YG Says He’s Russell Westbrook and James Harden Combined

There were a number of events going down in Los Angeles over NBA All-Star Weekend, including YG's first annual The Boogie, which featured a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and concert.

Complex News' Pierce Simpson caught up with YG before the tourney took place to get a sense of what the Compton rapper had in store for attendees on and off the court. YG also got boastful by saying he's a combo of Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Pierce later chopped it up with Nipsey Hussle about his new album Victory Lap.

Teyana Taylor also dropped in to talk about her upcoming album, which is fully produced by Kanye West. Fans can expect that to drop within the next few months. Check out the full video, which also includes Belly, up top.

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Skepta and Kim Jones Discuss Nike’s Latest Footwear and Apparel Drop for the World Cup

Complex News' UK correspondent Fenn recently chopped it up with the likes of Skepta, Kim Jones, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Tobin Heath, and more about Nike's footwear and apparel drop for World Cup 2018. Based on their reaction, the hype around Nike's latest offerings should get more people interested in one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Check out what they had to say in the video above.

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Skepta & Kim Jones Discuss Nike’s Latest Footwear & Apparel Drop For the World Cup

Complex News’ UK correspondent Fenn chopped it up with the likes of Skepta, Kim Jones, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Tobin Heath about Nike’s latest footwear and apparel drop for the upcoming World Cup. The hype around the global sporting event is just as real as the interest in Nike’s latest offerings.  

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Nicki Minaj Ghosted on Social Media and Her Fans Are Stressed

Nicki Minaj fans are frantically searching for the rapper, who hasn't made a single post on Twitter or Instagram this year. Nicki didn’t attend the Grammys and hasn’t been seen in public this year. In a state of distress, her worried Barbs have decided to launch website featuring a clock counting her time away plus a social media campaign to track the rapper down.

While some fans are concerned by her absence, others suspect that she’s up to something—namely her upcoming fourth studio album that's anticipated to drop sometime this year.

Last year, Nicki made plenty of noise after she delivered a handful of solid features, including verses for Migos' “Motorsport,” Yo Gotti's “Rake it Up,” and ASAP Ferg’s “Plain Jane (Remix)” to name a few.

In November, the Queens native promised that her upcoming album will be “super iconic” and expressed that she was excited to share it with her fans. “Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like. I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy,” she said at the time. “It feels almost like a celebration.”

Whether the rap queen is simply taking a social media break or getting ready to drop the hottest album of 2018, one thing is certain: The wait driving her fans crazy.

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Here’s What Went Down at the Snow Beach Re-Release in London

The Polo Ralph Lauren Snow Beach re-release was a big deal stateside, with the NYC edition featuring appearances from Just Blaze and Raekwon. But how about across the pond?

Complex News' Fenn O'Meally hit the Snow Beach re-release launch in London to find out how much money customers were willing to drop on the iconic line. She also asked a handful of people if they were willing to let her try on their purchases. Let's just say not everyone was open to the idea.

Find out what went down in the video above, and check out the teaser trailer for Complex's upcoming Polo Ralph Lauren documentary Horse Power below. Just Blaze, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, ASAP Ferg, and more are featured.


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Travis Scott’s Case for Inciting a Riot Gets Dismissed

As a new father, Travis Scott’s list of things to worry about is only going to get longer. Between baby duties and preparing to drop his upcoming album AstroWorld, Travis is able to put one worry to rest, because according to TMZ his case for inciting a riot has been dismissed.

Travis struck a plea deal, according to a clerk at the Rogers District Court in Arkansas. The rapper pled guilty to disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, the more grave charges of inciting a riot and endangering the welfare of a minor were thrown out. Travis was arrested at one of his concerts back in May, after he allegedly encouraged people to rush the stage. A cop and a security guard, among others, were injured. 

Travis pled not guilty to the charges in May after they were originally filed, but now with this guilty plea and a few payments for fines, Travis’ case is closed. Now he can continue to pour all of his attention into his daughter, his baby mama Kylie Jenner, and his new music.

