The NBA Finals are over, which means Kevin Durant is back on Twitter.
KD has a lot of time on his hands, basking in the glory of his first NBA title. Apparently, he has so much time that he took it upon himself to address a few Twitter users who have been all up in his mentions with their hot takes and other random insults. Here’s him going in a few days ago:
Today, Durant is still being a savage. It all started when he complemented Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, who became the WNBA’s all-time scoring leader following the team’s win against the Los Angeles Sparks (90-59) in L.A. From there, KD was having some fun, getting into an argument with one superfan from OKC. A “fart in your face” insult was actually hurled.
January 27, 2017 brought the arrival of the Migos album Culture. Aided by a hit single in “Bad and Boujee” and a timely shout out from Donald Glover, the project gave the Atlanta trio their first No. 1 album with 131,000 equivalent album units sold during its first week of release. Now there are strong indicators Quavo, Takeoff and Offset are gearing up for a repeat.
An attendee captured footage from what appears to be Future’s Nobody’s Safe tour stop in Mountain View, California. During the set, Quavo could clearly be heard chanting, “Culture II dropping soon.”
Migos wit a lil freestyle at the end of bad and boujee and hint at “Culture 2” Quavo says culture 2 comin soon😱💯💯💯 pic.twitter.com/Exb11Mwaad
The choice to release another album would be a somewhat curious one, as Culture singles “Bad and Boujee,” “Slippery” and “T-Shirt” currently occupy spots on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart. Katy Perry’s “Bon Appetit,” Calvin Harris’ “Slide” and Lil Yachty’s “Peek A Boo” also feature Migos, while Quavo and Offset can be found as featured artists on singles ranging from Gucci Mane’s “Met Gala” to 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank.”
This week, a new interview in Billboardhas Rap Twitter calling bullshit on Miley Cyrus, and for good reason. In the feature, she took some time out to throw shade on hip-hop, saying that while she loves Kendrick Lamar's “Humble” because he's bigging up natural women, she was also glad that “it's not 'Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.' I can't listen to that anymore.”
Which, understandable. Being an old ass man, I'm here for getting misogyny the fuck out of the rap game, and just an overall more conscious balance to what's being promoted on the mainstream side. But Miley, come the fuck on. Just because you're engaged to Thor's brother and are working on some more “rootsy,” “political” material for your next project, that doesn't mean you get to act like your most previous incarnation didn't happen. Bangerz wasn't that long ago, and your appropriating of hip-hop culture when it suited your rebellious, outspoken nature is easily Google'd.
Don't believe me? Let's take a look.
Mar. 21, 2013 – Miley posts a video of her twerking in a unicorn onesie
This ridiculous video of Miley Cyrus twerking to “WOP” while rocking a unicorn onesie helped usher in the “new” phenomenon of twerking to white America. Don't believe me? Who else was talking about twerking to fucking Ryan Seacrest on the radio? She was actually adamant about not having this particularly booty-filled dance taken away from her. “Alright, I can’t sing, I can’t act, I’m dumb, I’m a hilbilly, but I can twerk so whatever.”
You have to love that when asked to describe what twerking was, she actually told people to go to her Facebook and click it for a “pretty good definition” of what twerking is. Spoiler alert: that isn't a good definition of twerking at all.
June 19, 2013 – Miley rocks gold teeth in “We Can't Stop” video
This video was the culmination of Miley's new image, which she'd been crafting in the build-up of her fourth studio album, Bangerz. The clip has lived in infamy for Miley grabbing a hold to the crunk-y/”ratchet” side of hip-hop to turn heads. Dodai Stewartlikened the treatment of the black women who Miley twerked with in the video to “props,” which doesn't feel far from the truth.
That's not to say that Miley wasn't influenced by hip-hop at any point in her life; I have no idea what's been on her Spotify playlist. But Rock City, who wrote the song for Miley, went on record saying Miley “was like, 'I want urban, I just want something that just feels Black.'” And what we ended up getting in the “We Can't Stop” video looked and felt exploitative.
In her Billboard piece, Miley did speak out on the controversy surrounding her “having black dancers” becoming “a thing.” As she put it, “People said I was taking advantage of black culture, and with Mike [Will Made-It] — what the fuck? That wasn’t true. Those were the dancers I liked!” Liking the dancers is fine, but it would appear that most people are pissed at the intent behind having said dancers and producers so prominent in your new image at the time.
Mike WiLL Made-It ended up producing seven of Bangerz's 13 tracks, which is a crazy stat to hear in 2017 when Miley's literally quoted as disdaining the “'Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock'” side of rap. During the same year, Mike Will was behind a number of songs in that vein, including Future's “Sh!t” (which features the lines “Pimps up, pimps up, hoes down, hoes down/A pool full of money and I'm 'bout to drown”). Her entire image in 2013 was based on the style of rap that she's specifically hating on in 2017.
