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Riot Games Delays LCS Season Amid Player Strike

Last week, the LCSPA, which represents professional League of Legends players in North America, called for a strike vote. The decision came as a result of Riot Games gutting the second tier of professional League of Legends in the region, leading to the loss of over 70 jobs.

The strike authorization vote overwhelmingly passed on May 28, meaning that the league’s 50 presumptive starters would not be taking the stage for the start of the Summer Split on June 1. However, Riot did not immediately cancel or delay the split. Instead, the billion-dollar game studio scrapped a few key regulations in order to make it easier for teams to sign replacement rosters. The LCSPA hit back, urging any players receiving offers from LCS teams to stand in solidarity with the union. Furthermore, a number of influential figures in the amateur and semi-pro scenes indicated that they would be taking note of any players who crossed the picket.

Season Delayed But Riot Holding Firm

An Update on the 2023 LCS Summer Split


— LCS (@LCSOfficial) May 30, 2023

In a statement released May 30, Global Head of League of Legends Esports Naz Aletaha announced that Riot had chosen to delay the start of the LCS Summer split by two weeks. “We ultimately decided that it would not hold true to our values that Riot’s esports offers our players and fans a showcase for the best competitive League of Legends. Nothing but putting the best players in North America on the stage at Riot Games Arena is acceptable. So we informed LCSPA leadership today that we will delay the LCS season for the next two weeks.”

However, that’s where the generosity towards the union stopped. Despite saying that Riot wanted to start a “productive dialogue between the LCSPA, teams, and the league,” the statement also included a public rejection of all of the demands set forth by the LCSPA. Furthermore, Riot openly threatened to cancel the entire LCS season, eliminating LCS teams from eligibility at Worlds 2023, if the work stoppage extended beyond two weeks. In short, Riot made it very clear that they were willing to dole out any punishment they saw fit if the union didn’t capitulate and surrender. As a result of these threats, the LCSPA has publicly said they have asked Riot for daily meetings to find an equitable solution. This is a developing story and we’ll have any updates here at HotNewHipHop.


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Lance “Un” Rivera Says Cam’ron Was Traumatized By Biggie Comparisons

Lance “Un” Rivera says that Cam’ron was traumatized by getting comparisons to the legendary New York rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. Rivera discussed Cam’s career and reuniting with him for the film Percentage, during a new interview with VladTV.

“I enjoy [Cam]’s creativity, we clashed a lot creatively,” he said. “‘Cause I had this thing with Cam — and I heard that he kinda traumatized Juelz with the same process … I always challenged Cam on when he thought he was better, I challenged him [and said,] ‘You hadn’t gotten better. This is sub par to me.’ And I wasn’t taking anything away from him. Cam [would say,] ‘Biggie woulda did it this way.” Rivera also described him as a “gold artist” rather than a “platinum” one.

Read More: DJ Cipha Sounds Reveals How Cam’ron Connected With Biggie Smalls Before The Diplomats

Cam’ron On The “Down & Out” Music Video Set

Cam’ron during Cam’ron on the Set of “Down and Out” Music Video – April 21, 2005 at Meat Packing Distict in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by John Ricard/FilmMagic)

“He’s a legitimate gold artist like Redman and Method Man and all of these other guys, so Cam didn’t wanna put in the work or listen to what it took,” Rivera continued. “Puff had to tell Big, ”Machine Gun Funk’ is not gonna get you to an album.’ Nas had to do Lauryn Hill ‘If I Ruled The World’ to get to that level. Jay didn’t really start making big records until Pharrell. Everything else was still this underground rapping choruses. Nah, if you wanna sell millions of records, here is what we learned and this is how we do it. That’s why Puff was so successful.”

Cam’ron had begun his career with Rivera and his Untertainment imprint. Under that label, he released his debut album, Confessions of Fire in 1998. However, Untertainment lost a distribution deal with Epic in 2000, causing the company to absorb Cam’ron’s contract. By the end of the legal dispute, Cam ended up signing with Roc-A-Fella Records.

