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Geto Boy: An Interview with Bushwick Bill

<i>Photo by Gregory Bojorquezon</i><p>The Geto Boys put Houston on rap’s map back when L.A. and NYC were really the only cities being repped, and effectively birthed a Southern style of gangsta rap that was rife with corporeal violence, death, and paranoia. The group’s sundry controversies—their bleak …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Greg Monroe isn't that bad a defender, especially in Bucks' system

A look at the Bucks' new free agent star and whether his poor defensive reputation will be the source of problems for Milwaukee.<p>If any team proved …

NBA

To young players, playing time is oxygen

Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images<p>Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton are some of the most productive lower draft picks ever. Do they get playing time …

Lil Wayne In New Orleans: Hot Boys, History And Homecoming

More than 20 years into Lil Wayne's career, the froggy-voiced, diminutive rapper is hardly ever described as an elder statesman. But as he bounded through a nearly three-hour set at Friday's Lil Weezyana Fest, a performance held fittingly at Champions Square, the outdoor plaza next to the Mercedes …

Lil Wayne

The Sir’Dominic Pointer project

I’m not a big college basketball follower, but I can still remember the first time I saw Sir’Dominic Pointer play. I was flipping through the …

The 1980s were the NBA's best decade

With Magic, Bird and Michael Jordan, the best basketball the NBA ever produced was played during the 1980s.<p>What you like when you were growing up will survive in your memory long after everyone else has exposed its flaws and written its obituary. That's why I will always unironically defend '80s …

Basketball

West is an awkward fit with the big man rotation

It's been a while since a veteran looking for a ring joined the Spurs. The last one was Antonio McDyess, who might or might not have been San …

“Stale white bitches tried to take us down”: Luther Campbell on 2 Live Crew, race, hip-hop and the conservative, Southern ’80s

“The day some white teenager got caught with a 2 Live Crew album, that’s what started the whole sh*tstorm”<p>After we put out "The 2 Live Crew Is What We Are," I got some letters from a PTA group in Birmingham, Alabama, saying that children were getting hold of our songs and that they were …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why Traditional Big Men Are Still Vital in Today's NBA

Traditional big men will always have a place in the NBA.<p>It's just that their place, and the things they must do to get there, is changing.<p>But because ample time is spent lauding the league's deceptively coined "small-ball" movement, the survival of these player types is often glossed over, their …

NBA

The Stifle Tower: Rudy Gobert's Ascent Is Unlike Any We've Seen Before

It's appropriate that Rudy Gobert rejects convention.<p>The Utah Jazz's sky-scraping, shot-swatting interior force burst on the NBA scene last year by batting away everything: floaters, layups, baby hooks—even jump shots. So <i>of course</i> he stymies the typical methods we want to study him with.<p>That makes …

NBA

Why LL Cool J’s Most Famous Album Almost Never Happened

Twenty-five years after its release, V.F. takes a look into how one of hip-hop’s classic albums came together.<p>August of 1990 was unseasonably warm. The hottest month in one of New York City’s hottest years in history, <i>ever</i>, it was a fitting climate for the release of one of hip-hop’s greatest albums.<p>…

Rap & Hip-Hop

LeBron James is leading the charge to help pay for over 2,000 kids in his hometown to go to college

On Thursday, LeBron and University of Akron president Scott Scarborough made a joint announcement that James' LeBron James Foundation and the University of Akron are teaming up to try to put as many as 2,300 students through UA on four-year scholarships.<p>"These students have big dreams, and I'm …

College & University

Trap kings: how the hip-hop sub-genre dominated the decade

In the decade since Young Jeezy’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 album was released, Atlanta’s trap sound has moved from the crack house to the charts<p>You used to want to stay away from the trap: an abandoned house where drugs are peddled. As OutKast’s Big Boi explained on 1998’s …

Rap & Hip-Hop

This Is When the NBA Finds Out About the Real Damian Lillard

Despite a superstar profile and plenty of early-career accolades, Damian Lillard hasn't yet shown the NBA who he truly is.<p>This year, stripped of a supporting cast and saddled with unquestioned alpha status, he will.<p>Lillard is all that remains of a Portland Trail Blazers starting unit that won a …

Basketball

Curious case of Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson finds himself at the center of one of the most complex free agency situations of the last decade. This is why he remains the …

NBA

Why the NBA's 'Small Ball' Revolution Isn't What You Think It Is

You hear it all the time. The NBA is playing smaller and smaller. But is that really true?<p>It's a fair question, one invoked by the league's three-point revolution. Emphasis is being placed on positionless basketball, a movement offhandedly referred to as "small ball."<p>Draymond Green, who might be …

Basketball

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The Pistons finally look like a Stan Van Gundy team

In less than 18 months, the Pistons have already been remade in their coach and president's image.<p>You can't fault Stan Van Gundy for lacking vision or a plan. Since being hired as president of basketball operations and head coach for the Detroit Pistons in May 2014, Van Gundy has worked to …

NBA

Does D-League usage translate into more wins for NBA teams?

May 6, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles …

NBA Players Need Their Rest: A Look at Shot Difficulty

Apr 24, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs players (from left to right) Kawhi Leonard, and Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili …

The Outing of Drake: Ghostwriting Is As Old As Hip-Hop

Controversy erupted this week when rapper Meek Mill accused Drake of hiring ghostwriters for his raps, but from The Sugarhill Gang to Dr. Dre, …

NBA veteran explains why the 'small ball' craze is taking over the NBA

Teams have started realizing that taking a wing player or forward and sliding them up one position gives the offense extra space, spreads a defense thin, and potentially allows for more versatility on defense.<p>Though the style has been around for a few years, the Golden State Warriors perhaps best …

NBA

Doug McDermott shows fire, finishing skills in Vegas

Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott (3) looks on during a stoppage in play of an NBA Summer League game against …

The Spurs' great offseason had a hidden cost

San Antonio has more stars than ever, but an active offseason created some new problems to solve on the bench.<p>The San Antonio Spurs' big splashes were all about star players this offseason. In a league defined by its biggest and brightest stars, the Spurs finally decided to get in on the action by …

NBA

Are Atlanta Hawks on the Verge of a Point Guard Controversy?

Both Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder enjoyed breakout seasons for the Atlanta Hawks in 2014-15.<p>The 27-year-old Teague made his first All-Star Game and showed an intimate knowledge of head coach Mike Budenholzer's offense in a starting role. The 21-year-old Schroder took some huge strides from his …

NBA

Report: Jazz rebelling against small-ball trend

While the rest of the league is rushing to duplicate the small-ball brilliance that helped the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title last season, …

NBA

Raptors taking the long, long road with Caboclo

LAS VEGAS -- For two years in a row, no one has better conveyed the raw potential of summer league and the high-risk, high-reward ethos of the …

Basketball

Kevin Love's return to Cleveland Cavaliers not a simple affair

Comments from the Cavaliers superstar and GM David Griffin show that while Love quickly re-signed with the Cavaliers, it took a lot of serious …

Basketball