Lil Xan Mobbed by Tupac Fans, Tekashi Vs. Everyone, Drake & Kanye Cool? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Wayno, Star, and Nadeska break down the news surrounding the rap game, including good signs that Meek Mill will be released from prison, Lil Xan mobbed by Tupac fans, Tekashi beefing with everyone, and much more. 

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Malcolm Jenkins Supports Meek Mill; Shaq Solves School Shootings; Tourney Picks! | Out of Bounds

For gambling man Adam Caparell, the start of #MarchMadness is like Christmas — or whatever other day makes you so excited you can’t sleep at night. As the NCAA tourney kicks off, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew react to the brackets that former president Barack Obama tweeted out yesterday and compare them to their own. Plus, for all you degenerate gamblers, OOB makes picks for some choice prop bets you can get rich with. Next, Gil and the gang discuss Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins speaking out on behalf of incarcerated Philly rapper Meek Mill at a panel on criminal justice reform. While the consensus is that athletes using their voices is a good thing, Agent Zero has some thoughts on probation violations and shares his own experience stemming from his gun charge. Speaking of guns, the solution Shaq gave to school shootings on a radio show is not a ban on assault rifles but more cops in schools. The guys have some strong feelings about the Diesel’s idea and break it down like prime Shaq used to body other big men in the paint. Finally, with Julius Peppers signing a deal that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history in his 17th season, the team debates the risk vs. reward of such a long football career. Gil takes us inside the mind of athletes when weighing riches, fame, glory, and passion for the game against potential serious health consequences, plus makes an argument that Peppers won’t be the only non-QB to stack so much in the changing NFL. 

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Meek Mill’s Arresting Officer Might Be One of Philly’s Most Corrupt Cops

The credibility of the officer who arrested Meek Mill in 2007 has taken another hit with the release of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office's “Do Not Call” list.

Rumors have been circulating for weeks that officer Reginald Graham was on the DA's “secret list” of suspect cops who shouldn't be called on to testify in court cases because they have a history of dishonest behavior or racial bias. On Tuesday, that list was finally made public, and Graham's name was included.

The list says that Graham was “investigated by federal authorities for several alleged acts of corruption” due to misconduct that took place on November 1, 2013.

Mill's lawyer Joe Tacopina released a statement Tuesday and explained that the list will help Mill's legal battle. Tacopina said, “The release of the so-called 'Do Not Testify' list—which includes Mill’s arresting officer, Reginald Graham—supports everything in the motions filed by Mill and others wrongfully arrested by Officer Graham for post-conviction relief. We are hopeful that this is the final step in the process to get Mill and the other defendants released on bail and to have their convictions overturned.”

If Graham has a documented past of corruption, his testimony as the sole witness in Meek Mill's 2008 trial is even more shaky than previously thought. Philadelphia Police Officer Jerold Gibson has provided a sworn affidavit to Licensed Private Investigator Cliff Goldsmith that says Graham's testimony doesn't reflect what actually took place that day.

Gibson says that Mill never pointed a gun at Graham or anyone else and that the officer only brought that detail up once he was in custody. Gibson also says that Mill took his gun out of his waistband to discard it, which means the officers never yelled at him to “drop the gun.” Gibson states that Graham never took cover behind a parked van and explains that Mill never tried to escape.

In response to the news that Graham was on the rumored list, Mill's attorney told Complex in February that all legal actions will be pursued. “Across the justice system, there are many instances of people that are incarcerated being subsequently let out when police corruption is uncovered,” Joe Tacopina said. “This would certainly be one of those instances. I mean, there were 800 cases that were dismissed or overturned upon discovery of this group of officers who had been committing crimes, lying about circumstances of arrests, and falsifying documents. One of the officers is the same one who not only arrested Meek, but made allegations that Meek has always denied. This is the only one that testified against Meek.”

According to Tacopina, Meek was not surprised by the news. “He's always maintained that he never possessed any drugs and that he never pointed a gun at any police officers,” Tacopina explained. Could this finally be the development that frees Meek Mill? Fingers crossed.

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We Rode Around L.A. in a Rolls Royce With Karl-Anthony Towns

Complex News' Speedy Morman linked up with Karl-Anthony Towns during NBA All-Star Weekend, and they roamed the streets of L.A. in luxury.

Check out the video above to find out what KAT had to say about making his first All-Star team, the confidence he has in his game, and showing support for Meek Mill at the Super Bowl while riding around in a Rolls Royce.

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Baron Davis Says Michael Jordan Kicked Him Out of His Locker at 2002 NBA All-Star Game

Complex News' Speedy Morman caught up with former NBA guard Baron Davis at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, and he shared a hilarious memory from his first time as an All-Star in 2002.

Davis, who played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, earned a spot on the team as a reserve and soaked in the moment, though he got a little carried away in his excitement when he decided to sit in Michael Jordan's locker. When Jordan saw him taking up his space, Davis says MJ told him, “'Aye man, get yo ass out my locker.'” 

Check out our full interview with Davis above.

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James Harden Spoke to Meek Mill, Says He’s in ‘Good Spirits’

Complex News is out in Los Angeles for the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, and while there our own Speedy Morman chopped it up with Houston Rockets guard James Harden who will be playing on Team Curry Sunday evening.

