Trump Defends His Mental Health in Bizarre Tweetstorm

President Donald Trump kicked off his seemingly regular practice of bizarre weekend tweets in a thread defending his mental health Saturday morning. The world leader who has been documented flinging paper towels at hurricane battered citizens, casually beefing with Kim Jong-Un about nuclear war, and gulping water like a toddler with a “sippy cup,” bragged about his mental state during a brief tirade that also managed to work in references of Hillary Clinton and the late Ronald Reagan.

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s rant came on the heels of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The book essentially paints Trump as the kind of nut job who rage tweets from the golf course on weekends and binge watches Fox News. Naturally, Trump fired back.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump continued. “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.”

A cursory Google search debunks most of what Trump tweeted regarding his success as a businessman, as a 2016 New York Times investigation into Trump’s many failed business ventures pegged him as a middling businessman at best. And framing his argument in stereotypical “Valley Girl Speak” probably didn’t bolster Trump’s case.

The final salvo from the 45th President read like a rejected line from the Billy Madison script.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

The jury is still out on Trump’s self-aggrandizing correlation between winning his first Presidential run and being a certified genius. The folks at Mensa probably aren’t on board, given that Trump unofficially coined the term “big ocean water.”

 

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Watch DRAM Get Interviewed by Puppies

When the twisted minds behind Hounded first conceived of the show, DRAM's name was circled in red at the top of our guest wish list. His buoyant personality, excellent music, and pro-dog lifestyle put him squarely in our sights—but it almost didn't happen.

Because DRAM's been busy in 2017. He opened for Kendrick Lamar on the latter's DAMN. tour, dropped a bunch of videos, released the #1HappyHoliday EP and high-profile collaborations with the likes of Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti, gifted us a deluxe version of Big Baby D.R.A.M.—the list goes on. 

So the anticipation was real by the time DRAM faced off with the puppies of Hounded (baby bulldogs this time), and the Virginia crooner didn't disappoint. They grilled DRAM on the difference between Hampton Beach and the DMV, his experiences with Kendrick, and what triggers his rage. Watch what happens in the Season 1 finale above, and look out for more of Hounded in 2018.

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Nicki Minaj Confirms a Remix of “The Way Life Goes” With Lil Uzi Vert Exists

This past August, Nicki Minaj posted an Instagram video of her singing along to “The Way Life Goes,” a song off Lil Uzi Vert’s then-newly released debut album Luv Is Rage 2. She captioned the video: “Ummm, Uzi better make this a single, send me the beat, and quit playin.”

The news reached Uzi quickly, and he responded by reposting the video and adding a few cheeky emojis. 

 

🦄 ummm Uzi better make this a single, send me the beat, and quit playin 🙄

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Aug 29, 2017 at 8:19am PDT

 

Luv is rage 2 ☺️💌 @nickiminaj 🦇®

A post shared by 16 (@liluzivert) on Aug 29, 2017 at 9:46am PDT

But that was all a long time ago, and fans of the artists have been left hanging without a remix or even news of its completion. But when Twitter user @IMAMTAY reminded Nicki of the remix, asking her where it was, Nicki had a slightly surprising answer.

Apparently, the collaboration has already happened but is being kept from the world for some ungodly reason that just proves that you can’t always get what you want.

Don Cannon, who Uzi is signed to his and DJ Drama's Generation Now label, says its not on them neither.

But Uzi remembers it differently.

Minaj and Uzi have worked together in the past, namely on “Froze,” a track on Meek Mill’s DC4 mixtape released last year. But now that Minaj and Meek are no longer an item and Uzi is a more established artist with a breakthrough hit, “XO Tour Llif3.” Whatever these two cooked up together would be definitely worth a listen. Here’s hoping whoever is holding up the remix changes their mind soon enough.

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Lil Uzi Vert’s Longtime Producer Claims Album Is ‘Basically Done’

In what may seem like an eternity, but has actually been less than a year, Lil Uzi fans have been waiting patiently for the release of Luv is Rage 2. The wait began when Uzi dropped the following tweet this past November:

Over the following months he continued to tease the project, though there was never a definite release date. Keep 'em guessing:

But while the artist was implying release day was around the corner, conflicting information came from producer Don Cannon. In April, he said during a livestream, “If you didn't hear, Luv Is Rage [2] is not dropping no time soon. It's not going to be a long time from now, but not within this month. We still working on the album. It's a process.”

