Injury Reserve don't take themselves too seriously. Ritchie With a T, one of the two MCs in this rap trio, is trying to work out if he can float in the pool on a pink inflatable ring while we conduct the interview for this video. Unfortunately, he's sinking. In the end Parker Corey, the group's producer, and rapper Stepa J. Groggs decide to sit either side of a partially submerged Ritchie.
We're at Injury Reserve's base on a quiet, pine tree lined street in Pasadena, California, their new home since moving from Phoenix, Arizona earlier this year. After seeing success with two independently released projects (Live From the Dentist's Office and Floss) they decided a change of scenery was in order. Their new EP Drive It Like It's Stolen was recorded at this house, and it tackles themes like isolation and loneliness (“North Pole”) as well as having some straight up bangers (“See You Sweat”). Quite simply, it's their best work yet, and it's out September 29.
We spent a day with Injury Reserve go-karting, hiking, and enjoying the pool to get to know one of the most exciting rising acts in rap. Watch what happened above.
Catch Injury Reserve live on the Pigeons & Planes stage at ComplexCon, which goes down November 4 and 5 in Long Beach, California. Day time expo tickets allow entry into the event from 11am-7pm, and include access to the P&P stage, marketplace, and panels. They are on sale now at ComplexCon.com/tickets.
Marshawn Lynch played in his first home regular-season game for the Raiders on Sunday afternoon, and he made the most of it by running for 45 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries during a 45-20 win over the Jets. He also put together a memorable dance celebration on the sideline at the beginning of the fourth quarter that endeared him to the hometown crowd and showed off his love for Oakland.
Not everyone loved the dancing that Lynch did, though. After the game, a handful of Jets players spoke with the media and admitted that they were angry about seeing Lynch go full Beast Mode as “Oakland,” a song by Vell and DJ Mustard, played inside of Oakland Alameda Coliseum. They weren’t necessarily angry with Lynch himself, but several players revealed that they were angry with the situation that led to Lynch dancing with so much time left on the clock.
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“It irks my ever-living nerves,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of Lynch's dancing, which came with the Raiders leading 35-13. “When I saw it happening, it was infuriating…That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy. I don’t like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that and having Marshawn dance like that. Great player, but seeing it happen, that should infuriate the whole team. It should infuriate everybody and we should have a good response coming into next Sunday.”
#Jets Jordan Jenkins said Marshawn Lynch dancing “pissed me off” & Jets should be embarrassed. But also, “it's not unsportsmanlike at all.” pic.twitter.com/auDpIVUYn3
Jenkins later stopped short of referring to what Lynch did as “unsportsmanlike,” despite how angry it made him. “Guys dancing around, you can get mad at them—you’re supposed to. That’s football. You don’t blame it on unsportsmanlike,” he said. “He fights. He earned every bit of what he did today. I’m not going to take that away from him. Of course, I’m going to be pissed off at him for dancing like that, but that’s sports. That’s not unsportsmanlike at all.”
Nose tackle Steve McLendon added: “We’re upset because it seems like he was rubbing it in our face. But he’s winning, man. He can do whatever he wants to do.”
And linebacker Darron Lee went as far as to label Lynch’s dancing “demoralizing.” But like many of his other teammates, he stopped just short of criticizing Lynch and admitted that it was the circumstances surrounding the game that frustrated him the most. “It’s their house—they can do whatever they want—but as a competitor, as a defender, you don’t like to see that type of stuff,” he said. “It’s demoralizing, but we have to bow up and keep fighting.”
After the game, Lynch didn’t have much to say about his dancing or the win that the Raiders earned to move them to 2-0 on the season. But he did state the obvious when he was asked what it was like to get the crowd going during the game. “It felt good,” he said.
Raiders fans are hoping for more of it in the coming weeks. They’ll hit the road for two games—including a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Redskins next Sunday—before returning to Oakland in Week 5 for a game against the Ravens.
John McNesby, the president of a Philadelphia police union, called Black Lives Matter protestors “a pack of rabid animals” and “a racist hate [group] determined to to instigate violence.” He made these remarks at a “Back the Blue” rally held on Thursday night to support the police force in response to a Black Lives Matter protest outside the house of Ryan Pownall, the police officer who shot and killed David Jones at a traffic stop in June.
