New Music: Daye LaHookz

Daye Gillens-Martinez (professionally known as) Daye LaHookz is an American pop, r&b and hip hop recording artist. Daye LaHookz is known for her ability to write songs with catchy hooks.


Daye LaHookz was Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to Houston, Texas in 2012 to focus on her career
as a songwriter. Daye knew very few singers in Texas, so she started demoing the songs she wrote. During the process, Daye began to bond with the songs, so she decided to release twelve of the songs on an album entitled Broken Nights. The songs were written, but the funds to mix, master and distribute the album were not, so Daye launched a Kick-starter Campaign in September 2015. The campaign was set for 45 days, but was fully funded within the first few weeks.  Daye's  social media fans, friends, family and other supporters worked together to make  sure the project would be funded.


The album Broken Nights was released on CD Disc February 14, 2016 and will soon be available for digital download via iTunes, Google Play, etc. While Broken Nights may be one of Daye's favorite written works, it is definitely not the first. Daye has been writing and recording since she was 12 years old. It started as a hobby, but in 2001 Daye decided to form an all girls group. The group signed a recording contract only a few months later to Chardino Records.  While with the label the group performed as an opening act for JaRule, 112, David Hollister, B2K and many other signed recording artists. Today, Daye LaHookz is an solo artist who writes songs for herself and other up and coming vocalist. One of those vocalist is Mathew Brea, from the hit television show The Voice. Daye has recently worked with the multi-platinum music group Soul 4 Real who was signed in the early 90's by the one and only Heavy D. While working with the group, Daye also filmed a music video for one of the members. The video is entitled, "Things I Do" by Andre Dalyrimple. Daye LaHookz currently has a single called Pop Dat streaming on iHeartradio, Spotify, X-box Music. The song is R&B with a Hip Hop twist. Pop Dat is also available for purchase via iTunes, Google Play & Amazon MP3.

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Rapper Z-Ro Arrested For Assault

Rapper Z-RO was arrested after allegedly beating his ex-gf in an assault that lasted over 2 hours.
Law enforcement sources say... the ex, rapper Just Brittany, reported the incident Monday to Harris County cops, but said it actually happened back in April. It's unclear why she waited 3 months to report it, but we're told Brittany played cops recorded audio of the alleged incident.
Sources say cops wrote up a report and immediately sent it to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, which determined it was enough to arrest the Houston icon Wednesday and charge him with felony aggravated assault. He's being held without bond. We will keep you up-to-date on the situation. 

Power Actress Lela Loren Receives Death Threat

Hispanic actress Lela Loren on Starz hit series ‘Power’ has had enough of the personal backlash from fans. In the show, Loren’s character Angela Valdez is responsible for taking down and arresting her former loverGhost a.k.a James St. Patrick played by Omari Hardwick. While fans of the show are pissed, it seems as if they have taken things to the next level and Loren is clapping back.
If you have already watched the season 3 finale of the show then you know that Angela arrested Ghost after lifting his fingerprints from Greg Knox’s apartment. Although Knox was killed by another character, the evidence was enough for Angela to take Ghost into custody. Especially after Ghost’s comments about “protecting them” struck as a murder confession.
The scene of course didn’t sit well with many fans that have wanted her character dead for quite some time. Being that we live in the age of social media, fans have been in a frenzy sending out their hate for her character and even some sending out threats to the actor herself.

Loren has had enough of the entire backlash and the star took to her Instagram to send fans of the show a message. “For those of you who seem unable to separate storytelling from reality-there’s help for that. Go get it,” said Loren. While her comments are now disabled fans are wasting no time bashing her on social media with memes, gifs and more.

There is fact and there is fiction. While threatening comments are not ok in any regard, you can argue that when you play your villainous character very well, fans are going to dislike you. It comes with the territory.
I guess we will have to wait and see if fans get their wish.
What do you guys think? Let us know down below!

