It’s that time again, Oscar time! Tonight the 86th airing of the Academy Awards are taking place, and we are here to go along with you on the journey. Right when this years nominations were announced, we could tell that this year would be up for grabs in almost every major category. For example, take a look at the stacked “Best Picture” category. Tonight we will see possibly the most popular film of the year, The Wolf Of Wall Street, take on heavyweight films such as American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity and more. In our eyes you could make a case for each of those films to take home the award.
The beauty of tonight, is that almost every category is stacked like that, and we could see it going a number of different ways. With the hilarious Ellen DeGeneres hosting, and Pharrell looking to win an Oscar for his #1 song “Happy,” tonight has the makings to be great. Of course if you happen to miss anything from the night, we will have you covered right here. So sit back and enjoy the ride!
With the NFL over and the NBA in the final stretch of the regular season, it is now time for us to turn all of our sports attention to the basketball court. What better place to look than Miami Heat All-Star and MVP candidate LeBron James? Once again this season, ‘Bron has proved that right now, he is in a league of his own and no matter what the circumstances are, he can still be dominant. One of the most exciting parts of LeBron’s game is his ability to throw down monstrous dunks so effortlessly, even if there are innocent bystanders in his path. And trust, there have been many of them.
So with this year’s dunk contest being an enormous failure, we decided to showcase our favorite dunks from LeBron spanning over his entire career and showing that anytime during a game, he can put anyone on a poster. Take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the most glorious throw downs of LeBron’s career below.
You probably forgot about some of these.
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We were riding out one of these days and some old Usher came on shuffle while we were making the trek back to the crib. Instead of skipping the track, we let that bitch breathe. It really reminded us of how many songs Usher has in the stash that were never really singles. You can always get the party jumping with “Yeah!” and “DJ Got Us Falling In Love” but the sleepers in his albums were what we always enjoyed.
Shortly after hearing that Usher song, we had to run back his catalog to hear some of other gems we’ve enjoyed over the years. Most of them actually come from Confessions (that album was top to bottom the best body of work he’s ever released), but his other albums have some bangers in between the huge singles.
Considering Usher’s been quiet with new music for far too long, we decided to cook up a playlist of some of his gems. If you’re an Usher fan, you’re going to love it. If you’re not up on the extent of his albums like that, put yourself on to some slept on tracks from ATL’s own. And yes, “Throwback” is probably his best non-single ever.
It’s been a long time coming for ScHoolboy Q. Being fans of Quincy for years (we’ve been on the wave since before Setbacks), we’ve seen his growth as an artist since the start. He went from being Kendrick’s hypeman to establishing himself as a solo artist and separating from that shadow. Now it’s all culminated to the release of his major label debut OXYMORON and he’s officially on the map.
Q might be the most ignorant out of TDE, but that doesn’t mean he’s not spitting daggers either. He’s put Figueroa on the map, making fans scream “Figg Side” and “YAWK! YAWK! YAWK!” everywhere the crew goes. From pushing pills to slanging raps, ScHoolboy is the epitome of gangsta rap in 2014, and one of the last one’s left.
Today, on the release of his album, we pay homage to the funny guy out of Black Hippy and look back at all of his featured verses over the years. It might be a while before we hear him on someone else’s track, so this should have to hold you over.
OS REWIND: The Road To ScHoolboy Q’s “Oxymoron”
OS REWIND: Five Things To Expect From ScHoolboy Q’s “OXYMORON” Album
It’s been one week since season 2 of House of Cards went up for binge watching on Netflix. Have you finished watching all the episodes yet? We did, and while we weren’t completely amazed by the show by the end of it (besides episode one?), it was a solid attempt. Shit got just as real for certain characters and Frank Underwood’s master plot. Everything he schemed hard for finally came full circle.
There were many casualties of war.
Throughout our time watching those 13 episodes, we took a bit of game from Frank Underwood and realized that sometimes the road to success is paved by any means necessary. How much you’re willing to do to get there? Some will kill their firstborn, backstab friends and sell-out to achieve world domination in their own sport. There’s a price to everything, the only difference is how much you’re willing to pay.
Whether you agree with that philosophy or not, there’s a few things to take away from the second season of House of Cards. We break some of them down.
Are you not entertained? Possibly one of the most stressful days in the NBA is upon us! Yes, the NBA trade deadline. This is a day filled with rumors of deals that will have you on the edge of your seat if your team is involved. What usually happens during the deadline is the rumors outweigh what actually gets done, but nevertheless, it is always interesting to see everything play out. With the 3 PM EST deadline now a thing of the past, we figured we’d lay out every trade that went down between last night and today.
If you missed any of the deals that went down on NBA trade deadline day or if anything slipped between the cracks, don’t worry because we got you covered.
After you check out all the trades, make sure to let us know your thoughts below!
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A lot of excitement has been surrounding this year’s Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Issue, not only because it’s the 50th Anniversary Issue, but because we get to drool over 27 beautiful models (new and old) that have that certain sex appeal we love. After spending loads of time staring at the models photo sets, we decided to come up with a short list of the ones we were checking out the most. In the list you’ll see some familiar faces in the model game as well as some up-and-comers you should be checking for.
After you’re done checking out our picks, let us know who your favorite 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model(s) in the comments.
Be sure to pick up your copy of the new issue, which hit stands yesterday.
A few days ago, we had the pleasure of attending ScHoolboy Q‘s OXYMORON listening section at Sonos Studio in Hollywood to get a preview of the album. Many media outlets gathered in excitement to hear what Top Dawg Entertainment’s next star had in store, taking pictures in front of the album cover with enlarged ScHoolboy Q heads and predicting which track would be the hardest.
