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The Parallels Between Tiger Woods And Mike Tyson

Masters Week used to be can’t miss television for golf enthusiasts and novices alike. Maybe it still is, but for very different reasons. From 1997 through 2009, people tuned into golf’s most hallowed tournament to see the world’s best player — the man who was possibly better at this particular skill than anyone was at anything — chase the all-time

The Andrew Harrison Comment: Once Again, Usage Of The Word “Nigger” Consumes Much Of White America

On Saturday, Wisconsin defeated Kentucky to advance to the NCAA men’s Div 1 basketball national championship game  in one of the best college basketball games of the season. You probably already knew that. What you might not know is that after the game, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison, an African American, said of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky, a white man, in a

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 3.17.15

The Preseason Podcast of the Year is back on St. Paddy’s Day to examine Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly! What makes this LP different? And break out your brackets, because we pick a winner for every single NCAA Men’s Tournament game! You know HHSR has been hot with the predictions! Will Kentucky go undefeated? HHSR

Fabolous Still Doesn’t Get Enough Credit

Read these lyrics carefully: Let’s talk about how I’m killin everything I touches/ Or how I walked in this game with no crutches/ No Diddy, No Dupri, No Dr. Dre/ No Cash Money from Baby and no Rocs from Jay/ And I’m still here (still here), we still here (still here)… His hand was forced. Fabolous had to go the

A Solution To The NBA’s Age Limit Problem: No More One And Done, Time For Three Or None!

The home of the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks was once known as “The Highlight Factory”, but these days any number of teams could rightfully hold that popular moniker. Move over Larry Wilmore— the NBA is a nightly show with eye popping must-Vine performances that literally stay on loop. Sadly, a looming lockout could ruin it all. Now we at

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 4.11.15

More Preseason Podcast of the Year in your ear!

Special guest Cray Allred from The Sunday Oldskool Podcast and Welcome to Loud City joins the show to discuss Kanye West, Tidal, the dangers of “fake hype”, the NBA MVP race, the future of the OKC Thunder and the NBA Playoffs!

HHSR Podcast April 11, 2015

The Parallels Between Tiger Woods And Mike Tyson

Though they’re drastically different people, the stories of Tiger Woods and Mike Tyson are remarkably similar.

Masters Week used to be can’t miss television for golf enthusiasts and novices alike. Maybe it still is, but for very different reasons.

From 1997 through 2009, people tuned into golf’s most hallowed tournament to see the world’s best player — the man who was possibly better at this particular skill than anyone was at anything — chase the all-time PGA Tour major championship record, held by Jack Nicklaus. Now, people tune in to see not Tiger Woods the golfer, but Tiger Woods the sideshow.

What’s the “sideshow”, you ask? Put it this way: People used to check for The Masters to see, “Is Tiger winning?” Or, “How much is Tiger winning by?” Nowadays it’s, “Will the old Tiger comeback?” And, “Will Tiger make the cut?” The hopeful optimism for dominance has long since been replaced by just hopeful optimism, with the understanding that a complete meltdown is arguably the most compelling theater of all. Just ask 1990s Mike Tyson. Read more

Tale Of The Tape: Big Sean- Dark Sky Paradise

The “Dark Skies” the “Control” record his public breakup are behind him— maybe that only leaves “Paradise” for Big Sean.

Fighter: Big Sean

Trainer (Gym): Kanye West (G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam Recordings)

Cut Men: Kanye West, Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Mustard, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Vinylz, KeY Wane, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Allen Ritter, Amaire Johnson,  Da Internz, DJ Dahi, DJ Mano, Jay John Henry, L&F, Metro Boomin, Mike Free, Nashiem Myrick, Noah Goldstein, OG Webbie, Rob Got Beats

Weight Class: Rap Star

Notable Fire: Blessings Feat. Drake, All Your Fault Feat. Kanye West, Paradise

Notable Trash: I Know Feat. Jhené Aiko, Deserve It Feat. PARTYNEXDOOR

Tale of the Tape: “Blue collar, gold swagger’, is the brilliant marketing tag line for the Indiana Pacers, bestowed upon them a couple of years ago when they feebly attempted to knock the Miami Heat from atop the ranks of the Eastern Conference. The slogan fit that team like a glove, and though Big Sean hails from “The D” and not “Nap Town”, as a product of the Midwest, the moniker is equally appropriate.

