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Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Buyer To Be Revealed Soon

big ralph | August 4, 2021

When the Wu-Tang Clan announced that they would be making a single copy of their Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album, many were disappointed to find that actually hearing the project wasn't necessarily in the cards. See, the intention was to create a rare piece of art, one that could theoretically be placed in a museum. Though it was a difficult pill to swallow for Wu-Tang disciples, the boldness of RZA's vision had to be respected — even begrudgingly so.
Alas, things took a dark turn when the album fell into the hands of the notorious “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, who seemed to revel in hamming it up as the villain. Before long, he was exchanging heated words with Ghostface Killah, who did not seem too thrilled at the prospect of seeing his work in the hands of such a controversial figure. Ghost's sentiments mirrored those of the Wu-Tang fanbase. Coming to terms with never hearing Once Upon A Time In Shaolin was hard enough — knowing that Shkreli, an open disrespecter of..


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John Collins Resigns With The Atlanta Hawks In Five-Year, $125M Deal

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Just two days in, this year's NBA Free Agency has already been an exciting one for NBA fans. While there have been plenty of predictable deals made so far, like Steph Curry's max extensions, there have also been plenty of bonafide shockers. Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry, Reggie Bullock, and Rudy Gay have all gone to new teams, and most notably, Carmelo Anthony has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he will finally be teammates with longtime friend LeBron James.
That left important players like Kawhi Leonard, John Collins, Victor Oladipo. Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins, and more still on the Free Agency table. According to ESPN, one of those players has closed a huge deal, and as a result, restricted free agent John Collins will return to the Atlanta Hawks on a five-year deal.

Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesAccording to ESPN, John Collins averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game over the last season and had a huge impact on the young team's morale duri..


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Kemba Walker To Sign With New York Knicks After Thunder Buyout: Report

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Kemba Walker is taking his talents back to Madison Square Garden. The veteran point guard has agreed to a contract buyout with OKC Thunder and will now be joining the New York Knicks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The Thunder acquired Kemba Walker from Boston back in June in Brad Stevens‘ first major roster move as the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. While the deal was considered a salary-dump, a report surfaced last week stating the Thunder believed they might be able to flip him to another team for an asset, but those efforts were unsuccessful as he is believed to be owed too much money. Kemba currently has two years and $74 million left on his original 4yr/$140 million deal.

Maddie Meyer/ Getty ImagesIt’s unclear at the time of this post what Kemba will be signing for with the Knicks, but if it's anything like these other NBA contracts, then it'll be massive to say the least.
Kemba will join Evan Fournier and Derek Rose as the new back court in the Garde..


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Jadakiss Revered After Dominant Verzuz Performance: Fans React

big ralph | August 4, 2021

If it wasn't already clear that Jadakiss was out for blood during last night's Verzuz, his absolutely dominant performance of “Who Shot Ya (Freestyle)” served as an emphatic exclamation mark. Consider this. In a battle of hits, Jada dipped into the vault and drew a freestyle, performed it all without a backing track, barely missing a syllable. It was a statement, not only to his Dipset competitors — who seemingly had no idea what they were in for — but for the rap game at large.
Though many have long-respected Jada's pen game and presence, he appeared a man possessed, seemingly hellbent on scorching his enemies in front of a lively New York audience. That's not to take away from his group-mates Styles P and Sheek Louch, nor the Dipset squad of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zekey, but a narrative quickly took shape highlighting Jada as the event's most valuable player. No easy feat, considering the combined legacies of both legendary cre..


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Trippie Redd Trolls Fans With Roddy Ricch-Inspired Artwork

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Kanye West isn't the only Hip-Hop artist who has been leading his fanbase astray by not sticking to a release date. Trippie Redd is just as guilty as the DONDA artist because he's been teasing his highly anticipated project Trip At Knight for several months without confirming an official release date or sharing a tracklist.
Having already released “Miss The Rage” with Playboi Carti in May and “Holy Smokes” with Lil Uzi Vert just a few weeks ago, fans are more ready than ever for Trip At Knight. Trippie Redd has promised that the album will arrive before he embarks on his similarly titled tour on August 25, leading fans to obsess over the project's still unreleased tracklist.

