Earlier this week, Drakeannounced that he's bringing Migos on tour later this year for the Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour. Now, as Pitchfork points out, it's been announced that the already massive tour has seen the addition of new dates.
Extra shows have been added to stops in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The tour will start July 26 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will run through until November 17 with a show in Atlanta, Georgia.
With Drake's new album Scorpion set to drop in June just before the tour kicks off, it's looking like it's going to be another huge summer for the 6 God. Tickets for the extensive tour are now on sale.
Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour:
07-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
07-28 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
07-31 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08-01 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
08-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-11 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-12 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-14 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
08-17 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-18 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-20 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-24 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-25 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-27 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-30 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-31 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
09-04 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
09-07 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-08 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-12 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
09-13 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
09-15 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
09-18 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
09-21 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
09-22 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
09-24 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
09-26 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-27 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-29 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09-30 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
10-05 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-06 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-08 Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
10-12 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-13 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-14 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-17 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-26 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10-27 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
11-01 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome
11-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-04 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-06 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
11-16 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
11-17 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Amazon is trying really hard to not let the cat out of the bag.
Splinter News reports the online megastore, worth over $650 billion, is asking competing cities to sign nondisclosure agreements as they negotiate and narrow down bids for their future headquarters. Local news organizations such as the ABC affiliate WRAL and the Atlanta Star-Constitution, have tried and failed to obtain records regarding the ongoing deals in their metropolitan areas.
According to NPR, the 20 potential locations in North America selected in the second round include:
Los Angeles, California
Montgomery County, Maryland
Newark, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
In fact, some of the first rounds of reports have also been leaving out important information, such as details regarding their offers. For instance, only Boston and Toronto have released information to the public about their deals.
It was supposed to be a big week for YoungBoy Never Broke Again. Back in January, the 18-year-old Baton Rouge rapper announced his debut album, Until Death Call My Name, would officially drop on March 2. The day came and went, with no project in sight, which left fans wondering: What the hell happened?
There’s no word on why exactly the project was delayed; however, it’s safe to assume that it has something to do with YoungBoy’s mounting legal troubles.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the rapper had been extradited to Ware County Jail in Georgia, where he will face charges of felony kidnapping and aggravated assault. The charges stem from a recent incident in which the rapper was captured on camera throwing his girlfriend to the ground in a hotel hallway before dragging her back into his room.
His girlfriend, Jania Jackson, denied that YoungBoy attacked her, and insisted they were “just playing” around.
“Kidnapped? Fuck no,” she said on Periscope after YoungBoy’s arrest. “Has he ever put his hands on me? Fuck no.”
She reiterated her denial in a new track she previewed on social media:
The company, Cronos Group, is already on the Toronto Stock Exchange but will make its American debut this week. As Canadians wait for the legalization of recreational weed sometime this summer, the interest to invest in cannabis stock has stretched south of the border, too. The stigma attached to buying cannabis stocks and weed in general (since it's still federally illegal across the U.S.) has made it a niche endeavor.
But it's actually completely legal for Americans to own Cannabis stocks despite the current legal standing of the drug itself. “I grew up in the U.S. and most of our investor base is in the U.S.,” Mike Gorenstein, CEO of the Toronto-based company, told VICE Money. “But I still get calls from American investors who are unsure as to whether they can buy Canadian weed stocks.” Gorenstein also explained that while recreational weed is only legal in nine states and medical weed is legal in 29, the American market for weed is worth billions, and it will only grow even more in coming years.
The process of getting the company listed in the first place was, of course, not without its obstacles. “It’s complicated and intense because of their securities rules. We started building a relationship with the NASDAQ sometime last year, and we had to go through many audits and reviews by different independent committees to make sure that our governance was up to snuff,” said Gorenstein.
Prior to this listing, American investors had to go through the Toronto Stock Exchange or invest via the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF on the NYSEArca, a smaller U.S. exchange that mainly trades ETFs, allowing people to invest in a handful of weed stocks. Cronos's listing on the U.S. stock exchange introduces a specific brand to investors who might want to hedge their bets on just one company.
“This is about our shareholders. I will just stress that we do not plan on entering the U.S. market from a production or sales standpoint until cannabis is federally legal,” Gorenstein clarified. Currently, the company has a market value of $1.4 billion and plenty of growth potential. It not only produces cannabis for the Canadian market but also ships products to Germany, and it plans to work alongside countries like Australia and Israel to produce medicinal marijuana.
