Team USA’s participation in the 2019 FIBA World Cup was a total failure as the Americans finished seventh in the tournament, marking their worst finish ever. Although the roster didn’t include the United States’ best players, it was still a supremely disappointing finish and one that will linger until Team USA takes the court again next summer.
And fans should expect a much different outcome when Team USA heads to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. In a recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry announced that he plans to represent Team USA next Summer, which would be his first time ever competing on the Olympic team.
“That is the plan, for sure,” Curry tells Nichols. “You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.”
“Definitely wanna go,” Curry said. “I’ve never been on the Olympic team. I’ve been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it.”
It remains to be seen if the NBA’s other superstars will follow his lead, but Curry seems confident that the roster will look a whole lot different when the games begin in Tokyo.
“We’re still the best,” Curry said. “If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms , you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment’s been there, and I think it’ll be there next year.”
One thing that has impressed basketball fans is Bronny’s ability to dunk the basketball at such a young age. Simply put, Bronny’s got hops and he takes every opportunity to show people. In the past, he’s tried to give us a glimpse his windmill although it’s needed work. In his latest video, Bronny pulls f the windmill move flawlessly and if you’re playing against Sierra Canyon this year, you should be very afraid.
Based on the video above, there is a reason to be excited about Bronny’s development as a player. There is a possibility we could see Bronny playing for a top tier college in 2023 and perhaps he’ll even be good enough for the NBA.
Needless to say, LeBron has plenty reasons to be proud.
Hilson addressed fans pleas for an album release by sharing a behind-the-scenes image herself at a photo shoot. She wrote, “I don’t share much, but I’m working my ass f to get you this project. Turns out I’ll be a tad behind Summer, but we’re almost there!! ⏳.” In the comments, Timbaland bestowed his enthusiastic support by writing, “Workkk it.”
According to reports, the album will be titled L.I.A.R. and will drop in the Fall, but back in February Hilson wrote an open letter explaining to fans why her new project is taking so long to reach them. “My truth is, I’d love nothing more than to release this incredible music I’ve been ‘sitting on,’ and I’ve been trying for years for that to occur,” she wrote. “There have been so many blockages I have constantly fought myself to not directly speak about…wisdom. I’ve lost some pivotal characters in the process stepping away for my wellbeing….though I was prepared for the possibility that some wouldn’t understand or lose faith in me as an artist while I dealt w/ the trials my life, it still hurts.” Are you ready for some new music by Keri Hilson?
London is not all just “pip-pip cheerio”, as seen in the latest Netflix original Top Boy. UK’s music scene has made waves in the past but never quite as significantly as we’re currently seeing. More and more UK artists have gained prominence in the North American market, and whether you like it or not, Drake had something to do with it.
On OVO’s Top Boy soundtrack, Drake and the OVO team curated 17-songs road rap, UK hip-hop, grime, and UK Drill. Some the names are considered high-prile in the U.K., while others are still on the come up, but whatever the case is, the majority them are being formally introduced to international markets because the Top Boy soundtrack.
With the hype surrounding the show at an all-time high, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the artists involved in the original soundtrack.
Nafe Smallz might be a name that got on your radar this year through his stand-out performance on Skepta’s “Greaze Mode” but his breakout has been years in the making. The Luton-bred artist first made noise in 2013 following the release his debut project, New Years Eve Special. After picking up some steam within the underground grime and hip-hop scene, he dropped f his second project, Ozone Music in 2015. That, along with his appearance on Charlie Sloth’s “Fire In The Booth,” helped launch his career to a national platform.
Smallz sound leans more towards the controversial U.K. hip-hop and drill sound than grime, although the influence does peak out at times. His sing-rap delivery shares similarities to the regional sounds coming out North America — specifically Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto.
Much like how Top Boy captures the hierarchy London’s housing projects, Nafe Smallz depicts a similar story while describing the highs and lows to make it to the top the food chain. Nafe Smallz contributes twice on the soundtrack. “Riding On E” is a reflection the rise to becoming the Top Boy while “8 Missed Calls” is delivered from first-person perspective becoming one.
