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A Musical Connection With Easter Terms

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With Easter Sunday getting underway, we’re assuming many will be spending time with their families and enjoying a much-deserved feast later today. Although this time of year is a special occasion, Easter is rarely ever used as a theme in music.

We’ve decided to compile a list of tracks that contains numerous terms related to Easter, in order for you to enjoy a wide range of music this Sunday. Despite the songs not relating to the tradition itself, now is the perfect opportunity to listen to a variety of sounds from down the years, including artists such as Kanye West, Miike Snow, Chance The Rapper, Vampire Weekend, OutKast and many others.

Happy Easter from OnSMASH!

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Unexpected Players To Watch For During The NBA Playoffs

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The NBA Playoffs are officially underway and we couldn’t be happier. As the first day of action unfolds and you get ready to watch playoff basketball for the rest of the weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to include you in some of our thoughts. During the NBA Playoffs really more than any sport we see unexpected players take the forefront of the stage and showcase some skills that most of the country didn’t know they had. These unexpected playmakers etch their way into the history books and journey down the road to a household name.

To get into the playoff spirit we decided to pick out a player from each team in this years field that might be under the radar, but won’t be after the playoffs. So as you get fully consumed by playoff basketball over the next few weeks, use this as your guide.

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2014 NBA Playoffs 1st Round

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The road to the June is officially underway. While there’s many favorable teams that hold the higher seeding expected to win, we could get potential interesting stories from the Washington Wizards led by John Wall and more importantly a potential nasty fall out with Mark Jackson and Golden State Warriors. For the first time ever, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers nor Boston Celtics will be in the post-season; which for some is a breath of fresh air for the fans, but definitely not something new NBA commissioner Adam Silver would like to see.

The Miami Heat are on another journey for a third consecutive NBA title, but they face stiff competition from the Indiana Pacers with an imminent game 7 meeting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the San Antonio Spurs still looking to avenge their game 6 meltdown from last year. The NBA hunger games begin today, and will be domination most of our attention (in addition to WATCH_DOGS) for the next two months. Let the games begin.

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This One Goes Out To MC Ren

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MC Ren doesn’t always get all the respect he’s due.

For one, when you think of N.W.A., Ren’s name is not one of the first you mention when the group comes up. That’s not his fault. When you have certified West Coast legends like Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E on your team, you tend to play the sixth man. But the thing is, he’s still a legend. In all reality, he’s a pioneer of Compton rap.

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Who Should Win PFA Player Of The Year 2014?

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We’re now at the final stretch of the Premier League season, and with just a few weeks to go until it comes to an end, the nominees for player of the season have finally been announced. The players include Steven Gerrard, Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana, who have all made huge contributions to the 2013/14 season, even with a few important games left to play.

In one of the most competitive years we’ve seen in some time, the winner is likely to go down to the final weekend, with a considerable number of teams still fighting to make European competitions and others trying to earn points for survival.

Who do you think should win the award? We gave a lowdown of the nominees.

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If King Joffrey Was A Rapper, He’d Be Eminem

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Mama had a baby and his head popped off. Head popped off. Head popped off. Head popped off. Head popped off.

There is no denying the fact that Joffrey Baratheon is one of the most ruthless and hated villains on television. Jack Gleeson’s portrayal of King Joffrey is second to none. Throughout the four seasons of Game of Thrones, this dickhead has managed to slay, humiliate and rule with authoritarian tyranny that becomes a painful to watch at times.

He makes everyone’s life hell, eliminating those he doesn’t see fit and stand in his way. What went from an experiment to making him a puppet king, has backfired for Cersei and Tywin Lannister after the power went to his head and he stopped listening to any advice from his counsel. Why would he? He’s the Crown Prince of the Seven Kingdoms. You either bow down and kiss the ring or meet the ultimate price.

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10 Things Phil Jackson Can Do To Resurrect The Knicks

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Over the weekend, the New York Knicks were officially eliminated from 2014 playoff contention. Since winning 50+ games in the Atlantic division in 2013, the team suffered a collapse this season in comparison to their best outing in over 15 years. With Carmelo Anthony approaching his 30th birthday in a few weeks, the time window left in his prime is rapidly approaching.

After years of being rumored to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson dismissed those ideas after signing a five-year, $60 million dollar contract on March 18th to officially become the new President of basketball operations for the Knickerbockers. This effectively eliminated rumors of a potential run at coaching once again, citing his bad knees as a hindrance to his return. With Carmelo Anthony’s free agency now underway, Phil will have to act fast in making the right moves to not only accommodate his star, but fans of the organization.

From the outside looking in, many may think Phil is under pressure, but given his history in the league, we all know it won’t be a one-year turnaround if he’s making smart decisions. Now that Knicks have officially lost, we’ve taken time to analyze a few things the Zen Master can do not only this summer, but heading forward to repair New York.

Can Phil can be successful in the rotten apple?

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What You May Have Missed At Weekend One of Coachella 2014

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The first weekend of 2014’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is finally over. The 3-day event really felt longer due to so much happening in a short time, but soon would become a blur. Luckily for those of you who were out of commission enjoying your weekend, we’ve put together a nice round-up of the most important things and performances over the last 72-hours, including the long-awaited OutKast reunion, music premieres and special guest appearances from literally the biggest names in music at the moment. Some of this stuff came out of left field, but it set the bar for Coachella heading out the first weekend. We’re sure fans in attendance were very pleased.

