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Throwback Thursday – Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg had one of the most unique voices in the music industry. If you needed a catchy hook on a song, you enlisted the services of Nate Dogg. Hook experts like T-Pain and Akon can’t hold a candle to what Nate brought to a track. Rest in Peace Nathaniel Hale.


Throwback Thursday – Nas

I am not the biggest Nas fan, but he has been a mainstay in the rap game for a reason. He is one of the best ever lyrically, and he does not use a lot of features on his albums. This song here is the exception. He and Lauren Hill create one of rap’s greatest collabos with “If I Ruled the World.”


Funny Friday – Double Feature

I know these videos have been online for a while, but I laugh every time I watch them. Classic videos are ones you can watch multiple times and laugh like it was the first time. Sit back and enjoy as I give you a two-for-one special. I’m feeling generous.


Throwback Thursday – Ice Cube

We are still patiently waiting for Detox to drop. So, in the meantime, here is some Ice Cube for you. Dre drops a hot verse on this one.


Throwback Thursday – Big Tymers

Cash Money Records ran the rap game in the late 90’s and the early part of the 21st century. The Big Tymers ware a large part of that.


Throwback Thursday – Lil Troy

I used to be on that free lunch like crazy when I was a kid. It’s a shame Lil Troy had to mess up his friend he used to go to free lunch with.


Throwback Thursday – Soul 4 Real

It’s hard enough trying to find one singer in a family. But four?? Soul 4 Real had a brief…and I mean brief…run in the early-to-mid 90’s.


Throwback Thursday – Dr. Dre

Still waiting for Detox to drop. In the meantime, here is some classic Dre material.


Funny Friday – Watermelon to the Face….HARD!!!

I’m not a consistent watcher of “The Amazing Race,” but I might have to watch to catch this again. This woman takes a watermelon to the face extremely hard. The slow-motion clip of it looks like a head exploding with special effects. That had to hurt. It takes a bit of force to slice open a watermelon. So to see it splat over her face like that….damn.


Funny Friday – Antoine Dodson

I know the videos have been on the web for a little over a week, but these are classics of epic proportions. You heard it here first: Antoine Dodson will be on VH1 by this time next year.

…and part 2…


Throwback Thursday – Big Tymers

When it was socially acceptable to put a million dollars of gold and/or platinum in your mouth for the hell of it. I’d hate to have to take care of the old Cash Money click when they are holed up in nursing homes. I’m not cleaning those metal dentures.


Funny Friday – LeBron joins the NWO


2010 NBA Finals

The two most storied franchises in NBA history meet in the NBA Finals for the 12th time come Thursday. Will Boston hang banner number 18, or will Los Angeles make it a repeat?

The Matchups

POINT GUARD

Rajon Rondo vs. Derek Fisher – Two years ago, I would have said Derek Fisher. He is the wily veteran that plays bigger in the postseason than the regular season. Today, he is two years older and has trouble defending the younger, faster point guards. Rajon Rondo fits that description and then some. When these two teams met in the Finals two years ago, Rondo was seen as a liability. Now, he is the best player for the Celtics. EDGE: RONDO

SHOOTING GUARD

Ray Allen vs. Kobe Bryant – Kobe is not quite ready to be past his prime. In the fourth quarter in game six against the Suns, he made shot after shot. He has that killer instinct not seen since Michael Jordan. Ray Allen is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. He can match Kobe shot for shot if need be, but Kobe is the better player in this matchup. EDGE: BRYANT

SMALL FORWARD

Will Paul Pierce go Willis Reed style again?

Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest – The Master Flopper vs. The Master Defender – The physically unstable vs. The mentally unstable – I could go on and on, but it will be interesting to see how Pierce handles Artest’s defense. Artest will be a neutralizer on Pierce in the half-court. The Lakers don’t shoot as many threes as the Magic, so there won’t be many opportunities for Boston to get out on fastbreaks. Pierce is better offensively than Artest, and it is vise versa on defense. Defense wins championships.  EDGE: ARTEST

POWER FORWARD

Kevin Garnett vs. Pau Gasol –  The Celtics broke the bank to pick up KG – giving up All Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, and Gerald Green. They also threw in Ryan Gomes and Theo Ratliff for good measure. The Lakers got Gasol for essentially nothing minus the two first-round draft picks – Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton and Aaron McKie. In 2008, KG exposed Gasol as a soft big man. Gasol has gotten tougher between now and then, but no one plays old-school, physical defense like the Celtics. Will Gasol punch back, or will he go back into his shell? I believe he will revert back to that big man with no gusto.  EDGE: GARNETT

CENTER

Kendrick Perkins vs. Andrew Bynum – Kendrick Perkin’s only job is to rough people up  in the paint and look as unhappy as possible while doing it. He’s not known for his offensive prowess but he’s averaged double figures in points for the first time in his career. His physical style will give Andrew Bynum fits. Bynum is more polished offensively but can be a bit too much of a finesse player at times. He’s been injury prone at times and comes off as soft. He tends to disappear at times. In the Western Conference Finals against the Suns, his points by game were 4 ,13 ,2 ,12 ,2 , 10, and he never reached double figures in rebounds. EDGE: PERKINS

THE BENCH

The only player of significance coming off the bench for the Lakers is Lamar Odom. Everyone else is the average role player. Similarly, the only big name coming off the bench for Boston is Rasheed Wallace. Excluding those two players, I’d rather take Tony Allen, Glen Davis and Nate Robinson over Sasha Vujacic, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar. EDGE: CELTICS

THE COACH

Doc Rivers vs. Phil Jackson – 10 rings to 1. Enough said. EDGE: JACKSON

When it is all said and done, the Celtics take the series four games to two. Rajon Rondo will win the Finals MVP award.


