LeBron James Previews Metro Boomin and Big Sean’s Collaborative Project ‘Double or Nothing’

While the rest of us wait for Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s Double or Nothing to drop, LeBron James apparently got his hands on an advanced copy. And he seems to be really enjoying it.

 

DOUBLE OR NOTHING THE ALBUM 12/8 midnight! @metroboomin let’s go! 🎲🎲

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Dec 5, 2017 at 4:13pm PST

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star player went to social media to play several clips from the upcoming collaborative project, beginning with the previously released track “Pull Up N Wreck.” He then played snippets of two unreleased cuts. He captioned the first track “Sure feels good to be BLACK in the Back (Bach) #doubleentendre.” The second was simply captioned with: “#SavageTime.”

You can listen to the clips below. Double or Nothing is set to drop this Friday.

This isn’t the first time James has blessed fans with music teasers. In the past, he’s shared previews of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album, as well as unreleased tracks by Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle. Considering he has more than 34 million followers on Instagram and nearly 40 million followers on Twitter, we're sure the artists are more than happy with the plug. 

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Jeezy’s New Album ‘Pressure’ Will Feature a Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole Collab

Jeezy has a lot of talented friends, and it looks like the whole crew will be making cameos on his upcoming album Pressure.

The 13-track record has almost as many guest appearances as it does songs. Get ready for drop-ins by Diddy, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz and more. Then of course, there’s an eagerly awaited collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole called “American Dream.” 

Jury’s still out on how big Cole and Kendrick’s contributions are, but we’re definitely on team #fullverseplease. 

Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for a Cole/Kendrick joint album for like… ever, but this summer TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson​ crushed our dreams, tweeting that the record would “probably never” happen. Ouch. That being said, “American Dream” may be fans’ next-best-thing.

Pressure drops December 15 on Def Jam, but you can already listen to two tracks from the LP: “Bottles Up with Diddy and “Cold Summer with Tee Grizzley.

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N*E*R*D Shares Cover Art and Release Date for New Album

N*E*R*D just announced the release date for their long-awaited new album. NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES will be available on Dec. 15 for everyone who missed its surprise ComplexCon unveiling. The trio also shared what appears to be the album cover, which will certainly look nice saved to one's Apple Music library.

 

A post shared by N.E.R.D (@nerd) on Nov 22, 2017 at 5:00am PST

The album boasts N*E*R*D-worthy contributions from a variety of artists including Future and Kendrick Lamar, as well as André 3000 and Rihanna on the previously released tracks “Rollinem 7's” and “Lemon.” Ed Sheeran, Gucci Mane, Wale, and M.I.A. also make appearances.

You'll find the NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES tracklist below:
1. “Deep Down Body Thirst”
2. “Lemon” f/ Rihanna
3. “Voilà” f/ Gucci Mane and Wale
4. “1000” f/ Future
5. “Don't Don't Do It” f/ Kendrick Lamar
6. “Kites” f/ Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.
7. “ESP” 8. “Lightning Fire Magic Prayer”
9. “Rollinem 7’s” f/ André 3000
10. “Lifting You” f/ Ed Sheeran
11. “Secret Life of Tigers”

The album marks the trio's first one in seven years, following the 2010 release of Nothing. The 10-track collection was supported by the singles “Hypnotize U” and “Hot-n-Fun” featuring Nelly Furtado.

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Amazingly, we are now a mere two years away from the band's 20th anniversary, a milestone I personally hope results in a tour featuring Pharrell and company shredding through their debut, In Search Of…, in full all across the world. I couldn't possibly be the only person still obsessively listening to “Rock Star” at least once a day.

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#LifeAtComplex: Tons Of Surprises – ComplexCon Day 2

#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up. 

It's day 2 of ComplexCon and Tony chops it up with Marc Ecko, Virgil Abloh, and Russlynn Ali at the XQ Super School Project booth about redesigning the way schools should be. Later on special guests Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar stop by the Nike booth. Pharrell gives away 5 pairs of the ComplexCon exclusive N.E.R.D. Hu NMD! 

 
 

 

 
 

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 It’s day 2 of ComplexCon and Tony chops it up with Marc Ecko, Virgil Abloh, and Russlynn Ali at the XQ Super School Project booth about redesigning the way schools should be. Later on special guests Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar stop by the Nike booth. Pharrell gives away 5 pairs of the ComplexCon exclusive N.E.R.D. Hu NMD! 

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Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar Talk About Their Evolution to Greatness at ComplexCon

Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar have both reached the mountaintop in their respective fields, so you'd be wise to listen up when they share how they arrived there.

Complex News' Jinx sat down with Kobe and Kendrick at ComplexCon to get their take on what people miss when it comes to truly achieving greatness.

“I think there's a certain stubbornness that comes along with being great,” Kobe said. “I think people see greatness as kind of an easy road, like a one-path thing. You work hard, and then all of a sudden it happens. It don't work like that. There's a lot of darkness that comes from that as well. There's a lot of personal experiences that you go through that you use as fuel to propel you forward. Whereas otherwise it would just be obstacles for others; it might even prevent them from going forward. Whereas for us, those moments do nothing but fuel us even more.”

Kendrick offered similar sentiment on the topic. “It's the curiosity of it. The fear, the anxiety. It's the curiosity of knowing, damn, I can possibly overcome this. And when you do and another one approaches, I wanna challenge that too. That's real greatness.”

