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5 Things We Learned After Watching ‘Mortal Kombat 11’s’ Reveal Event 

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It’s pretty safe to say since its big reveal back in December last year, Mortal Kombat 11 is one of if not the most anticipated game of 2019. Today during the games reveal event in Los Angeles we learned even more about the 11th game in the iconic video game franchise.

We are still a ways away from Mortal Kombat 11’s April 23 launch on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC but today’s reveal event gave us a healthy idea of what to look forward to when the game finally arrives. Guests and fans streaming all over the world got a glimpse of Mortal Kombat 11’s new game engine in action, new characters, the story, character customization and more.

Here is what we learned from after watching the reveal event.

The New Graphics Engine

If you thought Mortal Kombat X was the ceiling for the franchise graphically, you were dead wrong. After viewing Mortal Kombat 11’s reveal trailer, it’s clear that the vicious fades, bone-crushing action, level design, and character detail takes the game to another level. Thanks to the improvements in graphics and gameplay we can now customize the characters more than ever before down to the slightest detail like changing Scorpion’s spear.

With Mortal Kombat 11 the goal is to make the player feel as if they are in the arena up close experiencing the action in real life. Based on the gameplay reveal trailer below mission accomplished.

Master & Dynamic Links Up With Louis Vuitton For $995 Bluetooth Earbuds 

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If you thought people rocking using Apple AirPods were bougie, wait till you experience someone sporting these Louis Vuitton x Master & Dynamic MW07 earbuds.

The truly wireless earbuds are already ridiculously expensive costing $299, if you want to make fashion statement it will cost you an extra $700 to add Louis Vuitton logo. There are no significant changes to high-end earbuds but an expensive paint job. Owners can pair them with them any Bluetooth capable smart device including Louis’ Tambour Horizon watch.

The stainless steel earbuds will come in four different colorways sporting the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram logo. In a review for MW07s, The Verge pretty much points while they are comfortable and sound good they weren’t worth the $299 price tag. So ponying up damn near a thousand dollars for a pair of relatively subpar earbuds is a hell of a business decision.

So if you got the coins and you absolutely need your earbuds to match your Louis belt, wallet and phone case then this collaboration is right up your alley. You can peep more photos of Master & Dynamic x Louis Vuitton’s MWO7 earbuds below.

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J. Cole Says Recording For ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ Is Complete [Photos] 

One of the most anticipated projects of the year is one step closer to coming to life. J. Cole has confirmed the studio sessions for a new Dreamville Records compilation are done.

As reported by Complex the North Carolina MC has announced that all the recording for the Revenge Of The Dreamers III is in the bank. He took to Twitter to express his gratitude and excitement. “The Revengers sessions are done thank you to every artist and producer that came through. I love y’all, that sh*t was beautiful. Next step, finish the songs and let the [world] feel em.”

While it is still unclear how the album will take shape one thing that is for certain is to expect an all-star cast of contributors. The sessions were apparently invite only and the who’s who Hip-Hop were on call.

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Confirmed in the house at the Atlanta, Georgia creative assembly included Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Big Krit, Wale, Akon, Ludacris, T.I., and more.

Media was also invited to sit in the sessions which provided fans intel in real time as the days went by. Below is a brief video capturing what is believed to be a track featuring Ski Mask The Slump God.

With vocals and beats now laid it is time for the Dreamville team to put all the pieces together. According to Cole’s manager Ibrahim Hamad they have a lot of material to narrow down from. “Just put 124 songs/ideas in a playlist on this flight and that’s not even every song on the hard drive yet “.

Revenge Of The Dreamers III is slated for a summer 2019 release.

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Former Roc-A-Fella Affiliate Choke No Joke Claims Dame Dash Tried To Steal Beyoncé from Jay-Z 

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It’s funny how certain situations that unfold in the present can cast past circumstances that were overlooked in a brand new light. With the recent drama that Dame Dash caused when he tried to throw Jay-Z’s reputation under the bus, this has become the current situation.

