Mike Will Made-It Taps Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna for ‘Ransom 2′ LP

Mike Will Made-It has unveiled a host of artist collaborations for his forthcoming Ransom 2. As Rap-Up reports, the 17-song track list includes Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Future and many more big names.

The producer teased the sequel to his 2014 Ransom release by unveiling the album’s guests via a Star Wars-styled video. The clip lists the aforementioned artists along with Pharrell, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Migos, 21 Savage and Lil Yachty. He also unveiled that Ransom 2 will be available for pre-order beginning at midnight on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, he played music from the new set for Rick Rubin. “It’s interesting ’cause it’s like regular, but highest level. You know what I’m saying?,” Rubin comments in a clip Mike Will Made-It posted on Instagram. “It’s like – it’s not like, you know how Kanye will do something and you’ve never heard it before? This doesn’t sound like that. This sounds like, ‘OK, we know what this is.’ Best version of it. It’s great.”

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The LP includes Mike Will Made-It’s recently released single “Gucci on My,” which features Migos, YG and 21 Savage. Ransom 2 will be available on March 24th.

Ransom 2 Track List

1. “On the ComeUp” featuring Big Sean
2. “W Y O (What You on)” featuring Young Thug
3. “Hasselhoff” featuring Lil Yachty
4. “Gucci on My” featuring 21 Savage, YG and Migos
5. “Oh Hi Hater (Hiatus)” featuring Fortune
6. “Perfect Pint” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and RaeSremmurd
7. “Razzle Dazzle” featuring Future
8. “Bars of Soap” featuring Swae Lee
9. “Burnin'” featuring Andrea
10. “Y’all Ain’t Ready” featuring 2 Chainz
11. “Aries (YuGo)” featuring Pharrell and Station Wagon P
12. “Emotions Unlocked” featuring Eearz
13. “Big God” featuring Trouble and Problem
14. “Faith” featuring Lil Wayne and Hoodybaby
15. “Come Down” featuring Chief Keef and Rae Sremmurd
16. “Outro”
17. “Nothing is Promised” featuring Rihanna

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Hi Definition Unveils His New Video For “MASCOT”

Mascot is the first single and video from Chicago rapper and producer Hi Definition’s “Trials & Tribulations” mixtape, scheduled for release on March 28, 2017. Produced by well-known Chicago producer C-Sick, the track takes jabs at those who try vehemently, yet can’t duplicate his skill and swag. Video produced by Will Gates of Open World Films.

Trials & Tribulations is the highly-anticipated debut mixtape from Chicago’s “super producer” Hi Definition. The project comes out of the emerging record label, GMI (General Music Infantry) and features the multi-level artistry of the highly talented producer/rapper. Hi Definition further proves he dishes high-quality music, while standing on both sides of the mic. He takes you on a well-rounded musical journey of smooth, yet hard core, saucy lyrics over undeniably top-notch tracks.

The already official track master gives listeners an album-like experience featuring the voice behind tracks used by rappers Twista, Rockie Fresh, YP, Casey Veggies, Zona Man, and the list goes on. The 13-track project features multiple beats he kept for himself, along with other local producers C-Sick, Chase Davis and Atlanta’s Cassius Jay. Starting with the first single “Mascot” to the personal testimony of “Cases”, songs speak to the uphill challenges and glory of being an artist on the rise, and the nagging threat of the legal system. Hi Definition provides an upbeat yet intense vibe of plain good music hip-hop lovers across generations and genres can appreciate.

Features include label mates Kenny Mac (Ruler) and DPC Lil Chris (Pull Up), and fellow Chicago natives YP (Respectfully) and Cap 1 (Backwoods).

Watch Skaters Shred on Frozen Sand in 4K for ‘Northbound’

In Jørn Nyseth Ranum’s Northbound, four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to unusual conditions. Here, they trade concrete, stairs and rails for beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies.

Shot using RED Dragon with Zeiss Ultra Primes, you can find more information surrounding the skate-centric short film here.

