For more than a year now we've heard the rumor that Conor McGregor will cross over from MMA into boxing in order to make a boatload of money in a fight against Floyd Mayweather. While that initially sounded absurd to almost everyone, months went by and it seemed more and more plausible.
And, as for McGregor, he beat Mayweather by a few minutes, with a joke that he probably had planned for months—he poked fun at Mayweather's age by “accidentally” using a photo of Floyd's 64-year-old father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., instead of the fighter:
Terms of the deal that were apparently agreed to are not yet available, but White toldTMZ Sports that he “expects” McGregor to make “around $100 million.”
On Wednesday, (or Tuesday night, depending on your source) the Nevada Athletic Commission approved a Mayweather Promotionsrequest to be put on an Aug. 26 boxing card at the MGM Grand. However, as MMA Fighting noted, neither Mayweather nor McGregor currently have a license to box in Nevada. That process can be changed in less than a week.
TMZ Sports recently provided some additional details regarding their upcoming fight. The 12-round bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with both guys wearing 10 ounce gloves. Mayweather Promotions will take care of determining the undercard, which will also consist of boxing matches. When asked to address the speculation that one of the fights on the undercard could be Roy Jones Jr. versus Anderson Silva, Dana said, “I highly doubt it.” The two will be tested by USADA for any performance-enhancing drugs.
Capturing the look and essence of ‘90s hip-hop style can be challenging—especially when it’s for a movie like All Eyez on Me, the film about Tupac Shakur. But Kenya Ware, the costume designer for All Eyez on Me (out in theatres on June 16), was there and lived through it. She even styled Tupac himself before he was killed in 1996.
Ware, an L.A. native, married and started a family with Tha Dogg Pound member and Snoop Dogg’s cousin, Daz Dillinger, in 1991. Helping in any way that she knew how, she began to shop for Death Row Records’ artists, including Snoop, Tha Dogg Pound, The Lady of Rage, Nate Dogg, often hand-delivering wardrobe to the set of music video shoots and TV appearances. From there, she became Death Row’s West Coast marketing representative.
She credits Suge Knight for supporting her passion for styling. “Suge always told me that beauty was only temporary, but your intelligence is forever,” she says. “He inspired me to get my own. He wanted me to succeed and that’s stayed with me to this day.”
In this exclusive interview, Ware talks about what it was like working with Tupac, what she wanted to accomplish with the wardrobe for All Eyez on Me, and why Tupac’s style will always be imitated.
How did you meet the guys from Death Row?
The first person I met was N.W.A. member MC Ren backstage at a 1989 New Edition concert. N.W.A.’s bodyguard approached me and said one of the members wanted to talk to me. I was frightened because I had heard they were gangbangers. Ren asked me for my number and on the first date I almost got kicked out of my house because he walked into my Baldwin Hills estate with a black trench coat, khakis, and Crip slippers. My mother went ballistic!
From there, I was invited to several N.W.A. concerts where I met Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and the rest of the gang. Years later, when Death Row was forming, I met Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg.
How did you meet Tupac?
[My ex-husband] Daz [Dillinger] would always write letters to the Clinton Correctional Facility to try to keep Tupac's spirit up while he was in jail on the rape case. Once he got out and signed with Death Row, I threw him a party at our place. We invited Method Man, Redman, Rage, Snoop, Kurupt, and a few other people to celebrate Tupac being released from jail and also signing with Death Row Records.
What was it like shopping for Tha Dogg Pound?
Shopping for Tha Dogg Pound and Snoop was always fun because I got to create something different than gangster wear. They were in love with Guess shirts but still wanted the baggy Karl Kani jeans. It was a slow process to get them away from the Dickies uniform. I had to make sure that whatever I bought for them was oversized and was in either blue or grey, which were Tha Dogg Pounds’ and the Crips’ colors.
Did you shop for Tupac?
‘Pac had his own style. He wasn't interested in clothing right away. He said the only thing he wanted to do was stay at the studio and make as much music as possible. I often pulled boxes of Karl Kani clothing for the boys and let them pick out what they wanted to wear for events.
What did you buy for Tupac? What was he into at the time?