In a recently unearthed video, former Roc-A-Fella in-house videographer Choke No Joke actually corroborated Funk Master Flex’s allegation that Dame Dash tried to steal Beyoncé from Jay-Z during an interview with Star. When asked by the OG radio personality if something ever happened between Dame Dash and Beyoncé, Choke confirmed that Dame indeed tried to get it popping with Bey behind Jay’s back, but ultimately nothing happened.

“Yup.  mean nothing happened like he kissed or sexed her. Did he try to holler at her? Yeah. That’s the same thing he did with Aaliyah, but Aaliyah fell for it. He also wasn’t gonna violate Jay like that. I mean we all know there was a point at Roc-A-Fella where Dame was not allowed around Beyoncé. Anybody that worked there at that time knew that Dame was not allowed around f*ckin’ Beyoncé ‘cause he was a creep.” Word? Was Dame the OG leader of the Creep Squad whose membership includes many of Love & Hip Hop‘s cast members? Probably not but still this doesn’t put him the best of lights regardless of how bad his relationship with Jay might’ve been at the time.

But before everyone goes judging our dearly departed Aaliyah for walking out on Jay for his business partner, Choke feels that even though Dame went behind Jay’s back to holla at her, “the only reason Aaliyah may have went for it is cause Jay wouldn’t be public with her cause he was tryin’ to keep that sh*t private.”

That makes sense. It’s cold but Jay never claimed to be the warmest person alive when it came to relationships.

Check out the revelation below and let us know your thoughts on the situation.

‘John Wick 3’ Trailer Features Dastardly Fades, And Halle Berry [Video] 

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The first John Wick 3 trailer has arrived, and they can take all our money. The clip features all sorts of gun fades, and co-star Halle Berry, also with guns. 

The proper title of the third installment of the rogue assassin franchise starring Keanu Reeves is actually John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Starting off where the last film ended, Wick is ex-communicado on the run with a $14 million bounty placed on his head by the High Table.

Despite every assassin in the world wanting to collect, don’t bet against John Wick. When bullets run out, he resorts to just hurling rifles. Also, he is on a horse.

Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane are back, and Anjelica Huston is now in the cipher. We’re sold.

Watch the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellumin theaters May 17, below. More stills from the film on the flip.

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‘The Punisher’ Hands Out More Fades Than A Barber In Latest Trailer 

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We’re less than 24 hours away from riding shotgun with Frank Castle on his latest violence filled adventure when Netflix debuts the 2nd season of Marvel’s The Punisher… which will likely be followed by a cancelation later on this weekend.

In the latest teaser trailer before it’s release we’re teased to a season in which Frank seems to find love only to experience the pain of loss once again while his old buddy turned enemy Billy Russo a.k.a. Jigsaw runs amok with a brand new gun toting gang. While the Punisher simply dragged his man’s face through broken glass last season, will he find it in himself to put him down for good this time around? Judging by the amount of knuckle sandwiches and sauceless shells he dishes out in the latest trailer, Russo might want to get his affairs in order.

We shall found out when The Punisher premieres on Friday (Jan. 18).

Skyzoo Unveils New Joint ‘Retropolitan’ Project With Pete Rock 

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Skyzoo has forged a respectable career on the back of his razor-sharp lyrics and his unyielding love of all things Brooklyn that’s apparent in his verses. Zoo just unveiled a new project coming soon featuring production from legendary beat wizard Pete Rock for the collaborative album, Retropolitan.

Earlier this month, Skyzoo and Pete Rock teased the potential album and got right to work shortly after letting their respective fanbases know that something was definitely brewing behind the scenes.

Skyzoo announced the project’s title via Instagram which included a very New York-centric theme in the images with the caption reading, “Official album title announcement: Skyzoo x Pete Rock (@PeteRock) – “Retropolitan”. Release date/official album cover/label info/etc all to be released soon.”