Big Sean prides himself on his work ethic — there’s the blue collar — which he repeatedly made known on his third solo album Dark Sky Paradise. Sean has been mildly obsessed (if that is such a thing) with his own career achievements and his perception within the hearts and minds of rap fans. He transitioned his Finally Famous mixtape series into Finally Famous the album when he first broke through on G.O.O.D. Music in the summer of 2011. With his sophomore record, Hall Of Fame, being hit with a mixed critical and commercial response, and following the very public breakup with this ex-girlfriend it seemed like Sean could potentially go into a shell, or worse, lose the faith of Def Jam.

Like a true Midwesterner, Big Sean persevered. Read more

The Andrew Harrison Comment: Once Again, Usage Of The Word “Nigger” Consumes Much Of White America

Andrew Harrison’s comment we beyond dumb. So too was much of the backlash.

On Saturday, Wisconsin defeated Kentucky to advance to the NCAA men’s Div 1 basketball national championship game  in one of the best college basketball games of the season. You probably already knew that. What you might not know is that after the game, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison, an African American, said of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky, a white man, in a question not even directed at him “Fuck that nigga.”

The initial response? Predictable. From many black people (myself included), there was a fair amount of “LMAO” and “Damn, Andrew Harrison is too real!” From many white people, pure outrage.

A brief saunter over to the comment section of this story on ESPN and you’ll see white people are PISSED OFF. Well, some white people.

“If Kaminsky had said the same thing about Harrison, the Internet would explode! Jesse & Al Sharpton would be leading rallies up in Madison!”

There was a lot of that. A LOT. These are more than likely the same people who’ll complain about the existence of BET by arguing, “Why can’t there be a White Entertainment Television?”

My response: Yep. You’re absolutely right. It would be an enormous story if Kaminsky uttered those same words in reference to Harrison. So what’s your point?

Are we really suggesting that white people are on the short end of the double standard stick in this country? Is that what “post-racial America” looks like? If so, we’re in trouble. All of us. Read more

Curren$y: Hip-Hop’s Cal Ripken, Jr.

Slide over, Ghostface. There’s a new “Iron Man” in the game.

It has been said that the secret to becoming a millionaire is not in one’s ability to do something great, but in the ability to do something great time and time again. When baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. was celebrated for breaking Lou Gherig’s consecutive game streak of 2,630 games in 1995 it wasn’t just the fact that he showed up for work every day. It was the fact that he had been playing at such an elite level over that 16-year span. Consistency is key. Much like what Cal has done in baseball, you would be hard pressed to find an emcee who has been more consistent than Shante Franklin, known to his “Jet Lifers” by the name Curren$y.

The New Orleans artist essentially grew up around hip-hop royalty. Brother of No Limit mainstay Mr. Marcello, Spitta cut his teeth in the rap game rolling with the tank at No Limit Records. He even landed a spot on The 504 Boyz album as well getting some shine in a commercial for the ill-fated P. Miller sneaker. We’ve all got to start somewhere, folks.

He went on to become the very first artist signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint. Yes, even before those guys. At the time, things were slow moving at the infant label. He was ultimately released from his contract amicably before his debut album Life at 30,000 Feet (which was subsequently converted into a mixtape) could ever see the light of day. Undeterred by industry red tape, Curren$y decided to take matters into his own hands by launching Fly Society, and eventually, Jets International in 2011.

It’s been on ever since. Read more

Tale Of The Tape: Lupe Fiasco- Tetsuo & Youth

E = emcee 2

Fighter: Lupe Fiasco

Trainer (Gym): Charles “Chilly” Patton (1st & 15th Entertainment, Atlantic Records)

Cut Men: Lupe Fiasco, DJ Dahi, The Buchanans, S1, Vohn Beatz, DJ Simonsayz, MoeZ’art, M-Phazes, Blood Diamonds, JackLNDN, Marcus Stephens

Weight Class: Lyrical Heavyweight/Conscious Rap

Notable Fire: DeliverMural, They.Resurrect.Over.New Feat. Ab-Soul, Prisoner 1 & 2 Feat. Ayesha Jaco

Notable Trash: Madonna Feat. Nikki Jean, No Scratches Feat. Nikki Jean

Tale of the Tape: “The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”— John Locke

If you’ve never written an album review before, understand it’s a pretty daunting task. Forget being charged with the duty of attempting to place a definitive measurement of quality on art — who is anybody to do that, really — simply comprehending everything an artist is attempting to convey to the listener without misinterpretation is basically an exercise in futility. In rap especially, artists are admired (at least they used to be) for their capacity to explore complex metaphors, double entendres and an overall cunning wit when piecing their rhymes together. If word is bond, wordplay is reverence.

