Ray Allen and Julius Erving Rate Their Rap Bars at Nike Art of a Champion

This week at Nike's Art of a Champion event in New York City, Speedy Morman caught up with Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving. So we had to ask them about something that's always been on our minds: what do they think about the famous rap bars each of them have been mentioned in?

On “Gone for the Winter,” Fabolous rapped: 

Like Ray Allen in game 6, when James missed
Then Bosh tapped it to him
You know what had happened to 'em, swish
It's all about a swish.

“I thought it was dope,” Ray Allen said. “Any time you're in one of Fabolous' songs, it's incredible. He, too, is an icon. He's somebody that's been in the rap game for such a long time. When he spits that fire, people listen to him.”

Back in 1984 on “Basketball,” Kurtis Blow famously spit:

Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court
Just like I'm the king on the microphone
So is Dr. J and Moses Malone

“I've heard the song many times,” Erving acknowledged. “And, Kurtis Blow, I have to give it a five out of five. You know, it's had a good following. People still remember it and refer to it every now and then. It keeps me alive and it keeps him alive.”

We also spoke with Rasheed Walace about French Montana's “Pop That” reference and talked sneakers with all three stars. You can watch the full video above.

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Listen to Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” Remix f/ 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, French Montana, and More

The season 2 premiere of OVO Sound Radio got off to a solid start on Saturday evening. During host Oliver El-Khatib's regular set, listeners were treated to the premiere of Lil Pumpa��s star-packed a�?Gucci Ganga�? remix. And we mean packed.

The new version includes guest appearances by Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, French Montana, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna. Though ita��s an unexpected lineup, therea��s no doubt that the update will give the viral hit a second wind.

You can listen to a�?Gucci can i buy imitrex in mexico Ganga�? remix below.

The premiere arrives just a few days after Lil Pump secured a new deal with Warner Bros. Records. Earlier this month, rumors circulated that the 17-year-old rapper had inked an $8 million contract with the label. Lil Pump later went to social media to address the claims, insisting the deal was just for one release: “I don't know where the hell you heard all that other bullshit, but I got $8 million for one project, and that's it.”

Warner Bros. later confirmed that it had, in fact, entered a a�?successful partnershipa�? with Lil Pump.

a�?We are pleased that we can bring the next album release from Lil Pump to Warner Bros. Records,a�? Dooney Battle, the CEO of Lil Pump's management, said in a press release. a�?From the second I met Lil Pump, it was clear that he had star power and could lead the wave of rappers breaking on SoundCloud and YouTube.a�?

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French Montana-Aided Ugandan Hospital is Reportedly Operational

The humanitarian efforts that began in 2017 with French Montana enlisting the Triplets Ghetto Kids for his a�?Unforgettablea�? video have come full circle, as a Ugandan hospital that French's philanthropic efforts have helped is now reportedly operating.

TMZ reportsA�the facility is a�?up and runninga�? and a�?equipped to take care of 300,000 people.a�? TMZ didna��t name the specific facility, but Complex and pills online Newsweek have previously reported French, Diddy, and The Weeknd donated significant sums in coordination with the Mama Hope Foundation to aid a Ugandan hospital equipped to care for 300,000 patients. Per the Mama Hope Foundation website, the facility is named the Suubi Health Clinic.

a�?Thanks to French Montana, The Weeknd, Sean a�?Diddya�� Combs and Ciroc, construction on the new building started right away,a�? notes a report on Mamahope.org.

French Montanaa��s work with Suubi Health Clinic and order betapace generic Mama Hope Foundation earned him the distinction of becoming hip-hopa��s first Global Citizen Ambassador. On the commercial side, a�?Unforgettablea�? became French Montanaa��s first No. 1 single on Billboarda��s a�?Hot Rap Songsa�? chart. The Swae Lee-assisted track has since been streamed over 646 million times via YouTube while being certified as five-times platinum by the RIAA.

