The Kyrie Irving-LeBron James Relationship May Not Be Ruined After All

It seems there’s a new twist every day in the Kyrie Irving drama. To recap the major points: the 25-year-old point guard asked Cleveland for a trade in July. He said there were four teams he’d be wiling to go to: Miami, New York, Minnesota, and San Antonio. Then word got out that Kyrie wanted the trade because he was tired of playing with LeBron James, and he’d actually wanted to get out of town for a long time.

For now, it seems the Cavs are content to bide their time until a compelling offer comes along. They watched Chicago and Indiana deal their stars (Jimmy Butler and Paul George, respectively) for peanuts and then get roasted by the NBA world, and Cleveland doesn’t want to replicate the error of those franchises.

Thus, the big question is: if Cleveland wants to go into this season with both Kyrie and LeBron on the roster, could they coexist? Their former teammate Dahntay Jones thinks so.

Jones appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio Thursday and said the rifts in their relationship have been dramatized in the media.

“Nothing's to a point where it can't be fixed,” Jones said. “It can be fixed with a small conversation.”

Jones spent parts of the last two seasons with James and Irving on the Cavs. Based on reports, it’s sure seemed like the relationship between the two stars is beyond the point of no return—it seems like they couldn’t play together this coming season. Adding to that narrative, James is back in Subtweet Bron form.

Jones clearly knows the two and the situation well, so we should take his opinion seriously, but it would still be a surprise if Kyrie were to suit up for Cleveland on opening night.

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Watch Our Uncut Interview With Trippie Redd

Earlier this month, we spent a day in Miami with Trippie Redd while he was there to perform with XXXTentacion and Tekashi69. We used some of the interview for our 24 Hours in Miami With Trippie Redd video, but a lot of good stuff didn't make the cut.

During the full version of the interview, Trippie tells us about where he comes from (the same small town as Marilyn Manson), why he hates comparisons but loves the number 14, his hit song “Love Scars,” and what he thinks of Kanye West, Drake, and MF DOOM. 

Trippie Redd is a versatile artist with a dynamic personality and there's still a lot we don't know about him, but this interview offers some good insight into Trippie's goals, perspective, and background. Watch the full thing above, and see more from our time in Miami below.

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24 Hours in Miami With Trippie Redd

Ever since we heard Trippie Redd's “Love Scars,” we knew he was going to be a star. He makes genre-defying music that sounds like nothing else out, and he's got a unique, confident charisma that makes him stand out despite the fact that he just turned 18 years old. 

Through social media—and, as he describes it, just being himself—Trippie Redd has built a huge following and he's taking off quickly, but there were still a lot of unknowns. We went to Miami to meet up with the young rapper and talk to him about where he came from, what he's trying to do with his music, and what has changed for him over the past year. We also went to his show at Miami venue The Hangar to watch him perform with XXXTentacion and Tekashi69.

Watch above to see our 24 hours in Miami with Trippie Redd, and check out the “Love Scars” video below if you haven't already.

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A History of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s Complicated Relationship

When we think about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ dynamic duo of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, it’s hard to believe three years have already gone by. They’ve been to three straight NBA Finals together, and even won a title for The Land in 2016. They’ve brought out some of the best basketball in each other, with LeBron’s supernatural passing and basketball IQ aiding Kyrie’s growth into one of the game’s elite scorers.

As a pair, there hasn’t been a more devastating force since LeBron re-signed with the Cavs in 2014. That’s why it’s even harder to believe that Kyrie wants out of Cleveland, and furthermore, doesn’t want to play with LeBron anymore.

But, as ESPN reported over the past week, that’s Kyrie’s wish, and the 25-year-old star point guard will probably get it, too. And just recently, The Athletic reported that he wasn’t even speaking to the organization, full-stop. With LeBron’s Robin intent on leaving, we’re looking back at the moments that have lead us to this contentious point.


  • June 23, 2011: LeBron Leaves, But in Comes Kyrie

    Let’s not forget this fact: If LeBron doesn’t leave Cleveland for Miami in the summer of 2010, the Cavs don’t get the chance to draft Kyrie Irving. The season immediately following LeBron’s departure, the Cavs went from the East’s best team to winning a conference-low 19 games. They flat-out sucked, so they won the NBA Draft Lottery and took Kyrie No. 1 overall. And without Kyrie’s superstar talents, one can argue that LeBron wouldn’t have even come back to Cleveland in 2014.