Q finally went up to the stage and introduced himself, telling a few jokes for the crowd to break the ice. Once the tracks started playing, folks heard anticipated gems like the 2 Chainz-featured record produced by Mike WiLL Made It, “Los Awesome” produced by Pharrell and the next single from the album. Not to mention “Blind THreats,” and other notable tracks from his major label debut. Everyone in the room stopped what they were doing and paid undivided attention to the music blaring across the speakers.
The reaction from certain records were more than others, but nobody left the room disappointed. Although we didn’t get to hear every song, you can definitely feel the tone of the project, as well as back stories regarding some of the songs.
For those who weren’t there, we have come up with five things you should expect from the February 25 release of OXYMORON.
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NBA All-Star Saturday Night in New Orleans is about to kick off and we’re about to witness what makes this weekend great. The Slam Dunk Contest, 3-pt contest, shooting stars, and skills challenge are all on deck and we’re sure plenty of surprises are on deck. Plus, you can’t forget the fact that artists like Kendrick Lamar will hit the stage during the Slam Dunk contest.
You know how we do at this time so sit back and enjoy the 2014 NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities with us with out own live-blogging.
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Valentine’s Day. You either dread it or love it, right ladies? There’s real no grey area when it comes to this day. For every scorned and bitter woman, there’s one who is completely over the moon in love. Today either reminds you of what you used to have and want to go back to, or you appreciate your significant other now.
Whatever your mood is, we got you covered. If you woke up happy and giddy, we made the soundtrack to the rest of your day so you can float on cloud 9 with the rest of the lovers out there. If you woke up hating life because you’re lonely and nobody bought you flowers and/or thought you were special enough, we got that too.
Either way, pick your poison.
Note: If you have any lovers/heartbreak song favorites, let us know in the comments.
We’ve said this before, but brand new R&B baby making songs are a rarity nowadays. The genre is a dying breed and it actually takes a while to compile a new list of songs because we don’t see them too often. Especially not as lead singles from albums. Those days (hey, ’90s, we’re looking at you) are clearly dead and gone.
Usually, the slowed down tracks are found deep in albums and get lost in the shuffle of the club bangers. Little by little, we’ve been seeing a few slow jams surface in recent weeks and we’re not mad at it at all. We actually encourage it.
So as the Valentine’s Day festivities commence tonight, we got you covered with some songs you can use for the late night to help you reach the promise land.
All fire too. Your girl will appreciate it if she’s the romantic type.
OS REWIND: Lights Off: Baby Making Music For The Bedroom
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We might not be the biggest The Beatles stans out there, but we do enjoy some of their later material. Abbey Road is actually one of our favorite albums of all time, and Across The Universe was a movie we watched when it came out.
So it’s not too surprising that somehow we got caught up watching this CBS special on TV. “A GRAMMY Salute to The Beatles” was stacked with special guests, all singing classics from the group’s catalog in front of the two surviving Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. They were sitting front row for the action.
The two also got to perform one solo set each and one together to end the show with a bang and close out the night. In between performances from the invited guests (John Legend, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Katy Perry, etc.), clips from old performances would play for a minute, as well as David Letterman’s interview with McCartney and Starr before the show. The crowd also got to see profiles of where each member got their start, going all the way back to their childhood.
If you missed some of the action when it aired, we got you covered with what we observed throughout the show, and performances from the night.
It’s been eight years since hip-hop saw one if it’s most prominent producers leave this earth, but in his passing he has left behind not only a legacy, but a day that is remembered by all. February 10th will forever be remembered as Dilla Day thanks to the man, father, brother, son, and producer, James Dewitt Yancey. While Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (a rare blood disorder) is what ultimately caused Dilla’s untimely passing, the music he was able to create during his time spent will go down in history, and his name is forever brought up in conversation with the greats.
In celebration of today, we compiled some of our favorite records from J Dilla’s collection in hopes that you might either hear something you haven’t heard before or just want to hear some great music. If you are in the Detroit area, make your way to Dilla Day In Detroit and spend your evening with some of hip-hop’s finest like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Slum Village, Phife Dawg, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, and plenty more. Take a listen to some of the most influential music to hip-hop from a producer who has most likely worked with your favorite rapper, or your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Whatever the case may be… Enjoy.
Happy 40th Birthday, Dilla!
While most have snitched or sadly blew trial (shout outs to the Biggavelli), Cam’ron has remained to be at the forefront of Harlem representation for nearly 20 years. From coming into the game with Big L, Mase, Jimmy Jones and the deceased Bloodshed, Cam has remained to be one of the most relevant emcees whenever he drops new material, furthering his legacy in the game. Speaking of which, he already has plans to release an official EP with A-Track Federal Reserve and the project’s first single “Humphrey” was a nice introduction.
Today, however, we decide to pay homage to Killa through a playlist consisting of his classics and hits from over the years. Last fall, we gave you a feature dedicated to them Uptown boys and inventors of the group mixtape, but now King Jaffe Joe gets the solo spotlight this time around. Check below to peep some our favorite cuts from Cam’ron.
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The highly anticipated reboot to one of the 80’s biggest sci-fi franchises, RoboCop hits theaters next Wednesday. To illustrate just how iconic the bionic crime fighter truly is, we present to you – RoboRaps: Our favorite RoboCop lyrical references.
In over two & a half decades since his theatrical debut, more than a few famous rappers name-checked the futuristic cop that many of us grew up watching, perhaps even emulating in a dance move or two. From odes to psychotic girlfriends to records that inspired a dance craze, listen and learn how RoboCop resonated with some dope artists you already know, might have forgotten about or never even heard of.
BTW, If you never seen the original RoboCop movie, consider this rap your cliff notes. Watch the latest trailer for RoboCop, in theaters February 12th.