Per Denis Muwanguzi, who also worked order sinequan medication with French, Diddy, and TheA�Weeknd to help raise funds for the Suubi Health Clinic, the facility expanded its patient capacity from 56,000 to 300,000 in roughly one year.

You can learn more about the Suubi Health Center via Mamahope.org.

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Diddy Caught Cutting French Montana Out of Photo With Jay Z, Nas, and Kendrick Lamar

Noted king of the crops Diddy is back at it again. Following the Grammys, Diddy took to Twitter to post a picture of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Nas, but Twitter sleuths noticed something was up with the picture pretty quickly. Diddy posted the photo in question with the caption, “3 Kings! GREAT FRIENDS! Love you guys. #BlackGreatness,” but French Montana put up something a little different on his Instagram.

Twitter figured out that not only had Diddy done another one of his legendary crops, he also straight-up photoshopped French Montana out of the photo.

 

STUDENT OF THE GAME !!! TRYNA PLAY FOREVER !!!!! ‼️

A post shared by French Montana (@frenchmontana) on Jan 29, 2018 at 7:03pm PST

Despite the two being friends, and Diddy not even appearing in the photo himself, Diddy posted the very clearly photoshopped image to his Twitter to the amusement of those who saw the original, unedited photo. Even better (or worse), the version Diddy posted cropped out Fabolous, too. This is definitely the most Diddy thing Diddy has done so far this year—a list that includes giving Ellen ping pong paddles with his face on them.

Previously, Diddy cropped Kylie and Kendall Jenner out of a photo much to the delight of everyone online. Diddy is close friends with the Kardashian klan, but as he's proven once again, nobody is safe when it comes to a good ol' Diddy crop. Now we've learned they're not even safe if they managed to make it into the center of the photo, either.

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Swae Lee’s ‘Swaecation’ Solo Debut Is Coming Very Soon

It may still be winter, but it looks like it's time for a Swaecation.

Swae Lee is breaking out from his brotherly duo Rae Sremmurd momentarily to give fans his first solo project. On Twitter the 24-year-old rapper/singer announced that 2018 will be the year of Swae Lee with Swaecation Vol. 1, alongside Rae Sremmurd’s highly-anticipated next album SremmLife 3.When a fan asked how soon we could expect a project full of melodic hooks and R&B flavors, Swae responded “definitely in like less than a month confirmed.”

Of course Swae is no stranger to working without his brother Slim Jxmmi. The singer has lent his melodious vocals to many collaborators including French Montana, Ty Dolla Sign, and Trippie Redd.

This new project, however, does not signal steps toward the end of one of the most successful sibling duos of all time. On the contrary, it looks like they're just getting started. SremmLife 3 is on the way, and in a new documentary about the group, Mike WiLL Made-It said “Sremm, they're ready to be in movies, they're ready to be in commercials, they're ready to be models.” 

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There's no word yet on what collabs, if any, will be on Swae's upcoming project or what kind of sounds we can expect, but we'll take this little piece of advice from the artist himself and stay optimistic that good things are coming our way. 

 

Stay optimistic , what’s yours will come your way

A post shared by Swae Lee (@swaelee) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:01pm PST

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It Looks Like Drake Won a Lot of Money From Quavo When Alabama Beat Georgia

Alabama beat Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday night in improbable fashion. After falling behind 13-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide put freshman backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa into the game at the start of the second half and ended up winning 26-23 in overtime to give Alabama head coach Nick Saban the sixth national championship of his legendary career. And no one—not even the guys on the Alabama team!—were as happy about the Crimson Tide win as Drake.

Drake watched the CFP title game with 2 Chainz, and it seems as though he had a large stack of money riding on it after making a bet with Bulldogs superfan Quavo. It’s not clear how much the two rappers bet on the game, but when it ended, a video of Drake celebrating the win surfaced on his Instagram Story. It featured him talking to Quavo on the phone and telling the Migos rapper he was expecting to be paid promptly following Alabama’s win.

