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The Hot 16: Super Bowl XLIX— Who Wins And Why?

I’m gonna level with y’all— I damn near have the shakes I’m so hyped for Super Bowl XLIX. Sure, Tom Brady going for his fourth championship in six trips is part of it, but it’s deeper than that. There’s also the fact that HHSR had the Patriots winning the Super Bowl before the 2014 season began, and with a New

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast Super Bowl XLIX Edition

The Preseason Podcast of the Year wraps up Championship Weekend and previews Patriots vs Seahawks! Who’s really to blame for the Packers collapse? Are the Colts a bunch of punks? Which star playing on Sunday might be overrated? And who wins Super Bowl XLIX? Guests: Anthony Hueston, Adam Clark & Vince Hicks join the “Your Ad Here” Hotline! HHSR Podcast

The Seattle Seahawks And The Many Faces Of Leadership

We love the NFL Draft, don’t we? The 40 times, the collegiate statistics, the Wonderlic— the draft represents the undying dream for every couch potato in America to feel like a general manager for one day a year (now a weekend). Each spring, name after name is called, and despite the fact the average football fan can only identify about

Three The Hard Way: Dropping Three Albums On A Major Label Is The New Standard For Stardom

It used to be a given. You’re a rapper that finally gets his/her big break and land that ever-elusive record deal. You get a few videos on Yo! MTV Raps or Rap City, build up a little national notoriety and it’s almost a foregone conclusion that you’ll crank out two, maybe three albums at least. Needless to say that line

Tale Of The Tape: Logic- Under Pressure

Fighter: Logic Trainer (Gym): No I.D., 6ix (Def Jam, Visionary Music Group) Cut Men: No I.D., Logic, DJ Dahi, S1, M-Phazes, Kevin Randolph, DJ Khalil, Dun Deal, Alkebulan, Arthur McArthur, Tae Beast, Terrace Martin, Skhye Hutch, Rob Knox, Swiff D Weight Class: Rising Star/Lyrical Heavyweight Notable Fire: Gang Related, Soul Food, Nikki, Til The End Notable Trash: None Tale of

The Hot 16: Super Bowl XLIX— Who Wins And Why?

Who you got?

I’m gonna level with y’all— I damn near have the shakes I’m so hyped for Super Bowl XLIX. Sure, Tom Brady going for his fourth championship in six trips is part of it, but it’s deeper than that. There’s also the fact that HHSR had the Patriots winning the Super Bowl before the 2014 season began, and with a New England victory, would continue a Cal Ripken-like streak of prognostications on this site.

Going in chronological order, we’ve correctly predicted the Miami Heat to win the 2013 NBA Championship, the Seattle Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII and the San Antonio Spurs winning the 2014 NBA title, ALL before the season started. We also had Ohio State beating Alabama AND Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff. HHSR even had LeBron going back to Cleveland, Macklemore dominating the 2014 Grammy Awards (but not enough to win Album of the Year) and we told you to keep an eye on the San Francisco Giants during the Major League Baseball playoffs (we said the same thing about the St. Louis Cardinals, so partial credit).

Sidebar: For the record, all of this is documented on hiphopsportsreport.com and or The Preseason Podcast of the Year.

But most importantly, this is shaping up to be an incredible football game, which is why HHSR felt compelled to come at you with a new Hot 16 to help explain how we arrived at our prediction for Super Bowl XLIX. Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast Super Bowl XLIX Edition

The Preseason Podcast of the Year wraps up Championship Weekend and previews Patriots vs Seahawks! Who’s really to blame for the Packers collapse? Are the Colts a bunch of punks? Which star playing on Sunday might be overrated? And who wins Super Bowl XLIX? Guests: Anthony Hueston, Adam Clark & Vince Hicks join the “Your Ad Here” Hotline!

HHSR Podcast Super Bowl XLIX

 

The Seattle Seahawks And The Many Faces Of Leadership

Lynch, Wilson and Sherman have collectively shaped a potential back-to-back Super Bowl Champion.

We love the NFL Draft, don’t we?

The 40 times, the collegiate statistics, the Wonderlic— the draft represents the undying dream for every couch potato in America to feel like a general manager for one day a year (now a weekend). Each spring, name after name is called, and despite the fact the average football fan can only identify about 10% of the 260 some odd players selected, people keep showing up in droves and watching in prime time. Mock draft websites somehow thrive every year, regardless of how ridiculous that entire process might be. They even made a movie about it the draft.

We love rankings. We love lists. We love the construction of a team. We love the dance.