Aug. 25, 2013 – Miley twerks on Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Music Awards
Just in case you thought Miley wasn't about that twerk life, she showed the world she was by being a part of Robin Thicke's performance. During his “Blurred Lines” bit, she stripped down to a weird looking latex two-piece, touched his crotch with a foam finger, then twerked on him. It was called “raunchy” by some, as well as being deemed a “trainwreck” and “reminiscent of a bad acid trip,” but truth be told, it was just a hot mess.
Aug. 26, 2013 – Miley raps about being “high on purp” on Mike Will Made-It's “23”
While we can't tell if Miley (who is apparently “in the club high on purp with some shades on”) was actually smoking that gas or just getting gassed up by Juicy J and Mike Will, she tried her hand at rapping on Mike Will's “23.” Here's a sample of Miley's verse:
I back it up, cause I don't give a fuck
If you're a lame, that's a shame you can't hang with us
I'm MC Hammer fly, you can't touch
J's so fly I should work at Flight Club
Not sure if this was Miley's life pre-chilling with Mike Will, but whatever works for those clicks.
Aug. 30, 2015 – Miley wears dreadlocks to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
That night, Nicki Minaj hit Miley Cyrus with the amazing “Miley, What's good?” while accepting her Best Hip-Hop Video VMA; this was a clap at Miley, who threw a shot at Nicki's disgust over “Anaconda” being snubbed for Video of the Year by saying “If you want to make it about race, there's a way you could do that. But don't make it just about yourself.” In October of 2015, Nicki dropped a megaton truth bomb on how Miley has used hip-hop culture (especially the more ratchet side) to her advantage:
‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.
Growing up is hard, and maybe in the time that Miley's spent out of the spotlight, she's switched her style up, and is looking to take it back to her roots. That's great for her, trust. But to rip on something that she utilized to help her break out of her shell? That was unnecessary, especially given how easy it is to pull up her appropriation receipts.
Kendrick Lamar returned to his hometown of Compton, California, this afternoon to sign copies of his critically acclaimed album Damn. As expected, the event attracted a huge turnout, with thousands of people lining up at the city’s Best Buy hoping to meet the Grammy-award winning rapper. A member of the TDE crew shared the appearance on an Instagram Live broadcast, which ended with some pretty big news. Or, at least, what sounds like big news.
At around the 21-minute mark, Kendrick looks into the phone, thanks his fans, and announces: “I got some more music.”
Of course, social media went wild with speculation.
Kendrick just said new music on the way on his IG live Jesus fuckin Christmas famSo some more info, it was at his signing party, he took th…
But what did Kendrick mean? Because he didn’t elaborate, we’re not sure if he’s referring to a new album, a new single, or just speaking in a more general sense. Rumors of a second 2017 album began circulating immediately after K-Dot released Damn last week. A fan theory suggested he would drop a follow-up project sometime during Easter weekend. But, as we know now, nothing ever arrived.
“I came to the studio and recorded a lot of stuff, they took what they wanted, placed it where they needed to place it,” Capri told Mass Appeal. “I think they’ve got some more stuff—there are some more things—coming out later, but for right now, that’s what happened.”
So, were the fans right all this time? Does Kendrick have another album on deck? According to Damn producer Terrace Martin, it’s not a far-fetched theory.
“I’m a Beatles fan, and there’s a lot of conspiracies based on the Beatles and other shit. A part of me is like, ‘Man that’s just crazy,’” Martin told Complex about the second album rumors. “And then the other part is, shit, Kendrick may go to bed and may say, ‘Hey.’ I don’t know. We have a lot of music. We’re always recording, we’re always ready. That’s a Kendrick question right there.”
For now, we suggest you tune-in to his Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe on Friday. Maybe he'll give more than just an enlightened conversation…
Not everyone can beWiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg or Freddie Gibbs. We’re not just talking about the money, fame, and musical talent, but the fact that all three are people of color making money in the legal marijuana industry.
With the decriminalization of weed gaining more and more traction—medical marijuana is currently legal in roughly 28 states (and Washington, D.C.), and recreational use is now legal in eight states—there’s been a wave of entrepreneurs sparking up new streams of income in the marijuana business. But it’s mostly whites who are making a profit from this “green rush.” According to an investigative report by Buzzfeed, only 1 percent (fewer than three dozen) of the 3,200 to 3,600 marijuana dispensaries in America are black-owned. Outside of the celebrity-endorsed bud brands, there are just a handful of everyday black folk who have been successful in opening up a cannabis company of their own or attaining leadership positions for existing weed businesses.
