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After surviving a shooting back in 2015, there was no way the Anaheim rapper would settle for anything less than greatness. Now, after signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records, he has returned with his debut album titled Yours Truly Forever.

On Friday (August 18), Phora closed out his latest tour with an album release show at The NOVO in Los Angeles. HipHopDX caught up with him backstage to speak on signing to a major label after remaining independent for all these years.

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HipHopDX: What is the biggest takeaway you want people to get out of your music?

Phora: Stay positive. Be yourself. Follow your dreams. Anything is possible. Whatever you wanna be in this lifetime, you can do it. No matter what you wanna be in this lifetime. Anything is possible 100 percent.

DX: Congratulations on your debut album. Now that it’s out, how are you feeling?

Phora: It’s a crazy feeling. There’s been so many years, so much put in this project. I’m just excited. I’m happy for the people to receive this album. I’m ready to go to the next level from here.

DX: In your record “God,” you say, “If I didn’t have my team, I would’ve blew out my fuckin’ brains by now.” How low did you get?

Phora: Especially when I wrote the track ‘God,’ I was dealing with a lot of things. Death. A lot of people around me … just losing people. I was in one of the lowest points in my life, but I feel like surrounding yourself with good people and people that genuinely care about you is very important. Thank God for those people that I surrounded myself with. They kept me level-headed, kept me going in this life. I was very low at the time. But, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, I feel.”

DX: You were shot in the back of the head while driving on the freeway in Pasadena, California. Are there any updates on the case?

Phora: In terms of me getting shot back in 2015, there’s no updates. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any new information. It’s caused a little bit of paranoia and trauma in my life. But I just keep going. I stay positive, thinking of brighter things in life. I feel like at this point right now, where I’m at, can’t nothing stop me. It don’t matter what the fuck it is. A bullet to the head … whatever the case may be, ain’t nothing stopping me right now from chasing this dream that I love so much.”

DX: Did you go to therapy or anything of that nature?

Phora: Just music. That’s all. Music, good people, amazing fans that I consider my family. People that keep me level-headed. It’s really my therapy, is music.”

DX: Do you feel like your career would have taken off so much more if you didn’t get shot?

Phora: Yeah, definitely. Before I got shot, I was selling out shows [laughs]. People been asleep on me for so many years. It’s still the same thing. Getting shot … it just added to my story. Really what helped me was signing with Warner Bros. They knew what I wanted to do. They knew my vision. I been selling out shows for over four, five years now. Independently, especially. People been sleeping for years, but the fans hold me down. The real ones hold me down. I’m in a great position and I’m grateful for everything I have right now.”

DX: Do you feel pressure with the amount of money/major label push behind you?

Phora: Not so much money, but being signed to a label, there’s definitely things I want to prove. I was independent for five, six years. Before signing with Warner Bros., I put out five independent projects. I feel like I just got a lot to prove. I got so much that I want to show everybody. Not only the label but the fans, the people, the people who don’t know about me. It’s just all around right now. I feel like I have so much to prove. I feel like the time is now.

DX: How has your perspective changed since getting shot?

Phora: I feel like us as human beings, no matter what we go through in this lifetime, I feel like we all have decisions. At the end of the day, we have two choices. One, we can let this shit that we go through and all the hard times that we go through, we can let that break us. Or two, we can let all those hard times and those struggles that we go through, have a mind state where it’s like, “You know what. I’ma keep moving. I’ma search for a better life. I’ma search for a more positive life. And I’ma keep moving forward. No matter what happens, I won’t let this break me.”

From everything that I’ve been through, what I can take from it is, no matter what happens, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. And I truly believe that. After everything I’ve been through, to live this life I’m living right now … It’s crazy, I never thought I would be here. It’s such a blessing. I never thought this would happen.

To anybody out there who feels like they’re going through some crazy shit in life, and they feel like they can’t get through it, and they won’t get through it, I just want to let them know you gonna get through it. It’s going to pass. Everything you want to be, everything you want to do in this lifetime, it’s possible. Take it from me. After everything I’ve been through, if I’m standing here right now, anything is possible.”