Lance “Un” Rivera With “VladTV”

Elsewhere in the interview, Rivera theorized that Dame Dash being from Harlem played a role in Cam’ron’s decision to sign with him.


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Lil Scrappy Net Worth 2023: What Is The “LHHATL” star worth?

Lil Scrappy, the notable rapper and TV personality, has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. His tenacity, raw talent, and unmatched hustle have paved the way for his accomplishments, culminating in a substantial net worth. As of 2023, Lil Scrappy’s net worth stands at an impressive $900,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Lil Scrappy Net Worth: A Product Of His Craft

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 06: Rapper Lil Scrappy performs onstage during 2022 The Millennium Tour: Turned Up! at State Farm Arena on November 06, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Born as Darryl Kevin Richardson, Lil Scrappy’s journey to fame and fortune started in the hip-hop industry. He plunged into the music scene with hits like “No Problem” and “Money in the Bank” and soon gained a devoted following. His musical prowess earned him more than just fame; it brought substantial financial rewards, contributing significantly to his net worth.

From Rap To Reality TV

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: (L-R) Bambi, Spice, Lil Scrappy and Karlie Redd accept the Best Reality Royalty award for Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta onstage during the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)

Lil Scrappy’s career took a different trajectory when he joined the cast of VH1’s popular reality TV show, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (LHHATL). His role in the show, beginning in 2012, offered a new layer to his public persona and added to his earnings. The LHHATL star’s net worth began to climb as he became a regular face on the show, narrating the ups and downs of his personal life on national television.

Besides music and television, Lil Scrappy ventured into entrepreneurship. He leveraged his fame to launch a merchandise line, diversifying his income streams. These business endeavors further bolstered his net worth, reflecting his savvy financial planning and understanding of his brand’s potential.

Lil Scrappy’s Net Worth In Perspective

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 28: Rapper Lil Scrappy performs in concert during 2019 Super Bowl Live at Centennial Olympic Park on January 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

It’s essential to note that while Lil Scrappy’s net worth may seem lower compared to other celebrities, his $900,000 fortune is a testament to his consistent work in multiple fields. A diligent approach to his craft, strategic career choices, and careful financial management has shaped his financial success story.

What Does The Future Hold For Lil Scrappy’s Wealth?

While predicting the future is challenging, Lil Scrappy’s past actions suggest he’ll continue to build his fortune. His career trajectory points towards potential new music, more television appearances, and further business ventures. All these avenues may significantly increase Lil Scrappy’s net worth in the coming years.


Lil Scrappy’s journey is a testament to hard work, dedication, and strategic diversification. His net worth, currently at $900,000, reflects his professional endeavors and personal resilience. As the LHHATL star continues his career, fans and financial observers alike will keep a close eye on the evolution of his net worth.

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Priming up for British Am, Malixi enters LPGA event

Rianne Malixi will see action in an Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament for the first time this week as she touches off a string of stints in big-time events that will be highlighted by a campaign in the British Women’s Amateur in England in two weeks. Accepting an invite coursed through the American Junior […]

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Eager for payback, Bella Belen says Lady Bulldogs will take redemption a step at a time

For the National University’s (NU) Bella Belen and the Lady Bulldogs, the chance to reclaim the UAAP women’s volleyball crown will come as long as they trust the process. And the process starts with training and getting back to their system. The Lady Bulldogs settled for a runnerup finish in the Season 85 five-set finale […]

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Third man charged over murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay

Queens native Jay Bryant was formally charged for his alleged role in the 2002 shooting of Run-DMC‘s Jam Master Jay, becoming the third person to be accused for the murder.

Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were indicted in August 2020 for their alleged roles in the hip-hop pioneer’s death. Washington was already incarcerated for a robbery. Meanwhile, Jordan Jr. had previously gone to prison for shooting Mizell’s nephew.

According to court filings, the three face murder and drug charges. They previously pleaded not guilty and are due to face trial in January 2024.

Jam Master Jay, real name Jason Mizell, was the DJ in Run-DMC which provided the foundation for the raps that were provided by Joesph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels. Mizell was fatally shot inside his Jamaica, Queens recording studio at the age of 37 in 2002. His murder has remained unsolved for nearly two decades.

