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Damian Lillard Is Spitting Bars In The Offseason

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The NBA off-season is a long and painful time for basketball fans everywhere. However, this year has easily been one of the most entertaining breaks we’ve seen in quite some time. There’s been more attention than ever paid to the summer league, and there’s no small amount of gossip about the trouble in paradise between Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. But not every NBA star is staying in the news for drama. Some of them are actually being productive in their time off by pursuing artistic endeavors.

Oaktown sensation, Damian Lillard surprised a lot of people last year when he dropped his debut album, The Letter O, to a healthy amount of critical acclaim. The album featured a ton of quality guest stars including the likes of Lil Wayne, Jamie Foxx, and Raphael Saadiq. He followed it up with another well-received record, B4td Reloaded. The verse he briefly dropped in the State Farm commercial belies his actual talent as a lyricist, and the more you hear from him, the more you have to recognize that he’s actually pretty good.

Lillard is hardly the first NBA star to make his own stab at a rap career. Shaquille O’Neal went platinum with his debut, Shaq Diesel, but that was more on the strength Shaq’s superstardom rather than his actual rapping abilities. And never forget that legendary 1994 compilation, B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, which featured a host of NBA talent. The 1994 record was the apex of the crossover of hip-hop and basketball and featured the likes of Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, the late Malik Sealy (RIP), J.R. Rider, Cedric Ceballos, Dana Barros, Dennis Scott, and, of course, Shaq. It’s actually not bad at all and pairs the ballers with ’90s rap icons like Sadat X from Brand Nubian and Warren G at the height of his fame. It’s a fascinating time-capsule that’s well worth re-visiting if you’re looking for something nostalgic to bump on your way to the next pick-up game. Sadly, the idea of players having something to say on record would be sullied by the questionable musical efforts of Allen Iverson, Metta World Peace, and Kobe Bryant.

But unlike most ballers looking to moonlight in the rap game, Lillard actually has bars. It’s good to see him getting the recognition he deserves off the court in addition to the praise he gets for his play. If only they’d put him on an All-Star team. It’s become a trend to snub Lillard, who’s the first player to score more than 25 points a game and be overlooked in consecutive years since 1986. Anyone that’s listened to his track “They Sleep” knows that he doesn’t take this lightly. That mean’s he’s just going to play even harder when the season starts up. If anything, it’s plenty of material for another album, and we can’t wait to see what he does when the season starts back this fall.

The future is looking bright for both Lillard and for the Trailblazers. Last year many experts picked either Portland or the Utah Jazz to win the division, and the Northwest ended up sending three different teams to the playoffs. Of course, now that Utah has parted ways with star small forward Gordon Hayward, the only thing standing in Lillard’s way are the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Lillard looking to finally cement his place as a true All-Star in the NBA, the Blazers are a team to watch out for.

Dame will also be contributing some jams to NBA 2k18 to help lend even more authenticity to the already impeccably curated collection. The game will include “Wasatch Front,” a standout song from The Letter O, in addition to a new song called “Shot Clock” that you can unlock in the “My Player” mode. It’s a cool tribute by the best basketball simulation to the best rapper in the sport. NBA 2k18 will drop September 19 and we’re looking forward to balling out with Lillard to the tune of his own music.

Take It Personal: Hip-Hop Mount Rushmore

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Episode 9 might be titled the Calm Before The Storm, but it’s anything but. Our next show will be a DJ Premier tribute, so we wanted to take a short break from the tributes and get back to the traditional potpourri show. Special guest, Aaron Wade, sat in with us as we discussed and dissed each other’s Hip-Hop Mount Rushmore. We also announced the winner of our Evolution of The B-Boy Sticker pack contest and play some ridiculously dope music from Mobb Deep, Jeru The Damaja, Brand Nubian, Kool G. Rap, Gang Starr, Ice Cube, Das EFX, People Under The Stairs, Insight, J-Zone and Supastition. Plus, we threw in some new jawns by King Magnetic, Kendrick Lamar and a special K-Def/DJ 360 Beneficence remix. So, while you’re listening. think of who you’d put on your Mount Rushmore and then share your picks with us in the comment section. RIP Don Rickles!

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A Bunch of Niggas

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

It’s crazy that 3 outta 6 rappers featured on “A Bunch of Niggas” are no longer with us. RIP Heavy D, Biggie & Guru.

Heavy D – A Bunch Of Niggas feat. 3rd Eye, Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, Guru & Rob O (prod. Jesse West)

Another Heavy D, Biggie & Pac collabo, again 3 gone. Easily the one of the best collabs that ever featured these greats.

Eddie F. – Let’s Get It On feat. Heavy D, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Grand Puba & Spunk Bigga

The Greatest Mix In All of Spotify (1992-95 Hip-Hop by Philaflava)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

This is mammoth! 390+ tracks, 27+ hours of music featuring Masta Ace, Spice 1, Lord Finesse, World Renown, Brand Nubian, Tha Alkaholiks, Mic Geronimo, Mac Mall, all the way to Da King & I. This has to be the most complete 92-95 mix of hip-hop you’ll hear on Spotify. Check it out and enjoy your weekend!

    Goodies From The T.R.O.Y. Forum

    Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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    Shout-out to the forum and its awesome members such as and . Thank you all for sharing and most importantly, supporting Philaflava.

