TAG: Nas

NBA / Nov 27, 2014 / 5:49 pm

Father & All-Star, Elton Brand, Has Seen It All During His 15-Year Career

Elton Brand

It’s impossible not to picture the regal bearing of Elton Brand every time he drops another gem of knowledge on us. Whether it’s about the game, or about life in general, there aren’t many people — let alone professional athletes — who can offer up such poignant moments from their lives. During our conversation with the power forward last month, before he embarked on his 16th season in the NBA, we got a first-hand account of a career that’s spanned decades. He’s seen and done most everything, and entering possibly his final season, the man teammates simply call “OG” is finally taking some time to appreciate how unique an opportunity this whole NBA thing has been. Just don’t embarrass him by asking about his time slinging rhymes. Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 1, 2013 / 4:15 pm

The Ultimate 15-Track Basketball Warm-Up Playlist


There aren’t many things more powerful than LeBron James going full speed to the rack on a fast break, but music is one of them. Music plays an integral part in a player’s mindset before he steps onto the hardwood. Look into an NBA locker room before a game; all you will see is a bunch of Dre Beats with music blaring in them. Read More »

NBA / Oct 25, 2013 / 12:45 pm

10 Hip-Hop Songs To Match 10 NBA Players

Dwyane Wade

The basketball culture expands further than the court, the players and their appearance. Music and basketball have also had their influence on each other through the years. As I scrounged the NBA this year, studying players and their style of play, I also happened to be listening to music. It’s simple, an easy comparison. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Oct 24, 2013 / 4:30 pm

15 NBA Players Who Remind Us Of Rappers


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 »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 13, 2012 / 1:45 pm

The 12 Days Of Christmas: Dime’s Holiday Gift Guide – Nas “Illmatic” Gold Edition Limited Box Set

Nas - Illmatic

Okay, so maybe the timing isn’t perfect, but in light of the holiday season, we’ll be putting together an online gift guide for all of you last minute shoppers. Think clothes, gear, sneakers, music, video games and basketball products… basically everything us at Dime are really feeling at the moment. Today is the first submission in Dime’s 12 Days Of Christmas… Read More »

Video / Oct 3, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Video: Nas’ “Cherry Wine” Featuring Amy Winehouse

Nas "Cherry Wine"

The latest single off Nas‘ “Life Is Good” sounded like a smoky, backroom duet just by audio alone off his 2012 album. After the first time I’d heard the track, I listened three more times for good measure. The video for “Cherry Wine,” which debuted Tuesday on VEVO, alludes to that imagery with the flickering shots of the late Amy Winehouse on a bar’s wall. Read More »

Video / Sep 14, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Happy Birthday Nas! The Legend’s 39 Best Songs On His 39th Birthday

Raekwon + Nas

I saw Nas perform at Rock the Bells two weeks ago in New Jersey. I was bemused by his legendary stage presence. I wondered how such a calm dude could just transform into such a live and energetic mic controller. That’s what he exhibited – an MC.

A thunderous applause was given after each song he performed. I looked at the stage and watched him. I thought to myself, “Damn. This man is good.” I knew Nas was special, but that night changed my entire perspective on Esco.

Today marks his 39th birthday, in which he spent over 20 years delivering momentous verses and visual masterpieces through his videos and music. To honor Nasir Jones, here’s 39 of his best songs to celebrate his 39th birthday.
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Video / Aug 31, 2012 / 10:00 am

Nas “Bye Baby” Official Video


We brought you the official unveiling for “The Birthday Song” yesterday more because it was such a ridiculous video. “Bye Baby” was also released yesterday afternoon, and while it isn’t one of the best videos we’ve ever seen, at least it’s a good song. Nas is getting a lot of love for his latest album, and this is one of the better joints on there. Read More »

Smack / Aug 13, 2012 / 10:45 pm

Michael Jordan Advises Chicago, Derrick Rose; Andrew Bynum To Have Experimental Knee Surgery

Derrick Rose

Nearly 30 years ago, Michael Jordan came back too soon from the only major injury of his career, and even today, Bulls’ chairman Jerry Reinsdorf counts his fortunes every night before he goes to sleep. Okay, he probably doesn’t do that. The man has buckets of money. He sleeps fine at night. But he still says the team listened too much to Michael about his body, and ended up taking a risk by bringing him back before the doctors said he was ready. Jordan had missed 64 games with a broken left foot before coming back to finish the season. The ruthless assassin in him told everyone he was indestructible, and could play even when a few doctors weren’t so sure. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 12, 2012 / 1:45 pm

A 10-Song Playlist To Cheer Up Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

I can see Lamar Odom right now: face down, his head in the pillows, with rain drops sliding down his window, slow jams playing from his iPod dock, and his old Dallas gear wrinkled up in the corner. When you’re as talented as Odom and you end up basically being banished from basketball, something is wrong. Over the lockout this summer, he struggled with the murder of his 24-year-old cousin, and just days later was also a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a motorcycle, killing a teen pedestrian. Death and tragedy have followed Odom wherever he’s gone, like a dark curse that’ll never stop blocking the sun. Read More »