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Anthony Joshua’s dynamic right hand made easy work of Eric Molina for a third round TKO that sets up a spring showdown with former champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Molina sought to work off the back-foot and bait Joshua into counter right hands. The champion stayed defensively sound and worked behind the jab. The strategy forced Molina to the ropes, allowing Joshua had his way with hooks to the body and around Molina’s guard.

The end came when Molina used a crab guard to avoid a left hook. His stance prevented him from seeing Joshua’s right cross, which dropped him in front of his corner. Molina rose slowly and was greeted by several left hooks that rendered him helpless on the ropes.

In the post-fight interview, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the April showdown with Wladimir Klitschko, who entered the ring to hype the contest.

“I shared the ring with the champ,” said Joshua of their previous sparring. “This is the step-up people wanted. Klitschko wants his belts back. May the best man win.”

Klitschko-Joshua will be for Joshua’s IBF title at Wembley Stadium.


 

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The epic battle between humans and apes will reach its climax in War for the Planet of the Apes. A conflited Caesar faces off against a genocidal colonel played by Woody Harrleson. As the ape losses mount, will Caesar become equally as ruthless? Find out on July 17.

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The first trailer is here for next summer’s Spiderman Homecoming. The film will be the first full feature for Tom Holland as Peter Parker, building on his scene-stealing appearance in Civil War. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) continues his mentor role for Parker as they both face off against the Vulture (Michael Keaton).

Spiderman Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.

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On a desolate street, Wale pays homage to Nas with a freestyle of over the DJ Premier produced classic “Nas Is Like.” The visuals are handled by Chop Mosley and Big Vic.

Tupac Collaborator Big Syke Dead at 48

Posted: December 6, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Big Syke, known for his affiliation with Tupac Shakur via the group Thug Life and other high-profile projects, was found dead Tuesday at his home in Hawthrone, CA. He was 48.

Syke, real name Tyrus Himes, was found following a call made to police. The L.A. County Coronor’s office believes Himes died of natural causes although an autopsy is pending.

Per TMZ, Syke is reported to have suffered from obesity and heart issues.

Big Syke began his career in 1990 as the founding member of the group Evil Mind Gangstas (with Domino and Mental Illness), releasing one self-titled album. After a meeting with Tupac in 1992, he joined Shakur’s Thug Life group. Their gold-selling debut, Thug Life: Volume 1, was released in 1994 with Syke appearing on the single “Cradle to the Grave.”

Syke would later make prominent appearances on Tupac’s multi-platinum Death Row debut, All Eyez On Me, and several posthumous Tupac albums.



Wale Responds to J. Cole on “Groundhog Day”

Posted: December 3, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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I love my brother tho/ That’s why it’s rest in peace to Tommy/ We still bumping Cole

One day after J. Cole dropped “False Prophets,” the criticism has inspired a response from Wale entitled “Groundhog Day.”

Since these two are homies, this is an on-wax discussion/debate instead of a beef. Wale concedes that he is emotional and spends considerable time lamenting the lack of praise he gets (literally declares himself most underrated in the opening). But the D.C. emcee argues his attitude comes from having to fight for recognition and not having the blessing of an industry cosign like Cole had with Jay Z:

I remember me and Cole/ Would open for Hov/ Every day a “Star Is Born”/ I guess I died in the womb/ I didn’t make it on Blueprint/ So make me a blueprint/ You got a nice watch/ My minutes was finished…

In other words, don’t knock my approach if you haven’t been through my struggle. Things could have went left when Wale takes a light jab at Cole’s biracial heritage, subliminally implying that may be the reason Cole doesn’t completely understand Wale’s challenges. But as quickly as it’s brought up, Wale deads it.

Not to cause a situation/ But what side of my biracial friends call me their nigga?/ Forget it, I’m jive tripping/ But my skin is made of chocolate/ And copper’s bullets is diabetic…

Produced by Jake One, I’d say you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better response in such a short timeframe.

 

 

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Keeping in line with her previous freestyle over a classic New York beat, Young M.A returns with bars over a reworked version of the Lox’s “Money, Power, Respect” on “EAT.” The visuals are courtesy ย of Young M.A and a piece by guy.