Exactly what in the hell is wrong with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?!?! Is Brady on the decline or is this actually a Belichick backstabbing? These questions are addressed on the latest podcast! Plus we debut the first ever audio Tale Of The Tape review for Common’s Nobody’s Smiling! Also, statues, napkins and Packers fans are discussed. Music
Copped the iPhone 6, did you? Well, the first thing you MUST do is go to iTunes and download the latest edition of The Preseason Podcast of the Year! Special guest Andy Roberts joins the show to discuss baseball’s pennant race and the college football landscape. Who wins the World Series? Should Clayton Kershaw win NL MVP? Was Florida St.
Never seen anything like this. Ever. Have you? The last week has been as unsavory of a week for sports fans as I can remember. Not since the OJ trial has SportsCenter felt this much like Court TV— and nobody seems to be immune to it. Fans were just starting to get the nauseating taste of the Donald Sterling story
Officially, there’s still 19 days of summer left. But Labor Day weekend just passed, so for all intents and purposes, this summer…she’s over. Where does hip-hop stand with the season having now concluded? Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from the last three months in the rap world: THE WINNERS: Jay Z Why Jay Z
Deep breath everybody. It’s done. It’s over. Finally. With Kevin Love now officially a Cleveland Cavalier, the collective NBA community can return to some sense of transactional normalcy. The last of the major chess pieces in the league has fallen into place and there’s an exceptional amount of clarity within the landscape that was much hazier six weeks ago. And
It’s long, it’s exciting and it’s as anticipated now as it’s been in several years. No, this isn’t any type of clever innuendo. We’re talking about the 2014-15 NBA Season! The champs are out West, the depth is out West, but all the intrigue is in the East, specifically in the Central Division. Why?
LeBron James is why.
And Kevin Love. And Kyrie Irving. And Derrick Rose. And Jabari Parker. And Paul George’s leg. And Andre Drummond’s social-stalker tendencies.
Sidebar: Note to Mr. Drummond: It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, if you can Google “your name + stalk” and actually get a result, you’re letting Nas down.
We’ve covered the summer for the Cleveland Cavaliers at great length at HHSR— from King James’ return to his rightful kingdom, to the Kevin Love trade and the real unsung heroes who made it all possible. Yet flying under the radar is the return of another former MVP to his hometown team. Read more
Exactly what in the hell is wrong with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?!?! Is Brady on the decline or is this actually a Belichick backstabbing? These questions are addressed on the latest podcast! Plus we debut the first ever audio Tale Of The Tape review for Common’s Nobody’s Smiling! Also, statues, napkins and Packers fans are discussed. Music features: Talib Kweli and Eric B & Rakim. HHSR Podcast September 30 2014
Hip-hop’s man of the moment, Kendrick Lamar, returned on the scene yesterday with the release of his highly anticipated song “i”, produced by Rahki.
Early thoughts: The song is much less aggressive than what we’ve come to expect from King Kendrick. The song samples the ’70s soul smash “That Lady”. Actually, the song doesn’t sound as much like a sample as it does a straight rip of the Isley Brothers’ 1973 hit, with some other random instruments thrown in here and there.
Nearly two years ago, Kendrick commanded the attention of all of hip-hop with his classic album good kid, m.A.A.d. city— a concept album that told the detailed story of a young man growing up in Compton in the early 2000s. K Dot’s coming of age tale left the rap world wanting more though, and having now captured its attention, rap is essentially like puddy in the kid’s hands. But what to do with all this power?
Enter “i”, which appears to be a call to action for his listeners. And that action: love thy self. Read more
Copped the iPhone 6, did you? Well, the first thing you MUST do is go to iTunes and download the latest edition of The Preseason Podcast of the Year! Special guest Andy Roberts joins the show to discuss baseball’s pennant race and the college football landscape. Who wins the World Series? Should Clayton Kershaw win NL MVP? Was Florida St. justified in suspending Jameis Winston a full game? Plus, who’s the one emcee to watch in 2014′s BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers? Music from A$AP Rocky & Jay Hova!
Many rap fans hold the date of March 9th in high regard, and rightfully so. Though few seem to remember September 13th as the anniversary of the day we lost a musical and cultural icon. Maybe it’s because Tupac Shakur was gunned down on September 7th and died six days later. It could be because to this day, some people still believe Pac is alive. Regardless, September 13th is the day— 18 years ago today to be exact.