Then, just a few days ago, five new songs made their way onto SoundCloud, though Uzi denied they were off the album:

Reps who we reached out to said the project would come out this fall—so that's apparently what “coming soon” means. While “fall” is kind of broad, and not exactly official, on Thursday it was reported that Maaly Raw, a 22-year-old producer who'd been with Uzi since 2014, told XXL that the coveted project is “about 90% finished right now.”

“It's basically done,” the producer said. “I guess we're just working on extra songs trying to perfect it.” He also added that Atlantic Records had set a deadline for the final version, though he didn't state specifically when that deadline was.

“We’ll be in the studio from 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. We basically sleep there,” he said about their current recording sessions. “Uzi works fast, real fast. I’ll pull up a beat, he’ll do it. He’ll hop right up and wanna work on the next one right after that. It just be like that, all day.”

Finally, Maaly said that the album is a “classic,” and though he's biased, that statement is certain to wind up fans more. “Everything [Uzi] been doing, he just elevated it, that’s all,” he said. “Different sounds—the way I’m comin’ on it, I’m comin’ different. Some of the stuff on [Luv Is Rage 2], people not expecting from me, so that’s gonna be exciting when you hear it.” Hmmm, seems like “when you hear it” is the key phrase there.

Until more specifics are provided, fall will have to suffice. But “90 percent finished” seems like a step in the right direction.

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Listen to 5 New Lil Uzi Vert Songs That Won’t Appear on ‘Luv Is Rage 2’

Lil Uzi Vert’s much-anticipated album, Luv Is Rage 2, still (can we italicize the word “still” any harder than that?) hasn’t dropped, despite a growing demand for the project. But the good thing for Uzi fans is that there hasn’t been a lack of new Uzi music so far this summer.

In late June, Uzi provided his loyal followers with a preview of Luv Is Rage 2 when he sensed that they were growing impatient with him for not releasing the album sooner. A few weeks later, two new Uzi tracks called “Alone Time” and “Repercussion” surfaced, though it’s still unclear whether or not they will end up appearing on Luv Is Rage 2. And over the weekend, five (!!!) new Uzi songs premiered on DJ Drama and DJ Cannon’s Gangsta Grillz show on SiriusXM.

The titles for the songs haven’t been confirmed, but a SoundCloud user snatched up all five of them and packaged them together under the titles, “Walking Around With a Band,” “Bag” (which features Young Thug), “Let You Know,” “Loaded,” and “Pet.” You can listen to them below:

Initially, the belief was that the five songs were cuts from Luv Is Rage 2, with many fans assuming it meant the album was probably going to drop sooner than later. But early Monday morning, Uzi took to Twitter to reveal that the songs will not appear on the project. He said he’s going to be “coming way harder den dat” on the album in reference to the new songs:

In addition to the five songs that premiered on Shade 45, Uzi also performed a new song called “I Got The Work” during his set at the Flyover Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas over the weekend. You can watch him perform it here:

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#ButtholeGate Is the Wildest Restaurant Review You’ll Ever Read

Imagine Vegan Café, a family run restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee is the latest establishment to become famous on the internet for the wrong reasons. After the restaurant received a two-star review on Google, the owner pounced on the reviewer refusing to admit any wrongdoing even after thousands of comments.

Chelsea Bartley started her Google review of Imagine Café by admitting that she would probably eat there again, even though “a bare butt naked baby was running around” when she ate there. The most shocking part of her review is that Chelsea goes on to claim that this same free-spirit naked baby “bent over to show me it’s butthole,” inspiring the #ButtholeGate hashtag and providing hilarious mental images for anyone who happened to come across this story on their Twitter timelines today.

But the owner of Imagine was not about to let this negative review go without a fight, and launched a full on personal attack on Chelsea and anyone who might agree with her on the restaurant’s Facebook account. Imagine's entire Facebook account has now been deleted, but not after enough screenshots were taken to fuel Twitter for a couple of hours.

Imagine Vegan Cafe Facebook Post
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Imagine’s owner responded to many of the thousands of comments on their original post. These responses managed to maintain the same level of fiery rage as the first post, with the owner claiming that “One of the reasons Imagine exists is to allow children to be children,” “Imagine isn’t about business or being professional!” and even bizarrely claiming that “Buttholes are completely different” without explaining what they are different to.

