By Rob Markman
The 2012 BET Awards aren’t the only thing cracking out in L.A. this weekend. On Friday (June 29) ASCAP honored Quincy Jones and Pharrell Williams at the 25th annual ASCAP Rhythm Soul Music Awards.
Music’s brightest and most accomplished writers, producers and artists were in attendance. Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders award, while Skateboard P waked off with the ASCAP Golden Note award, but they weren’t the only winners.
Drake’s producer and right-hand man Noah “40” Shebib won the Songwriter of the Year award thanks to his work on Drizzy’s Take Care LP. Miguel and Happy Perez took home the Top RB/Hip-Hop Song award after they worked together penning Miguel’s 2011 single “Sure Thing” and Jean-Baptiste Kouame II and Wesley Pentz won the Top Rap Song award for their writing work on Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.” Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis also added more hardware to their legendary run with the Top Gospel Song award for their work on Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile.”
Fabolous, Marsha Ambrosius, Wayne Brady, Astro, No ID, Tha Bizness, Drumma Boy and Meek Mill were also in attendance. The awards ceremony was also marked by a Meek Mill performance, the Maybach Music MC rocked his “House Party” single.
Who was your favorite songwriter and producer of the year? Let us know in the comments!
50 Cent just put a new meaning into the term ‘man of steel’.
Riding around in a bulletproof SUV might seem a bit eccentric for some, but after getting shot nine times in 2000, moving around with that type of security became a standard for 50 Cent. Well, it seems the special sports utility vehicle may have saved Fif from serious injury after his car accident on Tuesday morning.
“We spun off into the rail. We would’ve flipped if it was a regular truck, but the truck weighs over a ton because it has additional stuff in it,” 50 Cent told MTV News on Friday (June 29) in an exclusive interview.
The G-Unit CEO’s vehicle was rear-ended while driving down the Long Island Expressway in New York. While Fif’s condition was still unknown at the time, pictures of him on a stretcher with a neck brace were published on his This Is 50 website. The “In Da Club” MC insists that he is fine, but he and his driver were taken to a hospital.
“We were just riding down the LIE and a Mack Truck — he said he lost control of the vehicle later to police officers because his load shifted,” 50 explained. “He tried to brake, his load shifted, and he lost control and he ran into the back of the truck. It did more damage to the Mack Truck than it did to my truck, ’cause I got a level six; it’s a bulletproof vehicle. It’s the same standard as what they’re moving Obama around in.”
Besides a little stiffness the next day, Fif assured us that he is doing good. What seemed more troublesome to him was the critics who charged that the multiplatinum MC and music mogul used the accident as a publicity stunt to drum up excitement for his new album Five (Murder by Numbers), which he is releasing next week, on July 3.
“Trust me, I have enough money to not hit myself with a Mack Truck to try to get a few dollars,” he said. “What’s the thought process on this? It makes no sense to me.”
Stick with MTV News next week as we bring you much more from our exclusive sit-down interview with 50 Cent.
By Carter Maness
After he returned to his comfort zone over Meek Mill and Big Sean’s “Burn” earlier this week, L.A. rapper Game has followed-up the track with a freestyle over French Montana’s strip club anthem “Pop That.” Game, focusing on the ladies this time, has some notably choice words for Kim Kardashian.
Referencing Kanye West’s current girlfriend, Game thinks that there is more than enough of her to go around. “Cop that Yeezy, never wear that, though,” he raps, referencing West’s line of Nike sneakers. “You f—in Kim K, you better share that ho.”
Becoming more and more lady-friendly over the song’s huge beat, Game also professes his adoration for Amber Rose, Meagan Gone and, most of all, Tyga’s current girl Blac Chyna.
Game is currently hard at work on his fifth album, which is tentatively titled F.I.V.E. “Just wrapped 24 hour studio session with the team,” he recently tweeted, mentioning that he is working with Chris Brown and Tyga. “10 songs, 6 ace of spaces bottles, 2 henny’s, 27 redbull’s 18 blunts later we still standing!!!”