I tagged along with Suge Knight and ‘Pac during the [boxing] fights in Las Vegas. Shopping at Caesar's Palace during the fights was the best. It was kind of like a status quo. That's where you got to showcase how much money you really had because all the ballers were watching. Tupac wasn't that into fashion but at that point, in the ‘90s, you had to dress to impress. He slowly transitioned away from the gangster clothes to Versace. Suge was about to hire me as ‘Pac’s personal stylist, but then ‘Pac got killed.
Speaking of Versace, Tupac walked in a runway show with Kidada Jones for the Italian fashion house in 1996. How did that happen? Whose decision was it to have a bodyguard walk with them?
During those days, if you were an artist on Death Row Records the rule was you had to always wear your bulletproof vest and keep a bodyguard at all times. The bodyguard was definitely Suge Knight’s call.
What did you want to accomplish with the wardrobe for All Eyez on Me?
This film needed to have Karl Kani and Walker Wear to be authentic because those were two designers that Tupac wore religiously. I wanted to make sure that all of the replicas were right. Sometimes getting information from third parties or Google aren’t that accurate, so[All Eyez on Me producer] L.T. Hutton figured it would be better to hire a person who actually knew Tupac and was around him a lot.
How would you describe Tupac's style?
A revolutionary gangster. He set the tone for the durag on your head, the body tattoos, and the oversized baggy jeans.
Are there any specific Tupac looks you tried to copy for the movie?
Yes. Tupac did an advertisement for Karl Kani and we remade that look. The actor who plays Tupac, Demetrius Shipp, went to Karl Kani's studio and we made sure that he looked and wore the clothes just like Tupac. We also copied the Black Panther Party look because his mom was a Black Panther.
What do you think of Demetrius Shipp Jr.?
Ironically, Demetrius' father used to work with Death Row back in the days, so it was like working with family. It's just amazing that his son looks just like Tupac. Demetrius Shipp was the best choice [for the role]. It’s funny because before he started acting he worked at Walmart.
Did he stay in character on set?
He had Tupac's demeanor down to a T.
What was the vibe like on set? Did any celebrities stop by?
I did most of the shopping in Los Angeles but the few times I did visit the set in Atlanta and saw Demetrius it was like seeing Tupac reincarnated. I think every celebrity in Atlanta stopped by the set in hopes of getting a cameo. Snoop’s dad, Vernell [Varnado], and Daz were on set during the entire time.
Where did you source the wardrobe from?
Since I grew up in L.A. in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the shopping came naturally. One of the stores I went to is called Greenspan in South Gate. If you really need gangster clothes, this is the one-stop shop for your ‘80s and ‘90s looks.
Why did All Eyez on Me take so long?
It was a couple things. Tupac's estate and a lot of the people they wanted to do the movie held it up. There were also issues with clearing the music since Death Row’s catalog was sold.
What's your favorite Tupac look?
I love the Versace blue and gold shirt he wore. I actually have a picture of me and him in that shirt at Suge Knight’s daughter's third birthday party.
Do you remember where you were when you heard Tupac was killed? Walk us through that moment.
I was actually in Vegas with Tupac and Suge when he was killed. I was with Tupac downstairs at the Luxor Hotel after they got into a big fight at MGM Grand. I spoke to him right before he took that car ride to Club 662. I made the first call to [Suge’s ex-wife] Sharitha Knight and Daz and let them know what had just happened. One minute I was walking into Club 662 wondering why it was taking Tupac so long to get there and next thing you know we were told that something had happened to him. I drove like 100 miles an hour trying to get to the crime scene. It was the craziest night of my life.
Why do you think Tupac's style was copied so much in the years after his death? What do you think he would've thought of that?
Tupac was a pioneer of rap, period. This man created history and set a tone in just 24 years of life. He will forever be copied because his style was genuine. If he were alive today, at age 45, he'd probably teach the youth to be original and create their own style.
Floyd Mayweather is not the type of guy to shy away from controversial statements. When you're the undefeated, undisputed champion, the trash talk tends to fly, and Mayweather is always happy to share his thoughts with you on a given topic.
