Issa Rae Lends Her Voice To Google Assistant

Google is introducing its new assistant, Issa Rae. The comedian, writer, and producer will be the newest celebrity lending their voice to the service as a limited-time voice cameo. Rae is the mastermind behind HBO’s Insecure.

“I was in talks to do this last year and was just really intrigued, like, ‘What? They want my voice? Why?'” Rae told CNN. “Then, you know, I realized that I use Google Assistant frequently anyway and just thought about how cool it would be to do.”

She says the process was surprisingly intense. It consisted of many hours in the recording booth “saying various sentences that did not make any sense” and “so many words that I have never ever pronounced before.”

Rae is best known for her work on Insecure. Earlier this year, she announced that the show will not be returning for a fourth season until 2020. She’s been spending time dipping her talent in feature films such as Little and the upcoming films The Photograph and The Lovebirds.

Rae is now one of multiple celebrities who have lent their voice to similar services. Last month, Amazon announced Samuel L. Jackson would be providing their first celebrity voice option for their Amazon Alexa.

The ”Joker” Continues Winning Streak With $17 Million Dollar Box Office

It has now been a week since Warner Bros. has released the highly-anticipated Joker movie. And while the premiere reflected great success, it appears the winning streak continues. According to Variety, the villain-focused film has garnered another $17 million dollars in domestic box office sales during its second Friday in theatres. The estimated digits tied to the movie are expecting roughly $50 million dollars more in total for the second week. These estimates follow the film’s smashing $96 million dollar box office debut. Despite the arrival of Will Smith’s Gemini Man and the iconic revival of The Addams Family, the Joker is still doing pretty well number-wise. If things go as expected, the movie will have crossed the mark of $185 million dollars in total domestic sales this weekend. 

Other than that, The Addams Family is also doing well at the second spot and the reimagined tale garnered a sweet $9.7 million dollars in domestic box office sales from a total of 4007 different locations. Should it continue doing well, estimates expect the film to rack in $33 million dollars total this weekend. Gemini Man comes last in the third spot with a $7.4 million dollar opening. Though it is expected to make $20 million this weekend, a number slightly below earlier estimates of $24 million.

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Trolls Bombard “Batwoman” With Scathing Reviews

The internet trolls have found their newest target, The CW’s Batwoman. While the show only premiered last week, according to Complex, it’s already receiving a large influx of negative reviews. While Rotten Tomatoes lists the show’s score at 73%, the audience score presented on the site tells a far different story. The audience score here reads a mere 11%. 

While it’s entirely possible for there to such a large discrepancy between critic and audience opinion, in the case of Batwoman, it seems there’s more going on here, something called review-bombing. Since Batwoman is the first openly-gay female lead for a show on The CW, it appears that trolls are annoyed by the inclusivity and are leaving drastically bad reviews to bring down the average review score. Check out this breakdown below.

Comments like, “I have no words to express the level of cringe. Absolutely horrible,” with 1/10 ratings show a complete lack of constructive criticism or substantive critique of the show. While the show might not be good, it’s unrealistic to imagine this level of unexplained hate is justified unless it’s pure trolling. It’s also distracting because the show might not be perfect, but these reviews completely throw off an accurate rating for the show.

Batwoman airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. Check it out and form an opinion on it for yourself. 

 

Instagram Removes Followers “Activity Tab” & People Are Freaking Out

There’s definitely a special club of Instagram users who would always check their follower’s activity by swiping right on their activity screen to see all the photos and comments liked by those they chose to follow. The information has without a doubt sparked some fights in relationships with partners checking in on their boo and asking “why did you like that photo.”

Instagram already started removing the feature from earlier in the summer and by next week, the feature will be gone completely. “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing,” Instagram’s head of product, Vishal Shah said. “So you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built it for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up.”

An activity monitor will still be available but it will simply show what photos people are liking on your account alone. “Instagram removed following Tab. Now we will not know what our idol is doing and liking. Good changes for privacy,👍👌 bad change for stalker and fans,” one Twitter user wrote of the change

Peep some reactions below and let us know what you think.

Google Reveals The Most Popular Costume Searches For Halloween 2019

New reports by HYPEBEAST confirms that the popular search platform Google has released interesting information about this year’s Halloween celebration. According to the aforementioned news outlet, the search engine has revealed the most popular costume searches in anticipation of the spooky holiday. As expected, pop culture plays an essential role in the costume choices listed herein and even moreso considering the release of so many horror films and series such as IT: Chapter 2 and Us. On the list, we find the frightening clown Penny Wise from the IT franchise at the top of the list along with several characters from Spider-Man and Stranger Things. In addition, Avengers: End Game characters also found their way on this list. Precisely, Chris Hemsworth pudgy ”Thor” character made the list as inspiration for Halloween 2019.

