Here’s Shaq’s Advice to Karl-Anthony Towns Following His First Playoff Game

On Sunday night the Timberwolves had an opportunity to take a 1-0 lead over the Rockets. But, alas, it was not meant to be. Instead they lost 104-101. Oh well.

Part of the reason that Minnesota failed to potentially panic Houston by putting them in an early hole was the offensive struggles of Karl-Anthony Towns, who ended the night with just 8 points in 40 minutes on 3-of-9 from the field (in fairness, he also contributed 12 rebounds).

After the game, Shaquille O'Neal (a man who should have credibility due to his vast experience as a 7-foot tall NBA star with more than 200 career playoff starts) gave his two cents on how KAT can improve after his first career postseason contest. In fact, O'Neal felt that Towns' underwhelming playoff debut was due to not demanding the ball in the post with more urgency.

“What I would tell him to do is run to the middle of the floor every time and just stand in there until the ref calls three seconds two times in a row,” O'Neal said, according to Larry Brown Sports. “Not only will it get yourself in the game, the defense starts to panic and they’ll start to double and triple a couple times early and you kick it out to your shooters.

“I know he’s young, but he’s the man on the team and he still needs to demand the ball. When they switch and a little guy (guards) him, all the guards telling him to clear out — no, you don’t move. You say, no give me the ball. Throw me the ball.”

One would think that there are only so many opportunities for an 8-seed to upend a 1. But, whatever, way crazier things have happened. We'll see if anyone was listening when the two teams meet again for Game 2 in Houston on Wednesday night.

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YoungBoy Never Broke Again Gives a Nod to Lil Wayne in “Diamond Teeth Samurai” Video

It's not long now until YoungBoy Never Broke Again unleashes his long-awaited debut album, Until Death Call My Name, and to celebrate its impending release the Baton Rouge rapper has shared a new song and video. Available today for those who pre-ordered the album, “Diamond Teeth Samurai.”

This one follows “Right Or Wrong,” which featured Future.

Coumplete with a reference to Lil Wayne's “Tha Block Is Hot,” the video includes a cameo from Birdman and translates the high energy delivery of the track into visuals remarkably well. The Andrew Litten–directed video suitably inspires the type of hype that YoungBoy brings to each track, with some colorful visuals that proudly rep what he's all about.

Until Death Call My Name is due to release on April 27. The buildup has been plagued by YoungBoy's ongoing legal issues, which include a drive-by shooting charge from last year he pleaded guilty to, as well as charges of probation violation, domestic violence, kidnapping, and assault. His attorney, James Manassesh, claims the allegations leveled against him are “not nearly as severe” as they seem. 

YoungBoy was recently indicted on counts of kidnapping and aggravated assault against his girlfriend Jania Jackson, although she has said about that the incident, “That's just us, that's just the way we play.”

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Lil Wayne and Birdman’s Settlement Negotiations Are Reportedly Hostile

Things seemed to have been cooling down between Lil Wayne and Birdman as of late, with the two rappers being spotted together in public, but it turns out that's not exactly the case. The Cash Money moguls remain locked in an ongoing legal battle that sources close to say is becoming increasingly “hostile,” reports The Blast.

Despite having posed together for a picture that Birdman shared on his Instagram, he and Wayne might not be as buddy-buddy as they would lead us to believe. It would have appeared by Birdman's latest 'Gram where he referred to Wayne as “my son” that the two were on the road to patching things up, but now sources are revealing that things are not as they seem. 

 

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According to documents obtained by The Blast, Cash Money has been ordered to hand over specific documents relating to Nicki Minaj and Drake regarding the $51 million lawsuit that Wayne filed nearly three years ago. The lawsuit claimed that Cash Money owes Wayne millions in royalties, and more frustratingly, has continually delayed the release of Tha Carter V

While publicly, Weezy and Birdman may appear to have squashed their beef, it seems that under the surface there still remains a lot of bitterness, and sources have revealed that even after the lawsuit is resolved, “There will be no connection, no ties, and no business relationship.” 

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Birdman goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in Los Angeles and talks about classic Cash Money style, his Lugz deal, and why he’s not involved in Lil Wayne and Drake’s sneaker deals.

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Lil Wayne and Birdman Hug It Out in Public

Lil Wayne and Birdman have a complicated relationship, to say the least.

Wayne's $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money is still on and the fate of Tha Carter V remains precarious, but every once in awhile, the two are spotted being friendly with each other in public and fans excitedly hope it means the beef has been finally squashed.

This weekend, the cycle repeated itself as video surfaced of Wayne and Birdman hanging out at Club LIV and greeting each other with a hug.

According to TMZ, the two arrived at the Miami club separately on Sunday, during a night in which Lil Wayne performed with 2 Chainz on stage. While Meek Mill's “Dreams and Nightmares” played in the background, though, they seemed to be getting along. As some might remember, this actually isn't the first time they've publicly reunited at Club LIV. They were seen together at the nightclub back in early 2016 as well.

Of course, this video arrives only a week after Wayne dropped a song that many people thought included a Birman diss, so the hug doesn't necessarily mean everything has been completely smoothed over—especially since the lawsuit is still on.

In an Aug. 21 interview with Q93, Wayne claimed that he can drop Tha Carter V whenever he wants, though. He explained, “Of course you’re going to see Tha Carter V. Man, I just don’t want to put it out the wrong way. Honestly, man, I can do what I want honestly at any time. The fans deserve it to be right and that’s how it’s gonna be. I’ma make sure it’s right. I can drop whatever I want to drop. I keep dropping whatever I want to drop. But I’m not gonna give ’em Carter V the wrong way.”

