Posts Tagged ‘guest blogger’

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.

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger Returns w/Recap

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Keeping tradition here at T.R.O.Y. we’ll be bringing back our Guest Blogger posts that we’ve done over the years. We’ve had a lot fun with these because we’ve been able to deliver a different side of our guests. Every one has been slightly different, but the goal has always been to exhibit something new that we didn’t know or expect for that matter. Below are links from some of our previous editions. Check ’em out if you haven’t already. Refresh those that you once read years ago and get ready for some more guest bloggin’ about to be in full effect. –Philaflava

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/J-Zone

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/MF Grimm

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Sean Price

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Jean Grae

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Tame One

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/ Chip Fu

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/B-Real

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/9th Wonder

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Blockhead

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/ AJ Woodson (JVC Force)

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Superstar Quamallah

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/J-Zone

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I’m currently finishing my first book entitled Root For The Villain, a collection of short stories, anecdotes and essays. The book takes humorous, nostalgic and sarcastic looks at interning in hip-hop recording studios in the early 90’s, socializing and dating disasters in post-gentrification NYC, semi-famous rappers coming to my house and clogging my toilet, cassette tape and record collecting, Gadget Hoes (only the book can explain that one), androgynous fashion, relationships, what it feels like to watch rappers you grew up idolizing ruin their legacies with Myspace bulletins for $200 verses, me getting sued by my childhood idol, going back into the working world after a decade in the music business, what its like to live with your grandmother as a grown ass man and much much more.

It‘s almost like a J-Zone album, but in book form. If you‘re over 30, a curmudgeon or felt Snoop Dogg deserved an Oscar for his performance in Baby Boy, you’ll definitely relate to it. Root For The Villain is slated for a 2011 release. And now on to the lists… [ed. – lists are after the jump] (more…)

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/MF Grimm

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Welcome to another edition of Guest Blogger with none other than MF Grimm. Whether you know him as MF Grimm, Grim Reaper, Jet Jaguar or Percy Carey; his story truly is a feel good one.  In 1994, Grimm survived a murder attempt where he was shot seven times and three times in an earlier murder attempt in 1986. As a result of the 1994 attack, he was deafened, blinded, and paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors predicted that he would suffer nulled senses and be paralyzed for the rest of his life. Grimm recovered full vision, hearing, and speech ability, but is still confined to a wheelchair. In 2000, he faced narcotics and conspiracy charges, giving him life imprisonment.  He paid a one-day bail of $100,000, recording The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera in those twenty-four hours.

During his stay in jail, Grimm studied law. After filing many counter-suits, he was able to reduce his sentence to three years and he was released in 2003.  So while many know him as the man who ripped “Take ‘Em To War,” I know him as the man who overcame the impossible. MF Grimm’s Top 5 Collabos and Top 5 Albums lists, plus some video and audio, after the jump.   (more…)

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Sean Price

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

We’re bringing back our Guest Blogger features, and who better to resurrect this shit than Sean Price? A master of ceremony, wit, charisma, and fitted caps, Sean Price is one of the few remaining active throwbacks we’ve got. –Philaflava

Sean Price’s Top 5 Duck Down Releases

1. Black Moon – Enta Da Stage – The genesis
2. Heltah SkeltahNocturnal – My 1st rapbook
3. Smif-N-WessunDah Shinin’ My 1st pro verse
4. Sean PriceMonkey Barz – The pain, the getback, the empty pockets
5. Skyzoo & IllmindLive From The Tape Deck – Classic 5 mic shit

Sean Price’s Top 5 Collabos*

1. Boaz – Goodfellaz feat. Sean Price
2. Jedi Mind Tricks – Blood Runs Cold feat. Sean Price
3. Roc Marciano – Snow Pt. 2 feat. Sean Price
4. Kimbo Slice – Abortion feat. Flood Diesel
5. Timeless Truth – Priceless feat. Sean Price

*Heltah Skeltah collabos not included

Look for him to drop Mic Tyson early ’11 as well as collaborations in super groups GMR (Grown Man Rap) with Roc Marciano, Meyhem Lauren and Freddie Foxxx and Random Axe with Guilty Simpson and Black Milk.

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T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/9th Wonder
T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Superstar Quamallah
T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Jean Grae
T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/Tame One

Mos Def & MF DOOMsday Disaster

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I wasn’t able to make it to the Mos Def & MF Doom show last weekend, so I had my boy Marvin write a review. This is just a heads up warning to anybody else that is planning on attending one of their shows.


