#RiseTogether NBA Live ’16 Preview Party Recap at Terminal 23

This past weekend celebrities, influencers and gaming enthusiast gathered for the invite-only #RISETOGETHER NBA LIVE 16 preview party at Terminal 23 in Midtown Manhattan.

 

NBA All-Star and NBA LIVE 16 cover athlete Russell Westbrook joined guests in testing out the game’s newest features, graphics and gameplay. Each guest was also given an opportunity to shoot hoops at the exclusive gym – which was transformed into a co-branded party space.
EA SPORTS developers were on hand to give guests tutorials of the game, including its new Pro-AM features. On Tuesday September 15th, the public will be able to access a complimentary demo of NBA LIVE 16’s new Pro-AM feature. The game officially releases on September 29th across multiple platforms. Event attendees sipped cocktails and enjoyed small bites while listening to the sounds of internationally known DJ, MICK and viewing a special performance by rap icon Jadakiss. Other celebrities in attendance included Jim Jones, Maino, LaLa Anthony,  Treach, Chandler Parson, Naturel and Mr. Goldstein. Check out images from the event below and get more info at easports.com/nba-live the demo for NBA Live 16 is now available for play.

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Concepts x ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III “Boston Tea Party” NYC Launch Recap

Launch Recap of the Boston Tea Party Pair! 

 

Footwear brand Concepts connects with Luxury Goods and 8 Ball to produce a “Boston Tea Party” release. Concepts has took on an interesting concept in itself by mimicking the events of 1773 when Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty refused to give in to the British Parliament, before boarding their ships in the Boston harbor.

The anticipated collaboration of the ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III collaboration inspired by an important date in American history on May 2 has turned out to be a dope honorable piece. The shoe is featured in white, red and blue within a patriotic type contrast with gold and silver branding on the panels. Small features include namesake branding amongst the heel, lace options with a special design & more. Check out more images of the Concepts x ASICS Tiger Gel Lyte III “Boston Tea Party” NYC Launch recap in the gallery below.

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OVO Fest Day 2 Recap: Drake, J.Cole, G-Unit, Trey Songz, Usher, PARTYNEXTDOOR, YG, Majid,Lauryn Hill + More

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Photo Credit: Haleema Khan for The Source Magazine/TheSource.com

Epic is an understatement 

Monday night (August 4th) Drake closed out  his annual show, OVO Fest at The Molson Center in Toronto, ON.  The concert which is in it’s 5th year was a two day event, with hip hop legends Outkast headlining Sunday’s show.  Bringing arguably the greatest group in the history of rap music to the festival the night before was sure to put a little pressure on one Aubrey Drake Graham, but simply put the man rose to the occasion.

Besides an earlier set by the beautiful Jhene’ Aiko, the show itself played like one big showcase of Drake’s career so far, with people who have crossed his path and collaborated with, as well as some who helped inspire him to become the artist/person that he is today.  With the standard he set last year bringing out Kanye West & numerous others it seemed hard to fathom the surprises guests could live up to the hype.  They did; Lauryn Hill, J.Cole, Trey Songz, Usher, PARTYNEXTDOOR, YG, Majid Jordan, OB OBrien, Tinashe, DJ Khaled, 50 Cent & Lloyd Banks  each popped up and performed to the crowds delight.

From a fan point of view  it was quite the spectacle.  The production value of the show was not that of a typical “festival” stage, instead something far more elaborate and on par with the standard Drake set from recent tours, especially last years ‘Would You Like A Tour’.  Take a look at the pictures in the photo gallery above.What made this years performance so special was the concise linear narrative drake put together for the audience. He first surprisingly popped up at the end of Lauryn Hills fast paced set, transitioning from hills “doo wop (that thing)” to into his 2014 record “draft day” a song which samples “doo wop”. This would not be the last time a ridiculously  cool drake/rap nerd moment occurred. After admonishing Hill for all that she’s accomplished and what she meant to aubrey himself (a constant theme of the night ) it was Drizzy time. “We made it” rang out from the speakers, and yea it rang out , CRAZY like.  As soon as the song finshed it was time for our narrator to properly set the tone of the night.Drake genuinely & passionately explained that much like OVO fest has grown in the past 5 years, so has he. Last year may have been about big surprise guests and moments, but this years show was truly that , a show, a “Cirque Du SoDrake” as Noisey’s Slava P dubbed it.

After bringing out his mother for an awkward but really endearing moment it was “time to go”

Drake made it clear this was not the typical show and that he would be doing records that he hopes the fans want but that he know he doesn’t usually get to perform.

First up was “Unstoppable”, Drakes high energy So Far Gone track based off the Lykie Lie song of the same name. One strange note is how easily and how amazing it would have been for Drake to bring out Bun B (who came out the night before during Outkast’s set) to perform their track “uptown” from SFG.

The next OVmOment came when Drake brought out a man he described as the first mainstream artist to embrace him, Trey Songz. At this point the cool but subtle ambient lightning drake had been crooning in front of changed to an in your face giant red screen wall that set an incredible backdrop for the two to perform their defining track “successful”. Trey stayed to perform “Nana” , the crowd ate it up.

