Sunday, November 29, 2015


Kobe Calls it Quits

Basketball star Kobe Bryant announced his retirement from the game on Sunday, Nov. 29, writing a love letter to the sport on The Players Tribune website.
In the note, the 37-year-old wrote, "Dear Basketball, From the moment I started rolling my dad's tube sock and shooting imaginary game-winning shots … I fell in love with you."
The 17-time All-Star writes that it was a love so deep, he gave his all to the sport: "From my mind & body, to my spirit & soul."

The Los Angeles Lakers star made it clear that this will be his last season with the team.
Kobe Bryant has announced that this season, his 20th in the NBA, will be his last. And with that, the popularity of the recently unveiled Nike Kobe XI just skyrocketed. 
The 17-time All Star and five time NBA champion revealed his retirement plan via a poem which was posted on The Player's Tribune website.
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have. 

The news of Kobe's retirement is less shocking considering how poorly the Black Mamba, and the Lakers, have played this season. The 37-year old Bryant is averaging over 30 minutes per game, even with his recent string of injuries, and he's shooting a career-worst 31.5% from the field. The Lakers has 70 games left.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Jay Z & Kanye Dominate Hip Hop

Correspondent: MG Media

Jay Z walks with swag and confidence
Kanye's arrogance has proven effective
The two biggest names in hip hop culture are the two people who have contributed more to the genre than anyone else the last ten years. The icons have generated more buzz and have ignited more conversation with the women, their persona, their loot and their musical influence.

Not to mention that have created their own swag style that has been duplicated. They are trend setters. They are image makers and when its all said and done - they will both be history makers. But the most important element to their dominant hip hop prow-ness is that each man has branded himself globally with top corporate entities and have even tagged their own apparel with their namesakes.

Kanye West has cloths, television and shoes. Jay Z has shoes, cloths, liquor and now with his social media music download company Tidal, with West being a minority partner, collectively, they have positioned themselves to be front and center in hip hop culture for the next decade.

Jay also has his Roc Nation management company with clients like pop diva Rihanna, hip hop soloist J. Cole, NBA All-Star Kevin Durant and several baseball and football stars including Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys. This is his money making arm and his effort into this space has been created because of his popularity and his ability to have the midas touch, in terms of making wheel barrels of cash for himself and his strategic partners. And with these facts, how can anyone discount their value and influence and dominance within the global rap world.


Chicago's Emerging Rap Stars
Special Correspondent: The Masked Gorilla
Female Chicago emcee Dreezy has only dropped one mixtape in her young career, but that sole project, Schizo. To cap things off, Dreezy recently took part in the BET 2014 Hip Hop Award cyphers. Before Alex Wiley even released his first mixtape, he became the first artist to sign with independent Chicago label Closed Sessions. Wiley built off the momentum of his new deal and dropped his debut mixtape in June 2013, Club Wiley, featuring guest verses from Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa. A year later Wiley followed up his stellar debut with another mixtape, Village Party
Also on our list of Emerging Chicago Rappers is Mick Jenkins. In April of 2013 the Windy City rapper released his mixtape Trees & Truths. That mixtape ended up landing Jenkins a deal with Johnny Shipes' Cinematic Music Group record label. Chicago is a city awash in a rich musical history, and this generation is no different. This new genre of Chicago Rap came to be called Drill, and it propelled Chicago’s declining state into the media, highlighted by artists like Chief Keef, Lil’ Reese, Young Chop, and Fredo Santana.

In response to this, a new wave of Hip Hop have become the trend, and one need not look further than Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap, Vic Mensa’s INNANETAPE, or ThemPeople’s Smoke Break IV. There is a definite and palpable artistic renaissance happening in the Windy City and the Rap world may want to pay attention. With that said, here are a few other Chicago Rappers that listeners should be on the lookout for as the second city gears up for yet another run:

Taylor Bennett - Age: 18 / Affiliation: SaveMoney. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Mainstream Music

Brian Fresco - Age: 19 / Affiliation: SaveMoney. Most Recent Release: SoulMoney EP

Sicko Mobb (Lil’ Trav & Lil’ Ceno) - Age(s): 18 & 20 (Respectively) / Affiliation: Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Super Saiyans Vol. 1

Vic Spencer - Age: 32 / Affiliation: Treated Crew. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Vision Pipes

No Name Gypsy - Age: 23 / Affiliation: N/A. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: N/A

Jean Deaux (“john doe”) - Age: 19 / Affiliation: The Village 777. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: N/A

Dinero Dynasty (Shazey & Runna Garcia) - Age(s): 22 and 24, respectively / Affiliation: N/A. Most Recent Mixtape or Album: Everything Local EP

Honorable Mentions: Saba, Caleb James, Dally Auston, Defcee, God, Ibn Inglor, Jarred A.G., Kembe X, Logan, RondoNumberNine, SashaGoHard, Spenzo, Sulaiman, Tink, Towkio Shawn, Tree, ZMoney. The hip hop scene in Chicago has produced many artists of various styles.