Watch: Shaq says he’ll superglue on wig if Mr. ‘2.2 a game’ LaVar beats him

Shaquille O’Neal just upped the ante.

The Hall of Famer responded to LaVar Ball late Sunday in a way only Shaq can. O'Neal posted an Instagram video in which he dons a blond wig and lip syncs to Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away."

In the caption, The Big Aristotle said he’d permanently stick the wig to his noggin if he loses to “mr 2.2 (points) a game,” and compared his brand and career to those of the Ball patriarch.

This comes following a war of words that started when O'Neal criticized the Balls for charging $ 495 a pop for Lonzo's signature shoe.

More recently, Shaq’s son Shareef declared he’s better than LaMelo, the youngest of the Ball brothers, and the legendary big man agreed.

When LaVar caught wind of those comments, he told Overtime:

“Stop it. Hey, me and Melo against him and Shaq. We’ll kill em. We’ll kill em.”

Get ‘er done. Or at the very least, make sure cameras are rolling when these families collide at Los Angeles Lakers functions.

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Westbrook beats out Harden, Leonard for MVP award after historic season

After becoming the first player in 55 years to average a triple-double over the course of a season, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named the NBA’s 2016-17 Most Valuable Player.

On top of matching Oscar Robertson’s 1961-62 feat, Westbrook led the NBA in scoring with 31.6 points a night to go along with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. His 30.6 player efficiency rating also led the league and was the 15th-best mark of all time, while his 41.7 percent usage rate was the highest in recorded history.

Westbrook set a new league record with 42 triple-doubles on the season – including eight in which he scored at least 40 points, and three in which he scored at least 50 – and the paper-thin Thunder needed every ounce of that production. The team went 33-9 when Westbrook recorded a triple-double, and 14-26 when he didn’t. And that’s to say nothing of his season-long penchant for late-game heroics; the individual runs he embarked on to save the Thunder from almost-certain defeats, and the dramatic victories he delivered at the buzzer.

In his first season without Kevin Durant as his running mate, Westbrook wrung 47 wins out of a supporting cast that offered little in the way of shooting, ballhandling, or secondary playmaking. The Thunder’s record still makes him the losingest MVP since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award for the 40-42 Los Angeles Lakers in 1975-76, but it’s tough to argue he isn’t deserving considering the load he carried and the efficiency with which he carried it. The Thunder were 12.2 points per 100 possessions worse with Westbrook on the bench, with a minus-8.9 net rating that would have blown the Lakers’ league-worst mark out of the water.

There were times Westbrook seemed to blur the line between carrying his teammates and holding them back, when his lack of trust in them – or his unwavering belief in himself – proved the Thunder’s undoing. He attempted nearly 400 more field goals than any other player in the league, and turned the ball over 5.4 times a game. His relentless, exhausting offensive exploits often left him ineffectual defensively.

But for all that, the Thunder still won more games than they had any right to, and Westbrook was a cyclonic force who left a trail of rubble in his wake. The semantics of "most valuable" can be debated and nitpicked to death, but there's little doubt about who the NBA's most captivating player was. Westbrook's season was unlike anything we've seen in a long, long time. It'll probably be a long time before we see anything like it again.

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Watch: Braves fan improbably beats The Freeze

The Freeze’s reign is over.

After famously turning an Atlanta Braves fan to dust last week, establishing himself as the game’s undisputed between-innings-sprint champion in a footrace for the ages, The Freeze – a member of the Braves’ grounds crew named Nigel Talton – was dethroned Friday at SunTrust Park, where another fan was able to defeat the seemingly impregnable, costumed track star.

Per the rules, of course, the fan got roughly a 200-foot head start, but he still gets to tell his grandchildren he beat The Freeze.

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Eminem Surprises Flint High School Graduates With Beats By Dre Headphones [VIDEO]

Eminem made sure that a group of graduating high school seniors went back home with more than a diploma.

The Detroit rapper gifted 230 Flint area students with some free Beats By Dre headphones during their graduation ceremony. The surprise came with an encouraging message that played over the speakers as Em’s face was flashed on the screen.

“What’s up Class of 2017? This is Eminem,” the message started. “I just want to say congratulations to the graduating seniors of Flint Northwestern, Flint Southwestern and Flint Accelerated Learning Academy. Congrats to all you guys’ hard work, man. You earned this moment.”

After that, the students were told about their surprise, to which the responded like any other 18-year old would. The students were handed their headphones right after they grabbed their diplomas.

Watch the good deed below.

 

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9th Wonder Offered Redman Some Beats, Is He Going To Rock On Them? [VIDEO]

Redman just got offered several beats from producer 9th Wonder. Imagine what could happen.

Redman has been hyping his fans up in recent days by posting clips of himself on social media working on his long-awaited Muddy Waters 2 album. So far, it sounds like Reggie Noble is about to deliver some more classic material for his fans.

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However, the album could be getting a special touch from producer 9th Wonder. In early May, 9th let it be known that working with Redman was a bucket list item for him.

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Redman sent a special shoutout to the North Carolina beatsmith in the video below saying he wanted to work with him too.

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9th responded by unleashing a batch of beats for Red to choose from. He also invited him to come to North Carolina to get it in.

Take a listen.

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This one sounds like the best match.

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Rap Gods, please let this happen.

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Drake Successfully Beats “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” Sampling Lawsuit

Drake found himself on the business end of a lawsuit in 2014 after the estate of Jimmy Smith went after the Canadian superstar over a sample used in the track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” from 2013’s Nothing Was The Same. A judge ruled in favor of Drizzy after supporting the fact that the rapper’s sampling of a spoken word piece titled “Jimmy Smith Rap” was free to use under the copyright “fair use” law.

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

What makes Drake’s summary judgment victory against the Estate of James Oscar Smith particularly noteworthy is that rulings of copyright “fair use” are rare in the realm of songcraft. When it comes to documentaries and less abstract art forms, judges can parse meaning and figure out whether use of copyrighted material is transformative. But in disputes over song sampling, parties have long tended to wage fights over other issues like ownership records and whether the copying is sufficiently substantial. This “Pound Cake” case had those elements as well, but this one is now ending at the trial court because U.S. District Court judge William H. Pauley III has taken the unusual step of addressing Drake’s purpose in sampling.

According to the facts laid out in Pauley’s opinion, Cash Money hired a music license company to obtain all necessary licenses. The defendants obtained a license for the recording of “Jimmy Smith Rap,” but clearing the composition became problematic. The Estate maintained it would not have granted a license for the composition because Jimmy Smith, a jazz musician, “wasn’t a fan of hip hop.”

As THR notes, on Smith’s 1982 track, he states in verse that, “Jazz is the only real music that’s gonna last. All that other bullsh*t is here today and gone tomorrow. But jazz was, is and always will be.”

Drake sampled a portion of the track, which Judge Pauley opined that there’s little reason to think that Smith’s lyric regarding the superiority of jazz is grounds to declare the track as a violation of the copyright.

Read THR’s full breakdown of the matter here.

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