The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will be seeing a 4-day rest period before folks pack Inland Empire once more this Friday for another 3-day weekend fans will never forget. Continue below to see what you missed in the week one festivities.

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Happy Birthday Q-Tip!

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When looking back at some of the most influential hip-hop artists down the years, Q-Tip is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of our generation. Although his work as a solo artist may not be awarded as much as the prominence of A Tribe Called Quest, the New York artist’s work as a rapper, producer and DJ on a solo front has continued to push boundaries throughout the 2000s until now, and provided inspiration for rising musicians in his own city and across the world. 2014 saw somewhat of a resurgence for Kamaal after reuniting with Busta Rhymes, with his The Last Zulu LP in sight and hopefully further collaborations as part of G.O.O.D. Music.

In celebration of his birthday today, we took a step away from his work with the tribe to focus on his solo material. From three studio albums to working with the likes of Common, Mobb Deep, The Roots and Mos Def, we reflect on just a small fraction of his personal catalog.

Happy birthday Q-Tip!

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One on One With Metro Boomin

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The producer game is one that is just as dynamic and ever-changing as anything else in hip-hop. For a while now, one name that has stood out on the frontline is Metro Boomin. Originally from St. Louis, Metro has become one of the go-to producers on the hip-hop scene and grown to be one of the best young producers in the industry thanks to his trunk rattling sounds. He put a stamp on the game in his own way when he dropped his highly-acclaimed mixtape 19 & Boomin last year and showed that he has what it takes to be in the business for a very long time.

We were lucky enough to chat with Metro recently and got to speak with him about everything going on in his life. He spoke on producing Future‘s single, “I Won,” featuring Kanye West, getting a nod on YG’s album, My Krazy Life, his experience at SXSW, his goals for this upcoming year and a whole lot more.

Check out the entire interview with Metro Boomin after the jump.

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Remembering Kurt Cobain

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Certain moments in time are remembered in history and the day that former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide is one of them. On this day 20 years ago, Cobain took his own life in his Seattle home, changing the music world forever. With Nirvana, Cobain ushered in a new era of music and became the face of a budding generation of grunge. This proved to be too much for him though, as he battled with drug addiction, before it finally brought him to the edge.

While the world did have Cobain, he continued to give us classic music that still resonates and continues to be revolutionary to this very day. Songs like “Smell Like Teen Spirit,” “In Bloom,” “Come As You Are,” and so many more still deserve just as much attention as they did when released over 20 years ago.

Rather than focusing on why Kurt took his own life so tragically, we have decided to lock in on the music and bring you an essential Nirvana playlist. Remember the man that was Kurt Cobain today, and forever through his incredible music.

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Who We Would Replace David Letterman With on “Late Show”

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It came as a shock to everybody yesterday, when David Letterman announced his retirement. Seriously, who was expecting the news on a regular Thursday? Although the exact date of David’s departure is still unclear, the date looms near. He was quoted as early as 2015, but that could mean anywhere between January 1 to December 31. The point of the matter is, this is the beginning of the end for this era of the Late Show. 33 years will now be part of history and it’s now time for the next chapter.

While there’s been speculation of who the best candidate to replace him moving forward will be by several outlets, we racked our brain and chose some of our favorites, who would be perfect for the position. If we were Leslie Moonves as the chairman of CBS, these are the folks we’d consider for the job.

And no, Craig Ferguson isn’t one of them.

It pretty much came down to who could carry the torch for the next generation and actually be able to compete against the Jimmys in the immediate future. If you have any suggestions of your own, please feel free to voice them in the comments.

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NCAA Final Four: Key Players

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The Final Four is about to get underway this weekend, and there is no lack of star power. Tomorrow we will see UConn take battle against Florida and in the night cap, Kentucky will battle Wisconsin. Every year the Final Four has star caliber players, but this year we will see A+ talent on the court in front of the sports world more than previous others.

We have decided to do a full breakdown of the key player for each team in the Final Four to get you better acquainted with the stars on the court heading into tomorrow’s games. Before you lock into Final Four mode this weekend, take a gander at the players that you have to keep an eye on in each matchup. Plus, this is a small preview of what to expect at the 2014 NBA Draft.

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The Essential Sam Smith Collection

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Just yesterday, we were giving you reasons why you should be a fan of Sam Smith, but it’s always easier when you can actually listen to the music. Accompanying our feature, here is 40 minutes of back to back tunes from the man himself to get you better acquainted with his sound and ready for his upcoming In The Lonely Hour album.

From the feel-good tracks to the emotionally driven ballads, dance numbers and acoustic renditions, we got you. If you remember correct, he even had a Harry Fraud remix. So vibe out with our own collection of Sam Smith songs below.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Listening To Sam Smith

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You may have heard or seen people chattering about Sam Smith a bit more than usual the past few days. That may have been in part because of his show-stopping appearance on Saturday Night Live. Those folks were probably asking questions like “who the fuck is this guy?” after being blown away by his live renditions of “Lay Me Down” and “Stay With Me.” We can’t blame them. Sam is an incredible talent.

If you visit OnSMASH, you were probably the person to clear things up for those people in the dark, putting them on to a few of their videos and songs. We’ve kept you very up to date with his music over the past year. Unless you happen to be the type that skipped over his music and is now scrambling to catch up because you slept.

To those people, we say keep scrambling like Randall Cunningham after the pocket collapsed. To everyone else, peep game to this shit right here.

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