Freddie Gibbs Drops Comedic Blaxploitation "Gat Damn" Short Film

The Zebra Lounge – Fresh off his Album of the Year Tour, Freddie Gibbs has hopped in a time capsule back to the days of s-curl activator and spoon necklaces to deliver his “Gat Damn” video from the critically acclaimed Bandana album with Madlib.

Directed by M. Corey Whitted and co-starring G Perico as “Tootie Mo” and Slink Johnson as “Leviticus ‘Levi’ Johnson,” Freddie Kane keeps his Lords in check as they drip O-Line all over the big stage during their marquee performance.

“Gat Damn” serves as the fourth official video behind “Crime Pays,” “Giannis,” and “Half Manne Half Cocaine” from the DX-perfect rated album. Released on June 28, 2019, the album debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,868 total album-equivalent units in its first week.

Watch the “Gat Damn” video and the rehearsals above.

Blue Ivy Wins Soul Train Award With Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, & WizKid For "Brown Skin Girl"

Famous parents, especially those that are musically inclined, ten list their children in production or writing credits in order to create revenue streams for them at a young age. We’ve seen this executed by Nas, DJ Khaled, and couple Jay Z and Beyoncé. Their seven-year-old daughter Blue Ivy not only has already had her name listed alongside some the world’s greatest artists and producers thanks to her famous parents, but she just received quite the honor because her contributions to “Brown Skin Girl.”

Blue Ivy Wins Soul Train Award With Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, & WizKid For "Brown Skin Girl"
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The track was featured on The Lion King: The Gift album and included vocals from Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, WizKid, and Blue. The young girl’s voice can be heard at both the beginning and the end the song as she sings the chorus: “Brown skin girl, your skin just like pearls, the best thing in the world, never trade you for anybody else.”

On Sunday evening at the Soul Train Awards, “Brown Skin Girl” won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award, so all the artists included on the track were bestowed with the honor taking home the trophy. She hasn’t even finished elementary school and Blue Ivy is already quite accomplished. We’ll just have to wait and see what her eighth year brings.

"Joker" Becomes First R-Rated Movie To His $1Billion Dollar Mark

The absolute madmen pulled it f. Despite the media pushing Joker as a “dangerous” movie, or perhaps because it, the Todd Phillips-helmed flick became an instant commercial success. Boasting the pedigree Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, as well as Robert De Niro as talk show host Murr-ayJoker was considerably stacked in the acting department. Not to mention the inherent draw  Batman’s beloved world, which helped ensure a universal appeal was maintained in spite the macabre subject matter. Suffice it to say, the film had many notable factors in its favor, which likely played a role in cementing this latest financial milestone.

"Joker" Becomes First R-Rated Movie To His $1Billion Dollar Mark

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Variety reports that Joker has become the first R-rated movie to surpass the billion-dollar marker, a feat made all the more impressive given its (relatively) moderate budget $62.5 million. The same report points out that it’s the seventh movie to do so this year, being the only one sitting outside the Disney umbrella. Clearly, if there’s one thing the casual movie-goer loves, it’s superhero movies. Even if they operate in the darker end the morality spectrum.

To make things even more impressive, Joker managed to secure the Billi without being released in China. A good look for Todd Phillips and his team, and pro that R-rated properties can be as lucrative as PG-13 ones. It’s likely that Joker can kick f a newfound trend, in which darker comic-book stories are adapted for the big screen. Have you seen the movie yet?

Amazon Music Officially Unveils Its Ad-Supported Free Service

Amazon Music has announced the launch of a free, ad-supported version of its music streaming service that it hopes will compete with Spotify’s free version, which has close to 140 million users.

An ad-supported version of the service has been in the works since April of this year, after the company came to an agreement with major labels Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Users can access the service through the Amazon Music app for either iOS, Android or Fire OS. They can also listen to free music through a web interface as well.

The free service is limited in comparison to other options the company offers. It includes both a selection of popular playlists and thousands of radio stations. Currently, it is available to users in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

The three biggest names in music streaming currently all offer ad-free music for $9.99 per month: Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music.  YouTube, SoundCloud and Pandora all offer free, ad-supported music streaming services as well.

In conjunction with the new free tier, Amazon Music is offering a special promotion of its paid Unlimited service, which lets users try it for four months for either $0.99 or £0.99.

In September, Amazon Music launched a free edition of its service for those who use Alexa on Echo devices, which is also supported by ads. Echo owners can further subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for $3.99 per month, but this account will be locked to their speaker.