Imagine Vegan Cafe Facebook Post
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Imagine Vegan Cafe Facebook Post
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Imagine Vegan Cafe Facebook Post
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These kinds of incendiary replies to restaurant reviews are seemingly always bad for business and end up sounding downright ridiculous – the entire phenomenon has even inspired a pretty funny Jimmy Kimmel skit – but that was clearly not an issue for the owners of Imagine to the delight of everyone who has been following #ButtholeGate. “For anyone who reads this and instantly is scared this might affect our business, I cannot begin to tell you how much we do not care. Haters are not welcome at Imagine!!!!” wrote the restaurant’s owner in the original Facebook post, proving this had already crossed the line into personal territory and that the health of the restaurant took second place. 

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Klay Thompson Gives Zero F*cks in Video Showing His Awkward Dance Moves at the Club

During an appearance on behalf of his Chinese sneaker sponsor Anta last weekend, Klay Thompson got rejected by the rim on one of the worst dunk attempts you’ll ever see. But did he let that ruin his offseason trip to China? No!

After that awful dunk attempt, lesser players might have spent the remainder of their trips hiding in their hotel rooms and anxiously awaiting the moment when they could go home. But Thompson, who is just a couple weeks removed from winning his second NBA title in three years, did the exact opposite.

On Wednesday, a video surfaced that showed him dancing at a nightclub called Face Club in China all by himself. As Tiësto played in the background, Thompson pumped his fists, grabbed his crotch, and even worked a sick spin move into the mix, all while those gathered at the club watched—and filmed—him. It was quite a sight:

 

Klay having the time of his life in China

A post shared by Warriors World (@officialwarriorsworld) on Jun 28, 2017 at 10:53am PDT

If you’re going to embarrass yourself by getting hung on a dunk, this is how you make a smooth recovery and make everyone forget all about it. Thompson’s dance moves have been all the rage on social media over the course of the last 24 hours with plenty of NBA fans chiming in on the clip:

Even Steph Curry had a reaction to it. He came across the clip of Thompson dancing on Instagram and couldn’t contain his tears of joy:

Thompson himself hasn’t gotten around to explaining WTF was going through his mind when he was letting loose in the club. But it looks like his trip to China is going way better than we thought it was after seeing his dunk fail earlier this week.

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Lil Uzi Vert’s Rock-Star Style Is Shaking Up the Rap World

Rap music has a long, long history of taking inspiration from rock-n-roll. There are highlights like Run DMC’s cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and low points like Lil Wayne’s “rock” album Rebirth that might come to mind. There is no shortage of links between the two genres musically.

But recently, we have seen more and more rappers taking cues from the rock-star lifestyle and look, not just the music. Acts like Travis ScottPlayboi Carti, and even Migos have added subtle and not-so-subtle rock flourishes to their already eclectic personas and musical style. However, the 2017 rapper who seems to have taken the most cues from rock-n-roll has to be Lil Uzi Vert.

Lil Uzi Performance
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Whether it is his highly regarded single “XO Tour Liife”(which is tagged as alternative rock on Soundcloud), insane stage dives at live shows, or even posting videos online of himself jamming out to Paramore in the car, the 22-year-old has made it crystal clear that he is inspired by rockers of the past and present.

Most of all, he’s doing his best to look the part. His constant, unapologetic blurring of the traditional lines between men’s and women’s fashion can definitely be credited to rockers like David Bowie or Iggy Pop. These artists helped pioneer rock’s androgynous style, wearing makeup and skin-tight leathers and embracing more feminine movements in their performances.

 

Louie x Vert🤐👀🤔 #liluzivert #Gotcash

A post shared by Lougotcash (@lougotcash) on May 13, 2017 at 12:20pm PDT

Earlier this year, Uzi was roasted by the masses for rocking what has now become an infamous fit. Up-and-coming New York rapper Lou Got Cash posted a photo on his Instagram alongside Uzi, who was donning a low neck, distressed sweater from Faith Connexion, a spiked choker and a Goyard purse-looking satchel, and the internet’s floodgates opened, questioning his masculinity and his place within the rap community.

How did he react? Like any rock-star would. This past May, he showed up to the the Billboard Music Awards in a $2,400 women’s Valentino white see-through blouse, telling the haters during his interview with Sway Calloway, “They never felt these fabrics before.” No matter what he wears, Uzi just simply doesn’t give a fuck what you think about it.