Jam Master Jay. CREDIT: Ross Marino/Getty Images

Bryant’s lawyer, César de Castro, told The Washington Post in an email that his client would plead not guilty. “Securing an indictment in a secret grand jury, applying an extremely low burden of proof, is one thing,” Mr. de Castro said. “Proving it at trial is another matter.”

He added: “However, we remain confused why, after more than 20 years and charging two individuals three years ago, does the government now allegedly think that they have sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Bryant.”

Back in 2020, Federal investigators speaking anonymously to The New York Times said they believe Mizell was financing a drug operation, and his involvement contributed to his murder. “There was beef – it didn’t go as planned,” an investigator said.

According to The Washington Post, Court documents filed Tuesday allege that the three defendants — Washington, Jordan and Bryant — entered the DJ’s studio in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2002. Investigators wrote that Washington at gunpoint ordered someone in the studio to get on the ground before Jordan shot Mizell twice at close range, with one shot fatally hitting the DJ in the head.

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Jewel Swooshes Bring A “Black/Yellow” Treatment To The Nike Air Max 90

For 26 years Nike’s expansive lifestyle archives have been dressed with bulbous Jewel Swooshes. This coming summer the Beaverton brand is exploring the bejeweled design with a bit more gusto as the logo drifts away from its Air Force 1 introduction and towards the Nike Air Max 90.

Previously attributing a touch of blue within a clad-greyscale ensemble, the iconic Tinker Hatfield design simultaneously assumes a role in the upcoming “Black/Yellow” colorway series that recently appeared on a Dunk Low and Air Max 97. As such, a collection of ballistic mesh, rubber and tumbled leather assumes an all-out tonal jet-black upper. Save the bright yellow tongue tab and insoles, a complimentary touch of charcoal surround the Air bag underfoot while accenting the mid-foot Swoosh and tread. White is reserved to illuminate the midsole with monochrome flavor while the interior tooling of the Max Air cushioning system receives a seldom yellow injection in closing.

Release date information has yet to be announced, so in the meantime enjoy official images of the Nike Air Max 90 Jewel “Black/Yellow” below.

For more lifestyle offerings from the Beaverton brand, the latest Nike Air Max 1 ’86 is receiving a textured redesign at the hand of Nike Korea.

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Nike Air Max 90
Release Date: 2023
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Mens: $130
Style Code: FN8005-002

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The New Balance 580 Returns In A Clean “White/Tan” Look

Once exclusive to Japan, the New Balance 580 has recently become a mainstay within North America.

As spring winds down, the silhouette has emerged in a clean white and tan mix of tones. Reminiscent of pairs under the tutelage of Teddy Santis for the New Balance Made In USA program, the upcoming sneaker features a high-quality leather across most of its upper overlays. Base layers opt for a split color arrangement, with suede at the toe box donning a sandy tone. “N” logos and nearby plastic side guards follow suit, creating a summer-ready NB580. Underfoot, the Rollbar-assisted sole unit boasts an off white finish that injects an “aged” look into the stability-focused design.

Enjoy detailed photos of the shoes ahead, and anticipate a stateside launch before summer ends.

In related sneaker news, the New Balance 9060 continues to expand its roster of styles.

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New Balance 580
Release Date: 2023
Color: N/A

Mens: $140
Style Code: MT580VTG

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YG’s BM Reacts To Pics Of Him With Saweetie

The mother of YG’s children has seemingly reacted to the new pictures of him with Saweetie in Cabo. In a post on her Instagram Story, Catelyn Sparks wrote that having kids with someone doesn’t make them “family.”

“Just because we got the same blood don’t make us family & just because we got kids don’t make us family.. cuz with “family” like mine? I rather not have any,” Catelyn wrote over a black screen. She and YG share two daughters.