The show continued and Drake didn’t miss a beat. Every time he stopped to talk to the crowd you could feel the anticipation build with wonderment. Who was coming next? We had our answer soon, his “light skin twin brother “J.Cole hit the stage to perform “Can’t get enough” & “Power trip”. Afterward the two shared a moment on stage, like usual singing the others praises. Most interesting was Drake going out of his way to clarify that “Kendrick Lamar is one of the kings in this game” going on to say that sometimes things are often made out of nothing “that’s one of the hardest n—-s alive. He should be standing right [here].”

Over the course of the night Drake brought out numerous guests including YG for their smash song “Who do you love”. I joked to a friend that his verse cost him $100k, he better rap his heart out on it.He did.
Drake spoke of the time he got a bit carried away leaving Toronto and living in Miami for a minute saying one guy made sure his life down there was crazy; DJ Khaled came out to super hype man Drake for their monster collabos “I’m on one” & “No New Friends”. Khaled’s timing of when to insert the same ad-libs heard on record was truly remarkable

The only unfortunate part of Drake having established such a reputation for brining out surprise guests at OVO Fest is that when he performed a song and didn’t bring out the featured artist (ie The Weeknd on “Crew Love” Nicki Minaj on “Up all night” or Lil Wayne on a number of tracks) you couldn’t help but feel a tiny bit disappointed. But hey there’s always next year.

What big names he missed , Drake definitely tried to make up for by having the transitions in between and within songs at a level rarely if ever seen at a concert.
He brought out Tinashe to perform her single “2 On” which then transitioned into his and OVO mascot and hometown favorite OB Obrien’s “2 on/Thotful” freestyle. To our knowledge this was Obriens first Toronto performance and only his second overall aside from Houston Appreciation Week, all that said he did fairly well. The very existence and non wakness of the red bearded resident comedian of OVO in itself is a testament to Drake’s Midas touch.

There were three different times when the Drake show became someone else’s show. The first time was in many ways the moment a good deal- especially those from Toronto- had been waiting for- The OVO Fest debut of PARTYNEXTDOOR. With fiesta’s newest project PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 having just dropped less than a week prior (7/29) the stage was set. His intro couldn’t have been better with Drake turning his “Days In The East” track into Party’s song “West district” that was inspired by it.

It should be stated that during this portion the stage was adorned with a red backdrop and a large number “6” as seen in our photos. Also seen during this segment was an image of Rihanna and the numbers “666”. Subtle right.

Anyway back to party. It was definitely a site to see, a real coming of age moment. PND rocked out for a hot minute performing “Persian rugs” “Break From Toronto” and the soon to be smash “FWU” – the crowd singing along to the incredibly infectious chorus was special. He closed out the party with his Drake collaboration “Recognize”. Drake, pride obviously showing, congratulated his progeny and ushered him out as “The prince of OVO & the future of this city ”

At one point Usher came out and basically turned it into the Usher show performing “Climax”, “Confessions” & more. He probably talked a little too much and seemed a bit too cool,  but hey the guys a legend, give him a break.  O yea he spun his chain around his neck at one point, seriously.  Drake also announced he will be on Usher’s next album.
 
By FAR, the biggest response of the night came when 50 Cent & Lloyd Banks hit the stage.  “Whatup Gangsta” came on, and people lost,their,shit!  The fervor continued during “Beamer benz or bentley” as well as “In The Club”, a song 50 surprisingly didn’t perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam.  Trey Songz re-emerged, looking like he may have gotten a tattoo backstage in between sets, to perform his track from 50’s new album Animal Ambition, “Smoke”.  Drake eventually came back out to show love and close out the show.
 
Last up was his new track from Lil Wayne’s upcoming Tha Carter V, “Believe Me”,  Just after finishing he announced to the crowd that they were out of time , but theres no way it could end with out doing “one song”.  Everyone in the entire venue knew what one song he could be referring to, “0-100”.  Put in perspective that when Drake joined Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne at the aforementioned Hot 97 Summer Jam, this song literally premiered online, while the actual show was going on; 2 months later he’s closing out shows to it. 

One last thing Drake did was use the crowd of 20k + make noise specifically for the purpose of showing Kevin Durant (who was in attendance) how much fans of Toronto Raptors Basketball wanted him there.  Smart business man.

 
Drake is something special, this show hammered that point home, emphatically.
 

Here’s when G-Unit came out (warning audio is a little funky)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky_1vCvqXlU

HERE is someone who has the entire show in order on youtube

Also check out some clips of the performance from The Source’s Instagram page

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Outkast Performs At The Adult Swim Upfront


Adult Swim Upfront Party 2014Right under your nose, and you probably missed it.

Upfront’s shouldn’t be overlooked at this point. Especially not Adult Swim’s. Last year, Kanye West showed up and gave such a memorable performance, attendees of that show were raving about it for months on end, and all indications are, the reaction to last nigh will be no different.

