Long Live Derrick Rose!

So, I’m going to be real, son. I may or may not have had an emotional reaction to Derrick Rose‘s performance last night. I mean, after everything that dude has been through, how could anyone not appreciate his game, man? Shit, after all of the injuries and all of the setbacks, Rose had a career night, fam. All in all, everybody needs to give him a standing ovation for never quitting and never falling victim to his past.

Ok, at this point, sports fans should be familiar with Rose’s story. Hell, he went from the Rookie of the Year and the youngest Most Valuable Player to the oft-injured/former franchise guy. Frankly, after a torn ACL and three meniscus injuries, nobody, including me, gave him much of a chance, bruh. Regardless of that, Rose kept working, son. Despite being traded a bunch of times and looking like a shell of himself, Rose kept the faith, man. With all of that being said, as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the stars finally started to align for him, fam.

Now, for anybody who missed it, Rose went OFF last night. While playing against the Utah Jazz, Rose scored a career-high 50 points while shooting 19/31 from the field and 4/7 from three-point range. On top of that, he made a game-saving block to stop the Jazz from tying the contest in the final moments. Like, could Hollywood even write a better story, bruh? Fuck no! Hell, Rose remained humble though all of his issues and just kept it pushing, man. All I know is, he deserves all of the praise he’s getting right now.

In the end, I hope this is the beginning of a new chapter for Rose, fam. Ultimately, I don’t expect him to drop 50 every night. But, I hope he can be consistent and reclaim even a fraction of his former glory, bruh. By and by, who doesn’t love a good redemption tale, son? On the real, I know I do, man. At the end of the day, long live Derrick Rose! That is all. LC out.

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Kobe Bryant Still Didn’t Flinch

So, let me begin this post by saying that I’m not a Kobe Bryant fan. As a lifelong supporter/victim of the New York Knicks organization, I am forbidden to praise anything that he does, son. Regardless of that fact, I still have the ability to be objective, man. With that being said, Kobe Bryant still didn’t flinch in front of Matt Barnes, fam. All I know is, these new camera angles ain’t prove shit, bruh. It is what it is and it was what it was.

Ok, for those who are unaware, it’s been a longstanding legend that Kobe didn’t flinch when Barnes pump-faked the basketball in front of his face. Originally, based on the initial camera angle, it looked like Barnes did this millimeters away from Kobe. In any case, this incident has been used by Kobe fans to assert his thuggery, son. Side note, where was all that moxie when Chris Childs hit Kobe with the two-piece/no biscuit? I thought so. Anyway, as of yesterday, a new vantage point came out that challenged our view of the situation. Apparently, Kobe wasn’t standing directly in front of Barnes. In fact, he was slightly off to Barnes’ right side.

Now, I don’t need a reason to hate on Kobe, man. But, really, fam? Really? Did this new angle actually debunk the entire story? No, bruh. No it didn’t. Look, even with Kobe off to the side, Barnes still placed the ball inches away from his face. Real talk, the move was still close enough to get a reaction out of Kobe, son. The fact of the matter is, Kobe didn’t bite, folks. He still looked at Barnes like a peon who wasn’t worthy to be rocking an NBA jersey. All in all, I still see the video the same way, brethren.

In the end, let’s find other reasons to hate on Kobe, son. Shit, let’s hate on him for his four airballs against the Utah Jazz. Let’s hate on him for snitching on Shaquille O’Neal. Hell, let’s hate on him for taking 50 shots to score 60 points in his final game. However, we can’t take this from him, man. At the end of the day, he didn’t flinch, bruh. That is all. LC out.

LeBron James Traded EVERYONE!

Now, look, I don’t actually believe that LeBron James is single-handedly responsible for all of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘s moves before the NBA trade deadline. However; it’s just funnier to phrase it that way, son. With that being said, “The Land” OD’ed yesterday, man. I mean, I knew they were struggling and needed help. But, I never expected them to make so many damn changes in one shot. All in all, they had a BUSY ass day yesterday, fam!

So, let’s recap all of the tomfoolery that went down, bruh. Now, long story short, the Cavs no longer look like the Cavs we’re used to. Isaiah Thomas? Gone. Dwyane Wade? Gone. Derrick Rose? Gone. Iman Shumpert? Gone. Channing Frye? Gone. Jae Crowder? Gone. Lawrence Charles? Gone. Ok, maybe not me, but we all get the picture, son. Basically, the entire roster was sent to either the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz or Sacramento Kings. In their place, the Cavs got back Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Jr., George Hill and Rodney Hood.