Birdman also said the long-awaited album is coming soon, telling Rap-Up last month, “Without a doubt. You will get [the album] this year. It’s gonna be well worth the wait.”

So, things are still complicated. And it's likely that it'll take more than a hug to smooth everything over between these guys, but fans are hoping this means we're one step closer to finally hearing Tha Carter V.






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Martin Shkreli Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Securities Fraud

Self-proclaimed “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, who infamously raised the price of a live-saving HIV drug and bought the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud.

Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto heard arguments in Brooklyn, New York, Friday on how long Shkreli should spend in jail, ultimately deciding on seven years after initially suggesting 15.

According to those at the scene, Shkreli cried during the sentencing, apologizing to his investors and admitting that he's made a lot of mistakes in his career. His attorney argued that Shkreli deserved only 18 months or less in prison, explaining that he shouldn't be punished for having a big mouth. Matsuomoto explained that he didn't take any of his actions outside of security fraud into account during the sentencing, but let's be real if he did he'd be sentenced for even longer.

Shkreli's own lawyer mentioned during the sentencing that he wanted to punch Shkreli in the face, which is good to know. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis also said during the sentencing that Shkreli has “no respect whatsoever” for the law.

Shkreli was recently ordered to forfeit his stake in the $2 million Wu-Tang album Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, as well as what may or may not be Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V.

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Lil Wayne Is Reportedly Taking a Paternity Test to See If He’s the Father of Teen

Lil Wayne? Meet Lil Dwayne. TMZ is reporting that the rapper is the father of a 15-year-old teenager named Dwayne. According to the boy's mother, Keiotia Watson, she and Wayne had a sexual relationship that led to her pregnancy back in June 2001. She says that she gave birth to her son in February 2002, and that Wayne is the father. Watson went to court around two years ago in an attempt to establish paternity and receive child support from the Young Money rapper, and as a result, Wayne is reportedly set to take a paternity test to find out if he's the father once and for all.

While a Louisiana judge ruled in favor of Watson and ordered Wayne to give her $5000 a month in child support, TMZ's sources claim that since the rapper has never been served legal papers or been notified that he might be the father, he's yet to give her any money. The source also says that if Wayne is indeed the father, he'll take full responsibility and pay whatever amount he's legally required to pay. If Watson's claims are true, young Dwayne would become Lil Wayne's fifth child.

Lil Wayne is also currently embroiled in a legal battle with Cash Money head Birdman, with seeking upwards of $50 million in damages.

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Lil Wayne May Be Going at Birdman on New Song “Vizine”

Lifestyle brand Ethika is gearing up to release a second edition of their RGB mixtape series, and the first single comes from Lil Wayne in the form of “Vizine.” On top form as he raps over a snarling beat, Wayne seems to once again have had enough of Cash Money boss Birdman, despite Baby's claims that he'll drop Tha Carter V this year. (We're at six-and-a-half years since IV, btw.)

During the second verse of “Vizine,” Wayne references Kanye West's “Power” while possibly sending shots at Birdman. “No one man should have all that power if he can't afford to pay the light bills,” he raps, referencing how Birdman could be reportedly losing his Miami mansion over an unpaid $12 million loan. (Rick Ross made a similar diss last year on his Snapchat.) The song makes other allusions to Birdman taking advantage of his artists, too, especially on the fiery second verse.

“Vizine” comes hot on the heels of reports that Wayne is taking Birdman back to court, alleging that he's failed to turn over documentation related to Nicki Minaj and Drake. The Blast reports that Wayne filed a motion last month to receive the supposedly missing documents, with Wayne accusing Birdman of misleading the court by falsely stating he's turned over all documents in their possession that Wayne has asked for in their ongoing $50 million lawsuit.

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Wayne alleges that Cash Money has earned over $200 million, although there's no accounting records or tax returns to be heard of. Cash Money claims they have no documents relating to Nicki Minaj, but considering she's released albums with the label, Wayne says that doesn't add up.

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Lonzo Ball Says These Are His Top 5 Rappers at the Moment

Last year, someone dug up a 2016 tweet from Lonzo Ball where he ranked his top five all-time rappers. The list included Lil Wayne, Future, DMX, 50 Cent, and Tupac. As you would expect, it received its fair share of controversy.

Nearly two years since that tweet was posted, Ball was asked to give his current list of top five rappers. Since Lonzo recently dropped his album Born 2 Ball, we expected him to go full Dylan and name himself in all five spots. However, Ball provided an actual list, and it goes as follows: Future, Drake, Quavo, Offset, and 21 Savage.

Since the question started off by pointing out that Ball was currently in Atlanta, the “capital of hip-hop,” it’s hard to determine if that lead-in was the reason behind the Atlanta-centric list. Considering Ball named Future on his all-time rappers list, it's no surprise that he would include him alongside Drake, Quavo, Offset, and 21 Savage. 

Drake has been arguably one of the most consistent rappers over the last couple of years, so it makes sense to have him on the list. Quavo's name was attached to two of the most highly anticipated projects of the last few months in Culture II and Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. Offset (who was obviously also on Culture II) and 21 Savage dropped their surprise project Without Warning not too long back.

Each list is subjective, so we can't knock Lonzo too much for what he considers to be his favorite rappers at the moment. But all we want to know is where's the love for Kendrick Lamar? K. Dot released the Grammy-nominated Damn last year and served as co-executive producer on Black Panther: The Album. Where is the disconnect? That's all we want to know. 

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