Today’s NBA themed First Take took place at All-Star Weekend and a trio of guests came thru the debate desk. Kevin Hart is back and it’s always a good time. He has some real nice burns on Stephen A. so watch above and below for that.
Fab and Nelly also came through and offered some serious insight on the NBA. This was one episode I went out of my way to tune into live so with that said, press play ICYMI.
Before the highest scoring All-Star Game in NBA history, Pharrell opened up the spectacle with a medley performance introducing the NBA All-Stars. He ran through his vast catalogue of hit singles, starting with “Frontin”, and bringing out famous friends and collaborators along the way.
Nelly joined Pharrell for “Hot In Herre”, Busta Rhymes & Diddy together for “Pass The Courvoisier Pt. II”, Snoop Dogg for “Beautiful”, and Chad Hugo for some N*E*R*D “Rock Star” (loved this one). The flow from song to song was especially on point throughout. I was impressed with the band, stage design and lighting as well, giving the performance a bigger feel. After all, it had to match the All-Stars standing on the same stage.
My personal favorite songs/performances: “Frontin'”, “Beautiful” with Snoop rapping very clearly, “Rock Star”, and “Happy” — a song that truly emits joy. Been listening to that Real T@lk rap remix all week! The lone beef I have: that Kyrie Irving’s great second half stole the MVP away from Pharrell’s Red Hat.