You Got a Fucking Dart in Your Neck (Queens Edition)

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A man walked into a McDonald’s in Queens on Tuesday morning, chatting on a cellphone and with a knife stuck in his back.

 The man, Andrew Hardy, was apparently involved in a dispute with two individuals who have yet to be apprehended, police told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

 “I heard everybody screaming and it was a lot of commotion,” witness Tromaine Yancey told New York’s CBS 2. “The guy came and he was standing there with a knife in his back and it was a kitchen knife.”

 Officers responded to Jamaica, Queens, at about 10 a.m. Tuesday after receiving 911 calls from inside the restaurant.

 “He was cool and calm. But you could tell he was shaken up,” said Michel Green of Jamaica, 43 and a friend of Hardy’s, told the New York Post. “I went to pull the knife out, but someone said, ‘No, no! It might have hit an artery!’”

 Hardy, 53, was treated and released from Jamaica Hospital in Queens.

 “Everybody was standing there to make sure he didn’t fall backwards on the knife,” Yancey said.

 Hardy has been arrested more than 100 times, police said.

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This is such an extreme version of this:

That shit is still hilarious.

Only in fucking Queens could you find a fiend doing a real life Frank the Tank impression with a fucking knife in his back at McDonalds. Jesus christ lol, that shit is so fiended. I have no idea how I would react to this at all. That shit is so OD extreme.

This is why in NYC I stick to Taco Bell, Wendys, and Chipotle.

Also, I realize this is a few days old. I saw this and bugged out but only today did I realize it was in Queens and not some bumblefuck town. That’s too good to pass up.

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PS- Shout out to the #FIENDS in Queens, I’m Team No Daughters.

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#FiendFridays

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Ow Ow.

The lovely @thebarbiedia bringing the fucking heat this summer Fiend Friday.

Got the Last Winter Tour t-shirt too. Love it.

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Starbucks Is Sending Fiends To College And I Think This Is Genius

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The news: If you work at a company for a certain number of years, it’s not uncommon for to be offered tuition reimbursement as an employment benefit. Deals like that often come with strings attached, but not at Starbucks.

On Monday, the company announced a partnership with Arizona State University that will provide the option of a free online college education to all of its 135,000 American employees. As long as they work at least 20 hours a week at Starbucks, have the academic requirements to get into school and have at least two college credits, their education will be completely free — even if they leave for another company right afterwards. Those with no college credits will receive partial tuition.

The employees’ academic experiences “would be accreted to our brand, our reputation and our business,” Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz said in a statement. “I believe it will lower attrition, it’ll increase performance, it’ll attract and retain better people.”

Why is Starbucks doing this? There are other companies that offer similar benefits, such as Southern New Hampshire University’s “College for America” program, which allows employees from companies such as McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts to take online associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at their own pace.

But Arizona State, which has 11,000 students and 40 undergraduate majors, has more academic options and resources, and the flexible partnership addresses a deep need among Starbucks’ ranks. “Our partners have told us that help earning — and more importantly finishing — their college degree is the most important benefit we could offer beyond the comprehensive health care coverage and our Bean Stock [company stock] programs we introduced for our full- and part-time partners more than two decades ago,” Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson said in a release.

And there’s a good reason for that. Only 25% of current Starbucks employees have a bachelor’s degree, despite the fact that 70% are current or aspiring students. The program would be a huge boon for the employees who are trying to work and attend school simultaneously, or for those who are working to save up the money for school.

Starbucks has a long history. The company has been heavily criticized in the past for being anti-union and for discouraging promotion of union activity. They have even gone after employees with union-related backgrounds. But while the company may have a long way to go in terms of workers’ rights, this is still a huge step in terms of addressing employee needs.

“There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind,” Schultz said in the statement. “The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it?”

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Standing ovation.

Seriously, this should be one of the biggest news stories of the month instead of all that other bullshit. This is absolutely incredible on so many levels.

Because of the way upward mobility is handled in the US and the nature of capitalism, we created a culture where the best way  to get a salary increase is to jump ship and switch companies. Because of this, large corporations grew colder and somewhere down the line they just stopped giving a fuck about the majority of their employees.

