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July 23, 2014

Still riding off the success of his sophomore album, G I R L, which dropped earlier this year and it’s latest hit single “Come Get It Bae,” which was released all the way back in May, Pharrell finally drops the official video for the Miley Cyrus featured record. As he declares that, “Beauty has no expiration date” and shows the diversity of all the different races and ethnicities with all the different women he has in the very fun Luis Cerveró directed visuals for the funk inspired song.

July 21, 2014

Chicago Bulls Re-Sign Veteran Guard Kirk Hinrich!

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     The Chicago Bulls went into this offseason looking to land one of the big free agents that where available on the market and another superstar to compliment Derrick Rose.  As the team tries to build together all the final pieces they felt they where missing to compete for an NBA championship with Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks name coming up the most.

     And while the Bulls where not able to land Anthony despite what was said to be a strong pitch from the team, they where able to add depth up front with the signings of veteran center/power forward Pau Gasol and power forward Nikola Mirotic, who came over from Real Madrid.

     Something the Bulls didn’t want to change though despite all the changes they made was bringing back veteran guard Kirk Hinrich, who has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the team and been a real key leader on the team throughout the majority of his career.  

     Which is why the team announced today his re-signing with the Bulls and general manager Gar Forman putting Hinrich’s contribution to the team best with this statement he released about the signing.

     ”Kirk has always been a big part of creating the professional culture we want day in, day out surrounding our club.  He helps our team in so many ways and Kirk had other opportunities elsewhere, but we are very happy he chose to remain in a Bulls uniform.”

     Hinrich’s signing was a real key piece for the team too because he’s not only a reliable veteran who knows coach Tom Thibodeau’s demanding defensive system and can defend some of the best players in the league, but he can also fill in capably when starters go down.  With Rose hopefully finally being healthy this year though, Hinrich can be a real key anchor that runs the second unit well and even play at times with Rose on the floor and take Rose off the ball with Hinrich running plays.

     A real great signing by the Bulls though that gives the team a lot of that much needed depth they where missing and brings them that much closer to capturing their first Eastern Conference crown since the MJ/Pippen era in the 90’s and the team their first real possible shot at a title since than if they can stay healthy and perform to their capabilities.  It will definitely help make for what’s sure to be a real anticipated and sure to be exciting season for the team.

July 21, 2014

Cormega - Mega Philosophy album cover

     With his new album Mega Philosophy dropping tomorrow that’s produced entirely by the legendary Large Professor, Queens emcee Cormega teams up with fellow The Firm alum AZ, as well as fellow Eastcoast vets Redman and Styles P for one of the more anticipated tracks from the album with M.A.R.S. (Dream Team).  As all four emcees bring that usual great street poetry speaking on real issues we come to expect from them all over the great boom-bap production from Large Pro behind the boards and is any true street rap fan’s wet dream with such an incredible line-up that brings such a dope and sick track together. 

(Source: Spotify)

July 21, 2014

Get More: B.o.B, So What feat. Mila J, Music, More Music Videos

With his recent mix tape, No Genre 2 out now on the inter webs and the streets ATL and Grand Hustle’s own B.o.B shows he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon as he hits us with another new set of videos from said mixtape.  Here is one of those 3 videos he dropped yesterday, which is a personal favorite of mine from the mixtape and features the very lovely Mila J.  As with a few scantly-clad women, director Isaac Klotz captures what a private mansion party affair would be like from B.o.B., Mila and company.  Mila isn’t the only Los Angeles native in the visuals too, as Watts, California emcee Glasses Malone makes several appearances throughout the video.  PS - If you haven’t yet go check out my recent dual interview with Mila for both TheHipHopDemocrat and here for SportsHop.

July 18, 2014

Jhené Aiko - The Pressure single cover

    With an already big 2014 that just seems to keep getting bigger and better by the month, from her appearing on Saturday Night Live with Drake at the beginning of the year to her still riding the success of her Sail Out EP from last fall and the huge Billboard charts success of it’s third single, The Worst, to her recent announcement of her long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, Souled Out dropping on August 25th it has been a huge year for ARTium Records/Def Jam artist Jhené Aiko.  So it should be no surprise that Aiko yesterday decided to capitalize off said announcement by dropping her latest single from the album with the really soulful and smooth The Fisticuffs-produced The Pressure.  Another breath of fresh air song that really shows off Jhené’s smooth signature tone and sensual vocals with a nice melody we have grown accustomed to from her, the record has the L.A. songstress speaking of the pressure’s of trying to keep a relationship over the airy, smooth guitar riffs and ambient synths, as well as nice ambient percussion of the great smooth production we have come to expect with her and frequent collaborator, The Fistcuffs.  The record really shows too that despite it getting closer and closer to the release of her album Souled Out, Ms. Aiko definitely doesn’t feel any pressure and will continue to have a huge breakout year in 2014.  A year in which many will remember it as breakout year for the very talented Los Angeles native for years to come.