Rumors circulated for months that Kylie and Travis were having a baby, but it wasn’t until yesterday that the couple officially announced that their daughter was born on Feb. 1. Kylie also shared a pregnancy video montage that shows Travis looking like the most smitten daddy-to-be. “I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions,” Kylie wrote in an announcement post on Sunday. “I understand you are used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was something I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free and healthy way I know how.”

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Lil Yachty, Migos, and Gucci Mane Have a Collab Project Dropping Soon

2017 was a big year for Lil Yachty. He released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, which included features from some of the most prominent names in music: Migos, Diplo, and YG, among others. The “bubblegum trap” artist also saw his work nominated for two awards—a Grammy for Best Sung/Rap Collaboration (“Broccoli” with DRAM) and an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video (“iSpy” with Kyle).

One of the best things Lil Yachty has done is associate himself with, and give himself the opportunity to learn from, other successful hip-hop artists. He'll continue that trend with a collaboration album that is slated to drop later this month.

The project features some of Atlanta's finest: Yachty, Migos, and Gucci Mane. The project will reportedly be titled Glacier Boyz Tape.

Gucci Mane teased the project in January.

Migos, during a January visit with The Breakfast Club to promote their new album, Culture II, also confirmed they had a project coming with Gucci Mane. Additionally, Quavo had teased the project with a quickly-deleted tweet.

It's not clear whether Yachty was a part of the project when the idea was initially hatched, but he made the news of Glacier Boyz Tape a little more formal with a tweet on Sunday.

Expect to see the project released in the next few weeks. Brrrr.

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Azealia Banks Reveals Massive Label Deal: ‘I Have a Home Again’

After being without a major label home since 2015, rapper Azealia Banks recently revealed that she signed a brand new million dollar deal with Toronto-based eOne Music.

“I HAVE A HOME AGAIN… I’m crying,” she wrote in her Instagram caption, expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to make music with a label again. “Thank you guys so freaking much you don’t know how much this means to me,” tagging eOne and its VP of A&R, William Robillard-Cole.

While Banks is undoubtedly talented, she's consistently been in the news more for her behavior on- and offline than for her music. From inflammatory tweets, bizarre live stream rants, and famous feuds with everyone from Iggy Azalea and Cardi B to Pharrell and Remy Ma, the Harlem rapper's music has been sitting on the back burner since 2016. Just a few days ago, she shared a preview of a new song that will likely end up her upcoming project Fantasea II: The Second Wave, reportedly dropping in March.

With the FII release date fast approaching, Banks has already chosen “Anna Wintour” as its first single. Snippets of the track have been floating around since last year, but she now wants to revamp it with features from Nicki Minaj and everyone's favorite Spice Girl, Mel B.

Banks parted ways with her last label, Prospect Park Records, in 2015 and would go on to release her Slay-Z mixtape independently, so we may have to wait and see how this new partnership pans out.

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Shock Blake Griffin Trade; Problematic Chief Wahoo; LaVar Shades Steve Kerr | Out of Bounds

Following yesterday’s shocking mega trade, in which the Clippers sent five-time All-Star Blake Griffin to the Pistons to start a rebuild, the #OutofBounds crew weighs in on what it means for both teams and the players involved. One thing’s sure: Blake better pack some winter coats, ’cause it’s so cold in the D. (And that’s before you wonder if his model girlfriend, Kendall Jenner, will stick with him in Michigan.) Next, Gil and the gang react to the Cleveland Indians’ announcement that the team will stop using its Chief Wahoo racist caricature logo in 2019. Gil feels some kind of way and has a hot take on where PC cultural policing may go next. With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stating he wants to change the league’s confusing and universally-hated catch rule, the team just hopes he doesn’t drop the ball…. Finally, OOB decides whether it’s fair or foul for LaVar Ball to call the Warriors’ Steve Kerr the “Milli Vanilli of Coaching” when Mr. Big Baller has coached precisely one professional game…in an exhibition tournament…in Lithuania.

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