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Antonio Brown Could Be Leveraging This Helmet Debacle Into An Endorsement 

Sunday, Antonio Brown's second grievance against the NFL in regard to his helmet choice was rejected.

While he's been up in arms about the league's refusal to allow him to wear the Schutt AiR Advantage that he's most comfortable with, it looks like Brown is flipping the drama into cold hard cash with brands reportedly creating customized helmets that they're willing to pay the athlete to wear.

Once he's come to a decision, he will be outfitted with his own custom model and a few extra bucks lining his pocket as he enters another season with the Raiders.

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Brown's previously complained that the new helmets mandated by the NFL impair his vision on the field. The league declared that the Schutt model that he had been wearing was no longer compliant with the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment policy, which does not allow players to wear a helmet that is older than 10 years. Brown's reaction was to skip out on days at training camp and file two failed grievances against the league. Now, the silver lining in all this has made its presence very much known.

In response to endorsement rumors, Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus spoke n SiriusXM's NFL radio on Sunday and said that the whole scenario concluded with "a happy ending" and "a lot of money."

 

 

Young Thug's "So Much Fun" Is His First No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart  

With 131,000 copies sold in its first week, So Much Fun has become Young Thug's very first No. 1 -ranked project on the Billboard 200 chart. While 5,000 of the units were pure album sales, streaming expectedly dominated the figure, making it the most-streamed album of the week,

In total, Thugger's newest output has been streamed a total of 167.9 million times across the album's 9 tracks, making for the fifth-largest streaming week of the year and the second-largest streaming week for any hup-hop album. He finds himself bested only by juice WRLD whose Death Race For Love earned 176.4 million on-demand audio streams back in March,

The new delivery also mark's Young Thug's eighth consecutive top 40 album and his fifth effort in the top 10. It is joined by Super Slimey which peaked at No. 2, Beautiful Thugger Girls (No. 8), Jeffery (No. 8) and Slime Season 3 (No. 7).

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The No. 2 album of the week is reserved for Lionel Richie's Hello From Las Vegas project with clocks 65,000 equivalent album units, with nearly all being pure album sales, making it the highest-charting live album since Kenny Chesney's Live In NoNShoes Nation debuted at No, 1 in November.

At No. 3 the Quality Control: Control The Streets, Volume 2 compilation debuts at 63,000 equivalent album units, clocking the weeks' second-largest streaming activity sum with 82.6 million on-demand streams translating to 61,000 SEA units.

Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go remains stagnant at No. 4 with 43,000 units while Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations holds onto No. 5 with 39,000 units.

Lizzo moves back up to No. 6 with Cuz I Love You earning 35,000 units, now spending five nonconsecutive weeks in the slot. Chris Brown's Indigo slips to No. 7 with 32,000 units moved while Rick Ross' Port Of Miami 2 slips from No. 2 to No. 8 in its second weeks with 29,000 units. Khalid is steady at No. 9 with 27,000 units and closing things out is Shawn Mendes' self-titled debut which cracks the top 10 once more with 27,000.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges To Donate $5 Million To Amazon Aid Efforts 

Leonardo DiCaprio plans to donate $5 million to the emergency Amazon Forest Fund. The fund was started by Earth Alliance, the organization that DiCaprio co-founded with Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Shethe.

The money is used to kickstart what DiCaprio says will be focusing "critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region."

Earth Alliancejoinslocal groups that have been working against the wildfires that have ravaged the forest recently. Such organizations include the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni, and Instituto Socioambiental. 

With his pledge, DiCaprio also made a call to action, asking supporters to donate their own share as well.

"100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon," he penned in an Instagram caption."Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples."

The fires in the Amazon are believed to be attributed to the popularized slash-and-burn method of deforestation taking place throughout Brazil. As a result, the Amazon is expected to start emitting larger amounts of carbon dioxide, potentially speeding up the global warming process.

Snoop Dogg Posts Up In SoCal For "Main Phone" Video 

Aftercoming through with his I Wanna Thank Me album, Snoop Dogg has now returned to share a new piece of visual supplement for his "Main Phone" collaboration with Rick Rock and Stressmatic.

The track itself is an idea to the art of juggling more than one cellular device, for whatever reason. Setting up shop in Southern California, the new video finds the trio of collaborators posting up in Snoop's whip as they let loose on bars that color the hustle: "On my main phone, textin' with this other phone/Tryna keep these lights on, sleepin' with my Nikes on."

Watch the clip up top.

Nike React Element 55 Releasing In "Penn State" Colorway Coming Soon 

Nike will be releasing several collegiate React Element 55 colorways in the very near future, including iterations for the USC Trojans and FSU Seminoles supporters.

Additionally, the Nike React Element 55 will also be arriving in a navy and white rendition inspired by the Penn State Nittany Lions. Similar to the aforementioned colorways, the "Penn State" Nike React Element 55 comes equipped with Penn State text on the tongue along with a team logo on the insole and PSU stamped on the instep.

Nike React Element 55 Penn State/Nike

Per Nike:

"Owing its geometric design to data drawn from everyday athletes, the React Element features original technology that took comfort to the cutting edge. Starting with a pressure map that tested individuals who walk heavily throughout the day, designers then drilled holes into the points where feet experience the most fatigue in the soles for unparalleled comfort."

