Paul George to OKC – What It Means for the Thunder and Pacers

Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder paid their respects to Russell Westbrook’s legendary season Friday night. A three player trade brought the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George to OKC in exchange for sophomore forward Domantas Sabonis and five-year-man Victor Oladipo. The trade is certainly a win now move for the Thunder who placed sixth in the Western Conference in 2016-17, entirely at the behest of … Continue reading Paul George to OKC – What It Means for the Thunder and Pacers

Weekend Spins 6/30/17

With the halfway point of the year nearly upon us (July 1) hip-hop (and music in general) has already proven to be rife with quality material and plenty of Album of the Year candidates. While it’s too early to determine my favorites, Jay-Z’s latest album – and alleged response to Beyoncé’s Lemonade – 4:44 is sure to be in consideration. In the meantime, while listeners … Continue reading Weekend Spins 6/30/17

Sage Steele Voted for MVP – NBA Awards and the Media

As a last hurrah before the assuredly frantic Summer 2017 free agency begins, the NBA held its first ever awards show on Monday, June 26, 2017. Competing for airtime with LaVar Ball on WWE and the time-delay broadcast of the Big 3 League in Brooklyn, the show went off largely without a hitch, and most eyes wouldn’t have guessed it was the league’s first awards … Continue reading Sage Steele Voted for MVP – NBA Awards and the Media

D’Angelo Russell Was Doomed To Fail – Lakers-Nets Trade Recap

On June 22, 2017, D’Angelo Russell simultaneously became the most excited and unhappiest player in the NBA. Just hours before the Lakers would select Lonzo Ball with the second pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, D’Angelo went from being the unopposed face of the second most valuable franchise in the league to a soon to be starting shooting guard for the fourth most valuable franchise … Continue reading D’Angelo Russell Was Doomed To Fail – Lakers-Nets Trade Recap

Big Vince, Little Pond – Big Fish Theory Review

Long Beach, California native Vince Staples dropped his third project in as many years with Big Fish Theory, on June 23, 2017.  Featuring a smattering of uncredited appearances from Juicy J, A$AP Rocky, Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and more, Vince Staples follows through with his embrace of the alternative spectrum of hip-hop, evidenced by his preference for gritty and visceral production. Symbolic of much … Continue reading Big Vince, Little Pond – Big Fish Theory Review

Domo Genesis – Red Corolla Review

Inglewood native Domo Genesis released Red Corolla, his sixth mixtape and follow up to 2016s Genesis, on June 16, 2017. Following his positively reflective outlook on Genesis, Domo further draws on the bittersweet nostalgia of his youth and success across the tape which spans just under half an hour. Even before his first bar Domo presents Red Corolla with a level of antique charm, first … Continue reading Domo Genesis – Red Corolla Review

If LeBron Heads Out West, Here’s the “How” and “Why”

The NBA Off-Season. A landscape so vast it makes the train wreck that was No Man’s Sky a children’s sandbox. Now that the “quickie” that was The NBA Finals is in the books, the rumor mill is churning once again, due in part to the looming NBA Draft and first-ever NBA Awards Show, but also thanks to LeBron’s latest haircut. Regardless of his possible intentions … Continue reading If LeBron Heads Out West, Here’s the “How” and “Why”

KD and Kendrick – Approaching Success

The forgone conclusion to the 2016-17 NBA season occurred on June 12, 2017, as the Golden State Warriors, at the behest of Kevin Durant and the little toaster that could, led the Bay Area to its second title in 3 years. As confetti rained down and Wanda Durant jockeyed for national television time with her son’s goatee, I was more impressed by one LeBron James, … Continue reading KD and Kendrick – Approaching Success

Vic Mensa Champions Rap’s Flexibility – The Manuscript EP Review

Brimming with the defiance and grit of a punk/grunge rock star, Vic Mensa delivered The Manuscript EP on Thursday, June 8, 2017. A prequel to his yet-to-be-titled debut studio album, the four track record is a continuation of Vic’s thoughts on racial inequality as well as his personal struggles as discussed on 2016’s There’s Alot Going On. A member of Chicago music collective SAVEMONEY, Vic … Continue reading Vic Mensa Champions Rap’s Flexibility – The Manuscript EP Review

The Golden State Warriors are Redefining the Modern Super Team

While Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors run circles around the Cleveland Cavaliers, a creeping tension is taking hold league-wide. Following a historical 3-1 comeback in 2016, the Cavs, also known as the NBA’s last stand, are looking less and less like they have the capabilities to stop the Warriors from making a run at not one, not two, not three, (you … Continue reading The Golden State Warriors are Redefining the Modern Super Team