Running With Wolves: Minnesota’s aversion to depth

Three Minnesota Timberwolves – Jimmy Butler (3rd), Andrew Wiggins (8th) and Karl Anthony Towns (13th) – rank among the NBA’s top 20 players in minutes per game. Relax the list to include the top 35 players, and the remaining two Minnesota starters, Jeff Teague (28th) and Taj Gibson (35th), join the ranks. For simplicity’s sake, let’s say there are 450 players in the NBA (30 … Continue reading Running With Wolves: Minnesota’s aversion to depth

9th Wonder drops instrumental tape, Zion II

North Carolina producer 9th Wonder released Zion II, a follow up to 2016s Zion, on December 15, 2017. Featuring 43 tracks, the album is a collection of instrumentals, some new and some which have seen employment on 9th’s past releases, like “Betty Shabazz” (Featuring Rapsody) from 2014s Jamla Is the Squad. Stream Zion II below, or on Apple Music or Google Play Music.   Continue reading 9th Wonder drops instrumental tape, Zion II

Russell Westbrook’s Questionable Basketball IQ

When Blake Griffin hosted a comedy night in Montreal last year, part of his set included his thoughts on the intelligence of basketball players. Despite what the mundane, repetitious post game interviews would have you think, Griffin contended that anyone who was given a microphone after exercising for two hours straight wouldn’t have the most interesting things to say. Fans have seen objectively smart ball … Continue reading Russell Westbrook’s Questionable Basketball IQ

Noetic builds his style on debut tape, Split Decision

If you bottled up Smino’s energy, Mac Miller’s laid-back swagger and the smooth rhythms of Kaytranada, you’d only scratch the surface of what Noetic has to offer. Named for a word of the day from 2012, Noetic released his debut mixtape, Split Decision on December 15. Featuring up-and-comers like Schama Noel and Sierra Sellers, Noetic also pairs with Midwest talents Lili K, Jean Deaux and … Continue reading Noetic builds his style on debut tape, Split Decision

Da Flyy Hooligan pairs with producer Agor for S.C.U.M

Hip-hop was built on the shoulders of giants. The first rappers rhymed over the chopped-up beats from all manner of music, and a culture was born around this grassroots approach. As the years passed, there became a lineage among artists. Voices like Ice-T and Schoolly D bequeathed N.W.A, just as acts like UGK and Outkast inspired Big K.R.I.T., creating an indirectly traceable series of tracks … Continue reading Da Flyy Hooligan pairs with producer Agor for S.C.U.M

Too Deep: How the Warriors use the shovel pass in the lane

The Golden State Warriors’ offense is a problem leaguewide. For as much as they threaten defenses with their superior long-range antics, the Warriors are also decimating defenses from deep – inside the paint. As Steph Curry sits out with an ankle injury, the Warriors are without nearly seven assists per game, and, on Monday night against the Portland Trailblazers, were lacking another seven from jack-of-all-trades … Continue reading Too Deep: How the Warriors use the shovel pass in the lane

Preview: Noetic’s Split Decision Drops 12/15

When XXL released its list of 12 Cleveland rappers to watch for to begin 2017, the publication casually glossed over Noetic, and rightly so; no one could have foretold his rise to prevalence later that year. The Ohioan artist dropped his debut single, “Back There,” on his SoundCloud in April, and has since garnered over 60,000 spins. Since then, Noetic has been steadily pumping out … Continue reading Preview: Noetic’s Split Decision Drops 12/15

Statik Selektah drops “Slept to Death” ahead of his eighth studio album

Featuring some old-school breaks and the drawls of Curren$y and Cousin Stizz, producer Statik Selektah dropped “Slept to Death,” the fifth single from his upcoming album 8. Set to release December 8, 2017, 8 Statik’s first full-length project since 2015’s Lucky 7. The Massachusetts producer enlists a host of familiar names, including Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson and Sean Price on the 17-track affair. Listen to … Continue reading Statik Selektah drops “Slept to Death” ahead of his eighth studio album