I once asked Steve Nash if anyone in the NBA didn’t listen to rap. His answer surprised me, saying there are actually quite a few, more than you’d think, who have differing tastes. With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner, check out what 16 NBA players currently have playing in their headphones as they gear up for the most important part of the year. Read More »
George Karl (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)
He was last season’s Coach of the Year, but George Karl didn’t get much of a chance to revel in his win as he was let go by the Nuggets in the offseason. Like many waylaid former coaches, Karl joined ESPN as an analyst, and yesterday he shared his three favorite rappers as part of an ESPN segment about DeMarcus Cousins‘ premature April Fools Day joke. The results, speak for themselves. Read More »
Drake (photo. Jordan Brand)
If there’s any genre of music that relates directly to the sport of basketball, it’s hip-hop. Like hip-hop, basketball is predominantly ruled by African-Americans, its legends often come from having nothing before eventually reaching superstardom, and it’s most popular in the inner cities of America. And just like rappers, there are great NBA players, bad ones, overrated ones, underrated ones, controversial ones, and plenty of others. Read More »
If you’re like us at Dime, our lives center around hoops and music. Both of those passions, however, draw their (literally) most powerful imagery from something else entirely: a prize fight. World champ boxer Manny Pacquiao knows something about that and is honored with this new incredible mashup tee from UNDRCRWN. Read More »
Thomas Robinson (photo. Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics)
With the NBA Draft Lottery taking place, everyone has a better idea where likely draftees will land come June 28, 2012. Here at Dime, we’ve already begun our full-fledge draft coverage. Catch up on player profiles like Harrison Barnes, the weekly diary of Dion Waiters, and our latest mock draft. All of these features provide a glimpse into what to expect from the incoming influx of ballers. Yet, the perpetual interrelationship between hip-hop and hoopin’ can’t be overlooked. Read More »
/ Apr 16, 2012 / 1:00 pm
After all the rumors, speculation and Makaveli theories, Tupac Shakur is back… in hologram form. The late rapper was a part of a massive performance to headline the first weekend at Coachella, which included Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Eminem. Of course, they were all still in the flesh. However, ‘Pac’s performance proves he can still move a crowd. This video is not safe for work. Read More »
Considering Matt Barnes is born and raised West Coast to the bone, it didn’t surprise me at all when he name-dropped three 2Pac tracks when NPR Music asked him recently what songs were absolutes must-haves in his pregame rotation. But what did surprise me were the songs he picked. The first one he mentioned – “Secretz of War” – wouldn’t ever make my list. But Barnes loves it, and says he listens to it while he’s getting treatment, stretching, basically anything before a game, because it’s all about overcoming adversity. Read More »
/ Apr 30, 2010 / 12:00 pm
Is 2Pac overrated?
Before the Hip-Hop Police break into my condo and take my West Coast pass, let me say clarify that I’m only asking this question in the “devil’s advocate” tradition.
During the LL Cool J argument the other day, naturally a lot of people named 2Pac as their G.O.A.T. pick, or at least had him in their top three. Read More »