Hard to believe that there are college freshman who weren’t even born when Pac was ruling the rap scene, flipping off cameras, shaking up the establishment…you know, being Pac. Though much of his behavior was sophomoric in those days, he was always a man of great substance and gave a host of poignant interviews during his brief period of fame. And though he lost his life at the extremely young age of 25, Tupac is still remembered as one of the top 5 rappers in the eyes of most all these years later. Read more
Never seen anything like this. Ever. Have you?
The last week has been as unsavory of a week for sports fans as I can remember. Not since the OJ trial has SportsCenter felt this much like Court TV— and nobody seems to be immune to it.
Fans were just starting to get the nauseating taste of the Donald Sterling story out of their mouths before Ray Rice came back to dominate the news cycle. The incredibly disturbing video of him swinging on his then fiancée (twice), dropping her to the floor of an elevator and causing her to hit her head on the railing sent all media — social and traditional — reeling.
As horrific of an event as this was for the NFL (and of course Janay Palmer and the Rice family, but we’ll stick to sports for the purposes of this piece, as much as we can anyway) the fallout was even more crippling. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s management of the Rice incident has revealed a startling and sobering truth: either Goodell has lied repeatedly about his (mis)handling of Ray Rice and his knowledge of the story prior to leveling his haphazard punishment, or there’s an appalling epidemic of incompetence going on in the NFL offices.
If you’ve heard The Preseason Podcast of the Year recently, then you’ve already heard our AFC playoff predictions two weeks ago and our NFC picks last week. But in case you didn’t, allow us to extend an olive branch. We’ll give you a mulligan (just this once) and present to you, in written form, our preseason AFC & NFC picks!
AFC East Champion
New England Patriots- They win at least 10 every year. Who in this division could possibly be better?
AFC North Champion
Pittsburgh Steelers- Tough one to call, but Cincy’s playoff failures catches up to them mentally and Pittsburgh stays healthy for a change. Read more
The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will take place September 20th, but will not air until October 14th. The nominees were unveiled early this week— here’s a few quick thoughts on the noms, and the award show in general:
1) Location, Location, Location
For the 9 millionth time in a row, the show is in Atlanta. What does it say about the rest of the country’s status within hip-hop — specifically New York — when arguably the most noteworthy award show within the genre is only held in Atlanta? No other city on the east coast could host this show? BET is headquartered in Washington D.C., and Chocolate City gets no love? What that mean?
2) Years In The Game
This is actually the ninth edition of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Clearly, this is a good look for hip-hop and for BET that the show has remained this successful for this many years, without any major incidents.
3) Drake Dominates
Drake is the leader in the clubhouse with eight total nominations, including all the major categories (Lyricist of the Year, Album of the Year, MVP of the Year and the People’s Champ Award). If he can manage to sweep these categories, it will go a long way towards solidifying Drizzy’s claim as the top rapper on the planet right now. Read more
Officially, there’s still 19 days of summer left. But Labor Day weekend just passed, so for all intents and purposes, this summer…she’s over. Where does hip-hop stand with the season having now concluded? Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from the last three months in the rap world:
Why Jay Z you ask? First off, Jay always wins. Period. If you haven’t learned that by now, there isn’t much hope for you as a rap fan. While rumors of an alleged split between he and his Queen Bey have ruled the internet the last several weeks, Jay still managed to keep his union together long enough to rake in a cool $100 million on the Carter family’s “On The Run Tour”. While its cost of overhead is unknown, the tour, which concludes September 13th in Paris, is set to be second all-time in gross sales per show, according to Forbes.com.
If that weren’t enough, Hov’s appearance with Blue Ivy and Beyoncé on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards last week was a huge public relations win and should help keep the twitter trolls in check and his Q rating in a comfortable place. To take it a step further, a separation between hip-hop’s first couple (regardless of the reasoning) would result in “The Beyhive” turning on Mr. Carter and laying waste in ways never before seen. And if there’s one thing YOU DO NOT DO, it’s piss off “The Beyhive”!
What better place to get all the info you need this preseason to prepare yourself for the 2014 NFL season than The Preseason Podcast of the Year? You’ve heard the AFC breakdown, now check our preview & predictions for the NFC, as Anthony Hueston joins the show.
Also, who do we have going to and winning Super Bowl XLIX? And which NFC QB gets ethered? Click below to find out! Musical interlude from The Lox!