By Miranda Johnson
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news since we’re talking about Snoop Dogg here, but the mary jane enthusiast got a little caught up on Thursday morning (June 28) at a Norway Airport. Snoop was detained by airport security after customs officers stumbled upon the 8 grams of weed tucked away in his luggage.
Snoop was stopped at the customs department of Kjevik Airport in Kristiansand, Norway, where officials discovered the drugs and instantly took action. Luckily for Snoop, in Norway anything less than 15 grams is only punishable by a fine. This violation cost the Doggfather 12,000 Norwegian Krone which is equivalent to about $1,980.13 American dollars. TMZ reports that Snoop was extremely cooperative and quickly took care of the fine.
Aside from that slight drama, Snoop does have something to celebrate, with his 15 year-old son recently receiving a scholarship offer to play football for UCLA. Cordell Broadus currently plays football at Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California and word is that the 6-2” 185 lb wide receiver has a very promising sports career in his future. Cordell joins Diddy’s son, Justin Combs who also recently accepted a UCLA scholarship but is facing scrutiny as local taxpayers claim that Puff can foot the bill for tuition.
After releasing his critically acclaimed ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ album, Big Boi, 1/2 of Outkast, is back with a new single entitled ‘Gossip’, which is lifted from his upcoming ‘Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors’ album. The track features Big K.R.I.T., Bun B and the late Pimp C (UGK). Gossip was premiered on the Greg Street (WVEE, V-103) 6′oclock show in Atlanta, GA. ‘Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors’ is set to be released November, 2012.
Check out Big Boi Ft. UGK & Big K.R.I.T. “Gossip” below.
Andre 3000 is already at work with the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic entitled ‘All Is By My Side’. The 1/2 of Outkast rapper/actor is currently in Dublin, Ireland shooting the film, alongside Hayley Atwell, who plays Hendrix (Andre’s character) girlfriend, Linda Keith. No release date for the film as been set. Yet peep out a few pictures here of Andre and Hayley in action.
By Rob Markman with reporting by Sway Calloway
There is a benefit to having Rick Ross as your boss. Beside his guidance in the studio, Rozay, who released his debut album Port of Miami in 2006, has also seen his fair share of out-of-the-studio controversy. For his young flock of MMG rappers like Wale, Stalley and Meek Mill, Ross can provide some great advice.
After the June 14 bottle-throwing brawl involving Drake’s and Chris Brown’s entourages at New York’s club W.i.P., MMG’s Meek Mill saw his name come up in numerous reports. Even though Meek maintains that he had no part in the melee, the accusations alone can rattle a young artist’s cage, and that’s were a true boss can provide both guidance and reassurance. “When I seen him, I just dapped him up and told [him to] stay focused and let’s keep going,” Ross told “RapFix Live” on Wednesday.
Rozay has the utmost confidence in the Philadelphia MC, with whom he collaborated on the label’s recently released Self Made, Vol.2. “I know Meek. I know the situation he’s in, I know where he comes from. I know that’s something that he won’t get involved in,” Ross said.
Still, the swift and calculating Bawse is careful not to say too much, especially considering that he wasn’t present during the altercation. “I wasn’t there so I won’t make a comment other than it was unfortunate for everybody that was in there,” he said. “But I know the homey, we seen each other that night, and that wasn’t his mind-set. He wasn’t involved in that.”
Meek, who is set to release his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, on August 28, also addressed the incident on “RapFix.” “I hollered at Chris Brown immediately, I talked to Drake immediately,” he said. “I don’t be on no negative vibes, man. … We blessed, we get money, we rich, and leave it at that.”
By Rob Markman
Meek Mill is focused on steering clear of all drama and though his name has come up in some pretty serious reports, the Philadelphia MC is focusing all of his energy on the positive.