Also, visit vimeo.com/ondemand/onthinice to watch a full-length documentary about the project.

Recently we saw Thrasher head south of the border for Skate Rock: Mexico.

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Nike Is Opening Sneakeasy Pop-Up Shops in Four Cities for Air Max Day

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Nike is pulling out all the stops for the fourth annual Air Max Day. Now, Swoosh enthusiasts can look forward to a series of Sneakeasy pop-up shops opening in four key cities.

The locations act as a center of Air Max celebration, showcasing pivotal Air Max models, past and present, all while providing attendees access to the best retro and new footwear products.

The only way to get into these Sneakeasy shops in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto is to sign up online at each city’s respective microsite and follow the Twitter accounts for additional information.

See below for coinciding details courtesy of Nike.

New York
When: March 20-26, 12pm-6pm and 7pm-10pm
Where: 45 Grand Street New York, NY
What: Consumers will have the opportunity to visit the Sneakeasy celebrating the past, present and future of Nike Air. Programming includes – a Department of Nike Archives Air Max genealogy display, first access to the Air Max Day NikeiD builder, trialing sessions for the future of air—the Nike Air VaporMax with a pre-ordering opportunity and exclusive access to the NYC Revolutionairs. Also, on March 25-26, additional consumer activations will launch all over the city at Nike Soho, NikeLab 21 Mercer, Nike Flatiron, Nike x Kith, atmos, Bandier and Concepts NYC. Visit these select locations for access to a special Air Max Day celebration.
How: Sign up at www.nike.com/NYC and follow @nikenyc for the information.

When: March 25
Where: Surprise location
What: A curated experience by Director X, the Sneakeasy in Toronto will include interactive displays created by six Toronto visionaries that creatively bring to life three decades of key Air Max milestones and silhouettes. Additionally, from March 11-25 the Nike Air Max Bus, a mobile experience celebrating 30 years of Air Max, will hit the streets of Toronto, carrying a collection of Air Max 1 grails and a genealogy of Air installation. Select participants will have the chance to unlock one of the coveted silhouettes – being brought out of the vault at its original price – or win a ticket to the Sneakeasy.
How: Win a golden ticket from the Air Max Bus

When: March 25
Where: Surprise location
What: The Chicago Sneakeasy will celebrate the past, present and future of Nike Air with a curated collection of local art installations inspired by “air” and “vapor,” an interactive photo experience, surprise music performance, 1:1 trialing stations and NIKEiD access.
How: From March 20-24, a limited number of tickets will be released daily. Follow @NikeChicago on Twitter to be the first to know to gain access.

Los Angeles
When: March 25-26
Where: Surprise location
What: Come celebrate Air Max Day at the Los Angeles exclusive destination celebrating air. Consumers will have the chance to purchase products from the NIKEiD Printing opportunity to experience the Air VaporMax, chance to purchase products from the NIKEiD Printing Press and check out the history and heritage of Nike Air.
How: Sign up at www.nike.com/LA and follow @nikeLA for the information.

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Former Brooklyn Patrol Leader Gets 2 Years, 8 Months In NYPD Gun License Bribery Scheme

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A former Brooklyn neighborhood patrol leader was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison Thursday, in what prosecutors described as a scheme to bribe officers to get gun permits.

Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, 45, also must forfeit $230,000.

“By engaging in an egregious scheme to trade cash for gun licenses, Alex Lichtenstein and his co-defendants in the New York City Police Department corrupted the sensitive process of evaluating gun license applications in New York City,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a news release. “Today’s sentence shows that individuals who so brazenly abuse the public’s trust in law enforcement – whether they are the officers receiving bribes or the citizens paying them – will be held to account for their crimes.”

Last November, Lichtenstein pleaded guilty to bribing police to give him gun permits without doing background checks or providing justification for owning a gun.

Prosecutors alleged that Lichtenstein bought at least 25 licenses and resold them for thousands of dollars.