In a sprawling discussion with DJ Whoo Kid that touched on Mayweather's potential fight with Conor McGregor and his success as a businessman, the boxer's most interesting comments came after he was asked about the current hip-hop scene. After acknowledging how everyone's tastes change as they get older—and a mention from Whoo Kid of Floyd's relationship with Future—Mayweather went in on the rap scene today.
“Now it's OK to be a junkie,” said Mayweather. “This is crazy that it's OK to O.D. on drugs, it's OK to take any drugs now, it's OK to be a junkie. And the legendary rappers like to stick to what they talk [about]. When you go back and really listen to the legendary rappers, this is timeless music. Guys like Biggie, guys like Pac, timeless music.”
The bit about rappers today being junkies is quite a controversial statement, especially when you consider Mayweather's relationship with some of today's favorites. In the summer of 2016, Mayweather claimed that he nearly signed Future to a record deal, and the rapper's open acknowledgment of his drug use didn't stop Floyd from having Future play his daughter's 16th birthday party.
While you can follow Mayweather's point to an extent—you've probably already heard the chorus for “Mask Off”—there's just as good a chance he's saying this to stir the pot. He seemed to shrug off his hot-and-cold relationship with 50 Cent during the interview, even going so far as to say 50 should have won more awards when he was at his peak. It's possible trash talk is the only way Mayweather knows how to show someone respect, hence the junkie comments.
Of course, what the world is really waiting for is but Mayweather's return to the ring, and not his rap music takes. Though Conor McGregor is talking tough and trying to bait Floyd into just signing a deal, Mayweather seemed like his usual patient self on the business side of things.
“He's entitled to feel how he wants to feel,” said Mayweather. “Once I get back to Las Vegas, to my hub, we'll find out how everything plays out.”
You can listen to more audio from the interview courtesy of Whoo Kid up top, and the verbal jousting will have to sustain Mayweather fans for now, because he doesn't sound like he's in a rush to box.
Just hours before 2Pac was gunned down in Las Vegas, a group of teenage fans had a scary, and potentially deadly, run-in with the West Coast rapper. It was a false alarm that involved Glocks, a football game, and In-N-Out Burger.
According to a Jeff Pearlman story published by the Bleacher Report, a group of Long Beach Polytechnic High School students came across the legendary artist after losing a football game in Vegas. While traveling back to their hometown, the players and coaches stopped in Barstow, California, to get a bite at In-N-Out. It was there that one of the students spotted Pac with his entourage.
“Yo, it’s Pac!” Robert Hollie, the team’s backup quarterback said while looking out a bus window. “It’s Tupac! It’s Tupac.”
As we now know, the rapper was one his way to Vegas to see “The Championship: Part II” boxing match featuring Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon. Pac was fatally shot shortly after the event.
Once the students spotted the rapper, several of them decided to approach him and crew, which included members of the Mob Piru gang. Eyewitnesses said Pac as speaking loudly with his back turned to the students, but once he heard the footsteps approaching, he spun around and two of his crew members pulled guns on the high schoolers.
“Bloods, you can’t be walking up on me like that!” Tupac reportedly shouted. “You don’t know me like that!”
Larry Croom, one of the Poly students who went on to play for the NFL, recalled the incident: “He was extremely paranoid. He started cursing—he was irate. We were just kids, so it was definitely an overreaction.”
Once Pac realized they were just kids, he immediately calmed down and began engaging:
“Where are all y’all little niggas from?” he asked.
“We’re from Long Beach,” Hollie replied.
“Oh, so y’all know my homie Snoop?” Tupac said.
A few nodded. They did indeed.
Everyone seemed to take a deep breath. The Glocks were put away.
The players reportedly spoke to rapper for about five minutes; however, some kids left the situation with a bad taste in their mouth. After loading on the bus, several of the students yelled obscenities at Pac as the bus pulled out of the parking lot.
“There was one guy coming on our bus, and I won’t give up his name,” Croom said. “But he screamed, 'That’s why you got shot! And the next time I hope you die!'”
Several hours later, Pac was shot four times outside the MGM Grand Arena. He died from the injuries nearly a week later.
The tragedy, of course, had a huge effect on the Long Beach Poly football team.
“You see someone, then he’s dead,” says Pisith Vunn, a Long Beach Poly running back. “That’s a lot for a young mind.”
