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Total Slaughter’s Next Move: Does Eminem Really Need To Return To Battle Rap?

They said WHAT?! That’s right. Coming off the first ever Total Slaughter rap battle pay-per-view extravaganza, two of the event’s bigger names have both been rumored to want to step into the ring against the event’s creator: Eminem. For those unaware, Eminem — who one could easily argue is the GOAT emcee — has an extensive career as a battle rapper

The Pursuit Of Happiness: LeBron James Returns To The Cleveland Cavaliers (As Told By A Clevelander)

“Just a kid from Akron, Ohio.” Before those six words became infamously draped across the home page at lebronjames.com, they were paraphrased by the NBA Finals MVP during his championship coronation in Miami, Florida just last summer. Given the fact that Miami attended three consecutive Finals and won two straight championships, the likelihood of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 7.7.14

On the fourth anniversary of “The Decision”, the Preseason Podcast of the Year dissects the events leading up to LeBron James’ departure from Cleveland as compared to this year. Is King James really coming home? Also, we breakdown Eminem’s Total Slaughter battle rap event! Featuring music from Tupac & Diddy! HHSR Podcast July 7 2014

The NBA’s “Killer” Myth Is Only Killing Basketball

Some players have it, other players don’t. Some believe it can be acquired from years of heartbreak and suffering, but most tend to believe you’re just born with it. Or not. If you’re a fan of any professional sport — or a coach, executive or owner for that matter — you’d want all of your players to have that “killer

What Have You Done For Me Lately? Why 2014 Has Been A Massive Disappointment In Hip-Hop

Kanye West, J. Cole, Drake, Eminem, Wale, Jay Z, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J, Kid Cudi and Lil Wayne— what do these rappers all have in common? Each of these heavy-hitters dropped full-length studio albums in 2013. The crazy part is, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Other young artists on

Johnny Manziel Is Still The King Of Controversy, But Race Isn’t A Factor

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Like Pac back in ’96, all eyes were on Johnny Manziel tonight as he took the field for the Cleveland Browns against the Washington Redskins in a preseason Monday Night matchup on ESPN. Forget for a moment that this game really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things; this game meant everything to Manziel and incumbent Brian Hoyer as they continued their battle for the team’s starting quarterback job.

If you didn’t see the game, don’t even bother pulling it up on your DVR. Neither played well. In fact, neither player looked better than average at any point during the evening, and that’s putting it nicely (Manziel did “throw a touchdown” to Dion Lewis on a shovel pass in traffic from eight yards out, but Dion did ALL the work).

Head coach Mike Pettine said at the start of camp he wanted to have a Week 1 starter named by the third preseason game, but the most memorable moment from the Browns preseason QB competition was Johnny Football saluting the Washington sideline. Needless to say, it’s hard to imagine Pettine pulling the trigger on a decision in the next few days. Read more

J. Cole- Be Free

The tragic shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of white policeman Darren Wilson has sparked a level of ire within much of the Black community not seen since the predictable verdict from the George Zimmerman trial came down.

For over a week now, protestors have lined the streets in the community just outside of St. Louis and have defiantly stood down mace, tear gas and, well…this. Much like the Trayvon Martin incident, Brown’s unjust homicide has created an uproar on social media, with many members of the hip-hop community voicing their outrage. “Conscious” rappers such as David Banner and Talib Kweli have been amongst the most outspoken regarding the situation in Ferguson.

J. Cole took to the booth to vent his frustrations behind yet another senseless murder of a Black male, and in this particular instance, yet another senseless murder of a young, unarmed Black male at the hands of white “law enforcement” official. This weekend Cole released “Be Free,” a musical plea to anybody willing to listen asking for the cease of this under-reported and often marginalized genocide. Cole bypasses a traditional rap structure on this record, electing to utilize his vocals to express our collective angst.

“Can you tell me why?/ Every time I step outside I see my niggas die?/ I’m letting you know/ That it ain’t no gun they make that could kill my soul/ Oh no…” Read more

Total Slaughter’s Next Move: Does Eminem Really Need To Return To Battle Rap?

Mook was in rare form at Total Slaughter— rocking the du-rag with the cape out as he bodied one of the game’s greats.

They said WHAT?!

That’s right. Coming off the first ever Total Slaughter rap battle pay-per-view extravaganza, two of the event’s bigger names have both been rumored to want to step into the ring against the event’s creator: Eminem.

For those unaware, Eminem — who one could easily argue is the GOAT emcee — has an extensive career as a battle rapper dating back to the mid 90′s. And Em battled in an era when bringing extensive writtens to the table was positively taboo.

Despite the fact he’s reached exulted status in hip-hop, Slim Shady has apparently been called out by rap battle veterans Murda Mook and Hollow Da Don.

Interestingly, Hollow and Mook walk into a potential battle against Em from two very different situations. Hollow took several shots at Mathers’ manager Paul Rosenberg, and others within his camp, as he battled Joe Budden…who is also in Em’s camp. Word is, Em didn’t appreciate the Shady slander. Read more

The Pursuit Of Happiness: LeBron James Returns To The Cleveland Cavaliers (As Told By A Clevelander)

“I’m coming home.”

“Just a kid from Akron, Ohio.”

Before those six words became infamously draped across the home page at lebronjames.com, they were paraphrased by the NBA Finals MVP during his championship coronation in Miami, Florida just last summer. Given the fact that Miami attended three consecutive Finals and won two straight championships, the likelihood of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers a mere 13 months later seemed as unlikely as a Cleveland team winning a championship. But on Friday July 11, 2014, the “kid from Akron, Ohio” made a second “Decision”, one that scorched the memory of its predecessor and turned the entire sports world on its ear.

