Wiz Khalifa on Cam’ron, Cigarettes, and ‘Laugh Now, Fly Later’

Wiz Khalifa's new project Laugh Now, Fly Later dropped earlier this month, and he came by for a new episode of Trending Topics to speak about his favorite rapper in the world (Cam'ron), why people should smoke weed instead of cigarettes, and his close relationship with Curren$y.

Having come up during the peak of the blog era, Wiz also took a moment to share his thoughts on the current relevance of blogs: “I just think blogs definitely still matter as much as they did before, I just think the content is different. People have come up so many other ways, like SoundCloud. And now if you, like, piss on your homeboy while he's sleeping, you'll get popular on Instagram.”

During his visit, Khalifa also had a chance to make good on his promise (eight years later) to reward every blog and DJ for their support of Burn After Rolling with white papers:

 

8 years later, @wizkhalifa delivers. Thank u Wiz

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Thanks, Wiz.

You can watch the episode above and hear his new project Laugh Now, Fly Later below.

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Jay Z Drops “Legacy” Video Starring Ron Perlman and Jesse Williams

Jay Z also drops videos for “Smile” and “Marcy Me.” 4:44 Fridays are back.

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Images From the Visual Component of Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ Have Surfaced

Not too long back we received a trailer for Jay Z’s new album 4:44. We also got a quick listen to one track from the album, “Adnis,” which got some airtime during a commercial promoting the partnership between Sprint and Tidal.

We know the album will be released Friday, and we have a feeling some of the biggest names in hip-hop will bless the credits, but there isn’t all that much more that we know. 4:44 remains largely a mystery. For every bit of information we currently have on the album, read this.

We’re grasping at straws for every bit of insight we can find into the album, and we got a little more information this weekend. Jeymes Samuels of The Bullits went on Instagram Live and shared what appeared to be visuals from 4:44.

Photos from the post show a number of well-known actors—Jesse Williams, Emile Hirsch, Ron Perlman, and Johnathan Tucker—in a prison scene.

We had a hint Hirsch would be involved, as he previously posted a photo from the set (and shouted out Jay Z) before deleting it.

It’s a little hard to see, but notice that each of the prison numbers ends in “444.”

Samuels, who appears to be the director, has connections to Hov. He worked with Jay Z on the soundtrack for 2013’s The Great Gatsby.

As part of the Sprint-Tidal partnership, Sprint stores across the United States will host listening parties this Thursday.

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Sneaker Shopping With Jesse Williams

It's tough to put a simple label on Jesse Williams. He's an actor. He's an activist. And he's also a sneakerhead. All of these worlds collided for the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping, where Williams and Joe La Puma met up at Kith in New York City to talk about a wide range of topics.

Growing up in Chicago, people would expect Williams to have fond memories of wearing Air Jordans during Michael Jordan's heyday, but that wasn't the case. It's well-documented that violence occurred over these shoes in the '90s, and this caused Williams' parents to not buy him Air Jordans growing up. But he was a huge fan of Scottie Pippen's Nike Uptempos.

In the episode, Williams also discusses the divide between new and old Adidas sneakers, in the wake of the brand's revolution with Boost technology and signing of Kanye West.

To see what he purchased, watch the video above.

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Mark Cuban Continues Hating on Russell Westbrook for Some Strange Reason

Russell Westbrook is averaging 31.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.0 assists through the first 63 games of the 2016-17 NBA season. He has recorded an astounding 30—yes, 30—triple-doubles this year (or two more than Michael Jordan had for his entire career). And at 35-28, he has the Thunder in perfect position to clinch a postseason berth this spring, despite the loss of Kevin Durant last summer. So there’s no way he’s not an NBA MVP candidate this season, right?

We’re not even going to bother answering that, because… duh. But in spite of all that Westbrook has accomplished, Mark Cubana known Westbrook hater—isn’t ready to hand him the MVP trophy just yet. In fact, Cuban isn’t even ready to discuss the idea of giving Westbrook the MVP trophy. Because for some strange reason, Cuban doesn’t think Westbrook belongs in the MVP race this season.

Prior to the Mavericks game against the Thunder on Sunday, Cuban was asked who he would give the MVP award to at this point in the season. He said it would be a “toss-up” between James Harden and LeBron James with Kawhi Leonard coming in a close third. That, of course, prompted one reporter to ask Cuban where Westbrook falls in the race. And Cuban responded by leaving him out.

“He’s not,” Cuban said.

Cuban acknowledged that Westbrook is the “most explosive” player in the NBA right now, so he didn’t completely discount him. But he suggested that, in order for a player to win MVP, his team needs to win at least 50 games, which is something that probably won’t happen in Oklahoma City this season.

“The criteria hasn’t changed,” Cuban said, before pretty much admitting that he's just trolling everyone with his latest Westbrook comments. “And if I changed my mind, it would ruin all the fun for you guys.”

There is certainly an argument to be made against Westbrook’s MVP chances. But to leave him out of the MVP discussion altogether? That’s just cold. Then again, would you expect anything else from Cuban? It’s just too bad KD isn’t around anymore to defend his former teammate against Cuban’s ridiculous statements.

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