And even with all of the empirical evidence one could ever ask for at hand, the highest paid football talent evaluators money can buy miss on players all the time. The draft is inexact science that never ceases to get about half the league fired every half decade, primarily because football is often more about the stuff between your ears and what’s pumping inside your chest, rather than how well you perform in shorts with no defense. A simplified word for this: intangibles, of which Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider has become proficient at locating.

You can build a team in any number of ways, but without leadership — arguably the most significant intangible — your team won’t get far. Like water bending around each contour of a prehistoric river, leadership can take on an endless number of forms, while consistently rushing towards the same direction. As we approach Super Bowl XLIX, the spirit of the the defending champion Seahawks, who seek to become the first repeat champs since their counterpart New England Patriots 10 years ago, is embodied by three Black men that are extremely different from one another. The path these men took to this point are equally unique, yet their teammates manage to respond positively to each of these individuals, resulting in the trio serving as the catalysts for championship-caliber football. Read more

Tale Of The Tape: Rick Ross- Hood Billionaire

“I’m a billionaire in my hood.”

Fighter: Rick Ross

Trainer (Gym): DJ Khaled, Diddy (Maybach Music Group, Slip-n-Slide, Def Jam)

Cut Men: Timbaland, DJ Toomp, Metro Boomin, Beat Billionaire, Big K.R.I.T., Cardiak, CritaCal, Lex Luger, Deedotwill, V12 The Hitman, MoneyBag$, Tracy Tyler, Ben Billions, Bassivity, The Remedy Production Group, Eddie ‘eMIX’ Hernandez

Weight Class: Rap Superstar, Luxury Rapper

Notable Fire: Hood Billionaire, Trap Luv (Feat. Yo Gotti), Family Ties

Notable Trash: Coke Like The 80′s, Elvis Presley Blvd (Feat. Project Pat), Movin’ Bass (Feat. Jay Z), Burn

Tale of the Tape: If for no other reason than how he speaks about himself through song, we all know Rick Ross considers himself one of the supreme rappers in hip-hop. Historically, many elite emcees have attempted to climb the unclimbable mountain of dropping a classic double CD. Biggie, Tupac, Scarface, Jay Z, Nas and others have all done it, with varying degrees of success. These days, artists can rarely pull this off (save for E-40 who has seemingly redefined multi-album release), as dropping just one studio album in a calendar year is a tall task for even popular rappers. So this is what we’re left with: Rick Ross has dropped two albums within a eight month window.

Released on March 3, 2014, Mastermind was unable to live up to the rotund marketing campaign and lofty expectations Ross set for himself. Not without its share of bangers, Mastermind — an LP Ross sought to be more musically harmonious, as opposed to the more street-focused followup — can simply be categorized as inconsistent. But the opportunity presented itself for Rozay to end a tumultuous year for MMG on a positive note. Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 1.11.15

That’s a catch yo.

Dez Bryant. Joe Flacco. Urban Meyer. Fabolous. DeMarco Murray. Darren Carrington. Peyton Manning. French Montana. Cam Newton. Referees. Aaron Rodgers. Nipsey Hussle. Tom Brady. You’ll hear all as the ball drops on the 1st 2015 edition of The Preseason Podcast of the Year! Who stepped up? Who got screwed? And who wins the AFC & NFC Championship Games and Monday night’s College Football National Championship?

HHSR Podcast Jan 11 2015

NFL Divisional Round- Health Is Wealth

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski enter the playoffs near full strength for the first time in years.

There’s a reason why so many prognosticators throw in the qualifier “if they stay healthy” before they make picks: it matters.

Looking back at last weekend, the Steelers (Le’Veon Bell), Bengals (A.J. Green) and Cardinals (any quarterback of even average ability) all lost games while key players were inactive. This week, four teams come in off of a bye and injuries — or a lack thereof — could largely shape the outcomes once again.

The Wildcard Round wasn’t the best football you’ve ever seen. But we told you not to sleep last week because just when you least expect it, the NFL is good for stirring up something of great controversy. Look no further than the Lions/Cowboys game from last Sunday.

HHSR correctly predicted three of the four games from last weekend, but perhaps the most prophetic moment in the column was the photo of Jim Caldwell. The caption: “Remember preseason we said the Lions needed a heart transplant? This is the guy that’s gonna give it to em!” The photo: Read more

Three The Hard Way: Dropping Three Albums On A Major Label Is The New Standard For Stardom

It used to be a given.

You’re a rapper that finally gets his/her big break and land that ever-elusive record deal. You get a few videos on Yo! MTV Raps or Rap City, build up a little national notoriety and it’s almost a foregone conclusion that you’ll crank out two, maybe three albums at least. Needless to say that line of thinking is about as antiquated as a music video show. In 2015, success for an emcee is largely based off of YouTube clicks and iTunes downloads.