Every morning that Daniel Lister wakes up in his Georgia home and is able to put on a his sneakers, he’s reminded of how lucky he is to be alive. As he reaches down and struggles to pull his Air Jordans onto his prosthetic left leg in his, he’s helping himself heal on the inside, far away from the battlefield in Afghanistan that claimed his limb, his marriage, and a chunk of his sanity.
Lister has gained notoriety on Instagram, amassing over 68,000 followers, through his daily photos of him wearing his sneakers with his prosthetic decorated with Marvel Comics superheroes, but he had to go through a living hell—a life riddled with physical and emotional pain and addiction—to get where he is today.
His legs have always affected his shoe choices. As an overweight child, Lister had to wear corrective footwear, a la Forrest Gump, before he could purchase his first real sneakers. “I was a big-ass baby. I was super fat. I had bow legs because my bones were too soft and couldn’t hold my fat ass up. I had to wear corrective shoes with a bar between my legs,” he says. “The first pair of actual sneakers that I got was the “White/Cement” Air Jordan III in ‘88. I remember getting those and being so excited about it. They changed everything.” He also fell in love with “Aqua” Air Jordan VIII after Michael Jordan wore them in 1993 All-Star Game, and it fostered an appreciation for shoes that wouldn’t fade over the years.
Lister’s passion for shoes has also driven him to start a YouTube channel, where he routinely gives a view of his life from his sneaker room. He posts unboxing videos, shows off his collection, and expresses his views on topics within the footwear industry. The latter is also found on a podcast called The Monday Midsole, which he co-hosts Buckeye City Sole, Polos n Jays, and Unboxed Mike, where they This group of friends has become a support system for Lister, and he’d learn to build a similar brotherhood with them like he had with his fellow soldiers.
The now-36-year-old Lister says he never had much of a decision in life to do anything other than join the military, which he did in 2002. He grew up in various places across the country as a military kid and didn’t know where else to turn when it came time to figure out what he was going to do with his life.
“The reality of it is that I got married super young, cause I’m fucking dumb,” Lister says. “I had to figure out a way to pay bills. I needed medical insurance, because I started having babies. The only way I could do that is through the military. I knew that was how I could pay my bills.”
The Sept. 11 terror attacks didn’t completely inform Lister’s decision to join the military, but they made it easier for him to meet the requirements to join the U.S. Army, as branches lowered requirements for new recruits after 9/11. “I have a GED. I didn’t do so good at high school. When 9/11 happened, it made it easier for me to join, because they started accepting people with GEDs again,” Lister says. “They knew we were going to war, and I joined in February .”
Lister ended up doing four tours in the Middle East (three in Iraq and one in Afghanistan), and it made him feel alive in a way that he couldn’t capture back home in Georgia. The prospect of being in a war—or a fight for that matter—is supposed to chill someone to their core. Violence, and the threat of being killed, is never supposed to be exciting, but it gave Lister a calmness and camaraderie with his fellow troops. “I got to Iraq in September 2003, and that was the only time I was ever truly afraid,” he says. “After you get shot at the for the first time, that shit changes very quick. You’re no longer afraid. There’s anger and power that goes along with that. I was more comfortable there than I ever was back home.”
His job was to clear the way for other troops to make their way across the battlefield, He would blow up bridges, build them, and make sure fields were safe of mines. “If there was something in our way, I’d blow that shit up,” he says.
During his final deployment to Afghanistan, Lister went from safely leading fellow soldiers through war zones On June 2, 2010, he took the wrong step. Lister’s foot landed on an improvised explosive device, and it went off. “I got lit up,” he remembers. “I had 17 soldiers on the ground. I was doing my job. After a bad step, it blew me up. I never lost consciousness during the event. I remember every detail of it. My foot was gone immediately after the explosion. My right leg was ripped from my ankle to my hip.”
It took about 45 minutes for the medics to get to him, Lister recalls. He was then put on a Blackhawk and flown to the closest aid station where he received 20 blood transfusions to help keep him alive. “Once I got to the aid station in Afghanistan, I don’t remember anything else,” he says. “I think they had me in a medically induced coma. They had to perform a ridiculous amount of surgeries just to stabilize me. With my injuries, by all accounts, I should be dead. It’s a miracle that I’m up and walking. I got blown up on June 2 and I hit Stateside on June 3. Mail doesn’t move that fast. It takes longer for Nike to send me a pair of sneakers than it did for the U.S. military to get me out of Afghanistan.”
