EarthGang’s Royalty EP is rich in body and soul – Review

In contrast to the album art loaded with references to material wealth, EarthGang’s 2018 EP, Royalty, is filled with bars and sounds that tip-toe near the edges of personal spirituality. Released February 23, the Dreamville cohort’s tape is their third since 2017, standing in stark contrast to last year’s Rags. Where Rags began with Johnny Venus rapping “Looking for peace in America/ Looking for peace when … Continue reading EarthGang’s Royalty EP is rich in body and soul – Review

NBA announced confidential hotline for team, league employees

Less than a week after the NBA announced plans for a player-referee “communication channel” the league is continuing to address tension. Reported by ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, Adam Silver announced a hotline to serve both NBA and team employees regarding workplace occurrences. Seemingly motivated by the recent Sports Illustrated story on sexual harassment in the Dallas Maverick’s front office, the hotline is a confidential service set … Continue reading NBA announced confidential hotline for team, league employees

Snoop Dogg’s surprise 220 EP is a throwback to G-Funk and more

In place of the gospel album that never materialized at the Super Bowl, Snoop Dogg returns in 2018 with 220, a surprise EP released February 20, 2018. Over the eight-track spread, Snoop does his best impression of a chameleon, interspersing styles suited for his contemporaries in between throwback g-funk cuts. Channeling his inner Curren$y, Snoop, aka, “your favorite rapper’s rapper” cruises in on a bassy, … Continue reading Snoop Dogg’s surprise 220 EP is a throwback to G-Funk and more

NBA All-Star 2018: Recapping the best 3-point contest performances

For all the festivities during the NBA All-Star break, the 3-point contest is the weekend’s relative black sheep. Sandwiched between the skills challenge and dunk contest on Saturday night, the 3-point contest has undergone few changes year after year. Besides giving players racks of “moneyballs” or limiting the number of competitors to six for a period of years, the shootout has been relatively stable year … Continue reading NBA All-Star 2018: Recapping the best 3-point contest performances

Listen: Nipsey Hussle drops his debut studio album, Victory Lap

Crenshaw’s finest, Nipsey Hussle released his star-studded debut album Victory Lap, through his All Money In imprint with Atlantic. The album, which serves as a continuation of his heralded “Marathon” series of tapes, features west coast staples YG, Kendrick Lamar and Buddy as well as Puff Daddy (formerly Diddy etc.), Marsha Ambrosius and others. Victory Lap continues with the framework that provided albums like The … Continue reading Listen: Nipsey Hussle drops his debut studio album, Victory Lap

Marco Belinelli lit up his Sixers’ debut against the Miami Heat

The idea of journeymen is a staple in the NBA. Players like Boris Diaw, Leandro Barbosa, Mike Miller and Matt Barnes made careers through timely arrivals and departures at the nearest airport. Last night, the Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers game served as a reminder of another of the league’s elite flight attendants: Marco Belinelli. Through 11 seasons in the NBA, Belinelli has donned the … Continue reading Marco Belinelli lit up his Sixers’ debut against the Miami Heat

Ravyn Lenae’s Crush EP is a beautiful, Steve Lacy produced duet – Review

When an artist chooses to work with a sole producer for a project, there are two possible outcomes. Either the project sounds phoned in, lacking the symbiosis that should accompany an exclusive two-person team. Or, it’s the perfect conversation, a back and forth between creators sharing the same vision. For Ravyn Lenae’s 2018 EP Crush, her union with Compton producer Steve Lacy is much the … Continue reading Ravyn Lenae’s Crush EP is a beautiful, Steve Lacy produced duet – Review

Black Panther Soundtrack, curated by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther Soundtrack is a Milestone for Black Culture

A seemingly limitless well of inspiration and creativity, Kendrick Lamar has hit his next career milestone. Approached to contribute to Marvel’s Black Panther by director Ryan Coogler, Lamar’s involvement with the soundtrack marks his continued expansion into the mainstream, pop culture. Saying Kendrick Lamar isn’t mainstream is off; his list of credits skyrocketed after dropping his second studio album, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, contributing to non-hip-hop … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther Soundtrack is a Milestone for Black Culture

Dwyane Wade on return to Miami Heat: “I can’t wait”

This story was originally featured on Allucanheat.com. Read the original here. When Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls in the summer of 2016, the underlying narrative was clear: he’d be back. At the time, tensions were high between Wade and Heat president Pat Riley, and their separation kept the team from imploding. As cliched as it sounds, absence makes the heart grow fonder. … Continue reading Dwyane Wade on return to Miami Heat: “I can’t wait”

MIN at CLE: LeBron James’ Game Winner Is A Reminder Of His Greatness

How do you make up for 2 months of missing defense, non-existant team chemistry, and trade deadline uncertainty? You become LeBron James. In an ESPN Wednesday night marquee match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, James smiled in the face of adversity, escorting a mid-range jump shot gently through the net. BANGARANG 💥 LeBron James drills game-winner in OT pic.twitter.com/ObBisZFzhQ — Rob Perez … Continue reading MIN at CLE: LeBron James’ Game Winner Is A Reminder Of His Greatness