Don Q “This Is Your King”: Listen to Rapper’s Vicious New Tory Lanez Diss
Don Q isn’t holding back any punches on his second Tory Lanez diss track. Last night (Jan. 29), the Highbridge spitta fired back at Lanez over Mobb Deep’s “The Learning (Burn)” after the Canadian singer and rapper dissed him with “Don Queen.” I
In his new diss track “This Is Your King”, Don Q puts Tory on blast for not responding sooner and tells him to come to his block after Lanez brought up A Boogie in last song.
“Told this nigga ‘Put on some boots’/I got my foot on his stoop, Look how long this nigga to recoup/I can tell I got you shook by the look, it’s the proof/They got studios in Dubai, nigga what’s your excuse?/You let him talk ’til I put him on mute,” Don Q raps.
After Don Q dropped “I’m Not Joyner” last week (Jan. 26), Tory Lanez shot back with his Don Q diss track “Don Queen” on Monday (Jan. 28). Rapping over the beat from Drake’s Pusha-T diss “Duppy Freestyle,” Tory runs down the list of reasons why the Bronx rapper is no match for him. Lanez also suggests that Q rides the coattails of his friend and fellow Highbridge MC, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
“Uh, live from the DM, I’m hollerin’ at your BM/We discussin’ which color casket you ’bout to leave in/I did this shit for no reason, I’m lettin’ rookies battle/But how did I get in this battle with A Boogie’s shadow?/Big Apple, New York City, more to pity/How could I beef with a dude who only poppin’ in four cities?/I made Forbes with Diddys and sat top floors with 50s,” Tory spits on the track.
Did Don Q win round two? Check his response to Tory Lanez below.
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Peep the tweets of the two below.
@JIDsv lolol you know you my lil brother ... so I'm not gone diss u . but lets go on a song and bar out . and let the people decide who ripped it harder. and who has better bars . flows ETC . you can be first .
@JIDsv lolol you know you my lil brother ... so I'm not gone diss u . but lets go on a song and bar out . and let the people decide who ripped it harder. and who has better bars . flows ETC . you can be first .
In real time, this shit bigger than Tory, y’all really be having dreamville fucked up, niggaz try to disrespect cole one of the realist people I ever met, bro changed my life and I can feed my self now, I ain’t going for no Dreamville disrespect, it’s on sight, bout whatever
I be on my positive Shit but I’m riding wit my team until til, y’all wana battle?drop ya song, you wana fight? Race? Slap box, shoot shit it’s whatever, I’m just sick of the bullshit, let’s make great music and show love when it’s due, everything else is fuck shit,
The other day, Ariel Winter was minding her own damn business online, and decided to post this cute pic to Instagram:
"Nothing wrong with being honest and telling her we liked her better before 'the change,'" the "fan" wrote. "She was so beautiful before she started chopping up her body and if me saying so helps one gurl out there to feel beautiful who’s thinking of PS its worth it."
Naturally, Ariel wasn't about to let that comment go, and she politely fired back "I appreciate you wanting to help girls love themselves the way they are, but you are also kind of cutting someone (me) down which isn’t what I think you were trying to do? I also didn’t get plastic surgery. That is also not supportive of women if you’re just assuming about the way they look."
Say it with me: YUP.
Can we just take a good long minute to remember that a woman's body is really her own to do with what she wills?
As Modern Family's Ariel Winter deals with yet another barrage of trolls, shaming her for whatever shape her body happens to be in currently, we're reminded that diet culture is a very disagreeable beast. And mostly, a lose-lose situation, designed to pit women against each other.
The 21-year-old, L.A. based actress took to Instagram this weekend, to lambast everyone giving her a hard time for her slimmed down shape.
Posting to her IG account, Winter shared a picture to celebrate her friend's 21st birthday. While many of the comments were positive, certain Instagram users went in on the actress, criticising her for losing weight.
Some people expressed fairly innocuous surprise: 'Whoa you slimmed down hella. Where are thr curves?!'