After news broke of the June 14 New York City brawl between Drake’s and Chris Brown’s entourages, Meek’s name swirled in reports. From the start, the Maybach Music MC insisted that he had nothing to do with the incident that left a number of people injured. When he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (June 27), Meek continued to steer clear of the controversy.
“I don’t really be having those controversies like that, man. It’s just that the more hotter you get, they start talkin’,” Mill said.
Meek seemed to be taken aback by the amount of negative press he’s been receiving. In the weeks leading up to the infamous melee, many blog sites reported that Chris Brown, Drake and the Philadelphia MC were sending subliminal tweets to one another in a beef over Brown’s ex-girlfriend Rihanna. When all three ended up in the same club on June 14, a brawl definitely broke out, but the cause still remains unknown. It is widely speculated that the fight began over Rihanna, whom Drake and Meek had both been romantically linked to. The brawl has made headlines all over the world and the “I’ma Boss” spitter has noticed his name being dropped in media outlets that normally wouldn’t cover him.
“People fight in the club every week, I just be there. The name’s gettin’ a little bigger, I guess they startin’ to mention me now,” he said, distancing himself from any of the drama. “I’ve never been mentioned on none of those blogs or none of those shows or whatever, but things must be goin’ well over there.”
As far as his rumored Twitter beef with Brown, Meek warns fans not to believe everything they read. “Twitter don’t count in real life, I tweet anything,” he said. “I try not disrespect nobody on Twitter, no artists or anybody, period.”
In an interview with XXL, Meek said that he didn’t see Chris or Drake throw a bottle, but he did tell “RapFix Live” that he reached out to both of the stars following the fracas. “I hollered at Chris Brown immediately, I talked to Drake immediately,” he said. “I don’t be on no negative vibes, man. … We blessed, we get money, we rich and leave it at that.”
By Miranda Johnson
After about a year of hearing the rising Harlem rapper’s name and music everywhere, A$AP Rocky has finally given a release date for his anticipated debut album. In a recent radio interview he announced that LongLiveA$AP is currently set to drop on September 11.
A few days earliers the Pretty Flacko sat down with Mina SayWhat of Philadelphia’s Power 99, chatting about his past projects and telling what fans can expect on the LongLiveA$AP album. “I feel like this is my best work yet,” said Rocky. “It’s like LiveLoveA$AP matured.
It’s everything that I did on the prior tape, but just better, matured, and more advanced.”
A$AP also spoke about the all-star team who assisted in producing the upcoming project including Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, and Kanye West. Although those names are sure to draw a mass of attention to the LP, A$AP assured that the big names should not be the focus of the music.
Rocky has also been gushing about another project he has in the work—starring alongside Lana Del Rey as John F. Kennedy in her new “National Anthem” video. In anticipation for the upcoming visual, Del Rey released a trailer for the vid in which she appeared as an utterly stunning Jackie O and A$AP as a “BLVCK SCVLE-clad JFK” as he calls it.
Call it Maybach Music Super Tuesday. Earlier today the untouchable Maybach Music empire dropped their Self Made Vol. 2 album and to celebrate the release hip-hop’s most wanted crew along with Kendrick Lamar unleash the video to the album’s intro “Power Circle.” The nine minute plus clip includes footage from Rick Ross’ star-studded birthday party, this months past Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, the much hyped MMG press conference and more.
Credit Rick Ross with assembling one of hip-hop’s most skilled crews, the Maybach Music Group. Over the past year MMG has carved out their own section of the rap game and things look to only get bigger. Wednesday at 4p.m. Ross and his entire crew will be on deck for “RapFix Live.”
By Rob Markman
Last month 50 Cent spent some time in the hospital after suffering from stomach troubles and on Monday night the G-Unit CEO was admitted again, after getting into a car accident. He’s since been treated and released.
“Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson was involved in a car accident in New York early Tuesday morning. He was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was treated for minor neck and back injuries,” said a spokesperson for the rapper in a statement given to MTV News. “He was released this morning and is doing fine.”