As for couples, the most searched included Lilo and Stich, Rick and Morty as well as Mario and Luigi. For larger groups, popularity was found amongst characters from the Descendants, Toy Story, Star Wars, Stranger Things again along with Fortnite. It appears these costume searches may hint at a quite entertaining Halloween. Perhaps you may acquire some costume inspiration from these mentioned choices, should you be amongst the many to celebrate.

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Dad 3D-Prints His Son A Lamborghini Aventador

Everyone wants to drive a Lamborghini, but not everyone’s dad is able to build them one. Sterling Backus has been blowing up on the internet this week after 3D-printing a drivable replica Lamborghini Aventador. Autoblog says Backus built the car after his son mentioned wishing to drive one while playing Forza on his Xbox. 

Backus is the chief scientific officer at KMLabs in Boulder, Colorado and spent $20,000 to build the car. He hand-built a steel chassis and took a LS1 V8 from a Corvette to give the ride power. He was able to get the panel layout form GrabCAD, an online design community.

The biggest obstacle Backus had to overcome was an issue where the car would melt in the sun. The 3D-printed plastic simply wasn’t strong enough. To fix this, he wrapped carbon-fiber on the parts and covered them in epoxy. 

All-together, it must have taken a remarkable amount of time to get to where the project is today. Apparently, the front brake air intake itself took 52 hours to finish. Backus says he hopes the car serves as an educational tool for Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs. You can check out the official FaceBook page for the car here.

Lil Uzi Vert Wears T-Shirt With A Seductive Rihanna On It

Lil Uzi Vert has essentially transitioned from music artist to Instagram influencer. Luckily, he’s just as good at the latter as the former. While he’s not an influencer in the sense of shamelessly promoting useless products, he’s an influencer in the sense that I am now motivated to drip as hard as he does. I’d post slideshows of my outfits like he does if they consisted of enough fire components to necessitate multiple close-up shots. 

In Uzi’s latest social media masterpiece, there’s a lot to digest. Photographed next to a PJ, the Philly rapper rocks the limited Nike Air Foamposite ParaNorman One’s. He flexes his keen eye for detail by matching the shoes with the neon green flames on his puffer jacket. Aside from his studded Prada purse, the most enviable item of the fit has to be his t-shirt with Rihanna on it. The entire front of the tee is occupied by an air-brushed BadGalRiri suggestively sucking on her finger. Across the bottom, in beautiful calligraphy, lies the eternally true statement, “I Love Rihanna.” Round of applause for Uzi.

Yesterday, Young Thug released the music video for the So Much Fun cut, “What’s The Move,” featuring none other than Lil Uzi Vert

Hip-Hop Artists We Want On “The Joe Budden Podcast”

Joe Budden has fashioned himself as one of the most profitable and highly regarded media figures in hip-hop. Flanked by sardonic partners in crime Rory, Mal and long-serving engineer Parks, the ad-hoc podcast that first aired in February 2015 grew from a ramshackle platform for Joe to sound off into a Spotify-endorsed powerhouse with a steadily growing fanbase.

Although guests would sporadically pop up now and then in the past, the frequency of both in-person visits and phone-ins has exponentially risen of late, granting airtime to everyone from Nicki Minaj, TDE’s SiR and battle-rap titan Loaded Lux to calls from Vince Staples & Kash Doll. Now that the insights of outsiders are becoming increasingly commonplace on The Joe Budden Podcast, it provides an additional window into the hip-hop world. Therefore, it only makes sense to speculate on who would make for the most fascinating, revelatory or possibly explosive appearances on the show.

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DRAKE

Back in 2016, the August 24th edition of the podcast marked a change for the show’s infrastructure. After 76 editions, Marisa Mendez, the inaugural co-host of the outlet then known as “I’ll Name This Podcast Later,” left the show on acrimonious terms. Why? Well if speculation is to believed, it all boiled down to her conflicting views on Joey Jumpoff’s sporting beef with The 6 God, Drake. Initially sparked by Budden’s derisory outlook towards Drizzy’s 2016 LP Views— “That kid on that album that I heard sounds real fuckin’ uninspired. That’s what I think. I think that that music is real good. You can’t fool a real n***a.”