Fresh f the release his debut album, Third Avenue, Fredo continues his reign in the UK rap scene with his appearance on the Top Boy soundtrack. Coming from Queen’s Park, London, he’s stated that he just wanted to give a voice for his ends, which he’s successfully accomplished. His debut single, “They Ain’t 100” arrived in 2016 along with the immediate rise U.K. drill and road rap as a whole.
He continued to flood the streets with his subsequent efforts including his two mixtapes, Table Turn and Get Rich Or Get Recalled. Although the former arrived at the top 2018, it wasn’t until October that year that he claimed his first number-one single on the charts with “Funky Friday” ft. Dave.
“Freddy” is a vicious and haunting depiction the roads in the U.K. He channels the energy Jamie with a tinge dark humor as he basks in luxuries that come with the gritty dirt the roads.
The UK drill scene’s caused nationwide controversies due to the rise knife crime in London and other places in England. Among those who’ve led the wave is Headie One. The rapper’s music is a direct reflection his real-life — he didn’t even take music seriously until his release from prison.
Although the sounds and themes in his music is a derivative Chicago’s drill scene, Headie One fers a more lyrical take on the genre. He’s still engulfed in controversies stemming from the genre. He was targeted in an alleged attack from a rival gang at the University Of Bedford in 2018. Shortly after, his concert at a prominent European venue in London was shut down by police after they accused his music contributing to the rising rate knife crime in the capital.
Much like everyone else on the soundtrack, Headie One depicts the activities that go on in his area Tottenham — an area that’s produced UK rap royalty such as Giggs and Jaja Soze. “Hard To Believe” blends tales his incarceration and time on road, along with the paranoia and stress that comes with it, over a dry instrumental that compliments his cold delivery.
Much like MF DOOM, M Huncho maintains a masked figure which makes him stand-out among his contemporaries. Over moody, trap-infused instrumental, his dazed, auto-tune-laden delivery makes the bleak reality the streets palatable even to the deaf ear.
The baklava-wearing rapper’s reason for keeping his identity under wraps has a lot to do with his own privacy but the music he makes is as personal as it gets. His woozy melodies blends with his nonchalant delivery about life on the streets and the risks that come with it.
Huncho’s debut album, Utopia arrived at the beginning the year which included an appearance from Nafe Smallz, among other UK rap acts. The album peaked at number 13 on the UK charts.
M Huncho’s contributions to the Top Boy soundtrack capture his own experiences from a single summer running the trap as well as the risks and paranoia that came with it.
Although the soundtrack has a lot the vibrant energy the youth in UK’s grime and hip-hop scene, it also includes artists who’ve helped pave the way for the next generation. Youngs Teflon has been in the game for over a decade, adapting to the times and embracing the new waves as they come. He hasn’t broken into a mainstream market but his work’s solidified his legacy in UK rap.
As an OG in the game, he’s witnessed the evolution both the genre and the streets. His music is both conscience and lyrical but he strays away from getting too preachy. Instead, he reflects on society’s structure that drives young Black youth towards the streets while also giving his own perspective from his experiences.
The latest season Top Boy tackles tons timely subject matter about the structure the drug trade, along with things like Brexit and gentrification. Teflon’s “Overseer” finds him appropriately detailing his environment from a bird’s eye view, including how the area he grew up in became unrecognizable due to gentrification.
Dave is U.K.’s rising king rap. In the past few years, his conscientious content has earned him praise across the board. His career initially caught international wave after Drake hopped on the “Wanna Know” remix that debuted on OVO Sound Radio in 2016. Although not necessarily known as a roadman himself, he was in close proximity to it because his older siblings who’ve spent time behind bars. That’s why he makes a concerted effort to provide a wider scope societal issues that impact the Black youths, especially when it comes to the cause and effect the street life.
2019 has been a huge year for Dave so far. He released his debut album, Psychodrama at the beginning the year to critical and commercial success. He’s also among the two artists featured on the Top Boy soundtrack that were cast in the show. Although brief, Dave made his acting debut as the maniacal incarcerated gang leader, Modie.
