LeBron Beasts and Barely Wins; Westbrook’s Prom Fit; Can Spurs Win for Pop? | Out of Bounds

While Gilbert Arenas is off on an Agent Zero international mission, Pierce and Adam hold things down for #OutofBounds, starting with a quick tutorial on black hair care before getting into last night’s NBA playoff games. Those Game 2’s raised some interesting questions: What does it mean that the Cavs eked out a three-point win at home despite LeBron going off for 46 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals? How many fire emojis should Russell Westbrook’s tux look get in “Fire Fit”? With Karl-Anthony Towns scoring a total of 13 points in two L’s to start his playoff career, what the hell is going on with KAT? Looking forward to tonight’s playoff Game 3’s, OOB has some more questions: Will Kevin Hart’s trash talk keep 36-year-old Dwyane Wade cooking in Miami? Is the All-Star Damian Lillard we know and love finally going to show up against New Orleans? After coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away yesterday, can the overmatched Spurs pull out a win for them against the Warriors? Only time will tell. The same can be said of whether Tom Brady will retire or play QB for the Patriots in 2018. In “The Step-Back,” OOB discusses whether an ESPN story about Brady having not committed to play yet is a legit story or just click-bait. Finally, following a report that “handlers” for standout Penn State running back Saquon Barkley don’t want the Browns to draft him, in “Fair or Foul?” the guys weigh in on players forcing undesirable teams to not draft them.

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Ty Dolla Sign Says Beyoncé’s on Par With Michael Jackson

Complex News' Natasha Martinez caught up with Ty Dolla Sign at his hometown stop of the Don't Judge Me Tour in Los Angeles to chat about his birthday plans, his label The Movement, who he wants to see at Coachella, and how he’s a big Beyoncé fan. He even goes so far as to compare her live shows to the legendary Michael Jackson.

“Of course Beyoncé’s the queen, I would love to see Beyoncé,” Ty said. “I saw her Formation Tour […] and like watching her perform first of all, it was the most amazing show I’ve ever seen in my life. When I was a kid and used to watch Michael Jackson on TV, like seeing Beyoncé live, it gave me those vibes. Just like the greatest performer ever. Just the greatest stage set—everything about it, from her vocals to her dancing to all the attributes, she got it going.”

Ty wrapped up the majority of his Don’t Judge Me Tour in early April, and is now gearing up to join G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo, and Murda Beatz on the 32-date Endless Summer Tour, which kicks off on July 20 in Seattle and ends on Sept. 8 in Miami.

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Producer J. Reid Says Nicki Minaj ‘Went Crazy’ Freestyling “Barbie Tingz”

As we now know, Nicki Minaj's deleted countdown was indeed a setup for the release of her singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” And helping her stealthily create and drop those singles was up-and-coming Atlanta producer J. Reid.

Reid, whose resume is sure to get a big boost, did an interview with XXL where he shared details about what went on behind the scenes. He first managed to link up with Nicki when a partner of his, Brinx Billions, was working on a song with her. When Nicki asked who made the beat, it was J. Reid, and she made short work of flying him out to Miami.

“She was just like, 'I love your music. You're talented, I'm just trying to put some stuff together.' So I was like, 'I'm ready.' From that, it's just been ballgame. Coming back and forth, going in and out of town, working at home and showing out,” Reid said, revealing he made 15 different beats for “Barbie Tingz” but it only took hearing two of them for Nicki's inspiration to kick in.

“I played one beat, [then] I played the second beat and she was like, 'Stop, pull it up, I'm about to go in.' I'm like, 'This is crazy. Is she really finna go rap on my beat, like, freestyle?!' And went crazy,” said Reid. He described feeling “enlightened” watching Minaj's creative process. 

Reid was also grateful the rap vet was able to explain what kind of beat she was looking for, something many artists can't do, he says. He attributes her level-headed approach to having some time to herself, not churning out albums. The whole process, Reid said, happened in an instant. “So it just came together like that. Two days later, I flew back home. She was like, 'Yo, this song is so hard. I'm about to shoot the video.'”

