New Billboard Challenges LeBron to Prove He’s the King of New York By Signing With the Knicks

A New York marketing company has taken LeBron's James' recruitment into their own hands by daring the four-time MVP to prove he's the “King of New York” by signing with the Knicks this summer. The sign was put up between 31st and 32nd streets on 7th Avenue, which is to say it faces the entrance of Madison Square Garden. So, yeah, that'll probably do it.

In fairness, the company did admit that the likelihood of LeBron joining the team was extraordinarily slim but, whatever, worst case scenario is it still brings attention to your business.

“Some of you may think we’re crazy and say there’s no chance he ends up in NY. I think why not ?,” they wrote on Instagram. “If you talk the talk you gotta walk the walk. You want to be considered the goat? Legend? Icon? I think the best way to solidify all that is winning a chip in NY a place that hasn’t seen it in 40 years the Mecca of basketball (Lebron's words) So I say you call yourself the King? PROVE IT this is the best place to do it.”

For the uninitiated, the message is referencing a moment last November when LeBron declared himself the Big Apple's king after a comeback victory over the Knicks.

 

You're welcome.. 👑of NY #myfavoriteplayground #striveforgreatness🚀

A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Nov 14, 2017 at 7:26am PST

The billboard is just the latest one to try to woo LeBron into signing a contract this offseason as, previously, signs went up in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Akron. What we're saying is, more creativity would be appreciated. Dig deep.

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Joakim Noah May Be Traded From Knicks After Heated Exchange With Jeff Hornacek

Joakim Noah and New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek were involved in a “heated verbal exchange” during practice last week, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, and the fallout now has the team actively exploring ways to move the disgruntled center.

Last Tuesday, Noah got into a shouting match with Hornacek during the fourth quarter of a game against Golden State. The following day at practice, still frustrated, the 32-year-old confronted the coach again. Though the situation stopped short of turning physical, Noah was sent home afterward on a “leave of absence.” Now, it looks like the former All-Star might've suited up for the last time in a Knicks uniform.

Noah has been reportedly upset with his role all season. He's played in only seven games, seeing less than six minutes per contest behind New York basketball luminaries like Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez. Noah still believes he can provide legitimate minutes for somebody out there, though his time in New York hasn't offered much validation. He played in just 46 games last year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery and then received a 20-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

This season, he's seen the floor so few times that it's difficult to imagine anyone trading for him since he's owed nearly $38 million over the next two years (including a ridiculous $19.3 million in 2019-20). Charania reports that New York has yet to approach the former Defensive Player of the Year about a buyout.

New York fans don't want to hear it, but Twitter is aflame with basketball pundits everywhere saying, “I told you so.” When Noah signed a 4-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, it not only confirmed that Phil Jackson never should've been hired, it left the rest of the basketball world laughing. It was peak Knicks. From Jerome James to Eddy Curry, this team has a habit of overdrawing the ATM account. In an age where teams have gotten somewhat smarter (besides Michael Jordan's Hornets) about not throwing money around like Jordan Belfort, Noah's deal has been so bad that some have argued it's the team's worst ever.

The amazing part? Despite knowing this, Knicks fans were still willing to go all in. I mean, just look at some of these tweets from 2016. (Thanks to @SnottieDrippen for doing some digging.)

Ugh. At the end of the day, even the most staunch New York fans had to see this one coming. Blame the front office for offering such a stupid deal. Noah was a fading star that never should've been given that much money anyway, especially not in New York. A huge contract with a former “star” playing limited minutes on a rebuilding team, there was really only one way this was going to end.

Whether it's through trade (unlikely), through a buyout or stretch (probably the best course of action) or even just through offering unlimited sick days for the next three months, we've probably seen the last of Joakim Noah in a Knicks uniform.

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Who is ASAP Twelvyy?

Longevity is the enemy of the internet. We are living in a whirlwind, a news cycle constantly destroying itself in the search for new material. It's as true in music as it is anywhere else, and to stay relevant, you have to bring something new.

ASAP Mob understood this from the beginning. They first started making noise in New York in 2006, welcoming a steady stream of new members who brought their own sauce to the group. ASAP Twelvyy joined shortly thereafter, and by the time ASAP Rocky signed a multimillion dollar deal in 2011, the plan was in motion—year after year, the group has targeted and dominated a new corner of the music market. By 2017, Twelvyy had cemented himself as one of the Mob's most reliable members. But due to some scrapped plans and Yams' untimely death in 2015, he had yet to release a solo project. 