The rapper’s website Thisis50 broke the story early Tuesday morning (June 26), though the details are thin. The site reported that the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ MC’s bullet-proof SUV almost flipped over after it was rear-ended by a Mack truck while driving on the Long Island Expressway in New York City.
The site published multiple pictures of 50 on a stretcher with a neck brace. There are also pictures of 50′s mangled SUV as well as photos of the truck that is said to have caused the accident.
50 famously survived a 2000 attack in which he was shot nine times and in 2003 dropped his classic major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Fif has since built himself as one of rap’s biggest draws and smartest business minds, crafting lucrative deals in music and merchandising. Fif’s latest mixtape The Lost Tapewas released in May and on July 3 the G-Unit Records CEO will be releasing his oft-delayed fifth studio album 5 (Murder By Numbers).
If you grew up in the 80s then you know about the once popular U.S. dating show called ‘Love Connection’ to which three contestants would compete for a more serious situation between them and the bachelor and bachelorette on the show. Well comedian Jay Mac is back with his own spoof of the show, yet entitled ‘Thug Connection’. It’s hilarious. S/O to Jay Mac. Follow this brother on twitter @ comedianjaymac. Chuck Wooler, host of popular dating show will either LMBO or say what the (bleep) to this.
Check out Thug Connection w/ #Peaches [Comedy Skit]
In this clip with Lil Scrappy inteviewed by DJ Envy and Angela Yee, Scrappy talks about Love and Hiphop, the fight with Stevie J, his ex-girl friend Diamond from “Crime Mob”, his new album, and more….
By Rob Markman
The second episode of “Love Hip Hop: Atlanta” airs on Monday night (June 25) on VH1, and this time the boys get into some drama of their own. Lil Scrappy gets into a heated exchange with producer Stevie J, and the Atlanta rapper tells MTV News that there was nothing fake about the fight.
“It was a situation; it was a real situation,” Scrap said when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday.
According to Scrappy, the argument began after Stevie disrespected recurring castmember Erica, Scrappy’s child’s mother. The ATL MC feels that if Stevie had a problem with Erica, he should’ve bypassed her and addressed Scrappy instead. “Like I told him, you can walk off, you don’t gotta disrespect no female,” he said. “If you really wanna do something, ask her where her man at and tell him you wanna throw hands, you wanna take the fade, and I would’ve been happy to do that.”
Though Stevie and Scrappy are accomplished musicians and both now reside in the same city, Scrap says prior to the show neither he nor Erica had a personal connection to the multiplatinum producer, who has done work for the likes of Diddy, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey. “He didn’t even ask — he didn’t know who she was. All he knew is she was a part of the situation and he wanted to pop off,” Scrappy said.
The “Money in the Bank” MC wouldn’t give away the details of the fisticuffs, but he did shoot down whispers that he, his mother and his child’s mother were following a script. “I don’t know about the whole show and how [Stevie J.] do his end. I know my team Scrappy — we real on that side,” he said.
By Carter Maness
James Rosemond, aka tough 47-year-old G-Unit associate Jimmy Henchman, was indicted on Friday (June 22) for arranging the murder of 50 Cent associate Lowell Fletcher back in 2009. Henchman was charged by the United States attorney in Manhattan for conspiring with five other men to commit the murder. Fletcher was shot to death on September 29, 2009 in the Bronx, NY.
Preet Bharara, who handed down the indictment, said that Henchman and the other defendants had “operated like a mini-gang, allegedly committing a revenge killing, and a host of drug and firearms offenses.”
Henchman’s publicist claimed that the new indictment didn’t come as a shock and that his legal team had been preparing for it. “The new indictment is no surprise, we heard it was a possibility,” said Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez to AllHipHop.com. “Again his family and supporters are standing by Jimmy and we’ll let his attorneys do their job.”
