The Shoe Surgeon Teams With Jack Daniel’s For Exclusive Air Jordan 4 Collab

Well known sneaker customizer Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Ciambrone, recently linked up with Jack Daniel’s again for another exclusive Jack-inspired sneaker collab. This time around, it’s the iconic Air Jordan 4 that serves as the canvas.

The Shoe Surgeon Teams With Jack Daniel's For Exclusive Air Jordan 4 Collab

A total seven different shoe concepts were put up for a fan vote online that included a mix various styles basketball sneakers inspired by the craftsmanship and elements that make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey the iconic global brand it is, including: grain, Jack Daniel’s cave spring, the distillery, charcoal, the barrel, honey and the Jack Daniel’s iconic bottle.

The winning design was the Air Jordan 4 that showcases the heart Jack Daniel Distillery, the Cave Spring Hollow.

“Hearing the peaceful sound the clear water flow inside the cave gave me instant inspiration”, says Ciambrone. “We wanted to really capture those elements with the shoe by giving them a limestone slate which complements the water-like see through sole.”

Follow The Shoe Surgeon’s social channels for updates on consumer giveaways, and continue scrolling for a look a all sevens his Jack Daniel’s inspired Nikes and Air Jordans.

The Shoe Surgeon Teams With Jack Daniel's For Exclusive Air Jordan 4 Collab

Neil Young Says US Citizenship Delayed For Past Marijuana Use

Throughout all the year’s music legend Neil Young has spent in the United States, he has maintained his Canadian citizenship, and now, he seeks to become a duel citizen. He opened up about the decision in an interview with The Los Angeles Times last month saying, “I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me,” he said. “But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here — they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion,” referring to the ability to vote.

Neil Young Says US Citizenship Delayed For Past Marijuana UseMatt Kincaid / Getty s

Now, according to Stereogum, he’s finding the process more difficult than expected. He opened up about how his past marijuana use is holding him back on his website saying, “I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed. Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”

“I will keep you posted, but I don’t think I will be able to remain parked here during the proceedings,” he finished.

Redditor Finds Link Between James Harden’s Stats And Strip Clubs In Each City

If you ever wondered if James Harden’s reported love for the strip clubs has impacted his play on the court, redditor AngryCentrist has revealed the findings his investigation into exactly that. 

To determine whether there was a direct correlation between Harden’s performance and the quality the strip clubs in each city the Rockets visit, AngryCentrist came up with a detailed formula using stats from the past four seasons such as Points, FG%, 3PT%, FT%, Assists and Turnovers. He then cross-referenced those stats with the quality strip clubs in each city.

As he explains on :

“City Strip Club Rating was determined by the average google review rating for the first 10 strip clubs in each city based on the google search “CITY] Strip Clubs” (e.g., “Detroit Strip clubs”).”

“I put the City Strip Club Rating into the pivoted game log data, performed a regression analysis and visualized it into charts.”

The findings this important investigation determined that Harden’s best performance comes in city with the worst strip clubs – Toronto, while his worst performance comes in city with the best strip clubs – Miami. As a whole, AngryCentrist concludes that there is a “moderate-to-strong correlation” between the dip in Harden’s performance and cities with higher-rated strip clubs.

If you want to do a deep dive on how the quality strip clubs impact Harden’s stats in each city – click here.

The Fader Fires Eric Sundermann Following Sexual Impropriety Allegations

The Fader magazine has fired Eric Sundermann, who was its head of content, after conducting an investigation of allegations of ual misconduct by him.

The investigation began after accusations were made against Sundermann on Twitter. A company source told Billboard that it also investigated publisher Andy Cohn, for allegedly “looking the other way” in response to Sundermann’s behavior. Though a representative of the magazine has denied that this is true.

In December of 2018, The Fader hired Sundermann as its very first head of content. This came after it terminated its editor-in-chief as well as a number of other employees. Prior to that, Sundermann worked 5 years at the Vice-owned site Noisey, where he eventually became editor-in-chief. Vice, too, has been plagued with allegations of ual misconduct, which coincided with the period of time that Sundermann worked there.

Sundermann has also written for publications such as The Village VoiceNew YorkSpin, Rolling Stone and Complex.