A back and forth then ensued after Drake began to fire thinly veiled jabs at the New Jersey native. Rebuffed by the OVO leader as a one-hit wonder, Drake did enough to coax Joe into the booth and the resulting diss tracks “Making A Murderer Part 1,” “Wake,” and “Just Because” all displayed Joey at his vitriolic best. Left largely unresolved to this day, the possibility of listening to Champagne Papi and Joey trace the misunderstandings that led to the beef and attempt to clear the air would make for an engrossing listen. On top of that, it’s pivotal to bear in mind that Episode 188 of the Joe Budden Podcast was the breeding ground for the news that “40” was the one who inadvertently slipped Pusha the intel about his love child. 


J. COLE 

Where a Drake appearance would be predicated on a foundation of beef, an interaction between J.Cole and Joe Budden would simply make for a cerebral and pragmatic discussion about the business and practice of hip-hop. Both revered in their respective generations, J.Cole’s interviews have regularly revealed him to be a fantastic orator; his podcast-style discourse with Lil Pump proved that he can ask or respond to probing questions with ease.

With Joe being a vocal advocate of everything that Cole has done to further the culture in recent years—”I believe he’s setting n****s up for greatness”– what better way would there be for Cole to chronicle his incredible run than to break it down with Joe, Rory and Mal? From Revenge Of The Dreamers III to appearing alongside 21 Savage, to Joe’s admiration for how the “super nice guy” Cole maintains a private aura, there are endless avenues for exploration.


RAPSODY

On the subject of Carolinian MC’s, another artist that would ignite the minds of Joe and his core hip-hop head audience would be Rapsody. Towards the twilight of 2017, Joe Budden made a habit of singing the praises of her sophomore effort Laila’s Wisdom. When faced with combative remarks from DJ Akademiks on an edition of Everyday Struggle, Joe asked whether his former co-host had listened to the record, declaring it to be arguably the finest album of the year.

Following that moment, both himself and Charlamagne Tha God placed Rap’s acclaimed project at the forefront of their “Top 5 of 2017” lists on the first and only “This Year Was Dope/Trash.” Armed with one of the most incisive pens of the modern era, hearing Joe and the Snow Hill, NC emcee discuss the finer points of the artform and its trajectory from here would yield no shortage of fantastic soundbites.


JAY-Z

During Joe’s time on Def Jam, the general consensus pointed to Budden as the heir to the hip-hop throne. Thought to be earmarked for commercial and critical greatness, the man that would become Slaughtermouse felt continually hampered by the micromanagement that he’d experienced at the label. Introduced to the masses by the frenetic party anthem “Pump It Up,” Budden would soon have the wind taken out of his sails when Jay snatched the beat from under him. “Gimme that beat, fool, it’s a full-time jack move,” proclaimed Hov over that iconic Just Blaze production, further taking aim at Budden as he declared that “You worthless, fella; you ain’t no athlete, you Shawn Bradley.”

Jay’s ascension to Def Jam President closely coincided with the sophomore blues that Budden faced whilst creating his as-yet-unreleased sophomore project The Growth. Consequently, Budden took direct aim at Jay on the scathing “Talk 2 Em.” Incensed by the mistreatment that he felt he received, Budden slammed Hov for refusing to abdicate the spotlight, spitting: “I hate ya last single (pause) Boys Roc, can we hear some new n****s with promise? The new generation won’t forget you we promise, we’ll always pay homage. But let’s get one thing understood son, every Encore ain’t a good one!”

Twelve years from the diss track’s emergence, Budden is forthcoming in his love for Hov’s material and Jay’s 2017’s appreciative Twitter spree that praised his favorite rappers saw “Mouse” directly singled out among the Slaughterhouse ranks. Now that the beef has subsided and they’ve both gathered cooler temperaments, listening to Joe and Jay lift the lid on Sean Carter’s Def Jam reign would be nothing short of fascinating. 


CAM’RON

During Episode 126 of The Joe Budden Podcast, Joe chaired a lengthy discussion about the best rappers of all time, granting a surprisingly lengthy period of time to whether Cam’ron has been misaligned in the industry’s standings. “Where do ya’ll rank Cam, all time?” he inquired, grateful when Mol corroborated his belief that the Dipset leader should be treated with greater respect in the game. Adamant that Killa Cam has several classic albums under his belt and was “much more impactful” than he’d initially believed, it’s a far cry from the embryonic days of the podcast when the two narrowly averted a major incident.

Prone to saying things that sound far worse out of context, Joe’s assurance that he’d have “fucked up Cam’ron” over the Jim Jones’ Byrdgang copyright dispute led the Harlem icon to respond with “U can try and fuck me up if you want. Where you at?”  After conceding that he’d “jumped the gun,” Joe’s podcast would serve as a perfect avenue for both men to shoot the breeze, perhaps delving into why Cam is so criminally overlooked by the fans.