“Oh yeah! Excuse me, excuse me, I gotta move this, excuse me. I need all my chips,” Drake yelled into the phone. “Ay, I need all my chips. Quavo, I need my chips with the Huncho Jack dip, my boy! What’s up? What’s up?”

Later in the clip, Drake gave props to Saban and referred to him as the “best coach of all time.” He also showed a wad of $100 bills in his video and said it represented just a small portion of whatever he won when he bet on Alabama.

“This just the beginning, too,” Drake said. “This like one-fourth of it. This just the beginning. Come on, man. You know how we rocking, man.”

2 Chainz posted a video on Instagram as well that showed Drake screaming about the Alabama win in the background.

This isn’t the first time Drake has made a large wager on a sporting event with a fellow rapper. He once lost a grip of money to French Montana on an NBA Finals bet. He’s also dropped some serious money on the Kentucky basketball team in the past. But it looks like he may have made a bunch of that money back, courtesy of Quavo.

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Natalie Eva Marie Joins to Talk Lonzo Ball and Mia Hating WWE | Out Of Bounds

On today's episode of #OutOfBounds, Actress and Former WWE Star Natalie Eva Marie joins us again to chat it up with the crew. She discusses the transition from WWE to Hollywood,  how it feels to be the “bad guy” in wrestling, and why she thinks the NBA will not reach NFL's popularity any time soon. She also changed perspectives after confronting Mia about her comment pertaining to wrestling not being a real sport. Disclaimer: No one was harmed in the making of this episode. 

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Thirsty Investors Are Taking Out Mortgages on Their Homes to Cop Bitcoin

Being an adult of a certain age, I'm OK with sharing this fact with you: I don't understand the first thing about bitcoin. I mean, I've heard about cryptocoin mining and have had people tell me to invest in it, but how does one do any of that? I couldn't tell you. Hell, even though bitcoin is said to (somehow) be more valuable than McDonalds and Disney, I didn't even realize there were physical bitcoins until I found the above photo for this very post.

Anyways, like I said, heads have been talking about investing in bitcoin HEAVY over the last week or so. Apparently, it's gone up as high as $19,000 per unit at one point (jumping more than 1,000 percent since the beginning of 2017), and is currently hovering around the $16,000 mark. This has people going nuts trying to invest as much as they can, even to the point of taking out mortgages on their homes to invest in Bitcoin. Why? Because people will do anything when something as sought-after as bitcoin is in its “mania” phase.

Despite reports that bitcoin is indeed a bubble, that doesn't seem to stop people. CNBC is reporting that Wall Street isn't even convinced that bitcoin is actual currency, which is concerning. It's wild, especially considering that a show like Mr. Robot, which aims to showcase what would happen during an actual economic crisis, is highlighting how important a bitcoin-esque line of currency would be in those kinds of financial downfalls.

What does any of this mean, in layman's terms? Essentially, invest in bitcoin at your own risk. While the future could change, currently, it's in a frenzied state, and may not even pan out in terms of actual dollars. That said, if you're not ready to put in the work on the pros and cons of playing with that kind of fire, don't do insane shit like putting a mortgage on your house to potentially fuck your livelihood up.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss 21 Savage and Offset’s Collab Album on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of rap news topics, which includes a bunch of new albums from Big K.R.I.T., 21 Savage and Offset, Chris Brown, and more. Later, they break down the rumored fight between French Montana and Meek Mill's camp before diving into whether or not Kanye West actually helps the artists on G.O.O.D. Music. 

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Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, and More Respond to ‘Horrific Act of Terror’ in Las Vegas

More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 during the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after the mass shooting. 

The shooting started around 10 p.m. PT Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed. Per Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who addressed the horrific incident in a press conference Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, aiming at the crowd watching Aldean. Those in attendance said the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, John Mayer, and more musicians across the industry have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences, as well as voice their frustrations with the lenient gun laws in America that allow this kind of thing to happen again and again.

 

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And America

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