-Via HipHopDx

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Update: As of 12:00 a.m. Sunday, police had not found any victims, and reports of an active-shooting situation appear to have been unfounded.

The Dolphin Mall is on lockdown and is currently being evacuated due to a shooting situation, authorities confirmed to New Times late Saturday Witnesses on social media have posted videos of the mall being evacuated as heavily armed police officers secured the area.

Miami-Dade and Sweetwater officers are at the scene following reports of an active shooter in the mall, but had not yet confirmed the shooting as of 10:25 p.m., Lt. Felipe Lay of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told New Times. He added that there were no victims but that first responders were standing in case of emergency.

Sweetwater Police did not immediately respond to a phone call.

Beginning around 9 p.m., mall workers and patrons reporting hearing gunshots inside the mall near Bass Pro Shops. Workers have since posted online that the mall has been locked down and workers are being told to hide and remain inside their stores as police search for the suspect or suspects.

Social-media users have posted footage of patrons screaming and fleeing the scene of the shooting. There was also a photo posted of a “shooter,” but that was quickly discredited. Police were also filmed toting semiautomatic weapons:

-Update from MiamiNewTimes

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You guys ever heard of the Yoga Challenge? Many YouTubers tune in and make videos on what’s trending or simply watch. Such as the Baby Food Challenge, the Whisper Challenge, the Duct Tape Challenge, etc. A lot of the internet sensations and celebrities now a days arise from YouTube!

This couple right here that goes by the name of Marianda just released their version of the trending topic: The Yoga Challenge! They have many other videos performing challenges and doing vlogs on places/ adventures they go on. They’re definitely one to watch, and be entertained by. Marianda shows connection with the audience, and with each-other, which is why  it’s fun and engaging to watch them.

Check out their Yoga Challenge below.

Be sure to subscribe to their channel here!: Marianda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this viral video below of a child knowingly breaking down a blunt via Twitter:

Smh, this is why some people do not deserve children. If this is how a parent gets down, they have no business in raising a child! What happened to reading books, or listening to hooked on phonics people..

Merchandise, popularly known as “merch,” has played a special role in establishing the relationship between musicians and their fans over the years. What’s even more special, is the $3.1 billion USD generated in sales for 2016. Indeed, the fashion world’s obsession with novelty and reappropriation has managed to bring the legacy of brands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana to the forefront of a new generation — even if that generation has never heard their music. Yet, musicians aren’t the only entertainers that have fashionistas hitting vintage shops and digging through dusty crates for those classic T-shirts. In the past few years, wrestling merchandise has also claimed its fair share of relevance.

Unknown then, wrestling’s peak in the ‘90s would translate into a widespread phenomenon today. Current merch lovers still long for a simple black T-shirt with white block letters reading “Austin 3:16.” Superstars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker and Kane are only a few among many that have left a substantial imprint.

Recently, the momentum behind wrestling merch has brought the craze to the forefront of a sea of influencers, only adding to its popularity. We’ve seen LeBron James don an Undertaker tee, Drake rock a Stone Cold Steve Austin piece and even Kendall Jenner sport nWo’s classic Wolfpac tee. The demand for wrestling merch has been such that it’s filtered its way into mainstream retailers like Urban Outfitters, who sell their own renditions of popular wrestling tees.

While wrestling merchandise’s presence in mainstream fashion and culture is prevalent, the world behind wrestling merch has been in place since before the recent surge in popularity. And like anything that becomes mainstream, there’s an intricate world behind the superficiality of a Jenner-clad media outburst.

Cult Nostalgia Clashes With Mainstream Fashion


WWE’s “Attitude Era” may not have been as popular as the LA Lakers’ dynasty run or the New York Yankees’ back-to-back championships in the early 2000s to some, but it surely generated a cult following that would spark a sense of passion in a select group of people. This sense of nostalgia — whether in sports, music, or wrestling — is a key element in keeping merch alive.

