From his touchdown celebrations to his fashion sense, to the way he reacts to losing games, Cam Newton has been under heavy criticism for his most of his professional career. The quarterback position is usually occupied by Caucasian players like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning; so some say the criticism of Newton is because he’s African-American. Newton himself has agreed with that assertion in the past but now he feels differently.
“It’s not racism,” Newton says when asked by GQ if football fans are racist towards him. “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”
So if it’s not racism then what is it?
“I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does.”
Newton answer differed back in January when he said, “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”
This time around, his answer is contrary to that opinion. “I don’t want this to be about race because it’s not,” he says. “It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”
“I mean, you bring it to people’s attention. But after that, that’s it.”
With the temperature rising, Salaam Remi, Joell Ortiz, Nitty Scott, and Bodega Bamz are beating the heat as the collective, No Panty. Here’s their first offering produced entirely by Salaam. Download and stream the project below.
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Meeting Dr. Dre is a rarity theses days, especially for aspiring artists. Before Anderson .Paak landed on the cover of 2016’s XXL Freshman issue, he says he received a call from DJ Dahi to work on some music for Dr. Dre’s project. .Paak says he thought meeting the famed producer seemed so far fetched that he buried the idea in the back of his mind. However, once in the studio, people started buzzing about his song “Suede” and suggested that they let Dr. Dre listen to it. Once Dre heard it—after several replays—he began working with .Paak, which ultimately landed him on six songs on the Compton album alongside, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Ice Cube to name a few.
In this interview with DJ Vlad, .Paak admits that he didn’t know what project he was initially working for, but later discovered that Dre wanted to step away from Detox because he wasn’t happy with the finished product and wanted something fresh. The recording artist said with the Compton album, “he was pushing to do something he’d never done before, and he was taking risks and chances.”
Watch the full interview above.
It’s hard to hate when you’re having this much fun. Hopping out the chopper, YG laughs at his haters in his flashy visual featuring Lamborghini Drizzy and a pampered Kamaiyah. Still Brazy is available here.
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker activated the National Guard to be prepared if local police call upon their deployment to the city of Milwaukee on Sunday, [August 15]. The move to involve the reserved military force came by recommendation of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, whose vocal opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement brought him to the forefront of the discourse around crime and police brutality in the Black community, during the height of racial tensions in July. Clarke’s call to action comes after the second day of unrest following the shooting of a 23-year-old Black man police claim to have been armed while fleeing from a traffic stop.
“We cannot allow for a repeat of what happened (Saturday) night. I am going to utilize all available resources to accomplish that,” Clarke stated. On Sunday there were additional reports of shooting, the destruction of property, and injury, including a car fire, along with the wounding of an 18-year-old male by a bullet, and medical attention sought for a police officer who was hurt when a rock smashed the windshield of his cruiser. It all happened as police in riot gear moved in to disperse a crowd after 11 p.m. Several protesters were reported to have been arrested. Footage from the scene of the uprisings grabbed national headlines, with photos and videos of fires and shooting traveling the web.
“What happened tonight may not have been right, and I am not justifying that, but no one can deny the fact that there are problems, racial problems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that need to be rectified,” City Alderman Khalif Rainey said. Tempers flared among many, while others in the community came together to assist in the clean-up of the damage and help re-institute calm. “This community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country.”
Local politicians are said to be meeting with community leaders to discuss a strategy on how to move forward, with the potential for even greater angst as investigators prepare to put out their findings on what exactly occurred between the yet identified suspects and police. Officials have said they will be releasing footage from the firing officer’s body camera, as it remains unclear whether at any point the victim in fact reached for a fire arm. In any case, Sheriff Clarke can be expected to take a hard line approach in light of the fact that he has been somewhat anointed to be one of the nation’s spokespersons for law and order, as was indicated by his invitation to speak at the Republican National Convention last month in Cleveland.
Interscope/Mad Love Records rapper, Tory Lanez, might have been happy to learn that his single, “Luv,” broke the Billboard Top 40 this week, but he doesn’t seem to be projecting a glass-half-full outlook about how he imagines his album will be received. At least, not according to a prediction he shared on social media over the weekend.
“I’m fairly new to how this “album thing” works. So I’m not expecting much sales wise,” Tory wrote, in a tweet that directs the focus of his followers away from any commercial expectations they may have, and onto his professed artistry. “But Musically my album is the best album this year.”
Lanez has been pushing hard to create a buzz around his August 19 release. By indication of how he’s characterized the work he looks to serve out, the debut will be something of a statement on it having finally arrived, a triumph in the face of his doubters. On paper “I Told You,” looks promising, with contributions from the likes of Kanye West, Mannie Fresh, Ed Sheeran and a cast of other notable producers. But it remains to be seen how his having failed to make nice with the boss up in Toronto will bode for the Canadian rapper, after the numerous shots he and Drake have taken at one another since the 6 god shaded him on his Summer Sixteen tour earlier in the year. Lanez has since come up on fans’ newsfeed with an occasional slight that had OVO fam producer Boi-1da juxtaposing Drake’s four sold-out shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with an artist many assume to be Tory “trolling for attention & record sales.”
On Saturday, Tory put out a random promotional bonus, promising to engage personally with fans who pre-ordered the album. “SEND A PIC OF UR PROOF OF PURCHASE & LEAVE UR # .. IMA FACE TIME U .. IF U HAVE DROID IMA CALL,” he tweeted.