  • April 4, 2014: The First Signs of Trouble in Cleveland

    In the four years between LeBron leaving and coming back to the Cavs, the franchise was left to Kyrie. He continued to shine as a developing star, but the Cavs couldn’t put together a young core around him, and endured 215 losses in that times pan. The Cavs had another concern on their hands too: with Kyrie’s rookie contract set to expire soon, ESPN reported that he just wasn’t feeling the vibe in Cleveland. Here’s what ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said at the time:

    “The truth is [Kyrie's] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn't want to be in Cleveland. That they don't want him in Cleveland.”


  • July 11, 2014: The King Comes Home

    If Kyrie was salty about his time in Cleveland, he didn’t have much time to dwell on it. Just over three months after ESPN’s report, LeBron surprised the NBA universe and announced he’d sign with the Cavs. This obviously changed everything: Kyrie wouldn’t have the pressure of being the franchise’s go-to guy, and an older LeBron could reign over the Cavs with a young star in Kyrie to run and gun with.

    But think about it from Kyrie’s perspective, too. He already felt like he wasn’t getting what he wanted in Cleveland, whether that be treatment or status. But still, he ended up signing a contract extension with the Cavs, not knowing that LeBron would barge in 10 days later. Suddenly, he was someone else’s sidekick. He never recruited LeBron—LeBron came to him, and that’s not necessarily what Kyrie signed up for.


  • Nov. 5, 2014: LeBron Sons Kyrie

    LeBron James is a basketball perfectionist, and he consistently demands the most his teammates have to offer. He’s a very direct leader. When you’re on LeBron’s team, you’re playing his game to win, because LeBron’s just that great. But after an early season loss to the Jazz, LeBron didn’t think his point guard was buying in fully.

    Yes, Kyrie dropped 34 points that game, but the team lost, and he didn’t record a single assist. LeBron thought that was unacceptable from his point guard, and lectured him after the game. Kyrie said it went down like this, according to Cleveland.com

    “He came up to me and was like, 'One, you can never have another game with no assists. You can damn near have just one, two, three, but you can't have zero.' And I was like, 'All right, cool, it won't happen again.' And it hasn't happened since that game.”


  • June 19, 2016: The Cavs Win Their First NBA Title

    LeBron and Kyrie did it! They overcame a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit against the vaunted Golden State Warriors, not to mention a do-or-die Game 5, and became the first pair of teammates to score over 40 points each in a Finals game. They were absolutely unstoppable:

    Suddenly, everything felt right in the world. This is probably the happiest the two have ever been together. For a summer, basketball love came back to Cleveland.


  • July 21, 2017: Kyrie Wants Out

    And on this day, the NBA universe lost its damn mind. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was first to report the news, saying that Kyrie had requested a trade. His main reasons are straightforward: 1) He’s done being someone else’s sidekick or secondary option. 2) He feels like he’s not getting enough superstar treatment from the organization. 3) Well, he just doesn’t want to play with LeBron anymore.

    The news blindsided LeBron, who was reportedly very upset by it. So upset, that Kyrie thinks LeBron leaked the trade request out of spite.


  • July 22, 2017: LeBron Throws Shade on Snapchat

    One day after the Kyrie trade news broke, LeBron posted a video of himself jamming out to a few new tracks from Meek Mill, one of his longtime favorite artists. With his head shaking and a brim covering his eyes, LeBron vibed out to a verse about loyalty. In particular, this line was perceived as a shot at Kyrie: “The streets love me with a heavy heart/N***** say they with you when they really not.” 

    Watch and listen closely:


  • July 25, 2017: The Petty Wars Are Underway

    Just a few days ago, Kyrie unfollowed LeBron on Instagram. You can brush it off as nothing, sure, but when has an unfollow ever been a good thing between two people in a relationship? Never. You unfollow someone when you don’t fuck with them anymore. Kyrie did just that. 

     

    Kyrie unfollowed LeBron on IG. 👀 📷: @selzerfx

    A post shared by Sports Videos (@houseofhighlights) on Jul 25, 2017 at 9:16am PDT

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Rick Ross Addresses ‘Insensitive Comment’ About Female Artists

In an interview with the Breakfast Club posted on Monday, Miami rapper Rick Ross was asked why he hadn’t signed any female artists to his Maybach Music Group imprint. “You know, I never did it because I always thought, like, I would end up fucking a female rapper and fucking the business up,” Ross said. “I'm so focused on my business. I just, I gotta be honest with you. You know, she looking good. I'm spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta fuck a couple times.”