While Spotify has long had an ad-supported free version, Apple has only offered a paid subscription. Amazon actually offers a pair of services for $9.99 per month: Amazon Music Unlimited and a more pared down version that is part of its Prime bundle. Those who are already Prime members can subscribe to the unlimited plan for another $7.99 per month.

In reaction to the news, shares of Amazon rose 0.5% while shares of Spotify fell around 5%.

Antonio Brown Speaks Out On NFL Investigation In New Watch

Antonio Brown has been the talk the NFL this season and he has only played one game. His bizarre antics and recent allegations have been enough to turn teams f him and right now, he is going through an NFL investigation. If he clears his name, he will be able to get back into the league but there is no timetable for a return. In the meantime, Brown has been spending his time on social media where he has gotten into a few beefs while also taking the opportunity to proclaim his innocence.

Over the weekend, Brown took to Twitter saying “It’s Sad they make us guilty til proven innocent system not for us it’s against us ! Lie on my name provide all this shame then I suppose to just return to your game.” He also coupled this tweet with a video himself training and answering whether or not he’ll play in the league again.

Throughout the clip, Brown talks about how disappointed he is that his name has pretty much been smeared through this entire process and that he just wants to be able to show people he can still play. AB believes what he has been through is unjust and that he deserves a spot in the NFL. With videos like this in mind, it will be interesting to see how the NFL proceeds with his case.

What team would you like to see Brown play for?

Akon Says He Needs Kanye West To Run For President: He’s "Not Crazy"

Akon has talked about his dreams to run for president before but they were put on the back burner so he could put out his supposed last fering music. However, now that some his music has been released, he’s thinking more and more about his political moves and he paid a visit to The Real to discuss the latter and how he wants Kanye West by his side.

Akon Says He Needs Kanye West To Run For President: He's "Not Crazy"
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In the clip below, Akon made it clear that he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to politics as he’s currently advising 30 African presidents when it comes to development and youth issues. When asked if he could beat Kanye in a 2024 presidential run, Akon showed no signs competition. 

“Well I don’t think it would be a competition, I honestly need him to run,” he explained.  “Kanye is not crazy, he’s just be awakened. From a spiritual state, I just feel like he’s awake now. Now he’s the most amazing marketer in the world. He understands his audience, but he’s definitely not crazy, he knows what he’s doing. My thing is, if he does run, it’s great for the culture. Now if you think he’s not fit, that’s another thing, that’s why you got me as another choice.”

Watch in full below.

UFC’s Ben Askren Announces Retirement From MMA

Ben Askren has unexpectedly announced that his MMA career is over, following back-to-back losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia. During an appearance on the Helwani Show on Monday, Askren explained to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he has been dealing with hip issues for years and he is finally prepared to undergo hip replacement surgery.

“I’m retiring from the sport MMA,” Askren said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Frankly, I’m retiring from everything.”

The 35-year old wrestler made his UFC debut on March 2, following his reign as Bellator’s welterweight champion from 2010 to 2013 and ONE’s welterweight title holder from 2014 to 2017. He picked up a controversial first-round submission victory over UFC veteran Robbie Lawler at UFC 235, but was KO’d in just five seconds when he got in the octagon with Jorge Masvidal. Askren suffered his second loss at UFC Fight Night 162 on October 26, as he tapped out in the third round against Demian Maia.

Although the hip has been nagging him for years, Askren made it clear that it is not the reason for his losses in UFC. Says Askren (H/T ESPN’s Marc Raimondi), “I’ve never brought these hip issues up. I don’t want people to think that was the reason I lost. I lost because I wasn’t good enough. My opponents were better. I don’t want these to be viewed as excuses.”

Askren boasts a 19-2 record for his MMA career, and he holds the Bellator record for most successful and consecutive title defenses at four.

Tay-K Reportedly Indicted For Shooting & Killing Man In Chick-Fil-A Parking Lot

Bexar County, TX – Incarcerated rapper Tay-K was reportedly indicted on a capital murder charge in Bexar County last week.

According to ABC 12 San Antonio, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office has accused Tay-K — real name Taymor McIntyre — of shooting and killing Mark Anthony Saldivar during an April 2017 robbery.

Tay-K, who was only 16 at the time of the shooting, was named as a triggerman in Saldivar’s murder as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother Lucia “Lucy” Saldivar last year.

