhaps more qualifiable; What is the best Kanye era?

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West performing in 2003 in New York City – Mark Mainz/Getty s

For the consideration “best,” rather than a subjective take on this writer’s favorite era, we will take into consideration a number factors. These factors are: critical acclaim, influence, social relevance, and the era’s importance relative to West’s career as a whole.

The eras will be defined as such-

-2004-2006,The College Dropout through Late Registration

-2007-2009,Graduation through 808’s and Heartbreak

-2010-2014,My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy through Yeezus

-2015-current day,The Life Pablo through Ye

The College Dropout and Late Registration, released in successive years, purified the production work Kanye had been doing for artists like Jay-Z before releasing his debut. They featured sped up soul samples, gospel elements, string sections and a keen-if controversial (and correct)-eye turned toward social and racial injustice. George Bush does not care about black people. These records ushered in an onslaught copycats and hangers-on mimicking Kanye’s backpack-toting, polo-wearing style. They were critical successes, though this would prove to be a consistent theme throughout West’s career.

Graduation and 808s and Heartbreak were West’s (mostly successful) attempts to reconfigure the pop landscape as a whole. Where Graduation is all exuberant pop production under raps both boastful and hopeful, 808s is a mournful album bordering on electronic music, a nearly rap free exploration Kanye’s introspection and sorrow following the death his mother and the dissolution his engagement to Alexis Phifer. Despite producing a massive first single in “Love Lockdown,” it was Kanye’s first record to receive mixed reviews. It has gone on to become a beloved piece work, and a signal what was about to come in the musical landscape.

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West and then-girlfriend Alexis attend the Jeremy Scott Spring 2007 Fashion show – Mat Szwajkos/Getty s

After a weeks long stint releasing one-f collaborative singles that Kanye termed GOOD Fridays (after his label GOOD Music), Kanye released what many consider his masterwork. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a massive, paradigm-exploding piece pop maximalism and prog-rap. On it Kanye sounds tortured and reflective, maintaining his signature braggadocio while paradoxically poking holes in it at every turn. It was his most critically successful album, earning the coveted and elusive rating 10 from Pitchfork, and perfect marks almost across the board. He followed that album with Watch the Throne, a collaborative album with long time mentor Jay-Z. It was well-liked critically, and several the songs, not least all “N****s in Paris,” became cultural touchstones for years to come. Following Watch the Throne, he released an album songs featuring all the GOOD Music artists he’d signed. It was mostly ignored, with the exception the smash summer jam “Mercy.” To bookend this era, Kanye released the jarring, violent Yeezus. It confounded listeners but was beloved by critics. It produced a devoted following amongst Kanye fans, garnered very little radio success, and changed rap music for the foreseeable future.

Kanye took some time f after Yeezus, releasing a few singles like the brash “All Day” and the sweet, Paul Mccartney featuring “Only One,” an ode to both his mother and his newly born daughter. His long promised follow up to Yeezus seemed like it would never come. Then, with little fanfare, Kanye dropped lead single “Real Friends.” It enticed die hards and West classicists alike, as it sounded like a new take on old Kanye. A slightly belabored rollout his next album The Life Pablo followed, an album West termed a “living album” due to his insistence on constantly tweaking the songs on their digital and streaming platforms, the only mediums through which it was released. It played as a quality but scattershot tour through West’s oeuvre. Its most lasting song, opener “Ultralight Beams,” is notable mostly for the verse contributed by Chance the Rapper, though the song was an undeniably important moment Christ-like repentance for Kanye. For the time being. “Saint Pablo,” the tour that followed TLOP, was unceremoniously cut short as Kanye suffered a mental breakdown that slowly played out on(floating)stage. He proselytized about the greatness Donald Trump, threatened violence against the estranged Jay-Z, and generally fell apart. Shortly after the tour, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Donald Trump and Kanye West in the lobby  the Trump Tower, 2016 – Drew Angerer/Getty s

After a nearly two year fallow period, Kanye reappeared on Twitter invigorated and ready to spout nonsense. He big-upped the idiotic pseudo-intellectual and twitter provocateur Candace Owens, a noted black conservative who dabbled in dangerous topics racism denial and respectability politics. He continued his love affair with Trump. He went on TMZ and declared that slavery was a choice. He then dialed it back and admitted that much it was due to bipolar episodes. He released the short and confessional Ye shortly thereafter. It is a touching and problematic exploration Kanye’s experience  with the disease, and is his least well-reviewed album to date. It produced no singles– though it wasn’t designed to do so– and was followed by the similarly low-key Kids See Ghosts, a collaboration with longtime cohort Kid Cudi. Both albums were accepted by Kanye devotees, though the general public seemed not to take much notice.

