Who Flipped It Better (Part 1) – Ty$ vs. The Game

In case you haven’t realized, samples are ubiquitous in hip-hop. Flipping an old classic or a forgotten favorite is a staple of the genre. To that end, producers regularly introduce new audiences to the tunes of yesteryear, creating a timeless vortex of music appreciation that spans generations. As such, here at TripleOT, I’d like to pay respect to an indelible part of hip-hop through this … Continue reading Who Flipped It Better (Part 1) – Ty$ vs. The Game

Justin Scott as Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time Review

When Big K.R.I.T. announced that his 2017 project, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, was a double album, hip-hop fans likely foamed at the mouth. In the days of instantaneous music consumption and regular surprise mixtapes and albums, artists seem to have less interest in dropping double albums than in years past. Why release two-plus years of music when it’ll likely be forgotten overnight? For … Continue reading Justin Scott as Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time Review

New Music: The Game’s “Oh I” Embraces Groupie Love

In the two years since The Game dropped the favorably received The Documentary 2/2.5, the Compton artist has kept busy in the studio, creating soundtracks for both his mobile game Block Wars and his A&E show Streets of Compton. Lacking the punch and undeniably L.A. twang of the Documentary series, neither album impressed, and his follow-up, 1992 only managed a few standout cuts (“True Colors,” … Continue reading New Music: The Game’s “Oh I” Embraces Groupie Love

The Brooklyn Nets Might Be OK – Nets Beat Cavs, 112-107

When Brook Lopez was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft, the immediate focus shifted to D’Angelo Russell’s new-found playground. Despite General Manager Sean Marks helping Brooklyn crawl out of the trenches, the Nets lacked any reason to tank after shipping its 2018 draft pick to Boston (and subsequently the Cavs). Thus the consensus became that Nets fans could look … Continue reading The Brooklyn Nets Might Be OK – Nets Beat Cavs, 112-107

Thank You, Based God – Reddit Rallies Around Lil B

Reddit is a perplexing entity. Though it regularly lands in the top 10 in Alexa rankings, people, celebrity or otherwise often cite the site’s confounding ways. The self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” often plays host to a number of interesting and interactive occasions, such as a community driven canvas (the now defunct r/place) or regularly scheduled AMAs or “ask me anythings” in which users … Continue reading Thank You, Based God – Reddit Rallies Around Lil B

The Music Within – Purple Disco Machine’s Soulmatic Review

2016-17 continually proves to support the return of genre revivalism. Paramore delivered a sun-drenched and frolicking LP that channeled an upbeat pop-rock turn for the typically punk group. Calvin Harris served up a 70s infused collaboration with the “greatest artists of our generation,” while Bruno Mars rode the funk wave into the early 90s, matching a classic, synthesized bounce with sexed up crooning evocative of … Continue reading The Music Within – Purple Disco Machine’s Soulmatic Review

Making the Case: Jameer Nelson to the Spurs

On October 16, 2017, the Denver Nuggets made space for the newly acquired Richard Jefferson by waiving Jameer Nelson. A point guard wearing yellow and blue for the last 3 seasons, Nelson built something of a cult following in the Mile High City, garnering a spot in the second, third and fourth most used Nuggets lineups in 2016-17 alongside emerging talents Nikola Jokic and Gary … Continue reading Making the Case: Jameer Nelson to the Spurs

Rexx Life Raj Teases New Album With “2 Free”

Over the last few years, Berkeley, CA rapper/singer Rexx Life Raj has steadily built up his discography, dropping project after project with the hunger and consistency of an underground artist. His best-known work, Father Figure garnered attention from critics and media outlets, notably with Vice running a feature attesting to it being wholly, “good music”. On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Raj dropped “2 Free”, the … Continue reading Rexx Life Raj Teases New Album With “2 Free”

Loyalty, Loyalty, Loyalty – Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat

“That’s all I can say right now. I got no hard feelings. I understand it’s a business.” Taken out of context, and this quote from Enes Kanter, then of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is just as applicable to him as any piece of NBA trade fodder in the last five years. The league is replete with stories of loyalty (or lack thereof), too many to … Continue reading Loyalty, Loyalty, Loyalty – Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat

Big K.R.I.T. Channels the Gospel in “Keep The devil Off”

In 2016, the hip-hop universe was blessed with at least two agenda setting rappers. When Kanye announced the title for the album formerly known as Waves, he assured fans it would be “a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing in it,” according to an interview with Big Boy. Later that year, Kanye crony Chance the Rapper made his own wave, enlisting choral arrangements … Continue reading Big K.R.I.T. Channels the Gospel in “Keep The devil Off”