Go into any locker room in the NBA… actually, go into any locker room in the country and you’ll hear some Meek Mill. Some Jigga. Some Drake. Music and basketball. The NBA and hip-hop. It all goes together. Read More »
A wise man once said “I swear sports and music are so synonymous ‘cause we want to be them, and they want to be us.” There is a lot of truth in that quote, especially considering the influence the game basketball has had on the lyrics of our favorite hip hop artists. Emcees since the beginning of time have been referencing the NBA in their music. From Kurtis Blow to Jay-Z, the game of basketball and the rap game are inextricably linked. Read More »
Toronto’s season starts tonight at home against the Boston Celtics, where they’ll look to build on a 34-48 season last year that ended on a high note (five straight wins). The Raptors have talent — Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson — and now, perhaps more importantly, they have direction. Read More »
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a Toronto Raptors team with a new GM and a starting five that’s a lot more talented than people realize. Read More »
The Washington Wizards haven’t had expectations this heavy since the Gilbert Arenas era. After five straight years without a postseason appearance and playing sub-.400 basketball, the Wizards enter the 2013-14 season with one thing on their mind: playoffs. Read More »
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 »
Yeah, we make fun of Drake from time to time. But his new album Nothing Was The Same is still pretty damn good. It released (officially) earlier this week and Toronto’s Amir Johnson hit the local mall to buy every… single… album. Yep, the Raptor forward spent close to $1,000 to support the Toronto rapper’s latest release before handing them out to loyal fans. That’s pretty awesome, even if some of these people (like those middle-aged cops) probably listened to NWTS once before disposing of it. Hopefully Drake returns the favor with some free Raptors tickets for the fans this season. Read More »
Drake‘s new album Nothing Was The Same officially dropped yesterday (though it obviously leaked earlier). His new music video for the single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” pushes the boundaries of tacky, even for the former Degrassi star. Here are five ridiculous moments from the Scarface inspired video that really annoyed us. Read More »
We’re not going to pretend to know the first thing about America’s love for Drake. His adolescent rhymes might have a lot of fans among the 2013 NBA rookie draft class, but we’re not so big on them. Regardless of his music, the man can shoot the rock pretty well as he proved in an Instagram video from earlier today. Read More »
We had a chance to speak with some of the newest players in the NBA last week during the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot as part of the four-day Rookie Transition Program that wrapped last Friday. While we enjoyed some of the high-jinks during the all-day affair, we also had to talk over a thrumming bass line as hip hop blared in the background for most of the day.
The loud setting plus the incredible lyrical moment from Kendrick Lamar during the debut of the Big Sean track, “Control” last night — featuring a K. Dot verse where he goes after most of his peers in the rap game — synthesized around our rookie mix. Read More »