July 14, 2014   11 notes   

Brandy - Magic promo cover

    Not many artists can cover another great artist original song and make it better, but Brandy is not just any other artist and is a legend, whose voice with how amazing, great and soulful it is, has inspired many others.  So it should come as no surprise that the self-proclaimed, The Vocal Bible, whose voice many think is magic brings a very lovely and amazing cover of Coldplay’s recent hit single, ironically called Magic.  Off the group’s latest album, Ghost Stories, some may even argue it’s better than the original.  Definitely a great holdover for fans though, who have missed the amazing singer’s voice and it really should come as no surprise she released this cover with the numerous times Brandy has hinted at a new album possibly coming this summer or sometime soon.

July 13, 2014

After weighing his options for quite awhile and even flirting with the idea of joining forces with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls for a possible ready to win NBA championship contender, New York Knicks forward and seven-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony decided to return to stay in the Big Apple today on a reported five-year, $122 million contract. Thus taking the top two NBA free-agents off the market and keeping Anthony as the cornerstone for a rebuilding Knicks team, which current president and longstanding winner Phil Jackson looks to build into a championship contending team with Anthony being one of it’s biggest pieces.

July 12, 2014

LeBron James Return To Hometown Cavaliers Shakes Parameters of NBA, Eastern Conference!

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     In this day and age of free agency never has one player shook up the parameters of one professional sports league so much as LeBron James did four years ago in the NBA when he decided to leave his hometown of Cleveland and the Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami with the goal of winning multiple championships for the Heat.  

     With James, “The Decision” special to make his announcement of joining forces with Wade and Bosh in Miami, as well as the welcome party for the newly formed Big Three at American Airlines Arena that took on a rock concert like atmosphere where the then two-time NBA MVP made his infamous declaration of winning, “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven championships,” Bron and Miami quickly become the most hated team in all of sports.

     The move also quickly set Cavs fans literally ablaze as they recorded themselves burning jerseys of their once prodigal son and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert published an open letter to fans in which he aggressively denounced James actions literally moments after he learned of LeBron’s decision not to return to Cleveland. 

     Now four years later after winning two straight titles and going to four straight NBA Finals with Miami, James decided to opt out of his current contract and once again shake up the parameters of the NBA and sports world by becoming a free agent.  Thus putting the basketball and sports world at his collective heels again while waiting for him to make a decision on where he would go.

     In a move much more mature than his decision from four years ago, James quietly with the help of Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins penned an elegant essay about his decision to return to his hometown Cavaliers and thus ending Miami’s four-year run as the head of the Eastern Conference.

     By returning to Cleveland, the Cavaliers return their prodigal son only four years after he dodged them for greener pastures in Miami and all the shock waves he put a lot of them through with the burning of his jersey and the open letter Cavs owner Gilbert had put on the team’s website.

     Ever the shred businessman, Gilbert recently removed the letter from the team’s website and had a face-to-face sit-down with James that was said to be a very big aid in helping orchestrate The King’s return to his hometown team.

     By going to a talented but young and unproven team, James move back to the Cavaliers instantly puts them as a top two to three team in the East and could start a rivalry between the Chicago Bulls and James Cavs after ironically James Heat and the Bulls went through a rivalry that never really got renewed to much cause of former NBA MVP Derrick Rose’s constant injuries.

     Now Miami moves down to near the middle of the pack and James move back to his hometown despite how tough it will be puts the Cavaliers as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and makes for a much different East that will have a lot of parity for the first time in awhile.  Thus making myself, many other fellow NBA fans and sports writers excited to cover and follow the new NBA season when it gets underway in a couple of months.

 

July 5, 2014   2 notes   

Yesterday on the 4th of July, the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs completed the first blockbuster trade of the 2014 MLB season with the A’s acquiring former Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija along with pitcher Jason Hammel for Athletics prospects Addison Russell and Bill McKinney, as well as pitcher Dan Straily.  This is a move by A’s general manager Billy Bean to solidify a rotation for a team that currently has the best record in all of Major League Baseball with a 53-33 and to show that he’s trying to win a championship this year after two straight divisional round exits at the hand of the Detroit Tigers.

June 29, 2014
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