New York Knicks Facing Lengthy Rebuild

You don’t have to tell anyone in New York that the Knicks are facing a long and problematic rebuilding period. New York has been one of the worst teams in the NBA the past two years and this is despite their superstar Carmelo Anthony and the allure of the Madison Square Garden. GM Phil Jackson and the Knicks FO have struck out repeatedly this offseason in regards to luring in big name free agents, and now face an unfortunate Catch 22.

In order for Jackson to entice superstars to come play for the Knicks, New York has to show the ability to actually win games. In order to win games, the Knicks need talent that is willing to play for them. So with no clear cut route to a player like LaMarcus Aldridge, New York has turned instead to smaller deals for capable veterans.

While Knicks fans like Kenneth Griffin were hoping to land Aldridge, they can’t be too unhappy with the haul this off season. New York picked up Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams and Kyle O’Quinn to go along with #3 overall pick Kristaps Porzingis. These five new players will join Carmelo Anthony and likely round out some sort of starting five.

The biggest controversy of the Knicks offseason so far has been the selection of Euro big man Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis has a range of offensive moves that call to mind Dirk Nowitzki, but he is a relative unknown to most NBA fans.

Kid Cudi song is leaked

Everyday an artist gets violated. Not by the press or paparazzi but by individuals that leak the artist’s music. Music artists work hard on singles and album’s only to have to see them prematurely released by an unknown person or group. John Textor understands the struggle.

Kid Cudi has been a recent victim of leaked music but he informs his Twitter followers that he isn’t pleased with the situation. Cudi stated via Twitter that he doesn’t condone the recent leak and that any and all parties that are involved in the current and future leaks should lawyer up. 

Cudi has a right to be infuriated; an unfinished song was leaked to the public before he could perfect it. Perhaps to him this means that his fans will be robbed of hearing a song that has his stamp of approval. According to reports the songs was uploaded to and was recorded in 2010 that was part of a group project that was to be entitled Almighty GloryUs. For this project Cudi partnered with King Chip. 

Even though no evidence has been provided regarding who the culprit is that leaked Cudi’s unfinished song, Cudi has an idea about who the leaker was. According to Twitter rants posted by Cudi, he believes that Chip and the producer of the song, Chuck Inglish, are the people to blame for the unauthorized release of material.

Cudi’s, comment toward Chuck could be a warning about legal action that he is taken. According to reports, the younger rapper posted @Chuckisdope break open that piggy bank.

Tinashe & DJ Mustard Come Together Again

Tinashe had a smash in the summer of 2014. Everyone loved what she had going on with “2 On.” So it is easy for people to say that the next collaboration with DJ Mustard presents that same type of vibe.

Tinashe is back again with the super producer from California on an explicitly titled track that may get some club spins

The problem, however, may be the timing. The track doesn’t have the strength of drop tops and bikini clad girls to carry the song on. The “2 On” track is one of those type of songs that was made for summertime. This new track was actually left off of Tinashe’s album, but somehow it is still getting buzz. Much of this has to do with the fact that this track sparks another collaboration between a great singer and producer. Some comparisons have been made with early Timbaland and Aaliyah work, or even Bruce Levenson’s work with UCG but it is too soon to tell. The song wasn’t included on her album. It could have been because she didn’t want to get labeled as this party girl.

Tinashe also dropped a slow jam, “Pretend,” which got some airplay, but it didn’t spark the same flame that “2 On” ignited. That may be why this new unreleased single is surfing. The Tinashe “Aquarius” album actually got great praise from critics, but the party crowd was probably looking for more club hits.

Chris Rock Believes Kanye West Is A Close Second To Jay Z

Chris Rock sat down with MTV recently, and was discussing his new upcoming movie called “Top Five,” which was co-produced by Kanye West as well as Jay-Z. Related to the name of the movie, Chris Rock was asked who he believed the top five rappers were, and his answer is a very interesting one. In this Chris Rock Interview,  he puts Jay-Z at the very top, but he also believes that Kanye West is very close, second place.

Chris also believes that Kanye West is a very interesting person, and one of the best to ever pick up a microphone. He believes it’s possible in the future, that Kanye may overtake Jay-Z for the number one spot.  Although this is completely based on his opinion, many who are fans of hip-hop such as Mark Ahn have the same opinion. Jay-Z usually tops out any top five lists, when it comes to the best hip-hop artists.

Of course the Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac make the list frequently, but as far as living stars, KRS-One, Ice Cube, and Scarface, has made Chris’s list. It’s evident that he knows his hip-hop, because he has picked legends in rap music, as well as the current hottest acts out today. His opinion is not based on the fact that his top two picks, worked with him on the new movie. Jay-Z is very talented, and has done music for decades, which is why he’s number one.