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J.I.D. Shares Vision For ‘DiCaprio 2’ & Much More At The Verizon Up Fan Experience

D.L. J.I.D. Verizon Up Atlanta

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Hip-Hop Wired was in Atlanta this week to witness one of Hip-Hop’s brightest young stars on the cusp of releasing his upcoming project, this after expertly rocking the A3C festival in his hometown last month. J.I.D. was the main event at the Verizon Up fan experience, and we chopped it up briefly ahead of an informative Q&A session.

J.I.D., who is affiliated with EarthGang and signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville label, has been putting the final touches on his second solo studio album, DiCaprio 2. We briefly spoke with J.I.D. about the vision for the album, and what he intends to do next.

“I named the first part of the project after Leonard DiCaprio, who is one of the best creative minds and at the time I did the first one [DiCaprio EP], he didn’t have an Oscar despite his talent at the time. So the second part of this story is that the artist is now recognized,” J.I.D. explained.

Soft-spoken and extremely humble, we asked about the 28-year-old rapper’s approach to music since the release of The Never Story last year, which was his proper studio debut.

“The Never Story was about someone who never had anything, never got anywhere, yet still have to tell a story. It’s a journey like all music should be, you know? If you’re not telling a story, being honest, and expressing passion, then why do this art? I feel like with my music, I have a chance to be seen more for my talent but for what I left behind.”

J.I.D. then sat down for a quick Q&A with The Kid Skoob, breaking down where he’s hoping to take his career and sharing that his favorite live performer is Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon.

We asked him during the open portion of the chat if he intends to display more of his singing ability, featured heavily on The Never Story. J.I.D. told us that he’s working on a project now that will feature him singing primarily.

After the talk, J.I.D. worked the room and met fans who were invited by way of the Verizon Up program. Verizon Wireless customers can join the Verizon Up program and earn rewards by way of paying their monthly bills and earning exciting experiences such as sporting events, music concerts, and other V.I.P. exclusives.

In Atlanta, J.I.D. greeted Verizon Up fans and played NBA 2K19 head to head with those in attendance. From what we saw, it looks like he knew what he was doing on the blacktop in a two-on-two game.

DiCaprio 2 drops on Nov. 26. Check out the expanded tracklist below.

Hit the gallery for images from the Verizon Up event below as well.

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Foul On The Play?: Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony Part Ways, #NBATwitter Has Thoughts

Twitter Reacts To The Houston Rockets Parting Ways With Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony can’t seem to catch a break. The Carmelo Anthony x Houston Rockets experiment has come to a very disappointing end—leaving the future Hall-of-Famer’s career in limbo.

NBA Twitter has some serious thoughts about the matter. The “Melodrama” continues.

Who would have thought Carmelo’s career would end up going in a direction like this? We wouldn’t be surprised if the answer to that question was not many or anyone at all. ESPN’s Senior NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of the Rockets deciding to move on from Anthony.

Right on cue, the speculations of where the aging superstar might land could be heard with some saying his best choices would either be the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or Philadelphia 76’ers. While he hasn’t gotten any immediate offers from NBA teams, JJ Barea did offer Melo a chance to join the Puerto Rican National Team. But there is one person who feels Melo should just pack it up and ride off into the sunset.

Retired NBA superstar and now ESPN analyst Tracy McGrady believes Carmelo should retire. While some like his best buddies Chris Paul and LeBron James feels he still has something left in the tank, McGrady thinks that he is no longer the primary scoring option for any team and being put in a player/coach lesser bench role has no appeal to him. If Melo’s situation sounds familiar to you it should because it does bear a resemblance to how Allen Iverson’s stubbornness to accept a bench or diminished role eventually pushed him out of the league.

Regardless of how this situation pans out Carmelo Anthony is still one of the best players to step on an NBA court. That is one thing they can never take away from him, we hope the situation pans out for him. Hit the gallery below to see the reactions to Carmelo’s short tenure with the Houston Rockets coming to an end.