Dave, like Nafe Smallz, secured two placements on the OVO soundtrack. Both songs showcased Dave’s range as an artist. “Pressor X” is a braggadocious record that sounds partially influenced by Dave’s character in the show. He has a cold, bounce to his flow as he details the high-life. “God’s Eye” sits on the other end the spectrum. It’s a melancholic record where Dave details the streets as a never-ending game that he’s grown tired while watching his friends either die or sit in prison. He narrates it as if he’s barely managed to escape the fate while sitting at the top the food chain.
Although drill music wasn’t addressed in Top Boy, SL is a prime example when music and the streets collide. SL carries the same enigmatic presence as M Huncho in the sense that they both wear masks but that only gives them more space to provide an unfiltered depiction their hoods.
Formerly known as Slimz, SL’s been one the youngest artists from South London to make waves. He garnered a strong underground following in London through loose singles and visuals but it wasn’t until the release his 2017 single, “Gentlemen” that he was able to make waves across every hood in the UK.
SL falls under the category UK drill but he’s pushed passed the genre itself and formed his own take on it. “Tropical Drill,” as he describes it, takes on brighter, more upbeat instrumentals while still tackling subject matters that you’d hear in drill, with his own commentary.
SL has a dry delivery to his flow and a cold tone in his voice that sits atop a more vibrant production. “100 Thoughts” f the Top Boy soundtrack is far more grim than the production gives f. SL details climbing the ranks in the streets, running the ends while still trying to balance his own career in music and evade trouble.
AJ Tracey is another artist like Dave who’s had years under his belt but only recently broke out into the mainstream. His come-up in the game stems back to 2011 when he first began rapping as Looney but he broke into the market ficially in 2016. Through freestyles, EPs, and singles, he managed to break out into the market and gain international recognition in North America. His 2017 EP, Secure The Bag! established him even further as the next young artist to blow in the grime scene.
The grime scene — pirate radio, clashes, etc. — helped put AJ Tracey on the map but over the years, he’s carefully blended sounds UK rap, afro-fusion, and dancehall into grime for a more universal appeal.
UK drill and UK rap are heavily highlighted on this project as its the current sound the streets in London, but AJ Tracey’s contributions shed light on the sounds thriving in the nightclubs in the city. The heavy electronic influence and sped up BPM captures encapsulates the sweaty rave culture that the UK is known for.
Ghetts is another UK legend who’s spent years putting in work for the grime scene. Stemming back to the mid-00s, Ghetts has released six mixtapes, two studio albums, and two EPs and became one the few grime artists to get recognition in America. Although he first emerged in 2005, his first ficial studio album, Rebel With A Cause, only came out in 2014. He’s been nominated for BET Awards in the past.
Ghetts is known for cut-throat lyrics that he intertwines into complex rhyme patterns over grime-based production. However, he isn’t limited to just grime, his projects have all included different influences that give him his own unique flair.
Although he’s not a part the cast, he has worked with Kano, who plays Sully in Top Boy, on a few occasions.
Ghetts’ contribution to the soundtrack is a dark and foggy record that parallels his rise in the music industry to the streets. He does reflect on the impact the street on his own outlook the world and his own desensitization to the streets.
Tottenham’s own Avelino has been getting praise across the board in UK’s rap scene. The rapper’s debut mixtape, Underdog Music helped put a spotlight on the then-budding artist in 2013 before he really broke down the door with the follow-up tape, Iconic Ambition that received praise from the gatekeepers in the grime scene.
Avelino has yet to release a debut album, despite the years under his belt but he’s received major acclaim from critics and veterans in grime. Wretch 32 has been a huge supporter his, even working with Avelino on a joint project.
2017’s “Energy” marked a major breakout moment for him. The song featured appearances from Skepta and Stormzy and eventually became the main song on the FIFA 18 soundtrack.