    Philaflava’s 250 Favorite Obscure Tracks (’92-95)

    Monday, March 24th, 2014

    Six years ago, with the help of 8 other folks on Philaflava.com, we put together a list of our Top 100 Obscure Tracks. The list went viral and the blogosphere was laced with 100 mp3s that spread like wildfire across all blogs, message boards and websites alike. I love obscure shit. Who doesn’t like to be different, especially when it comes to music?

    Everybody would always play the same radio singles, but you’d look for that one album cut nobody was checking for. Maybe it was that a b-side or that cassette single only remix. I love guest features. I’m a sucker for a good 90s collabo. The beauty of the music is not only enjoying it, but discovering it as well. Having it all to yourself, while you feel the rest of the world is on some other shit. It’s that feeling that I always yearned for when it comes to my hip-hop. It’s also the main reason I preferred The Source’s Fat Tape section over anything else in that mag. Though, many of the tracks listed in Fat Tape went on to become singles themselves.

    The T.R.O.Y. squad has always been adamant about focusing on a specific era in hip-hop, most of us would consider it the “2nd” Golden Age we’ve had. I personally love ’92-95. To me, those were the prime years. It’s hard to match the production, get away with the sampling and really, come with the same energy today.

    When I’m bored with music I always find myself going back to those 4 years. They never let me down and despite some of the music aging poorly or now that I’m older, I realize many of these lyrics were downright embarrassing, there is still something very cool about this era.  So with that said, I have put together a list of my 250 favorite obscure tracks from 1992-1995. 1996 had tons of great shit too, but to me, it was the beginning of that whole indie movement and it would take this list from 250 to 500 rather easily. One thing I’ve realized while compiling this list is that I am enamored with D.I.T.C. production, with the exception of Primo, Pete Rock, Diamond D and The Beatnuts, Buckwild completely owned shit in the 90s. I still don’t understand how he isn’t higher on most peoples list. The man always been incredible.

    I used the word obscure loosely here, because we all know its subjective. B-sides, remixes, posse cuts, guest features and random album cuts make up my list.  I’ll do my best to work on getting up some of those mp3s, though I am sure many of you probably already have them. Let me know what some of your favorite “obscure” cuts are from the golden age, I’m sure I am forgetting some. — Philaflava

     Philaflava’s 250 Favorite Obscure Songs (’92-95)

    250. Sha’Dasious – Da Whole Shabang feat. Ram Squad, 50 Grand, Tasc-4rce
    249. Preacher Earl & The Ministry ‎– Return Of The Body Snatcha
    248. Souls of Mischief – That’s When Ya Lost (Remix)
    247. Pete Nice & Daddy Rich – The Sleeper
    246. Kirk – Uptown Style feat. Ski
    245. Down South – Lost In Brooklyn
    244. MC Eiht – All For The Money (1/2 Oz. Remix)
    243. Special Ed – Rukus
    242. Lin Que – Let It Fall
    241. Supernatural – Buddah Blessed It
    240. Double X Posse – He Asked For It
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    Lord Jamar Tells White Rappers To Play Your Position

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

    It’s no secret that Lord Jamar isn’t exactly fond of homosexuality, especially in hip-hop. Here is a recent clip that I’m sure will be making headlines in the rap world. He’s pretty adamant about his beliefs. While he has every right to voice his opinion, so does rappers like Macklemore, even if you aren’t a fan. And not for nothing, Lord Jamar freely showing his penis in HBO’s OZ was as gay friendly as you could get. What are your thoughts on the subject?

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    Return of The Boom-Bap (The T.R.O.Y. Blog mix)

    Thursday, September 5th, 2013

    For all of our Spotify users out there, our lil’ bro blog OpinionatedJay has put together 4 really cohesive mixes covering a few different themes such as indie rap, collaborations and posse cuts to quintessential Boom-Bap hip-hop. Check them out and subscribe to the ones you like because we’ll continue adding to these playlists as more tracks become available via Spotify.

    And don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook. Our new page will bring you all things Philaflava so you can stay on top of the latest forum threads, SteadyBloggin and of course The T.R.O.Y. blog.


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    Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collabo

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

    Stussy and MTV team up to present these classic shirts featuring original artist imagery along with Stussy styling. The Stussy x Yo! MTV Raps Collection features Ice T, De La Soul, Gang Starr, Slick Rick, Digital Underground, Queen Latifah, Brand Nubian, Eric B. & Rakim and MC Lyte. $36 a pop tho. DAMN! –Philaflava


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    Everybody Loves the Sunshine: Who Flipped It Better? (Poll)

    Friday, March 11th, 2011

    Today’s golden sample is from “Everbody Loves the Sunshine,” the titular track to the classic 1976 album by Roy Ayers. “Sunshine,” which has been sampled by a variety of artists old and new, continues to be a staple of hip-hop production and one of the most recognizable samples ever. Most of you will recognize the ubiquitous vocal samples (“My life my life my life my life!” and “Sunshine!”), as well as the dreamy piano loop that will get even the piano movers dancing; it’s one of those gems that literally contain 3 minutes and 59 seconds of sample-worthy material, front to back. Without further ado, here is the Roy Ayers original; the poll options and videos for each are after the jump.

    Original Source: Roy Ayers – “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” (1976)

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