Jon Cohen, who is one of the co-founders of The Fader, commented on Sundermann’s dismissal by saying, “Over this past weekend, allegations regarding Eric Sundermann were brought to our attention. On Monday, management investigated and we determined that the allegations were a true violation of our employment policies. Our team quickly stepped in and terminated our working relationship with Eric that evening.”

When The Fader originally hired Sundermann, he expressed excitement about joining the company. “As a devoted fan and reader of the publication for nearly a decade,” he said, “I’ve long admired the work done by some of the most brilliant minds in music media. The Fader has long led in taste, storytelling and music discovery. Now, I’m beyond thrilled and excited to help take the organization further into the strange and exciting world of new media and continue to elevate the brand.”

The Fader was founded in 1999 by Cohen and former Arista Records executive Rob Stone.

50 Cent Gets Smoked By Girlfriend, Cuban Link, On Bowling Date

Has anyone else noticed that 50 Cent has been inciting fewer beefs since he fell deeper into his relationship with Cuban Link? Just an observation. Fif’s social media interactions has largely pivoted from taking shots at random pedestrians to promoting Power or going around with his girl. His most recent call-out was directed at Cuban Link a few weeks ago, when he roasted her for posing for a photo on the floor

On the other hand, the couple also has had plenty cute moments on the Gram, like when they used the platform to give each other virtual kisses. Today’s content also falls into this category, although 50 is still kinda poking fun at Cuban. That’s just his way showing affection, I guess.

Yesterday afternoon, Cuban posted a poll on her Instagram story asking followers to vote whether they thought she or 50 would win on their bowling date later that evening. While this move implied that she had some confidence in her game, she told 50 that she didn’t know how to bowl. Once they put some money on their match, the tables turned and Cuban started knocking pins over like a pressional. 50 posted a video her getting a strike with the following caption: “@_cuban_link and alysa acted like they didn’t know how to bowl, then after we bet bitches start bowling strikes left and right.” Nice finesse Cuban! 

McDonald’s CEO Fired After Consensual Relationship With An Employee

On Sunday, McDonald’s announced that CEO Steve Easterbrook has been fired for engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, violating company policy. According to CNBC, his dismissal was voted on by the board on Friday, and it was determined his behavior “demonstrated poor judgment.”

McDonald's CEO Fired After Consensual Relationship With An EmployeeScott Olson / Getty s

“As for my departure, I engaged in a recent consensual relationship with an employee, which violated McDonald’s policy,” Easterbrook said in an email to McDonald’s employees. “This was a mistake. Given the values the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on. Beyond this, I hope you can respect my desire to maintain my privacy.”

After Easterbrook’s removal, the company said Chris Kempczinski would be taking over as CEO. 

“I am excited to take the reins this incredible company and grateful for the Board’s confidence in me,” Kempczinski wrote in an email to employees. “I am particularly fortunate to be surrounded by such a talented team as we take this brand into the future.”

Easterbrook had been CEO at McDonald’s since 2015. During his time in charge, the company saw an immense rise in the share price. It has gone up 96% to $193.94 since 2015. Under Easterbrook, McDonald’s implemented self-order kiosks and digital menu boards, all-day-breakfasts and more.

J. Cole Readies New Album ‘The Fall Off’ for 2020

Cole 2020.

J. Cole is gearing up to release his new album The Fall Off next year. He made the official announcement by launching a presidential-style campaign during his headlining performance at the Day N Vegas festival in Las Vegas on Friday (Nov. 1).

The Dreamville rapper opened his set with a campaign video touting his résumé including a “pen so potent, each word of his verses reportedly costs $2000.”

The clip, which was soundtracked by a presidential score, also included footage of Cole’s 2018 interview with Lil Pump. “We need someone with big ideas and bold solutions,” said the narrator. “Taking out the garbage, an expert in diplomacy, a candidate who can heal the intergenerational war.”

The video ended with a pitch: “There’s only one answer, one true unifier to our country. Make your votes heard and vote for The Fall Off in 2020.”

