Art Basel has begun in Miami and it's only right that Chicago's top artist of the moment links with Miami's King. Hebru Brantley presented LeBron James with this personalized piece today, which James also instagrammed below. Our own Cam Be is with Hebru all week in Miami so be sure to follow him @Camovement for more exclusive updates!
Special thanks to my Big bro Juwan Howard aka 17 on this personalized @hebrubrantley piece. Crazy! Really appreciate the both of u for this. #KnowTheLedge #Art
Here's LeBron & Nike's new commercial to start the NBA season, and it's bonus hip hop relevance is a preview of the new Mike Will Made It track "My Shoes" featuring vocals from John Legend. It's the perfect, triumphant, and motivating theme song for the commercial entitled "Training Day". The commercial feels kind of contrived at times, but it does provide some powerful visuals (namely the aerial ones of all those extras biking and swimming in Miami). I'm excited for the song, which is said to appear on Mike Will's upcoming album, Est. In 1989 Pt. 3 (which I think should just be named something else at this point *shrugs*)
Above is the new 1 minute intro that will begin your journey into NBA 2K14 this October. LeBron fans, you'll enjoy this. The cover boy narrates the motivational opening that is rather appropriately set to "Hate Me Now". There's a mix of in-game footage of LeBron (those blocks are sick) with LeBron talking, covered in sweat to add to the mood. LeBron haters? You'll be pressing start to skip.
More LeBron James hip hop-related comedy today! First, a hilarious tidbit that Kanye West fell asleep, then left, at LeBron's 'Decision' three years ago, and now, TMZ obtains a 30 second snippet of LeBron spittin' hot fire over "N****s In Paris". The intro is laden with shoutouts from "the kid King James" before Bron actually gets a flow going. Have at it, folks!
Jay-Z giving LeBron dap for the raps over his song, while the bow-tied onlooker represents everyone else
Issue No. 2 happened about 30 minutes before the show started. Most of the guests were seated, comprised of high-level execs primarily from Disney and the Boys and Girls Club. I didn’t know most of the people present, but one of the higher-level faces I did recognize approached me concerned. He asked me about which seats were taken and if we could get more. Nervous about shutting down someone that could get me fired, I played it safe and tried to dodge the awkward responsibility of assigning seats. He whispered softly, “Kanye West is here and I don’t know where to seat him.” [...]
So Kanye walks in with no entourage, just a couple of people, and now I’m thinking he’s either here because he was at the wedding rehearsal for Carmelo Anthony and LaLa, or he was the Chicago representative picked to show out when LeBron chose the Bulls. To this day, I’m still not sure why he was in the building.
I spend the first 15 minutes or so honed in on ‘Ye’s every move. He seems chill, he’s wearing his glasses indoors, and he’s not making sudden moves. I forget he’s there until one of the camera operators says, “I think Kanye West fell asleep.”
At the biggest non-sporting sports event in a while, Kanye West fell asleep before anyone announced anything. He was doing the church/school head nod and everything. Wake up, Mr. West.
He would eventually wake up and leave well before The Decision ended.
'Ye must've got an advanced headsup that LeBron wasn't comin' to Chicago. 'Ye living up to 'The College Dropout', huh?
Talk about the most high-profile Nike commercial that could've never been had the Spurs won Game 6 or 7. But LeBron James and the Miami Heat had other plans, and upon winning the deciding Game 7 tonight, Nike released their new "Leave A Message" ad campaign featuring the likes of Drake, Dr. Dre, Bill Russell, Spike Lee, and Warren Buffet leaving a voicemail congratulating LeBron on winning his second 'ship. Toss-up between Drake & Bill Russell for the most fun voicemail.
Important note: I was also in talks with Nike to leave a voicemail, but when they realized mine said, "Congrats LeBron! But next year, Derrick is back," talks mysteriously stopped.
In all seriousness... it's 2013, shouldn't these all be texts? OK, in all seriousness for real, congrats to LeBron and the Heat. No matter your opinion on James, there's no denying how phenomenal he played tonight, all series, and all season. Loved the matchup with the Spurs as it played out to be one of the best NBA Finals series in league history. And as a fan of the NBA, you can't ask for much more. What a season!
NBA fans, how about that Game 6 last night?! In addition to reliving it in pics, GIFs, and MEMEs, I think you'll enjoy what's to come in SLAM 170 — the iconic basketball mag's 20th anniversary issue. I gotta show some love to my favorite bball mag (the SLAM-Ups donning my bedroom wall all through high school) for the milestone, and they do it justice with some amazing illustrations for three collectible covers. Yup, it's not just MJ, but a trio of the past two decades' biggest superstars: Kobe Bryant & LeBron James. Peep those covers below, more on SLAM 170 here, and catch the mag on newsstands now.
Lookin' forward to the features on more SLAM Mag staples like KG & Steph and longtime editor Scoop Jackson. Plus they keep it current with breakout Playoff stars like Paul George and our own Jimmy Butler. Needless to say, I'll be checkin' the GWHQ mailbox everyday til this issue arrives at the office.