You read that title right, the NBA media created LaVar Ball. Every hoop fan watches First Take, Undisputed, TNT or even The Herd, we’ve all seen his interviews and “hot takes”. If you have more than one brain cell you understand that he’s playing the game and he’s ballin’, no pun intended (come watch NPI win intramural flag football, Lees dome 8pm saturday). If you want to speak facts then we can speak facts. No one saw Lonzo Ball as a first overall pick over Markel Fultz until LaVar started talking, facts. No one cared about LaMelo or Liangelo as true high school prospects until LaVar started talking, facts. No one cared about Big Baller Brand until LaVar wore it to EVERY T.v appearance, facts. LaVar Ball is benefiting from this, he will win more in the long run, opinion. Let me make myself perfectly clear there is a lot of theatrics and charades in media especially sports media and more specifically NBA media. Inside the NBA, the most popular NBA media show, literally has a popular segment called “Shaqtin a fool” bruh…it’s all charades. The most popular NBA journalist is Stephen A Smith that busts his lapel mic for two hours on a weekly basis by screamin his soul out like a donkey bit his balls. And if we kept it a buck, we love it. We love the shit out of it. When a
black father steps up and proclaims is sons to be amazingly gifted at the game that he instilled in them we start to pretend like he’s trash? Nah b nah you’re wrong and every single LaVar critique is wrong.
NBA media is theater, it is equatable to Shakespeare. Smarter minds could make a better metaphor but here’s the truth, the NBA media treats it’s stars and the sphere around it like a Shakespearean tragedy. Why? They build up players and people in that realm just to tear them down, every ball player is just not enough (except for Jordan, they casually forget that the GOAT was a gambling addict and a terrible teammate). One could easily make this argument about mainstream media as well. The media brought LaVar in the limelight and justifiably so, this era is the “hot take” age, where the crazy delusional proclamations mean more money in the bank (shout out Skip Bayless [and Barkley]). When a mans comes in and decided to play the game all of a sudden he’s enemy #1? Shut your headass up. He is not the ideal “athlete dad” matter of fact one could easily argue that he is doing more harm than good by applying such pressure to his kids (peep Trophy Kids on netflix, amazing doc), but I disagree. In this day and age were fatherhood is undervalued especially in the black household, it is refreshing to see one who actually cares. I would argue that if LaVar was a “Steven” he would not get as much criticism, yes bitch I brought race into this. If LaVar was timid and humble about his kids would they have achieved such feats? No. If LaVar didn’t exploit his kids talents for financial gain like the NCAA does and the NBA will, would that make him a bad father? No. If LaVar played Jordan 1 v 1 would he win? HELL NO. But the fact that none of us cared about UCLA, the Ball family or even this NCAA tournament before LaVar started talkin shit tells us he has succeeded and his critiques are just haters. Will he succeed in Ball or Fall? Only time will tell.
Here’s my hot take: LaVar Ball will have a t.v. show within the next 3-5 months. Reality TV or an ESPN, Fox Sports type show.
Listen to Drake’s verse in Do Not Disturb, the mans pretty much admitted that Views was trash (and it was). Y’all were sleeping on Joe Budden when he released those long diss songs, but he stated facts. Drake himself “I was an angry yute when I was writin’ Views, Saw a side of myself that I never knew”. Ironically this is his best song on the entire long ass 22 song
album playlist, why do I say this, cause Drake is at his peak when he is introspective. This is why he became a superstar, the mans released one of the greatest albums of modern hip hop (Take Care) and decided “hey fam imma just go the completely opposite direction and become the hip hop Mystique”. Yes, I said it, Drake has become the hip hop Mystique, all he does is mask himself as the “trendy” artist (the mans stole Xxxtentacion flow, rode Future, Gucci and now Grime’s wave). Views was his worst album because we all knew he didn’t care, he came off angry but without a real reason but in More Life he just came in bored. Why do I dislike this album? Because Drake is bored bruh, he lacks the passion and introspection that made people love Take Care and I know why this happened. Apart from The Weeknd not writing half his bars (and ballads) the mans realized that he can release sub-par material with 3 to 4 fire songs, everyone will tip ride and he’ll keep top spot. That’s the reality of the matter, Drizzy has reached the point where he can release a playlist and it’ll sell (or stream) 700k first week. This won’t be a track my track review. Imma let pitchfork, the needle drop and Big Quint do that, I’ll just tell you the tracks to listen to and you can infer what I think about the rest of the album.