Rockets on the chopping block


The Houston Rockets are going up for sale.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown made the announcement Monday, hours after owner Leslie Alexander made the decision.
"It's been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years," Alexander said in a statement. "I've had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans."
Alexander took over as owner on July 30, 1993, and the Rockets went on to win back-to-back titles in 1994-95 behind the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. In 24 seasons under Alexander, the Rockets have won 56.9 percent of their games, fifth-highest in the league.
Brown said the 74-year-old Alexander had been approached over the years by potential buyers, but never considered it until very recently.
"I think it's been something he's been thinking about a little bit," Brown said. "It can wear on you after so many decades and he's tired. There are passions in his life now that are becoming more and more clear. His family, certainly, and his philanthropic efforts, what he'll be able to do with his additional time and his resources on a global scale is something that he's very much looking forward to."
Brown emphasized that Alexander is healthy and his health was not an issue in this decision.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver raved about Alexander.
"Leslie Alexander is a true competitor who always searched for the right move to make his teams better," Silver said in a statement. "Well-respected around the league, he has been an active and influential owner whose vision helped to grow the game globally, especially in China."
Brown will be working with the league office while the Rockets look for a new owner and there were no plans to hire an outside firm to help. There is no set timetable for the sale, but Brown said they want to find the right buyer and won't rush things.
"We're going to make sure that it is the right buyer," Brown said. "Leslie has the latitude of time based on our resources and his resources and everything associated with the team right now."
Brown would not say how much they expect to get in the sale. Forbes named Houston the eighth-most valuable franchise, worth an estimated $1.65 billion, in its annual valuation of NBA teams in February.
"There's a range that we feel people are going to understand and we'll continue to go from there," he said. "Whatever's bandied about in Forbes or other locations, it may or may not make a difference in the overall valuation."
Brown said he had spoken to James Harden, Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza before the announcement and that he planned to call the rest of the players.
Included in the sale will be Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, which puts on non-basketball shows and concerts at the Toyota Center.
"It's a nice opportunity to have that rolled into one asset," Brown said.
During his time as owner of the Rockets Alexander has been active in the community and through his Clutch City Foundation he has given more than $35 million to charities throughout the city.

SoundCloud Out Of Money??


Well if you have been relying on SoundCloud as a means of an informal website for your music, you may want to plan other options.

The prognosis on SoundCloud, the popular but financially strapped streaming service, has been grim for all of 2017, with 40 percent of its staff laid off last week and statements from its founders that it may not have enough money to see it through the year. According to a report published Wednesday in TechCrunch, the company may not have enough money to see it through the summer.

According to the long and bruising report, a video conference was held Monday by cofounders Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss to explain last week’s layoffs to the staff — and during the course of the otherwise largely uninformative meeting, the staff was told the company has only enough cash to last “until Q4,” which begins in 50 days.


On Thirsday afternoon (July 13), after this article originally published, SoundCloud responded with a statement in which it said in part: “There are a number of inaccuracies within the TechCrunch article. They seem to stem from a misinterpretation of information by one or two laid off employees during a recent all hands meeting. …. To clarify, SoundCloud is fully funded into the fourth quarter.” (Head here to read SoundCloud’s full statement.)

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The report cited an unnamed staffer as saying that morale is “pretty sh–ty. Pretty somber. I know people who didn’t get the axe are actually quitting. The people saved from this are jumping ship. The morale is really low.” Staffers also questioned the wisdom of the company continuing to hire new staff only to lay at least one of them off, Vojta Stavik, as he was in the middle of moving to Berlin to start at the company.

The staff also questioned the wisdom of Ljung’s insistence on continuing to hire under the company’s dire financial circumstances. He replied that a hiring freeze would be a sign of weakness.

In March, the company confirmed the latest in a series of financial infusions, $70 million in debt funding from Ares Capital, Kreos Capital and Davidson Technology. However, it incurred a 51 million Euro loss in 2015 on revenue of 21.1 million Euros. In January Ljung expressed concern that “risks and uncertainties may cause the company to run out of cash . . . and would require [SoundCloud] to raise additional funds which are not currently planned” — concerns that were partially, although certainly not completely, allayed by the March debt-funding infusion. The company has also been hobbled by a long series of executive departures.

