A breakdown of the week's hottest tracks by their samples.
Barack Obama's love for basketball is a subject that comes up fairly regularly as the President loves to play hoops, and doesn't even mind if he catches an errant elbow, or is off on a day and throws up some bricks in front of onlookers, he just likes to ball.
Big Sean's lead single off his sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, is currently getting the visual treatment in Detroit.The video for "Guap" was being shot on Woodward Avenue in Big Sean's hometown, and resulted in the area being shut down for a few hours, reports say.Check out flicks from the set below (via HHNM).Hall Of Fame won't be dropping until early 2013.
There have been a plethora of NBA stars who have dipped their feet in a rap profession but none have been too successful. So today we are going to forget about all of the tracks Shaq and Metta World Peace have hopped on and show off some of the biggest NBA fans in the rap game today.
For the first time since the rumors started surfacing about his drug abuse, Lamar Odom speaks out. Following reports of his substance abuse, Odom was booked on a DUI, and then apparently signed up for rehab before leaving after less than 24 hours.
The lifespan of a coach in today's NBA isn't very long, about 2.5 years to be exact. While there are a few powerhouses at the top who have certain futures and predetermined plans, the majority of NBA squads are simply treading water and hoping to land a franchise changing draft pick, or pull off a blockbuster trade.
Each year ballers straight out of college, and from overseas hope to hear their name called on NBA Draft night. But being selected is only the first step to making a name for yourself in the league.
King Louie speaks the truth: “They say you can make it anywhere, if you make it in Chicago.” The city notoriously known as Chiraq has been long overshadowed by gang violence, and those fortunate enough to make it out the trap are considered heroes. You know the statistics; Chicago has more murders than the war in Iraq. To cope with the violence, the city’s youth created drill music.
At this point, we really have to consider Common as one of the great MCs of all time. Rankings aside, the guys has had an insanely fruitful career: twenty-three years, a bunch of acting stints, and let's not forget the ten albums (a few of which, at least, are classics).
Fan Sends J.R. Smith $60 After Winning NBA 2K13 Bet Using His Player Nov 19, 2013 at 10:26am 4,631 Views
J.R. Smith has gotten himself in some hot water in the past from some of his posts on social networks, but his most recent Instagram post is a classic. A fan named John sent him a hand written letter, and in it he tells a story of how he won a $120 bet with a friend of his by using J.R. Smith in NBA 2K13.
LL Cool J On Kobe Trash Talking Him & Anthony Mason Protecting Him Dec 3, 2013 at 11:20am 4,623 Views
Active in the industry for nearly 30 years, LL Cool James, has been around the entertainment industry long enough that he has some interesting tales. In a recent sit down with SLAM, the New York native talks about his ties to the NBA community. Apparently, he was close with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and Anthony Mason - members of the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the early 90s.
According to the breakdown in the slide; materials takes up most of the cost with a staggering $10.75. Add in labor ($2.43), overhead ($2.10), and factory profit ($0.97) and you get an estimated production cost of $16.25. Thats a far cry from the $160-$170 price range most Air Jordans retail for now. Makes you think![Via]
Before Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kanye West walked with Jesus, and the deadly East-West Coast rivalry, there was a young kid observing life and crime through his project window.
While Voodoo is often considered D’Angelo’s magnum opus, Brown Sugar is not a record that should easily be forgotten. The R&B star’s debut LP melted the worlds of hip hop and soul in a way that hadn’t ever happened before, paving the way for that crossover to thrive until present day.
On Friday we posted a photo of Dwyane Wade's ex wife in the streets of Chicago holding a sign that read "NBA Miami Heat Star Mother Of His Children Out On The Streets," and now we get more info about why Siovaughn Funches-Wade was "protesting." It all stems from the court case between the two, as we reported earlier had sued the Heat star, and then that lawsuit was removed.
Each year around the beginning of March, artists begin sending in pitches to XXL, hoping to wind up on the magazine’s highly-coveted Freshmen list. Thus far, we’ve seen Lil Herb, Bishop Nehru, Fat Trel, and a few others try to convince us they have what it takes to grace the cover along with eleven of their peers, each turning in a short video clip to the publication.
Dwight Howard is not the most beloved player in the NBA this year, league-wide he might be the most reviled, and on Wednesday the fans in Philadelphia were giving Dwight the business. I don't know this for sure, but Philly fans are renowned for being the most "difficult" in the league, and in other sports.
Today, we take enjoyment from the misery of others.
As I'm sure you're fully aware of by now, LeBron James is the cover athlete for the wildly popular NBA 2K14. In case his son had somehow not noticed, LeBron made it pretty obvious to him on his 9th birthday. Sunday was LeBron James Jr's birthday, and to commemorate it, King James had an Xbox shaped cake made, and atop the cake version of the gaming system was a cake version of NBA 2K14.
Lots of talk lately about comparing great players from different eras and who would win. Michael Jordan let it be known that he'd beat anyone from any era, and some moron in a bar even pulled a knife while debating who was better between LeBron James and Jordan.
After losing LeBron James to South Beach, the fans in Cleveland are understandably worried about losing their new franchise player, Kyrie Irving, to free agency. This past summer a Cleveland area reporter said that inside sources told him that Irving wanted to leave the Cavs, which caused the Cavaliers point God to respond that he had no intentions of leaving.
Toronto Sounds: A Look At The Relationship Between Drake & The Weeknd Sep 10, 2013 at 12:19pm 64,000 Views
Since 2011, Drake and The Weeknd have dominated the thriving hip-hop/R&B scene in Toronto, though their relationship hasn't always been squeaky clean. Now, with The Weeknd's new album out today, and Drake's following soon after, the spotlight has never been brighter. Will Drizzy and The Weeknd continue to feed off each other? Or will the two finally go their separate routes.
As expected, the White/Infrared Jordan 6 was the highest selling sneaker of the weekend. The NBA's All-Star weekend saw a slue of highly coveted releases, and here is how it all shook out. The White/Infrared 6 came in at 250,000 pairs over the weekend, with the "Infrared 23" 6s totaling 75,000 pairs sold. Furthermore, the LeBron 11 and KD6 "All-Star" models both sold about 30k.
While Freeway is currently out on tour HotNewHipHop was able to catch up with him before his show at Underworld. We discussed the difference between a major label versus an independent label, he gave us some details on his upcoming projects (which include a mixtape, an album, and a joint album with Brother Ali), his favorite pair of sneakers, his favorite character from The Wire and more!
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