The suit says Saldivar was in a vehicle with Tay-K and two other people when Saldivar was robbed of his “expensive camera equipment” and forced out of the vehicle. Saldivar then “jumped onto the hood” of the car in an effort to stop them from getting away before the vehicle pulled into a Chick-fil-A parking lot.

That’s when Tay-K allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Saldivar to death, leaving the man to “die on the street.”

Tay-K has already been convicted of a separate murder charge in Tarrant County and sentenced to 55 years in prison. On August 9, he was extradited to the Bexar County Jail, where he’s currently awaiting trial.

Russ Incites Controversy By Twirling Fan’s Bra At Saudi Arabia Show

Russ is now an international phenom. On Friday night, he performed a sold-out show in Saudia Arabia’s capital Riyadh as part a music festival that lasts from October to December. Unfortunately, this milestone was slightly spoiled by a scandal that followed. 

During an energetic performance his song “Too Many”, a fan threw her bra onstage and Russ, as expected, began enthusiastically twirling it around. Once the song was finished, the 27-year-old artist held up the undergarment like a trophy as he walked around the stage, thanking the 20,000-person crowd for their support. 

While the Saudi fans are seen going bonkers for Russ in footage from the show, he received backlash afterwards once his bra-twirling made it onto social media. In the moment, Russ did not consider the conservation cultural codes the country in which he was performing. According to Alba Waba, several tweets in Arabic complained that Russ’ move was disrespectful to his hosts. “Thank you Russ, for coming here and shitting over our culture, religion and traditions, you!” wrote one person. “Was it so hard for him to just ignore the bra and actually just respect the country’s or the people’s culture? it’s very unacceptable,” wrote another.

Some expressed their fear that this incident reflects poorly on the kingdom’s recent decision to legalize public and mixed- concerts. “A woman threw her bra at the stage during a russ concert in riyadh,,,, pls i just KNOW i’m never going to be allowed to go to any concert the second my dad sees this trending,” a tweet read. 

Russ has yet to comment on the controversy. 

Kanye West Speaks at Joel Osteen’s Sunday Service

Kanye West brought Sunday Service to Joel Osteen’s church.

As promised, the rapper appeared before Osteen’s congregation of 45,000 and TV audience of 10 million during the 11 a.m. service at Lakewood Church in Houston on Sunday.

“Come on, let’s welcome Mr. Kanye West today,” said the pastor to cheers from the crowd. “We feel blessed to have you, Kanye.”

Wearing a black suit, Kanye spoke about rediscovering religion. “I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time,” said Ye. “When I was at my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me.”

He also reflected on being in the hospital after his 2016 “mental breakdown.” That’s when he decided to start a church in Calabasas. “Even after that, I went and made the Life of Pablo album. I said, ‘This is a gospel album.’ And I didn’t know how to totally make a gospel album and the Christians that were around were too beaten into submission by society to not speak up and profess the gospel to me because I was a superstar. But the only superstar is Jesus.”

At one point, he addressed one member of the congregation who interrupted him. “I really appreciate the support, but I would like for everybody to completely be silent so I can let God flow through me as I speak to you guys today.”

He said that he’s channeled his “arrogance, confidence, and cockiness” into God. “Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him,” he said with a laugh.

Kanye went on to speak about attending church as a child and raising his family. “There’s a blatant responsibility for me to become more like my mother, who’s gone to heaven, and more like my father, who’s building a water purification center in the DR,” he said.

He also declared that his Jesus Is King track “Closed on Sunday” is the “hardest record ever made.” “It’s hard as an N.W.A record because it’s talking about protecting your kids from the indoctrination of the media,” said Ye. “The thousand and thousands of images that are fed to children by the age of six or seven, and within those images there are images mixed in that we don’t know about as parents that are purposely mixed in to lower the kids superpower and esteem so that they can be more susceptible to consumption.”

Osteen then played one of his favorite songs off Jesus Is King, “God Is,” as Kanye rapped along with his eyes closed.

At one point, West also defended Osteen against his critics. “There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that give Joel a hard time because when you turn on the video, he keeps showing you how good God is,” said Ye.

Kanye and his traveling Sunday Service choir will return to perform at Lakewood later in the evening. The free tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes.

Kyrie Irving Blesses Young Kids With $100 Bills In Chicago: Watch

Kyrie Irving has been fitting in quite nicely with the Brooklyn Nets so far and fans have been endearing themselves to the man who calls New Jersey his home. So far, the Nets have been struggling a little bit as they try to build chemistry. Not to mention, the team is currently without Kevin Durant who will be joining the roster next season. Either way, Irving’s presence has already made quite an impact and that impact is now making its way f the court.