While others had more overtly negative things to say:
'Too skinny now..where's the curves go????its a sad day.'
'I don’t get why Ariel got all skinny, she looked way better in like season 4 of modern family'
'I'm sorry you felt the need to so dramatically change your appearance. I liked you just as you were'
'She lost everything ?? not hot anymore'
'Omg you lost yur butt ?'
Offended by the remarks, Winter felt the need to reply, commenting:
I appreciate you wanting to help girls love themselves the way they are, but you are also kinda cutting someone (me) down, which isn't what I think you were trying to do? I also didn't get plastic surgery. That is also not being supportive of women if you're just assuming something about the way they look.
The fact that Winter felt obliged to address her weight loss is certainly disheartening (really, in a post about somebody's birthday, she wasn't trying to make her body the focus), but the whole exchange serves to highlight one of the key problems with diet culture, as it evolves into 2019.
And that's the fact that we still have a culture around dieting at all.
Where once the predominant beauty standard was to be thin - with every magazine and website peddling get-skinny-quick fixes - now as we continue through the movement of plus size models and body positivity, it seems that the paradigm (the model of perfection) hasn't disappeared, but morphed and multiplied.
Body positivity has had the rewarding effect of inviting more women to the table, with a range of different shapes and sizes finally being celebrated, but it hasn't done very much to discourage the public's entitlement to pass remark on a woman's physicality. Or to discount the idea that looks are the predominant female currency.
Instead, one might argue that we've encouraged even more ferocious scrutiny than ever before.
The effect of this on those in the public eye is that, often, celebrities and influencers feel the need to actually embody a particular stance, becoming a champion of a body type, or a particular way of discussing dieting. For example, being 'plus size' becomes your USP and indivisible from your personality.
And, frequently, it follows that the people taking up these positions then attract a following of other people who support their views.
Sadly, the pitfalls of this morphed diet culture are just as severe as they ever were. Armies from different movements take up arms against each other, fighting over which is the new body ideal.
And as an archetype for one of these newly celebrated forms of beauty, you're open to criticism if you deviate from your position.
In other words, once you've been labelled an ambassador of 'plus size', 'curves' or 'strong is the new skinny'-esque movements, there's no freedom to just be human.
This is, of course, the problem for Ariel Winter. As an adolescent, she spoke up about her body, and inadvertently became a poster girl for young women with curves:
'Dear sorry body-shamers, I looked HOT in that dress. And if you hate it, don't buy it. But please get a hobby. XOXO Ariel #EmbraceYourBody' - Ariel Winter on Instagram.
So when her curves were perceived to have disappeared, she was targeted for letting the side down.
Realistically, Ariel Winter is just a 21-year-old human girl, whose body will fluctuate as much as her political or cultural positions. She doesn't need to be the poster girl for anything, if she doesn't want to be - it's not the foundation on which she's built her career - and so it is unfair for us to put her on that pedestal.
It's unclear where we should go from here. Broadening the horizon for beautiful bodies and inviting more and more women to conversations about things like physical wellbeing and self-confidence ought to be a very good thing, but somehow we have to find a way to reduce the vitriol.
Body positivity should spell out broader acceptance, rather than giving us new positions from which to throw our spears. And, arguably, the ideal diet culture is no diet culture at all, because a woman's value system will be something other than the thickness of her thighs.
Phillies-themed bats for Bryce Harper surface on social media; here's what to make of the leaked photos
Harper's preferred bat company, Victus, appears to have the bats ready as a precaution
Victus, of course, denied that this was any type of leak, saying that the bats weren't a special order. They were made as a precaution, in case Harper ends up signing with the Phillies, per Jack Fritz.
Right now, the White Sox and the Phillies are thought to be in good shape with the superstar, but there's been minimal information about where Harper is leaning. The Nationals are also very much in the mix, should Harper want to stay where he started his baseball career.
