Many hardcore Lupe Fiasco fans have been yearning for awhile now a collaboration with fellow flame-spitting emcee Ab-Soul of Hip-Hop’s at the moment top crew/label, TDE. While yesterday they finally got their wish as last night the Chicago and FNF emcee let loose his very uptempo new banger with Soulo, Thorns & Horns, which finds the two like-mind emcees flowing toe to toe with a straight all-out massacre and display of mic prowess of each emcee trying to out rap the other with such masterful lyrical wordplay it would take a web of lyrics to untangle what genius bars both emcees spit on the Floss & Fame-produced track. The crazy thing about it too is this is just a loosie that Lupe had that isn’t even a part of any upcoming bigger project at the moment. Though with as much chemistry as they have together and the topics they both usually rhyme about that are so similar and how dope this record turned out I wouldn’t mind seeing this lead to a full collaboration project between these two great emcees. Also be sure to check out for more info on Lupe’s highly anticipated next solo album, Tetsuo & Youth, which is set for release later this year.
Mississippi heavyweight and Def Jam artist Big K.R.I.T. gets the week started right by adding to everyone’s agenda this week to lookout for new tracks for him every day with his #WeekofKRIT. The first entry, the appropriately titled, New Agenda, is a bold collobaration with fellow Def Jam signee Rick Ross to coincide with the release of Ross latest album, Mastermind tomorrow. As over the undeniably smooth self-produced sample-laced banger K.R.I.T. with the nice bounce flow tells of his plans to keep grippin’ grain and slammin’ Cadillac doors in style while still watching strippers work the pole like the Southern playa pimp he’s. Ross even adds in a surprisingly nice luxurious guest verse before the climatic beat-switched outro that K.R.I.T. finishes in style. Besides the rest of his Week of K.R.I.T. lookout for more info to come soon too on K.R.I.T.’s highly anticipated sophmore album, Cadillactica.
Singer/songwriter and fellow Chicago native Kaye Fox is joined by the homie and another fellow Chicago native, YP for her very smooth amazing new lead single, Used To Love You. As over the piano and very live raw instrumentation of the self production from Kaye that she co-produced with her production team Emmaculate and Shebazz Curtis she tells the raw emotional story of a great love she used to have with YP giving the fellas side of the same situation. Off Ms. Fox upcoming long awaited and highly anticipated debut EP, Here I Am, which is set for release next month.
Los Angeles native, granddaughter of the late great Ray Charles and beautiful upcoming Westcoast R&B singer/songwriter BR shows that she just isn’t another pretty face to look at and that talent runs in the family as she recently dropped the amazing new video to her just as beautiful and amazing looking as her new song, Save Me. With looks and a voice as heavenly and amazing as hers that’s really showcased here and takes you back to that classic 90s R&B/Soul sound that really hits your soul, who wouldn’t want to be saved the way Blair describes how music saved her on this very melodic and amazing record that will have you hymning and singing along to the song for days and probably years to come?
Thunder Sign Veteran Forward Caron Butler To Add Scoring and Leadership Off Bench!
Looking to add another scorer and veteran presence off their bench to help them compete for an NBA title the Oklahoma City Thunder announced within the last couple of hours they have signed veteran forward Caron Butler after he cleared waivers, which he was on after agreeing to a buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks just a couple of days ago.
Butler isn’t quite the same player he was to begin his career or even when he made his lone two All-Stars in 2007 and 2008, but he’s still a great addition for the Thunder, who averaged a pretty solid 11 points and 4.6 rebounds on a respectable 38.7 percent from the field for the Bucks in 36 games. I’m sure once he plays with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook his field goal percentage can go back up to more around his career average of 43.6 too.
The 33-year-old veteran also gives the team a proven great playoff performer, who has averages of 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.45 steals in 47 career postseason games and someone who has won an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 (though he didn’t play and was out with an injury). Perhaps that’s a reason why Butler even shunned the team that drafted him number 10 overall in 2002 and choose to try helping Kevin Durant win his first title rather than helping LeBron James win a third.
Whatever the reason Butler is a real solid addition cause of not only his stats, but the toughness, hard-nosed defense, resiliency and great leadership he’s sure to bring to help mentor the younger players on the team in trying to help the 44-15 and first place in the Western Conference, Thunder not only their second NBA Finals berth in four years, but their first title in Oklahoma City.