The new funding arrived after earlier reports that SoundCloud was considering a fire-sale exit because it hadn’t been able to raise the necessary money to continue its operations. It acknowledged the need for new capital, but denied that it was getting ready to sell for pennies on the dollar. “We are actively speaking with a variety of potential investors and other strategic partners,” SoundCloud told Variety at the time.

SoundCloud had raised $70 million from Twitter in June of 2016, after raising another $35 million of debt financing in January of last year.

Texas Release 2017 Training Schedule

HOUSTON – Houston Texans Training Camp presented by XFINITY will begin on Wednesday, July 26 as the Texans take the field in preparation for the 2017 season. This year’s camp will start at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. and will be the first time in franchise history the Texans hold training camp outside of the city of Houston.

Fifteen training camp practice sessions will be open to the media and public at The Greenbrier: Wed.-Sun., July 26-30; Tues.-Sat., Aug. 1-5; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 11-12; and Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 14-16. The practices from Aug. 15-16 will be joint practices with the New England Patriots. The practices on Mon., Aug. 7 and Thurs., Aug. 17 are open to the media only.

All practices will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET. The full Greenbrier training camp schedule can be found at the end of this press release.

To apply for credentials to training camp, visit the Houston Texans media website by clicking here.

Tickets and parking information for the general public can be found online at The Greenbrier website: www.greenbrier.com/texans.

The Texans will also hold two open practices at the Houston Methodist Training Center when they return to Houston on August 21-22 following their second preseason game. The schedule for the remaining training camp practices will be released at a later date.

All training camp practices are subject to short notice changes and adjustments based on weather and/or football operations decisions. Updates are promptly available on the club’s digital media platforms and via email from Texans PR.
2017 HOUSTON TEXANS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Day
Date
Times
Location
Media Availability
Tuesday
July 25
Team Meetings / No Availability
Wednesday
July 26
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Thursday
July 27
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Friday
July 28
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Saturday
July 29
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Sunday
July 30
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Monday
July 31
Players Day Off / No Availability
Tuesday
August 1
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Wednesday
August 2
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Thursday
August 3
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Friday
August 4
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Saturday
August 5
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Sunday
August 6
Players Day Off / No Availability
Monday
August 7
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Tuesday
August 8
Travel Day / No Availability
Wednesday
August 9
Game at Carolina Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday
August 10
Players Day Off/No Availability
Friday
August 11
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Saturday
August 12
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Sunday
August 13
Players Day Off / No Availability
Monday
August 14
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Tuesday
August 15*
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Wednesday
August 16*
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Thursday
August 17
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
The Greenbrier (WV)
After practice on field
Friday
August 18
Travel Day / No Availability
Saturday
August 19
Game vs. New England Patriots, 7:00 p.m. CT
Sunday
August 20
Players Day Off / No Availability
Monday
August 21
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. CT
Houston Methodist Training Center
After practice on field
Tuesday
August 22
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. CT
Houston Methodist Training Center
After practice on field

Bold indicates practice is open to the media only and not open to the general public.
* indicates joint practices with the New England Patriots.

