Symbiosis At Its Finest – Synthia Part 1: Dial Tone Review

Over the last half-decade or so, Chicago’s hip-hop landscape has given birth to an intersection of acts that have primed the region as one of hip-hop’s reemerging holy lands. The work of Chief Keef, Young Chop and the drill scene eventually gave way to Mick Jenkins, No Name and Chance the Rapper’s more inspiring sonics, and ultimately shone a spotlight on a town once dominated … Continue reading Symbiosis At Its Finest – Synthia Part 1: Dial Tone Review

Tone x Frost Revive The Classic – Respect Is Earned Not Given Review

“You don’t want it fall back, leave it alone/ or your name and today’s date are gonna read on your stone.” – Tone Chop, “The Return Intro” In case you weren’t aware, hip-hop has finally made it. The craft, one that started at a block party in 1973 on the heels of DJ Kool Herc’s record flipping, was certified by Nielsen Music to be the … Continue reading Tone x Frost Revive The Classic – Respect Is Earned Not Given Review

Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe Review

The music industry relies in part on comparisons. Recommending tunes to friends, fans and critics requires framing a collection of sounds in a series of words that can prove difficult for even for the most eloquent wordsmiths. This problem is doubly an issue for the women of hip-hop. Most recently, NC native rapper Rapsody dropped her second studio album, Laila’s Wisdom to critical acclaim  while … Continue reading Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe Review

Melo Trade: The Knicks Still Can’t Tank

If someone told you that Michael Beasley had the opportunity to become a franchise cornerstone for the 2017-18 season would you believe them? For the last nine seasons, the self-proclaimed “favorite player’s favorite player,” has bounced from team to team, rivaling only the ball with which he shares a court, segmenting three stints in Miami and two in China with stays in Milwaukee, Houston, Minnesota … Continue reading Melo Trade: The Knicks Still Can’t Tank

New Music: Jhené Aiko Leads Listeners on a Trip

When Jhené Aiko slipped into the R&B scene with her solo project Souled Out in 2014, her name became synonymous with the spacey, luscious and dreamy production that gave her a backdrop for personal exploration. Whereas her debut mixtape, Sailing Soul(s) (2011) was a whirlwind of feelings and emotions speckled cameos from major names of the time (Drake, Gucci Mane, Kanye West etc.), Souled Out … Continue reading New Music: Jhené Aiko Leads Listeners on a Trip

Kyrie and KD Are An Off Season Goldmine

The magic of the NBA doesn’t reside within the innumerable amount of Hall of Famers who’ve graced 94 feet of hardwood. It doesn’t lay in the last second heroics of sideline generals, nor in the raucous galvanization of some 20,000 voices cheering and jeering the 10 guys on the court. Ok, maybe some of that’s important. But in this timeline date stamped “2017,” the magic … Continue reading Kyrie and KD Are An Off Season Goldmine

NBA Statement Jerseys, Ranked – Nike Jersey Compendium Part II

When the NBA teamed up with Nike for merchandising in June 2015, commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that he hoped the deal, worth something to the tune of $1 Billion, would both “grow the game globally,” as well as implement the latest in uniform technology for the league’s some 400 players. Now, two years removed from the collaboration’s announcement, teams are finalizing and fleshing … Continue reading NBA Statement Jerseys, Ranked – Nike Jersey Compendium Part II

Can the Cavaliers Compete Without Isaiah Thomas?

Yes, yes they can. When Derrick Rose, rather, 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, agreed to a paltry $2.1 million offer sheet with the Cavs back in July, the former Knick was readily apprised of the potential starting job at point guard. When the Kyrie Irving trade finally happened, (and then didn’t happen, and then actually happened), Rose’s starting spot was assumed to be passed to … Continue reading Can the Cavaliers Compete Without Isaiah Thomas?

Larry Drew II joins the Miami Heat Training Camp Roster

The Miami Heat topped off their training camp roster at 18, two shy of the league max, by signing 27-year-old Larry Drew II on September 6, 2017. The 6’2’’ guard spent part of the last season with the Heat D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, a team with which he’s been associated in some fashion since the 2013-14 season. Putting Drew through the training camp … Continue reading Larry Drew II joins the Miami Heat Training Camp Roster