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Hitchhiking Bank Robbery Suspect Leads Cops On Chase Around Suffolk County

EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County Police quickly nabbed a suspected bank robber who tried to escape the scene by paying passing motorists to give him a lift.

As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, it was anything but a clean getaway.

Police said Nicholas Bono, 29, of East Northport walked into a Bank of America just after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“The individual approached a bank teller inside the bank and demanded money,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Timothy Sini said.

Police said Bono fled with the stolen cash in his own car, but then crashed. Police claim he then paid a passing driver $100 to give him a lift.

“He said he had an emergency, he needed to get to the railroad station. He seemed desperate,” Sini said.

Sini said detectives had already descended on the nearby Northport train station, so Bono jumped into a cab at a neighboring taxi stand instead.

He asked the driver to take him to Melville and then to a motel on Nassau County’s South Shore.

Minutes later detectives arrived at the taxi stand to question drivers.

“When the cops came here, they were describing him, and when they called up the driver who was driving him, they gave the description of him. He heard it and then ran out of the car,” driver Mike Ingrassia said.

After jumping out of the taxi, Bono allegedly paid yet another passing driver to take him to a motel in Massapequa, but having been tipped off by the taxi driver, detectives headed straight there to arrest Bono.

Bank officials wouldn’t comment, but customers were rattled by the brazen daytime holdup.

“Till now, I just walk in there and see the same teller I always do, take my money and go. Now, I’ll look behind my back,” Jason Iannelli said.

Authorities said Bono has a crack cocaine addiction and was released from prison on Monday, after serving more than two years for a 2014 bank robbery.

The passing motorists who gave Bono a ride have not been identified.

Police said they had to give the money back because Bono allegedly paid them with cash he stole from the bank.


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Ashley Graham’s Exes Sound Like The WORST!

Good riddance!

Even though Ashley Graham feels comfortable in her own skin, the 29-year-old opened up about feeling rejected based on other people’s opinions of her during the Urban Arts Partnership 25th anniversary benefit on Thursday.

When asked about how she relates to young girls who experience body shaming, the supermodel revealed:

“Nothing’s actually surprised me. I’ve lived exactly what they’re living. I’ve lived the torment of the names. I’ve lived the torment of boyfriends breaking up with me because they were afraid I was going to be too fat later in life. It’s the same cycle, it doesn’t matter what generation we are in. Every kid is going to go through the same thing.”

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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Whenever Miz Graham starts feeling self-doubt, she has a system in place to regain her confidence:

“I wake up sometimes and I think ‘I’m the fattest woman alive’. But it’s really about how you handle it when you wake up. I look in the mirror and I have my affirmations. And mine are simple. [I say] ‘You are bold. You are brilliant and you are beautiful.’ And then if my lower pooch* is really puffing out that day, I say ‘Lower pooch you are cute’. And we have a moment. And if the hips are really popping I say ‘I love you too hips.'”

We think we could all learn a lesson from that!

And having curvy models in the spotlight is an amazing way for the younger generation to gain body confidence through seeing different body types:

“Having more role models, more women who are like ‘Yea, I have cellulite. Yea, it’s even on my arms, not just my legs. My butt is a really bizarre shape but you know what, whatever, I’m just going to go rock it.’ I think if we had more role models like that that, that were really just speaking their truth about their body and the skin that they’re in then maybe young America would be different.”

She added:

“I think that my career has been a huge testament to how the industry is changing right before our eyes. I don’t think that a girl my size, as a model, would ever have been on the cover of Vogue and I’m still so shocked at that.”

With that said, there are still hurdles to cross within the fashion industry:

“Where we’re lacking is in the designer and buyer relationship. Buyers are not buying the size 22, size 24 clothes that the designers are making and then sometimes it makes the designers not want to make that size because the buyers are not buying it. So there still is so much like that that needs to happen behind the scenes.”

Keep up the amazing work, bb!

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