A release date for the Nike React Element 55 Penn State ($130) has not yet been announced, but I'd expect the kicks to arrive in the coming days as the Nittany Lions kickoff the 2019 season at Beaver Stadium against Idaho on August 31.

Nike React Element 55 Penn State/Nike

Nike React Element 55 Penn State/Nike

Nike React Element 55 Penn State/Nike

Mac Ayres Dazzles With "Juicebox" Album 

This month, Mac Ayres returned to bless our speakers with the arrival of his Juicebox album, a full-length display of the hyphenate's retro contemporary creations, showcasing another bright spot within today's shifting landscape of R&B and Soul.

With confidence, Juicebox is proving to be one of the better outputs if the season as Ayres strive to maintain congruency among all offerings, keeping all songs distinct while delicately stringing them together with a nuanced approach to track production and composition.

Notable features arrive from Tiffany Gouché and 9th Wonder across the sixteen-track delivery. It arrives on the tail end of 2018's Something To Feel album and adds yet another quality notch on Ayres' rap sheet.

Asian Da Brat Teams Up With Brittany B For "Match Up" 

This weekend, Brittany B emerged with a new collaboration, teaming up Asian Da Brat to serve uo her latest track "Match Up." On it, the West Coast native and Southern spitter collide for an explosive creation.

“We initially met at a studio back in 2018 working on a record for another artist," Brittany tells Karen Civil. "It was then that I got to really see how talented Asian really was and that she was a real artist. We went bar for bar in the studio sharing ideas and I gained so much respect for her that night. Naturally, we kept in touch and one night while she was at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles she told me to pull up. I went in and she had just recorded “ Grandson” and she was playing it over and over. I was like this is hot let’s do a record tonight. I played her some of the records I had been working on and then I had a track from Foreign Teck that I loved. We actually recorded in the booth together just free-styling as we went along until the record was done.”

Quotable Lyrics

I told that ni--a where your guap at?
Ni--a match up
When I walk through that bitch
Bitches back up


JPEGMAFIA Recorded 93 Songs For His Upcoming Album 

JPEGMAFIA shared a video on YouTube in which he previews songs from his upcoming album for one of hip hop's hottest producers right now, Kenny Beats. JPEG and Kenny have previously collaborated on the track, "Puff Daddy", explaining their good rapport in the video. They take cough-inducing dabs while they crack jokes and Kenny gives feedback on two new tracks. Before playing the music, JPEG informs Kenny that he recorded 93 songs for his upcoming album. Although, he originally intended to record 89, as that is the year he was born. The additional four songs were "an accident". 

The first song that Peggy played for Kenny was "Jesus Forgive Me, I'm A Thot", which was released last week. Kenny was visibly mind-blown by the Veteran rapper's production chops. JPEGMAFIA explained that he usually makes all of his songs in one sitting, in his home, alone. The second song he played was titled "Ice Box", which has not yet been released. Kenny was impressed once again, and described the song as what would result "if the dark web got a hold of your beat and spit it out" - largely due to the obscure samples used. Another sample used was fire. JPEG struggled to provide a more in-depth explanation of what this meant, but it seems like it provided a crackly texture to the track. His usual sense of humor is present, a notable bar being: "I stuff a glock in my bitch pocket". 

There is no word on when the next JPEGMAFIA album will be released, but it may be titled The Disappointment, as he keeps referring to it in this way. Watch Kenny Beats be disappointed below. 

Kid Ink Checks In With "Champion" Single 

Spending the bulk of his 2019 year on the road, Kid Ink has exited the tour life and is back in the booth blessing ears with his latest "Champion" track.

Ink details his return to the booth as a moment in which he is "Just having fun with the music again... not tryna make a hit with every song no more." All signs point toward a welcome influx in new Ink tracks and if "Champion" is any indication, the relief of pressure is just what the doctor ordered for fans looking to catch Ink in his bag.

Get into the West Coast native's latest offering down below.

Quotable Lyrics

Uh, I got a plan hit 'em with the switcher
Need my name at the top when you pour the list up
Everyday I treat the game like it's just a pick up
Treat a hundred for the club like it's just a pick up
Follow my pride and I did it all without a hiccup

Dem Franchize Boyz Member Buddie Passes Away After Bout With Cancer 

Gerald "Buddie" Tiller, a pioneering member of Dem Franchize Boyz Has passed away after a battle with cancer.

It was Sunday that the group confirmed the death of Tiller, uploading shots to the Instagram page with the caption, "R.I.P Buddie you Will be Missed #demfranchizeboyz."

In addition, Jermaine Dupri, who first signed the group to his So So Def label in 2005, paid his respects, quoting his former artist's line from the group's staple "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" track. 

'They call me Doctor Doc I prescribe what a nigga need," he penned on Instagram "#ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranchiseboyz. #fuckcancer."

Dem Franchize Boyz first came to prominence at the height of the influx of southern dance anthems emerging from the South in the mid-2000s. Notably, they are responsible for hits that include "White Tee," "Oh, I Think They Like Me," and Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It." Their discography includes albums such as their self-titled debut in 2004, 2006's On Top Of Our Game and 2008's Our World, Our Way. The final release was 2011's Voltron mixtape.
While they were scheduled to come together for JD's So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour, the trek was canceled.
Rest In Peace, Buddie.