This comes less than three weeks after Henchman was already convicted of running a multi-million dollar cocaine distribution ring. To date, nineteen people have been convicted on charges relating to this investigation into his criminal enterprise.
After the drug sentence earlier this month, Henchman also admitted a role in planning the botched 1994 hit on Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios in New York City.
By Carter Maness
With rain falling and winds high, 50,000 attendees of BBC Radio 1′s Hackney Festival in London could have been disappointed yesterday (June 23), but headliner Jay-Z, with a little crowd participation from Beyonce, gave them the set of a lifetime.
Jay, who brought out his Throne partner Kanye West as a surprise guest, asked the crowd to form a circular mosh pit for the duo’s rendition of the concert staple “N—as In Paris.” Beyonce took the orders to heart, moshing and dancing at the highest possible energy level. “Make your family proud,” joked Jay from the stage before launching into the song for the second time in a row.
In addition to the surprise guest spot from Ye, Jay also kicked-off the show with his former protege Rihanna. The two performed a spirited rendition of their collaboration “Run This Town” from “The Blueprint 3″ to the massive crowd’s delight.
Since The Throne tour has been winding through Europe, Beyonce has been supporting Jay along the way. And while that’s unsurprising, Bey has also made nice with West’s significant other Kim Kardashian. Earlier this week, the two were spotted in the Throne crowd, sharing some laughs and smiles.
Frank Ocean previewed his upcoming Def Jam debut in NYC this past week, revealing a new feature from Andre 3000 on the track “Pleasure” and now he’s unveiled the official artwork and tracklisting for Channel Orange.
In an interview with GQ earlier this year, Ocean said that his collaborations with fresh, imaginative artists have been pushing him forward. “I’ve been doing collaborations, so these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive,” he said. “I’ve really been feeding off of that.”
Ocean’s upcoming tour dates:
July 13 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
July 14 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
July 19 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
July 20 – Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall
July 22 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theatre
July 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
July 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
July 26 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
July 28 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
July 29 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda
July 31 – Toronto, Ontario – The Guvernment
August 1 – Detroit, MI – TBA
August 4 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
Jerry Sandusky Guilty: Verdict Reached In Child Molestation Trial Of Former Penn State Football Coach
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky entered the Centre County Courthouse Friday as one of the most celebrated figures in the history of Penn State sports. He left a convicted child molester.
Following two days of jury deliberations, Sandusky was found guilty Friday of molesting several young boys.
The 68-year-old could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 criminal counts related to the alleged assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period. The allegations led to the ouster of the late Penn State University president and long-time coach Joe Paterno, who died in January.
Prosecutors said Sandusky was a “predatory pedophile” and a “sick, disturbed man,” who targeted “the most vulnerable kids, kids in need.”
Defense lawyer Joe Amendola said Sandusky was the victim of a grand conspiracy and that prosecutors provided no physical evidence to prove he had molested anyone. Because of the allegations, “everything [Jerry Sandusky] ever loved, everything he’s ever built, and everything he’s ever stood for — it’s gone,” Amendola said.
Jerry Sandusky Guilty: Verdict Reached In Child Molestation Trial Of Former Penn State Football Coach.
Champs! James’ triple-double lifts Heat to title
By BRIAN MAHONEY
Posted Jun 22 2012 7:28AM
MIAMI (AP) Music blared and confetti fell, the only celebration LeBron James really wanted in Miami.
Not that one two summers ago, the welcoming rally where he boasted of multiple titles, perhaps without realizing how hard it would be to win just one.
He dreamed of this moment, with teammates surrounding him and the NBA championship trophy beside him.
“You know, my dream has become a reality now, and it’s the best feeling I ever had,” James said.
James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Miami Heat in a 121-106 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to win the NBA Finals in five games.
Ripped and ridiculed for the way he announced he was leaving Cleveland and taking his talents to South Beach, it’s all worth it now for James.
