G Herbo isn't one to dwell on insignificant details, but when it comes to matters of the heart, he's among the most earnest the hip-hop community has to offer. To mark the anniversary of Fredo Santana's passing (July 4th), G Herbo posted a portrait, along with a message containing the late rapper's very own words, albeit with a few alterations.
Back in 2017, when Fredo Santana didn't have the words to describe his worsening condition, he issued the above Tweet. G Herbo's alteration doesn't, in any way, alter Fredo's intentions (reaching out for help), but provide the context he was duly missing.
Whether a byproduct of gun violence or something within the institution of family, G Herbo has added his name the ongoing mission of educating people on PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; the condition prompting Fredo to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, an epileptic condition, as well as a myriad of complications leading up to his death (ruled a kidney failure by the coroner's office).
Fredo Santana is a beloved character, and person, within the hip-hop community. It's nice to see his former comrades make a constructive example out of his death, for the sake of bettering their communities. As Herbo so aptly demonstrated, you can make a person's death a teachable moment without chastising them in the process. Rest in Power Fredo Santana (July 4, 1990 – January 19, 2018).
Jon Jones Outlines His Terms For A Daniel Cormier Trilogy Fight
Jon Jones bypasses his UFC 239 opponent Thiago Santos to answer questions pertaining to Daniel Cormier.
Leading up to UFC 239, Jon Jones has made no attempt at complimenting his upcoming opponent, Brazilian jiu-jitsu/capoeira specialist Thiago Santos. In fact, during the weigh-ins, and the subsequent press conference, Jones was all-too-willing to look ahead and answer questions regarding a possible trilogy fight with his greatest rival, current Heavyweight titlist Daniel Cormier.
After Jones’ defeat of Alex Gustafsson in December 2018, the Light Heavyweight called out Cormier in challenging him to drop down in weight to reclaim what was formerly his. All posturing aside, everybody knows that Cormier’s days as a Light Heavy challenger are well behind him – his walk-around weight somewhere in the upper 200’s (in pounds). So, if Jones is going to clash with DC one last time, it’ll have to be within the weight delimitations of a Heavyweight bout.
With that said, Jon Jones told the press amassed before him this afternoon, that any trilogy fight with Daniel Cornier would be on his terms, given his spotless record. “I am interested in fighting Daniel Cormier,” Jones addressed the media. “I just want to do it under the right terms. One thing about the UFC is we always give the fans what they want to see, and if they want to see it bad enough, Hunter, and Ari, and Dana, they’ll hear about it enough.”
And yet, the sticking points don’t appear to be centered around creating even if not fair conditions for the fight. In reality, Jones, given his record and reputation feels he’s due the richer of the two contracts if ever the split purse goes to bidding. The new “reverent” Jon Jones did offer his longtime rival a modicum of respect for signing off for the day. Then again, he punctuated each sentence by clamoring about what the “presumptive” would do for legacy. The press conference must have been quite enthralling for his competitor Santos. UFC 239 goes live this Saturday, the main card beginning at 10 pm ET.
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Janet Jackson Breaks Silence On "Leaving Neverland" & Michael Jackson’s Legacy
Janet doesn’t think anyone can tarnish Michael’s legacy.
Janet Jackson has been silent ever since Leaving Neverland aired and brought another wave of controversy regarding sexual allegations upon her deceased brother. Now, she has broken her silence. Ms. Jackson spoke with The Sunday Times and revealed that she believes her brother’s legacy is not in danger. “It will continue,” says Jackson of Michael’s legacy. “I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music,” she continued. “It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world.” She added, “I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way — I’m just stating what it is. It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”
Janet did not speak on Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s allegations directly, but her support for her brother makes her stance obvious. She has also been playing Michael’s music at her concerts despite the controversy that came from Leaving Neverland. The Jackson Estate is taking HBO to court for the docuseries, but the chances of them winning are slim. The strength of the #MeToo movement over the last two years has given power to the victims, and has also opened a floodgate of investigative docuseries that allow media companies to make money off the suffering of others. While the dissemination of information that can help expose predators and teach the population are always welcome, at what point does the entire endeavor turn into a cash grab?
Mac Miller’s Producer SAP Says The Rapper Put Out A Full Career Worth Of Music
SAP speaks on the late rapper’s legacy.
There really aren’t that many artists who’ve died as a young age but still managed to put out a high volume out music within a short period. In 2010, Mac introduced himself with the project, K.I.D.S before following it up with his first charting project, Best Day Ever which included his first Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Donald Trump.” SAP, the man who produced the beat, continued to work with Mac Miller over the years.
In a recent interview with DJ Booth, SAP spoke on the legacy of Mac Miller and the rapper’s musical output. The producer explained that he felt Mac Miller’s fans weren’t left with a scarce amount of music to remember him by.
“It’s so many records that I have, I don’t even know the projects they’re from,” he said. “I feel like he was somebody that put out everything that needed to be out, you know? I feel like he gave the fans the right music. I’m sure a lot of fans want more Mac music, especially if he’s your favorite artist. I think he gave the fans a good amount of work,” he continued. “The stuff he put out, that’s a full career for somebody else.”
