Blake Shades the Clippers; GGG Rips Juiced Canelo; Messy Athlete Breakups | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew ease into things by talking about the worst way to break up with someone. On the topic of messy breakups, Blake Griffin threw some shade at the Clippers while praising the team they traded him to, the Pistons. The guys decide if the pettiness is fair or foul. And let’s just say that Gil has many colorful analogies for LA’s second basketball team. Next, OOB reacts to the announcement of yet another pro football league, the Alliance of American Football. Sure, it’s got some funky rule changes and a focus on fantasy, but does anyone really need more pigskin — with lesser talents — after the college and NFL seasons? Gil has a particularly unflattering comparison for the league. Back to breakups, with Iggy Azalea talking publicly about burning former fiancee Nick Young’s designer clothes after he cheated on her, Gil breaks down the effect that had on Swaggy P and the boys get down and dirty ranking the top 5 messiest athlete breakups. Gil shares a special story about how he once came to the rescue of notorious cheater Tiger Woods. Finally, the team talks about GGG, who still plans on fighting Canelo Alvarez in their highly anticipated rematch but claims that he is a serial cheater and that his promoter, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, is “dirty.” Is that crazy? Covering his own ass? A smart marketing ploy? Plus, Gil shares the lengths to which he’d go to get some ripped ads and a modeling career.

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Azealia Banks Reveals Massive Label Deal: ‘I Have a Home Again’

After being without a major label home since 2015, rapper Azealia Banks recently revealed that she signed a brand new million dollar deal with Toronto-based eOne Music.

“I HAVE A HOME AGAIN… I’m crying,” she wrote in her Instagram caption, expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to make music with a label again. “Thank you guys so freaking much you don’t know how much this means to me,” tagging eOne and its VP of A&R, William Robillard-Cole.

While Banks is undoubtedly talented, she's consistently been in the news more for her behavior on- and offline than for her music. From inflammatory tweets, bizarre live stream rants, and famous feuds with everyone from Iggy Azalea and Cardi B to Pharrell and Remy Ma, the Harlem rapper's music has been sitting on the back burner since 2016. Just a few days ago, she shared a preview of a new song that will likely end up her upcoming project Fantasea II: The Second Wave, reportedly dropping in March.

With the FII release date fast approaching, Banks has already chosen “Anna Wintour” as its first single. Snippets of the track have been floating around since last year, but she now wants to revamp it with features from Nicki Minaj and everyone's favorite Spice Girl, Mel B.

Banks parted ways with her last label, Prospect Park Records, in 2015 and would go on to release her Slay-Z mixtape independently, so we may have to wait and see how this new partnership pans out.

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Eyes on the Prize

After bouncing back from the loss in week 3, the Jackrabbits find themselves in the midst of a dominant win streak. But as the old saying goes, smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Superstars Matt Corral, Jalen Hall and Camren McDonald, already with guaranteed offers from a bevy of top schools, will need a wake-up call if they are to regain their championship focus.

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The Poly Tradition

Welcome to Long Beach Poly, named “Sports School of the Century” by Sports Illustrated in 2005. Poly has produced more NFL athletes than any other school in the world. But for all their storied history, current head coach Antonio Pierce is facing the possibility of a fourth straight season without a championship. Armed with a duo of All-American transfers and a coaching staff of NFL legends, will Coach Pierce make 2017 the year of the Jackrabbit?

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Matt Corral: #2

Ranked No. 2 in the nation, recent transfer Matt Corral takes the helm as Poly’s new quarterback with a lot to prove. No longer afforded the benefits of his former private school, Matt will be challenged to find a new way to lead. Over the first three games of the 2017 season, the All-American sets out on the journey that will define his legacy in Long Beach.

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To Give and to Receive

Jalen Hall has been nationally ranked as the best receiver in his age group every year since the eighth grade. Described as a freakish talent who makes the game look very easy, Hall is a private kid whose path to success has not been as easy as his stellar play makes it seem. After three years starring at Hawkins High School in Los Angeles, Jalen and his best friend, Aashari Crosswell, arrive at Poly for their senior year in search of the championship and supportive community that has eluded them.

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Dream Intercepted?

After four years at Poly, senior cornerback Desmond Talley is excited to kick off his final year in style. But the talented athlete is dogged by attitude issues that lead to conflicts with his position coach. Will Desmond tighten things up and find a way to be the star that his family and teammates believe he can be?

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Big Cam on Campus

Team captain Camren McDonald has played for Coach Antonio Pierce all four years that the two of them have been at Long Beach Poly. Coming off of a week 3 loss in what will be the final year for both coach and captain, Camren will need to rise to the challenge and accept that Poly will fail or succeed based on his play and his leadership.

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As the end of the season approaches, Tate, Jake and Tayvon pivot towards their futures.

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Nicki Minaj’s Deleted ‘Great Time to be a White Rapper’ Instagram Post Sparks Controversy

Nicki Minaj posted a pretty nondescript screen capture of the iTunes top 10 charting Hip Hop/Rap songs Saturday night. But it wasn’t the chart itself that got people talking so much as Nicki’s commentary on the melanin deficiency of the artists on the chart. 

“It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?” Nicki wrote in the caption of her now-deleted post. “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”

The chart has since been updated, but you can pretty easily read between the lines and see what Nicki was referencing. Of the 10 songs listed, Migos’ “Motorsport” and N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” are the only two performed by artists that self-identify as black. 

Nicki wasn’t saying anything that hasn’t already been said about race in rap (or other genres perceived as predominately black) by the likes of Solange, Azealia Banks or even Eminem himself. Defending Post Malone in such a discussion seemed like a curious choice.

It’s possible Nicki considered an Instagram caption wasn’t the best place to try and have a nuanced discussion about race, privilege and music because she ended up updating her caption.

“Update blocking all u sensitive dick riders,” Nicki further wrote. “It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don’t like it gtfo my page dick rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen dick! Sensitive ass ig thugs. Gtfoh.”

That post was followed by a clip of J. Cole’s 2014 interview with Angie Martinez, where Cole also discussed the perception versus reality of genres of music traditionally performed by black artists.

“Whenever a black woman speaks on ANYTHING she’s labeled as “mad” “angry” “bitter,” Nicki wrote in a similarly lengthy caption. “I’m on 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m blessed & highly favored thx to my amazing fans.”

Before the posts were deleted, Nicki captioned that she was posting “on new developments within the music industry.” There’s plenty of historical context and data to disprove the theory of white artists gaining increased popularity in predominately black spaces isn’t a new development, but that’s somewhat of a moot point now because Nicki’s posts have been deleted.

Much like Nicki’s infamous “What’s good, Miley?” moment and the multiple subs thrown at Iggy Azalea, this might lead to some substantive dialogue beyond an Instagram caption. 

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