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Interview: John Buccigross is ESPN’s Biggest Hip-Hop Nerd

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

The marrying of hip-hop and sports has a storied history. From St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason and his dad (Maseo of De La Soul) to (formerly) 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather, sports and hip-hop have been infused for the longest. Heck, look no further than ESPN’s recent screening of “The U Part II,” a 30 for 30 documentary representing the University of Miami’s second wave of success in football. During their reign of dominance it was Trick Daddy’s hometown mix of and Book of Thugs providing melodic fuel for the turn of the century ‘Canes.

Speaking of ESPN, there are fewer, albeit sporadic, instances of the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network meshing with urban culture. Lately though, they’ve attempted to rectify that. Nicki Minaj appeared on Sportscenter as recently as last week to plug her forthcoming album and toss the pigskin around. There has however, always been a hip-hop mainstay at the network and it isn’t an emcee, producer or even a misplaced figurative rap correspondent. It’s Sportscenter anchor John Buccigross and his informed yet eerily nuanced on-air shoutouts referencing everyone from Mobb Deep to 9th Wonder.

The self-proclaimed Bucci Mane and his hip-hop allusions during highlights are nothing new. He says it’s something he’s done even previous to joining ESPN in the mid-90s. It all stems from his love of the culture–something that began long before his anchoring days. Nah Right recently asked Buccigross about the on air rap references, his love of hip-hop and how it all started. What Darryl McDaniels is to Run-DMC, John Buccigross is to Sportscenter. Literally.

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Next Up: DeJ Loaf

Friday, December 19th, 2014


DeJ Loaf certainly isn’t the first artist from Detroit who’s a little out-of-pocket. The 23-year-old rapper, singer and songwriter’s buzz has skyrocketed as of late particularly due to her deviant clash of eccentric yet catchy melodies and the rough realities of where she came from. It’s the Motor City’s Eastside that claims home to DeJ. It’s there where she experienced the hard-knock detriment of being raised in a single parent household and witnessing how past struggle constructed present disadvantage.

“I came from a rough place. Everyone knows Detroit is a tough place to come from as a young child trying to survive. It definitely plays a big role.” The D is where the start and almost end of DeJ’s days as an artist lie. Before releasing her breakout song “Try Me,” her internal clock and will were coming to a standstill.

“I was in a dark place and I was on the verge of giving up musically. I was like, ‘Man I don’t know what I’m going to do, what is going on?’ I was just going to put my music out weekly and that’s how ‘Try Me’ came out because it was one of the first… Once ‘Try Me’ was going crazy I was like, ‘Oh wow!’ I’m onto something. People just love the song.” Giving up is far from what’s on DeJ Loaf’s agenda now. Recently appearing on 106 & Park and even performing in front of an impressed Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Loaf and her ascend have provided her new life. A couple of other hometown heroes would help with the process as well.

Last month Loaf, amongst other luminaries from her native land, released “Detroit vs. Everybody,” a six-minute deluge of illustrious savagery repping all relevant in the city. Royce Da 5’9 would be the one to reach out to DeJ to appear on the track featuring everyone from Eminem to Big Sean. And while she’s never spoken to Em, it would be surprising if this turns out to be their only collaboration on wax.

“When I was in New York signing my deal with Columbia I got a call from Paul Rosenberg and [he] was telling me that Eminem was wanting to get into the studio and write with me and I was like, ‘Wow, really, that’s crazy!?’ I’m sure we’ll work out something in the future.” Currently DeJ Loaf is working on her debut album. It’s through that fans and media alike will really find out what the young and unique girl from Detroit is all about.

“I’m definitely going to put an album out top of the year… well not top of the year but like spring. I’m working on that for sure and that’s what I’m really ready to buckle down and do because I’ve been on the road doing shows.

“There’s no limit to the things I can do or get myself into. Music is just a foot in the door for me so you never know. I want to be legendary. I want to be one of the best to ever do it… I feel like I have the whole package. Not all female rappers have the whole package, which is why female rap hasn’t been poppin’ in so long, aside from Nicki Minaj. [It’s] ‘cause they don’t have that ‘it’ factor and that whole package and I feel like I do and I’m confident in that.”

- Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

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Banner photo via DeJ Loaf’s Instagram

Related: Video: DeJ Loaf, SAYITAINTTONE & Oba Rowland – Detroit vs. Everybody Freestyle | Video: DeJ Loaf – Try Me (Live on Fallon)

Previously: Next Up: Rome Fortune | Interview: Prodigy & Boogz Boogetz’ Young Rollin’ Stoners Album showcases two Generations of Queens Hip-Hop | Interview: Theophilus London “Vibes” with Kanye West & Leon Ware for Sophomore LP | Made in Ohio: Stalley & Rashad on Ohio Culture and Music | Happy 75th Birthday Queensbridge: The 75 Greatest QB Rap Songs | Interview: Diamond D Recalls Fat Joe & Lord Finesse’s Early Days, Says He was Stunned when Big L Passed

View all Next Up features HERE.

Catch up on all NahRight interviews and features HERE.

Video: The Inside The NBA Cypher with Nicki Minaj

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Nicki, Shaq, Grant Hill and Kenny Smith hold a cypher on Inside The NBA. I can assure you, this is the corniest thing you’ll see all day.

Previously: Nicki Minaj Interview with Angie Martinez

Video: Fabolous – IDFWC

Friday, December 19th, 2014

“Fuck Prancer, Fuck Vixen”

Fab and Funny or Die team up to say, “You know what? Fuck Christmas!”.

Previously: Fabolous Interview & Freestyle on Sway in the Morning

Video: Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Deliver Us From Evil

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Rassy and Apollo Brown give us another video from their Blasphemy project for “Deliver Us From Evil”.

via HHDX

Previously: Apollo Brown ft. Ras Kass, Red Pill, MarvWon, Miz Korona & Noveliss – Detroit Cypher

Video: The Rap Monument ft. Various Artists (Full Song)

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

After leaking each verse individually, Noisey and Hennessy liberate the full video for the 30-minute long posse cut “The Rap Monument”.

Artists include: Action Bronson, Pusha T, Young Thug, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Prodigy, Two-9, RetcH, Da$H, Nipsey Hussle, Vado, Heems, Nasty Nigel, The Flatbush Zombies, Pill, Rockie Fresh, Meyhem Lauren, Killer Mike, Remy Banks, Bodega Bamz,  Problem, A$ton Matthews, Yak Ballz, SL Jones, Alexander Spit and several others.

Previously: Action Bronson, Prodigy & SL Jones – The Rap Monument (Full Verses) | Pusha T – The Rap Monument (Full Verse)

Video: Royce Da 5’9 & DJ Premier – PRhyme Time

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Royce and Preemo take it back to ’92 (a good year) in their new video for “PRhyme Time”.

The self-titled album is out now.

Spotted: RR

Video: Welcome to Noisey Atlanta (Trailer)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Noisey is doing for Atlanta what it did for Chicago with a new in-depth, 10-part documentary series that will debut next month. This looks illuminating.

From the makers of Noisey Chiraq, a new 10-part series documenting unprecedented access into the Atlanta rap scene. Hosted by Vice / HBO / Noisey’s Thomas Morton and directed by Andy Capper, the series stars artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Jeezy, upcoming stars like the Grammy-nominated iLoveMakonnen, and also spends time with the new wave of super-producers like Mike Will Made-It (Miley Cyrus), Metro Boomin, and 808 Mafia.

The series goes behind the songs and into the trap houses, neighborhoods, problems, and solutions that have inspired the wheelhouse behind one of America’s most vibrant and influential music scenes. Also featuring appearances by the Atlanta Police Department, gang members, the ATL Twins and Curtis Snow (Snow On Da Bluff), we attempt to illustrate the complex and vibrant rap scene and what that culture means to the city.

Previously: Chiraq – Chief Keef Takes the Suburbs (Ep. 8)

Video: 50 Cent on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

50 stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to plug his new $100 a pair underwear venture with Derek Jeter. He also spoke on a new movie he’s doing with Melissa McCarthy and his strategy of embracing social media.

After the jump, he offers a PSA on the proper pronunciation of his name: “Fifty” or “Fiddy”. You don’t need to watch that though because you already know that anybody who says “Fiddy” is an unredeemable douche.

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Video: Pusha T – Lunch Money (Prod. by Kanye West)

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Pusha Ton delivers the video for his Kanye West produced cut “Lunch Money”.

Spotted: Complex

Previously: Pusha T Talks “Lunch Money”