Throwback Thursday – Timbaland & Magoo


Throwback Thursday – N.W.A.

After watching the VH1 special on NWA and the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary “Straight Outta L.A.” I’d figure I give these guys a shout. I’m not a big fan of NWA but the influence they had on rap is undeniable.


Throwback Thursday – Mystikal

He’s finally free. Hopefully the time off won’t stop him from making hits like this


Throwback Thursday – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

You know what day it is….


Funny Friday – Press Hop

This video is a must watch. The press conference can be compelling at times. Odds are you get bland and generic comments, but on occasion you get a Mike Gundy, Dennis Green, or Terrell Owens. In this video, you get all of those plus Allen Iverson’s famed practice rant and Joe Namath drunk on the sidelines going “Broadway Joe” on Suzy Kolber. Props out to DJ Steve Porter for this amazing work of art.


Throwback Thursday – Wu-Tang Clan

Members of the Wu-Tang Clan (Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwon) are set to drop a new album next week with a new version of “Meth vs. Chef” . The original is from Method Man’s debut album Tical.


North Carolina/Mississippi State, as Told by ESPN

All credit goes to ESPN for this video


Funny Friday – McDonald’s Fail

I didn’t know McDonald’s made chicken wings…….


Throwback Thursday – The Notorious B.I.G.

Tuesday marked 13 years since Biggie was gunned down. This is one of my favorite songs off his debut album “Ready to Die.” Lyrics are provided courtesy of the Original Hip-Hop Lyrics Archive.

[Notorious B.I.G.]
Who the fuck is this? Pagin me at 5:46
in the mornin, crack of dawn an' {*dialing phone*}
now I'm yawnin - wipe the cold out my eye {*ring*}
See who's this pagin me - and why
It's my nigga Pop from the barbershop
Told me he was in the gamblin spot, and heard the intricate plot
of niggaz wanna stick me like flypaper neighbor
Slow down love, please chill, drop the caper
  Remember them niggaz from the hill up in Brownsville?
  That you rolled dice wit, smoked the blunts and got nice wit
Yeah my nigga Fame up in Prospect
Nah they're my niggaz nah love wouldn't disrespect
  I didn't say them, they schooled me to some niggaz
  that you knew from back when, when you was clockin minor figures
  Now they heard you blowin up like nitro
  And they wanna stick the knife through your windpipe slow
  So - thank Fame for warnin me cause now I'm warnin you
  I got the mac nigga tell me what you gonna do

[Chorus]
Damn! Niggaz wanna stick me for my paper
Damn! Niggaz wanna stick me for my paper
Damn! Niggaz wanna stick me for my paper
Damn! Niggaz wanna stick me for my paper

[Notorious B.I.G.]
  They heard about the Rolex's and the Lexus
  with the Texas license plates outta state
  They heard about the pounds you got down in Georgetown
  And they heard you got half of Virginia locked down
  They even heard about the crib you bought your moms out in Florida 
  The fifth corridor --
-- call the coroner!
There's gonna be a lot of slow singin, and flower bringin
if my burgular alarm starts ringin
Whatcha think all the guns is for?
All purpose war, got the Rottweilers by the door
And I feed 'em gunpowder, so they can devour
the criminals, tryin to drop my decimals
Damn! Niggaz wanna stick my for my cream
And it ain't a dream, things ain't always what it seem
It's the ones that smoke blunts witcha, see your picture
Now they wanna grab the guns and come and getcha
Betcha Biggie won't slip
I got the calico with the black talons loaded in the clip
So I can rip through the ligaments
Put the fuckers in a bad prediciment, where all the foul niggaz went
Touch my cheddar, feel my Beretta
Fuck what I'ma hit you with you motherfuckers betta duck
I bring pain, bloodstains on what remains
of his jacket - he had a gun he shoulda packed it
Cocked it, extra clips in my pocket
So I can reload and EXPLODE on ya rasshole
I fuck around and get hardcore
C-4 to ya door no beef no more nigga
Feel the rough, scandalous
The more weed smoke I puff, the more dangerous
I don't give a fuck about you or your weak crew
What you gonna do when Big Poppa comes for you?
I'm not gunnin, nigga I bust my gun an'
hold on, I hear somebody comin...

Throwback Thursday – Do or Die

This song put Do or Die and Chicago rap into mainstream America. Every track Do or Die, Twista, and Johnny P get on is a hot one. Just look at “Do You” and “Yo Body”


Funny Friday – Epic Beard Man

It’s been a while, but I’m back in the swing of things. (Tiger Woods reference 1) In order to enjoy the comedic pleasure of Epic Beard Man, watch this video first.

Now, watch this video…