They forgot how much being treated well really effects the work and loyalty of an employee. I wrote a blog a while back that I got a lot of shit for ripping up Steve Jobs and the foundation for my argument was this quote:

“A company can be judged by how it treats its lowliest workers. It sets an example for the rest of the company.”

This quote always stuck out to me because it is just so true. Too often larger companies forget that their lowliest workers ARE PEOPLE. Real people. With hopes, dreams, passions, and feelings. They are not some number on a spreadsheet. What Starbucks is doing right now, is literally some of the most amazing shit I have ever seen a company do. EVER. Like this is amazing! They are offering college education to every employee that wants it. And it’s not some bullshit online university, this is ASU! A real school. Actually, ASU is supposed to be the best party school with the badest bitches in all of America. I’m seriously about to go tell Bas PEACE and go work at Starbucks.

Seriously though, this should be an example not only to every company to the US, but to the WOLRD. This is how you treat employees. This is how you treat people.

Even if you look at it from a business perspective, this is great. It’s a win-win. Companies seem to have forgotten that every employee is a brand ambassador. They represent your company and brand. If I have a problem at Starbucks with an employee, you don’t say “fuck Jessica at Starbucks”, you say “Fuck Starbucks”. Your interactions with employees defines how you feel about the company/brand overall. When you run a company like so well like Starbucks, what kind of employee do you expect to attract? A lazy, toothless creature like at KFC, or competent, smart person looking to better themselves? Out of all the people that would consider working in the fast-food industry, Starbucks is going to attract the cream of the crop. That means you are going to interact with great employees, and that is going to be extremely beneficial for every customer’s experience at Starbucks. This is how you establish brand affinity on a local scale.

These other fast-food companies are so stupid. They run shit-holes and attract shitty people. Real talk, I don’t go to McDonalds in NYC anymore. That is a fucking travesty because I am literally McDonalds target demographic and I eat fast food 3-5 a week. McDonalds in NYC is a nightmare. The people there are beyond retarded. It takes 3o mins to get a fucking cheeseburger. Have you ever been to Chipotle though? The line in Chipotle might be out the door, but those motherfuckers will have you eating a burrito in no time at all. Because they are competent, efficient, and not pieces of sit like McDonalds. That is the culture places like Chipotle and Starbucks have created versus a McDonalds. If these brands only knew how important employee interactions were, they would never ever accept this shit. But they don’t, because no executive would ever be caught dead eating their own shitty product.

So this is amazing for Starbucks as a company, and just an amazing and honestly inspiring move in business. This kind of shit restores my faith in humanity. This is stepping up to the plate, identifying a problem, and trying to help. This called being a human being. A good person. This is exactly how all companies and brands should think and act. The last quote of this article, exemplifies it all:

“There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind,” Schultz said in the statement. “The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it?”

Boom. Mic drop by Starbucks.

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Love Our #FIENDS

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#FIENDS at the Mayan Ruins and shit? Fucking crazy.

Fiends really are everywhere.

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Shout Out To @ComplexMusic @ComplexMag for including @FiendBassy Last Winter in the Top 40 Albums of 2014

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Earlier this year, Bas joined J. Cole as the only other rapper signed to Cole’s new Dreamville/Interscope imprint, and with good reason. Born in Paris but raised in Queens, Bas has spent the last few years honing his skills on the mixtape circuit before rising to the occasion with memorable guest verses on Cole’s Born Sinner and DJ Khaled’s Suffering From Success in 2013.

Last Winter, his debut album, finds Bas on the front line of success, and for someone who is so close to Cole, he does a great job of distinguishing his voice with homegrown narratives and stellar production from close friend and in-house beatmaker Ced Brown. While Bas is clearly more comfortable working within this aforementioned space, cuts like “Your World” also prove he can step into a different lane and make a pop rap record. This will be the last winter you didn’t know about Bas. —Edwin Ortiz

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Comin in hot at #39. Don’t see an album better on the list, but we’ll take being invited to the party for now. Beat Michael Jackson though…

Wouldn’t be reconized if it wasn’t for all the support from all of you and everyone that bought copies of Last Winter. Truly appreciate it. The year aint over yet though! Let’s keep pushing that shit up #FIENDS.

Next year we taking the whole shit. I don’t even really know what that means, but we doing it.

Shouts to Complex for including Last Winter on their list and Edwin Ortiz for the write up. You can view the whole Complex list HERE.