SAP also reflected on the impact Mac had on him personally. “Donald Trump” was a track they made on the first day they met. As they continued to work together over the years, SAP credits Mac for believing in him and helping him tap into his potential.
“I would say that: maximizing my potential. He was somebody that just always made you excited about things. He had crazy ideas and he always tried to bring every idea to life,” he said. “If you hear his projects, he went for a different thing each project. He was so good at reinventing himself with each project he dropped.”
R.I.P John Singleton: The Importance Of "Boyz N The Hood"
John Singleton told stories of Black America to a Hollywood audience that weren’t nearly prepared for realities of the inner-city.
A Los Angeles native with a penchant for telling the honest truth, John Singleton made his debut in 1991 with Boyz N The Hood. A film that, nearly 30-years later, still holds a deep cultural relevance. Singleton was a trailblazer in his directorial style, making sure the vision of the story maintained its authenticity. The film arrived a few months after Rodney King was brutally beaten by LAPD and a year short of the Los Angeles riots following the verdict of the King case. “I wasn’t going to have somebody from Idaho or Encino [Los Angeles] direct this movie,” Singleton told The Guardianin 2016. Boyz N The Hood dove into the complexities of the Black experience from family life and relationships to gang life, gentrification, and more while effortlessly tying in the cause and effect of issues affecting the Black community.
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Authentic stories wouldn’t be able to be properly conveyed without the input of those from the community who have lived through them. Singleton’s ability to pick out emerging acts helped launch the film careers of Ice Cube (Singleton said the role of Doughboy was specifically tailored for Cube), Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Nia Long. Backed by some powerhouse performances across the board, Boyz N The Hood showcases the harsh realities of the Black experience in America at a time social media didn’t echo the need for representation in Hollywood. His breed of “hood film” helped open up doors for other African-American directors to tell their own story. Though only his first movie, it immediately impacted mainstream America, garnering widespread praise by critics which led Singleton to his first Oscar nods. He became the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Director, and also, the first Black director to get a chance at the honor.
Nearly 28-years since its debut in Los Angeles, Boyz N The Hood has withstood the test of time, earning its position as a classic American film. In 2002, the Library Of Congress announced that the film was considered "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry. Singleton gave the world a glimpse into Black America in a way that combatted the media’s existing representation of African-American communities. After Singleton’s passing, Ice Cube summed up the director’s work perfectly in a heartfelt tribute: “I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved [to] bring the black experience to the world.”
Like his subsequent efforts like Baby Boy, Higher Learning, and Rosewood, Singleton fought to explore Black lives in film - and not always in a way that white Hollywood execs would consider palatable. He explored stories that not only resonated with the film industry but would also grow to influence the direction of hip-hop and entertainment as a whole. If The Chronic is the quintessential gangsta rap album, Boyz N The Hood is its visual companion.
Rest In Power, John Singleton.
Magic Johnson Is Still Working "Internally" With The Lakers, Despite Stepping Down
Magic Johnson says he remains committed to the Lakers, LeBron James, and the city of Los Angeles.
On April 9, Magic Johnson abruptly stepped down as the team's President of Basketball Operations, proving at his monolithic stature as an NBA player didn't go over quite as well at the management level. Mind you, Magic has found success as a "shadow investor" outside of basketball. So, it's not all bad after all. And by the looks of it, he seems to agree with that assessment.
TMZ Sports caught up with Magic Johnson this afternoon in the midst of a Sunday stroll with his sweetheart. Before coming to grips, the field reporter wisely a good number of sycophantic compliments. The ploy worked and Magic let his guard down long enough and slackened his pace.
The reporter's first question to Magic was to gauge if the former Lakers' Prezzy had any regrets over his tenure, especially the past 10 or so months. To his surprise, Magic was quite nonchalant in his overall assessment of the situation. He said, "No, the same [feelings as always]... everybody knows I love the Lakers, so I'ma always going to help them - like right now!"
The reporter obliged his rambling a while longer before the conversation reached a crucial point where Magic alluded to ongoing "daily" conversation with the Laker's. He then unabashedly revealed that he and the Lakers' are still very much "engaged" in this longtime love affair, dating back to the year 1979.
It sounds to me like Magic Johnson would like to occupy a consultant role within the organization, but with greater responsibility than someone like Kobe Bryant whose ties to the Lakers' were left undefined by choice. So, as it stands, Magic's is more hands-on than Kobe's but nothing like the position he just vacated. In short, the Lakers don't want him to depart, and neither does he, how sweet!
Joey Bada$$ Wishes Nipsey Hussle Was Appreciated More While He Was Alive
Beast Coast speaks on Nipsey Hussle's death on Ebro's Beats1 show.
Joey Bada$$ recently sat down with Ebro on his Beats1 show, along with the rest of the Beast Coast crew, where they explained why Nipsey Hussle's death is an example of why people should show more appreciation to each other while they're still alive.