Companies follow contingencies like this all the time, so the bats could well mean nothing. However, with the baseball world starved for information regarding MLB's two biggest free agents, it's understandable that people want to read into something like this.
The Bryce Harper free agency saga is about to come to an end based on reports out of Vegas. The momentum started early Tuesday morning when Vegas Gambling Stream reported the pulling of Harper-related bets from the board because “Bryce Harper has agreed to multi year mega contract with Philadelphia Phillies, source says deal was wrapped up pending medicals”
A formal decision could be coming soon, and many think it will tie in with an MLB The Show announcement coming Tuesday. Harper is the cover athlete for this year’s version of the Major League Baseball video game.
The Phillies became the favorite to land Harper in January after a series of meetings in hometown Las Vegas.
Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals to remain with the team after seven seasons at the pro level. Harper has a career .279 batting average, 184 home runs, 521 RBI and the 2015 MVP Trophy.
“Harper’s bazaar has begun and it’s fashionable, it’s historical, it’s elite and global,” agent Scott Boras said as Harper’s search for a new team began. “You’re in a category of talent that is rare, a generational player, an iconic player. For his past franchise in Washington, the attendance went up over 600,000 fans and remained there. Their TV ratings have nearly tripled. Their franchise value went from $480 million to over $2 billion. You’ve seen an owner's dream happen before you. For an owner to know the rocket ship of economic opportunity is just blasting off because the player is just entering the prime of his career — you’re talking about just a unique and rare opportunity for an owner.”
The 26-year old Harper is a six-time all-star and led the league in home runs during his National League MVP season. He was the first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Empire' star Jussie Smollett assaulted in possible racist, homophobic attack
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after a possible homophobic and "racially-charged assault and battery," Chief Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.
The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, according to a press release sent to USA TODAY.
"Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline," the press release stated. "The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to www.cpdtip.com."
According to police, Smollett was walking on Tuesday when two unknown offenders approached him and started yelling "racial and homophobic slurs." The offenders then used their hands to batter the victim and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. One of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim's neck.
Smollett then transported himself to Northwestern Hospital, according to police. He is in good condition.
USA TODAY has reached out to Smollett's rep for comment.
Smollett, who plays gay character Jamal Lyon on "Empire," joined the hit Fox show in 2015. He also starred in the 2017 film "Marshall."
During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in March 2015, Smollett came out as gay himself. He expanded upon his sexuality in an interview with Out Magazine in 2016.
"I am a gay man with an extremely open heart... If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man," he told the magazine at the time. "If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I'm going to love that woman."
Support for Smollett following the attack began pouring in through social media Tuesday, including a tweet from his co-star Vivica A. Fox.
"I'm just now hearing the news about the senseless hate attack on my #EMPiRE Nephew @JussieSmollett IM SO ANGRY AND HURT ABOUT THIS! THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE! PRAYERS UP TO U NEPHEW!" she tweeted.
"Sending love to Jussie and the Smollett family after this horrific attack," John Legend said in a tweet. "We support you and pray that you find peace and justice."
Zendaya also sent her love to Smollett.
"This is heartbreaking and terrifying...please pay attention to what’s happening here. Sending all my love to @JussieSmollett," she tweeted.
Wanda Sykes also tweeted, writing, "I’m pissed. Love you @JussieSmollett and your family."
Kerry Washington sent prayers for Smollett.
"DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett," she tweeted.
Margaret Cho also sent her love.
"No words. Love to you @JussieSmollett," she tweeted with several heart emojis.
As did Billy Eichner, tweeting, "This is so awful. Sending love to @JussieSmollett."
Jenny Han called the incident "beyond horrifying."
"My heart goes out to @JussieSmollett," her tweet continued.
Josh Gad also tweeted his support for Smollett.
"This makes me sick. @JussieSmollett we are all with you today my friend. Sending unlimited love your way," he said. "My heart breaks for you and a country where this kind of this can still happen on a regular basis."