As you might expect, many people were taken aback by the comments, calling them sexist. Criticism has clearly gotten back to Ross, who took to Facebook on Thursday to issue a statement and apology. 

I want to address an insensitive comment I made on a very sensitive issue, especially in a minority dominated industry like hip hop. My entire empire's backbone is led by 2 of the strongest people I know and they happen to be women, my mother and sister. The operations wouldn't run without them and I have the highest regard and respect for women in this industry. I have a daughter myself, my most cherished gift in the world.

My comment is not reflection of my beliefs on the issue. A mistake I regret. I hope to use my mistake, my platform and the community to create positive discussion to implement change on a very important issue. respect for the ones who stand up to say hey that isn't right. Now it's time to accept responsibility and all do better.

I look forward to continue working with & supporting female artists. my discovery process was documented by vh1 on #signed which premiered last night. Many of the most talented artists you'll see in the running to be the next #MMG superstars are female artists. I look forward to clarifying my comments through my support.

Thank you to everyone who's going through the journey with me, we coming out everyday stronger.​

Ross also used his Facebook page to pay tribute to Lundy, a late female emcee who was affiliated with MMG before her death this past spring. “For those who listened to the interview in its entirety, I mentioned a beloved friend and female artist,” he wrote. “Lundy my lil sis who I mentored, may you rest in power. A female artist who's amazing artistry will live on.”

His statement glows with female appreciation and his note about Lundy is touching, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Ross is on thin ice with women, right alongside R. Kelly and Tyga, who both exhibit predatory behavior on a regular basis. Between this and his “U.O.E.N.O” slip-up, Ross should tread lightly from here on out. 

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Rick Ross Reveals Plans for Movie Collaboration With Gucci Mane

The 2016 video for Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz’s “Buy Back the Block” may have contained a big clue about Ross’ next move in the entertainment industry. That nearly eight-minute-long clip found Ross and Gucci Mane at odds with a property owner leasing them land for a car wash startup, before the duo eventually sets their sights on an entire block of real estate.

“I am getting ready to shoot a film,” Ross recently told Tashara Jones of PageSix.com. “I got two different flicks that I am ready to make a move on. Me and Gucci Mane got a flick that we wrote together… All I can say is at the beginning of the film, I am at the car wash and it will go from there.”

As Ross pointed out, the “Buy Back the Block” video opened with he and Gucci at an independent car wash. It would seem their project borrows from that storyline in some form.

Two sites that advertise local talent casting posted casting call announcements in the Miami area for a Rick Ross project with the working title Mortgage. Both ClaimFame.com and Backstage.com announced casting calls for African-American men with large builds for paid, speaking lead roles. While filming for Mortgage was reportedly from July 8-10, it is unknown if the project was one of the two upcoming films Ross was referring to.

As for Gucci Mane, 2017 saw him release the independent short film The Spot. Prior to The Spot, Gucci appeared in Harmony Korine’s 2012 film Spring Breakers, which also starred Selena Gomez, James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens. Gucci Mane was credited as the character Archie.

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The Louis Vuitton x Supreme Collection Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

The Louis Vuitton x Supreme pop-up shop isn’t coming to NYC after all. In fact, the highly coveted drop has been scrapped all together.

On Tuesday night, Hypebeast broke the news by publishing an email sent by LV’s client services. The message read: “Regrettably, this collection will no longer be sold in any stores or online. However, please visit our social media channels and website for updates.”

Louis Vuitton x Supreme Drop Cancelled
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The cancelation comes just a week after the LV x Supreme pop-up event was rumored to arrive at additional North American cities this Friday. People in cities like NYC, Houston, Honolulu, and Vancouver have spent the last week lining up in the hopes of getting their own LV x Supreme gear. 

We’re sure most of them won’t take the news too well.

It’s not immediately clear why the collection will no longer be available.

The initial LV x Supreme pop-ups launched in late June in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, London, Miami, and Los Angeles. Though there were initial plans to set up a shop in NYC, the Manhattan Community Board No. 2 rejected the proposal back in May. Fashionista reported that it was a unanimous decision primarily based on the large number of expected of customers. Residents expressed concerns about crowd management and how sidewalk closures would affect access to their homes.

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Is Drake Really Over His Beef with Puff Daddy?

Is Drake really putting his long-standing, on-and-off beef with Diddy behind him? On Sunday, Drizzy promoted Puff's recently released doc, Can't Stop, Won't Stop, on Instagram while reminiscing about the time was rocking his ski goggles to the side while watching from the third row at the No Way Out Tour in Toronto.