Best player in the game. Best team in the league.
And now, NBA champion.
“I’m happy now that eight years later, nine years later since I’ve been drafted, that I can finally say that I’m a champion, and I did it the right way,” James said. “I didn’t shortcut anything. You know, I put a lot of hard work and dedication in it, and hard work pays off. It’s a great moment for myself.”
And for his teammates, who watched the Dallas Mavericks celebrate on their floor last year.
James left the game along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for good with 3:01 remaining for a round of hugs and the start for a party he’s been waiting for since arriving in the NBA out of high school as the No. 1 pick of the 2003 draft. James hopped up and down in the final minutes, shared a long hug with opponent Kevin Durant, and then soaked in the “MVP! MVP! chants during the raucous postgame.
“I wanted to become a champion someday,” James said. “I didn’t know exactly when it would happen, but I put in a lot of hard work.”
He was a choker last year, the guy who came up small in the fourth quarter, mocked for “shrinking” in the moment while playing with what he called “hatred” in trying to prove his critics wrong.
He came to Miami seeking an easier road to the finals but found it tougher than he expected, the Heat coming up empty last year and nearly getting knocked out in the Eastern Conference finals this time by Boston. Facing elimination there, James poured in 45 points on the road to force a Game 7 and the Heat won it at home.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done as a basketball player,” James said. “You just put a lot of hard work into it and you hope that one day it will pay off for you.”
This time, with a chance to clinch, the Heat took control in the second quarter, briefly lost it and blew the game open again in the third behind their role players, James content to pass to wide-open 3-point shooters while the Thunder focused all their attention on him.
The disappointment of losing to Dallas in six games a year ago vanished in a blowout of the demoralized Thunder, who got 32 points and 11 rebounds from Durant.
Bosh and Wade, the other members of the Big Three who sat alongside James as he promised titles at his Miami welcoming party, both had strong games. Bosh, who wept as the Heat left their own court after losing Game 6 last year, finished with 24 points and Wade scored 20. The Heat also got a huge boost from Mike Miller, who made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points.
That all made it easier for James, the most heavily scrutinized player in the league since his departure from Cleveland, when he announced he was “taking his talents to South Beach” on a TV special called “The Decision” that was criticized everywhere from water coolers to the commissioner’s office. James has said he wishes he handled things differently, but few who watched the Cavs fail to assemble championship talent around him could have argued with his desire to depart.
In Miami he found a team that didn’t need him to do it alone, though he reminded everyone during this sensational postseason run that he still could when necessary. He got support whenever he needed it in this series, from Shane Battier’s 17 points in Game 2 to Mario Chalmers’ 25 in Game 4.
In the clincher it was Miller, banged up from so many injuries that he limped from the bench to scorer’s table when he checked in. He made his fourth 3-pointer of the half right before James’ fast-break basket capped a 15-2 run that extended Miami’s lead to 53-36 with 4:42 remaining in the first half.
The Thunder were making a remarkably early trip to the finals just three years after starting 3-29, beating the Mavericks, Lakers and Spurs along the way. With Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden all 23 or younger, the Thunder have the pieces in place for a lengthy stay atop the Western Conference.
But their inexperience showed in this series, a few questionable decisions, possessions and outright mistakes costing them in their franchise’s first finals appearance since Seattle lost to Chicago in 1996. Westbrook scored 19 but made only four of his 20 shots, unable to come up with anything close to his 43-point outing in Game 4, and Harden finished a miserable series with 19.
“It hurts, man,” Durant said. “We’re all brothers on this team and it just hurts to go out like this. We made it to the finals, which was cool for us, but we didn’t want to just make it there. Unfortunately we lost, so it’s tough.”
Nothing they did could have stopped James, anyway.
Rapper Trae Tha Truth is recovering from a gun shot wound to the shoulder from a parking lot shooting in Houston, TX. late Tuesday night. According to witnesses, they heard a fury of gunshots towards a large crowd of people. At least 4 people where shot including Trae, while 3 others were killed.