Cole then took the stage to “Middle Child” while fans held up signs that read “The Fall Off 2020” and members of his band wore hoodies with the campaign slogan. He performed old and new hits including “Count It Up,” “Power Trip,” and “Nobody’s Perfect,” and brought out his Dreamville crew for their Revenge of the Dreamers III collaborations. DaBaby also surprised the crowd with “Under the Sun” and his own hit “Suge.”

“Y’all give it up for the hottest rapper in the motherfu**ing country,” said Cole of his fellow North Carolina MC.

The Fall Off marks Cole’s sixth album, the follow-up to last year’s KOD, which was first teased on the KOD closer “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’).” He was reportedly working on the project prior to KOD, along with an album as his alter-ego, kiLL edward.

Kanye West Claims Democrats Are Making Black People Get Abortions

Kanye West continues to speak out on controversial issues.

In the wake of his gospel album Jesus Is King, the outspoken Trump supporter addressed criticism that he turned his back on the black community, while claiming that Democrats have “brainwashed” African-Americans into getting abortions.

“We’re [black Americans] brainwashed out here, bro. Come on, man. This is a free man talking,” he told Big Boy ( Page Six). “Democrats had us voting [for] Democrats with food stamps for years.”

He continued, “What are you talking about? Guns in the ’80s, taking the fathers out the home, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children … Thou shall not kill.”

West also defended his support for Trump. “I’d rather deal with somebody who call me an n-word to my face than a person that signed me for a lifetime deal on a 255-page contract. I’d rather know what I’m dealing with.”

When asked whether he’s still a voice for the black community, Ye replied, “Absolutely.”

While he’s not trying to force his politics on anyone, he doesn’t want to be told who he should support. “The most racist thing a person can tell me is that I’m supposed to choose something based on my race,” said Kanye.

“I’m not telling nobody to not vote Democrat,” he said, adding, “I love Obama, I love lemonade, I love Wingstop, I love Polos, I love Jordans. I love Michael Jordan.”

And he’s not concerned whether his polarizing views affect his fan base. “I’m only afraid of my daddy, God. I done been 15 years. I’m telling you that God is showing you that you can have your own thoughts, bro. I been canceled before.”

Kanye West Implies Democrats Have "Brainwashed" The Culture

It’s been a few days since Kanye’s instantly-iconic interview with Big Boy arrived, and the conversation has already amassed over one million views. Though we’ve already covered a few the notable soundbites, a recent angle has been making the rounds, signaling out Kanye’s call-out the Democratic party. No doubt fuel for those championing Kanye as a Right Wing hero, it’s still too difficult to draw any conclusions from Yeezy’s non-sequitur-laden line reasoning. 

Kanye West Implies Democrats Have "Brainwashed" The Culture

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Around the ten minute mark, Kanye dips his toes into political discourse, lamenting cultural values found within hip-hop. “The culture has you focused so much on fuckin’ somebody bitch, pulling up in a foreign, and rapping about things that could get you locked up, and then saying you about prison reform. We brainwashed out here, bro,” he explains. “Come on man, this is a free man talking. Democrats had us voting Democrat with food stamps for years, bro! What is you talking about. Guns in the eighties, taking the fathers out the homes, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children. Thou shall not kill!” Though he never quite confirms his position as a Republican, he has certainly proven vocal about his issues with the Left. 

As per usual, Kanye’s ideas arrive in quick succession, flowing in a stream–consciousness fashion. Near the forty-one minute mark, Yeezy reflects on a theme he has ten revisited, the idea modern-day slavery. “There’s many topics slavery,” he explains. “We still have record contracts, publishing deals, touring deals, management deals, radio deals, that we not the owners. Until we really own our own community and really make Wakanda, this gon’ take more than a Jesus chain.” 

Check out the full interview below. 

Elton John Cancels Indianapolis Show Tonight

Elton John announced Today that he will be canceling a show scheduled for Tonight in Indianapolis likely mourning the death his mother-in-law, Gladys Furnish. He explained the decision in a post citing feeling “extremely unwell.”