Lister says that the medics weren’t able to stabilize him and he kept dying. He was then taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he received serious treatment for his injuries and started an 18-month program to help his life get back to as normal as it was ever going to be ever again. This included revisions on his stump to make it better fit his prosthetic limb. It wasn’t just his right leg that was affected, but doctors also had to fix the tib-fib in his right leg, both of his femurs, and his right hip. His left hand, right arm, and both of his knees had to be reconstructed, too, on top of six skin grafts.
“I was miserable,” he says. “I spent four to five months in a hospital. I wanted to stay in the Army. The Army is how I define myself. Throughout my adult life, that’s what I was. This explosion took that from me, and I had to become something different. If it was just the amputation, I would have been fine. But three out of four of my limbs are trash. I wanted to stay in, because I had grown up in combat since I was 21 years old. I became a man in combat. I was more comfortable there than I was being a father or a husband.”
That’s when it began to set in for Lister that he was going to have to leave the military and do something else with his life. “I went through the tests to see if I could stay in, and I failed them miserably,” he says. “I had to start over. Who was I going to be now?”
Back home in Georgia, riddled with the pain and stress leftover from his nearly life-ending injury, Lister relied on drugs and alcohol to get through his days. After nearly dying, he chose to get sober.
“I had gotten to the point where I was hiding in my room and drinking and popping pills,” he says. “The doctors said, ‘Look, if you want to die at 35, keep doing what you’re doing.’ I said, ‘Bombs can’t kill me, booze isn’t going to kill me.’’
At the height of his addiction, Lister was consuming a half an ounce of weed, an eightball of coke, and a handle of Crown Royal every two to three days. He took the money that he was spending on drugs and alcohol and put them into sneakers, which he didn’t own many of at the time due to the divorce he was going through.
“There was a time when I had a whole lot of shoes, but I also had a really pissed off ex-wife,” he says. “My shoes didn’t survive the divorce. You’ve seen pictures of when people have their cut-up sneakers? I had maybe 10 pairs that made it through that extravaganza.”
It wasn’t just the pursuit of sneakers that inspired Lister to get sober, but rather the effect it would have on his children. “I’m a single father. Unfortunately, my kids got to experience what it’s like to live with an alcoholic and a drug addict. I had to get sober for them,” he says. “I didn’t want to die and have my kids in the foster system.”
Once he became sober, the sneakers started to pile up. “If you go from buying an eightball of coke every other day to not doing that, you’ve got some income,” he says. “So I went and got all these sneakers that I missed out on back in the day.”
The sneakers started to roll in, and Lister started posting them on his Instagram account, One Legged Lister, and he noticed that people were engaging with his content because they rarely saw sneakerheads with a prosthetic limb. “I started posting sneakers that I was wearing everyday on my Instagram, then it started to take off. A lot of people feel shame about [having a prosthetic]. They think it’s ugly. I think it’s the shit. That’s my leg,” he says. “What really hits me is when these kids reach out to me who have cancer or have gone through a tragic accident. They say, ‘You make it OK for me to be this way.’ Those messages are the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had. That was never my intent, it was just about, ‘Here are the kicks I’m wearing today, what do y’all think?’”
There have been negative remarks made on his Instagram page, too, but Lister doesn’t have to police the comments — his followers do it for him. “You’re bound to get people who are like, ‘Ewww gross. Put your leg away,’” he says. “I don’t have to say anything. They get the sort of attention where they have to delete their own comments. Their negativity doesn't define who or what I am.”
He’ll never get his leg back, but Lister has found some sort of peace within his life, and it’s partly thanks to sneakers. His collection has boomed to over 200 pairs and he’s a regular at sneaker conventions, where kids come up to him to say hi and take pictures. But he still feels the pain every day—that won’t go away. He says his day-to-day pain is consistently a four or five on a scale of ten, but the psychological torment is something that won’t go away. “People can relate to pain, but they can’t relate to PTSD, because they can’t see it. It will be one of the hardest things I have to go through. It’s brutal.”
Lister is piecing his life back together, one sneaker at a time, but it’s not the shoes themselves that make him happy: It’s the relationships he’s forged through collecting. “This sneakerhead community has given me my life back, to some extent,” he says. “It’s made me feel whole again. My friendships that I have now are worth more than my entire sneaker collection to me.”