Photo: Tim Warner / Getty

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Foul On The Play?: Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony Part Ways, #NBATwitter Has Thoughts


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Twitter Reacts To The Houston Rockets Parting Ways With Carmelo Anthony

Source: Tim Warner / Getty

Carmelo Anthony can’t seem to catch a break. The Carmelo Anthony x Houston Rockets experiment has come to a very disappointing end—leaving the future Hall-of-Famer’s career in limbo.

NBA Twitter has some serious thoughts about the matter. The “Melodrama” continues.

Who would have thought Carmelo’s career would end up going in a direction like this? We wouldn’t be surprised if the answer to that question was not many or anyone at all. ESPN’s Senior NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of the Rockets deciding to move on from Anthony.

Right on cue, the speculations of where the aging superstar might land could be heard with some saying his best choices would either be the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or Philadelphia 76’ers. While he hasn’t gotten any immediate offers from NBA teams, JJ Barea did offer Melo a chance to join the Puerto Rican National Team. But there is one person who feels Melo should just pack it up and ride off into the sunset.

Retired NBA superstar and now ESPN analyst Tracy McGrady believes Carmelo should retire. While some like his best buddies Chris Paul and LeBron James feels he still has something left in the tank, McGrady thinks that he is no longer the primary scoring option for any team and being put in a player/coach lesser bench role has no appeal to him. If Melo’s situation sounds familiar to you it should because it does bear a resemblance to how Allen Iverson’s stubbornness to accept a bench or diminished role eventually pushed him out of the league.

Regardless of how this situation pans out Carmelo Anthony is still one of the best players to step on an NBA court. That is one thing they can never take away from him, we hope the situation pans out for him. Hit the gallery below to see the reactions to Carmelo’s short tenure with the Houston Rockets coming to an end.

Photo: Tim Warner / Getty

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Foot Locker Kicks Off 7th Annual Week of Greatness w/ Meek Mill, Don C & More

Foot Locker Week of Greatness

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Foot Locker‘s 7th annual Week of Greatness is off to a fast start. As usual, the latest and hottest sneakers, and accessories, will be dropping all week and FL premiered a new #BecauseSneakers spot featuring Ben Simmons, Don C and Meek Mill, amongst many more. 

The #BecauseSneakers spot pays homage to the obsessiveness of sneakerheads whether it’s getting a whiff of that new sneakers smell, getting a bigger size because your actual size is sold out or focusing on your smartphone to catch the latest sneaker drop.

Besides the aforementioned, the video features a who’s who of sneakerheads including DJ Khaled and his baby son Asahd, Paul George, JR Smith, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny, Nigel Sylvester, Haha Davis, Ronnie 2K and Juice WRLD. Also included are “global sneakerheads” like Qias Omar (U.S.), Ray Polanco, Jr. (U.S.), Kai Bent-Lee (Canada), Anna Bediones (Canada), Federico Schwartz (Italy) and Jeanne Santoli (France).

As for the Week of Greatness proper, Foot Locker will be bringing immersive experiences to fans across the globe. The schedule of activations include:

· Nov. 16 – 18: Foot Locker and Nike come together to present the Gold Room, a New York Sunshine gallery inspired by the Nike Gold Pack. Visitors will have early access to the Nike AM 97, AM Plus and Vapormax Plus. The gallery will be featured at two locations, in NYC and Toronto.
· Nov. 20: In partnership with adidas, Foot Locker’s Hollywood & Highland Flagship in Los Angeles will feature a vault-like escape room experience where shoppers can try and escape from the vault with the adidas Ultra Boost “Medal” Pack in advance of the drop.
· Nov. 22: Reebok 3:AM activation in Paris with Betty Autier, unveiling the inspiration behind her Reebok shoe design.
· Nov. 22 – Dec. 6: Puma Transformers takeovers in London and Liverpool, touting free Transformer toys with any Puma purchase, while supplies last.

The sneaker drops kick off Nov. 17, and follow Foot Locker’s Release Calendar and  Launch Locator visit footlocker.com/WeekOfGreatness. 

See BTS pics and photos of the product in the gallery.

