After announcing their upcoming Glasshouse Tour yesterday and staying quiet most of this year following the release of their last album Welcome to: OUR HOUSE last year, Slaughterhouse returns with a new Cardiak and Just Blaze-produced crazy banger, Party. Over the heavy guitar riffs and strings Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden drop some real nice gems of quotable bars we can always expect from them and the House Gang shows they still don’t give a F*^* with Royce dropping the most memorable of the four with lines like, “F*^* you nerds doing everything cause Jay-Z than said. F*^* you and your new urge to be a fake sneakerhead. F*^* you and your ballgame floor seats if you just stay with a broad, neither one of y’all sportkey. Prolly thought Lebron was a cornerback. Heat game, wearing Grape 5’s and a Hornets hat.” There’s no word on whether this will be on Slaughterhouse’s upcoming as yet untitled third album, which is expected to drop next year and is also executive produced by Just. With as dope as this track is I’m hoping it’s though and that we hear a lot more raw and uncut tracks like this on the new album.
Terrace Martin get’s in the holiday spirit with his fellow California native and longtime collaborator Snoop Dogg, as well as J. Black for his very smooth and groovy feel-good new DJ Quik-produced holiday song, Christmas on Soul. With Christmas a week away the very smooth and jamming record, which also has a nice touch of jazz on it is one that will be sure to keep you in the holiday spirit all week and make you get up on your feet to dance and groove to a good time.
After the recent success of their No. 1 Adult R&B lead single, Hurt You, longtime friends and collaborators Toni Braxton and Babyface return with the follow-up single, Where Did We Go Wrong? An emotional guitar driven acoustic heartbreaking ballad about a failed relationship, the record finds Babyface opening in falsetto accusing Toni of infidelity before she counters back in her signature sultry vocals accusing him of infidelity as well. Thus leaving both wondering who is really to blame for their relationship going downhill. The record is another very amazing one from the two legends, which could also top the charts as well and I’m sure will get plenty of airplay on radio. It also has my anticipation for their duet album Love, Marriage & Divorce, which was already pretty high even higher and if you’re as much a lover of old-school R&B as I’m you will love this record a lot and really be anticipating this album as much as I’m. The album which is set to release on Feb. 4th, just in time for Valentines Day is shaping up to be a really good one too.
After releasing the video to Drunk in Love as her first official single earlier today for her self-titled album, Beyoncé also gives us here second full video premiere of the day through VEVO with the playful soothing XO. The Terry Richardson-directed feel-good visuals find Bey showing her playful side as she hits up Brooklyn’s world famous Coney Island to play at the carnival, ride the roller coaster with her stylist Ty Hunter and have a blast dancing with some of her fans. Models Jessica White and Jourdan Dunn also make cameos in the playful light-hearted video for The-Dream, Ryan Tedder and Hit-Boy-produced record, which is sure to do well at radio and along with Drunk in Love setup what should be a big 2014 for Mrs. Carter.
Memphis Bleek returns to the streets with the new black-and-white visuals to his new single Never, as he shows us why he’s never quit rapping or abonded the streets and why he’s stayed down with his same crew since the beginning on his very hard hitting and fire lead single off his upcoming The Movement 2 mixtape, which drops early next year.
Chicago’s natives and fellow emcees Naledge and Parkay link up for Naledge’s latest new single, Chicago Rules The World, as they declare our hometown of Wind the best in the world over a pretty smooth, yet menacing beat full of interesting melodic elements and shaking drums on the Saint The Good Boy production. A real solid track from both emcees that really let’s them show off their skills on the mic and it doesn’t get more CHI than this. Don’t forget to lookout for this and plenty more dopeness like it from Naledge on his upcoming Brain Power 2 mixtape, which is set to drop on January 5th to get the new year started off right.
Last week Beyoncé released out of nowhere her new self-titled visual album with 17 new videos, but she decided to officially release her JAY Z assisted Drunk In Love as one of the lead singles in the VEVO premiere today. The steamy and intoxicating Hype Williams black-and-white directed video finds Bey hitting the beach and rocking JAY’s Roc-A-Fella chain while JAY sips some D’Usse and the power couple just having a good fun time that happy married couples should have to show how madly in love they’re.
Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge Led Trail Blazers Biggest Surprise At Quarter Mark of 2013-2014 NBA Season!
We have reached the quarter mark of the current 2013-2014 NBA season and there has been plenty of surprises so far this season from the good to the bad and the ugly. Whether it be due to injuries (Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls), inconsistent play or anything else in between we have seen many teams we thought would be playoff contenders such as both New York teams not even in their races right now or in the Bulls case just barely in the race for the last playoff spot. The Eastern Conference as a whole is just a whole other story about how horrible it has been after looking so promising for the first time in years.
