Sugi Dakks The Business

Sugi Dakks flaunts his range on his debut, The Business

Jazz and hip-hop have been linked for the duration of the latter’s lifespan. Artists pay homage to hip-hop’s origins in a multitude of ways – where Mick Jenkins reveled with his forefathers on his 2014 mixtape The Waters, Kendrick Lamar channeled addiction, depression and politics into a jazz-funk-rap medley for 2015s To Pimp a Butterfly. Sample flips have come to define the gateway between the … Continue reading Sugi Dakks flaunts his range on his debut, The Business

Derrick Favors lifts Utah While Minnesota searches for KAT – NBA Playoffs Recap 4/18

The NBA Playoffs are five days in and have provided plenty of highlights to dissect. From Utah splitting the series with Oklahoma City to Karl-Anthony Towns’ offensive woes, here are some takeaways from the playoffs’ fifth night. Bully Ball Returns On April 9, Utah Jazz Forward Derrick Favors had a tough question to answer. Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune, Favors commented on his future … Continue reading Derrick Favors lifts Utah While Minnesota searches for KAT – NBA Playoffs Recap 4/18

Quinn Cook, then and now

Quinn Cook’s rise to Golden State Warriors fame

This was originally published at Shaw Sports. Read the original here. Quinn Cook’s life changed in eight days. Four days before he scored his first bucket in a Golden State Warriors jersey on October 21, Quinn Cook’s name was making headlines. As part of the NBA’s new two-way contract system, Cook joined the Warriors, alongside fellow two-way-er Chris Boucher. Four days before his signing with … Continue reading Quinn Cook’s rise to Golden State Warriors fame

Lebron James and Ben Simmons Cavs at Sixers

Almost-playoff LeBron masks Cleveland’s missing defense against Philadelphia

Don’t let the Philadelphia endgame score fool you – the Cleveland Cavaliers defense is atrocious. Yes, the 76ers victory came down to LeBron drawing a 3-point foul and missing 1-of-3 shots, but the journey to that clutch ending is riddled with open lanes and mouths ajar. The mythos of playoff LeBron is real. If not for his 44-point triple double, the Cavs may as well … Continue reading Almost-playoff LeBron masks Cleveland’s missing defense against Philadelphia

Kali Uchis trades in her pastels for watercolor on Isolation – Review

Settling should be a deal breaker for debut albums. For Kali Uchis and Isolation, her go-getter mentality manifests itself in the realization on her second track, “Miami”: “Why would I be Kim? I can be Kanye”. Released on April 6, Uchis’ debut album cements her musical existence as the focal point, even when her focus gets interrupted by breezy dreams and pesky emotions. For her … Continue reading Kali Uchis trades in her pastels for watercolor on Isolation – Review

New Video: Future’s “Absolutely Going Brazy”

If you’ve been in the market for an epilepsy test and some sub-par Future, you’re in luck. The Atlanta rapper debuted the video for “Absolutely Going Brazy”, a collaboration with producer Tarentino of 808 Mafia notoriety. Flickering between images from Future’s tours, “Absolutely Going Brazy” takes the sing-songy flow Future embraced on 2017s HNDRXX and threads it into a trap-beat laced with xylophones repetitive vocal melodies. Check … Continue reading New Video: Future’s “Absolutely Going Brazy”

Ben Simmons’ infectious play is the guiding light for the Philadelphia 76ers

If you have even a halfway developed perspective on NBA basketball you already know Ben Simmons is something special. It’s like that time McDonald’s debuted the Reese’s McFlurry; no matter how skeptical you were, every time you pulled up to the drive-thru and saw the orange and brown mix-ins on the menu, you smiled, and your heart was at ease. You already know Simmons has … Continue reading Ben Simmons’ infectious play is the guiding light for the Philadelphia 76ers

MED and Guilty Simpson revive J Dilla on Loyalty – EP

What’s the best way to build hype for an album? Some would say gathering a bunch of your favorite contemporaries in some secluded Wyoming getaway and making sure TMZ speculates the ins and outs of the forthcoming tunes. If that’s not your style, then actually releasing music before even more music drops might be an effective strategy. MED (aka Medaphoar) and Guilty Simpson chose the … Continue reading MED and Guilty Simpson revive J Dilla on Loyalty – EP

Book Review: Suburban Erasure

This review was originally published at MIT’s CoLab Radio. Read the original here. Before there are institutions and regulations, there are people, places and cultures. The importance of these three things is paramount in understanding the immeasurable amounts of research that comprises Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey. In just under 200 pages, Dr. Walter D. Greason composes a historiography … Continue reading Book Review: Suburban Erasure