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Drafting the Top 5 Ball Playing Rappers into the NBA

posted by Alejandro Hernandez June 22, 2017

Tonight was the NBA draft, which might be the most exciting day in the NBA off-season. It’s the night that essentially sets the tone for the upcoming year, with all types of franchise altering decisions happening, from once-in-a-generation talent being picked, to major trades that can completely make or break your team’s upcoming season (see: The Chicago Bulls).

Tonight was a showcase of a fairly talented draft class, with the top 5 pick being Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox. It got me thinking though. What would happen if we were drafting rappers instead of college athletes?

Hip-hop and basketball go almost hand in hand, from Kurtis Blow’s iconic ode to the game and Lil Bow Wow’s early 2000s interpolation, to popular hip-hop songs often serving as the soundtrack to the NBA season, with ‘Magnolia’ and ‘DNA.’ being the main songs used during this year’s NBA Finals promos, so it makes sense that many rappers partake in the game itself.

Many of today’s most popular rappers play during their free time, but who would be the ones dressed up for draft night had they decided to pursue basketball instead of music? This list attempts to answer that question. So without any further ado, here are your top 5 NBA draft picks if we were picking rappers:

1. Romeo

The consensus number 1, Romeo actually played D-I basketball at the University of South California where he was teammates with close friend and NBA All-Star DeMar Derozan, which automatically makes him the most overqualified prospect in this hypothetical draft. Romeo is also a regular at the Celebrity All-star game and he’s clearly sits in the top tier of celebrity players. Also, the fact that his father is rap legend and former NBA pro (for like 3 preseason games) Master P, the two would easily rival Lonzo and Lavar Ball has the most iconic father-son duo in today’s NBA.

 

2. 2 Chainz

Below is the only known footage of 2 Chainz playing in an organized game (numbered 21), and it shows him smacking a three and dunking like his name is Kevin Durant. The artist formerly known as Tity Boi was good enough to play basketball at a D-I school, albeit a smaller program in Alabama State University, but he left after his freshman year (like a true NBA prospect). He’s also 39, which is pretty old in basketball years, but despite his age, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest he has gas in the tank. From beating fellow Atlanta legend and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins in a game of ‘HORSE’ to babying former Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Champion Kevin Garnett in the post, it’s as clear as day that the College Park native can still ball.

 

3. Cam’ron

Killa Cam wasn’t just wrecking dudes in the rap game, but he was really outchea breaking ankles on the court too. The basketball career of Cameron Giles was short-lived, but it sure was accomplished. During his high school career, Cam’ron established himself as one of the best players in New York, and while teamed up with fellow rap legend, Ma$e, he actually led his high school squad to the Public Schools Athletic Class A championship. He was even tasked with shooting the final game-winning shot, but unfortunately, he just didn’t have that shooter’s touch. However, he not only beat Stephon Marbury’s squad to get to the title game, but according to the Diplomat rapper himself, he dominated the former NBA pro/Chinese basketball league legend, which is actually a really dope/wild thing to have on your resume. (Skip to 1:55 for highlights)

4. J. Cole

The Fayetteville rapper’s love of basketball is well documented. With each of his first three mixtape covers featuring an overt basketball theme and North Carolina Tar Heel games being one of the few public events he’s willing to go out of hiding for, it’s clear that the sport is more than a game to Cole. His basketball career is that of an underdog though. He got cut twice by his high school team, but like a true Rudy Ruettiger, he came back again and eventually made the team in his senior year, showing his commitment to the grind of refining one’s skills. He also played in the 2012 Celebrity All-Star game where he displayed his athleticism by dunking on national television, which is possibly the second most impressive accomplishment anyone on this list has (nothing will ever beat the image of Cam’ron breaking Stephon Marbury’s ankles).

5. Quavo

God bless and protect Quavious Keyate Marshall, for there is nothing he cannot do well. Not only is the Migos rapper one of the hottest names in all of hip-hop, but he might be the best athlete. Unlike the other names on this list, there is no known evidence of Quavo playing in any organized league, which is the reason he’s not number 1, but recent videos floating around the internet show that he is no stranger to the game by any means. He’s essentially the equivalent to that raw European player that no one in America knows about, but there’s hella highlight reels of him outmatching the hell of his competition (see: Kristaps Porzingis). Earlier this year, the hook god was seen outlasting fellow Migos member Offset, Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, and Chance The Rapper in a game of knockout, he embarrassed Tory Lanez in one-on-one, he’s showed off his handles in a team pickup game, and now just this past week, he was seen balling up with Arizona prospect and son of Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal. He might be the biggest risk since he does not necessarily have the same experience as everyone on this list, but I think it’s safe to say he has the most upside in this draft class.

 

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Top 10 Artists To See at Soundset 2017

posted by Alberto May 24, 2017

The premier Hip Hop festival in Minnesota and in our opinion, the best in the country, is only days away and we are really excited to be making our 4th trip to officially cover Soundset. As always, the festival provides a great combination of legends, current stars and stars of the future all in one lineup. Below are our top 10 acts we are looking forward to seeing rock a Soundset stage.

Thinking of making the trip to Soundset’s 10th Anniversary and don’t have tickets yet? You still have time to cop some HERE. Don’t tweak. Continue Reading

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12 Chicago Artists To See at SXSW 2017

posted by Oscar March 11, 2017

It’s the most…. wonderful time… of the yeeeeear! SXSW is back, and we couldn’t be more pumped to attend again this. For as much as we make sure to take full advantage of this festival every year to discover new sounds and find new bands to follow, we always make time to show some love to our favorite Chicago acts playing down in ATX.