Read More: YG And Saweetie Confirm Their Romance In New Pictures

YG At Coachella

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: YG performs at the Sahara tent during the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2023 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)

When The Neighborhood Talk reposted the statement, fans had plenty of responses. One commented, “Why the baby mamas always speak out when they get a new girlfriend? I never understood that.” Another wrote: “Y’all be acting like Saweetie is an Angel and she’s NOT lol she snakes Kehlani by being with YG but y’all not ready for this conversation.”

In their pictures together, YG can be seen in a pool wearing a black fitted cap. Saweetie, on the other hand, rocks a pink bikini. YG and Saweetie have worked together on music on multiple occasions over the years. The two appeared on Tyga’s “Money Mouf” in 2020 and Mozzy’s “In My Face” in 2022. While the new photographs are the most indicative of a romance between the two yet, they previously attended Coachella together. Saweetie was also a guest at YG’s 33rd birthday party in West Hollywood in March alongside Travis Scott, Offset, Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg, and more stars.

Catelyn Sparks Responds On IG

Image via Instagram @catelynjennefer

Neither YG nor Saweetie is new to being in a celebrity relationship. YG previously dated actress Keke Palmer as well as singer Kehlani. Saweetie, alternatively dated Quavo from 2018 through 2021. They split after the Migos rapper was accused of cheating on her. “I emotionally checked out a long time ago and have walked away with a deep sense of peace and freedom. Excited for this new chapter of elevation,” Sweetie wrote on Twitter at the time.


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Continue To Have Saddest QB Battle Of The Offseason

Only a miracle was going to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from regressing at the quarterback position after the retirement of Tom Brady. After all, how do you replace the greatest quarterback of all time? Furthermore, the Buccaneers are one of the teams that rarely see the value in big trades up or big trades out when it comes to draft capital. This means that they would be unlikely to be aggressive in the draft or to grab a big-name veteran.

However, that has left them with an underwhelming quarterback room to put it nicely. The current starter is listed as Baker Mayfield, the former Browns standout who has become something of a journeyman in recent years. He most recently played for the truly terrible 2022 Rams. After him is Kyle Trask, a 2021 second-round pick that the Buccs hoped could challenge Brady for the starting role. Finally, there’s John Wofford, the former Rams backup who came over with Mayfield in the offseason. That is not the quarterback room of a team that is looking to win a lot of games. Furthermore, it’s been made worse by the footage coming out of the team’s OTAs.

OTA Footage Adds To The Pain Of A Bad QB Battle

Checking in on the Bucs’ QB competition between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask. #GoBucs

— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) May 30, 2023

In footage shared by Kyle Burger, an ABC anchor in Tampa, the true pain of the Buccaneers’ QB battle was on display. Both Trask and Mayfield were painfully inaccurate, consistently missing targets or forcing overly-difficult catches for their receivers. The only time the pair consistently threw on-target passes was on routes where their receivers were physically stopping and waiting for the pass to come to them.

Granted, it’s early in the offseason workouts and the Buccaneers have plenty of time to figure things out before their September 10 opener in Minnesota. However, even this early in the offseason, you want to be seeing the basic fundamentals from your quarterbacks. The Buccaneers did not make a lot of changes at the wide receiver position, adding five rookies (four undrafted) to their rotation. While Mayfield is a new face on the team, he has been in the NFL since 2018. Meanwhile, Kyle Trask has been with the team since 2021. There is no complete rebuilding of the QB-WR dynamic to blame these bad performances on. Again, it’s early in the offseason but if this doesn’t improve, it’s going to be a long season for Buccaneers fans.


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“Love & Hip Hop Cast”: Who Stars In The Show?

The Love and Hip Hop franchise, a reality television series, has featured a diverse mix of artists, producers, and industry insiders throughout its various iterations. Since its debut in 2011, the show has highlighted the struggles and successes of individuals in the music industry. However, it primarily focuses on the Hip Hop scene. Here’s a comprehensive look at the Love and Hip Hop cast from each franchise spin-off.

Love & Hip Hop: New York Cast

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Amina Buddafly and Erica Mena attend “Love & Hip Hop New York” Season 5 Premiere at Suite 36 on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

The New York edition of Love and Hip Hop was the first to grace our screens. It introduced us to various vibrant personalities. These include Maino, Sidney Starr, Maggie Carrie, and in the tenth season, Phresher, Jennaske, and Jenn Coreano​.