Check out the full interview above, where Kobe and Kendrick share when they knew they were on to something special in their careers, why Kobe believes he's failed if 20 years from now basketball is the best thing he's done in his life, and how Kendrick got inspired watching Kobe's final game.

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Here’s Why Drake’s ‘More Life’ May Not Be Nominated for a Single Grammy

Do you remember where you were when Drake dropped More Life? I imagine most of you do, with headphones up LOUD to the Apple Music broadcast of the playlist that felt like the best of Drake's albums. That's right, even if it's one of the best albums of 2017 (so far), Drake's always considered this to be a playlist (which would explain the volume of collaborators throughout the release). That said, it's still surprising that, according to HITS Daily Double, Drake has not entered More Life for “any 'genre album' awards.” Even the official Grammys website took a look at Drake riding the wave of the digital revolution with this playlist, but the question is, why?

It's hard to say. Many have been conflicted on what to call More Life. Sure, Drake says it's a playlist, but what do we, the critics, call it when it comes to breaking down the best releases of the year? It's hard to ignore the release when literally every song hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It could also just be a sign o' the (digital) times, where the confines of what denoted an album or a mixtape or a “project” or whatever are virtually unnecessary. The thing is, just doing a bit of a glance at Drake's history can (hopefully) help us shed some light on why More Life would not have been submitted for genre album awards for the Grammys.

Drake still doesn't consider it an album

Drake, and his crew, are adamant that More Life should be treated as a playlist, and not a proper album follow-up to Views. Nineteen85 told Billboard that because Drake had “so many good ideas,” he “just wants to put it out without making it a big ordeal.” He also alluded to the idea that Drake “has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out,” as well as saying More Life somehow helped “introduce new music and new artists to the rest of the world.” You might think that's crazy, but the average Drake listener wasn't up on Black Coffee or Jorja Smith before he featured them on this release.

Even the “more tune for ya headtop” drop during the initial release (which debuted on OVO Sound Radio before popping up on Apple Music) made this feel more like Drake just running through a gaggle of bangers that he was sitting on without a proper destination, as opposed to a refined statement. Hell, it was 22 tracks, with little to no interludes, which made for more of a mixtape vibe than anything.

Drake has some issues with the Grammys

Back in February of 2017, Drake sat down with DJ Semtex for an interview that was recorded the day after the Grammys. In it, Drake explained why he wasn't feeling the Recording Academy for, in essence, pigeonholing him and his output, primarily because of “Hotline Bling,” which won two Rap Grammys (Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance) despite Drake not spitting a single bar on the track.

“I’m a black artist, I’m apparently a rapper, even though 'Hotline Bling' is not a rap song,” Drake said. “The only category that they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black.”

Maybe Drake decided to be super petty, dropping a project that he knew had some Grammy-worthy heat on it that he wouldn't submit to the Grammys out of spite. You almost hope that these rumors are true and Drake never speaks on it, just because he can. Keep it 100: even if Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z put out some critically-acclaimed albums in 2017, going up against Drake's More Life in a Rap Album category would be interesting.

The bigger statement here, though, is Drake sort of carving a lane all his own. He can and does rap on the regular, and has had loads of success in the rap game, but he's also surpassed the usual “rap” goals, and is a bona fide pop star. No one wants to be looked at as one particular thing, especially when they've exhausted that box. Maybe Drake is just looking for his proper respect and figured ducking the Grammys was the best statement he could make.

Drake's more focused on his next album

Oh, you didn't know? You must not be following Drake on the 'gram. The 6 God has been posting a number of studio shots since the tail-end of summer 2017, and said he was “about to go back to making this new album” during OVO Fest back in August. With no real word on when we will be hearing new material, or when this new album would be released, it really has been quiet on the new Drake music front. He's taking in movies and basketball games, and we have to imagine that these exercises are breaks for inspiration outside of the studio, where he has to be hyper-focused on topping Views.

At the end of the day, these aren't confirmed rumors; we won't 100 percent know that More Life isn't up for anything until the 60th Grammy nominees are revealed on Nov. 28. That is, unless Drake comes out and confirms these reports. Again, he might not even need to, though; mans might not even be thinking on the next batch of Grammy awards. Drake's probably so focused he's working on the 61st Grammys ceremony.

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Why Are Nike’s New NBA Jerseys Ripping?

Nike taking over the NBA's jersey contract has been a big deal this season, and they hit the hardwood for Opening Night last week. It was supposed to be a huge night for Nike, but something happened: LeBron James's ripped in half. This caused the Internet to doubt whether Nike's jerseys, which are touted as the lightest ever, were strong enough to meet the demands of the best basketball players in the world. The latest episode of Full Size Run, hosted by Sole Collector's Rich “MaZe” Lopez, Brendan Dunne, and yours truly, tackled the topic and tested the if the jerseys could hold up to the needs of regular people.

During the episode, we see if the jerseys can stand up to being pulled or ripped at, and they did. 

Other topics from the video include Kendrick Lamar's Nike collaboration and a look at the latest Adidas Yeezy leaks. Watch it all above.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate How Many Classic Albums Drake Has on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska have some fun with some special rap over/under categories, including debating Drake's albums, how many classics Kendrick Lamar will drop in the future, and much more. The crew also run through some daily news, including Post Malone possibly using a YouTube trick to get a No. 1 song, and much more. 

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