“Wrestling is a sport, all sports provide nostalgia. You remember where you were and who you were with when a historical moment happened and that’s what vintage tees do… allow you to relive that moment in time,” says Kirk Tilton, owner of For All to Envy, Vintage Retailer in Los Angeles.

The unique sense of nostalgia that follows wrestling has provided a gateway for fans to connect with wrestling superstars and one another in similar form to fans of musicians. Only, instead of sparking conversations about a particular Guns N’ Roses track, wrestling enthusiasts might reminisce about their favorite superstar from Monday Night RAW.

Some wrestling afficionados even claim that the sense of nostalgia brought on by wrestling merch is unequivocal to music. “I have a Mick Foley shirt that has all of his injuries on it and the date they happened. Oh, and he just so happens to be covered in blood. Show me another shirt that is even close to that. Sure you can buy a tour shirt from a band but it can’t capture the band’s career, like that shirt does for Mick Foley,” reminisces Will Wagner, owner of Deep Cover, Vintage Retailer in New York City.

“I have a Mick Foley shirt that has all of his injuries on it and the date they happened. Oh, and he just so happens to be covered in blood.”

In their heyday, wrestlers truly have the capability of influencing their fans; as did wrestling legend, 16-time world champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Ric Flair. “More people dressed like me than there were T-shirts. I knew that I was setting a trend, you know. You didn’t usually see a group of guys sitting ringside in suits and I felt like I did that,” Flair tells HYPEBEAST.

In turn, all the emotion and close ties that exist between fans and wrestling, means not everyone is happy with its introduction into mainstream fashion. As a result, there is a subtle tension between the true fans of wrestling and those who purchase its fashion pieces to fit a desired aesthetic.

“I understand that some people will wear something just because they like it or think it’s cool. However, even with the celebrities that have bought them from me they have all been a wrestling fan either in the past or currently. Selling shirts should be strictly by the fans as well,” continues Wagner.
The expectation that follows understanding the history of a T-shirt and of a wrestler is integral to the authenticity of the movement. That level of intensity — much akin to the intensity that follows music — has been instrumental to bringing wrestling merch to a mainstream forefront, and will be even more instrumental to keeping it alive once the hype dies down.

The Turbulent Business of Wrestling Merch


Throughout all the ups and downs of what’s in style and what isn’t, making a business out of merchandise often comes down to the luck of the draw. As for the wrestlers themselves, their influence and connection to fans can often be leveraged to make a nice buck.

Speaking on Stone Cold Steve Austin, retired Flair shares, “Merchandise made him a millionaire. Steve sold merch like no one else. That 3:16 shirt and all his stuff. In my mind, he’s the biggest star in the history of the company.” Flair himself never saw the same success with merch, although his influence was profound in another way, seeing followers emulate his highly unique style.
But long after wrestlers exit the ring, the business of wrestling merch lives on. Meanwhile, for retailers who consider themselves OGs in this sphere, it can be difficult to maintain consistent throughout a fluctuating market. “Much like every trend, when something becomes popular they flock to it. It makes things more accessible so a lot of shirts are popping up that weren’t too common before. At the same time it damages it because the market will be flooded,” explains Wagner.

“Merchandise made him a millionaire. Steve sold merch like no one else. That 3:16 shirt and all his stuff. In my mind, he’s the biggest star in the history of the company.”

Indeed, the change in the market makes it tough for veteran players to grow their business in the long run. Recently, a major influx of wrestling selling pages on Instagram make it difficult for retailers who have long been in this game. The added competition means people want to buy these shirts for as close to retail price as possible, bringing more pressure to people like Wagner.

On the other hand, the spiked obsession with wrestling merch does mean more business. If played right, merch can lead to endless verticals and opportunities. “Seeing how the merch game has become its own market is amazing, but also seeing how it’s led to a new market where you can have stuff like another collaboration between PUMA, the WWE and Foot Locker that does so well is cool too,” explains Peter Rosenberg, voice of Hot 97 and WWE host and commentator.