Avelino’s efforts on the Top Boy soundtrack come on the song, “Belly Of The Beast.” Avelino’s sing-rap delivery is on full display on this record as he delivers what could possibly be the most radio-friendly record on the soundtrack. With money at the forefront his mind, Avelino details the obstacles that he has to face in order to get paid, from dealing with opps to dodging federal agents.
Little Simz is undoubtedly one the most talented young artists in the UK music scene right now but she’s also slowly revealing her skills as a thespian. Simz and Dave are the only two cast members the third season Top Boy — not including Kano or Ashley Walters — that also have established music careers.
Simz career stems back to 2010 but it’s been in recent years that she’s received mainstream praise in the U.K. She released four mixtapes and five EPs before ficially releasing her debut album, A Curious Tale Trials + Persons in 2015.
She’s had a huge year so far with Top Boy only adding more fuel to her on-fire career. She released her third studio album, The Grey Area earlier this year followed by a subsequent sold-out North American tour.
Like Drake and Baka’s efforts, Little Simz’ “VENOM” was taken from her 2019 album. Although it doesn’t necessarily follow the themes in Top Boy, per se, she does detail coping with her own mental strains that parallels to many the characters in the show.
Teeway is a fairly unknown name, and truthfully, there isn’t much information about him out yet. He only broke out this year but with a placement on the Top Boy soundtrack, it seems like he has the potential to be the next to blow. He’s another product the UK drill scene that appears to still be knee-deep in the streets. Like M Huncho and SL, he also wears a mask to cover his identity in his music videos. His singles, “Tramp,” “Emergency,” and “Honda Civ” have racked up thousands and thousands views. It’s only a matter time until he really breaks out.
Teeway’s song, “Feeling It” appeared on the soundtrack. The production on the track has a dark tone to it but it has the drum patterns typically found in more upbeat genres like dancehall and afrobeat. The rapper’s song vividly describes the activities in his own hood which reflects the reality depicted in the show.
Zion Williamson inked a five-year, $75 million deal with Jordan Brand after being selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans this Summer, and it wasn’t long before he was anointed as the face the Air Jordan 34.
When Jordan Brand ficially introduced the 34th signature in Harlem earlier this month, it was Zion who laced up the kicks and put on a show for the crowd in attendance. And with the kicks set to make their retail debut in just one week, it’s Zion who stars in the first Air Jordan 34 ad.
Check out the first many Zion Williamson x Jordan Brand commercials in the tweet embedded below.
The innovative shoe was designed by stripping away non-essential material, making for one the lightest basketball shoes ever created by Jordan Brand (size 9 weighs 13.1 oz).
An Eclipse Plate, formed by two Pebax pieces, which helps reduce the overall stiffness and strips down the weight
A forefoot Zoom Air unit, with herringbone traction pattern – providing optimal explosion f the foot
Limited Upper – heel counter, tongue, eyestay and midfoot reinforcer – showcasing the purest form a basketball shoe
The number 23 is featured in Morse code on the vamp
A few months back, Angela Simmons’ ex Bow Wow was trying to win her back in an attempt gone wrong since another one his side chicks smashed his car window and ruined everything. We can only assume that where ever Bow Wow is now, he’s probably wishing things worked out since Angela has shared a couple images on Instagram that’s the ultimate thirst trap.
As seen below, Angela’s not ready for summer to be over yet since she’s seen posted up on a yacht in a two-piece string bikini striking a sexy pose.
The series images seem to be accompanying a countdown to Angela’s 32nd birthday that lands on tomorrow, September 18th.
A while back, Angela posted a video to her feed that had her explaining ways she gets over her issues and finds strength in God. A user responded to her feed asking just exactly what her issues are considering she seemingly has no money issues, can afford childcare and isn’t struggling to pay the bills.
“It’s not necessary that I share all my personal issues. However, I am here to uplift. And I pray that you have a blessed day,” Angela wrote.
