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Warriors Confirm Klay Thompson Tore His ACL During Game 6

Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson reportedly tore his ACL during a hard fought game against the Toronto Raptors during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

"Golden State’s Klay Thompson has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, his agent Greg Lawrence tells ESPN," wrote ESPN's Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter.

This heartbreaking news came a few hours after it was announced that Golden State's Kevin Durant would be out for the 2019-2020 NBA season after injuring his Achilles in Game 5, which required immediate surgery.

Thompson's injury occurred during the third quarter of last night's nail-biter (Jun. 13). With just under three minutes left in the quarter, the shooting guard was fouled by Toronto's Danny Green.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reportedly said that Thompson just needed a "two minute rest" after receiving assistance off the court. While clearly injured, he came back and was still able to make both free throws, ultimately finishing the game with 30 points. He reportedly left the Oracle Arena on crutches.

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Nas Officially Drops 'The Lost Tapes 2' Album

Nas' music industry spotlight has intensified thanks to his newest project The Lost Tapes 2. The pioneering influential dropped the soundscape on Friday (July 19).

The album features unreleased tracks from his last four studio albums: Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled, Life is Good, and Nasir. The Lost Tapes 2 comes as a sequel to 2002's The Lost Tapes 11-track compilation.

Hypebeast reports the latest installment introduces the Queens native rapping over instrumentals crafted by the likings of Kanye West, Pharrell, RZA, Swizz Beats, The Alchemist, and more. Ten years of material collected well-produced beats, wordsmith pierced verses and inclusive range of rhythm.

"Tanasia" and "Highly Favored" were produced by RZA giving off the classic Nas sounds fans have become accustomed to as he spits about his housing projects in Queensbridge. Other exclusive tracks include "Vernon Family" at the hands of Pharrell, and Swizz Beats' "No Bad Energy." Yeezus and Nas also give a less instrumental-forward sound emphasizing the ever-so clever rhymes from The Lost Tapes 2 mastermind on "You Mean the World to Me."

 

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THE LOST TAPES 2 OUT NOW

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In an interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the hip-hop artist spoke about how his project is somewhat of a guessing game when figuring out when the tracks were actually created. "You just play them. You kind of got to guess like, 'What year did he make this one?'" he said. "Some of the songs are, like, ten years old, 12 years old, and some of them are, like, as early as, like a year and a half ago."

He also teased to a partnership with the creation of the Hip-Hop Museum that's slated to come to the Bronx by 2022.

Check out the full interview below and stream the project below.

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Rappers Lil Baby and Gunna pose for a picture backstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2018 at Fillmore Miami Beach on October 6, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida.
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Lil Baby Says He Previously Paid Gunna To Write Raps He Practiced To

Lil Baby's inspiration to perfect his craft was greatly inspired by Gunna in a very creative way.

Unearthed by Genius, Lil Baby spoke to German hip-hop platform 16 Bars about his early days in the game. The rapper, who earned a BET Award for Best New Artist this year says he paid Gunna to write raps for him in order to practice his own raps.

While none of the songs Gunna were released, they have been used as reference tracks during the duos studio sessions.

"I done paid Gunna to write my songs. I never put the songs out but like when I first started rapping I used to pay him like $100 like 'I'ma give you $100 write something for me so I can try to learn to go in and record it," the Street Gossip rapper said.

Their tightknit friendship in and out of the studio also was considered teachable moments for the rapper. "That's how I used to practice and try to get it right because I just started rapping out of nowhere."

Gunna told Rolling Stone that he was the inspiration for Lil Baby to take his craft seriously. "I kinda helped push [Lil Baby] a little bit to go harder," Gunna said. "He didn't really care about [rapping] that much. He was being him, just chilling. I was critiquing his music, but also letting him know it sounded good, he should keep going, [offering] words of encouragement."

Lil Baby and Da Baby released a track entitled "Baby" Wednesday (July 17), he pulled up on verse one and the chorus of the new hit single.

Heating up verse one with these bars, it looks like the $100 sessions with Gunna paid off.

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Swedish Prosecutors Opt To Keep A$AP Rocky Detained For Another Week

Since the tail-end of June, A$AP Rocky and two of his friends have been detained in Sweden as police officials investigate a physical altercation involving the rapper’s entourage and two unidentified men. According to the Associated Press, authorities will now keep Rocky and his friends in custody until July 25 until a court appearance.

In an interview with Complex, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who’s also advocating on Rocky’s behalf, discussed the claim that the Harlem native poses as a flight risk, that’s why his detainment is a point of contention.

“They don’t have to keep him in jail. If he has a court appearance, first and foremost, it should be done expeditiously,” Espaillat said. “It shouldn’t be a long, protracted wait because that’s damaging in itself. So you got to wait a couple of months just to tell that you’re innocent? And then you’re away from your family and your work for several months? That’s not fair. That’s not just. I think that not only is it incumbent upon the Swedish authorities to release him or have him see a judge as quickly as possible. And for that to be done expeditiously without any further financial damages to him and his family.”

During the altercation, Rocky posted footage of the reported harassment, boasting his case of self-defense.

 

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SO A FEW DRUG ADDICTS ARE NOT MY FANS , WE DONT KNOW THESE GUYS AND WE DIDNT WANT TROUBLE , THEY FOLLOWED US FOR 4 BLOCKS , AND THEY WERE SLAPPING GIRLS BUTTS WHO PASSED , GIVE ME A BREAK

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Since that time, celebrities like Meek Mill, Quavo, and Kim Kardashian have advocated for Rocky’s release. Kardashian recently met with Donald Trump and his cabinet to assist in Rocky’s freedom, taking to Twitter to thank them for their efforts.

Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated 🙏🏼🤞🏼 https://t.co/Ym1Rzo5Z6c

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2019

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