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Troy Ave was shot and his manager BSB Banga killed by unidentified assailants last night during a T.I. concert at NYC’s Union Square.

The venue-clearing incident occurred during the set of Brooklyn’s Maino and Uncle Murda. Eyewitness accounts a fight happened near the backstage entrance and spilled on stage. Shots rang out as another fight broke out on the concert floor.

Representatives for Troy Ave confirmed to Karen Civil that he was grazed by a bullet. In addition to BSB Banga, another man and woman were shot.

At press time, police have not confirmed any suspects.



A Hip-Hop mystery has finally been solved. From the moment The Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous Life After Death hit stores in March 1997, fans have been vexed by the anonymous Knicks player that was robbed and cuckolded by his woman on the narrative classic “I Got a Story to Tell.” A few years back on ESPN’s Highly Questionable, former Knick John Starks confirmed the story was based in truth but declined to name the “victim.” Today, Fat Joe reveals the name as none other than Knicks enforcer Anthony Mason.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mase, he was one of the toughest players in the 90s and built like a tank. For some, it’s hard to imagine him getting played like this, but someone having the drop of you with a gun is a great equalizer. Another thing to keep in mind, as Joe mentions, is rappers embellish everything to the extreme. What could have been Biggie running out the back door could easily morph into the more entertaining cheating turned stickup fiasco.

Whatever happened, credit to Biggie for displaying his greatness and turning it into a classic and at times humorous song (a basketball game getting rained out???). We’re left to imagine if Biggie would have kept Mase’s name a secret had he lived.

After checking out the below video, check out this earlier piece that goes in-depth on Fat Joe other story about Roy Jones.


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Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

NEW YORK — Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are officially back on the schedule. The two young welterweights are (hopefully) set to clash June 25 at the Barclays Center. Originally scheduled for March, a Thurman car accident forced the new date. Let’s hope everything goes smooth over the next two months — the PBC brand has a strong list of upcoming and potential matchups in the 147-pound division.

Thurman and Porter had the below comments at today’s presser. Televised coverage begins June 25 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET. On the undercard is Abner Mares vs. Jesus Cuellar.


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I made you wait. But it’s worth it. This is a tremendous fight. Arguably the best matchup of the year. We’re going to work our butts off to make it the Fight of the Year.
Our two teams go way back. This is the most beautiful moment of my professional career and I’m about to compete with somebody I grew up with. I’m happy for my success and I’m happy for Shawn’s success. We come from the same boat. When you’re a young kid in the gym training and then you’re here today, that takes a special kind of person. Shawn and I are both that kind of person.
We took six weeks off after my accident, with three days a week of physical therapy. I was relaxing at home. I didn’t like it. As a fighter, I wanted this fight as bad as the fans wanted this fight.
This isn’t just the biggest fight of my career. But it’s the most anticipated fight of my career. Sometimes it pays to add some drama to the game. It wasn’t our intention, but I think it worked out.
Barclays Center makes this a big fight. We get to promote here in New York City. New York is a fight town. My favorite fighter of all time, Mike Tyson, is from Brooklyn. This just happened to work out for the best.
I anticipate most of the welterweight division being in attendance on June 25. The situation that division is in right now is that we’re all in a frenzy. Everyone wants the spotlight and everyone wants to be the top dog. We all have that opportunity.
I want to have two titles by the end of this year. People talk about replacing Floyd Mayweather, but you can’t become the man without beating all the people in front of you. One fight at a time. I want to stay at the top by grabbing another belt. I’m going to show that I’m the big dog at 147 pounds.
June 25, my friend is about to become my enemy. I’m going to treat him like any other enemy.
Get your tickets. Get your seats. Get your popcorn. Whatever you need to do. This is going to be a fight you don’t want to miss. This is going to be a knockout you don’t want to miss. I love you Shawn, but I’m doing my best to put you to sleep.

