Desiigner Brings Thunderous Performance of ‘Priice Tag’ to ‘Open Late With Peter Rosenberg’

With a new release, L.O.D., dropping out of nowhere in early May, it made sense for Desiigner to make his way to the Open Late With Peter Rosenberg studio to light up the stage with his one-of-a-kind performance style.

Check out Desiigner's full performance up top, and keep it locked to Open Late With Peter Rosenberg, which airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Youtube.com/Complex.

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Nick Cannon Goes “Diggin’ in the Crates” With Peter Rosenberg on ‘Open Late’

Every week on Open Late With Peter Rosenberg, Rosenberg gets to put his DJ sh*t on blast with “Diggin' in the Crates,” a segment in which he chops it up with guests about some of the records sitting in his DJ crate that they might relate to. On our most recent episode, Rosenberg had multi-hyphenate Nick Cannon in the studio, so you already know what time it was.

For those who were unaware, Nick Cannon used to carry crates for about three years, so he knows about the art of lugging records around. After sharing memories on his early days as a DJ (including what the legend Biz Markie taught him), he dives into what he calls “one of the greatest albums ever to come out,” Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle. He shared the story of how his father, who was a preacher, would say that Snoop's debut was “of the devil,” and he actually lit the cassette on fire “to show me how much of a devil it was.” His pops definitely wasn't rocking with the classic Death Row material.

Cannon also had some big facts for James Brown's classic “The Big Payback.” If you aren't up on classic breakbeats, peep James Brown's material. And the haircut on the cover of The Payback.

Check out the full segment with Nick up above, and be sure to see who's next on Open Late With Peter Rosenberg, which airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Youtube.com/Complex.

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Former Cavs GM Explains Why LeBron-Kyrie Dynamic Didn’t Work

If you love the NBA like I love the NBA, you were thrilled when you saw former Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin made an appearance on Bill Simmons' podcast. Simmons is a solid interviewer and basketball savant, and Griffin is one of the most engaging and forthcoming executives in hoops—he's a consistently a great guest when he makes media appearances.

This one was no exception. The podcast features discussion about Griffin's time in Cleveland, the current playoff matchups, LeBron James' brilliance and interpersonal abilities, the future of the league, and more. Listen to the full episode below.

One of the most interesting pieces of the interview came when Griffin broke down the dynamics of the relationship between LeBron and Kyrie Irving. Last summer, the Cavs traded Kyrie to the Celtics about one month after parting ways with Griffin.

Griffin explained how Kyrie was primed to inherit the Cavs—to be the star—when LeBron decided he was “coming home.” Of course, you don't say no to the best player in a generation, but it also created some weird dynamics with Kyrie.

“Somebody has to be Pippen and somebody has to be Jordan, and I think that's true,” Griffin said. “But Scottie Pippen got to the league because he was a freakishly gifted defensive player. Everything he had that got him to the league helped him grow and evolve to the point he was as good as he was. But it wasn't like the situation in Chicago precluded him from showing those things. Michael needed everything that Scottie was, so they fit together.”

As Griffin explained, the situation in Cleveland was different.

I think the fit of LeBron and Kyrie was difficult because Kyrie was so gifted offensively and had been carrying the load offensively for a bad team. Hadn't been raised to understand how to lead and help you win necessarily. Hadn't been given that opportunity yet and just when we were going to be good LeBron shows up and it's his team. So he never got the chance to take the natural progression in his career to carry the load and see how good he could be. And he really wanted that. He'd been doing it on a bad team. He wanted the chance to do it on a good team. It wasn't about being the man—it's about, 'How good can I be? What am I capable of? LeBron can score, he doesn't need me to score. LeBron can make all the passes, he doesn't need me to do that. I'm not a better defender than he is.' So I think you get to the point where the fit and the need LeBron had for Kyrie wasn't going to allow him to become Scottie because he didn't need Kyrie to fill in the gaps.

Simmons said he still wouldn't have traded Kyrie—at least not until six months later at the trade deadline—just because the former Duke Blue Devil is so gifted.