“I have had bad experiences with concerts at the Congress Theater before. I once paid 30 bucks to see the Wu-Tang Clan – back when I was in high school & when $30 represented a lot more than it does to me today. When I counted only 7 actual members (there had to be like 30 folks on stage), and I noticed that Method Man was rapping Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s parts, I was, um, disappointed to say the least. So when I saw that Mos Def and MF Doom were coming to the Congress, I was apprehensive. After the concert got rescheduled, I was even more apprehensive. But a bunch of my friends were going, and I didn’t want to be the odd man out. So I paid $30 once again, hoping that the Congress would redeem itself.

I would have been more entertained if I stayed home and watched the NBA’s sorry dunk contest.

First of all, doors opened at 7pm. I know better than to show up right when the doors open because normally acts don’t hit the stage until 2 to 3 hrs afterwards. But, due to having to wait on a late friend, I didn’t arrive until after 11pm, fully expecting to walk in on the performance. Nope. I arrived to see an empty stage with a lone DJ playing old songs. My friends had been there for hours and had only seen 2 opening acts. An hour after I arrived, the crowd started to get a little antsy; I can’t say I blame them. People started booing and throwin’ things on stage. Finally, after the stage got saturated in empty drink cups and water bottles, Mos Def appears. This calmed folks down for a while, though occasionally a water bottle would fly up on stage. You can tell the crowd really wanted to get into Mos; we didn’t pay $30 to see a shady MF Doom. Sadly, Mos DEFinitely disappointed. He performed about 25 minutes worth of his new album (Ecstatic) mixed with a few cuts from Black on Both Sides. Then “MF Doom” emerged to join the stage with him. At this point I am thinking to myself “great – now we can have a real hip-hop show,” thinking that they would take this time to perform together. Nope. Mos left the stage, and what was left were 2 hype men, one of whom we were supposed to believe was MF Doom. It was a lip-synching imposter.

Now, you would think the crowd would have gone crazy tearing the place apart at this point. But instead, just a general disappointment settled in. I think many people were, like me, a little sad also. We expected more from Mos; we paid $30 hoping to see a performance that would rival those of his former counterpart, Talib Kweli, who is known for giving riveting performances. What we got was a very unprofessional, un-motivated performance from an aging artist who may be more interested in acting than rapping right now (Note to Mos Def: Do not give shout outs to Brooklyn while in other cities. Especially in Chicago. You’re lucky you didn’t get hit with a bottle to the face for that). We knew there was a chance that “DOOM” wouldn’t show as he’s notorious for that. But we had hoped that Mos Def would make up for any disappointment DOOM might bring. Nope…”

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T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/ AJ Woodson (JVC Force)

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Top 10 Songs That Made Me Feel Proud To Be From Strong Island

photo credit: Jerry Woodson Sr.

1. “Strong Island” by JVC FORCE (For Obvious Reasons Concerning Entertainment). “Living In C. I. Who The Hell Am I…” (Big Up to B Luv and Curt Cazal).

2. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back & Fear of a Black Planet albums by Public Enemy. I know this was suppose to be songs but their entire body of work had my proud to be from Strong Island.
3. “My Melody” by Eric B & Rakim. Too many Ra joints to name one but the most memorable lines were.. “I take 7 MC’s put em in a line/ And add 7 more brothas who think they can rhyme/ Well, it’ll take 7 more before I go for mine/ And that’s 21 MC’s ate up at the same time.”
4. “Nobody Beat the Biz” by Biz Markie. The song title says it all, cause no body beat the Biz in what he did and shout to T.J. Swan also from C.I. (Central Islip).
5. “It’s My Thing/ You’re A Customer” by EPMD. The first to really used that funk on the East Coast.
6. “Most Beautifullest Thing” by Keith Murray. I was proud to see one of the younger cats around my way hold it down.
7. “Plug Tunin'” by De La Soul. The creativity and boldness not to do what everyone else was doing.
8. “Flava In Ya Ear” by Craig Mack. Who don’t love the remix with Biggie, LL, Busta and Rampage?
9. “Spellbound” by K. Solo. Again proud to see my dude I grew up with and went to school with get his shine)
10. “Case Of The P.T.A” & “Sobb Story” by Leaders Of The New School. Brought back the days of Cold Crush and Treacherous 3 in their songs, routines and stage performances.
Honorable Mentions: “Mahogany” – Eric B & Rakim (one of my favorite joints from Ra as well), “Get Retarded” – MC EZ and Troop (early, early Craig Mack- shout to DJ Diamond J), Basement Arrangements (the entire album) by Kemelions (also from C.I. if you don’t know this one look it up 1992 Zoo Records- This is hip-hop).
Those born In Strong Island who I was proud to see shine: LL Cool J (Bay Shore), DMC (Wyandanch), Method Man (Westbury & Hempstead), Prince Paul (The creator of the Skit, what more can I say from Amityville), Prodigy (Hempstead), just to name a few who held it down….
Radio Shows that made me proud to be from Strong Island– Wildman Steve WBAU Adelphi Univ, Garden City and Jeff Foss (Hofstra Univ- Hempstead)
Writer who made me proud to be from Strong Island and made wanna write– Harry Allen The Hip-Hop Media Assasin (Yo Harry, you’re a writer, are we that type? Don’t believe the hype Don’t believe the hype )
Big up to everyone who ever did, and still holds it down for Strong Island!!!
Have A Blessed Day!!!!!
A.J. Woodson
Freelance Hip hop Journalist
and Professional Hip-Hop Junkie
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T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/ Chip Fu

