Sorry for the delay, folks. But here’s our Play By Play for the week.
Gangsta Mondays, White Girls Can Rap Too - We’ve highlighted femcees in the past. (Check out our Keep it 100 on Nitty Scott, MC’s The Cassette Chronicles.) But this group takes the cake. Their looks may be deceiving, but underneath the beauty lies a fire-spitter on par with Hip-Hop legends and lyricists. That is, if you prefer your music flavor vanilla.
The 2011 NBA Draft: Pacific Northwest Edition - Our contributor Michael Guidice jumped ship from his Hip-hop excursions at the Curren$y and Childish Gambino concerts to writing about Oregon’s beloved Blazers. Fans of the Blazers should be excited for the draft class of Nolan Smith, Jon Diebler, and the Denver Nuggets trade acquisition of Raymond Felton. As Guidice notes: “With LaMarcus Aldridge, and dare I say, Greg Oden on the block there will be plenty of open shots to go around.” While there may be a higher chance of the Blazers making it pass the first round of the Playoffs, the NBA lockout has our heads hung low for now.
The Social Media Rapper - The underground of Hip-Hop. It’s the concrete jungle meets nirvana. Only the resilient survive and move on to the exposure they worked hard for. J.Nolan is one of those emcees who has established a following in Atlanta, but has also reached newer fans with a different approach. By utilizing the trinity of social media - Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook - he has created a personal relationship to give fans his 90s-inspired raps and classic southern soul beats with more appreciation. After all, fans are a rapper’s number one listener as well as their worse critic.
Starting Five 2011 - The Starting Five makes a final comeback until next season. In this special edition, we selected the best players of the year and added seven benchwarmers for your entertainment. Play By Play won’t spoil the fun. But here’s a teaser: John Wall + Baseball = ?
From The Westside, With Love II - Dom Kennedy dropped his follow-up to From The Westside, With Love on Tuesday alongside Curren$y’s Weekend At Burnie’s and Beyonce’s 4. He calls on his “little young’n” Casey Veggies, Asher Roth, Mikey Rocks, and southern specialist Big K.R.I.T. for the assists. This album carries a West Coast sound throughout its entirety and should be something blasted loud on a nice summer day. But read our Keep it 100 for the visual of “Grind’n” and other notable tracks.
We’re a little short this week; only because the Portland Trail Blazers made some horrible moves in the 2011 NBA Draft. But we can’t stay bitter for too long. Check out this week’s posts.
Gangsta Mondays: Cudder Evolution - Remember back in April when Kid Cudi announced his decision to stop smoking marijuana? The lonely sober is currently on the Cud Life Tour, and he stopped at the Cuthbert in Eugene, Oregon for a stellar performance. Opener Natasha Kmeto, fellow Cleveland native Chip Tha Ripper and Cudi showed the crowd how to live the Cudder lifestyle. Despite his personal choice, fans still appreciate Cudi’s spacy raps and synthetic beats.
Carmelo Apples - Mr. Carmelo Anthony. He teetered back and forth from a conceited appearance in front of hundreds after receiving an ESPY and falling victim to an alleged drug possession. Now with Anthony’s jump to the New York Knicks, he hopes to rebuild his image. Well, the Entree Style tee might help, considering its respectable Nasty Nas shout out, colorways and a pigeon that can’t quit hustlin’. (Just peep the Stillmatic cover)
2011 NBA Draft - Another draft finally behind us. Whether your predictions matched ours, staff writer Kyle Sponseller broke down possible picks and reasons why each team needs them. After all, it can’t just be the Heat-Lakers-Mavericks show all season next year.
Together/Apart - While Big Sean’s Finally Famous leaked, many of the major publications such as Rolling Stone and well-established blogs have reviewed his debut album. However, they have slept on a hidden gem called Grieves. His debut off Rhymesayers has the Seattle emcee spitting melancholy rhymes over Budo’s production. Think of these two as Atmosphere 2.0. Read our review here.