Topic: Hip-Hop

December 13, 2013

Late nights, strange feelings, general ambivalence, and also, very early in the mornings, a wheelchair-bound, tentatively rapping Drake. If it's strange to watch someone you watched on television grow up to become a star, it's not much stranger than growing up, yourself.

March 25, 2013

The homemade rap anthem for Florida Gulf Coast University's upstart basketball team is, finally, just what it is: proof that someone can sound less impressive over Tyga's "Rack City" beat than Tyga, that young women are doing gremlin-y Nicki Minaj imitations into dorm-room mics, and a reminder the YouTube has a lot of stuff on it. But, in its giddy and glorious jankiness and just-in-time opportunism, it's also just about perfect for the NCAA Tournament's greatest upstart team, and kind of perfect in general.

February 7, 2013

Marquis Daniels is a veteran NBA role-player for a living, and a Gucci Mane collaborator as something more than a hobby. The overlap between a day gig as a defense-minded wing player and a sideline in trap music isn't immediately apparent, but it mostly comes back to playing the part required.

September 24, 2012

Among NFL goofballs, New York Giants TE Martellus Bennett stands out not just for his extreme goofery and progressively less-untapped on-field capacities. There's that, of course, but the player who nicknamed himself "The Black Unicorn" is also probably the only NFL player both willing and able to put his love for specific types of breakfast cereal into rap form. It's a compliment, mostly.

July 6, 2012

We interrupt our scheduled non-programming with an urgent message from E-40, who would like to remind you to vote.

May 4, 2012

Adam Yauch grew up in public as an artist and a person. He also grew into a pretty good filmmaker, and leaves behind a legitimately fascinating basketball documentary—and basketball document—alongside all those classic Beasties records.