Before tonight’s Los Angeles Clippers game versus the New Orleans Pelicans newly signed veteran forward Danny Granger addressed the media for the first time and discussed everything from what made him want to sign with the team, what it would be like to play for Doc Rivers and how by playing with All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin would help make him and the team better to reach their ultimate goal of winning a championship.
With his new digital album, Playboy set to drop in exactly a week West Coast veteran Clyde Carson is joined by fellow West Coast veteran and his former BWS boss, The Game for a bonus cut that didn’t make the album in Tell That B*tch Drive. The title of the track is very misleading though, as over the very addictive, slow, crawling and somewhat haunting beat the two emcees give slow crawled down flows with very great storytelling verses that make for a very amazing record and make you question why it didn’t make the album.
With Drunk In Love still climbing the charts and the official video for that and X.O. already released to the net through Vevo, as her first singles from her latest self-titled visual album, Beyoncé decides to go through Vevo again today to premiere the web version of the sizzling video for her next single from the album, Partition. The sizzling and somewhat raunchy video in which she puts on a show for her husband, Jay Z, was somewhat inspired from her trip with Jay to the legendary Crazy Horse Parisian cabaret on the day they got engaged and parts of the video where even filmed there. The seductive record has already become very popular around the net with a few remixes already being done and the visuals really fit the song quite perfectly.
Pacers Acquire Forward Evan Turner In Blockbuster NBA Trade Deadline Deal With 76ers For Veteran Danny Granger!
Going into the season the Indiana Pacers where one of just a few teams people thought would have any chance of dethroning the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. So it should come as no surprise that literally before the end of yesterday’s NBA Trading Deadline, the Pacers, who went into action with the best record (41-13) in the Eastern Conference and two games ahead of the champs in the chase for home-court advantage put all their chips in by making the lone blockbuster deal of the deadline with the acquisition of forward Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers.
In acquiring Turner with fellow young forward Lavoy Allen in exchange for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round draft pick the Pacers added their third former Sixer within the month to try adding more scoring punch off the bench for their expected showdown with the defending champs in the playoffs. They added veteran center Andrew Bynum, whom they signed on Febuary 1st to be a solid backup to spell All-Star center Roy Hibbert.
The move shows how much the Pacers are willing to risk this year to try bringing the franchise it’s first NBA title and how much has changed with not only the team, but Granger. As by trading the one-time All-Star and the 2008-2009’s leagues Most Improved Player, who was once the face of the franchise and a fan favorite it shows how much the team is committed to winning. With Granger going from the core of the franchise and that 2009 All-Star appearance that has career averages of 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2 assists to a mere 8.3 points and little used bench player since coming back from a strained left calf in mid-December, while his injury replacement that stepped into the starting lineup for him just a few years ago, Paul George has become a bonafide superstar and the new face of the franchise.
The move is a very interesting one for Turner too, who grew up in the Chicago area and was a fan of the Pacers bitter rival Chicago Bulls growing up. Now the former 76er, who was the teams leading scorer at 17.4 points per game, rebounder (6 per) and assists man (3.7 per) before being traded becomes a possible key young core piece off the bench of the Pacers in the final year of his rookie contract to try and help bring the franchise it’s first title.
In a brief news conference earlier today at the Cincinnati Reds spring training facility in Goodyear, AZ pitcher Homer Bailey and general manager Walt Jocketty discuss Bailey’s new six-year, $105 million deal in which the veteran right-hander is expected to be a key piece of the rotation for the organization. As it tries staying a playoff team like it has the past few seasons and get back to the prominence it once was of a great baseball team that competes for championships year in and year out. Bailey being a key part of the great core young rotation the team is built around to do so and why this signing of a new deal was so important to the team to be done before the new season started.
A graduate of Columbia College with a BA in Sports Journalism/Sports Marketing Nello Rubio is an aspiring sports journalist who freelance writes for SLAMonline and the Forest Park Post. Nello is very passionate about sports and has been since he was real young. As most young boys did growing up he started off in the traditional little league baseball, then karate, recreational basketball and flag football. He even ran cross country and track for 3 years of high school. Nello also has had a passion for music in particular Hip-Hop since he was about 12-13 years old. This site of his is aimed as everybody's one stop spot for all his thoughts on Sports & Hip-Hop. Thus the name Sports Hop. So look for Nello's views on different sports topics as well as new Hip-Hop music be it new songs, videos or whatever as well as interviews.