Love & Hip Hop: Miami Cast

The Miami iteration of the Love and Hip Hop franchise also gave us a peek into the city’s vibrant Latin and Caribbean influence on Hip Hop. Some notable cast members include Jessie Woo, Spectacular, and Khaotic from the second season. We were introduced to Hood Brat, Sukihana, Brisco, Nikki Natural, and Emjay Johnson in the third season. The fourth season further brought us Florence El Luche, Ace Hood, Shelah Marie, Noreaga, Neri Santiago, and Gaelle Jacques, among others.

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Cast

The Atlanta edition of Love and Hip Hop took us to the heart of the South, presenting a new flavor of Hip Hop. The eighth season showcased Pooh Hicks, Che Mack, Shekinah Anderson, and Akbar V. The ninth season also introduced us to LightSkinKeisha, Ki’yomi Leslie, and Cheyenne Robinson. Additionally, Yung Baby Tate, Omeretta the Great, Ky Frost, Infinity Gilyard, Renni Rucci, Eric Whitehead, Justin Budd, Meda Montana, and Lil Mendeecees were among the stars of the tenth season​​.

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Cast

The Hollywood spin-off of the Love and Hip Hop franchise brought us closer to the glamour and glitz of the West Coast. The sixth season cast included J-Boog, Brittany B., Yo-Yo, Micky Munday, and Tricia Ana​​.

Love & Hip Hop: Family Reunion Cast

The Love and Hip Hop Family Reunion edition also brought together cast members from various seasons and locations for a special reunion. Some of the cast members of the first season were Jasmine Ellis, Jayden Young, and Amoni Robinson​​.

The Love and Hip Hop franchise has continued introducing us to new and diverse talent from the Hip Hop scene. It provides an intimate look into the lives of these individuals as they navigate their careers and personal lives. The Love and Hip Hop list spans over a decade. It is a testament to the vibrant and ever-evolving nature of the Hip Hop industry.

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Metro Boomin, NAV, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, And Swae Lee Join Forces On “Calling”

Metro Boomin has uncovered a new song from the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Soundtrack. He shared “Calling” with fans on his official YouTube channel earlier today. Metro Boomin, NAV, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie collaborated on the track, which also features Swae Lee. The entire Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Soundtrack is produced by Metro Boomin, and is available for pre-save now. The full soundtrack comes out on the same day as the film, June 2.

Metro Boomin confirmed that A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Swae Lee would be a part of the soundtrack yesterday, along with announcements of various other artists to be featured on the soundtrack. He shared various posts on Instagram revealing that Offset, A$AP Rocky, and more would make appearances. Earlier today, he revealed that fans can also expect to hear Lil Wayne, Nas, and 2 Chainz on the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Soundtrack. The soundtrack for the upcoming film was officially announced earlier this month on Metro’s Instagram.

Read More: Metro Boomin Confirms Lil Uzi Vert, Swae Lee, & More For “Spider-Man” Soundtrack

Metro Boomin Revealed More Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Features

The new track was shared with fans alongside an accompanying animated music video with visuals referencing the new movie. Complete with mellow vocals and orchestral touches, “Calling” showcases a heartfelt, emotional side of the artists.

During his recent set at Montréal’s Metro Metro Festival, NAV surprised fans by bringing Metro Boomin out on stage. The artists claimed that a follow-up to their 2017 collaboration, Perfect Timing, is on the way. They said, “We got that Perfect Timing 2 on the way, n***as is waiting on it! Wait on it! Wait on it!” An exact release-date that listeners can expect to hear the new album has not yet been confirmed.

Quotable Lyrics:

You fell for me, I count on you when times are tough
Instead of holdin’ you down, I should lift you up
It hurts me when you start to see my flaws (My flaws)
But just to save you, I’d risk it all (All)

Read More: Metro Boomin Confirms “Perfect Timing 2” Album With NAV: Video


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