You can (and definitely should) read the full story here.
The not-so-great press continues for Uber, this time with the launch of a criminal probe. The U.S. Department of Justice kicked off one such probe into Uber Technologies Inc. this week, CNBCreported. The investigation centers on Uber's use of a software tool known as “Greyball,” which helped the popular ride-on-demand service identify and ultimately avoid government officials in areas where the service hadn't been approved for use.
Greyball's use was limited following publication of a New York Timesstory about its controversial capabilities earlier this year. In March, in a piece by Mike Isaac entitled “How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide,” the Times described a program involving Greyball in which evasion methods were employed in cities including Paris, Las Vegas, Boston, and Portland. In now-public letters to Portland officials from Uber attorneys, the company asserted that Greyball had been used “exceedingly sparingly” in Portland prior to the service's eventual approval in 2015.
Also revealed in the Times piece was the potential legality issues surrounding Greyball. The tool, Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning said at the time, could potentially be considered a federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violation, or possibly worse: an intentional obstruction of justice. “We all take our foot off the gas when we see the police car at the intersection up ahead, and there's nothing wrong with that,” Henning explained. “But this goes far beyond avoiding a speed trap.”
In a separate Timesreport in April, Uber was alleged to have secretly identified and tagged iPhones even after the app had been removed from the device. The “fraud detection maneuver” was a violation of Apple's privacy rules, prompting Apple CEO Tim Cook to call a meeting with Uber boss Travis Kalanick in 2015. Cook demanded Kalanick put an end to the methods, or risk being banned form the App Store altogether. Kalanick honored Cook's request.
Uber did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.
About four months after a scuffle on a flight made the Cash Me Ousside girl go from a Twitter meme to an infamous phenomenon and a passenger on an overbooked United flight was forcibly removed by some wild police, you'd think we'd have our fill of in-flight violence. You'd also be wrong, as this fist fight on an L.A.-bound flight some time yesterday turned the Fight Club into Flight Club.
Details are sketchy, but we have to big up Twitter user @CoreyHour, who provided the video of this battle, with some needed commentary. Apparently there was some beef about 10 minutes before the flight (which was almost two hours behind schedule) was supposed to take off, and a random “you think I'm crazy? What about the government!” comment was thrown.
So, 10 minutes before take off a passenger starts a huge fight in his row. I get in between him and flight attendants, but he won't 1v1 me.
As you can see in the video, a bearded man rocking a red Hawaiian shirt got into it with a black shirt-wearing individual, who had his hat and headphones smacked off in the scuffle. Homeboy in the black shirt was throwing some serious shots, but it was dude in the red shirt who was throwing out the “I will kill you” claims.
At one point, the red shirt-wearing man is removed from the area before somehow making his way back to his seat and getting popped in the face with a left. It doesn't look like he was ready for that action, considering that his shirt was ripped all the way up.
When asked about what happened to start this beef, @CoreyHour offered a story that is a bit hard to believe.
That reasoning sounds nuts and is either actual facts or the rantings of a drunk old man. According to Yahoo News, there is a report that a 44-year-old American man was arrested on Monday night and charged with assault; he is said to have been deemed a potential threat, but wasn't trying to get off of the plane. Some are even saying this man choked an employee and was intoxicated.
How soon before these flying cars are affordable enough for people to not have to worry about getting their shit rocked on an airplane?
Draymond Green didn’t grow up in Oakland, California. He actually grew up almost 2,500 miles away in Saginaw, Michigan. He also didn’t grow up an Oakland Raiders fan. He seems to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But that didn’t stop the Warriors star from sounding off on the Raiders for making the decision to leave Oakland in the coming years for Las Vegas.
After the Warriors beat the Rockets 113-106 on Tuesday night, Green was asked for his opinion on the Raiders’ relocation plan. And he responded by ripping the NFL franchise for deciding to pick up and leave their loyal fan base behind. He referred to the move as “ridiculous” and said that he won’t attend any Raiders games in Oakland between now and the time the team leaves.