College Basketball Rankings: Zion Williamson leads Duke to an easy win at Notre Dame and has the Blue Devils No. 4
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have won four straight since losing to Syracuse
Monday night was a reminder.
Williamson took 12 shots, made 10 and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks in Duke's 83-61 win at Notre Dame. Game before that, he was 9-of-12 from the field. Game before that, he was 11-of-13 from the field. He's the biggest reason Duke is 18-2. His PER is a ridiculous 43.4 -- which is more than six points higher than any other player in the nation.
The Blue Devils remain No. 4 in Tuesday morning's Top 25 And 1.
Duke will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game with St. John's.
Tuesday's Top 25 And 1
||The Vols' 18-1 record includes 10 wins over top-100 KenPom teams -- most notably victories over Gonzaga and Louisville. Tennessee's lone loss is a neutral-court loss in overtime to Kansas.||--||18-1|
||The Cavaliers beat Notre Dame by 27 on Saturday to record their 11th victory by at least 20 points. Virginia is 8-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with the lone loss coming by a bucket at Duke.||--||18-1|
||The Zags have won 10 straight since losing consecutive games to Tennessee and North Carolina. Gonzaga's resume features five wins over top-55 KenPom teams - most notably a neutral-court win over Duke at the Maui Invitational.||--||19-2|
||Duke improved to 11-2 vs. top-100 KenPom teams via Monday's win at Notre Dame. The Blue Devils will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game with St. John's.||--||18-2|
||The Wolverines extended Indiana's losing streak to six games on Friday after holding the Hoosiers to just 18 first-half points. Michigan's resume features 10 wins over top-100 KenPom teams and zero sub-10 losses.||--||19-1|
||The Spartans' 13-game winning streak was snapped Sunday at Purdue. Michigan State is 12-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-15 losses.||--||18-3|
||The Wildcats' six-game winning streak includes victories over Kansas, Mississippi State and Auburn. Kentucky is 7-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams heading into Tuesday's game with Vanderbilt.||--||16-3|
||Nevada's resume features seven wins over top-100 KenPom teams with the lone loss coming at New Mexico. The Wolf Pack will take a five-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at UNLV.||--||19-1|
||The Tar Heels are 7-1 in their past eight games with wins over Virginia Tech and NC State. UNC is 9-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-30 losses.||--||15-4|
||The Jayhawks lost at Kentucky on Saturday and are just 4-3 since losing Udoka Azubuike to season-ending hand surgery. Twelve of KU's 16 wins are wins over top-100 KenPom teams.||--||16-4|
||The Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to seven games with Saturday's victory at Xavier. Marquette's resume features nine wins over top-100 KenPom teams and zero sub-50 losses.||--||18-3|
||The Hokies beat Syracuse on Saturday to improve to 5-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams. Two of Virginia Tech's three losses are to schools ranked in the top 10 of the Top 25 And 1.||--||16-3|
||The Red Raiders are 8-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-45 losses. Texas Tech will take a two-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Kansas.||--||17-4|
||The Cougars have won five straight games since losing at Temple. Houston is 6-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams heading into Thursday's game with Temple.||--||20-1|
||The Cardinals beat Pitt on Saturday to extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams. Three of Louisville's five losses are to teams ranked in the top 15 of the Top 25 And 1.||--||15-5|
||The Terrapins have dropped two straight games, most recently Saturday's game with Illinois, since starting 7-1 in the Big Ten. Maryland is 7-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with two sub-50 losses.||--||16-5|
||Villanova's eight-game winning streak has allowed Jay Wright's team to start 7-0 in the Big East for the first time since 2016. The Wildcats are 10-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss.||--||16-4|
||The Cyclones own wins over Kansas, Texas Tech and Ole Miss since Lindell Wiggington returned to the lineup. Two of Iowa State's five losses came in games in which Wiggington did not play.||--||15-5|
||The Tigers won at Missouri on Saturday to extend their winning streak to nine games. LSU is 9-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-80 losses.||--||16-3|