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When it came to producing “Chun-Li,” the process was pretty similar. Reid flew to California to finish mixing and mastering “Barbie Tingz,” and Nicki asked to hear some more beats. She gave Reid a little taste of some bars so he could get a sense of the vibe, and the two went back in to shuffle through about 13 beats before making the final selection. “The format is the exact same. She went in [the recording booth], started rapping, came out, arranged it, went back in, finished it,” Reid said.

It looks like Miss Minaj is finally back on her grind, and ready to defend her throne. Read the full interview with J. Reid over at XXL.

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Lil Yachty Claims He Can Rap Better Than 75% of His Hip-Hop Peers

Lil Yachty, along with some of his rap peers, believes he can out rap most of the newcomers in hip-hop.

The revelation came about when Miami rapper Smokepurpp brought the subject to light via social media. “Bro this nigga @lilyachty sooo underrated,” he tweeted. “this nigga deadass got bars and people overlook him smh, definitely top 10 rn NO CAP.” Yachty replied to the statement with his own co-sign. “real underdog bruh, I can prolly out rap 75% of the new generation but n***as sleep on me,” he replied. “Plus i ain’t got nothing to prove brother.”

Yachty doubled down on his statements when That Boy A.B. questions his lyricism, stating “you don't got bars cuzzo lol”

Lil Uzi Vert stepped into the conversation to back Yachty up.

Lil Yachty has often been challenged about the quality of his rhymes (most notably by The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne, who called him the “poster child for wack rappers” during an interview). However, it appears that Lil Boat has been working overtime to prove his doubters wrong.

Smokepurpp told XXL that Yachty blew him away during the making of their collaboration “Do Not Disturb.”

“He just freestyled that shit. Like 10 minutes, he was done with that shit. I was like, “I'm not gon' lie, his recording process, that shit is fire because he literally goes in a freestyle and it's like nothing to him. People don't give Yachty the credit that he deserves. He actually snaps. He actually says shit, he be coming with the metaphors and n***as don't give him credit for that. In my opinion, he's a good rapper—one of the best rappers out right now.”

Back in March, Yachty dropped Lil Boat 2, which boasted guest appearances by Quavo (“Talk to Me Nice”), Trippie Redd (“66”), Tee Grizzley (“Get Money Bros”), 2 Chainz (“Oops”), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (“NBA Youngboat”), and many more. The album was a sharp departure from the bubbly, more upbeat vibe of his debut album Teenage Emotions.

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Trick Daddy Prays for Help While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

Trick Daddy is a platinum-selling artist with more than 20 years in the rap game, a bonafide hitmaker, and arguably hip-hop’s greatest chef. But how is he with hot food? Find out as the Miami rap legend takes on the wings of death and discusses everything from partying with Jeremy Shockey, to hip-hop’s enduring love affair with Benihana. As the spice builds and he sends up a prayer to make it through the challenge, Trick also opens up the influence of www.thug.com, his Miami spring-break tips, and his suspicions about self-driving cars. If you loved Hot Ones in the early days, you’ll love this episode with a hip-hop O.G.

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Guest Stephen Jackson Unfiltered; Donovan Mitchell Trolls ROY Comp Ben Simmons | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, NBA champion and captain of the BIG3’s Killer 3’s Stephen Jackson joins Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew to speak unfiltered like never before. To start, they weigh in on Tristan Thompson’s Kardashian baby mama drama — true G League levels of cheating. After that, the team reacts to controversial NFL lineman Richie Incognito retiring because his organs are “shutting down” and stress is “killing” him. Stack explains what real stress is, why he had to be forced out of the Association, and the weed-smoking cycle of NBA players. Then, after Jazz phenom Donovan Mitchell wore a hoodie trolling his Rookie of the Year comp Ben Simmons, OOB assesses the troll job as well as the players’ respective ROY arguments. The vote is split, and Gil and Stack make an unconventional argument that turns the debate on its head. Next, the panel responds to Pat Riley’s comments that LeBron James would have won “five or six” more championships and become “the greatest player in the history of mankind” if he’d stayed in Miami. Is Riley right, or going senile at 73? Plus, Gil and Stack explain how players rank — and differentiate between — all-time greats like LeBron, Jordan, and Kobe. Finally, with the small-market Memphis Grizzlies reportedly valued at a whopping $1.3 billion, the guys see if that adds up and name the team they’d most like to own. While market and personal fandom are factors, for one member of the team the strip club scene is as important as anything else. The things you learn on OOB….