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Foot Locker Kicks Off 7th Annual Week of Greatness w/ Meek Mill, Don C & More


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Foot Locker Week of Greatness

Source: Courtesy of Foot Locker / Foot Locker

Foot Locker‘s 7th annual Week of Greatness is off to a fast start. As usual, the latest and hottest sneakers, and accessories, will be dropping all week and FL premiered a new #BecauseSneakers spot featuring Ben Simmons, Don C and Meek Mill, amongst many more. 

The #BecauseSneakers spot pays homage to the obsessiveness of sneakerheads whether it’s getting a whiff of that new sneakers smell, getting a bigger size because your actual size is sold out or focusing on your smartphone to catch the latest sneaker drop.

Besides the aforementioned, the video features a who’s who of sneakerheads including DJ Khaled and his baby son Asahd, Paul George, JR Smith, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny, Nigel Sylvester, Haha Davis, Ronnie 2K and Juice WRLD. Also included are “global sneakerheads” like Qias Omar (U.S.), Ray Polanco, Jr. (U.S.), Kai Bent-Lee (Canada), Anna Bediones (Canada), Federico Schwartz (Italy) and Jeanne Santoli (France).

As for the Week of Greatness proper, Foot Locker will be bringing immersive experiences to fans across the globe. The schedule of activations include:

· Nov. 16 – 18: Foot Locker and Nike come together to present the Gold Room, a New York Sunshine gallery inspired by the Nike Gold Pack. Visitors will have early access to the Nike AM 97, AM Plus and Vapormax Plus. The gallery will be featured at two locations, in NYC and Toronto.
· Nov. 20: In partnership with adidas, Foot Locker’s Hollywood & Highland Flagship in Los Angeles will feature a vault-like escape room experience where shoppers can try and escape from the vault with the adidas Ultra Boost “Medal” Pack in advance of the drop.
· Nov. 22: Reebok 3:AM activation in Paris with Betty Autier, unveiling the inspiration behind her Reebok shoe design.
· Nov. 22 – Dec. 6: Puma Transformers takeovers in London and Liverpool, touting free Transformer toys with any Puma purchase, while supplies last.

The sneaker drops kick off Nov. 17, and follow Foot Locker’s Release Calendar and  Launch Locator visit footlocker.com/WeekOfGreatness. 

See BTS pics and photos of the product in the gallery.

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Twitter Epically Trolls Right-Wing Reporter Who Shamed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Coat

Twitter Epicly Trolls Right-Wing Reporter Who Shamed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Coat

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Right-wingers don’t like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her very progressive views, but she sure is living rent-free in their heads. A right-wing reporter is getting epically trolled on Twitter for shaming the newly elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s coat.

He tried it.

The culprit Washington Examiner writer Eddie Scarry, quickly learned shaming people on Twitter in hopes for RT’s and laughs is not the wave. The now-deleted Tweet featured a photo of an unsuspecting Ocasio-Cortez with the caption “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”

The reaction to the ridiculous tweet was swift, and defenders of the congresswoman cleverly trolled Scarry for his attempt at judging Ocasio-Cortez. Keeping the caption, Twitter users threw up photos of either themselves or others wearing jackets showing the writer it’s not cool to judge people by the clothes they wear.

This bizarre attempt to ridicule Cortez follows Fox & Friends anchors joking about her having to wait till her new gig’s money kicks in just so she could afford to live Washington D.C. Well one thing is definitely for sure we got her back, you can see the responses to Scarry’s headass tweet in the gallery below.

Photo: Tom Williams / Getty

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Twitter Epically Trolls Right-Wing Reporter Who Shamed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Coat


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Twitter Epicly Trolls Right-Wing Reporter Who Shamed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Coat

Source: Tom Williams / Getty

Right-wingers don’t like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her very progressive views, but she sure is living rent-free in their heads. A right-wing reporter is getting epically trolled on Twitter for shaming the newly elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s coat.

He tried it.

The culprit Washington Examiner writer Eddie Scarry, quickly learned shaming people on Twitter in hopes for RT’s and laughs is not the wave. The now-deleted Tweet featured a photo of an unsuspecting Ocasio-Cortez with the caption “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”

The reaction to the ridiculous tweet was swift, and defenders of the congresswoman cleverly trolled Scarry for his attempt at judging Ocasio-Cortez. Keeping the caption, Twitter users threw up photos of either themselves or others wearing jackets showing the writer it’s not cool to judge people by the clothes they wear.