Stand Out Tracks
- Do Not Disturb: the sample is perfect, Time by Snoh Aalegra is perfect. The bars are proper and the sneak diss to Tory Lanez is typical Drake, it’s his most honest song this entire playlist
- Any track with Giggs in it (No long Talk and KMT): His bars are not only funny but they’re refreshing, it shocks me that Spongebob Papi didn’t mooch off Stormyz’s wave. But Giggs came thru with bars (“Whippin that white girl/cooking that cerci”)
- Sacrifices: Not only does Young Thug run this entire track but Drake actually comes off genuine, he sounds braggadocios and It works perfectly. My favorite verse on this album.
- Any Track with Jorja Smith and 4422: Jorja will be a star, she did work in this record, soothing voice almost Sade-esque. I’m not a Sampha fan but he did work and his interlude came at the perfect time.
In conclusion, this was record was better than Views (even Rozay album was better) but that’s not a big accomplishment. We will forget this album in 2 weeks, he called this a playlist because he knows it was an extreme throwaway album…the man recorded most of this on tour…his Europe tour that he started in December my g. Thank Drizzy for your future IG captions but don’t thank him for this record. He let me down and others that care about hip hop.
2.5/5 bruh a weak C+
Yes, you read that title right. Karma doesn’t exist but before I tell you why I’ll break down what it is. It’s the fundamental belief in cause and effect, where an individuals actions, deeds or work influences their future. This is a fundamental belief in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and other Asian religions, it is commonly linked with reincarnation and rebirth. For the slow folks reading this post it’s basically “what goes around come around” (word to Justin Timberlake). Now if you have two eyes, two ears and a brain in between them you know deep down this isn’t true. Here’s the usual script when it comes to this debate…”but in my experience Karma is real” “I’ve seen it happen first hand” “the ones that do evil , Karma will always catch up to them” No, no, and hell no. Karma is a lie and here is the easiest evidence of it, look at children.
Plain and simple if you believe in Karma you freely admit that kids who are born with cancer deserved it, children who are raised in abusive households deserve it, kids that are raped deserve it even kids born with disabilities deserve it. At the very least you believe that their parents “karma” contributed to their children’s misfortune but you know what that makes you: an ideological fool and a shit person. Who believes that innocent children deserve that? We can all freely admit that children symbolize (for the most part) innocence and are detached from the evil of this world, they’re pure and good. Therefore why would karma curse them? Some may argue it is based off a “previous life” and that could make sense but at that point you’re leaning into the philosophy that everything we do (regardless of our state of being) is a consequence and that’s wrong on several levels. We live in an age of transparency where it’s easy to see through doors that were closed off in the past because of the internet and social media, this means we see evil people prosper everyday (corrupt politicians, policemen, students) and on the flip side we see good people get screwed everyday. Just because you gave a homeless guy 5$ and got a 90% on your exam the next day doesn’t mean you have “good karma”. It could easily mean you studied a lot or got an easy exam. While I write this post there’s a millionaire banker sniffing coke of a stripper while committing financial fraud and this piece of shit won’t ever get caught. There’s a terrorist out there planning an attack and he (or she) will succeed. There’s a starving orphan that will die next week…where is the karma in all this? The big issue with this belief is that people forget the randomness of life…everyone doesn’t get what they deserve, its a roll of the dice.
I’m not a complete idiot though, I’m aware that there is a good and bad in this world. I know that positive and negative energy (or spirit) exists…those are facts, even scientists can attest to matter and anti-matter. But I believe in coincidence more than all that, we don’t know more than we know and belief in Karma is quantifying and predicting something we can’t…the future. *drops mic*