“To my dear fans in Indianapolis: It is with the heaviest heart that I’m forced to deliver the news that I am extremely unwell and therefore unable to perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight,” John wrote. “I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best show possible and unfortunately that’s simply not possible. The date will be rearranged for March 2020, and I promise I will deliver the show you deserve. Thank you so much for your support and understanding… Elton x”

John’s husband, David Furnish, posted a heartfelt tribute to his mother on Instagram Friday. “Today I lost my beautiful, angelic Mother,” he wrote. “She passed away peacefully in the middle the night, with me and my brothers by her side. Mum radiated gentle kindness. She was utterly devoted to her family. We all richly benefitted from her patient wisdom and bountiful love. … Rest in peace Mum. You lived your life impeccably. I will never forget you. I promise to do my best to pass the gifts you gave to me on to my own beautiful sons.”

John has yet to say whether he will cancel his performance scheduled for Monday in Nashville.

Charles Barkley Has No Doubt That Kawhi Leonard Is Better Than LeBron James

Prior to the start the NBA season, the league released the results their annual General Managers survey, revealing that 62% GMs polled voted Kawhi Leonard as the best small forward in the game. That marked the first time since 2005 that LeBron James didn’t get the nod.

Following last night’s clash between the two MVPs, which the Clippers won 112-102, NBA Hall Famer Charles Barkley weighed in on the Kawhi vs LeBron debate and left no doubt about where he stands.

Says Barkley, “I don’t hesitate. At this point, Kawhi’s a better player than LeBron. He does everything better. He’s a better defender. A better scorer. He’s better at imposing his will on the game.”

Kawhi led all scorers in Tuesday night’s win with 30 points on 10–19 shooting to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 32 minutes action. Meanwhile, LeBron flirted with a triple-double posting 18 points on 7–19 shooting, nine rebounds and eight assists. 

They will be compared to one another all season long, as will their teams, but LeBron isn’t buying into the rivalry narrative just yet.

“The NBA’s back and everyone’s trying to have the narrative it’s a rivalry game and it’s a huge test,” James said, per ESPN, “but I think both teams are not where they want to be. We have a lot room to improve.”

Up next for the Clippers is a road game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, while the Lakers play host to the Utah Jazz on Friday. The two teams will face each other again on Christmas Day at 8pm ET.

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake Lead $11 Million Round for Sandbox VR

Sandbox VR, a startup that offers retail locations where people can play virtual reality games with each other, is raising some serious cash.

Earlier, they raised nearly $70 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital titan Andreessen Horowitz. Now, the concept has received $11 million in additional funding from a new round of investors that includes a batch of music celebrities.

Whether Sandbox ends up winning the VR race is anyone’s guess — and this is definitely a space that could go ‘poof’.  For now, the company is basking in quite the glitzy glow, however, with the following music, film and sports stars putting money into the venture:

  • Justin Timberlake
  • Katy Perry
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Will Smith
  • Kevin Durant

Steve Zhao, who is the founder and CEO of Sandbox VR, says that his company is “honored to be able to work with some of the most talented and influential artists, athletes, and actors in the world.” He sees the investment as “a vote of confidence” that their platform will one day represent the “future of sports, music, and storytelling.”

Of course, the presence of celeb investors isn’t always a good thing.  Whether Sandbox can focus on product development and competitive issues despite the glare of hype-filled parties and sizzle is a serious question.  But let’s see how this goes.

Siqi Chen, who is an executive at Sandbox VR, remarked that the company is, in essence, three different startups. Not only do they have to build and operate retail locations for what some are calling a next-generational arcade, but they also have to build their own technology and content. What’s more, they need to develop content that is exclusive to them, which could become expensive. This content further has to appeal to their upscale clientele, who pay close to $50 for 30 minutes of gameplay.

Getting celebrities actively involved in the company is part of Sandbox VR’s long-term strategy. Chen says that the company hopes that “having influential people on board” will help drive up the coolness factor for what they are doing.

Recently, the company signed an agreement with CBS Interactive Studios to develop a Star Trek-based game that will appear in the 16 locations that they plan to open by the end of next year.