Highest Deal in NBA History

James Harden became a star in Houston, and now he's ready to call the city home.
Harden signed a four-year, "supermax" extension Saturday, a whopper of a deal that guarantees Harden about $228 million over the next six seasons and makes it the richest contract in league history.
The extension alone tacks another $170 million or so — depending on how the salary cap escalates — on to a contract that still had two more years and nearly $60 million remaining. It's a mammoth deal befitting one of the league's brightest stars, which is exactly what the Beard has become in five seasons with the Rockets.
"Since he arrived in Houston, James has exhibited the incredible work ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best that has made him one of the most unique and talented superstars in the history of the game," Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement issued by the team. "Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the city of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a perfect leader in our pursuit of another championship."
The deal keeps Harden under contract through the 2022-23 season, a lifetime in the modern NBA financial landscape in which so many superstars take short-term deals to maximize their earning potential. While anything can happen, this is about as much security as a player can get.
Harden is coming off of his finest season. Moving to point guard for new coach Mike D'Antoni, Harden averaged 29.1 points, an NBA-leading 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds and finished second in the MVP race to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook.
"Houston is home for me," Harden said. "Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to winning and my teammates and I are going to keep putting in the work to get better and compete for the title."
Most importantly for the Rockets in the immediate future is that the extension will not affect Houston's aggressive pursuit of free agents this summer as the Rockets try to make a run at the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets finished third in the Western Conference regular season last year but know they have plenty of ground to make up if they hope to truly challenge the defending champions.
ESPN first reported the contract details.
Harden's do-it-all season helped the Rockets bounce back from a massively disappointing 2015-16 season that collapsed under the weight of chemistry issues with the All-Star guard and big man Dwight Howard. With Howard gone, the Rockets put Harden at the center of everything they do on offense, and it paid off in a major way.
Houston went 55-27 in the regular season and beat Westbrook and the Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference semifinals.
Harden seemed to run out of gas a bit in their semifinals loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and GM Daryl Morey has worked quickly to get him some help this summer.
Morey traded for All-Star point guard Chris Paul, a bold move that gives the Rockets as talented a backcourt as any team in the league. Morey also signed rugged forward P.J. Tucker to boost the defense and brought Nene back as well.
And he's not done yet.
This mechanics for this extension are new to the NBA in the latest version of the collective bargaining agreement. Harden was named first team All-NBA, making him eligible for a lucrative, four-year extension that also sends a message to the rest of the league that the Rockets are committed to stability as they try to challenge the Warriors in the West.
Morey has never been bashful about hunting big game and Alexander has shown time and again that he will give his general manager the financial resources to go for it.
With Harden locked up for the next six years, it's time to go hunting again.

New Music ALERT!!!: Houston native, Owen Matherne

Owen Matherne was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He began singing at a young age, performed in many musicals throughout his teens and even led his church choir before attending college. 

After college, he started singing covers on youtube and most recently wrote, sang and produced his first album, Never Too Late. 

Never Too Late is a very personal project for Owen because every song he wrote for this album came from his heart and life experiences, including the first song he penned; 'Invisible.' 
Owen hopes this album will inspire and remind you that it is Never Too Late to follow your dreams. 

Clippers trade Paul to the Rockets

The Los Angeles Clippers have reached agreement on a trade to send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, league sources told The Vertical.

Paul, 32, agreed to opt in to the final year of his $24.2 million contract, clearing the way for the Clippers to execute a trade with the Rockets and bring back assets for Paul, league sources said.

The Rockets will send the Clippers a package that includes guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forward Sam Dekker and a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3), league sources told The Vertical. There are smaller parts to the deal, including non-guaranteed contracts, league sources said.

Paul had until Wednesday to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

Had Paul opted out of his contract, he could’ve signed a new deal that started at $34 million a year. Paul will now be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with the Rockets.

Paul had a strong desire to play with Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, which led to the Clippers working out a trade with Houston, league sources said. Los Angeles was able to secure several tradable assets and a draft pick in the deal. The Clippers risked losing Paul for nothing in free agency.

Paul and Harden discussed the possibility of a partnership at length, believing they can find a way to thrive together, league sources said.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA player and a nine-time All-Defensive team member. He played six seasons with Los Angeles after six seasons with New Orleans. For his career, Paul has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Has Passed a 42

Mobb Deep’s Prodigy has died, a representative for the rapper has confirmed. 
“Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis,” their statement reads. 
“As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.” News first broke of the rapper’s passing when Nas posted a photo of him to his Instagram with the caption “QB RIP King P.” He was 42.
Prodigy (real name Albert Johnson) was born in 1974. The son of a long line of musicians, he co-founded the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep with Kejuan Muchita (better known as Havoc) in the early 1990s. 
They released their debut album Juvenile Hell in 1993, and went on to release three more full-lengths before the end of the decade, continuing to release music and tour together in the new millennium. The most Mobb Deep album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, was issued in 2014. Last year, Prodigy released a collection of his collaborations through a BitTorrent bundle.