Based on fan reaction, it seems like Drake and Puffy are officially cool now, supporting previously reported stories that they’ve become friends. Back in 2015, both guys decided to make amends over the phone following a physical altercation outside of Miami's club Liv. Last year, Puff showed his support at Drake and Future's Summer Sixteen tour in North Carolina, and even accepted his VMA award for Best Hip-Hop Video (“Hotline Bling”) on his behalf.

But you could also see it as an obligatory promotional post, as per Drake’s Apple Music partnership, to get the word out that you can purchase the documentary on iTunes now.

In addition, Drizzy's comments during his acceptance speech at the Billboard Awards after winning the award for Top Billboard 200 Album for Views seem to suggest that the rapper is trying to get past all of his previous beefs. “We're all here on Earth for a limited amount of time,” he explained. “We gotta show love while we're here.”

Drake and Puffy have an interesting relationship that dates back to their Club Liv incident and accusations of stealing the “0-100” beat. As long as they can keep the peace, they can move on to what’s important: making music.

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Inside the Beef That Lead to XXXTentacion Getting Knocked Out

During the San Diego stop on his Revenge Tour, 19-year-old Florida-based rapper XXXTentacion got knocked out mid-song while performing at The Observatory. The assailant, who's identity has not been confirmed, is said to be an associate of Rob Stone, a 22-year-old rapper from San Diego who made some noise with a song “Chill Bill” but has been connected to XXXTentacion through a beef that's been stirring since April of this year.

With XXXTentacion's name being in the news circuit for most of 2017, and a flurry of theories regarding what happened in this altercation (which someone who may or may not have been the person who attacked XXXTentacion being stabbed), the question on everyone's lips is “what the hell happened?”

Let's walk back to the beginning of the beef, which reportedly features everything from grabbing mics, more violent attacks, and a rapper named Ski Mask The Slump God. Here's a look at Rob Stone and XXXTentacion's beef.

April 9, 2017: Ski Mask the Slump God escorted off stage during Rob Stone performance

To understand how XXXTentacion and Rob Stone started beefing, you have to understand Stone's beef with Ski Mask the Slump God, another Florida-based rapper who is down with XXXTentacion. According to reports, Ski Mask was escorted off the stage at a show at The Observatory on a San Diego date for Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

As the story goes, Ski Mask tried getting on the mic as Rob Stone was getting on stage to start his performance. Ski Mask got frustrated over the ordeal and decided to not leave the stage. Footage shows that he ended up getting walked off the stage by a number of unidentified men.

When word got to XXXTentacion about what happened at the show to Ski Mask, he took to Twitter to vent. The tweet, which has since been deleted, said, “Let them know whoever the fuck that is getting fucked in they mouth when I go on tour for putting their peasant hands on my brother.” Rob Stone wasn't here for it, and let it be known in his own tweet.

To which Ski Mask sent his own tweet, insinuating that there was more to the growing friction between himself and Rob Stone.

April 10, 2017: Ski Mask gets jumped

The very next night on Desiigner's Outlet Tour found Ski Mask and Rob Stone getting into it at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. At the start of Ski Mask the Slump God's set, a pair of individuals are jumped him from behind, causing the three of them to fall into the crowd. Ski Mask is said to have then jumped back on stage, and was chased by a whole squad of people.

April 11, 2017: Two sides of the same story

In two separate conversations with XXL, both Rob and Ski Mask laid out their sides of what happened in Los Angeles. Stone likened Ski Mask's set in L.A. to being the “third strike” of disrespect. Strike one was said to have been an incident where Ski Mask ran out during Rob's set in Seattle to interact with fans mid-song. Stone says, “The nigga was ruining my spot. So that was the first strike and I told the nigga, ‘Don’t do that. If you’re gonna run on my set, come on ‘Chill Bill’ at the end.’ So he was like, ‘Aight, cool’ and it was straight.” Stone said strike two was at the San Diego show. According to him, Ski Mask's lateness forced set times to be pushed back, with Ski Mask being told he's go on at 9 p.m. Around 9:25, Stone says Ski Mask finally showed up, and took to the stage as Rob Stone was about to go on. When Stone's DJ wouldn't hand Ski Mask the mic, he got aggy and stood his ground.