Back in June, Pownall stopped Jones, who was driving a dirt bike, for reckless driving. According to police, Pownall felt a handgun in Jones’s waistband as he pat him down. After a struggle, Jones did allegedly grab his gun, and Pownall fired, but it jammed. This is when Jones began running away, and Pownall fatally shot him in the back.
This is the second black man Pownall has shot in the back. He shot Carnell Williams-Carney, who is now 36 years old and has been in a wheelchair ever since, in 2010.
The rally was held at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) headquarters, of which McNesby is president.
“When you go to work each day, you shouldn’t have to worry that a pack of rabid animals will suddenly show up at your home and openly threaten your family,” McNesby said. “These are not activists, they are racist hate groups determined to instigate violence.”
Last year, McNesby defended a police officer who appeared to have a large Nazi tattoo on his forearm. When photos of officer Ian Hans Lichtermann popped up on Twitter with what many believed were symbols from Hitler’s Nazi party, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney called the tattoo “incredibly offensive.” McNesby, on the other hand, said, “It’s an Eagle. Not a big deal.”
Asa Khalif, a Black Lives Matter activist active in Philadelphia, said neither she nor fellow protestors were deterred by McNesby’s words. “We will not let words stop us,” Khalif told NBC. “The only words we’re using is justice for David Jones, and we will not be sidetracked by the bullying tactics of the FOP.”
In today’s edition of “what in the actual fuck?” news, an Austin, Texas man is on the run from authorities after being charged with indecent exposure for allegedly having sex with a chain link fence. 32-year-old Eliodoro Estala did not show up in court last week to face the charges, which means his initial bail has been forfeited and a warrant has now been issued for his arrest.
According to court documents, a witness saw Estala get sexual with the fence outside his house. According to the NY Daily News, Estala started things off by performing oral sex on his chosen sexual partner by “[putting] his mouth inside the chain link fence and [sticking] his tongue out, moving it up and down.” Afterwards, he just went for it, taking off his clothes and “[sticking] his erected penis into the chain link fence.” Um, at least there was a little bit of foreplay?
When police arrived at the scene, Estala was no longer in the throes of passion and had left the scene of the crime. The Houston Chronicle reports that Estala was walking out of his home “in a drunken stupor” when the cops arrived, and while he denied having committed any sexual acts with the inanimate object surrounding his yard, the police officers recognized him from a photo taken by a witness and subsequently arrested him.
A bond posted by Estala earlier this year has been forfeited, which you'd expect given his current predicament.
Images showing an advertisement for what looks like a restaurant/sports bar named Pick 6 with the OVO insignia over it have appeared in Toronto's financial district. Pick 6's location used to house the Houston Bar and Grill. There hasn't been an official announcement or confirmation from Drake or his camp that whatever that is opening will in fact be a restaurant. But, it does seem like it's a good guess.
This wouldn't be the first time Drake has been connected to the restaurant business. Back in 2015 Drake came up with the name for chef Susur Lee’s upscale comfort food eatery Fring's in Downtown Toronto. He even DJ'ed for the opening party, which was attended by high profile guests such as Serena Williams, Jaden Smith, and his mother Jada Pinkett.
Drake is also investing in the green tea company called MatchaBar. The company, which is partnering with Whole Foods for distribution, is having its ingredients sourced from a family farm in Nishio, Japan. Matcha is a type of green tea leaf that is finely ground into a powder and contains a decent-sized dose of caffeine.
Shortly after these rumors started taking off, a source close to the situation confirmed to Complex that claims of a new restaurant are simply not true.
The BillboardHot 100 has a new rap entry this week that, unless you're from the Dallas metro area or really tied in to up-and-coming underground hip-hop, probably caught you by surprise (assuming you even noticed it). “The Race” by East Arlington, Texas-based rapper Taymor Travon McIntyre, who goes by Tay-K, entered the chart at No. 70.
The song, which has been remixed by XXXTentacion, Lil Bibby, and most recently Lil Yachty, is the first national hit for Tay-K. But how it happened, and what it means for the 17-year-old artist, is a wild and disturbing story—one that involves several murders, an assault, an attempt to flee from the law, and one music video shot under murky circumstances.