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Building Blocks | Bas

Building Blocks till the ceiling pops…

The Dub has never looked so fucking fire.

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Compton Reacts To Magic

Yo man. This shit is amazing. How is Compton Reacts to Magic not on ABC right now? I’m dying. Why do black people have the best reactions to shit? It’s amazing. I’d watch this kid walk around the hood doing magic tracks for 2 hours a night if the world let me.

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I Don’t Fuck With Ball Pits

First let’s just take about 3 minutes to:

Laugh our asses off at this huge chick tryna stabilize her core in order to get out of this ball pit.

Then let’s take about another 3 minutes to:

Feel terrible about America as a whole because we’re so goddamn fat that we just spent 22 seconds watching a huge chick try to stabilize her core in order to get out of this ball pit and then 3 minutes laughing at her.

Seriously though, I don’t fuck with ball pits. That shit is just a super nasty fucking premise. Have you seen kids? Have you smelled kids? Have you ever been to McDonalds? Let’s go ahead and add all of those different components together. Then let’s toss in some Sweet and Sour sauce, three chicken slime nuggets, four kids sized Minute Maid Fruit Punches and some chocolate fudge covered peanuts that have been sucked dry and spit out by BobbyJo the 3 toothed 6 year old who likes pinching strangers.

I’m gonna send my kid into that breeding ground for disease? Now that I’m really thinking about it, what the fuck was wrong with my parents? Why would they let me in that pit of germs? Was I really that annoying as a child? So annoying that my mom would risk me catching Face Herpes for a moment of solitude with a Big Mac? (YES FACE HERPES IS A THING)

My kids are getting turkey sandwiches, carrot sticks, water with lemon slices and trail mix. When they’re done eating we’ll go to the park where they can run sprints pretending that they are cheetahs, or whatever wild shit their brain dreams up of. No McDonalds and Ball Pits. That shit is unhealhty. Plus poppa oakshades can’t covertly hit a one hitter inside of a McDonalds Play Area and he definitely will be able to do that at an outdoor park.

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PS. Why the fuck does McDonalds taste so different from when we were kids. That shit was delicious. Now I gotta be high as shit and that shit needs to be fresh out the oven for me to even enjoy a bite.

PPS. Or drunk. Everything tastes amazing when you’re drunk.

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Jim Carrey Dropping Knowledge About Dreams

I remember asking the universe to let us make tshirts and rap music.

I also asked the universe to let me be the light skinned version of Dan Blizerian but that hasn’t happened yet.

Fiend for your dreams tho.

Realshit.

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PS. Dear Universe, I’d settle for me being Dan’s intern or something. I just wanna be rich and have guns and party in Ibiza with dimes.

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In Honor Of Clint Dempsey Being Such A Beast, We Look Back At When He Was A Rapper

This shit is still so flames.

Clint Dempsey became my favorite player in all of soccer back in 2006, not because he showed signs of being the next big promising player from the USA, but because he dropped this BANGER.

I’m not even fucking around, this easily might be my favorite athlete rap song of all time. I used to bump this shit like for real back in the day. It’s old now, he put this out in ’06. But with how he has been playing in this Cup, it’s more relevant than ever to share.

Lol, love how he made USA soccer look hood as shit in the video too. This is just all around great.

Really wish those motherfuckers won yesterday. Can’t believe that shit. 30 more seconds and we would have advanced. Can’t get too upset though because our squad looks legit. We are playing and beating REAL teams out here for REAL. I’m mad proud. Dempsey and JJ are legit monsters out there. They are playing some of the best soccer out of anyone in the entire World Cup.

We still have a great chance to move on, so I’m not trippin. We got this. Just gotta tell the Germans: DON’T TREAD ON THIS.

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PS – While I was typing this up, I told the #FIENDS group chat that this was my favorite athlete rap song of all time. That shit was obviously controversial to those opinionated motherfuckers. Sparked a little debate. A Lot of people got love from Allen Iverson to Kobe Bryant. But ultimately, according to the Super Mookin Fiends, these are the top 3 athlete rap songs of all time:

Deion Sanders – Must be the Money

Shaquille O’Neal feat. Notorious B.I.G. – Can’t Stop the Reign

Roy Jones Jr. – Ya’ll Must Have Forgot

What you fiends think?

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