Snoop’s parting gift: One of the biggest moments in sports this year was the retirement of Kobe Bryant’s retirement from the game. The Los Angeles Lakers legend bowed out of the game after dominating for 20 years and it was only fitting that everyone from the high and mighty to the meek and lowly came out to shower Kobe with praise. It was also fitting that one of California’s hip hop legends be the one to honor the Mamba with a unique parting gift. The gift in question was a Laker-themed convertible draped in gold and blue. Peep it below
‘Famous’ clip cleaned up: If you love Kanye (like Kanye loves Kanye) but don’t care for the images of naked people in the new video for his controversial ‘Famous’ jam, there’s a version that you can safely watch at work, even with your kids. But in place of Kanye’s brutal, tongue-in-cheek bars, your speakers will be filled with humorous conversations between real, and fully clothed celebrities.
Spice girls are (sort of) back: Move on to the next story if you never sang “If you wannabe my lover you gotta get with my friends…” at any one point in your life. Spice Girls fans however will want to read this with a very thick lens. The Brit all-girl band that rocked your world in the 90s is plotting a comeback. But it won’t be the entire crew, rather three fifths of it; Mrs. David Beckham, A.K.A Posh Spice and Melanie Chisholm, known to the world as Mel C, have refused to be part of the reunion. The remaining three, Emma Burton, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell (Baby Spice, Scary Spice and Ginger Spice respectively), will therefore no longer be known as the Spice Girls. They have renamed themselves GEM, an acronym from their first names, as they seek to rekindle the fire they started 20 years ago. Here’s their invitation to fans and #wannabe fans:
Snoop Dogg & The Game’s response: To the recent happenings in Dallas has been one of the more responsible, mature and profound of the celebrity reactions so far. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota at the hands of police officers and the subsequent protest and retaliatory murders of policemen have put the nation in a state of shock. In a bid to calm tensions and start the healing, L.A. rap stars Snoop Dogg and The Game invited men of all races to a peaceful march to the LAPD headquarters. When they got there they held discussions with the mayor and police chief about rebuilding relations between law enforcement and minority communities. In the course of the march members of long-term rival gangs Bloods and Crips came together to show solidarity with the MCs. Watch Snoop lead the march below.
Let’s end the week in a ‘Blank Face’ mood with a listen to a remake of the first single off Schoolboy Q’s new album. This new ‘That Part’ reunites Black Hippy; all of Top Dawg Entertainment’s hottest rappers. It’s not every day Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Q hop on a track together so dig in.
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