“I feel bad for the city of Oakland, man,” he said. “I don’t even know how that’s going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city. If I was a fan, I wouldn’t attend a game for the next three years, but that’s just me. That’s ridiculous. No way I would pay my way to attend a game.”
Green also said he feels like the Raiders are one of the few NFL teams that shouldn’t be allowed to move under any circumstances.
“That’s like moving the Dallas Cowboys or like moving the Packers. Like, moving the Raiders?” he said. “You can move a lot of teams. Ain’t many fan bases like the Raiders’ fan base. It’s like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from L.A. Like, you just don’t move certain franchises with the fan base that they have. It’s one thing if you’re moving from Oakland to Fremont or something, but to Las Vegas? I wouldn’t attend a game. I won’t attend a game, and I’m not a diehard Raiders fan, but I do support the city of Oakland. I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don’t do that.”
The Raiders aren’t scheduled to move to Las Vegas until about 2020 when a $1.9 billion dome that will serve as their new home is finished being built. Until then, they will continue to call Oakland home. But it doesn’t sound like Green—who said he has been to about “eight or nine” Raiders home games since joining the Warriors in 2012—is going to head to Oakland Coliseum to see them play anytime soon. And there will probably be many other people in the city of Oakland who follow his lead.
One week after losing over $150,000 worth of items when his Las Vegas residence was burglarized as he celebrated his 40th birthday in Los Angeles, Floyd Mayweather had another incident occur in the U.K. over the weekend. According to TMZ, one of Mayweather's customized The Money Team vans was torched as he spoke at an event called the Undefeated tour at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, England.
A rep for the Ladywood Fire Station informed TMZ that two individuals threw a Molotov cocktail inside the vehicle after breaking one of the windows with a brick. The van reportedly belonged to members of Mayweather's entourage who were also promoting his tour, though some from Floyd's team claims the former boxer does not own the van.
The individuals responsible for the arson attack allegedly set the van on fire, and left the scene of the crime while the vehicle continued to burn. One person was able to capture the aftermath, sharing the video on Instagram.
Mayweather has yet to discuss the incident on social media. The case has been passed onto the authorities.
Just one week after listing the 1996 BMW 750iL that carried Tupac Shakur on the night he was fatally shot on the Las Vegas strip, an auction house has announced the sale of the GMC Suburban carrying Notorious B.I.G. the night he was fatally shot. The timing of the dueling auctions does not appear to be a coincidence, as the Moments In Time auction house provided a letter written by the former owner of the now infamous Sports Utility Vehicle.
“I read you were selling Tupac’s BMW and wondered if you would be interested in selling our car,” wrote the former vehicle owners.
According to the owners, the 1997 GMC Suburban carries over 100,000 miles and has been restored after being riddled with bullets March 9, 1997. The owners of the vehicle explained learning the truck was involved in B.I.G.’s murder only after being contacted by LAPD detectives to use the vehicle as evidence.
Former friends Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac were linked in both life and death. What would later be deemed an “East Coast versus West Coast” feud by some media outlets peaked when Tupac took several verbal jabs at Notorious B.I.G. and Sean Combsduring the 1995 Source Awards. Things continued with allegations of Tupac sleeping with B.I.G.’s estranged wife Faith Evans and diss songs such as “Hit ’Em Up” and “Toss It Up.”
Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur died less than six months apart in murders that remain unsolved. The simultaneous auction of the two vehicles involved in both murders could likely raise questions about profiting from what is widely believed to be a feud that turned deadly.
Producers these days are getting younger and younger, and touring at the same time, often before they’re 21. So how does a superstar DJ like Martin Garrix, who has an actual residency in Las Vegas, one of the most intoxicated towns in the US, play at clubs when he’s only 20?
Garrix explained the situation to BBC Radio 1’s Cel Spellman, at least with how it goes down at Omnia.
“They start my intro and then I’m allowed to get in the club. They escort me with security and clear the entire DJ booth and the surrounding VIP tables from alcohol. I’m not allowed to be close to alcohol. As my last song is playing they kick me out of the club.”
This means Garrix can’t even hang around in the club after his set to meet fans – but he can still do so off-premises, if he isn’t too tired from jetting around the world.
Garrix turns 21 in May, and says it’s “going to be crazy.”