Tay-K started rapping only a few years ago as part of a group called Daytona Boyz. He got some local attention for early efforts like the Auto-Tuned track “Sly Cooper.”
Just as he was getting started, Tay-K sent a DM to Shawn Cotton, who runs Say Cheese TV. The message touted his crew's “10k plays on soundcloud” and pointed out that they were all between 14-16 years old.
“He reached out to me, but I get so many DMs, I get so many messages,” Cotton told Complex. “I didn't see it.”
By the time Cotton became aware of Tay-K, when the young rapper's track “Megaman” was gaining steam in late 2016, Cotton heard that it was already too late.
“A girl had told me that they had caught some charges, so I never looked further into it,” he said. “People around town was saying that he was gone for life, that he was never coming back. So I didn't pay attention to it.”
Tay-K faced a charge in Mansfield, Texas, for a home invasion that occurred on July 26, 2016. The invasion, which was set up by two young women, ended with a 21-year-old man named Ethan Walker shot dead. Tay-K, who was 16 at the time, was arrested for the murder and released on house arrest.
He is also a suspect in another murder following a Daytona Boyz performance in late 2015.
In March 2016, Tay-K was facing a hearing to determine whether he'd be charged as an adult for Walker's murder—a decision that could mean facing the death penalty. So he sent a tweet, cut off his ankle monitor, and fled.
fuck dis house arrest shit fuck 12 they gn hav 2 catch me on hood
For alleged altercations that occurred during his several months on the lam, Tay-K stands accused of a separate killing in San Antonio and of assaulting a 65-year-old man. While evading the law, he also recorded and shot a video for the song “The Race.”
The song, which was released the very day, June 30, that the cops caught up with Tay-K and arrested him in New Jersey, is about his situation. “Fuck a beat, I was tryin' to beat a case,” goes the song's opening line. “But I ain't beat that case—bitch, I did the race.” The video, which Cotton confirmed was shot while Tay-K was on the run, became a smash hit, garnering over 19 million views as of this writing.
It is that directness that's making the song a smash, according to Cotton. “It's real,” he said. “Look at the story. It's so authentic. It's real, and he has the story to back it up. Rappers talk shit all day about what they do, but everything he's saying, happened. It's like Tay-K was telling us a story. It's like we're little kids about to go to bed, and Tay-K's telling us a story about himself, and he's visualizing it in the video. And it happened. It's all on the news.”
Tay-K's story garnered support from several well-known rappers, including Lil Bibby, Fat Nick of the Buffet Boys, and XXXTentacion.
So now we're left with a rapper facing serious charges while his first album Santana World races up the iTunes charts. Cotton, who did a recent in-depth interview with Tay-K from jail, said he could “hear a lot of regret in his voice” when talking to the teenager. “When I was telling him a lot of people who was shouting him out and his numbers, he just couldn't believe it,” Cotton recalled. “I know if he gets another chance, he will change his life around.”
If Tay-K does get that second chance, he has incredible potential, Cotton believes.
“If he somehow gets out of jail, I feel like he could be bigger than Chief Keef has ever been,” he said. “He's young, I feel like he has the street background. I think he'll be a more successful Chief Keef. He'll be right there, because we've never seen this before. Tay-K's only 17, so if he gets out of jail somehow, I think he could be one of the biggest artists of this new rap era.”
The latest development in DMX's tax evasion case finds the rapper finally catching a break. After pleading not guilty back in July, X was let out on bond but faced strict conditions, including travel restrictions. However, he violated that last part with a trip to St. Louis—a trip that might have landed him in jail.
However, on Friday morning the judge took it easy on DMX, keeping him out of jail despite his travel violation—and despite the fact that the Ruff Ryders icon failed four separate drug tests for marijuana and cocaine, according to TMZ.
Instead, X was placed on house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet. TMZ reports that the conditions are so strict that he can't even go outside to mow the lawn.
DMX is accused of hiding millions of bucks in income from the government in order to avoid taxes. In all, the U.S. attorney's office says the alleged “multi-year scheme” had X skipping out on a $1.7 million tax bill.