That all changed this past August with the arrival of 12. In 2014, ASAP Yams called it “the best NY rap album in years,” and he wasn't far off. It's a dense, fiery collection of songs that simultaneously embraces the past and future in true ASAP fashion, especially on the Phantogram-sampling “Diamonds” and the murky aggression of “A Glorious Death.” Features from Ferg, Rocky, Joey Badass, Flatbush Zombies, and the rest of the Mob ensure 12 as a decidedly East Coast family affair, but the production is often as modern and forward-thinking as anything else out. 

Through it all, Twelvyy plays the ringmaster—it would be easy to get lost in so many big names, but now Twevlyy is one of them. We caught up with the Harlem-born rapper to take it back to the start, and hear how he plans to give back to the neighborhood that raised him. “There were days I didn't have anything but music to listen to,” Twelvyy says. “Right now, I'm still trying to figure out what success is… I still have a long way to go. I wanna help. I wanna help for real, because a lot of people get, but they don't give… Or they give, but they give in the wrong way.”

Watch our Who Is? with Twelvyy above, and listen to 12 below. 

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Take a Look Inside KITH’s New Flagship Store

There have been rumors since April that Kith was going to open a new store on Lafayette Street in Manhattan. And now, the months-long wait has been put to an end. Kith's new flagship store is finally open, and Complex went there to check it out.

We talked to people outside to see what they were looking to cop (shout out to the guy who only wanted the tracksuit), and what they thought of the new digs. In addition, we take a look at the new Kith x Nike collaboration, in particular the much-loved Kith x Scottie Pippen x Nike sneakers

You can see it all, including an interview with Kith VP Nick Annacone, in the video above.

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R. Kelly Says Cult Allegations Are ‘A Bunch of Crap’ and Plans to Continue Tour

For the first time, R. Kelly has personally addressed last week’s allegations that claim he is holding women in an “abusive cult” in his homes. In a short video posted to TMZ on Friday, the R&B singer speaks directly to the camera, ensuring fans that his three upcoming East Coast shows in Virginia Beach, VA, Baltimore, MD, and White Plains, NY are still on.

“I just want to let my fans know, despite all of the crap y'all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show,” Kelly said. “And believe me y’all, it’s a bunch of crap.”

The allegations came as a result of a BuzzFeed News investigation published on July 17 that claimed R. Kelly is keeping multiple women in his home and controlling their every move, including their sex lives. R. Kelly’s lawyer released a statement on behalf of her client, which said “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” adding that he “will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”

More fuel was added to the fire when one of the women allegedly held against her will spoke to TMZ: Jocelyn Savage, 21, denied the accusations. “I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that,” Savage said. “I just want everybody to know—my parents and everybody in the world—that I am totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at, and everything is okay with me.” She also pleaded with her father, who was one of the main sources in the original BuzzFeed News report, to “stop embarrassing” her. But her father, Timothy, released a video of his own in response. He likened R. Kelly’s relationship to the women to slavery, and suggested that the FBI has been investigating the situation. He also claimed that some of the relationships in question began when the women were under the age of 18. 

As of now, R. Kelly seems to be more worried about ticket sales than going to jail. But considering how serious the claims against him are, there's no doubt we haven’t seen the last of this case.

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dead at 42

Prodigy, one half of the iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, has passed away at age 42.

The rapper's publicist released a statement on his death, citing complications stemming from his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.

It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this time.

Several prominent members of the Queens hip-hop community took to social media to share the news—and their condolences—on Tuesday afternoon, with Nas and his younger brother Jungle sharing posts on Instagram within minutes of one another.

 

🙏🏾 QB RIP King P

A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:33am PDT

 

#RIP

A post shared by Jungleqb (@jungleqb) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:42am PDT

Best known by the average fan as one half of the group responsible for the classic rap record, “Shook Ones Pt. II,” Prodigy was part of countless New York posse cuts and a key figure in the “golden age” of rap in the mid-90s. Thanks to the strength of beloved albums like The Infamous and Hell on Earth, Mobb Deep was at the forefront of New York hip-hop during its most prominent era, standing alongside giants like Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Wu Tang Clan, and others. 

As part of the city's vanguard, Prodigy was a key figure in the East Coast vs. West Coast battle that overtook hip-hop for the better part of a decade. Along with his partner Havoc, he joined Capone-N-Noreaga and Tragedy Khadafi in the West Coast diss track, “L.A. L.A.,” released just shortly before 2Pac was released from prison. Prodigy's battle with sickle cell anemia later became public knowledge after it was brought up by 2Pac multiple times during their war of words, most notably on “Hit 'Em Up.”