Harden, who is native of Los Angeles, spoke on his new Vol. 2 sneaker and shared some praise for fellow L.A. representative Nipsey Hussle who recently released his major label debut album Victory Lap. The six-time All-Star also said he spoke to Meek Mill and said the rapper is in “good spirits.” Check out the full interview above.



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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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LeBron to Warriors?!; Mayweather Fighting MMA?!; Can’t-Lose Super Bowl Bets | Out of Bounds

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, but not even the big game can eclipse the report that LeBron would seriously consider joining the Warriors as a free agent this summer if they clear max contract space for him. The #OutofBounds crew goes in on whether the “sources” are legit or this is just trolling for traffic. After that, the absurdity continues with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather hinting that he’ll fight MMA in 2018 to set up another bank-heist bout with Conor McGregor. With the Super Bowl fast approaching, the team tackles Chris Long’s hilarious tattoo bet on the game, as well as sure-fire game bets and funny (but completely real) prop bets that you can make on the game. Closing things out, Gil and the gang decide if it’s fair or foul that franchise player Blake Griffin found out that the Clippers had traded him to the Pistons on Twitter. Gil shares some memorable trade stories you do not want to miss.

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How Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” Turned Into the Eagles’ Unofficial Anthem

Back in the summer of 2015, at the height of the Drake and Meek Mill beef, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised some people when they collectively suggested they weren’t necessarily siding with their hometown rapper in the squabble. While it’s impossible to say how many Eagles players were #TeamDrake back then versus how many were #TeamMeek, the team as a whole seemed to be bigger fans of Drake’s “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” disses than Meek’s “Wanna Know” response. At least, that’s what most people thought after hearing what the Eagles were listening to at the start of training camp that season.

Meek didn’t let that apparent lack of support stop him from showing love to his beloved Eagles, though. While we doubt he was thrilled to hear about his favorite football team bumping the diss track his rap rival put together to try and discredit him, Meek was spotted at an Eagles game that same season.


Philly…… Eagles game!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:18pm PST

Meek also continued to show his love for the team from a distance. Even though the Eagles ended up going 7-9 during the 2016 season and finishing in last place in the NFC East, Meek stuck with them and often took to social media to provide his support.



A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:34pm PDT

That support has come back around. While there’s no denying that plenty of Eagles players have been riding with Meek despite what the Drake shenanigans back in 2015 may have suggested, several of them took their Meek support to a whole other level in 2017.

In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years behind bars on account of a probation violation. Many both inside and outside of Philly thought the prison sentence was completely bogus and protested against it, and several Eagles players were among the crowd that showed up to a Meek rally in Philly in late November. Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, Jalen Mills, Wendell Smallwood, and Vinny Curry were all in attendance.

And now, it appears as though the Eagles are prepared to take Meek with them all the way to the Super Bowl.

Over the weekend, as the Eagles prepared to play the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, several players posted videos of a team meeting. In that meeting, “Dreams and Nightmares”—one of the best intro tracks in rap history and one of Meek’s most memorable hip-hop contributions—played in the background and kept what could have been a tension-filled situation light. It almost looked like the players were at a party as opposed to a practice.

“Dreams and Nightmares” also served as the pregame warmup music of choice for the Eagles as they took the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. At one point during warmups, Meek’s classic track blared over the stadium’s speakers as both those on the field and those in the stands lost their minds. Several Eagles players later said it was one of the loudest moments they can remember inside of “The Linc.”

The Eagles didn’t stop there. They also turned to “Dreams and Nightmares” one more time in the team's locker room after stomping all over the Vikings and earning a berth to Super Bowl LII. The Eagles also played some Lil Yachty, seemingly in an effort to troll the Vikings, but they saved their real celebration for once “Dreams and Nightmares” came on. Smallwood documented Eagles players rapping along to every word of the song with Meek.

So how did “Dreams and Nightmares” become the unofficial anthem of the Eagles? According to Jenkins, it wasn’t just the players who were on board with spending most of the weekend listening to the song. On Monday morning, Jenkins revealed it was actually the Eagles’ special teams coach of all people who first put the track on during the meeting on Saturday. Dave Fipp played “Dreams and Nightmares,” and from there, it served as the perfect soundtrack for the Eagles’ championship weekend.

Meek—or at least, Meek’s team—appreciated the love. While Meek hasn’t been able to put out any kind of official statement regarding the Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl, the videos of the Eagles playing “Dreams and Nightmares” this weekend surfaced on his Instagram page on Monday morning.

And since the clips of the Eagles listening to the song started making the rounds on social media, the calls for #FreeMeek have intensified greatly. Many Eagles fans have called for Meek to be released so that he can perform “Dreams and Nightmares” either at the Super Bowl or after the Super Bowl, if the Eagles win.

One fan even went as far as to suggest Meek should replace Justin Timberlake as this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The chances of that happening are obviously slim to none (OK, maybe just “none”). But even if Meek doesn't get to celebrate with the Eagles, it’s been cool to see the Eagles take Meek along with them on their journey, and if they are ultimately able to knock off the Patriots in the Super Bowl, there’s no doubt they’re going to continue to keep Meek with them every step of the way.

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How Meek Mill’s ‘Streets’ Co-Star Became TV’s First Black Lesbian Superhero

After appearing alongside Meek Mill in Streets, actress Nafessa Williams stars in the CW’s Black Lightining as the super-powered daughter of the lead character, Thunder. The Philly native discusses playing a lesbian character, tips from Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan and working with director Benny Boom.