Considering the qualifying factors previously established and the subsequent analysis, it is clear (to this writer) that the best Kanye West era is the 2009-2014 era. It produced Kanye’s most compelling work, the peak his notoriety, and his critical apex. The beautiful and expansive MBDTF pulses with revolutionary ideas and explodes into brilliant supernovae never explored in music-let alone rap music-before. It is somehow both experimental and accessible, Kanye remaking the form before our eyes. He infuriated the public for years prior to its release (hello Taylor Swift), then holed up in Hawaii with a team collaborators including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and longtime producer Mike Dean, and came back with a more than sufficient fering; an all out classic that served as a look to the future and a map Kanye’s soul.

Watch the Throne was massive, world beating and, most importantly, fun as hell. The subsequent tour was a huge success, a bacchanalian celebration Kanye and Jay’s not yet soured relationship, as well as their  successes, both solo and as creative partners. It’s still one Kanye’s most celebratory listens.

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West and Jay-Z throw up the Roc at GQ Magazine’s 50th Year Celebration party, 2007 – Photo by Rob Loud/Getty s

Yeezus is, arguably, Kanye’s most important album. After years success and public approval, he zigged. He assembled a flawlessly dark and confrontational album with production that sounded like deranged lumberjacks ripping apart steel drums with a rusty chainsaw while dirty synths soundtrack their destruction alongside songs like “Hold My Liquor,” which sound so mired in primordial sludge that Kanye seems to rap from the thick it, covered in ooze and gasping for air. It is thrilling, self destructive, endlessly inventive and crushingly unique. At the end this evocation personal hell, Kanye closes the album with “Bound 2,” a soulful and sunny track that serves as a winking assurance to the audience. “Don’t worry,” he seems to say, “I can still pull this shit f too.”

The 2009-2014 era produced three memorable albums, one collaborative clunker, endless critical praise and furious public speculation. Most notably, it operates as a microcosm Kanye’s psyche and career as a whole. It is bookended by his two extremes, the two poles he would later come to embrace and, admirably, seek help to control. MBDTF changed the world, but Yeezus changed Yeezy forever.

What’s your favorite Kanye era in our breakdown above? Sound f in the comments.

"Orange Is The New Black" Final Season Trailer Is Out

Though Netflix now boasts quite the catalogue original shows, back in 2013, Orange Is the New Black was one the platform’s first hits, rapidly developing a devoted following. Six years later, and the shows is releasing its seventh season, which will mark the final season the series, a fact that was confirmed last fall. The cast have all shared plenty (tear-jerking) behind-the-scenes glimpses as the show wrapped filming in February.

Even though season six ended with the main character, Piper, (Taylor Schilling) being released early, she will still appear as part the cast, executive producer Herrmann told The Hollywood Reporter last summer. “She’s the grounding force the show,” Herrmann said.

The season will follow Piper on the outside, adjusting to a life freedom whilst struggling with being seperated from her now-wife Alex (Laura Prepon), who has still has years left on her sentence. The show’s beloved inmates on the inside, including Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Black Cindy (Adrienne C Moore), Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Daya (Dascha Polanco), will also be kept track . 

Hermann did also tell The Hollywood Reporter that the season will continue exploring themes privilege through Piper’s character, in the new context her life after prison.”We’re very excited because now we have a few people on the outside, Aleida Diaz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) being one them,” Hermann said. “To be able to show the juxtaposition what life is like for someone in Aleida’s shoes compared to somebody who is in Piper’s shoes is very exciting for us.” Following from the previous season’s finale, Taystee will be facing with a life sentence, having been wrongfully convicted second-degree murder in relation to the death abusive ficer Desi Piscatella, while Blanca Flores (Laura Gomez) is facing possible deportation.