The rapper was forced into a brief hiatus from music due to a stint in prison relating to a gun-possession charge. He would go on to release an autobiography, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy, before immersing himself in hip-hop once again. More recently, he was responsible for writing a prison cookbook titled Commissary Kitchenin which he shared his path to staying healthy while being behind bars. The book has since been banned in all prisons within the state of California. 

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Sean Bell Died in a Hail of 50 Bullets, But New Docuseries Shares How He Lived

For every innocent life loss as a result of gun violence or excessive force by the police there is a RIP hashtag. These social media markers are meant to raise awareness about injustices around the world and galvanize people to speak out, but they also signify death.

Before people like Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Korryn Gaines, Mike Brown, and countless others were slain victims, they were brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, and cherished friends. Through a new docuseries dubbed Before the Hashtag, Complex Networks sheds light on the real lives of people who have had the misfortune of becoming a RIP hashtag.

Episode one centers on Sean Bell, a 23-year-old man from Queens, NY who was shot and killed on his wedding day by five undercover officers back in 2006. The case grabbed national headlines due to the fact that it involved 50 rounds being fired at Bell and his two friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman, who were all unarmed.

Now, more than 10 years after the tragic incident, Guzman and Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell, sat down with Complex to share intimate details about who Sean was and why their fight for justice will never stop. With today, May 18th, marking what would have been Bell’s 34th birthday, this is a perfect time to celebrate his life. 

Check out the full video above for the true story of Sean Bell… Before the Hashtag.  

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WRLD x SMLE – Stranded (feat. Kiddo Al)

Announcing a North American headlining tour and releasing some of 2017’s hottest tracks makes for a winning combo. So does WRLD x SMLE. Their new collaborative track “Stranded” is an instant classic, combining the two’s future bass sounds effortlessly. Featuring the lovely vocals of Kiddo Al rounds out the track perfectly, making this track a must listen.

The track starts with a flurry of jazzy, 80’s inspired synths with some drum hits. Kiddo Al’s voice quickly breaks through, sucking you into the melody immediately. The combination of nostalgic synths, future bass vibes, and the undeniably bubbly voice of Kiddo Al creates a perfectly emotive and dynamic track.

Take a listen below:

Check the duo out in a town near you and grab your tickets here

3/2/17   – The Exchange – Minneapolis, MN
3/3/17   – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
3/8/17   – Lost Lake – Denver, CO
3/9/17   – Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
3/10/17 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/14/17 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
3/15/17 – U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
3/17/17 – Chop Shop – Chicago, IL
3/21/17 – The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI
3/22/17 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
3/23/17 – CODA – Philadelphia, PA
3/24/17 – 1015 Folsom – San Francisco, CA

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Source: WRLD x SMLE – Stranded (feat. Kiddo Al)

Lost Frequencies Set To Join The Chainsmokers On Tour, Releases “All Or Nothing”

Belgian super talent, Lost Frequencies has been creating quite the stir in the dance music scene as of late, with platinum and double platinum singles for his tracks “Are You With Me” & “Reality.” Hosting his very own ‘Lost Frequencies & Friends’ stage at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival in 2017, Lost Frequencies is a name that simply cannot escape the mind. Alongside the massive accolade of hosting his very own stage, Lost Frequencies will also be playing the mainstage at Tomorrowland this year.

The Belgian wunderkind steps back into the limelight upon the release of his latest single “All Or Nothing,” out now via Ultra Music. “All Or Nothing” maintains all the stylistic hallmarks that people have come to know and love Lost Frequencies for. Tropical house plucks, soft guitar notes and his signature deep house sound all accompanied Axel Ehnström’s catchy vocals. “All Or Nothing” is slated to appear on Lost Frequencies’ debut album LOST AND FOUND.

Stream “All Or Nothing” below and snag the track here!

After indulging fans with jaw-dropping live sets at the world’s biggest festivals including Tomorrowland, Coachella and Lollapalooza, Lost Frequencies is set to join The Chainsmokers during their forthcoming U.S. Memories arena tour, further solidifying himself as an international tastemaker.