Others claim that the real love for the game shouldn’t even be driven by money. “If I walk into a vintage shop and see them selling a Daniel Bryan T-shirt, I’m not taking you seriously. That means you’re trying to do it for the money; I’m in it for the love and support of the industry,” continues Wagner.
As the business and passion of wrestling merchandise collides, it sets the table for each side of the spectrum to find a way to coexist. While the cult following consistently keeps merch afloat, the business and mainstream aspect weaves up and down. The challenge comes in the two sides complimenting each other, while consistently keeping the authenticity that drives wrestling merch alive.

-Via Hypebeast

Miami is synonymous with nightlife, and partying is in our DNA. This city breeds night-crawlers, and 2 a.m. last call is a foreign concept. On any given night, you’re guaranteed to find a party. The options seem endless. But what fetes stand above the rest? We factored in cover charges, drink specials, musical styles, and vibes to determine the best party in Miami every night of the week. This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of what the city’s nightlife offers, but it’s a place to start.


Monday

Miami Jazz Jam at Churchill’s Pub. If you’re reading this list, you probably turned up pretty hard last weekend. And the weekend before that. So you might want to ease into the week with some easy listening. This dive bar in Little Haiti is home to one of the best spots in Miami to catch live jazz. There’s a reason this weekly jazz jam has been around for more than 17 years. Every Monday around 9 p.m., the Fernando Ulibarri Group performs, often with surprise guests. The pub sets up tables in front of the stage for jazz aficionados to sit back and relax with a cold one and enjoy a night of smooth tunes. But if you need a dash of weird on your Monday night, head to the back patio stage for the Theatre de Underground open mike. 9 p.m. Mondays at 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Cover is $5 for 21+ and $10 for ages 18 to 21.


Tuesday

The Love Below at Electric Pickle. Started by a collection of DJs and producers including Manuvers, Pazmal, Gamma Bot, Telescope Thieves, Jun-Ill, Sharpsound, and Louie Arson, this party celebrated its second anniversary in July, and we have a feeling it’s here to stay. The free Tuesday-night bash offers two-for-one well drinks until midnight, so be sure to come thirsty. The beats bumping through the speakers upstairs in the dark and sexy Bolero Room are quite the departure from what you’d expect to hear at some Miami clubs. “We want to let people know that there’s other options besides your generic EDM and hip-hop parties,” Pazmal tells New Times. “We aim to play tunes that you can’t play at other parties.” 10 p.m. at 2826 N Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Admission is free.

Wednesday 

Jelly Wednesdays at Basement Miami. If we told you there was a place to ice-skate, bowl, and drink slushies, you’d probably think you’d need a signed field trip form to attend. Well, there is, and you don’t. Head down the stairs of the superchic Edition Hotel to its subterranean disco, where a night of midweek debauchery awaits. This treasure trove of fun boasts a silent disco and offers ladies a night of complimentary bowling, ice-skating on the minirink, and slushies from 10 p.m. to midnight. Hosted by DJ DZA, the hip-hop and R&B party incorporates some of the best jams from the early 2000s and is here to give Miami a weekly ritual that’s nothing but good vibes. The award for Miami’s best adult playground goes to Basement in Miami Beach. 10 p.m. at 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com. Admission is free.


Thursday

Double Stubble at Gramps. Described as “Studio 54 realness” by resident DJ Hottpants on a recent visit, this free Thursday-night dance party is where you come to get down to the groovy disco beats of Mystic Bill, Hottpants, and Terence Tabeau. Between DJ sets, you’ll witness some of Miami’s fiercest queens turn it out with two rotating drag performances hosted by Kurt Fowl, so don’t forget your dollar bills. Earlier this year, New Times named this night one of the ten best LGBT and queer parties in Miami. And if you’re looking to drunkenly belt out a few tunes, head inside the bar and join host Juju Pie for Let’s Sang karaoke. 8 p.m. at 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.