Anyway, I’m not surprised that the Cavs made moves before the deadline. However; I’m surprised that they made so many moves, man. Listen, the Cavs sucked, fam. I mean, REALLY sucked, bruh. Keeping it a buck, this season gave me a whole new appreciation for Kyrie Irving. Shit, that man went to the Boston Celtics and made them legit title contenders. On the other hand, he left the Cavs in COMPLETE disarray, son. The way I see it, the Cavs had no chance of making it back to the Finals with their current team. Frankly, it was either do or die, man.

In the end, we’ll see if all of these trades make any damn difference. Ultimately, the Celtics are the team to beat in the East, fam. In any case, I still don’t see anyone beating the Golden State Warriors anyway. By and by, all of this commotion may be for nothing, bruh. At the end of the day, I’ll be watching, son. On the real, I’ve been waiting for the NBA to get more interesting. Hell, we can’t have the same ass teams competing for the chip every year, man. That is all. LC out.

Black Thought Is Better Than All Of Us

So, I’m a firm believer in giving someone their flowers while they can smell them. With that being said, let’s talk about how Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Keep in mind, I’m not just saying this because he went hamburger while freestyling for Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97. Nah, I’ve known about Thought’s prowess for like 20 years, son. Frankly, I’m just happy that folks are finally starting to catch up, man. All in all, Black Thought has been a better emcee than all of us for a long, long, LONG time.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk about my personal fandom of Black Thought. Now, at this point, everyone out there should know that I make music. Hell, in 2017 alone, I’ve dropped 15 songs on this very blog, fam. In any case, I’ve also mentioned the fact that I was in a band during my college years. Truth be told, The Roots were a MAJOR influence on the music we made as a group, bruh. On the real, outside of the virtuosic rapping, their Jazz-influenced compositions were a template for what my band, Melodesiac, could accomplish. Needless to say, Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots set the bar for live Hip Hop.

Now, I say all that to say that Thought has been the man since the early 1990s. Real talk, when I first heard “Proceed,” I knew that dude was different, son. Also, he continued to grow with each album. Keeping it a buck, anytime I thought he couldn’t get better, he did, man. He was better when “Concerto Of The Desperado” dropped. He was better when “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” dropped. Shit, he was better when “Thought @ Work” dropped. Basically, he’s never slowed down, fam. I mean, he’s been a lyrical genius every step of the way, bruh.

Listen, with all of that being said, he absolutely blacked out on Hot 97, son. Fuck, he completely mangled Mobb Deep‘s “The Learning (Burn)” beat, man. Look, he started rapping as soon as the snare hit and he didn’t stop murdering shit for 10 minutes, fam. Keeping it a buck, I won’t even disgrace the man and try to quote any of his lines. All I know is, everyone out there should watch the massacre for themselves, bruh. By and by, THIS is how a rapper is supposed to rap, folks. All I can say is, I don’t want to hear anything to the contrary.

In the end, viva la Black Thought! Ultimately, everyone should take a second and watch the video below. As of now, nobody out there can claim ignorance about the ability of this man. Ok, yeah, some folks may recognize him because of Jimmy Fallon, but give this dude his proper respect, son. From what I see, legends never die and skills never diminish, man. That is all. LC out.

Long Live Melodesiac!

So, as I’ve stated numerous times on this blog, I’m a musician first. To be more specific, I’m a rapper, singer, producer, engineer, keyboardist, guitarist and bassist. With all of that being said, I was only a rapper, singer and quasi-keyboardist when I was in Melodesiac. Now, for those who are unaware, Melodesiac was a band I was in during my college years. Side bar, big up to Tufts University. In any case, after realizing we put out our one and only album ten years ago this month, I wanted to give my brothers some shine.

To begin, it’s no exaggeration when I say this band taught me everything I know. Yeah, I’ve recorded plenty of songs before joining this group, but my real musical education came from being around my comrades. I learned how to write songs in this band. I learned how to play instruments in this band. I learned how to perform in this band. All jokes aside, if anyone digs any of the music I ever put out, they should thank this band. On the real, being in this group let me know that a musical act could be successful without compromising. We built a nice following by just being ourselves. We never adhered to any style or genre and we loved every minute of it.

Ultimately, we couldn’t keep it together because the members wanted to go in different directions. Keeping it a buck, the dissolution of the band hurt me. I didn’t record another song for three years after we parted ways in 2008. In any case, despite the raw emotion at the time, it was still a dope ass ride, man. So, in honor of my bredren, I’m going to post a couple of videos from our concert days. Also, for some reason, our album, Hands High, is still for sale on Amazon. Anyway, massive shout-out to Robert Brentley, Shahan Nercessian, Nehemiah Green, Ben Bornstein, Aaron Mehta, Arlen Spiro, James Harris, Yoni Dvorkis and Nick Ojeda. Long live Melodesiac!

P.S. Hey, fellas, we still have a whole unreleased album that our fans don’t know about. What should we do about that? Just saying… That is all.