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I’m very excited about this fight. I’m blessed to have this opportunity. Not only to go for this title but to be a part of a record-breaking show at Barclays Center. This night is going to be memorable.
Keith Thurman is bringing out the competitiveness in me to a level I’ve always wanted. It’s a level I expect. I have a guy next to me who is challenging me more than ever. Me and Keith Thurman are going to put on a show. Everything you talked about, you’re going to get it.
It is amazing to be a part of something great like this. I’ve always considered myself to be a very good fighter and a very good athlete, but I’ve always wanted something like this and to have it is very humbling.
I wasn’t surprised that Keith said he would knock me out. He has to pump himself up and be confident. When he looked at me I think he was trying to convince me that he was being real and I was looking at him to find out if he was convinced. He thinks he’s going to knock me out, I say he’s not. I’m going to do everything it takes to beat him and make it look easy.
This is forming to be a big fight, one of those fights that we’ve looked forward to since we were kids.
This is my second time fighting at Barclays Center. I’m 1-0 with a championship so now I’m looking for another one. I’ve been to some of the other fights at Barclays too and it is really an electric atmosphere. People are coming out to see something great and that’s what I’m going to give them.
I’m not changing anything in camp because of how familiar Keith and I are with each other. I have to do it at the right time in the ring. We’re going to do everything we do to prepare for a world championship fight.
Thurman is a little unorthodox at times so we’re prepared for that. It’s about going 12 rounds or less and looking good doing it. We’ve done a little sparring as pros but nothing as competitive as I’m expecting on June 25.
I have a feeling Keith is going to say he’s knocking me out a lot. I want to know if he believes that. He’s a cutthroat kind of fighter. I know that. The hands will be up, the defense will be taken care of, and we’re taking care of business.


Styles P has backup on his travels through the grimy streets of New York. “Welcome to NY” is off his latest project, A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy.

Murda Mase Returns on “WhenNYWasNY”

Posted: August 11, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Mase discards his pulpit robes for a different form of pontificating on “WhenNYWasNY.” Using a bit of trolling via the “California Love” instrumental, Mase gains some real steam as the track goes along. Spiritual hypocrisy aside, the man could still go with the right production. Unfortunately, too many false starts have likely closed the door on a high level comeback.


Jamaica’s Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) holds the WBA featherweight title and makes his Madison Square Garden debut Saturday (June 13) against Miguel Marriaga. These two faced off in the amateurs with Marriaga spoiling Walters’ 2008 Olympic hopes.

The bout airs live on HBO.


Formidable super lightweight sluggers Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov have agreed to face each other on the April 18 edition of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark,” live from Verona, New York.

The announcement was delayed several weeks due to issues selecting a venue. Originally, Matthysse (Golden Boy) and Provodnikov’s (Banner Promotions) promoters hoped to have the fight at Carson, California’s StubHub Center, the site of Provodnikov’s 2013 “Fight of the Year” battle with Timothy Bradley. But with the date unavailable, the focus shifted to the East Coast and Turning Stone Casino, a venue that’s recently held boxing cards by Mayweather Promotions and the now-defunct Iron Mike Productions.

“The Provodnikov Matthysse matchup is destined to be one of the must-see fights of the year and we’re looking forward to hosting another exciting night of boxing at Turning Stone,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative the Turning Stone Casino. “In less than two years, we’ve hosted 15 nationally televised fights, distinguishing our resort as premier destination for world-class boxing.”

Since losing a decision to Danny Garcia in 2013, Matthysse engaged in a 2014 “Fight of the Year” favorite against John Molina, winning by an 11th round KO, and scoring a second round knockout over Robert Ortiz to close out the year. With his last 13 wins coming inside the distance, Matthysse is confident the style matchup against Provodnikov favors him

“I only want the biggest fights against the best fighters and this fight between Provodnikov and I will surely be ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Lucas Matthysse.  “Provodnikov is a warrior that never stops throwing punches and his style suits me very well.  I’m confident that I will win, and since Danny Garcia doesn’t want to fight me again, this fight will prove that I am one of the best fighters in the world.”

In his first fight back since losing a split decision to Chris Algieri, Provodnikov scored an easy knockout over a faded Jose Luis Castillo in November. He expects to replicate his 2013 “Fight of the Year” with two important differences — winning and scoring a knockout.

“I’m glad that this fight is finally done,” said Ruslan Provodnikov. “This is the fight I have been waiting for a long time. I think that this fight will be nominated for either ‘Fight of the Year’ or ‘Knockout of the Year’.”

The “Boxing After Dark” telecast airs at 9:45 p.m. ET.


There will be blood! When I heard this bout was coming to the East Coast,  I already started looking at flights in anticipation that the fight would land at Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center. Unfortunately, both venues are booked up on April 18, leaving Turning Stone Casino near Syracuse as the only viable New York option. If you reside anywhere in the area, checking out this fight live will be well worth it.