Save the Next Dance: Reflecting on Northwestern’s Season

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I’d been waiting to pass judgment on Northwestern’s season until it ended.

With the full run of emotions that accompanied being a fan of these particular Wildcats, it seemed only right to wait until the end, whenever it was, to articulate my thoughts. That end came last night in Seattle at the hands of Washington.

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Retro Review: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

February 2003. It was the hottest month in the warmest winter in hip-hop history. But global warming wasn’t the culprit back then like it is now. Nope, 8 years ago a rapper named 50 Cent a.k.a Curtis Jackson was the cause for the fever pitch that engulfed the hip-hop community (except my homie, Khalid Salaam. He was on his Kanye West fix. Way ahead of his time). 50 Cent and his G-Unit mixtapes sold by the millions and in my hood were actually considered a type of currency. That winter I scored three bags of Purple Haze for the “God’s Plan” and the “No Mercy No Fear” CDs. Lovely! But those mixtapes were only appetizers for his upcoming “debut” album, even though “The Power of The Dollar” was his actual – and overlooked – debut album (Dope joint by the way). Continue reading

Retro Review: College Dropout

 

First time I ever heard of Kanye West was when I copped Beanie Sigel’s “The Truth” back in early 2000. West had produced the title track. At that point, he had already done some tracks for Jermaine Dupri, Goodie Mob and others, but he was still a young producer trying to make a name for himself. When Jay-Z dropped “The Dynasty” and I saw that Kanye did “This Can’t Be Life“, I became a fan.The beat was downright soulful and I was hoping dude would come with more dope productions. He wouldn’t disappoint.

When Jay-Z dropped the classic “The Blueprint”, I was ready to anoint Kanye as the best new producer in the game. He was responsible for the production on “Takeover“, “Ain’t No Love” and others. And yes, that was him on the hook as well as behind the boards on “Never Change“. Continue reading

Chronicle Review

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Those were the famous words came from the immortal Uncle Ben. He gave us a phrase to live by and then later on blessed us with some damn good rice. But his words do ring true… in the comic book world anyway. In real life with great power comes great suffering to the inferior. But in the world where Bob Kane is Yahweh and Stan Lee is Jesus Christ, and where superheros are born through personal tragedy (Superman lost his planet, Batman lost his parents and Spiderman lost his uncle), great power is usually wielded to protect the weak. But this is all inside of a fantasy universe. Continue reading

Remembering Big Punisher

Christopher Rios, better known as Big Punisher, passed away on February 7, 2000.  When Big Pun’s debut album first arrived on the scene in 1998, it was a time when some thought the lyrics had gone away from rap music a bit (little did they know just how MUCH that would be true years later).

Sure, Nas was still around and Jay-Z was beginning to make some noise, but 2Pac and Biggie had been gone for over a year and albums like Puffy’s No Way Out and Ma$e’s Harlem World had dropped, giving the sense that rap was going in a less lyrical and more shiny-suit and extremely sample-heavy direction. Continue reading

From Unknown to Most Wanted

I wanted to touch more on why I thought Anthony Davis would be the best choice for the number one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

I’m not prone to hyperbole, but while watching Kentucky play against Tennessee the other week, following Anthony Davis’ 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals performance, I found myself tweeting “Anthony Davis is the best defensive pro prospect since Tim Duncan in 1997.” Continue reading

Remembering Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson turns 44 years old today. As the sentimental favorite of “my other team on the side” back in the mid-90’s, I had to shine some light on him. The man was a remarkable high school and college player and averaged 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in thirteen years in the NBA. Despite this, all most people remember about him is him being a role player on the Penny and Shaq dominated Orlando Magic squads. Continue reading

Eleven Slept On Albums You Need To Hear (if you haven’t already..)

When it comes to rap music, I’m not much into  these newer cats. Drake, Rick Ross, and so many other rappers nowadays just don’t capture my imagination like back in the days. So I tend to keep listening to the older stuff.

My list of favorite albums reads like most other hip-hop heads’ – Nas’ “Illmatic”, Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang” and so on. But beyond the more obvious and well-respected classics are the albums that don’t often get mentioned as being in the same category, but I remember fondly just as much. Continue reading

DePaul Back?

Did y’all see that DePaul-Pitt game on ESPN2 last night? Did y’all see DePaul come from behind to win 84-81? If so, bet y’all saw the students at Rosemont Horizo- oops, All State Arena, rush the court after the W.

You probably thought “Hold up. Second conference game of the season, beating an unranked team at home, and you’re just gonna storm the court like you just beat the number one team in the country?”

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