The cheers of the hometown crowd bring subliminal pressures that are usually ignored by the talking heads. The assumption is always that the home team has the advantage. Sure, there’s the familiarity and energy that a team can only get from its home court, but there’s just as much of a possibility for uneasy, piercing silence that resonates through a nervous and disappointed crowd. That can be crippling.
Hot 97's annual Summer Jam concert is reserved for Hip-Hop and R & B's biggest and brightest stars who have made a big impact in the first half of the year. The trend continued for 2013 for Summer Jam XX, an epic anniversary of the concert that represents 'Where Hip-Hop Lives'.
This year's line-up included Joe Budden, Miguel, Wale, Chris Brown, Fabolous, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana and Wu Tang Clan who were representatives and performers from the first ever Summer Jam.
It's fitting that there's Dr. J documentary premiering tonight on NBATV, because I feel the same way about Dr. J, now, I'm sure my children will feel about LeBron James two decades from now. When I hear men who came of age in the 60s and 70s talk about the evolution "modern basketball player" they trace it back to Elgin Baylor, who passed the torch to Dr. J, who shovel passed it the Michael Jordan. Dr. J is almost never discussed amongst the greatest 10-15 players of all-time, but his legacy is mostly relegated to anecdotes and folklore. Most of my peers have very little appreciation for his impact on the history of the sport, which must frustrate those who witnessed the Afro puffed, Converse wearing phenom create highlight after highlight, before the highlights were on SportsCenter every night.
In recent years Hot 97's Summer Jam has become as much about the featured acts as the special guest appearances. Summer Jam XX was no different. With artists representing just about every coast and various crews/labels of the industry, there were sure to be lots of surprise cameos. They didn't disappoint either. While some acts were expected, others were actual surprises, and one in particular really left people scratching their heads. Here's a look at some images of the special guest appearances of the night.
In season 3 of the Wire, there’s an opening scene in one of the episodes where Omar Little and Brother Muzone, two assassins, have a classic western standoff. The tension was immediate and never waned as both men launched one-line zingers at one another for the better part of two minutes. No shots were fired. After the both men returned their guns to the holster, Muzone offers Omar a proposition to which Omar replies, “Omar listening.”
4th of July weekend, for most, is about barbecuing, fireworks, and celebrating freedom. For the people of New Orleans, however, the prolific weekend symbolizes so much more. This year marks the 19th annual Essence Music Festival, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in NOLA. The annual festival is a three-day celebration of African-American music and culture, featuring performances in genres such as R & B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Reggae, and Jazz.
If you go to Youtube and type into the search field: “Lauryn Hill at the Apollo”, the first clip that will appear is an aged video recording of a 13 year-old Lauryn singing on the stage of the world famous Harlem theater. This is pre-Sister Act, pre-“Killing Me Softly,” and pre-Miseducated Lauryn Hill. About halfway through she had begun to slip off-key, and the notoriously rough Apollo crowd starting booing. In what could certainly be looked at now as a make-or-break moment for her, she defiantly pulled the microphone from its holder, took a step forward and belted her way through the remainder of the song.