Steph Curry is easily one the best players in the entire NBA and for the better part this decade, he has been working with the good people over at Under Armour on some performance basketball shoes. Whenever a new basketball season rolls around, Curry comes through with a brand new silhouette and up next on the docket is the Under Armour Curry 7. News surrounding the Curry 7 has been pretty sparse this Summer but now, it appears as though we have our first few shots the new shoe.
Curry was training for the upcoming season recently and in some footage which appeared on the Instagram story @willlowerygolf, Curry can be seen wearing a brand new Under Armour shoe. Many believe this is the upcoming Curry 7 and based on the footage, it seems as though it’s a continuation the design brought forth by the Curry 6.
The colorway the shoe is white, grey, black, and red, with every single color meshing together seamlessly. There is a reinforced chunky midsole which is perfect for cushioning while playing basketball and there seems to be plenty ankle support with this mid-cut silhouette.
Stay tuned for updates on the Under Armour Curry 7 as we will be sure to bring you all the latest news.
AEG Presents and Eden Project have partnered to hold future series of Eden Sessions concerts.
The JV entity, Eden Sessions, LTD, which will facilitate the shows. Though the performances typically take place in summer, it’s been reported that Eden Sessions is already working to recruit acts for 2020’s gigs.
Eden Project is a popular tourist attraction in Cornwall, England. It consists predominantly of two adjoining biomes —large, clear structures that house several rare plants and flowers that are unable to grow in England’s natural climate.
Other biomes, gardens, and natural landscapes are featured throughout Eden Project, which donates a portion of its profits to environmental causes and provides educational resources to local students. That could help AEG to further downplay a number of controversial political contributions from AEG owner Philip Anschutz, including those supporting .
The first Eden Sessions took place in 2002, and new artists have performed at Eden Project during each subsequent year.
Bjork, Queens of the Stone Age, Elton John, Blink-182, and many other well-known bands and artists have headlined shows at Eden Project. This year’s Eden Sessions took place between June 20th and July 3rd; Kylie Minogue, Stereophonics, CHIC, and Nile Rodgers headlined the concerts.
AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) is the second-largest concert company in the world, behind Live Nation. In terms of major venue holdings, AEG owns LA’s Staples Center and London’s 02 Arena, among others.
Additionally, AEG promotes the annual Coachella Music Festival, which is owned by AEG’s parent company, The Anschutz Corporation. Incidentally, marijuana , though beyond the inconvenience, attendees don’t seem bothered by Philip Anschutz’s politics.
Though music fans will have to wait until next year to see what the AEG-Eden Project partnership brings in terms of music and production value, there’re still plenty of activities being offered in the final months of 2019, including the Eden Arts Festival.
As for her latest share to Instagram, Yung recently had a pregnant photoshoot to show f her eight-month mark and she’s come through once again to post more images from the gorgeous, angelic photos that were captured. The two images below sees Yung posted up in a cabana, caressing her belly as she glows just one month before her daughter is due to arrive.
Yung’s partner in crime, JT, who serves as the other female MC in City Girls is set to be released from prison this month. Yung has previously joked that she wouldn’t have gotten pregnant if JT wasn’t in jail since she’d have kept her busy with other activities. “I let JT] down this summer by getting pregnant lmaaaooo!! I told her if she was home i wouldn’t had time fuck,” she said.
Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates has been a controversial figure for many years in the hip-hop community. There have been plenty rumours surrounding the Southern sensation but as late, he’s quieted down and focused solely on producing the best musical content that he can. Gates is one the most consistent artists in the game. He’ll usually release a number different projects during the year and although we’ve known about I’m Him for a minute, everyone was waiting on the release date. Finally, we can stop playing the guessing game because Gates has just revealed when the long-awaited project will be out.
When most people think Sinead O’Connor, they associate her with her 1990 smash hit “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The No. 1 hit song was both composed and written by Prince, and it would seem that such a collaboration would fuse them together as friends. Yet, O’Connor states that the two did not like each other at all. She accuses the late icon physically assaulting her because she didn’t want to work under him.