Catch Lost Frequencies on tour:

Date City Venue
Thu 3/2 San Francisco, CA Audio
Fri 3/3 Seattle, WA Foundation Nightclub
Sat 3/4 San Diego, CA CRSSD Festival
Sun 3/5 Los Angeles, CA Wicked Paradise Pool Party (Mondrian Hotel)
Fri 3/10 Denver, CO Nativ Hotel
Sat 3/11 Austin, TX Kingdom
*Supporting The Chainsmokers
Fri 5/26 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
Fri 6/2 Boston, MA TD Garden*
Sun 6/4 Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center*
Wed 6/7 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center*
Sat 6/10 Queens, NY Forest Hills Stadium*

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Source: Lost Frequencies Set To Join The Chainsmokers On Tour, Releases “All Or Nothing”

The Floozies “Your Girlfriend Already Bought Tickets” Tour: Boston Stop

The Floozies embarked on a North American tour this month under the title “Your Girlfriend Already Bought Tickets.” Co-headlining alongside Cherub, The Floozies brought their infamous funk to The House of Blues in Boston last night. I was lucky enough to catch their set which, as always, left me stunned with amazement.

As I walked into the venue, I immediately realized that, indeed, your girlfriend most likely has already bought tickets for the show. I saw hundreds of couples on the dance floor, all of whom were waiting in anticipation for the funk to be delivered. I looked up from the crowd and saw that there were massive trusses littering the stage, adorned with lasers and light fixtures that made me giddy.

As the house lights dimmed for The Floozies’ set, a swarm of people rushed to the front, packing the dance floor without an inch of space to spare. All eyes were on the stage, when suddenly the crowd burst into cheers as the brothers took their respective spots. They were polite and asked how we were doing that night, to which the crowd responded with expected screams and shouts. Without any further hesitation, the duo jumped right into the funk.

Every time I go to a Floozies show, I am always taken aback by the musicianship the duo brings to their craft. Between ripping guitar solos and shredding drums, funk is always created to the wubs of filtered synths and danceable grooves. Their unique blend of live instrumentation and electronic elements keeps me engaged throughout the entire show. While the backing track might be the same, you won’t ever hear the same guitar lick here or the same drum fill there in other sets.

As the night went on, The Floozies began to play a good chunk of unreleased material. As these marvelous new tracks unfolded before the audience, so did the astonishing laser shows in the background. I couldn’t take my eyes off them as they danced around the venue atop the trusses.

The #Floozies are on fuego! Those #lasers too tho @chlo_lion

A post shared by Rain (@puddlefam) on

It’s safe to say that I will go to every upcoming Floozies show that I can. There are quite a few more stops on their tour, so if your girlfriend hasn’t already bought you tickets, you should definitely snag some while you still can.

Upcoming tour dates:

SAT FEB 18 The Fillmore

Philadelphia, PA

w/ Big Gigantic and Cherub

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SUN FEB 19 PlayStation Theater

New York, NY

w/ Cherub and Probcause

BUY TICKETS
TUE FEB 21 Higher Ground

South Burlington, VT

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
THU FEB 23 Soundstage

Baltimore, MD

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
FRI FEB 24 The Fillmore

Charlotte, NC

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
SAT FEB 25 The Ritz

Raleigh, NC

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
SUN FEB 26 The Orange Peel

Asheville, NC

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
TUE FEB 28 Music Farm

Charleston, SC

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
WED MAR 1 Music Farm

Charleston, SC

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
THU MAR 2 Georgia Theatre

Athens, GA

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
FRI MAR 3 Georgia Theatre

Athens, GA

w/ Cherub and Freddy Todd

BUY TICKETS
SAT MAR 4 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Okeechobee, FL

BUY TICKETS
SAT MAR 11 Buku Music + Art Project

New Orleans, LA

BUY TICKETS
FRI MAR 17 Fox Theater

Oakland, CA

w/ Lettuce

BUY TICKETS
SAT APR 1 Fool’s Paradise @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre

St. Augustine, FL

BUY TICKETS
SAT APR 8 Euphoria Music Festival

Austin, TX

BUY TICKETS
THU JUN 15 SUN JUN 18 Sonic Bloom

Spanish Peaks Country, CO

BUY TICKETS
THU JUN 22 SUN JUN 25 Electric Forest Festival

Rothbury, MI

BUY TICKETS
THU JUN 29 SUN JUL 2 Electric Forest Festival

Rothbury, MI

Featured Photo by Lucas Gregg

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Source: The Floozies “Your Girlfriend Already Bought Tickets” Tour: Boston Stop