This past weekend, the Nets were in Chicago to play against the Bulls and despite being injured, Kyrie made the road trip. In the clip below provided by TMZ, Irving can be seen interacting with a group kids and handing out $100 bills. They seemed pretty excited to meet the NBA star and he was putting some big smiles on their faces.

The Nets are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record 5-7. It’s going to be a bit a struggle to get themselves back into a playf spot but it’s still early enough in the season to go on a win streak and finish with a winning record. They are currently one game back the Orlando Magic who are in eighth place.

Hopefully, they can get Kyrie back soon and do some serious damage in the East.

Maxo Kream Dives Into Crowd To Fight Fan After Beer Is Thrown On Him

If you ever find yourself at a Maxo Kream concert, or any concert for that matter, do not throw beer on the performer. A fan learned that lesson the hard way Saturday night when Maxo Kream drove from the stage to attack him for doing so.

“When someone throws water on you at your own show: @MAXOKREAM,” a user posted on twitter with video the incident. Maxo can be seen pausing mid-song and flying into the crowd with fists ready to swing. His crew then joins him as they team up on the rowdy fan. No other information is known about the situation as now, but one fan might have a hefty lawsuit to file soon enough.

“Y’all gon learn to stop throwing shit,” the rapper replied to a video the fight on Twitter. He later expanded saying, “N***a threw beer on me so I whooped his ass.”

Maxo Kream is currently finishing up a tour promoting his last album, Brandon Banks, which released in July. The final date is scheduled for tonight, November 17th, in El Paso, Texas. He’s also been posting behind the scenes videos throughout the tour. Check out the first episode below.

Donald Trump Hosted A Screening Of "Joker" At The White House

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz is reporting that President Donald Trump hosted a screening Todd Philips’s Joker at the White House on Saturday night. A senior White House ficial tells Yahoo News that the screening welcomed “family, friends, and some staff.” The source also says that Trump liked the film.

Joker has now amassed over $1 billion in earnings since it’s release, making it the first R-rated movie to do so. With a budget only $62.5 million, it is one the most successful movies all time. Even with concerns about mass shootings upon release, the film still drew in a major audience.

Earlier this year, Trump spoke about another controversial film. After Universal Pictures canceled the release  The Hunt, Trump said, “They’re treating conservatives very unfairly. … Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist — Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence and then try to blame others. They are the true racists, and are very bad for our country!”

"Fortnite" Announces Star Wars Crossover Event

Fortnite continues to be one the most popular games on the planet. After a quick revamp, Epic Games has been able to fend f most the competitors that stepped into the spotlight over the last year. The battle royale styled game has given fans several updates and crossover events, such as the Avengers event that allowed users to play as Thanos. Now, Fortnite is diving into the world Star Wars. 

This weekend, Fortnite shared a teaser trailer that features an Imperial Star Destroyer appearing in the sky. We then get the classic Star Wars screen swap and are shown two stormtroopers scouting Fortnite’s island and spotting the game’s characters. To coincide with the release the RPG Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Fortnite players can now dress up as a stormtrooper. The new skins can be purchased in Fortnite‘s item shop, or fans can get them for free after purchasing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Epic Games’ store. In addition to the skins, the Imperial Star Destroyer appears to be getting closer and closer in the game, suggesting that the Dark Side’s presence in Fortnite will only get stronger. Some believe that more Star Wars loot will be available as we draw closer to the opening Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker, which hits theaters December 20.

"Ford V Ferrari" Finishes In First At The Box Office

Christian Bale and Matt Damon’s new action-drama, Ford vFerrari, was able to lock down the top spot at the box fice this weekend. The movie raked in $31 million in North America and $21 million at the foreign box fice to reach a total  $52.4 million, according to Variety.

The film is based on the true story  designer Carroll Shelby and his British driver Ken Miles at the automotive team for Ford. The two men work to build a race car that can tackle Ferrari in the Le Mans race. Men represented 63% the audience with 80%  all being over the age 25. 

So far, Ford v Ferrari is looking like a critical success with 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.3 on IMDb.

Also debuting this weekend was the Elizabeth Banks directed Charlie’s Angels. This film had a rough opening weekend, bringing in only $8.5 million, well short the $13 million projection.

A24’s Waves only made $144,562 but was played in just four venues in New York and Los Angeles. The film is seeing critical praise with 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. The IMDb description reads, “Traces the journey a suburban family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father – as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath a loss.”