Ab-Soul – “47 Bars” (Prod. by Alchemist)

Posted: February 28, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Dissension in the TDE ranks? After claiming on Twitter that this song may get him dropped from the label, Ab-Soul leaks this surprise track that features Alchemist on the beat.

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LONDON, UK — Tyson Fury continued his march to facing Wladimir Klitschko after dispatching Christian Hammer over eight one-sided rounds tonight at the 02 Arena.

The 6’9 Fury’s skill, coupled with a significant reach advantage, was evident from the opening bell. Hammer struggled to get past Fury’s jab and punching angles, as Fury unpredictably switched stances from orthodox to southpaw.

Fury kept the fight at a casual, sparring session-like pace until dropping Hammer in the fifth with a right cross. Hammer beat the count, prompting Fury to up his aggression by fighting inside and bullying Hammer with short hooks. While never close to being stopped, Hammer appeared discouraged after receiving a few power shots to close the eighth and opted to retire on his stool.

As the #1 contender for Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO title, Fury affirmed afterward that he wants his title shot next and later hopes to unify with WBC belt-holder Deontay Wilder.

Fury’s win is his fourth consecutive stoppage and improves his record to 24-0 (18 KOs). Christian Hammer falls to 17-4 (10 KOs), suffering his first defeat since 2010.

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EUBANK JR. DOMINATES CHUDINOV: Chris Eubank Jr. captured the interim WBA middleweight with an arguably career best win in stopping Dmitry Chudinov in round 12.

The action in the early rounds was stifled by the holding and mauling of Eubank, who utilized this strategy anytime Chudinov got close. However, Eubank used his superior athletic ability to land quick combos before Chudinov could retalitate.

Chudinov’s vision was compromised by a deep cut above the left eyebrow due to an errant elbow. As the rounds progress and the punishment mounted, the cut widened to the length of the eyebow.

Eubank hurt Chudinov repeatedly over the second half of the bout. The referee and ringside doctor took several looks but opted to let the bout go into the championship rounds where Eubank unleashed a fury of hooks to begin the 12th. Chudinov survived the first onslaught, but the referee elected to stop the beating once Eubank went into his second prolonged attack.

“I had to stop beating him up and say [to the crowd] he’s a hell of a fighter,” Eubank Jr. quipped during his post-fight interview. “Saunders, wherever you are, I want my rematch. The boxing public knows I’m a league above him… I’m ready for redemption.

“I went in there saying I was going to show my speed and flash. But he wouldn’t stop coming, so I had to fight.”

Billy Joe Saunders, who defeated Eubank Jr. in November by split decision, was ringside doing commentary and welcomed a rematch.

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YOU’RE GOING SLEEPY, SLEEPY! LIFTING WEIGHTS DON’T MEAN YOU CAN FIGHT, BUM. DOES IT? ROMANIAN BUM! – Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury used yesterday’s staredown as a final opportunity to get into the head of Christian Hammer by shoving him during the closing minutes of their weigh-in. Fury, the #1 contender for Wladimir Klitschko’s WBO title, flipped around Hammer’s cap, pushed him, then repeatedly called him a bum and promised to knock him out. The two were quickly separated.

Fury weighed in at 260 pounds, his lowest since tipping the scales at 254 pounds against Steven Cunningham in April 2013. Hammer weighed 248 pounds.

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On the undercard, Chris Eubank Jr. (18-1, 13 KOs) returns to the ring to face undefeated Dmitry Chudinov. Eubank is seeking to rebound from his split decision defeat to Billy Joe Saunders in November.

Eubank weighed 159.5 pounds. Chudinov came in at 159.75 pounds.

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Chris Rivers gets some assistance from Whispers (not The Whispers) in his new video for “The Statement 2.0.” The clip finds Rivers and his crew plotting an industry takeover. His latest project, The Good King, is available on iTunes.

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There was no love lost earlier today at the weigh-in for Saturday’s IBF super bantamweight title match between Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos. After completing their weight-ins, both fighters got nose to nose and immediately began trash-talking. Avalos ended the session by shoving Frampton, prompting their entourages to pull them apart.

Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at 122 pounds. Avalos tipped the scales at 121.9 pounds. The fight will take place at the Odyssey Arena in Frampton’s native Belfast, Ireland.

[Video] Action Bronson – “Actin Crazy”

Posted: February 27, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Green screen surrealism is the theme for Action Bronson’s new single off his forthcoming debut Mr. Wonderful. Pace yourself, Bronson.

[Video] Diamond D – “Superman”

Posted: February 27, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Diamond D and DJ are cruising (physically and lyrically) through the city in the latest video off D’s The Diam Piece album.