The trailer for the new season (which you can check out below) sees the stars singing along to the show’s famous, catchy theme song “You’ve Got Time,” with a message outlining the release date as July 26. 

Top Tracks: Jeezy’s "Suge" Freestyle Is Crowned #1

Is DaBaby‘s “Suge” going to be the hot song to freestyle over this summer? The song dropped all the way back on March 1 as part DaBaby’s album Baby On Baby, and like the album itself (which rose to a new peak #14 on Billboard’s album chart in its 10th week eligibility last week), it’s only continued to increase in popularity. Last week “Suge” rose to #22 on the Hot 100, and its producer, Jetsonmade, was interviewed about the song by Genius. Other rappers have taken notice, with both Jeezy and Bow Wow recently delivering freestyles over the ascendant hit. This week, the former’s take on DaBaby’s track is our #1 song. 

Quavo and Machine Gun Kelly lead all artists with two appearances apiece inside our top ten this week. New songs barely missing out on spots include DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend‘s “Higher” (#11), Akon and Anuel AA’s “Get Money” (#12), DJ Khaled, 21 Savage, and Cardi B‘s “Wish Wish” (#13), and Mozzy’s “Legal Guardian/Guardian Angel” (#14). 

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10. Logic Feat. Will Smith – Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different

On his newly-crowned #1 album, Confessions a Dangerous Mind, Logic enlists several high-prile guests, though perhaps none more so than actor/former rapper Will Smith. “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different,” which features Smith, debuts at #10. 

9. London on Da Track & G-Eazy Feat. City Girls & Juvenile – Throw Fits

Former frequent Young Thug collaborator London On Da Track’s recently been making moves as a solo artist, and his latest features the unlikely cocktail G-Eazy, City Girls, and Juvenile. “Throw Fits” debuts at #9. 

8. Tyler, The Creator Feat. Kanye West – Puppet

Lat Friday, Tyler The Creator unveiled his latest album, Igor, in slightly mysterious fashion. In addition to no singles being shared beforehand, the features are also uncredited in the track titles. Some, like Kanye’s turn on “Puppet,” are quite obvious though. This one debuts at #8. 

7. Machine Gun Kelly – Ocean Eyes (Billie Eilish Cover)

Since his beef with Eminem last year, Machine Gun Kelly’s stayed in the news thanks to his role in Netflix’s Motley Crüe documentary The Dirt, as well as a steady stream new music. One his latest ferings certainly qualifies as eye-catching, as it’s a cover a song by ascendant pop star Billie Eilish. MGK’s version “Ocean Eyes” debuts at #7. 

6. DJ Mustard Feat. YG, 21 Savage, Quavo& Meek Mill – 100 Bands

Last week’s #1 is only one two repeats on this week’s list. DJ Mustard’s star studded new single “100 Bands,” which brings together YG, 21 Savage, Quavo, and Meek Mill, debuts at #6. 

5. Madonna & Quavo – Future

For her upcoming album Madame X, Madonna has chosen to collaborate with some the hottest names in hip hop. Following a collab with Swae Lee, she recently shared one featuring Quavo entitled “Future.” This isn’t the first time the two have linked up, as Madonna appeared on the song “Champagne Rosé” on Quavo’s album Huncho last year. This one debuts at #5. 

4. Bow Wow – Fuck That Bitch

Who’s dropping new music on Livemixtapes in 2019? Bow Wow’s dropping new music on Livemixtapes in 2019. His latest is a freestyle over Lauryn Hill‘s “Lost Ones” entitled “Fuck That Bitch.” It debuts at #4. 

3. Jim Jones Feat. Cam’ron – Mama I Made It

In a rather unlikely success story, Jim Jones and Cam’ron’s recent collaboration has now spent four straight weeks inside our top ten. In its fourth week out, it’s down one place from #2 to #2. 