LIL YACHTY

In an incident that has been widely lampooned, memed, and otherwise re-appropriated on countless occasions, Joe Budden and Lil Yachty’s square off on Everyday Struggle became one of the most widely viewed segments in the history of his former show. Pinpointed as a clear-cut example of the disconnect between old heads and the new era, the incendiary dispute was the catalyst for genuine animosity; recall that Lil Yachty teamed up with Migos on “Ice Tray”—if a n**** hatin’, call him Joe Budden (Pussy!)– and donned a “Fuck Joe Budden” hoodie at a Toronto show.

Now that Yachty is “cookin’ up LB3,” perhaps it’s time to see whether Budden and Lil Yachty have moved on from their diametrically opposed viewpoints of the past in order to find some common ground on Budden’s home turf.


CARDI B

On the subject of Joe’s animosity towards certain members of the Quality Control camp, one major caveat that Budden has always maintained is his deep-rooted love for Offset’s partner. Even when the infamous BET Awards incident with the trio and their entourage occurred, Joe’s belief that Cardi B is one of the leading lights of modern hip-hop never wavered.

Having dedicated lengthy sections of the podcast to the impact of Invasion Of Privacy and her subsequent rise to fame, Cardi actually paid a visit to the show on Episode 45 during her underground rise. Now that she’s in the upper echelon of hip-hop’s mainstream, Cardi should venture back to discuss her meteoric climb, the conflict between Joe and her husband’s camp, and even her own newfound grievance with Mal over his claim that she “isn’t a real artist.” 


TYLER, THE CREATOR

Never one to shy away from snap judgments, Joe Budden had to retract his view on Tyler, The Creator in May of this year. Upon hearing the former Odd Future leader’s latest opus Igor, Joe praised his “subtlety” with his rollout and offered an olive branch. “I probably owe Tyler, The Creator an apology. I let that one elevator ride where you were acting like a fuckhead misguide me. But I can appreciate someone’s fuckheadedness when they are this creative.”

Then in August, Budden progressed from applauding Tyler for the considerable merits of his output to actively imploring him to appear on the show and try to replicate what he did with a bemused Funk Flex. “Tyler, The Creator went on a press run to do everyone but us. He should’ve came and sat here. Troll me. Come here and spit those same lyrics, we’ll have a blast cos I’ll troll back.” Once his mammoth Igor tour wraps up at the end of the month, it’d be great to see the notoriously unfettered producer and rapper take Joe up on his offer.


CYHI THE PRYNCE

Though many emcees have tried to coax Joe Budden back into the ring, none seemed to get under his skin quite like Cyhi The Prynce. Revered as an immensely talented but criminally underrated lyricist, we spent time delving into the distinct similarities in their career trajectory and the possible reasons for why it unseated Joe so deeply.

Now that the dust has settled and the 500k bounty on a battle seems to have been revoked, a podcast in which they acknowledge the commonality between their experience in the game, discuss how the beef was exacerbated in the first place, or simply verbally sparred about Cyhi’s allegiance to Kanye West would have millions of hip-hop lovers tuning in.


50 CENT

If anyone rivals Joe Budden’s sheer propensity to rile his fellow artists up, it’s 50 Cent. Save for a few minor skirmishes—including Budden’s fleeting disputes with Lloyd Banks and The Game during their spells in G-Unit—the two have largely remained on good terms. In fact, they even made a point of reaffirming that everything was good after 50 misinterpreted one of Joe’s tweets as shade about his TV show “Power” in 2015.

Baffled by being labeled a “bitch,” Joe calmly, and almost uncharacteristically, smoothed things over by replying “1. We are cool. #2. Power is my favorite show. #3. What on Earth are you talking about my n****a?” But in September of last year, things began to sour between the two after 50 took umbrage with Joey’s response to Eminem’s various jibes on Kamikaze.

“Get the fuck outta here Joe Butt Head,”  50 retorted. “We ain’t trying to hear that bullshit you kicking fool.” A year plus on from the fallout of Kamikaze, 50 seemed to have relented on beefing with Joe before it could pick up steam. Both elder statesmen of the game that have survived their share of scrapes and public controversies, hearing the two trade old war stories could be a podcast in itself.

 

NYPD Requests Rolling Loud Removes Casanova, Pop Smoke & More From Lineup

Rolling Loud in NYC is set to kick off later today, but it looks like a few acts might get cut from the festivities. Casanova, Pop Smoke and more have been requested to be removed from the line-up by the NYPD. 