Alabama beat Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday night, and when they did, the Crimson Tidehelped Drake earn a lot of cash, courtesy of Quavo. Drake took to Instagram to share a video of him talking to Quavo about a bet they had apparently made on the game.
“I need all my chips!” Drake yelled at Quavo. “Ay, I need all my chips. Quavo, I need my chips with the Huncho Jack dip, my boy! What’s up?”
But as it turns out, the “chips” Drake was referring to may have been, well, actual chips.
TMZ Sportscaught up with Quavo on Wednesday to talk about taking an L to Drake. And while he admitted that it was a tough one to take, he also flashed a bunch of cash and claimed he didn’t really lose any money to his fellow rapper.
“It was a friendly bet, that’s all,” Quavo said, before responding to the money Drake showed off on IG. “He had some money in his hand? How much money did he have in his hand? [flashes money] But nah, it was a friendly bet, just a friendly bet. We bet on Huncho Jack chips with dip. Just Huncho Jack chips with dip. We got a sauce. He want to be the first one with it. No money.”
Based on the reaction Drake had to Alabama winning the game, we don’t know if we’re buying Quavo’s story here. It doesn’t seem like Drake would have been as worked up as he was if a “friendly bet” was the only thing he had on the line with Quavo. But regardless of whether Quavo is sending Drake real chips or the “chips” Drake was talking about in his Instagram Story, it appears as though Quavo will be just fine. Check out the clip above to hear him talk about the more heartbreaking aspect of the CFP final—the loss that his Bulldogs took in overtime.
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.
A teacher in Georgia had a terrible homework idea this week, implemented that terrible idea, and is now being called out for its terribleness.
Shiloh Middle School officials are “addressing” a teacher's Nazi mascot assignment following complaints from parents, WSB-TVreported Thursday. The teacher's assignment, given to sixth graders Monday, asked students to create a “colorful” mascot representing the Nazi party. Students were also asked to give this Nazi mascot a name.
“This assignment is not a part of the approved materials provided by our Social Studies department and is not appropriate and the school is addressing the use of this assignment with the teacher,” a Gwinnett County Schools spokesperson said of the assignment. Echoing the concerns of parents who presumably said “What the fuck?” as soon as they were informed of the assignment, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP succinctly outlined the preposterousness of the unidentified teacher's Nazi-themed homework.
“When you think about a mascot for something, you think it's a good thing—mascot for your college, mascot for your high school,” chapter president Richard Rose said. Rose added that Nazis are “nothing to celebrate.”
While teaching children about the rise of Nazism and its far-reaching societal effects is indeed something that should happen as often as possible, asking them to basically draw up a cuddly Nazi mascot is one of the worst ideas I've ever heard, particularly when taking into consideration the emboldening of neo-Nazi groups in recent years.
And as for those modern-day Nazis, they already have a mascot:
Quavo, who is hopefully quite busy crafting a new and improved national anthem, shared another update regarding his upcoming collaborative project with Travis Scott Monday. During a Migos x Zane Lowe discussion on Beats 1, Quavo also also opened up about the Georgia trio's cinematic ambitions and how the continued success of their crossover supersmash “Bad and Boujee” is affecting their new material.
“The job was not to just chase it, you know?” Quavo told host Zane Lowe of how they reacted, creatively, to “Bad and Boujee” mania. “Try to chase that same feeling, that same creation? You can't, you know what I'm saying? It's like a painting that's already been painted. And like, only way you can do it is create you a whole 'nother masterpiece. And hopefully it'll be bigger, but you will never create that 'Bad & Boujee' moment, because it was a moment, like you said. It's about timing and it's done.”
Though Quavo sadly did not reveal a release date or any other specifics regarding his much-anticipated Travis Scott collab, he did confirm that the two have been working on “figuring out” the project. “We got all that we wanna do,” Quavo said. “We just trying to, like, get all the track listing.”
As for plans to break into cinema, Quavo revealed he's currently working on a script for a Migos movie inspired by his love of '90s and early '00s films like Menace II Society and Baller Blockin. “I always been watching movies and, like, my favorite musicians do movies and they really used to do that a lot in like the '90s,” Quavo said. “So I'm a '90s baby and all my favorite movies got all the dope artists in them.”