Josh Brasted/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesWhen revealing the cover art for Trip At Knight, the”Dark Knight Dummo” artist said that he would drop the tracklist once his forthcoming album received 100,000 pre-saves. That was on June 24, so now, more than a month later, fans are starting to get anxious.
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Aaliyah’s Uncle Is Reviving Blackground Records

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Barry Hankerson, the record executive and uncle of the late Aaliyah, is reviving Blackground Records, his old record label, rebranded as Blackground Records 2.0. The label is being revived after almost twelve years since its last release, and the head honcho of the label has already found its first lady, artist and singer Autumn Marini. According to The Shade Room, multiple streets in Atlanta were shut down on Saturday as the artist's first music video was shot ahead of the label's relaunch.
Hankerson told TSR that Autumn Marini is an artist that can't be compared to anyone else in the game. He also shared that Blackground was moved to Atlanta, where he has been taking meetings with multiple artists who need the right platform to get their music out. This is ultimately what inspired Hankerson to bring back Blackground Records, in order to carry out the mission of pushing young artists. He said it is an especially good time to promote young talent.
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Mike Tyson Sends Condolences To Fetty Wap Following His Daughter’s Passing

big ralph | August 4, 2021

If you missed it this week, Fetty Wap suffered a horrific tragedy when his 4 year old daughter suddenly passed away. It’s unclear at the moment what the cause of death was or when his daughter, Lauren Maxwell, died, but no one should ever have to bury their own child. Following this horrific news, several peers and fans of Fetty Wap took to social media to show their support and condolences, including Iron Mike Tyson.
Mike took to Twitter yesterday to share his condolences with the Jersey rapper, saying they met once and he left an impression on him. “Condolences to @fettywap and family. Met you once and you left an impression on me. Losing a child is devastating so praying for you all brother,” he tweeted out.
This all comes just a couple days after Mike Tyson made headlines for his refusal to support his own son in the boxing ring. Mike said the following: “I said, ‘Man, just chill the f— out.’ He wants to fight Logan Paul and those guys. He wants to do that. I said, ‘Man, just get a..


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Conor McGregor Stands On Busted Leg Weeks After Gruesome Injury

big ralph | August 4, 2021

It may have only been 24 days since Conor McGregor broke shattered his left leg during the Dustin Poirier trilogy fight, but that's not stopping him from already standing on it and pushing his rehab. TMZ Sports caught a photo of McGregor outside of a Beverly Hills hotel yesterday wearing a walking boot, while standing freely with no crutches and chatting with a friend (see below).
Conor reportedly hopped on his motor scooter after this photo was taken and rode into the hotel gym where he put himself through a hard workout. He’s coming off a broken left tibia and fibula which required a titanium rod, plate and screws to hold his leg together.
For comparison, Tiger Woods, who also broke his tibia and fibula (amongst other injuries to the leg) in a February 23 car crash was still using crutches 155 days after his accident. Conor has seen 24 days since the injury and is already pushing the boundary. Hopefully this isn’t the last we hear from the Notorious one in the octagon.
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Twitter Is Lusting Over Big Sean’s Huge Afro

big ralph | August 4, 2021

While his claims of growing two inches in his early 30s should have been enough to get people talking about the Detroit 2 rapper, Big Sean has probably just found out that an overwhelming amount of Hip-Hop fans actually have a crush on him. Late Tuesday evening, Sean shared a post to his Instagram with the caption, “Black Hair = Magic,” and ever since then, fans have been absolutely thirsting over the G.O.O.D. Music artist.
Sean's latest post simply consisted of him showing before and after videos of his hairstyling, as it transitions from a more compact afro into a huge mane before being braided into six cornrows. Apparently, however, that was more than enough to inspire fans and artists alike to speak on Big Sean's physical appearance.
Even rising Hip-Hop artists like Yung Bleu and Bfb Da Packman felt compelled to speak on Sean's luscious locks. Yung Bleu theorized that Big Sean knew what he was doing by sharing the post, saying, “U licking your lips n sh*t like '..


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Dr. Dre’s New Album: Everything We Know

big ralph | August 4, 2021

“I walked in his studio and saw 146 songs on a big ass list.”
– KXNG Crooked, on Dr. Dre’s next body of work.
Dr. Dre is working on a project. Though the legendary producer has yet to confirm as much, enough information has surfaced that its existence cannot be questioned. Whether it ever receives a widespread release is another story. For the sake of argument, however, it stands to reason that Dre intends on delivering a proper studio follow-up to 2015’s Compton, his third album.
It’s presumptuous to assume that this mysterious project is titled Detox, but at this point, it’s become synonymous with a new Dr. Dre album and almost feels like fair play. True, Dre is likely so far removed from the Detox days that his new album will almost certainly boast a different title. Still, it’s hard to deny that Detox will forever be associated with that exciting period of Dre-related musical uncertainty.

Christopher Polk / Staff/Getty ImagesWhat is certain is the fact that Dre has been steadily b..



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