2. Machine Gun Kelly – Hollywood Whore

Accompanying MGK’s Billie Eilish cover was “Hollwood Whore,” a single from his upcoming album, Hotel Diablo. Exploring the dark side the “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” cliché, according to Machine Gun himself, it seems likely that this one was inspired by hanging out with Motley Crüe. “Hollywood Whore” debuts at #2. 

1. Jeezy – Suge (Freestyle)

Jeezy’s take on DaBaby’s Suge Knight-referencing single may be short (only 1:08 in length), but people were clearly clamoring to hear his new bars. In its first week out, his “Suge” freestyle debuts at #1.  

Cardi B Files Trademark For "Bocktails With Cardi B" Television Show

Being a new mom, chart-topping rapper and Fashion Nova enthusiasts isn’t all that Cardi B‘s got on her agenda. The “Money” rapper now wants to venture back into the television world since new reports from TMZ detail how she’s filed a trademark for the name “Bocktails with Cardi B.”

According to the publication, the premise the show is to produce “entertainment services in the nature providing ongoing episodes for distribution television and the Internet featuring celebrities and artists.” The plan is to produce more than just a show, but also helm a collection “clothing, including shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, caps, footwear, skirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, pants and shorts.”

Even more, Cardi wants to use her trademarked name for “alcoholic beverages, except beer and beverages containing beer.”

Cardi B Files Trademark For "Bocktails With Cardi B" Television Show
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In other Cardi news, her latest single “Wish Wish” that’s the second track on DJ Khaled‘s Father Asahd album is yet another hit to take us into the summer. Cardi recently shared a note to Twitter, detailing just how much she loves working with Khaled as producer. 

“On some personal shit lols what I like about DJKHALED is every time he talks to anybody he always say” bless up “ have a beautiful day “I hope you doing good” how’s the baby?”Its like a positive positive person like if all his chakras are balance😩and I love that,” she wrote.

Memphis Grizzlies Expected To Trade Mike Conley: Report

The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly locked in on drafting Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, which will likely signal the end Mike Conley’s tenure in Memphis. 

According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Grizzlies “are widely expected to use the No. 2 pick on Murray State’s Ja Morant and trade the ever-reliable Mike Conley.” The 12-year veteran was selected fourth overall by Memphis out Ohio State in 2007, and he has spent his entire career with the franchise.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor recently reported that the Utah Jazz are among the teams expected to pursue Conley. O’Connor notes, “multiple league sources said this week that the Jazz are expected to make another push”for the 31-year old lefty.

Last season with the Grizz, Conley averaged a career-high 21.1 points with 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 70 appearances this season. The issue with Conley, however, is his hefty contract. He is guaranteed $32 million in 2019-20 and any team looking to make a trade would also have to be willing to pay him $34.5 million in the 2020-21 season as part his original five-year, $153 million contract.

Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer which will clear up some cap space if the team does want to make a deal for Conley.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "SP Gina" Release Details Announced

Jordan Brand has rolled out a plethora Air Jordan 1s in the first half 2019, and there’s plenty more in store as we head into the Summer months. Up next for the Air Jordan 1 is another women’s exclusive that pays tribute to longtime Shoe Palace customer, and a community leader and teacher from California, @SPginagotgame

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "SP Gina" Release Details Announced

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “SP Gina”/BRKicks 

The special edition sneakers appear to be built on a glistening, black upper made ballistic mesh, which is most commonly seen on the Air Jordan 11.

As a nod to the teacher, the “SP Gina” AJ1 comes equipped with an apple hangtag and a lunchbox-themed shoe box.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "SP Gina" Release Details Announced

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “SP Gina”/BRKicks

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “SP Gina” will reportedly drop this Saturday, May 25 Shoe Palace’s San Jose location, where you will have to take a Michael Jordan scantron test in order to purchase.

Additional Shoe Palace locations will release the kicks next Saturday, June 1. The special edition sneakers, priced at $180, will release alongside two t-shirts and two hoodies featuring exclusive SP Gina designs.

Check out the latest photos the Air Jordan 1 High “SP Gina” below.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "SP Gina" Release Details Announced

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “SP Gina”/BRKicks

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "SP Gina" Release Details Announced

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “SP Gina”/BRKicks