"Nobody thought that that day, we would lose Nipsey Hussle. Nobody thought in a million year, you know what I'm saying?" Joey explained. "He was one of those people that we thought we would have forever. And reasons like that is why people go underappreciated while they are here on this Earth."
Joey further explained that the Crenshaw rapper has been recently receiving all of this love and praise for his music, his entrepreneurial skills and the work he's done in his community but he isn't alive to feel it.
"As soon as we lose a person like that, everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon... We should have already been on that while he was here," he said. "He should've been able to see the fruits of his labor as much as it's taken off now."
Joey extended his sentiment to not only the rappers and artists that you appreciate but everyone else in your life that you appreciate.
"It’s extremely important that you show appreciation for your favorite artists, your favorite people, your favorite friends, your favorite family members, whatever,” he said. “It’s just extremely important you never waste those moments, you always appreciate them. Like you said, any moment it can go like that.”
Peep the interview below.
Russ Gets "Nipsey Hussle" Tattoo On His Bicep: "I’m Gonna Carry The Wisdom"
"Your legacy and the mark you left on the world will last forever."
The memorialization of Nipsey Hussle hasn't taken a dip since the weekend he was killed. It's become too difficult to keep track of all the passing tributes, penned letters, and public eulogies to have taken place in the past three weeks. Thankfully, a majority of these gestures have been resoundingly positive. Russ' "lasting" tribute to Nipsey is no exception.
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It does seem a little EXTRA to get the whole bicep and his tricep splattered with Nipsey's face. On the other hand, the sentiment does appear to be genuine, and in 2019, the sensationalism of tattoo culture is quieting down to a relative state of normalcy - except for in the case of poorly-executed face tats.
Your legacy and the mark you left on the world will last forever. I’m gonna carry the wisdom you left behind with me forever, wrote Russ in a post commemorating Nips and the act itself. "All the gems and constant game you gave will never be forgotten, only applied. Thank you for everything you did. The [goat emoji] freshly done...thank you to the amazing artist.
Mind you, it's worth asking the question: do all these individuals who rushed to the parlour in the wake of Nipsey's death know him on a personal? Just something to keep in mind; Before Russ, JR Smith and Rick Ross got Nipsey ink done in a similar vein. For his part, Rozay doesn't stand a chance of being accused of "clout chasing" or indecency over the tattoo. He and Nips had a well-documented friendship/collaborative partnership to fall back on, several years in the making.
Nipsey Hussle’s Community Work To Be Entered Into Congressional Records
Nipsey’s legacy will be officially entered into U.S. history.
Nipsey Hussle’s legacy will be cemented in U.S. history forever. Congressmember Karen Bass revealed that she’ll be entering the late rapper’s contributions to his community in the Congressional Records. As you know, Nipsey wasn’t only a rapper, but an entrepreneur that worked heavily in his community to help employ locals and give back in any way that he could.
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“I will be heading to the House Floor next week to formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record where it will be a part of United States history forever,” Bass wrote on Twitter.
Karen Bass represents Nipsey’s district. She spoke to ABC News and said that he’s someone that’ll forever be remembered in his community as not only an entrepreneur but also as “someone who selflessly gave back and invested and enriched and cared.”
“Nipsey was a proponent of community development at the real estate and intellectual level,” the congresswoman said. “In real estate, he was all about empowerment, specifically when it came to the economic opportunity in South LA – being a part of the opportunity by becoming a real estate owner himself and immediately using the stores he opened as opportunities for employment for the community.”
After Nip’s death, the LAPD commissioner revealed on Twitter that the rapper and representatives from Roc Nation were going to meet with the police force to discuss ways to end gang violence.
Offset & Travis Scott Perform "Legacy" On "Ellen"
Offset opens up about his relationship with Cardi B, “Father Of 4,” his car accident and more with Ellen.
It’s been over a month since Offset released his solo debut album, Father Of 4. The rapper’s project served as the last installment of solo projects from Migos following Quavo and Takeoff. Earlier today, the rapper made a guest appearance on the Ellen Show where he enlisted Travis Scott for a performance of “Legacy” and talked about everything from his relationship to his estranged father to the car accident that inspired, “Red Room.”
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Offset’s Father Of 4 album was the first time we’ve heard him talk in-depth about his kids, his father and truthfully, more personal aspects of his life. The rapper sat down on Ellen and explained why he decided to go public with his apology to Cardi B.
He also opened about fatherhood and his estranged relationship with his own father as well.
“I want to let men know it’s cool to make mistakes. Because my kids, I missed the first birthday of some of my kids due to incarcerations and being in trouble,” he explained. “I still don’t run away from it. Like, I have a father that I don’t know of, he still runs away from it… I wanted to say the man’s side of the story and accept your wrongdoing and going to fix it. Your son could be 30 years old and you’ve never seen him, you should still try to communicate.”
Later on, Offset gifted Ellen a big wad of cash before bringing out his son and presenting a $25K check for “The Ellen Fund.” He closed out the show with a performance of “Legacy” with Travis Scott. Watch the clips below.