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Dallas In Pop Culture: Kendrick Lamar Goes to Fort Worth, Selena Gomez and Post Malone Dominate SNL

And, of course, Luka took Game 7 personal. Come on in for the memes.
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Fort Worth, you got one!

On May 13, Kendrick Lamar released Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, his first studio album in five years. The following day, Lamar shared the music video for “N95,” the second track on the first volume of the album. The music video includes segments of Lamar walking down the steps of the Forth Worth Water Gardens and him seated in the Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum.

As of Monday morning, the music video is No. 2 trending video on YouTube Music. Lamar is not the first musician to incorporate the Fort Worth arts landmark into his videography. In 2019, Solange Knowles used the Water Gardens in the music video for ‘Alameda’ on When I Get Home.

Lamar will be at the American Airlines Center on July 23 for The Big Steppers Tour. Baby Keem and Tanna Leone will be supporting the Grammy award winner. Tickets are on sale at 12 p.m. on May 20 via Ticketmaster. However, presale tickets will go sale at 10 a.m. on May 19 for CashApp customers. Click here for more information on tickets.

Grand Prairie and Grapevine’s Finest

Selena Gomez made her Saturday Night Live debut two nights ago. The Barney, Kim Dawson, and Disney Channel alum was the featured host alongside musician and fellow North Texas native Post Malone. Both of the entertainers are on a press run for their upcoming projects. Gomez is promoting the second season of Only Murders in the Building, which will premiere on June 28 via Hulu. Malone is attracting press for Twelve Carat Toothache, his fourth studio album. Congrats are also in order for Malone, who is expecting his first child.

Gomez opened the monologue with a sly remark about the show’s matchmaking ability (Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian anyone?) and advice she received from fellow Disney Channel alum Miley Cyrus. Her comedic chops beamed alongside SNL cast member Melissa Villaseñor in a local public access show about Pico, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood in Los Angeles.

But the pairing of her and Steve Martin in Inventor Documentary reminded the audience of their chemistry, which makes Only Murders in the Building as good as it is. Also, what better way to make a debut than in a segment with a SNL legend?

THE LUKA SPECIAL

Mike said it best.

Because when your city’s franchise is fortunate enough to employ a player like Doncic, a paradigm-shifting generational talent, you watch the unlikely become academic.

Mike Piellucci, D Magazine StrongSide Editor

On May 15, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks eliminated the Phoenix Suns in a Game 7 blowout. Prior to last night’s win, many sports analysts and experts assumed Phoenix would be the team to face off against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Here’s one thing people forget about Dallas and the people who call this place home: we love being the underdog. We take great pride in being counted out, because when we win, it makes the sh*t talking so sweet. And last night’s win resulted in a series of sh*t talking tweets. Here are my favorites.

For more playoff coverage, bookmark StrongSide’s Basketball page. Also, send a prayer up for Mike’s wife, who is in desperate need of a date night and vacation after playoff season.

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