For a lot of Uzi’s inspirations, look no further than Marilyn Manson. Uzi has declared his fandom for Manson numerous times. Perhaps the most blatant instance of this was during an interview with Nardwuar back in 2016: “At age 27, I will leave this Earth for this man right here—the Pale Emperor,” said Uzi, referring to a Manson tour poster Nardwuar gave him.

Manson has always been a style icon in his own right. His all-black goth wardrobe, accented with leather whenever possible, and makeup were a uniform for rebellious teens in the late ‘90s. Manson left a mark on high fashion too: He appeared in a campaign for YSL back in 2013 and performed at Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall show in 2016. More recently, Manson’s style legacy lived on with 2016’s rocker tee trend, as the likes of Justin BieberKylie Jenner, and, of course, Uzi have all been seen rocking his old merch.

But Uzi is someone who takes this inspirations further—rocking an old tour T-shirt isn’t enough. He’s repeatedly said that he was inspired to get his first set of platinum grills when he saw Manson donning a pair in his “Dope Show”music video. And check out his own custom Ben Baller chain—an iced-out, spiked choker chain with a blinged-out Marilyn Manson face pendant.

The chain is a perfect example of what Uzi has been able to do with his fashion. He’s takes clear inspiration from the rock-star aesthetics of the past, while adding a fresh hip-hop spin to the equation. He is stepping away from the traditional idea of what a rapper is supposed to dress like, perhaps more than we’ve ever seen before.

It is this self confidence and nonconformity that have allowed Uzi to make his style more than just a sideshow. He said it best in a 2016 interview with Global Grind: “I am a rock-star. I am rage.”

Lil Uzi BET Awards
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Doctor Says Taking Weed Via Butt Is More Effective Than Smoking

Rectal weed is all the rage. Well, according to the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University's medical director, it should be. Speaking with the National Post this week regarding Canada's moves toward more marijuana friendliness, Dr. Mikhail Kogan said that proper absorption of weed's beneficial attributes is more easily attained when one utilizes the rectum.

“Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption,” Kogan told the Post Sunday. “You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration.” Simply smoking, Kogan added, “in my opinion is very archaic and has very little clinical applicability.”

Under the tongue, Kogan told the Post, is also more effective than a simple smoke for medical purposes. For those who prefer to eat their weed via savory edibles, he offered this claim: Gastric acids can apparently interfere with absorption. Still, Kogan conceded that “the majority of people” probably still opt for smoking.

Though a weed bill is due in parliament later this year, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that other obstacles lie ahead for those anticipating a recreational boom. “We will take as much time as it takes to do it right,” Bill Blair, the dude helming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's legalization effort, said. “I'm pretty reluctant to suggest a specific time frame, frankly, because I don't know how long this will take in each of our 10 provinces and three territories.”

Meanwhile, back in the States, we now have an attorney general who believes “good people don't smoke marijuana.”

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Swae Lee Allegedly Posts and Deletes Sex Tape on Instagram

Swae Lee allegedly posted a brief sex tape on Instagram late Monday night, then deleted it. According to a PHH report spotted by XXL on Tuesday, the Rae Sremmurd member wiped the alleged clip from his Instagram account roughly 30 minutes after uploading it. 

The video, which we won't link to here for reasons that should be obvious, allegedly shows Swae Lee having sex with an unknown woman in a white tank top. Though neither party's face appears in ripped versions of the alleged clip, the cameraperson can—according to HotNewHipHop—be “identified as Swae by the tattoos on his right forearm and hand.” At the time of this article's publication, Swae has not publicly commented on the alleged clip.

At any rate, 2017 is shaping up to be a very Sremmurd year. Days after releasing the golf turn-up video for their SremmLife 2 deluxe edition single “Swang,” the duo was announced as special guests on The Weekend's forthcoming Legend of the Fall tour. The tour, in promotion of The Weeknd's Billboard-topping Starboy album, is set to kick off next month:

 

NORTH AMERICA : @raesremmurd @belly @6lack

A post shared by The Weeknd (@theweeknd) on Feb 20, 2017 at 3:06pm PST

Rae Sremmurd talked with the Guardian's Kate Hutchinson in January about their recent successes, outlining their party-first ethos. “Young people wanna rage, that's what we wanna do,” Slim Jxmmi said. “We wanna bang our heads against the TV. We wanna bang our heads against the wall. We want to stomp through the floor.”

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