||Braxton Beverly's buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Wolfpack to a win over Clemson on Saturday. NC State is 6-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-150 loss.||--||16-4|
||The Bulls bounced back from their first league loss by winning at Kent State on Friday. Buffalo is 4-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with victories over Syracuse and San Francisco.||--||18-2|
||The Boilermakers are 8-1 in their past nine games with wins over Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Five of Purdue's six losses are to top-35 KenPom teams.||--||14-6|
||The Wildcats' five-game winning streak was snapped Saturday by a Texas A&M team that's 1-5 in the SEC. KSU is 11-3 in games in which Dean Wade plays heading into its weekend game at Oklahoma State.||--||15-5|
||The Bulldogs beat Auburn on Saturday to improve to 3-3 in the SEC. Mississippi State is 8-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss.||--||15-4|
||The Hawkeyes have dropped two straight games - most recently Sunday's game at Minnesota. Iowa is 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-60 losses||1||16-5|
||The Badgers are 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss. Four of Wisconsin's six losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||NR||14-6|
'Bachelor' recap: Colton gets serious about sexual assault during chat with Caelynn
Here's something I never thought I'd say: Colton Underwood had a powerful conversation on "The Bachelor."
The guy has a tendency to repeat the same adjective twice in one breath. ("You guys look amazing; Singapore's been amazing."). And, like many Bachelors before, his chats with the ladies tend to be about assessing how comfortable he is with them, and how great the date activity is. But this week, Colton also had something real: A meaningful conversation with Caelynn (a Miss USA runner-up, clearly a frontrunner here) about sexual assault.
After the two go on a shopping date – they're all in Singapore, "A 'Bachelor' first," says host Chris Harrison – where Colton (ABC?) buys her dresses with feathers and fringe, Caelynn opens up about her assault story.
Things get real
"This is a conversation that I have to have," Caelynn says. "Four years ago, I was a sophomore in college (and I was) sexually assaulted." She gives details about what men did to her while she was incapacitated, how she had to go to two hospitals for a rape kit, how she waited to tell her mother and how, for a long time, a gentle touch on the shoulder would trigger her. It's a moving moment, even for a reality-TV cynic.
He goes on to imply that intimacy issues with his "first love" have something to do with his decision to remain a virgin. "Everyone asks me why (I'm a virgin). They want a reason. And my reason is complicated."
She doesn't press him for explanation, but the two kiss. ABC then shows a RAINN PSA and a number to call if you or someone else has experienced sexual assault.
Then the episode is catty again
Once the 10 minutes of authenticity are done, it's back to your previously scheduled dating show. Which is to say there's a predictable spat between someone upset she doesn't have enough alone time with Colton (Courtney, who thinks she's wiser than her 23 years) versus someone else who goes back for seconds with him (Demi, who later calls Courtney the "cancer of the house").
There's also the cliched clash between two former friends (Caelynn and Hannah B., who both competed in Miss USA) who don't like each other. Though here's a twist: They kind of resolve things. OK? Also: Harrison flubs Hannah's name. Oops.
A look at the crazy dates
And, of course, there are unbelievable dates. Tayshia and Colton go bungee jumping. They are scared, they are happy to have each other, there is plenty of ominous music, they look down a lot, they do the jump, they congratulate each other and have a makeout session in the ocean. Tayshia reveals that she was married. More dramatic music. Colton says his parents are divorced. He doesn't judge. They share a kiss on the Singapore Flyer. She gets a rose.
Colton goes on a group date on the streets of Singapore, where he and the gals see a fortune teller, get treatment from a leech lady and eat a bunch of food. The women show Colton how adventurous they are by eating fish eyes, bullfrogs and pig feet. Of note, Demi jumps on Colton whenever possible. Later she reveals that her mom spent time in federal prison. "She might be really messed up, but that woman loves me so much (and) I love her unconditionally," she says wiping a place that could have a tear. Colton says it "takes a special person" to be so supportive of family. They kiss and she gets a rose.