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Top Ten Flows (Other Than My Own)

1. eminem
2. grafh
3. elzhi
4. jay-z
5. pharohe monch
6. talib kweli
7. wise intelligent
8. royce the 5’9″
9. busta rhymes
10. aidona
Right now my self and the BLAQ ink staff are putting the finishing touches on my solo album called MATH. We just shot two videos to keep the buzz going. We are now finishing up my mixtape called “stop playin” which we are going to drop at the same time we debut an internet tv show called CMIXtv. Stay tuned.
facebook: look up “chip fu”

— Chip Fu

T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/B-Real

Friday, November 21st, 2008
B-Real’s Top 10 Tracks To Get Blunted To

10. I Got 5 On It – The Luniz
9. How High – Method Man & Redman
8. How To Roll A Blunt – Redman
7. I Can’t Wake Up – KRS-ONE
6. Hits From The Bong – Cypress Hill
5. Gin & Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
4. Pack The Pipe – The Pharcyde
3. Mad Izm – Channel Live
2. I Want Get High – Cypress Hill
1. Dr. Greenthumb – Cypress Hill

Be on the look out for Smoke And Mirrors dropping February 24th on Duckdown records.

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T.R.O.Y. Guest Blogger w/9th Wonder

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Top 10 Remixes I Wish I Woulda Did
by 9th Wonder

10. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice (Diamond D Remix)
Diamond changed the whole scope of the jam. He made it fierce.

9. Das Efx – Jussamen (Pete Rock Remix)
Man you talkin about making Das Efx sound soulful and sweet…Pete did it.

8. Fat Joe – Shit Is Real (Premier Remix)
Lord..Primo brings the winter calm with this one. Like the cold streets…

7. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo (Lord Digga Remix) this remix is a jam that totally changed the spectrum of the song. It went from LOUD to sinister. Like chaotic to simple but still cold.

6. Das Efx – Real Hip Hop (Pete Rock Remix)
Pete said he did this remix in 15 minutes right before he had to go somewhere. WTF? Amazing.

5. Black Moon – Buck ‘Em Down (Evil Dee Remix)
I listen to this remix everytime I get on and off a plane.Buckshot says “welcome to flight Black Moon.” Yes!

4. Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance (Tumblin’ Dice Remix)
Arguably the best Party song EVER. Hip hop at his height and happiness. Best video. Everything!

3. Nas – It Aint Hard to Tell (Large Pro Remix)
NA-NA-NA-NAS. The way he used the biz sample, lord.

2. Black Moon – I Gotcha Opin (Evil Dee Remix)
The sexiest street remix ever. U can make love to the instrumental if u wanted to, hell it’s Barry White. The video with the hockey jerseys..Buck rockin’ a Penguin. He flows on this…

Drum roll…

1. Public Enemy – Shut ‘Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
All day, all night, all year. THIS IS THE GREATEST REMIX EVER.

Honorable mentions:
A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (ATCQ Remix)
Puff Daddy – Been Around The World (Remix)
Group Home – Supa Star (Demo Version) *
Group Home – Up Against The Wall (Getaway Car Remix)*
D&D All-Stars – 1, 2 Pass It (Remix)*
Junior Mafia – Player Anthem (Remix)

*produced by DJ Premier