“For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows. But while raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit 'X Gon' Give it to Ya,' DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS,” wrote Joon Kim, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was probably working on that joke for weeks. “Far from it, DMX allegedly went out of his way to evade taxes, including by avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”
In news that is neither shocking nor hard to believe, Jordan Peele's Get Out is a dope movie that has made a ton of money. According to a new report by The Wrap, Get Out is officially the most profitable movie of the year, raking in a whopping $217 million in profits and a 630 percent return on investment (ROI).
Here’s the breakdown: the film grossed $252 million (!!!) worldwide. It cost $4.5 million to make, plus an estimated $30 million marketing budget, which brings us to the $217 million profit. This means Peele is looking at a major yield for his indie, socially conscious horror flick, with his 630 percent ROI ranking as the highest of the year, so far.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split comes in second; it cost $9 million to make and made $277 million worldwide at the box office, meaning its ROI is a cool 610 percent. The most interesting tidbit here is the fact that Split came out of the same production house as Get Out: Blumhouse Productions. With the successes of these two films alone, Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse, is proving his business strategy of combining potentially “risky” scripts with tight budgets can work out well for all parties involved. (It probably doesn’t hurt that Get Out was also just a great movie.)
To provide a frame of reference, the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast remake from Disney is still technically the highest-grossing movie of the year, since it made $1.26 billion worldwide at the box office. However, it hasn’t been as profitable as Get Out or Split, since it cost $160 million to make, pulling its ROI much lower to around 400 percent.
Mere hours after Steph Curry trolled LeBron James's workout video in front of Kyrie Irving at Harrison Barnes's wedding, the Warriors star point guard crashed the house party of some likely ecstatic dudes, where he pounded some beers and posed for pictures. In one such shot it appeared that Steph had trouble putting said beer in his mouth from point blank range, which seems kind of odd for a guy who makes sinking NBA three-pointers look so easy:
Earlier this month, Lonzo Ball put on a show while playing for the Lakers in the Las Vegas Summer League. After struggling to find his shooting touch in his first game with the team, he recorded a triple-double in his second game and then absolutely exploded during his third game by going off for 36 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. He put together several other impressive performances before being sidelined with a leg injury, but that injury didn’t prevent him from being named the Las Vegas Summer League MVP.
Despite all of that, though, you can now make the argument that LaMelo Ball, not Lonzo, took part in the craziest game in Las Vegas this summer. And some people are already saying that the game might go down as one of the craziest games in AAU history.
On Wednesday night, LaMelo’s Big BallersAAU team took the court at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas for an Adidas Uprising Summer Championships game against the SC Supreme AAU team, a South Carolina-based squad that features top college recruit Zion Williamson. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Williamson, he has made a name for himself by putting together one highlight reel after another filled with sick dunks and incredibly athletic plays:
But truthfully, the game didn’t need any more hype than it already had heading into the contest. According to ESPN, between 3,000 and 4,000 people made their way into the Cashman Center to watch the game. People were packed into every square inch of the gym long before the game started:
And in addition to all of the people inside the gym, there were reportedly another 1,500 waiting outside hoping to get in to watch LaMelo and Williamson play. Here's a look at the line before the game:
Despite the obvious excitement surrounding the game, it was unclear if it would even be played just minutes before it was scheduled to start. One of the organizers for the event told ESPN that local police didn’t give the final OK for the game to begin until about 60 seconds before tip time.
And it wasn’t just people in Las Vegas who were clamoring to see LaMelo and Williamson play, either. Ball Is Life put up a livestream of the game that, according to SB Nation, drew more than 70,000 viewers at one point. In total, the livestream has been viewed more than one million times in just 12 hours:
The game itself was almost an afterthought after everything that led up to it, but both LaMelo and Williamson more than lived up to the hype they generated. LaMelo finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Williamson finished with 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals (not to mention several thunderous dunks). But ultimately, SC Supreme pulled out a 104-92 win in front of a packed house. You can watch highlights, courtesy of Overtime, here:
And when it was all over, LaVar stated the obvious while speaking with ESPN. He said that, moving forward, AAU organizers are going to need to pick larger arenas if they want to invite Big Ballers to play.
“They’re gonna have to get a bigger venue,” he said. “When the Big Baller brand come to town, better get something big.”
Whether you love or hate what LaVar and his sons are doing right now, this is just another example of how much chaos they’re creating out there in the world.