The advent of the internet all but clogged up the game, making top-of-mind status a virtual exercise in futility for rap neophytes. Many artists choose the internet as their path to fame (aka 2000s version of selling CDs & tapes out the trunk), but some still prefer the budget, (perceived) security, comfort and status that comes with landing a record deal. For 70′s and 80′s babies, landing a record deal is still viewed as the pinnacle— the point when you’ve finally been “put on” and the moment that signifies your piece of the “American Dream”. And despite the fact that today’s artists are by and large more savvy than they were in the 90′s, many aspiring rappers still aren’t afraid of a major label. Read more

NFL Wildcard Round- Don’t Sleep This Week

Can Dez help “Dem Boyz” cross off the Lions on their way to Lambeau Field?

Cause sleep is the cousin of death.

You know just when you think the slate of Wildcard games isn’t any good, the football gods will bless us with a few memorable moments. So do your best to forget about the matchups. Just remember from this point forward, every game is win or go home!

Here’s HHSR’s predictions for Wildcard Weekend 2015!

Arizona Cardinals (5) at Carolina Panthers (4)

Yeah…we didn’t do anything to deserve this, did we? While Ryan Lindley versus a 7-8-1 Panthers team who is inexplicably hosting a playoff game isn’t the most appealing game on paper, there are some legitimate storylines here.

You’d have to assume it works in Arizona’s (6.5 point underdogs, mind you) favor that people have been counting them out all season. Bruce Arians won 11 games with this elephant just chillin in the room. Even we counted out the Cards before the season because of preseason injuries. Carson Palmer only played a handful of games, but here they are. The Cardinals are among the league leaders in turnover differential and Arizona has one of the elite defenses in the NFL; this group — and possibly Patrick Peterson on special teams — will likely have to score points for Arizona to pull this off.

Meanwhile, the Panthers snuck into the playoffs like Bruh Man— from the “fif flo” to the fourth seed! Read more

Tale Of The Tape: Logic- Under Pressure

Is this kid next up?

Fighter: Logic

Trainer (Gym): No I.D., 6ix (Def Jam, Visionary Music Group)

Cut Men: No I.D., Logic, DJ Dahi, S1, M-Phazes, Kevin Randolph, DJ Khalil, Dun Deal, Alkebulan, Arthur McArthur, Tae Beast, Terrace Martin, Skhye Hutch, Rob Knox, Swiff D

Weight Class: Rising Star/Lyrical Heavyweight

Notable Fire: Gang Related, Soul Food, Nikki, Til The End

Notable Trash: None

Tale of the Tape: This dude is different.

Sir Robert “Bobby” Bryson Hall II is probably unlike anything you’ve come across in hip-hop. Besides his unique government name, Logic also doesn’t look or sound like anyone you’ve ever seen or heard. For starters, he really really looks white, which presents its own set of obstacles for making it in this industry. He also talks “proper” in interviews and in the booth. Add to that a litany of horrific incidents in his life and it’s easy to see how he’s developed a resiliency that has allowed him to succeed in the rap game.

In short, Logic has been beating the odds from the very beginning. His debut album, Under Pressure, channels the same underdog feel Machine Gun Kelly (and others) produced upon first stepping into the batter’s box. Only Logic provides the listener with a significantly more keen lyrical dexterity. Read more

The Hot 16: The Final Two Weeks Of The NFL Season

Thank God for guaranteed money.

We’re down to the final two weeks of the NFL season! What have we learned? The Hot 16 has your back. Peep the knowledge below:

1) It Was All Good Just A Week Ago- Remember HHSR’s article on the Washington Redskins’ handling of Robert Griffin? That was written back when Griffin looked like the new face of the league for the next decade. The fall of RGIII is unlike anything in recent memory. This dude could run like the wind, throw it 60 yards on a dime and was supposed to change the way we thought about sub sandwiches. And now it’s all up in smoke.

2) Who’s To Blame?- Griffin’s time in Washington is pretty much done. And amazingly, he may take out Jay Gruden on his way out the door. Taking out a former Super Bowl winning coach AND a brand new coach in consecutive years may be his most outstanding achievement during his tenure in Washington.

Gruden recently came out and blamed the media for his perceived fractured relationship with RGIII. This is of course ridiculous because he’s repeatedly shaded his QB in front of the press by saying things like, “Robert had some fundamental flaws,” and that “His footwork was below average”.

That’s more shade than 45! Knock it off, Gruden. Read more