During an interview with Good Morning Britain, talk show host Piers Morgan mention that the Prince was responsible for “Nothing Compares 2 U” and asked O’Connor if she and the singer ever met. “We met once but we didn’t get on very well, we tried to beat each other up,” she said with a smile, adding, “Well it was more that he was trying to beat me up and I was defending myself.”
According to O’Connor, the “very frightening experience” occurred in Los Angeles when she said Prince “summoned” her to his home. “I foolishly went alone not knowing where I was and he summoned me there because he was uncomfortable with the fact I wasn’t a protege his and that I’d just recorded the song and he was wanting me to be a protege his and he asked—well he didn’t ask—he ordered that I don’t swear.”
She said that it was 5:00 a.m. and they were running around his car as she was spitting at him. O’Connor stated he was trying to punch her and hit her with a pillow that had a hard object inside it. O’Connor claimed that he was on “dark drugs” and the only reason she got out the alleged predicament is that she ran to a neighbor’s house for help. She also said that there are plenty women that Prince was abusive to but who are afraid to come forward. Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, vehemently denied O’Connor’s claims.
Congratulations are in order for Grand Hustle’s Tokyo Jetz who shared that she’s given birth. The rapper made the announcement on Instagram by uploading a video from the delivery room her newborn’s footprints while the baby can be heard crying in the background. She wrote in the clip’s caption, “No greater love 💙👪.”
Last week, Tokyo posted a documentary-style video to her social media pages that detailed her pregnancy journey. “My first time actually choosing to open up about my pregnancy..this was super hard for me especially because I don’t let people in this much and I’m usually the ‘strong’ one,” she wrote. There were plenty Tokyo’s friends who shared their love and excitement about her firstborn including T.I. who called Amir his “Lil nephew,” along with Nya Lee, Miss Mulatto, DJ Duffey, LightSkinKeisha, Apple Watts, Rapsody, Lala Milan, and actor Jason Mitchell. Check out the baby news below.
Jordan Brand reportedly has plans to release another Michigan-inspired Air Jordan 12 this Holiday season, following up the “Inspire” Air Jordan 5 that dropped earlier this summer and the Michigan Air Jordan 12 that debuted last year.
s the latest Wolverines-themed Air Jordan 12 have not yet surfaced, but they could look like the mockup embedded below, based f the “White/Amarillo/Metallic Gold/Midnight Navy” color scheme.
In addition to the rumored Michigan colorway, there are multiple other Air Jordan 12s on tap for the final months 2019. Among them, the “Game Royal” Air Jordan 12 that will be making it’s retail debut on September 21 and the eye-catching “Sunburst” joint that is slated to launch in October. On top that, Air Jordan 12 fans can look forward to the highly anticipated “Reverse Taxi” colorway for November.
With all three those 12s on track for September, October and November, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Jordan Brand closes out the year with the all-new Michigan version in December. We’ll just have to wait and see – stay tuned for more info.
No Limit CEO Master P makes business moves as if he doesn’t already have a full plate. The rap mogul is busy with music, film, charitable causes, and philanthropic efforts, but recently he took his food business interests to a new level.
If you made your trek to theaters this summer and saw P’s I Got the Hook Up 2, then you may have noticed that there was a burger restaurant featured in the movie. That may have been a fictionalized burger joint, but Percy Miller has created the real thing in New Orleans with his restaurant, Big Poppa Burgers.
According to Nola.com, Big Poppa Burgers is inspired by P’s grandfather and the memories he has spending time with his patriarch around the grill. P wants everyone who visits his corner-placed, mom-and-pop-style establishment to feel as if they are an extension his bloodline. “My family loves to cook,” he said. “As a kid, hamburgers were my favorite food. It was the way my grandfather cooked them up. I’d always watch him. He seasoned it well, he grilled it well, he put some sauce on there, that was a perfect burger.”
Don’t be surprised if you see a Big Poppas Burgers in a city near you, as P is always thinking ahead when it comes to making business moves. “I started out in the music business, but my longevity is about creating brands and businesses, and you utilize your power to promote all your brands,” he stated. “You only can do that if you own something. This is about having a family restaurant and putting that business in the community where you come from.”