Audible Legacy

June2017

Rockets to acquire Chris Paul in blockbuster trade

The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement on a trade for LA Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul, sources told ESPN.

The Rockets will send Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams and a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers in exchange for Paul.

Paul had been planning to decline the player option on his contract and wanted to play with Rockets All-Star James Harden, according to The Vertical, which first reported the trade.

Paul met with the Clippers on Tuesday and didn’t like what he heard from the team, sources say. He informed them Tuesday night that he planned to leave in free agency if he declined his option.

The Clippers were determined get something for Paul rather than lose him for nothing, sources told ESPN, so Paul instead agreed to opt in for the final year of his contract (worth $24.2 million) to facilitate the trade.

he Rockets, needing to make another move to make the financials work before they can officially acquire Paul, are telling teams that they’ve assembled the needed pieces and the trade is headed to the league office for approval, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

The Atlanta Hawks announced Wednesday afternoon they had sent forward Ryan Kelly to the Rockets in exchange for cash considerations.

Once the trade for Paul is official, Houston will try to acquire All-Star Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Via ESPN

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Joe Budden and Migos Turn Up, Rae Sremmurd Checks In, Post Malone Lights Up

On today’s very special episode of #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska take over the BET Awards red carpet where they talked to the likes of Post Malone, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Irv Gotti, and many more. The episode also features sit-downs with Rae Sremmurd, who finally talked things out with Budden, and Migos, where things took a heated turn during the middle of the interview. The Rae Sremmurd segment begins around the 55-minute mark, while Migos come to the platform at the 1 hour and 16-minute mark.

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2017 NBA Draft Recap, Best & Worst Picks, Jimmy Butler Trade Analysis

In SI’s 2017 NBA draft recap, they discuss LaVar Ball, the Knicks’ decision to draft French Frank and not trade Prozingis, and the best and worst picks. Kenny Ducey breaks down the social media perspective of the draft, including Markelle Fultz’s Instagram fail, LaVar Ball interacting with fans, and more. Plus, they look at how the Jimmy Butler trade will impact both the Timberwolves and the Bulls.

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Mobb Deep Rapper Prodigy Dead at 42

Prodigy, one-half of the seminal New York City hip-hop outfit Mobb Deep, died Tuesday at the age of 42. Mobb Deep’s publicist confirmed the rapper’s death in a statement to Rolling Stone.

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” the statement read. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

Prodigy and his Mobb Deep cohort, Havoc, grew up together in Queens, New York City and broke into hip-hop with a raw, vivid and vicious distillation of East Coast gangsta rap. The pair released their first demo together in 1992 under the name Poetical Prophets, which they followed up a year later with their Mobb Deep debut, Juvenile Hall. While that record wasn’t well received, their 1995 follow-up The Infamous, remains a hardcore NYC classic and features one of the group’s signature songs, “Shook Ones Pt. II.”

Prodigy and Havoc would release eight records together as Mobb Deep, with their last, The Infamous Mobb Deep, arriving in 2014.

In 2000, Prodigy launched his solo career with H.N.I.C. and would go on to release an array of solo records and mixtapes, as well as collaborations with producers such as the Alchemist and Big Twins and Un Pacino. In January, Prodigy released his last solo record, Hegelian Dialectic (The Book of Revelation).

Albert Johnson was born in 1974 to a family filled with musicians. His mother, Fatima Johnson – then known as Francis Collins – was once a member of the Sixties girl group the Crystals, while his grandfather, Budd Johnson was an acclaimed bebop saxophonist. Throughout his childhood, however, Johnson struggled with sickle cell and a father who was both a heroin addict and a petty thief. In his 2011 autobiography, My Infamous Life, Johnson recalled the time his father left him in the car while he robbed a jewelry store.

Growing up in New York City during hip-hop’s Golden Age, Johnson eventually found his way to the mic in high school. Under the moniker Lord-T (the Golden Child), Johnson managed to score a demo deal at Jive records and earned himself a debut feature on Hi-Five’s “Too Young,” which appeared on the Boyz N the Hood soundtrack. Not long after, Johnson united with Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita, but when Jive wouldn’t re-sign them as a duo, the pair struck out on their own.

By the time Mobb Deep released The Infamous, they’d signed to RCA and Steve Rifkind and Rich Isaacson’s formative hip-hop label, Loud Records, whose roster also included NYC stalwarts the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Pun and Dead Prez. Following the success of The Infamous, Mobb Deep continued to hone their hardcore hip-hop sound on a string of highly successful records, 1996’s Hell On Earth, 1999’s Murda Muzik, and 2001’s Infamy.

During the Nineties, Mobb Deep also became embroiled in hip-hop’s East Coast vs West Coast feud. Havoc and Prodigy guested on Capone-N-Noreaga’s 1995 track, “L.A., L.A.,” a response to Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound’s “New York, New York,” while the pair later became a frequent target for Tupac, who even called out Prodigy’s sickle cell on anemia on “When We Ride On Our Enemies.”

Via Rolling Stone

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40 Glocc shot while attending funeral in San Bernardino

Colton rapper 40 Glocc was shot Thursday while attending a funeral at San Bernardino’s Mt. View Cemetery but is expected to survive, San Bernardino police said Friday.

Police will investigate whether the shooting was gang-related, San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden said.

40 Glocc, whose real name is Lawrence White, was placed under a gang injunction in 2010, though he has insisted his songs and videos about the Colton City Crips are part of his act as an entertainer.

On Thursday afternoon, the rapper had been at a funeral for a homicide victim and may have been walking back to a car with a woman when “a vehicle pulled up near them and fired shots, striking him,” Madden said.

A bullet went through White’s arm and into his chest. The woman was grazed by a shot and then hit and dragged briefly by a car, but Madden said it’s unknown whether it was driven by the shooter or someone fleeing the incident.

Madden had no information on the identity of the woman but said she and White are expected to survive their injuries.

Police have not made any arrests. The incident was “very sketchy. The information that we’re getting at this time is very limited,” Madden said.

Via SBsun

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