We take a quick look back at the Miami series and the season as a whole with our disappointment still offset by pride. Given the circumstances, the 2012/13 Bulls were incredibly entertaining and still managed to overachieve. We also dip into some offseason speculation and project next season's roster. Finally, we offer our bold (dumb?) predictions for the remainder of the playoffs. Thank you all for listening and a fun season!
Last Week, the very impulsive E! Online reported and confirmed that Beyoncé was indeed pregnant with baby number 2. Well guess what… She’s not. Although it didn’t come straight from the houses mouth, it did however come from a very reliable source the E! News didn’t ask… Jay-Z. Yes, hubby Jay-Z spoke with Hot97 Ebro and denied the rumor. Check the video below to hear what Jay-Z’s email said:
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Mmmm well can’t say I ever believed this was true for a second. Beyoncé has been confined for 5 festivals and she just extended her tour till September. Does that sound like someone pregnant to you? Didn’t to me either. Meanwhile check out a bonus video of Beyoncé poking fun at the rumors 2 days ago (0:59 mark).
Famsquad connects with GLC, Geechi Suede, and Kaye Fox over a KEEYNOTE produced jam serving as a release coming off their upcoming sophmore project, Lust of Money. Keey just laced us with the perfect track to go and enjoy on a beautiful day like today. Stream below and keep it locked for the mp3. Enjoy G's. Ism!
Not only does J. Cole reveal the artwork to the upcoming album, Born Sinner, he also confirms the June 18th push-up of the release date. Lookin' forward to the next month or so to hear how else he'll preview the album.
Related: while surfing tumblr, I found this awesome GIF/quote from J. Cole — which can hopefully act as a nice motivator for this Monday!
Big James and the Chicago Playboys LIVE @ 45th Anniversary of Kingston Mines 05.18.13
This time last night (it's 4am as I write this) I was enjoying live music at a place I wouldn't have thought I'd be after countless hip hop shows I've attended over the years. That place: Kingston Mines — a famous Chicago blues and juke club on the north side, celebrating its 45th anniversary after opening its doors in 1968.
Now, not that I'm not a fan of blues or anything like that, but there's been enough hip hop or R&B shows over the years to catch to keep me busy. The only other classic club in Chicago I've previously frequented was The Green Mill (and one of those two times was because Childish Gambino walked in there after his set across the street, but that's a whole 'nother story).
Anywho, I instantly warmed to the idea when one of my high school buddies who was in town (longtime GWHH readers may remember him write about sports on here as 'The Sage') suggested Kingston Mines after 3am. "Sure, why not?", I thought. There's no way I wouldn't like a blues club; after all, it's the soul of Chicago's music scene that dates back decades. And so much soulful hip hop and R&B derives from blues. And I could tell my dad about it — he's a Chicago blues expert who runs the Twitter account @ChiTownBlues49, after all. Naturally, Papa Tibs has been to Kingston Mines when he was my age.
Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang LIVE @ 45th Anniversary of Kingston Mines 05.18.13
As for my night, I was instantly floored at how much energy was in the Kingston Mines. It was 4am, but it felt like the night had just begun. People everywhere, shoulder to shoulder, many dancing and others at the bar. People of all kinds — college kids, 30 somethings, white-haired Uncle Drew characters, and even a brave soul with a Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom jersey (he shouldn't have even been let in).
The Mines are set up to have two stages with acts alternating between the two spaces, giving people two different environments to experience the music. The bigger room of the two allows for more dancing (which is what I walked into... aside from the old guy in the 1930s gangster suit) and that's where we saw Big James and the Chicago Playboys. This Vine won't do it justice, but they played off on a funky hip hop beat with the singer repeating "Say You Will" like he was Kanye West.
Soon after in the other room, our group grabbed a table to enjoy the more soothing sounds of Eddie Shaw and The Wolf Gang. Eddie Shaw, presumably the fella in the ole sailor suit, had a raspy voice yet soulful way about him. I couldn't understand much, even when he addressed a group of guys for not having any ladies with them in between songs (high comedy), but he and The Wolf Gang kept the good vibes comin'. When you got someone wielding a guitar with three necks, you know you're already in for a treat (see the photo above).
Simply put, last night was reinvigorating to step outside the element of a hip hop show and take it back to the roots. Experiencing live Chicago blues is a must for any Chicago music fan. Blues is once again not only a drawing point for some of today's biggest hip hop artists and producers, but also representative of the melting pot of our hometown. You can't get a blues experience like the one Chicago still has to offer, and in many cities, you can't get a blues experience at all! Whether it's Kingston Mines, the Quiet Knight, or The Green Mill (for some some comprable jazz and swing), get a group or get a date together and you'll be in for a lively, cultured experience. So how bout that to finish off a busy night early Monday morning of Old School Sundays?!
Another (belated) edition of Old School Sundays is an appropriate one with Daft Punk's Random Access Memories hitting stores in just two days. It's because up above is the duo's first U.S. show... ever... in 1996... in a small town outside Madison, Wisconsin. Yeah... not even in Madison. Needless to say, this isn't in HD, but we do have a spectacular "Daft Punk" label. More importantly, we get to see a helmetless Daft Punk get the party going with some good tunes across 30 minutes (my favorite stretch is at the 17 minute mark). Let this one play and you can get a sense of their original sound, of which you can still hear in their music today.
If you still haven't heard the full album, then what are you waiting for?! Stream Random Access Memories before it hits stores and read my in-depth review on why Daft Punk delivers an album we've never heard before.
Twitter was at an all-time trolling level tonight. Shortly after Miguel leg dropped 2 fans during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards (accidentally, and they're OK), photoshopped MEMEs of Miguel immediately graced the interwebs. I feel like we're seriously advancing as a society by how quick GIFs, MEMEs, and now Vines of these quick, attention-grabbing events are created and go viral on the web and social media.
After Miguel kicked off the Sunday night fun, the "DaDa Drake Pose" from this "No New Friends" photo last week took over. And at posting time, my Instagram is filled with plenty of variations in addition to the ones above. Plus, Drake and Miguel are both trending on Twitter. Let's just say the internet knows how to have fun, and is a very unforgiving place. Hah! I should note that I share this out of genuine fun and laughter — another installment of Funny Moments of Hip Hop, if you will. At the end of the day, I feel these things are just meant for chuckles and giggles and hope that we all don't take it beyond that. Because at the end of the day as well, Drake and Miguel are two amazing artists.
Did I miss any? Link me your favorite on Twitter @gowherehiphop. (My favorite: Mortal Kombat!!)