This bizarre attempt to ridicule Cortez follows Fox & Friends anchors joking about her having to wait till her new gig’s money kicks in just so she could afford to live Washington D.C. Well one thing is definitely for sure we got her back, you can see the responses to Scarry’s headass tweet in the gallery below.

Photo: Tom Williams / Getty

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Anderson .Paak Drops New LP ‘Oxnard,’ Music Twitter Approves #OXNARD

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Anderson .Paak had the world waiting on pins and needles after teasing his upcoming album Oxnard to the masses by way of social media standing alongside legends. Now, the first project from .Paak after signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint is available and the reaction Twitter has been enthusiastic thus far.

The anticipation for Oxnard was high, this after .Paak appeared in photos with the likes of Q-Tip and Dre, and a blistering first single in “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar. In interviews. .Paak promised to deliver what he felt will be a classic album and while it’s too soon to say if it qualifies as one, the early returns on the album prove that .Paak’s fans and peers are all in.

Along with the aforementioned Q-Tip and K-Dot, J. Cole, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Snoop Dogg all show up across the album on various tracks. Mell, Dr. Dre, 9th Wonder, On’Mas Keith and .Paak himself all provide production among other names.

Check out the Twitter reactions to Anderson .Paak’s latest drop Oxnard below.

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Anderson .Paak Drops New LP ‘Oxnard,’ Music Twitter Approves #OXNARD


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Anderson .Paak had the world waiting on pins and needles after teasing his upcoming album Oxnard to the masses by way of social media standing alongside legends. Now, the first project from .Paak after signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint is available and the reaction Twitter has been enthusiastic thus far.

The anticipation for Oxnard was high, this after .Paak appeared in photos with the likes of Q-Tip and Dre, and a blistering first single in “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar. In interviews. .Paak promised to deliver what he felt will be a classic album and while it’s too soon to say if it qualifies as one, the early returns on the album prove that .Paak’s fans and peers are all in.

Along with the aforementioned Q-Tip and K-Dot, J. Cole, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Snoop Dogg all show up across the album on various tracks. Mell, Dr. Dre, 9th Wonder, On’Mas Keith and .Paak himself all provide production among other names.

Check out the Twitter reactions to Anderson .Paak’s latest drop Oxnard below.

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Young Thug Released From Jail, Random Drug Testing & Drug Counseling Required

Source: Rapper Young Thug Makes Drai’s LIVE Debut at Drai’s Nightclub Las Vegas Featuring: Young Thug Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States When: 07 Oct 2016 Credit: Judy Eddy/WENN.com

Almost a week after Young Thug had his bail revoked for a failed drug test, 11 Alive is reporting that Thugger is once again a free man.

Yesterday (Nov. 14) Young Thug was released from jail after Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams ruled that the “Chanel” rapper would be allowed to go home so long as he undergo substance abuse counseling, submit to random drug testing at least twice a week, and check in with his probation officer.

Sounds simple enough but if his alleged drug habit is out of control it could be problematic.

Thugger, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, apologized to the judge for going astray from the straight and narrow before walking out a free man.

“I’m sorry for disobeying the court. I’m sorry for disobeying my PO and being here again,” Williams told the judge. “I just want to go home with my family and do right.”

Williams’ lawyer said the high profile rapper was mostly isolated during his time in jail. During the first 48 hours in custody, Williams refused to eat or drink as a way of punishing himself. His lawyer said Williams has six children and wants to be there for them.

“Over the last six days, I understood this is real life,” Williams said. “I have two sons, ages 10 and 11. I don’t want them to think that going to jail – even if you can get out right away – is cool. I want to grow, and I have grown. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve been penalized for them. I’m sorry, and won’t disobey again.”

We hope for his sake and those who depend on him Young Thug can keep himself from indulging in the devil’s nectar that’s been derailing his progress in his life and ultimately his career.

Source: HipHopWired.com

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