Then there is Lupe Fiasco.

For all his Midwestern sensibilities and overall do-goodedness, Lupe’s raps come off to many as unnecessarily draped in sanctimony. Whether or not this criticism is warranted is up for debate, but for now, this is Lupe’s plight. He aggressively doubled-down on this criticism, through a deliberately convoluted theme, on his fifth LP Tetsuo & Youth.

Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 3.17.15

This is what we live for!

The Preseason Podcast of the Year is back on St. Paddy’s Day to examine Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly! What makes this LP different? And break out your brackets, because we pick a winner for every single NCAA Men’s Tournament game! You know HHSR has been hot with the predictions! Will Kentucky go undefeated?

HHSR Podcast Mar 17 2015

Fabolous Still Doesn’t Get Enough Credit

Nearly 15 years deep in the game, it’s time Loso gets his just due.

Read these lyrics carefully:

Let’s talk about how I’m killin everything I touches/ Or how I walked in this game with no crutches/ No Diddy, No Dupri, No Dr. Dre/ No Cash Money from Baby and no Rocs from Jay/ And I’m still here (still here), we still here (still here)…

His hand was forced.

Fabolous had to go the direct route to articulate his career when he penned the above lyrics for the intro of his 2009 album Loso’s Way. It was about the only way to bring attention to a career that has, in this era anyway, defied logic. He wasn’t afforded the luxury of breaking in on Bad Boy, Cash Money, Aftermath or Roc-A-Fella, like so many of rap’s elite from the early 2000s through today can say. Although he did come in with a cosign from DJ Clue, where has Clue been the last several years? Each of those other music moguls he mentioned are still extremely relevant in 2015, except Jermaine Dupri.

Sidebar: No disrespect to Clue or JD, just saying.

Where would Kanye West be without Jay Z? Still getting jerked by Capitol Records? Where would Eminem & 50 Cent be without Dre? Possibly still battle rapping and fake robbing MCs. Where would Wayne be without Birdman (recent events aside)? Each of these entrepreneurs, like legendary coach Paul Brown did for football, are not only responsible for a few highly successful MCs, but an entire tree of successful rap artists.

Sidebar: HHSR— the only place on the internet you’ll find a Paul Brown reference in an article about Fabolous!

Fab had none of that. In fact, he dropped his debut album the same day Jay dropped the legendary record The Blueprint— September 11, 2001. How’s that for an introduction to the hip-hop world? Fab managed to overcome this, and a misspelled stage name that was already a peculiar choice to begin with, to author a career nearly 15 years in the making. To call this a rarity in hip-hop would be quite the understatement; it didn’t hurt that he managed to drop a gem or two along the way. Read more

A Solution To The NBA’s Age Limit Problem: No More One And Done, Time For Three Or None!

Here’s how you please the NBA, the NBPA, the NCAA and fans all at the same damn time!

The home of the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks was once known as “The Highlight Factory”, but these days any number of teams could rightfully hold that popular moniker. Move over Larry Wilmore— the NBA is a nightly show with eye popping must-Vine performances that literally stay on loop. Sadly, a looming lockout could ruin it all.

Now we at HHSR can’t fix every issue between labor and ownership (yet) but we have found answer to one key topic in dispute: the NBA Draft age limit.

In 2006 the NBA created what became known as the “One and Done” rule, which dictated that one must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from their high school graduation to be eligible to be drafted. The NBA wanted to raise the age limit to 20 or 21 but gave into the National Basketball Players Association’s objections after the NBPA took everything but the kitchen sink in the negotiations following the 16 game lockout of 2011.

Fortunately, we have found a compromise that should appease everyone including the owners, players, the NCAA and most importantly the fans (we do it for the people at HHSR). Read more

Subscribe To The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast On Stitcher Today!

The expansion continues!

The Preseason Podcast of the Year, also known as The Hip-Hop Sport Report Podcast, is now available on Stitcher and the Stitcher App! The radio on demand site has joined the likes of iTunes and Podbay.fm on the growing list of the enlightened who made the shrewd decision to include our unique blend of sports and hip-hop audio culture into their operation.

We salute you, Stitcher! And if you’re old skool about yours, you can always access the podcast the old fashion way!