According to Skyzoo’s Instagram, it appears that he and Pete Rock are halfway done with the album. Considering that Skyzoo has never been a slouch on the microphone with one of Hip-Hop’s best producers providing the heat, this album is going to be fire flame emojis for sure.

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Because, Growth: Kyrie Irving Reveals He Called LeBron To Apologize 

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Kyrie Irving is learning that being a leader of a bunch of overachieving young stars is tough as hell in the NBA. It’s such a daunting task in fact that Irving had to call his former teammate LeBron James and apologize for being the same way during their time together on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Look at the growth.

The epiphany and phone call happened after a very tough loss to the Orlando Magic last Saturday Irving revealed Wednesday night. Fresh off a fantastic performance helping his Celtics who have looked shaky at times this season seal the victory against Kawhi Leonard led Toronto Raptors, the crafty PG revealed the details of the call between the two stars.

“I had to call ‘Bron and tell him I apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips. I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that.”

“He’s been in this situation, been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, been the 22-year-old kid, wanting everything, wanting everything right now.”

“The responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading a team is something that’s not meant for many people. And ‘Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to really show us what it’s like to win a championship. And it was hard for him. Sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world. Fewer are meant for it or chosen for it. And I felt like the best person to call was him.”

Irving also pointed out that he should have kept his criticism of his young teammates “in house” after the loss to the Magic.

“I did a poor job of setting an example for these young guys what it’s like to get something out of your teammates,” he said. “Going forward, I want to test these young guys, but I can’t do it publicly. That was a learning experience for me, realizing the magnitude of my voice and what I mean to these guys.”

Maybe this will help put the Celtics who were pegged as favorites to dominate to the Eastern Conference and possibly dethrone the Warriors live up to those expectations.

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Soulja Boy and Famous Dex Threaten Each Other On Instagram Live, Twitter Eats Popcorn 

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Soulja Boy’s give me my recognition tour goes on. Big Draco got into a heated argument with Famous Dex on Instagram Live, so of course Twitter is having a field day. 

It all started last night (Jan. 16) with Big Soulja going on IG Live to talk ish, which involved slandering Dex while insisting he put the rapper on.

“And Famous Sex, you better watch your f*cking mouth too, n***a,” he said. “The fuck is wrong with you?”

Soulja added, “You a f*cking junkie, n*gga.”

Of course, Dex responded on IG Live and the two of them eventually joined forces and proceeded to threaten each other with the all the fades. Dex called Soulja a cokehead and a fed, Soulja called Dex a b*tch, and on and on and on.

Peep Twitter’s reactions to the struggle, and the receipts, in the gallery. Think these two watch a lot of WWE?

Bardi B For President: Cardi B Weighs In On The Federal Government Shutdown 

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Cardi B last year turned heads with her encyclopedic knowledge of American politics, which certainly belies her image as a slick-talking rapper. But Bardi once again showed and proved she knows more than most after breaking down the federal government shutdown as only she can.

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“I just wanna remind you that it’s been a little bit over three weeks,” she says in the video. “Trump is now ordering … federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. … This is serious. Our country is in a hellhole right now. All for a … wall.”

President Donald Trump has ordered thousands of staffers from several government agencies to return to work to process tax returns, perform safety inspections and more. They include the Internal Revenue Service, which is recalling 36,000 workers to process tax filings and refunds. Trump also signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees after the partial shutdown ends, the White House announced Wednesday.

Cardi B says she’s feeling anxious and helpless as the shutdown drags on.

“I feel like we need to take some action,” she says. “I don’t know what type of action … because this is not what I do. But … I’m scared.”

Cardi’s words are resonating among elected officials, although they’re a little hesitant to share the message due to its raw, unfiltered language.

Check out Cardi B’s statements on the federal government shutdown below. Oh, and peep the comments. Everyone is really trying to flex what they know versus taking the overarching passion and point in Cardi’s assertion.

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