The Fader has uncovered a letter from the NYPD sent to Rolling Loud that reads, “The New York Police Department requests the below listed individuals be removed from performing at the Rolling Loud Festival taking place at Citi Field on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and Sunday, October 13, 2019 due to public safety concerns.” The letter then goes on to name a number of rappers that can be seen below.

The letter continues, “The above listed performers have been affiliated with acts of violence citywide. The New York Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence.”

Casanova’s gang affiliation was mentioned during testimony at the recent 6ix9ine trial

So far, none of the mentioned parties have commented on the situation. 

We’ll be continuing to cover Rolling Loud as well as this situation as it progresses. Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, YG, Pusha T, Gunna, DaBaby, Young Thug and many more are scheduled to perform this weekend.

Wale Talks Being Left Off Top 50 Lists & His Last Convos With Mac Miller

Wale dropped his awesomely-named sixth studio album, Wow… That’s Crazy, on Friday and headed out on the traditional press run. On HOT 97’s “Ebro In The Morning,” he touched on some of the biggest topics in hip hop since the last time he passed through the station. 

Wale and the HOT 97 crew contributed to the protracted conversation around the “Top 50” lists that continue to proliferateWhat started out as “Top 50 Rappers Of All-Time” lists over a month ago has splintered into regional rankings. The persistent trend has left artists angered by their placements and others irritated by the futility of the whole practice. However, Wale appears unfazed by it all. When asked by Ebro about how his stats have been turning out, Wale responded, “I don’t care bout no… I’m on every list that matters… If I’m not on your list, you forgot or you’re stupid.” The possibility of people having forgotten to include his name was considered because Wale even confessed to accidentally omitting Drake when asked to list the top 5 rappers from his era. He also explained that he’s too far into his career and has experienced too much success to be stressed over any list. 

The interview then transitioned to discussing Mac Miller’s passing. After Mac died last September, people started to notice that he was homies with pretty much everyone in the industry. Many had Mac stories to share and they now all have stories about how the news of his death hit them. Wale recalled being the studio when J. Cole called him to tell him Mac died and immediately hanging up the phone to process the information. Wale was supposed to go to Mac’s crib two days before and later had strong regrets that the plans fell through. He also mentioned how one of his last text messages to Mac was intended to offer words of encouragement when Swimming dropped, fearing Mac would feel that his project was overshadowed by Astroworld (which dropped on the same day). “I texted him I was like, ‘Bro, I hope you’re seeing all this love out here,’ because he was a guy who was in his head like I be in my head and sometimes you gotta hear that…”

Watch the full interview below.

Kurt Cobain’s Iconic Sweater From “Unplugged” Performance Hits Auction

The iconic cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s legendary MTV Unplugged performance is headed to auction, and it still hasn’t been washed. 

“It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarette burns that you can see on the sweater.”

The sweater last sold in November 2015 for $137,500 to an anonymous buyer. It is now being sold for a minimum bid of $200,000; however, it’s estimated that the bid could reach as high as $300,000 before it’s sold. For reference, in 2015, the minimum bid was $60,000.

“Rock & roll memorabilia has become an investment,” Julien said. “It’s not just a collector’s market — it’s an investor’s market. The person that bought the sweater in 2015 bought it as an investment. Now, because we’ve been getting record prices for Kurt Cobain, people are starting to sell it. We anticipate that it will sell for more than double. I call it the new fine art market. People are investing more and more in pop culture, especially rock & roll. It’s a way to diversify their portfolios.”

The auction will be held on October 25th and 26th at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online.

Kanye West Blesses Howard University With ‘Sunday Service’ Performance

Kanye West has been making waves with his dynamic Sunday Services. We have previously reported on the rapper’s iconic gospel experience which took over Coachella this past summer and involved performances by a few, notable artists such as Kid Cudi, Chance The Rapper and more. Well, now we are well into the fall which means it is indeed homecoming season. As such, Kanye West has decided to bless a specific HBCU with the experience of a lifetime by bringing a surprise Sunday Service to campus this Saturday morning. According to Complex, Mr. West made a stop in Washington, DC for Howard University’s Homecoming after making a surprise announcement the previous day at 8 PM. Tickets to the show sold out in minutes and led to West performing at the school’s quad to an overly exciting crowd. NBC Washington reports that Ye performed a series of ”new verses and raising his hands to the sky for the worship-style show.” 

Evidently, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West was in attendance as well as their children North and Saint West. The choir was led by Kanye’s cousin, singer Tony Williams, who delivered a slew of bops for the choir to chant along. Numerous shots and videos of the moment between Kanye and the early-rising university students found their way all across social media. It was a blessed Saturday, indeed.

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