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Amazon’s Being Secretive as Hell About Their New HQ City Selection

Amazon is trying really hard to not let the cat out of the bag.

Splinter News reports the online megastore, worth over $650 billion, is asking competing cities to sign nondisclosure agreements as they negotiate and narrow down bids for their future headquarters. Local news organizations such as the ABC affiliate WRAL and the Atlanta Star-Constitution, have tried and failed to obtain records regarding the ongoing deals in their metropolitan areas.

According to NPR, the 20 potential locations in North America selected in the second round include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Washington D.C.

In fact, some of the first rounds of reports have also been leaving out important information, such as details regarding their offers. For instance, only Boston and Toronto have released information to the public about their deals.

Amazon recently lost value in the stock market after Donald Trump tweeted that the company was burning the United States Postal Service.

How much will one of the world's richest men get in tax breaks? Stay tuned to find out.

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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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Rick Ross Hangs Out With Gucci Mane in New Instagram Photos

Saturday, Gucci Mane posted several pictures with Rick Ross via Instagram—seeming to at least partially support statements from Maybach Music’s Fat Trel that Ross was doing well after a hospital stay earlier in March.

“Ross I'm glad u Good Vato!” Gucci wrote in the caption of one picture, featuring himself, Ross, and another crewmember. Ross was photographed holding double-stacked Styrofoam cups.

 

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Ross made headlines on March 2, after a TMZ report stated the rapper was hospitalized for a possible heart attack and was receiving a respiratory treatment. Fat Trel then confirmed Ross was in the hospital but refuted rumors of Ross being on life support. A subsequent TMZ report said Ross returned from the hospital after a four-day stay.

In 2014, Rick Ross confirmed shedding 90 pounds and adopting a healthier lifestyle after suffering two seizures.

“I woke up from that and I was like, ‘Wow. I really need to reevaluate what I’m doing,’” Ross told Sara Haines of Good Morning America.

Ross also appeared in a brief clip from Gucci Mane’s Instagram Stories feed in addition to incorporating a pic from the same photo opportunity with Gucci into his own IG feed.

 

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“Port of Miami II coming! #MMG,” Ross wrote in the caption of his own Instagram picture with Gucci Mane, hinting at a sequel to 2006 album, Port of Miami.

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Shaquille O’Neal Is Planning to Host His Own EDM Festival in Miami

Shaquille O'Neal can do pretty much anything he wants at this point in his life, moving from one project to another with almost reckless abandon. His latest venture, though, might be one of his strangest yet. Billboard reports Shaq will be starting a “carnival-style” EDM festival in Miami called Shaq's Fun House. 

Scheduled to take place on March 24, the one-night event is set to feature a multitude of EDM DJs, “over-the-top” carnival attractions, and a cabaret show. The location of the venue hosting the event has yet to be announced, but it's invite-only, anyway. Considering that Shaq has DJed in the past, it's not the most shocking of announcements, but it's still pretty out there.

“Despite all the problems that are going on in the world, there are two [things] that’ll bring people together: it’s sports and music,” Shaq told Billboard. He promises the festival will feature “flamethrowers, people swinging from ceilings, a lot of costumes. We want this to be very different than any other festival.” Shaq's Fun House is expected to run from 2 a.m. until sunrise, and he'll perform as DJ Diesel at the event.

Shaq explained to Billboard that he got the idea for the event after he performed at a previous EDM festival called TomorrowWorld, which took place in Atlanta back in 2015. “I like to read the crowd and see what they like, but I want to hit them with that base, edgy trap. I like all types of music. I’m mixture of AoB and Skrillex,” he added. “That’s my alias, the black AoB-Skrillex.”

Hopefully Shaq is a better DJ than he is a rapper.

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