Stone said that after the back-and-forth with XXXTentacion and Ski Mask on Twitter, as well as seeing XXX on Instagram Live “talking about Ski Mask gonna slap the shit outta me,” Stone decided he'd approach Ski Mask at the L.A. show, but Ski Mask showed up and hopped right on stage. “I wasn’t even trying to run onstage and do bro like that. I was supposed to get at bro behind the scenes, but he wanna run onstage and not holla at me like a real nigga, so I run onstage and take the mic from blood and then we beat his ass from the stage to the street. And that’s how it goes. And I left his ass out in the street with his ass out and his underwear. And that’s exactly what happened, from beginning to end.”

Ski Mask saw things differently, saying that AEG (who was putting on the Outlet Tour) was trying to get Rob Stone off of the tour. “Statistically, I shouldn’t even perform before him. Looking at numbers, I shouldn’t have to perform before him because it doesn’t make sense. My numbers are way higher than his in general. Then performance wise, this nigga is ass. He doesn’t do good in general in performance. So they were trying to throw him off [the tour] and he was angry as fuck.” Ski Mask also stated that the San Diego date was supposed to be his last date on the tour, but he says he might not have been getting paid.

Now, even though he says he wasn't going to perform if he wasn't going to get paid, he did indicate that he would be telling his fans “'on the mic that I'm not performing.' Because they're gonna think I didn't even pull up and they're gonna be mad.” According to Ski Mask, that's when the footage starts, where he's on the stage not being given a mic, but not wanting to get off the stage.

In the case of the Los Angeles tour date, Ski Mask said he only went there because he “didn't want to seem pussy,” indicating that he “didn’t think, even if he was gonna jump me, he was gonna do it like that, by jumping me on the stage and not even give me the heads up that he’s about to jump me or wait until I’m done performing.” As you can see in the above video, that wasn't the case. Ski Mask also alleges that around eight people attacked him, and at some point, knives were drawn and his friend was stabbed.

They both indicated to XXL that they were no longer a part of Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

May 1, 2017: Rob Stone replaced by Ski Mask the Slump God at Rolling Loud Festival

After their very public scuffles on the Outlet Tour, Ski Mask and Rob Stone would spend time clapping back and forth at each other, but the next real issue was Stone's claims that he was removed from the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. According to a tweet of his on May 1, Stone says he was paid in full in advance “not to show up at the festival,” saying that “the promoter is their boy.”

The “their” is in reference to XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God; XXX was already on the bill, and its said that Ski Mask ended up taking Rob Stone's slot. Stone later spoke out on the situation, reiterating that he was paid not to go “for 'safety & security,'” and spoke on how his issues with XXXTentacion was the cause of him being let go.

 

#robstone says he was paid NOT to attend #rollingloud because of issues with #xxxtentacion (part 1)

A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on May 8, 2017 at 6:26pm PDT

 

#robstone says he was paid NOT to attend #rollingloud because of issues with #xxxtentacion (part 2)

A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on May 8, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT

June 7, 2017: XXXTentacion gets suckerpunched

It's hard to tell if XXXTentacion was worrying about any flack from his shared beef with Rob Stone when hitting The Observatory during his Revenge Tour, but knowing what has gone down between Ski Mask and Rob Stone, it's hard to be surprised. During his set, someone ran onstage and knocked XXX out with a blow. The individual was immediately bumrushed by security, with a major scuffle ensuing both on stage and behind-the-scenes.

It appears that many in the building started screaming “Fuck Rob Stone.” After the incident, when XXX came to, he hit Twitter to not only say he was set up, but to throw a threat for the next time someone attacks him.

Fox 5 San Diego reports that at some point during the incident on stage, a 19-year-old was stabbed. They also indicated that, at the time, there were no reported arrests.

At the time of this writing, there's been no comment on social media from Rob Stone, though the Slump God did share a couple of tweets.

Sadly, this doesn't seem like it's going to be over any time soon. Maybe Rolling Loud had the right idea; the heat between these factions is too great to have them near each other. If someone doesn't step up to mediate the situation, this could go from bad to worse very quickly.

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Rich Chigga on XXXTENTACION, Rolling Loud, and Fidget Spinners

After amassing millions of fans and followers online, Rich Chigga finally made it to America. The Indonesian rapper had a packed schedule, from performing at the Rolling Loud in Miami to dropping “Gospel,” a collaboration with XXXTENTACION and Keith Ape that may be his biggest song to date. 

Before heading home, Rich Chigga swung through the P&P offices to tackle some trending topics as part of our new series. Check out the video above to hear what he had to say on the recent collabs, his arrival in America, and of course, fidget spinners. 

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