In leaving the Miami Heat, James left behind the weather, the women (even if he’s only looking), the wealth (the Heat could offer him the most money) and the winning tradition. An outsider might look at this and assume LeBron would be crazy to pass all that up. I, on the other hand, understood his choice completely.

LeBron James and I have a fair amount in common. While social media followers and tax bracket aren’t on this list, we were born three weeks apart. We both can recite damn near any lyric from the Jay Z catalog at the drop of a hat. We both have an affinity for sports (especially basketball) and we both married our longtime high school sweethearts. But above all of that, LeBron and I are from Northeast Ohio, Summit and Cuyahoga counties respectively. We were born & raised roughly 35 miles apart, and therefore share many of the same regional values.

So when James famously took his talents elsewhere in the most callous and oblivious way possible four years and five days ago, I was as stunned and disillusioned as anyone. I couldn’t help but think how LeBron didn’t do anything on that night the way I would’ve done it. Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 7.7.14

For good?

On the fourth anniversary of “The Decision”, the Preseason Podcast of the Year dissects the events leading up to LeBron James’ departure from Cleveland as compared to this year. Is King James really coming home? Also, we breakdown Eminem’s Total Slaughter battle rap event! Featuring music from Tupac & Diddy!

HHSR Podcast July 7 2014

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Tale Of The Tape: 50 Cent- Animal Ambition

Cover art lookin like a Goosebumps book.

Fighter: 50 Cent

Trainer (Gym): 50 Cent (Caroline/Capitol)

Cut Men: Dr. Dre, Jake One, Frank Dukes, Dawaun Parker, Mark Baston, Charli Brown Beatz, Swiff D, Shamtrax, Steve Ailen, G Rocka, Medi, JustHustle, Kyle Justice, Ky Miller, Ty Fyffe, Soul Professa, Nascent, QB

Weight Class: Rap Superstar/Hood Star

Notable Fire: Hustler, Pilot, Winners Circle (Feat. Guordan Banks)

Notable Trash: Animal Ambition, Everytime I Come Around (Feat. Kidd Kidd), Irregular Heartbeat (Feat. Jadakiss & Kidd Kidd), Hold On

Tale of the Tape: It’s actual name is Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win.

Sort of an odd name for an album, especially considering its creator is one of the biggest stars and brightest businessmen the industry has ever seen. Sure, hip-hop is largely built around braggadocio, but this seems highly unnecessary, right?

Remember Vitamin Water? 50 already won a long time ago. Then again, Fif was never one to know when to leave well enough alone. Nearly five years and one record label change after his last release, 50 Cent released his fifth solo album, Animal Ambition. Read more

Sunday Oldskool Podcast: Scarface

Recently, HHSR collaborated with the Sunday Oldskool crew and recorded a podcast about southern rap legend Scarface.

The Sunday Oldskool Podcast takes a unique look various subjects within hip-hop through a Christian lens. Violence, vanity, materialism and marriage are just a small sample of the subjects that Cray Allred and Sam Bennett tackle on each episode, with an emphasis being placed on the purpose behind the lyrics of each song they profile. One of their goals is to provide context for those individuals — specifically Christians — who are critical of hip-hop, but might not possess a full understanding of the art or the culture.

On this edition, we breakdown the spiritual message behind several songs off Face Mob’s classic album The Fix.

Click here, then select the download link to listen to the Scarface podcast!

Follow Sunday Oldskool on twitter and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 6.22.14

The Preseason Podcast of the Year is coming at ya neck with all things NBA Draft! Our first Mark Draft with Mark Hicks was so dope, we had to run it back for basketball! What should each lottery team do with their pick? Mark drops that knowledge! Follow Mark on twitter @Remark1972!

HHSR Podcast June 22 2014

The NBA’s “Killer” Myth Is Only Killing Basketball

“I’ll hang you with it after I teach you the ropes…” – Drake

Some players have it, other players don’t.

Some believe it can be acquired from years of heartbreak and suffering, but most tend to believe you’re just born with it. Or not.

If you’re a fan of any professional sport — or a coach, executive or owner for that matter — you’d want all of your players to have that “killer instinct”. You know, take no prisoners, show no mercy, ready to step on an opponents throat at a moment’s notice and the like. Nobody wants a player whose heart pumps Kool-Aid. But when evaluating players, especially when leading up to the NBA Draft, general managers and scouts are forced to try to identify and quantify this specific intangible characteristic within each player and weigh it into their selection process.

How do you identify it? Well, it could be defined as one of those things that you know when you see it. Usually though, it’s uttered by one person on television, and is subsequently attached to that player until the end of time.

“Kobe Bryant is a killer!”

“Michael Jordan was a killer!!!”

These are the types of phrases you’ll commonly hear tossed around any argument between people who A) claim they know basketball and B) are living in the year 2014. Perhaps even more damming than the application of this title to a young prospect is its omission from said prospect’s scouting report. Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 6.15.14

The NBA Finals are over…now it’s time to play the blame game! How culpable is LeBron James for the Heat getting smacked? Is it fair to compare him to Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan? What’s LBJ’s next move? What’s the key to the San Antonio Spurs’ success and what can we learn from their 15-year run? You know you need to hear this! With music from Nipsey Hussle featuring J Stone!

HHSR Podcast June 15 2014