At another point of the pod, Griffin told an amazing story about LeBron's genius basketball mind.

“There's no play you'll run against him he can't name… I was also in the gym when I watched him on the floor against Toronto tell Patrick Patterson where he was supposed to go on the play they had called out of timeout late in the fourth quarter,” Griffin recalled. “He was like, No Pat, you're supposed to stand over there and set a pin down for DeMar [DeRozan] over here.'”

The Cavs and Celtics will begin their Eastern Conference Finals series Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Drake and LeBron James Jr. Are Exchanging Playful Trash Talk Over Cavs-Raptors Series

Between Drake in Toronto and Kevin Hart in Philadelphia, two of the NBA's biggest celebrity fans have found themselves utterly silenced in the second round of the playoffs. In Drake's case, his Raptors have played the Cleveland Cavaliers tough, but they've fallen into a daunting, 3-0 hole after narrow losses in Games 1 and 3.

At this point, everyone is throwing dirt on the Boy—even LeBron James Jr., a.k.a. Bronny. Drake put up a photo on the 'gram Monday morning…

 

Keep it that way.

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…and Bronny slid into the comments with a little trash talk on behalf of his father. “Your season ends tonight,” he commented. Drake responded with a joke of his own.

The internet is an incredible place. As Bronny noted, the Cavs could close out the Raptors Monday night. They'll square off in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on TNT.

What a depressing ending a sweep would be for Toronto fans, who watched the Raptors piece together their best regular season in franchise history en route to claiming the No. 1 seed. Is it time for the Raptors to blow it up? Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer published a good breakdown answering that question over the weekend.

Boston holds a commanding, 3-0 lead in the other East series. The Celtics will look to close out Philly Monday at 6 p.m. ET. That game will also air on TNT.

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Russell Westbrook’s Game 4 Incident Could Lead to Game 5 Suspension

As if the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't in enough trouble following a 113-96 Monday night defeat that has them facing a first-round out, they now could be without Russell Westbrook for Wednesday night's Game 5.

According to KSL's Andy Larsen, referees were not allowed to talk about a contentious sequence of events that occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 4, because the NBA's disciplinary committee was reviewing it. Those events began when Utah's Rudy Gobert was fouled in the groin by OKC's Raymond Felton in a game that was already plenty heated. After that foul, Westbrook, who was waiting to check in at the scorer's table, walked onto the court to confront Gobert.

Here's video of the nut-shot, and the post nut-shot altercation:

As Larsen writes, the league's question appears to be, “was Westbrook waved on the court by the officials or was he leaving the bench area to participate in an altercation?” If it was the latter, Westbrook could be saddled with a suspension for Wednesday's do-or-die contest.

NBC's Dan Feldman pointed out that Thunder teammate Steven Adams was also awaiting entry into the game at the scorer's table, which could hurt Westbrook's case. In either event the NBA would have to make their judgment quickly, as Game 5 will take place Wednesday night in Oklahoma City at 9:30 ET.

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Will Launch in Saudi Arabia This Month

Rihanna's Fenty Beauty dynasty continues with a launch in Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after Fenty Beauty unleashed their new luminizer products “body lava” and “beach, please,” which have already sold out, RiRi announced that her extremely popular makeup brand will be heading to Saudi Arabia on Twitter.

The news also comes days after Saudi Arabia ended its 35-year-ban on theatrical releases by allowing Black Panther to be shown in its movie theaters.

Fenty Beauty is already available in the Middle East. Back in September, it launched in Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. One of the central motives behind Fenty is maintaining a diverse selection of products in order to appeal to a global clientele. Rihanna told ET back in September that, “all women deserve to feel beautiful and all women deserve to have a choice and an option when they go to the makeup counter.”

It turns out that this is an opportune time for beauty products to enter the Saudi Arabia market as well. In a 2017 report, EuroMonitor International found that more people are buying beauty and personal care products in Saudi Arabia than ever before.