Breaking into this emerging market hasn’t proven easy for many black entrepreneurs, who often face financial and racial challenges that their white counterparts don’t. Look at cases like Charlo Greene, the former news anchor whose on-air resignation to focus on her advocacy work with the Alaska Cannabis Club went viral in 2014. Since making the career shift from journalism to izm, Greene reports says she's been unfairly targeted and discriminated against by local law enforcement. Although marijuana use has been approved in Alaska since February 2015, she’s currently facing up to 54 years in prison due to new legislation—often referred to as the Charlo clause—that makes it illegal for anyone who ran a cannabis club prior to Nov. 4, 2015, to participate in the green economy. According to Greene, she’s the only person in the entire state that the law would apply to.
But despite the roadblocks, black weed entrepreneurs still have a shot in the industry. Programs such as theNational Minority Business Council andNational Cannabis Industry Association are focused on getting more people of color in on the action. Complex spoke with several African-American entrepreneurs in the cannabis business to get an honest look at what it means to be black in the world of weed.
UPDATED 8:58 p.m. ET: The alleged victim, Bennie Vines, now claims his injuries have prevented him for working, and he's gearing up to take legal action against Chris Brown.
Vines shared his side of the story in a video posted by TMZ, in which he claims Brown assaulted him for simply doing his job. The photographer said he has already consulted several lawyers, who told him he has a strong case against the artist.
The incident went down at roughly 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning during a paid appearance at the club. The alleged victim, 38-year-old Bennie L. Vines, claims that Brown popped him while Vines was taking crowd shots of the club. Earlier in the night/morning, Brown and his entourage said there would be no photos. Vines says that he wasn't taking pictures of Brown. Some footage of the incident, though grainy, was posted to TMZ.
One of the owners of the club, Robert Solomon, also added that Brown was only there for about 3-5 minutes even though he was paid to stick around for an hour. “It wasn't a brawl, Brown punched a photog for the club and walked out,” Solomon said.
According to AJA Channelside'sFacebook page, assault charges are being pressed. Furthermore, according to the Twitter feed of Tampa's police department, Brown is under an active investigation for the alleged incident:
Young Thug's lawyers are the real co-MVPs in his life right now.
According to TMZ, Young Thug was able to thwart a felony drug charge stemming from a raid conducted by authorities at his Sandy Springs, Georgia home in July 2015. After cops found weapons and drugs inside his residence, Thugger was charged with felony cocaine possession, felony marijuana possession and three counts of felony gun possession.
Between then and now, Thug's lawyers managed to get the district attorney to bring it down to a felony drug charge. Then, his attorneys helped Thugger Euro-step his way around that charge by arguing that the cops carried out a search of the rapper's premises without a proper warrant. The D.A. agreed, and dropped everything.
On Sunday, Thug posted a couple possible sub-tweets which could have been in reference to getting that last charge dropped.
Thug has been riding quite the winning streak these days. In addition to doing his thing on Rick Ross' single “Trap Trap Trap,” we also recognized his guest spot on “Sacrifices,” off Drake's album playlist More Life, as being the best rap verse for the month of March. Plus, you can also catch Thugger floating on “Heatstroke” by Calvin Harris featuring Ariana Grande and Pharrell. Thug really can't lose right now, and luckily, his lawyers are here to make sure nothing stands in his way.
Believe it or not, it’s been almost a decade now since Michael Strahan last suited up for the New York Giants. He retired from the NFL back in 2008, shortly after the G-Men knocked off the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But during an appearance at WWD’s Men’s Wear Summit in Brooklyn on Tuesday, the Hall of Fame defensive end said that there’s still one thing he really misses about playing in the league—sacking opposing quarterbacks and, more specifically, Tom Brady.
Strahan started talking about Brady when the subject of his stolen Super Bowl LI jersey came up. Strahan said that he, too, had been the victim of thefts in the locker room throughout his NFL career. But he said he “got hip to it” eventually and figured out ways to prevent people from stealing his stuff. And Strahan said he was surprised that Brady had left his most recent Super Bowl jersey unattended after the game, considering he had another Super Bowl jersey stolen just two years earlier.
But then, the conversation turned to Strahan sacking Brady, and his eyes apparently lit up. He talked at length about what a rush it was to lay the Patriots quarterback out during his career and said he genuinely misses it even to this day.
“I do like tackling people, there’s nothing like it,” he said. “Trust me, I could play forever. I would have loved to have played forever. You’ve never lived unless you’ve hit Tom Brady. Not just Brady but any quarterback. Like, you hit a guy, hit a grown man, and you hear the life and the breath leave his body. There’s something very empowering about that. Then, you hit Brady, you sack him, and you land on Brady. And you get up and you’re like, 'Boy, I see what Gisele is feeling. You know, I just laid down with Tom Brady. That was cool.'”
The “I see what Gisele is feeling” comment is a little weird. But it sounds like Strahan really enjoyed beating Brady down during their playing days. And judging from Strahan’s description of it, something tells us Brady doesn’t miss it one bit.