The 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards took place this weekend in Miami and Complex News was on the green carpet to chop it up with DJ Khaled, Migos, Dave East, Lil Yachty, Plies, and more. Check the video up to hear those artists talk about everything from the awards show location to songs that bump harder than the national anthem. And yes, Migos are down to replace it with “Bad and Boujee.”
Habitual L-takerLilBow Wow doesn't make it easy for himself. Whether there's a “scientific method” to his fake stunting is yet to truly be seen, but it continues to be open season on the Bow Wow who wants you to call him Shad Moss whenever he gets on social media. Just check out this Instagram from the other day, where he's documenting how lit his time at Club LIV in Miami was (almost empty Ciroc bottle included).
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“I just do it different,” Bow Wow used for the caption, but folks in the comments didn't even believe that he could afford the bottle he was sipping on, again due to his insane fuckery that's spawned whole challenges. When Bow Wow caught wind of how he was being roasted in his own comments, though, he wasn't for it, going on a lit tirade that I find myself not being mad at.
“U dumb mafukers LISTEN!!,” Bow Wow began. “Im tipsy! If the mafuukan bottle empty u stupid shits! Means we drinking. Fuck wrong u w mafukas! Alota of mafukas on social media are fucking idiots! Exactly why i barely respond respond to folks. The more stupid mafukas i talk to it dumbs me down. STOP TALLLLLKKKING TOOOO MEEEEEEE”
It's hard to take Bow Wow calling people “idiots” seriously when he can't consistently spell the word “motherfucker” correctly, but I hate that the internet is making me side with Bow Wow. People truly are idiots; even if Bow Wow can't afford a plane, or a bottle of Ciroc, guess what? I know many IG-hawking “mafukers” who are trying to figure out the splits on the tab when the night is over. It's easy af to clown Bow Wow for his fake fuckery, because again, he makes it super easy, but I refuse to believe that everyone in his mentions has their funds correct during every outing.
Truth be told, I don't want Bow Wow to change. He's the constant enigma who is cognizant of his bullshit and seems to revel in the hate… that is until he's a little too lit and reads a comment that fucks up his fun.
As we learn more about the group of artists first classified as “SoundCloud rappers,” the title feels increasingly inadequate. Smokepurpp is the latest South Florida phenom to break big, recently signing with Alamo Records and landing features from Chief Keef, Travis Scott, and D.R.A.M. for his Deadstar release.
Now that he's fully in the public eye, we wanted to see what Smokepurpp was thinking about during his rise—so we took a trip in Twitter's time machine and asked the Miami rapper what was going through his head when he forgot what a chicken was.
Watch the latest episode of Trending Topics above, and listen to Deadstar below.
Catch Smokepurpp live on the Pigeons & Planes stage at ComplexCon, which goes down November 4 and 5 in Long Beach, California. Tickets are on sale now.
Disturbing new details emerged last week regarding the abuse allegations against XXXTentacion. X, who's been charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and is set to stand trial in October, has now responded to those reports in a series of Instagram Story clips. Among other things, X's response includes threats to anyone who called him a “domestic abuser.”
X also mocked feminists, told publications not to cover him, and—in a clip captioned “I only beat the pussy”—said, “If you want your pussy domestically abused, hit my line.” In other clips, X claimed people were just mad at him for being successful and repeatedly screamed “suck my dick!” at the camera. At the time of this article's publication, most of the clips were still available on Instagram.
Last week, Pitchforkpublished an extensive report on the case including excerpts from X's alleged victim's 142-page testimony. At one point, the victim alleges, X—whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy—”wanted to cut out [her] tongue” for singing along to another artist's guest verse. X allegedly head-butted, punched, stomped, and strangled the woman. He is also accused of threatening to kill the woman and the unborn child.
Asked during her two-and-a-half hour session at a Miami public defender’s office back in January to name exactly when X threatened to kill her, she said the threats were particularly frequent when they lived together in Orlando. “Well, when we lived in Orlando, it was literally like every day,” she said.
In addition to the aggravated battery of a pregnant woman charge, X has also been charged with false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and witness-tampering.
The final toll of Hurricane Irma is nowhere near clear yet, but preliminary estimates painted a dire picture for residents of the American southeast. Federal, state, and local government officials stressed a need to prepare for the worst in the state of Florida, after seeing the storm wreak all kinds of havoc in the Caribbean.
The damage done by Hurricane Harvey provided something of a warning shot for Florida residents, who saw what can happen when citizens pass on evacuating during a devastating natural disaster. That doesn't mean the circumstances were any less dire: over 1.5 million homes in Florida were without power by Sunday, and nearly 120,000 people were placed in emergency shelters in an effort to remain safe.
Though there's a lot of time and devastation still to come, getting out ahead of the damage is important in relief efforts. Some prominent figures have already stepped up to lend a hand in repair efforts, including former Spurs star Tim Duncan. The usually silent big man penned a heartfelt piece for The Players' Tribune, promising to match donations that go toward helping the U.S. Virgin Islands heal post-Irma.
“Coach [Gregg Popovich] has always been a ‘say less, do more’ kind of person, and I’ve always admired that in him and tried my best to follow his example,” said Duncan. “But Pop also knows when it’s time to talk, so in that spirit I want to take a moment to tell you why my home is so special, and why it needs your help so urgently right now.”
Florida, the Virgin Islands, and many surrounding areas will need your help in the months to come. If you're interested in making a difference, here are a few ways you can lend a hand to the recovery effort.
If you're an able-bodied person who lives in Florida, you can volunteer at one of the many emergency shelters set up for Irma. You can sign up to volunteer online through Volunteer Florida, a state-run organization, or call 1-800-FL-Help-1
The American Red Cross is accepting money for food and shelter, as well as “emotional support” for the victims of Hurricane Irma
GlobalGiving is accepting money that they will distribute to local groups/charities on the ground that have been vetted ahead of time, in addition to other larger charities
The Salvation Army is asking for charitable donations so they can provide thousands of meals to people throughout the state
Monetary donations in some form may, in fact, be the best way to help if you can't be there in person. USAID's Center for International Disaster Information explains that while food, clothing, and other items may be helpful, they require transportation and pre-planned delivery to be effective. This can be expensive and logistically difficult, wasting precious time during a time of serious need.
By the same token, make sure your money is going toward reputable charities during this chaotic time. One way to do that is by checking with the Better Business Bureau, or to use the Federal Trade Commission's tips for identifying the right charity to donate to
Nurses who live in Florida are specifically being asked to help out at special-needs shelters. The state is looking for 1,000 volunteer nurses to help here
AirBNB is allowing hosts in the affected region offer up their home for free for evacuees during the storm
GoFundMe is allowing users to crowdfund relief funds on their own and has also set up the Direct Impact Fund, set up by the company to help maximize the impact of donations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.