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.
And it doesn’t appear as though KD is going to let up anytime soon, either. On Monday night, he took to Twitter to respond to a few of the people who crowd into his mentions on a daily basis. And while the majority of his responses were G-rated and focused mostly on his basketball opinions, KD just couldn’t resist the urge to clap back at one troll who made a dumb joke about him leaving Oklahoma City.
In his tweet, the fan claimed he named his dog after KD and the dog left him:
Hey @KDTrey5 I named my dog after you and he left me. What's up with that
If you had to place a bet on what Cardi B song might be a smash hit, you probably would've gone with her song featuring Offset, “Lick”—which has 670K views on YouTube, 1.9 million hits on SoundCloud, and featured on HBO's Insecure (which always has great music). Given the Migos connection, it seems like the safest option. But you would've been wrong. It's “Bodak Yellow” that's everywhere: in strip clubs, hookah bars, car radios, your office, your social feeds. Everywhere.
The stripper turned internet personality turned feminist icon turned reality star turned rapper currently has a song sitting at No. 78 (and climbing) on Billboard's Hot 100, and an accompanying video with 15.5 million views on YouTube. This has to be the biggest record to ever come from a Love & Hip-Hop alum, right? I don't care to look, but I'm willing to put the house on it. Somebody prove me wrong. Unapologetic does not begin to describe the totally unfiltered and sheer Cardi B-ness of Cardi B's personality. She's a hood chick who's not afraid to be hood no matter the setting. Cardi B is Cardi B 24/7, 365, this is why she resonates with people, and that same energy comes out in her music.
“Bodak Yellow” is a great, extraordinarily catchy record. The hook, the beat, her lyrics: it all works. Cardi sounds so sure of herself, it's difficult not to believe and rap along with every word. Her shit feels like early Lil' Kim, the way the fellas react to her bars. That beat drops and people go nuts. Man, check this Twitter video out:
Some were a bit confused when Cardi said she wanted to rap. They thought she was just trying to capitalize on her newfound fame like the many reality stars that came before her. The tables have now turned, and it's about time you start taking her rap career seriously. The same grind and hustle that got her here is the same grind and hustle that's going to make her a mainstay. The early adopters, such as myself, always knew Cardi was a star. Now, she's converting the nonbelievers. Another hit like “Bodak Yellow” and she's gonna be outta here.
Not that I would condone home invasions of any sort, but if you were trying to select a house to rob, selecting one with owners who couldn't rip your limbs off would probably be high on the priority list. Nobody ever said criminals were all that smart, though, and a group of would-be thieves found out the hard way what happens when you mess with the likes of Ronda Rousey.
Rousey was a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday, and while she was telling the story of her engagement to UFC fighter Travis Browne, she revealed that the whole process was interrupted by a robbery at her home.
“He was going to sneak away and go ask my mom for permission, and then right when we got to the house we realized we were robbed,” Rousey said. “Someone had been squatting in my house for like three days, sleeping in my bed. Stole my Olympic ring, stole my guns, all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, credit cards.”
But if you thought a pair of UFC fighters would take this injustice laying down, think again. After pulling up footage on their home security system, Rousey said they identified the robbers as skaters. And Rousey said justice was served when they made their way down to a local skate park.
“My man's 6-foot-7, he's like 260, he beelines it straight to the skateboard park, finds the guys right away. He's smart enough to not, you know,” she said as she mimicked a punch into her open palm. “We'll get sued pretty hard, so he found the police right then and they caught them…I wish five minutes with me was a sentence, but I think that would go under cruel and unusual punishment.”
These geniuses hit the equivalent of stupid criminal bingo. Robbing someone with a home security system? Check. Robbing someone who could break your arm in half? Check. Robbing someone with a spouse who could hurt you just as badly? You bet! Rousey's star may have fallen on the fight circuit, but don't get it twisted, she is a genuine badass and someone the average person would not want to deal with in a dark alley.
You can watch Rousey's Live with Kelly and Ryan interview above. The story about the break-in starts around the 24:34 mark.