“The increasing number of Saudi men and women joining the labor force positively impacted the demand for beauty and personal care products, maintaining market development and preventing a sharp decline,” it read. “Newly employed Saudis were also keen on making a good impression in their workplace; therefore they paid more attention to their personal grooming and appearance.”

Fenty Beauty will arrive in Saudi Arabia on April 19.

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Rick Ross Reportedly on a Form of Life Support After Being Found Unresponsive (UPDATE)

UPDATED 7:00 p.m. ET: TMZ is reporting that Rick Ross has been hooked up to a machine called ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) that's keeping him alive in a Miami area hospital's cardio unit after he was initially found unresponsive. Early indications point towards a heart attack, although at this time that's unconfirmed. His heart and lungs have been taken over by the machine he's hooked up to, meaning he's currently on life support.

The report has since been disputed by Maybach Music Group associate Fat Trel, who took to Instagram to say he spoke with Rick Ross. According to Trel, Ross is “good” and “not on 'life support.'”

MMG's own Rockie Fresh also intimated TMZ's report was inaccurate. “TMZ gassin,” he wrote on Twitter.

See below for original story.

Rick Ross is reportedly in the hospital for respiratory treatment related to possible pneumonia.

A 911 call was placed by someone at Ross' Miami-area residence around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to TMZ. Police sources claim that the “person in distress,” reportedly Ross, became “combative” following a period of heavy breathing. A Ross source added that the issue is “heart-related,” but an unnamed family member has denied the hospitalization entirely. Reps for Ross did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

Last year, Ross appeared on Dr. Oz amid his Rather You Than Me promo tour and discussed the back-to-back seizures he suffered while flying in 2011. “I went hard, you know,” he said. “It didn't seem as bad to me because the majority of the time I would be putting in work. The other time I would be partying, and the rest of the time it kind of blended. And that went on for years and years and years. I just developed those certain patterns.”

Ross dropped off the video for his T-Pain and Kodak Black collab “Florida Boy” last month.

Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, according to comments Ross gave to Tim Westwood in November, is set to be released this year. “I'm digging deep into these joints, these records, these collaborations,” Ross said at the time. “I'm just going all out. It's the 10th one.” DJ Khaled has been involved with the sessions in some capacity. “Port of Miami 2 in the works,” he told fans last August.

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Does Steve Kerr Have a Trash-Talking Burner Twitter, Kevin Durant Style?

Back in September, Kevin Durant got exposed for using secret “burner” social media accounts to defend himself in online arguments. He later admitted he felt “idiotic” for using them, and it was widely considered to be one of the biggest social media fails in the sports world in 2017.

With that in mind, you wouldn’t think KD’s own head coach would resort to using a burner Twitter to comment on opposing players, but that’s what some people are accusing Steve Kerr of doing. He tweeted and deleted a shot at James Harden and some NBA referees on Thursday night, and while he may have simply thought better of the tweet after sending it, many are now wondering if Kerr didn’t mean to send the tweet from a different account in the first place.

It all started when the official NBA Twitter account tweeted about Harden just after 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. It featured Harden taking and making a step-back three-pointer against the Spurs during the Rockets’ 102-91 victory over San Antonio.

A short time later, Kerr saw the NBA tweet and had something to say about it. On his official account he suggested Harden traveled on the play. He said it was “an embarrassment” Harden wasn’t whistled for a walk.

The tweet didn’t stay up long. But plenty of people were able to get a screenshot before it disappeared, and they wondered why in the world Kerr would take aim at Harden and the refs like that. Some concluded Kerr simply got caught up in the moment before deciding against leaving the tweet up. But more than a few people suggested Kerr may have meant to send it from a burner account, just like KD.

Kerr hasn’t spoken publicly about any of this yet. But it’ll be interesting to see what he has to say. If he meant to send the Harden tweet from his account, most of the Rockets players are probably going to have the same reaction Chris Paul had to something Kerr said to him during a recent game.

And if Kerr meant to send out the tweet from some secret account he uses, he's likely to get clowned the same way KD did. Either way, we wouldn’t expect Harden and the Rockets to forget about what Kerr said anytime soon.

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