Overlooking a swank and lively setting at one of Manhattan’s most heralded show venues, the West Side’s Terminal 5, Outkast stood tall and defiant in all-black and with an air that hasn’t been seen in them for quite some time. Their act is battle tested–critics almost wrote them of after their highly publicized first reunion performance at Coachella in April didn’t quite go as planned–and last night, it was on full display. Opening up their anticipated set with “BOB”, ‘Kast flew through a very long list of their timeless classics, and even as their time on stage dwindled down and the crowd began jostling around either for another drink or for an exit, Big Boi reeled them all back in with a somewhat unexpected but absolutely stellar performance of one of his biggest Andre 3000-less hits, “Kryptonite”, which, may or may not have drawn the biggest crowd reaction of the night. Through and through, it was certainly my first time seeing Outkast perform live, and if this is merely an indicator of what’s to come next month at their headlining set at The Governor’s Ball, then NYC will be in for a treat.

P.S. – Shoutout to Questlove in attendance, that new The Roots album, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is crazy.  Congratulations!

Adult Swim Upfront Party 2014

Adult Swim Upfront Party 2014

Adult Swim Upfront Party 2014

Stephen Curry Lights Up MSG With A Triple Double & The Thunder Finally Pick Up A Win With Westbrook

Scores and schedules from around the NBA. 

It’s getting ugly in NYC.

The New York Knicks are the laughing stock of the NBA. They don’t stand a chance against the good teams, and struggle against the worst teams in the league. Some Knicks fans on Twitter were asking for bandwagon release waivers. At this point, can they be blamed?

There were some quality games on the NBA plate last night. The Oklahoma City Thunder look are finally back on track, while the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs continue to brush up for the playoffs. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic also put on a show on their home courts with big time performances and victories.

Check out our NBA Friday recap.

Warriors 126, Knicks 103

Steph Curry, NBA, Knicks, MSG, WarriorsMost of the fans in attendance came to see Stephen Curry light up the Garden once again. He put up 54 on the Knicks last year and his second visit to MSG did not disappoint. Somehow, Curry pulled off a performance that is more impressive than a 54 point game: recorded a triple-double in three quarters of play.

The Knicks didn’t stand a chance in this game, as they played lifeless by jacking up bad shots and playing uninspiring defense. In their second blowout in a row after getting destroyed in South Beach on Thursday night, the Knicks are torturing their fans with their lack of heart.

Curry finished the game with a phenomenal 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

The Warriors improve to 36-23 and the Knicks fall to 21-38.

Bulls 100, Mavericks 91

The Bulls continue to pick up meaningful wins as they prepare for the postseason. The Chicago squad picked up their eighth win in nine games as they rallied late in Dallas for the big win. This loss sets the Mavericks back half a game behind the Warriors for the sixth seed out West.

Taj Gibson led the Bulls with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Monta Ellis finished the game with 20 points for the Mavs.

The Bulls improve to 32-26 and the Mavericks drop to 36-24.

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Thunder 113, Grizzlies 107

The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their first win after losing three straight since Russell Westbrook’s return to the line up. After losses to the Heat, the Clippers and the Cavaliers, there is no reason to overreact and this win should get them back on track. It was also great to see Kevin Durant get back to his dominant ways a he scored 30 of his 37 points in the second half.

Durant led the Thunder with 37 points, six rebounds and five assists. Mike Miller finished with 19 points for the Grizzlies.

The Thunder improve to 44-15 and the Grizzlies fall to 32-25.

Spurs 92, Bobcats 82

It took them a while, but the Charlotte Bobcats have finally become a tough out for every team they face. The Spurs made sure they took care of their business at home and made sure they don’t lose any ground in the West playoff picture. Sitting a game and a half behind the Thunder for the top spot, they gained some ground after the Oklahoma City’s three game skid.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Al Jefferson finished the game with 20 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats.

The Spurs improve to 42-16 and the Bobcats drop to 27-31.

Lakers 126, Kings 122

Remember when the Lakers vs the Kings was a big time rivalry? They tried to rekindle the magic last night in a high scoring duel at Staples Center that finished in dramatic fashion. The Lakers rallied late to pick up the home win against a talented Kings squad.

Jordan Farmar put up 30 points and seven assists for the Lakers. Rudy Gay led the Kings with 32 points and seven rebounds.

The Lakers improve to 20-39 and the Kings fall to 20-38.

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Suns 116, Pelicans 104

The Suns are trying to get back after a recent skid the past couple of weeks. They need to finish the season strong if they want to solidify their hot start to the season and make the playoffs. They sit a game and a half ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the final spot out West.

Goran Dragic continues his stellar play this season with a 40 point game last night in Phoenix. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with a monster 32 points and nine rebounds.

The Suns improve to 34-24 and the Pelicans fall to 23-35.

Cavaliers 99, Jazz 79

It’s hard to believe, but All-Star game MVP Kyrie Irving recorded his first triple-double last night in Cleveland. The Jazz didn’t stand a chance last night as Irving and the Cavs routed Utah. If the Cavs can continue winning, they still have a shot of making the playoffs as they sit three and a half games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final spot in the East.

Irving finished the game with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Cavaliers improve to 24-36 and the Jazz drop to 21-37.

-Patrick Hazel (@pattywack25)