So if you’re going to be in Austin, Texas this coming week to attend the massive festival, these are the artists from our hometown that you definitely need to check out. This isn’t all of them (and it’s definitely not the only ones we’ll be catching down in Texas at this festival), but these are the artists we’re definitely not missing out on! Continue Reading

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Dopest Albums of 2016, by Oscar

posted by Oscar December 28, 2016

It’s that time of year again during which we summarize the best music we heard over the last 12 months. Because Pursuit of Dopeness is composed of an eclectic mix of individuals, this is just one in a series of posts for 2016’s Dopest, so keep an eye out for the rest of the team’s lists in which they select their own picks for the best of 2016.

Now, onto my list… This time around it was much easier to figure out my picks as all I had to do was think back at the albums that resonated with me the most, and by unintended coincidence, these just so happened to be the limited albums that I actually downloaded to my phone so I can hear them whenever the moment struck me.

So now that you’re familiar with Alex’s 2016 favorites, hit the jump and find out my picks for the dopest sounds that filled my airwaves in 2016! Continue Reading

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Dopest Albums of 2016, From Alex

posted by Alex December 26, 2016

As this year comes to a close and lists are brought up, I can’t help but to think of the music projects that shaped my year and made my year so much better. After looking at my list of top albums of 2016, I came to the conclusion that I was more focused on different sounds as well as where each artist’s head was at in the making of their particular project. Yes, The Life of Pablo and Coloring Book are a couple of the top albums of the year, but I’m different and these following works of art have gotten me through this weird 2016. Check em out!

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Dopest Videos of 2016

posted by Oscar December 22, 2016

This year-end list takes aim at the best visuals of 2016. The music was already great as is, but these are the music videos that made you check out the song on YouTube instead of Spotify and Apple Music (TIDAL, if you’re down with them).

So look below for our list of the Dopest Videos of 2016, with artists like Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, David Bowie, and more. Continue Reading

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Top 5 Artists We Want To See at Freaky Deaky + After-Party Announcements

posted by Alberto October 25, 2016

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It feels like only yesterday we were attending Freaky Deaky 2015 watching performances from the likes of 2 Chainz, Logic, A-Trak, Pretty Lights, Joey Bada$$ and many others. Freaky Deaky 2016 is upon us this upcoming weekend and we are excited to see tons of great acts at Toyota Park. Below we have listed the top 5 acts we would like to see this year.

Don’t have tickets for the fest yet? You can still pick up some passes HERE. Interested in attending an after-party? React has you covered with plenty of shows to check out after the festivities rap up each day at Toyota Park. Check out the list of parties and links to buy tickets to those parties HERE.

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Top 10 Performances of Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

posted by Oscar July 20, 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival took place over the weekend and it was another fine edition of the annual fest. We saw all the dope sets on our checklist, and then we added some more to round out the whole experience. Needless to say, all three days played out like one big highlight reel, with performance after performance more than delivering on our expectations! Lowkey, you’ll find that the majority of these were on that original must-see list, but I take that more as a testament to how good we pick ’em 😉.

So check below to find out our picks for the dopest sets of #p4kfest 2016. Continue Reading

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The 10 Sets To See at Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

posted by Oscar July 13, 2016


We’re just days away from the 2016 edition of Pitchfork Music Festival and with that comes the debate of who to see during the weekend for a prime musical experience. The POD team will be present at the fest so we’ve had to wrack our brains to choose the right acts to see and we’ve compiled our thoughts into the list you see below.

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My Favorite Moments From SAMF 2016

posted by Ellena Rodriguez June 14, 2016

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend all three days (June 10-June 12) of Spring Awakening’s 5th year anniversary music festival. As big of an event it is, I had never attended SAMF so I was pretty excited to hit up Addams/Medill park for the EDM fest. A number of huge names in the EDM world had sets along with some up and coming artists, but nonetheless they all put on an impressive show that kept the crowd dancing throughout the weekend. I am so happy I got to witness some of the most influential DJs/producers live and be introduced to some dope ass DJs.

With that being said, their were some pretty memorable moments of the weekend, but just to name a few…. check out my favorite moments from Spring Awakening 2016 down below.

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Dopest Albums of 2015 – By Oscar

posted by Oscar December 31, 2015

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For our final year-end list we’re doing things just a little bit differently. POD is a team of writers with our own particular set of interests, so instead of doing one list for the blog as a whole, we figured it’d be much better to highlight our own individual tastes by each dropping a list of our own for the Dopest Albums of the year.

My inclinations steer towards Rock and you’ll see my favorites of 2015 fully show that, but you’ll see a couple of other genres deservedly included here. So hit the jump and read MY list of the Dopest Albums of 2015. Continue Reading

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Dopest Albums of 2015 By Ellena

posted by Ellena Rodriguez December 30, 2015

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As we start to wrap up 2015, it is time to reflect on all the good that was given to us in the past year and gahh damn… 2015 was one crazy year for the music world. Not only did legendary artists prove their talent even more so through their new releases, but we were all introduced to some underdogs that none of us were ready for… Having to choose my top selection of 2015’s best albums, I knew I had a variety to select from. I was having to choose from the best of the best, but I feel I narrowed it down to some pretty dope projects that have made their mark in the past year…so let’s see if you agree.

Here are MY top albums from 2015…

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