For more on the shooting, visit Trae Tha Truth Shot, Three Others Killed At Scores Cabaret.
Heat top Thunder 104-98, 1 win from NBA title
By BRIAN MAHONEY
Posted Jun 20 2012 3:42AM
MIAMI (AP) The pain was so great, LeBron James said, that his body practically shut down on him.
He could hardly stand, certainly couldn’t run. Good thing all he needed to do was shoot.
A limping, grimacing James shook off the pain of left leg cramps to hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:51 remaining and the Miami Heat held off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 104-98 victory Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals that no team has ever blown.
“He was hurting,” teammate Dwyane Wade said. “But that’s what it’s about this time of the year. It would hurt more if we lose the ballgame, so it feels a little better if you can win it.”
Imagine how good it will feel if the Heat get one more victory.
Better get well fast, LeBron. You’re one win from the biggest party of your life.
Game 5 is Thursday night and James will have a chance to finish a nine-year chase that started in Cleveland before he famously – or infamously – left for South Florida before last season.
“Of course it’s there to think about,” said James, making it clear he plans to play. “I’ll be ready for Game 5.”
With James watching the final moments, Mario Chalmers finished off a stellar 25-point effort that matched Wade. James had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, missing a shot at a triple-double only because he was on the bench at the end after the thigh cramps emerged following a fall near the Thunder basket.
The Heat needed all James could give and more to hold off Russell Westbrook. He scored 43 points for the Thunder, who wasted an early 17-point lead but were never out of the game because of their sensational point guard. Kevin Durant had 28 points but James Harden threw in another clunker, finishing with eight points on 2-of-10 shooting. Westbrook and Durant were the only Thunder players to score in the last 16:46.
“Shots were falling,” said Westbrook, who was 20 of 32. “It really doesn’t mean nothing. We didn’t come out with the win.”
Dolla Boy, one half of Playaz Circle and leader of The Duffle Bag Boyz is back with a new mix tape entitled “2KHustla” with Bigga Rankin and DJ Bobby Black. The intro “Spell Bound” is classic Dolla Boy talking some real dope boy ish over a gangsta track. Dude is not going to change up for nobody, staying real to the streets is what he would rather do.
Also check out Ludacris poppin off at Sean J on Say It To My Face
Jody Breeze, an original member of Boyz In DA Hood is back with a solo mix tape entitled “Airplane Mode” hosted by DJ Bobby Black. I haven’t heard much from Jody Breeze since the diss song he made about Young Jeezy a little while ago, but he is definitely coming wit it on this “I’m on One” freestyle.
If you haven’t checked out the original version by Lil Wayne and Drake, click here….. I’m On One
Three of “The Talls” are still going strong and were recently spotted out and about in Atlanta. NeNe Leakes, Marlo Hampton and Cynthia Bailey of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” towered over a number of ladies this weekend at Grey Goose’s “Cherry Noir” dinner. The event, hosted by Grand Hustle Entertainment founder and Grey Goose ambassador Jason Geter, and Def Jam mogul Bu Thiam, was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Buckhead. While there, the talls enjoyed specialty cocktails and a live performance by Grand Hustle RB singer Mitchelle.
When they’re not out socializing in the city, the ladies ladies are ping busy with their separate business endeavors. As previously reported, Leakes is launching a fashion line and working with a global branding company to promote her apparel and accessories. Similarly, Hampton is continuing to sell high-end gently used designer apparel from her Marlo’s Closet collection.
And while her two tall friends continue to seek success in fashion, Bailey is moving into spirit sales. In May, Bailey was announced as the new celebrity spokesperson for P.T. Moscato, a light sparkling wine.
Check out The Talls, Jason Geter, Bu Thiam and other guests including “Love Hip-Hop” producer Mona Scott-Young enjoying Cherry Noir below. -danielle canada