If you would’ve told anybody at the beginning of the season that there was only going to be two teams in the East above .500 at the quarter century mark of the season and that the Boston Celtics despite no Rajon Rondo to begin the season due to injury and without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett due to being traded to their rival Brooklyn Nets would be leading the Atlantic division with a measly 11-14 record they probably would’ve looked at you like you where crazy. Just like they would’ve given you those same type of looks if you told them that both the Nets and New York Knicks where not only at the bottom of that same division, but had the seventh and third to last records in the whole league respectively. The rest of the East is just as bad with the Bulls lose of team leader Rose to a season-ending injury yet again having them currently at the seventh seed with a 9-12 mark and if they don’t get their act together soon looking like they maybe in for a long season that has them fighting to just capture one of the last two playoff spots. This for a team that looked like it was a possible title contender with a healthy Rose just a month and a half ago and had such high hopes to compete. Now due to injuries to other key starters and bench players throughout the first couple of months such as Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich that has kept them from having a full healthy roster at any point all year, the Bulls look like the injury problems they have had the past few years have finally come to haunt them in the regular season and playing inconsistent due to chemistry issues from everyone not all playing together at once. You know it’s bad for the Bulls when even the Charlotte Bobcats, who are owned by their greatest player and the greatest in league history, as well as arguably the greatest player ever in sports, Michael Jordan has his Bobcats currently with a better record than the Bulls.
Going west what has been the biggest surprise to start the year with how well they have started is the Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland Trail Blazers leading not only their division, the Northwest by a half game over the Oklahoma City Thunder, but having the best record in all of the Western Conference and the second best record in the whole league. The Blazers aren’t the only surprise in the west to start the season to with the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns both equally impressive quick 13-9 starts having them holding forge at the sixth and seventh spots in the conference. The fact that they are both a game ahead of the Golden State Warriors right now is sort of impressive, though not as impressive as it looks in hindsight since we all know the Warriors will eventually overtake both teams by the end of the season and be among the top five seeds in the conference. The Los Angeles Lakers being only three games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference despite the absence of Kobe Bryant all year thus far has been pretty impressive, as well as the Memphis Grizzlies despite the untimely injury of big man Marc Gasol, which will keep him out an extended period of time hanging pretty tough to stay in contention with an identical 10-12 record like the Lakers currently have.
Overall the Western Conference looks as stacked as it’s ever been to start this new season with the top 10 teams all being above .500 and only a half to four games separating each team between each on of those ten spots. It will definitely be a very competitive race in the west to see who captures all the playoff spots and what place they all finish in. The Eastern Conference on the other hand looks almost as weak as it has ever been the five through eight spots all being at least a game or more under .500, which is very unfair to the teams in the West if this trend continues throughout the whole year. There is still plenty of season left and why I doubt that will happen, though I’m sure there will be at least one or two if not more teams that probably finish under .500 to make the playoffs at the end of the year in the East while teams above .500 miss it in the West due to being in such a strong conference. It will definitely be interesting to see how the rest of this season plays out and what teams can keep pace and continue to surprise or if any of the disappointing teams can rise from the ashes to get back to where we thought they would be at the beginning of the season. We are only a quarter of the way in, which is why anything can still change and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a bunch of changes either and how it keeps us entertained throughout the rest of the season.
Songstress Marsha Ambrosius teams up with Ne-Yo to bring us the powerful and amazing new video for her very amazing latest single, Without You, off her upcoming sophomore album Friends & Lovers, which is expected to drop early next year. You gotta love how Ms. Ambrosius continues to bring light to such difficult topics as child molestation through her music and videos to give us such powerful visuals to get the amazing and powerful messages to her songs out even more that many are afraid to do nowadays. She shows that as long as you have a voice, whether it be through music or visuals such as hers, you can be an inspiration to the lost, the voiceless and the minor. You gotta love how she truly reps the underdogs and those fighting to be heard and doesn’t let money or fame change her. We need a lot more music like this from artists and for them to keep themselves accountable for the messages they send us. In the meantime it’s good to see that though they maybe in the minority there’s still artists like Marsha who do that and we can look for music with great messages like that from.
After not releasing hardly any new material for a year talented upcoming ARTium Records/Def Jam singer/songwriter Elijah Blake finally returns with some fresh new material with the Jack Splash-produced Towers of Tokyo. The amazingly soulful doo-wop inspired openhearted ballad finds Blake professing how big his love is to his girl, just like the towers of Tokyo and really let’s him show off his amazing vocals with an untouchable falsetto he hits over Splash’s poignant strings and crisp piano percussion that really show how talented of a singer Blake is, as he emphatically and convincingly sings how much, “of a fool in love” he is. Exactly a year after releasing his critically acclaimed and debut solo project, the Bijoux 22 EP you can see why with this new record it brought back that thinking and amazing feeling that me and many others had almost anytime we hear him that this would be a breakout year for the singer/songwriter cause of how talented he is and how much it really shows with such amazing hit type records as this. Maybe with this new record and possible momentum Blake can build off to end this year it will bring those prosperities to life next year that we thought would happen this year of him having a breakout year for himself with his solo career and him possibly maybe even releasing his debut album, Songs About Melody, which was originally planned for release this year.
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.