Friday

Fridays at the Anderson. You will always find a party if you head to South Beach on a Friday night. But if you’re looking for a free alternative to the velvet ropes while still being able to feel like you’re near the ocean, head to Miami’s Upper Eastside. The neighborhood lounge has a quirky Caribbean-themed back patio where you can dip your toes in the sand with a cocktail from the outside tiki bar. For an upbeat vibe and ’80s decor, head inside to the main room and dance the night away to eclectic jams ranging from New Wave to disco, hip-hop, and beyond. Music nerds, this is something you definitely don’t want to miss. Start your night here, and just wing the rest. Don’t forget to check out the bar’s arcade games and funky memorabilia. 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-757-3368; theandersonmiami.com. Admission is free.

Sunday 

Sunset Sessions at Atton Brickell Miami. The sweltering afternoon heat beckons some day-drinking and poolside fiestas. It’s no secret that some of the city’s famed pool parties will burn a hole in your wallet, but we’ve uncovered this gem. The laid-back, no-cover weekly rooftop pool party at this Brickell hotel offers half-off drinks from its Vista Bar. Snag a lounge chair or a luxurious cabana, order some bites, and enjoy music by the pool with a live DJ every Saturday. The breathtaking views of Brickell from the top will almost make you forget about its hellish streets below. 2 to 7 p.m. at 1500 SW First Ave., Miami; 786-600-2600; attonbrickellmiami.com. Admission is free.


Saturday Nighttime

Saturdays at Club Space. You’ve probably heard this downtown club in the 24-hour district was sold to a group of Miami music vets who are reinvigorating the legendary spot. But one thing remains constant: night-crawlers are still welcoming the morning sun on the Terrace of this legendary techno and house oasis. A visit to this famed after-hours spot is an absolute must. New Times recently dubbed Space the best dance club in town and claimed, “They say you’re not a real Miamian until you’ve seen the sun rise on its famous Terrace, so what are you waiting for?” 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-495-8712; clubspace.com. Ticket prices vary by week.

Sunday Daytime 

Sundays on the Ocho at Ball & Chain. This Calle Ocho landmark has redefined the meaning of “Sunday Funday.” The spicy Little Havana spot has authentic Cuban flair and is the perfect place to spend your day with free live music by the Ball & Chain Trio and Vlade Divak, drink specials, and all-ages fun. Plus, the club’s monthly Pineapple Sunday is a showcase of an array of acts on the gigantic Pineapple Stage (the next one is set for September 17). If the impending Monday woes don’t get you down, stick around for the nighttime party, Salsero Sundays, beginning at 6 p.m. If your salsa moves are rusty, don’t fret: The club offers a free salsa class at 9 p.m. where you can then put those moves to the test on the dance floor and party the night away with DJ Jorge Charun. Noon at 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.


Sunday Nighttime

Made You Look at Purdy Lounge. If you’re willing to record Game of Thrones and steer clear of spoilers on social media for the remainder of your Sunday, keep reading. South Beach’s Purdy Lounge is a no-cover, 17-year-old institution, and its Sunday nights are a guaranteed good time. Though Chocolate Sundays at Purdy were a favorite, the venue’s newest Sunday-night iteration, Made You Look, offers sounds from Louie Arson, Sharpsound, Manuvers, Pazmal, and Telescope Thieves. The Sunset Harbour lounge was recently revamped with funky retro decor and a new craft cocktail menu. New Times recently dubbed this spot one of the best bars in Miami Beach and one of the best dance clubs in South Beach. 10 p.m. at 1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-4622; purdylounge.com. Admission is free. 

-Thanks MiamiNewTimes!

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Somebody needs to sign this girl right quick. Rapper chick who goes by the name of Sinawynne dropped a small clip of her spitting some rhyme over 21 Savage’s Bank Account beat Via Twitter last week. Seriously, the girl has a crazy ass flow without saying nigga and is a BLM believer… support her.

Check out the clip below.