In an interesting interview with ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Royce Da 5’9″ broke down a few stories that haven’t totally gotten huge pub over the years. As such, much of it was new info for me.
Royce first explained what partying and shooting a music video with Jerry Stackhouse was like back in ’01.
That was just the beginning as Royce then moved on to talk about the “Hi Rihanna!” shoutout that got some buzz in the 2011 BET Cypher and if they had seen each other since.
Then, most touching was the recalling of reconciling with the late Proof after a run-in with each other in Detroit led to an arrest and a night in the slammer. Interesting times back then and it’s good they made amends before Proof’s untimely murder.
Last thing: diggin’ how Bomani Jones, Dan Le Betard (and Pablo Torres filling in), and Papi are getting these hip hop interviews on ESPN. These are never really not fun.
The crossover of rappers on First Take isn’t getting old for me and next up to return to the debate desk is Fabolous. Here, he talks about the surging Cowboys and if they’re for real… and also some Kobe Bryant discussion too. Plus, Fab was there to plug what’s shaping up to be a dope concert for the 30th Anniversary of Def Jam.
Jadakiss is the latest rapper to join Stephen A. and Skip on ESPN’s First Take as they talk some football and boxing above and below. NY Giants, NFC East, and will Mayweather ever fight Manny Pacquiao?
Use the arrows to switch players — 5 in all.
ESPN’s done it again with the animation. First, it was Richard Swarbrick with the original animations documenting big NBA Playoff moments — and now it’s South African studio MadeByRadio at the helm for these creative, animated GIFs above. ESPN highlighted 3 of Team USA’s starters and a couple of all-stars that didn’t make it as part of this fun scroll-thru in advance of Team USA’s first official game in group play this Saturday. I love all of these, so my only disappointment came when it stopped at 5 without a D. Rose GIF. That said, I’m betting more will be created as the U.S. has their own big moments starting in a couple of days (then we’ll get one with Rose running so fast out of frame that a repeating GIF won’t be able to contain him.)
Lil Wayne took over ESPN today, taking a small break from the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour to talk some sports… and OH, also freestyle over the SportsCenter theme. A true freestyle too — not long, only about 30 seconds, but pretty fresh given the context. Weezy raps about his attire, name-drops the teams he’s rooting for, and ends it all with a fresh, timely punchline. I’ll let it surprise you as it did me.
Wayne also joined Skip, Stephen A., and Cari Champion for a debate on First Take. This is always fun when they bring rappers (or Kevin Hart) on set to talk about the NBA and NFL. In the first video, Wayne makes some bold claims like calling Mario Chalmers “a beast” and Aaron Rodgers the best quarterback in the NFL. The talk continues about the Lakers and Drake & the Raptors in part 2. Enjoyable viewings for any sports fan who may have missed it this morning.
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