I already mentioned the Caelynn shopping date. They went to Singaporean boutiques and then had a romantic dinner. She gets a rose.
Who was sent home?
It's time to bid adieu to "calm and concise" Courtney (that's how she describes herself) and 31-year-old Tracy, whose age is only notable because almost everyone left is 23. Her stanky-face reaction shots will be missed.
“The Bachelor” was more serious than usual Monday night. Caelynn Miller-Keyes, a 23-year-old from North Carolina, told Colton on a one-on-one date that she was drugged and raped during her sophomore year in college.
Traditionally, one-on-one dates require a contestant to open up about the biggest obstacle or trauma she’s faced. That might be a sibling’s or parent’s death or divorce, a difficult breakup or a past abusive relationship. But Monday’s episode was the first time a contestant has opened up about being a sexual assault survivor.
“It’s not a conversation that I enjoy having with anyone,” Caelynn said. “But it’s something that’s really important, especially in relationships, because it’s something that … has come in between intimacy and just a lot of different things in my life.”
The next day, she recalled, she went to the police and tried to get a rape kit but was turned away by a hospital, so she went to another one, but the results were inconclusive “because so much time had passed." One of the men got expelled but the others “got away with it,” Caelynn said.
Caelynn went on to describe how that incident has affected her since: “It’s something that will always be a part of me and will always come up in relationships, and that’s why I wanted to bring it up to you,” she said, adding that for months afterward she felt triggered whenever a man would touch her. She also said felt a lot of shame and guilt over what she’s experienced.
On Twitter, Colton posted a message about how “there are moments that are bigger than the show itself,” Monday night’s episode being one of them.
“Bachelor” viewers often snark on the show’s portrayal of the petty drama that can erupt between contestants, but tonight there was a lot of praise for how it handled a difficult and important subject.
Former contestant Ashley Spivey, who’s routinely critiqued “The Bachelor,” said on Twitter that she had a “very similar situation” happen to her during her freshman year of college.
Another former contestant, Jacqueline Trumbull, responded to Caelynn’s comment that the men she’s told about her experience often haven’t known how to handle it.
During the 2018 Miss USA pageant, Caelynn’s platform was sexual assault prevention — particularly in regard to Title IX rules for sexual assault survivors on college campuses — and was open about her own experience.
Colton handled Caelynn’s disclosure with compassion and empathy, telling her how strong she is and thanking her for opening up. After their conversation, a phone number and website for RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) flashed across the screen, in case viewers had their own incident to report.
Shortly after, production company Warner Bros. announced its investigators found no misconduct had taken place; Olympios also confirmed her team’s own investigation was completed to her satisfaction. “Paradise” resumed production, and when it returned, everyone discussed the controversy at length. This included a lecture from host Chris Harrison on sexual consent, as well as in-depth interviews with Olympios, who said the “unfortunate, annoying situation” was no one’s fault, and Jackson, who said the accusations nearly ruined his life.
Contestants also reported that producers tightened the rules on the show, which had suddenly come under increased scrutiny. For example, you were only allowed two alcoholic drinks per hour, and if you wanted to spend the night with someone, you had to give verbal consent on camera.
When a Washington Post reporter asked former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman in 2017 how “The Bachelor" might adapt in the #MeToo era, she noted that though viewers watch the show for entertainment, not public service announcements about sexual assault, the contestants have an opportunity to spark change. “I do think there are women who can come out on the show who can talk about it,” Dorfman said, “just like there’s women right now coming from Hollywood talking about it.”
However, viewers at home should also know that no one is required to disclose their deepest trauma, sexual or otherwise. Because sexual assault takes away someone’s agency and ability to make decisions, Jess Davidson, interim director of End Rape on Campus, has told The Post that it’s important for survivors to have control over how and when they decide to talk about what they’ve been through. “Survivors should never feel guilty about centering their own needs, whether that means sharing with your partner or not sharing with your partner,” Davidson said.