Atlanta-Based Rapper, Silk The Prince, Buys Billboard To Get Quality Control To Sign Him

Quality Control Music is responsible for the success some the biggest names in hip hop right now. The Atlanta-based record label, founded Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas, is home to acts like Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby and City Girls. The executives and representatives at QC obviously know how to promote their artists in order to keep them at the top the charts and the forefront the ever-changing cultural landscape. The label’s compilation albums (Control The Streets Vol. 1 & Vol. II) have been chock-full talent and the perfect opportunity to shine a light on their up-and-coming artists. 

Any rapper trying to make a name for themselves in the cutthroat music industry would be smart to devote their energy to grabbing the attention Quality Control. Silk The Prince did exactly that – well, he also devoted his money to achieving this goal. The South Carolina-bred and Atlanta-based rapper rented out a billboard in Atlanta to plaster a photo himself on it with the simple message, “TELL QC TO SIGN ME.” He also included his Instagram tag and this savvy self-promotion was enough to get a response from QC’s CEO P. P commented that he sees Silk’s hustle and instructed him to contact another representative at the label to arrange a meeting. T.I. also caught wind the billboard and reposted a photo it with the caption: “I respect this‼️ #HopeHeDope.”

Even if his dreams signing with QC don’t materialize, Silk The Prince surely attracted some new followers with this stunt. I’ll even post one his songs below to contribute to his boost. His track, “Designer,” is produced by DaBaby‘s frequent collaborator, JetsonMade. 

NBA GMs Predict Clippers To Win NBA Title, Giannis To Win MVP & More

The NBA has released the results their annual General Managers survey on Thursday, revealing that 46% GMs believe that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers will win the 2019-20 NBA title. The team with the next highest odds is the Milwaukee Bucks with 36% the vote, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at 11%.

In total, NBA GMs responded to 50 different questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and fseason moves. They were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel, and the percentages are based on the pool respondents to that particular question, rather than all 30 GMs, according to NBA.com.

With that in mind, 62% GMs polled voted Kawhi Leonard as the best small forward in the game, marking the first time since 2005 that LeBron James didn’t get the nod. In regards to the four other positions, Stephen Curry was named best point guard (90%), James Harden the top shooting guard (86%), Giannis Antetokounmpo the best power forward (59%) and Nikola Jokic the league’s best center (48%).

When asked which player they’d start a franchise with today, Giannis received a whopping 86% the votes, while Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis tied for 2nd with 7% each. The Greek Freak was also selected as the heavy favorite to win the 2019-20 NBA MVP award, earning 52% the vote, while Curry, Kawhi and Anthony Davis each received 10%.

As for their Rookie the Year predictions, 68% GMs picked Zion Williamson to take home the hardware. Click here to check out the full GM survey results.

NBA GMs Predict Clippers To Win NBA Title, Giannis To Win MVP & More

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Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston Top Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominations

Just moments ago, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for the Class of 2020.

They include some decidedly non-rock names — plus a few artists that shockingly aren’t already inducted.  Here’s the full list of nominees:

  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Whitney Houston
  • Pat Benatar
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Judas Priest
  • Kraftwerk
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • MC5
  • Motorhead
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • T. Rex
  • Thin Lizzy

In January, the inductees will be announced and later inducted on May 20th during the 35th annual Rock Hall of Fame ceremony, which will take place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

This year, HBO will broadcast the ceremony live.  The hall at that time will also have a new president.  Jann Wenner, who is the co-founder of the hall and the founder of Rolling Stone magazine, will be stepping down at the end of the year. John Sykes of iHeartMedia will take his place.

Of the 16 nominees, 9 were nominated for the first time. This includes both Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston. Interestingly, Chaka Khan has been nominated on 6 separate occasions, sometimes with Rufus and sometimes without them. Kraftwerk, too, have been nominated 6 times.

To be eligible for induction into the hall in 2020, an artist’s first record must have been released no later than 1994.

More than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry members vote for the nominees based on a range of factors, such as an artist’s influence on others and how long and deep their career was.

Fans also get to vote. Online voting begins on October 15th and ends on January 10th. The top 5 vote-getters will appear on the fans’ ballot, which will be tallied along with the others.

Last year, the Hall inducted the following artists:

  • The Cure
  • Def Leppard
  • Janet Jackson
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Radiohead
  • Roxy Music
  • The Zombies