Should Meek & Drake Collab? White Kendrick Fan Drops N-Word, Spotify Rules | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Nadeska, DJ Akademiks, and Wayno break down the rumored Meek Mill and Drake collab that might be on the way, debate about the new Spotify rules, and if they’re giving up on Kanye West with his recent antics. 

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Rolling Loud Might Be the Craziest Festival This Year

The fourth annual Rolling Loud took place in Miami, Florida, with the likes of J. Cole, Future, Travis Scott, Migos, and even the recently freed Meek Mill hitting the stage.

Complex News' Speedy Morman was there for the three-day turn-up, and he spoke with attendees to get a sense of who they were there to see and also received advice on proper attire for festivals.

Check out the full video above.

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Meek Mill Hid an Opioid Addiction Out of Fear of Being Sent Back to Jail

Meek Mill revealed that he hid his battle with an opioid addiction while he was on probation, reports TMZ. In a speech made during a press conference on Thursday in Philadelphia, Mill said he feared to tell his probation officers about his addiction because he thought it may land him back in jail.

While standing with Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and other leaders from the state, Mill said, “At one point in my life, I was actually addicted to opioids. I think it should be a line drawn where you have a drug problem where you're scared to tell your probation officer you have a drug problem because you don't want to be sent to prison for years.” 

He then thanked his probation officer. Mill said that when he “had a drug problem years ago,” his probation officer put him in a rehabilitation program. He discussed how people on probation and who are involved in the system with an addiction hesitate to get help because of the same fear he had. Mill cited the recent incident at a Philadelphia-area Starbucks, where two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend to arrive. Mill said if he was in the same situation as these two men, he could have faced a sentence of two-to-four years in jail for having contact with police.

Mill continued to say, “I'm still overwhelmed. I came from being in prison seven days ago and I'm still overwhelmed… It was a traumatic experience and I'm happy to be back and be a part of what I call history because I notice a lot of voiceless men and people I personally know from being in prison… I feel like God has given me a great platform to help many others and make Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the world a better place.”

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Mill was released on bail last week. In November, he was sentenced up to four years in prison for violating terms of his probation on a decade-old gun and drug case. 

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Drake Dominates List of 2018 NFL Draft Walk-Up Songs

The NFL draft will finally take place later today, and one of the biggest parts of the night has already been revealed thanks to Sports Illustrated. With each draft comes a slew of walk-up songs picked by the athletes themselves, and this year Drake is making an appearance more than anyone else in the first round of picks.

As Riley Auman points out on Twitter, five NFL prospects chose Drake for walk-up songs. “God's Plan,” naturally, is the only track that shows up twice. There are a bunch of other interesting picks, though, including songs from Kamaiyah, Post Malone, Notorious B.I.G., Future, Meek Mill, Kanye West, Chief Keef, Logic, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Young Thug, and Metallica.

The list, which includes 22 songs, only features one country song with Flatland Cavalry's “Devil Off My Back,” as picked by Texas player Connor Williams. As noted by Sports Illustrated, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is not included on the list as he won't be attending the event tonight.

The NFL not only shared the news, they shared a playlist.

 

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Freed Meek Mill’s Effect on the Sixers; Pelicans Lowballing DeMarcus Cousins? | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew kick things off by responding to Nick Young’s story about Gil breaking his brand new expensive glasses when he was a rookie. Hibachi has no problem admitting he gave Swaggy P hell — and shares details — but sets the record straight on that incident.

Looking back at last night’s playoff action, OOB asks if the Celtics and Bucks are simply too mediocre to watch, and Gil explains how Jason Kidd’s firing affected Giannis. Plus, what effect did Meek Mill’s release from prison and presence in the arena have in the Sixers’ series-clinching win over the Miami? Also, has Heat star Dwyane Wade played his last NBA game? And with the Spurs eliminated, Agent Zero has an interesting take on what to expect from the Warriors-Pelicans semifinal series.

Next, OOB revisits Meek Mill’s release and what it says about the sports’ world’s ability to bring attention to issues, create dialogue, and affect change. Gil makes an important distinction about who really has the power to make things happen. Plus, with Meek going straight from prison to the 76ers’ playoff game, where does that put him amongst the all-time greatest Philly fans?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, the squad asks if the Raptors, who’ve struggled with inconsistency in the playoffs, will be overwhelmed by the pressure to beat the Wizards in Toronto. And is Drake’s trash talk fueling the Wiz? Back home in Cleveland, will LeBron even need help from his teammates to finally take a lead in the Cavs’ series with the Pacers? It’s likely that the Rockets will close out the Timberwolves in Houston, but will James Harden and company win it all, as Suge Knight predicted while on trial for murder? Gil might need to watch what he says about Suge…. Will the Thunder make the adjustments needed to win and avoid elimination?

Finally, in “The Pull-Up,” the team discusses a report that New Orleans may use DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury and the Pelicans’ success without him to make him a reduced contract offer. Boogie may want to hire Gil as an agent, because Hibachi straight cooks the franchise for even considering lowballing the big man.

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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 http://jabrooks.blogs.ccps.us/2018/02/01/how-much-does-wellbutrin-xl-cost/ 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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