Video: Boosie Bad Azz on Highly Questionable

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Boosie recently chopped it up with Bomani and Dan on ESPN’s Highly Questionable. Ahead of the release of the full interview, here’s a clip of him and Papi doing “No Juice”.

Previously: Boosie Badazz ft. Lee Banks, Juicy, Quick & OG Dre – Empire

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 www.thug.com 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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Video: Jadakiss on ESPN’s Highly Questionable

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Kiss joined Bomani Jones, Dan Le Batard and Papi on today’s episode of Highly Questionable on ESPN. He talked about not partying with Knicks players like J.R. Smith so they’d be fresh for games, intentionally partying with out of town players so they would not be fresh for games against the Knicks and shares some scary DMX experiences. He also offered his own speculations on who he thinks Biggie might have been talking about on “I Got A Story To Tell”.

Previously: Boaz ft. Jadakiss & Styles P – Rootin’ 4 The Villain

Bun B Talks Houston Rockets, Texans on First Take

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Bun B joins Stephen A. and Skip on ESPN’s 1st Take via satellite to discuss the Rockets performance in their first playoff game and their chances of advancing past the Trailblazers.

Below, he talks Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and the possibility of either going to the Texans in the Draft.

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Video: 50 Cent Visits ESPN

Friday, March 1st, 2013

During his visit to ESPN yesterday, Curtis fielded a couple of questions about his favorites shows and hosts on the network, his scheduled performance on tonight’s Friday Night Fights, favorite boxers and more.

Previously: 50 Cent On ESPN’s First Take (Video)

Video: Bun B on ESPN’s First Take

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Bun makes his case for the Rockets as playoff contenders on First Take with Stephen A. and Skip.

Previously: Bun B – ESPN First Take Freestyle | Big K.R.I.T. ft. Bun B – Shine On (Artwork)

Video: Ed Lover Talks Manti Te’O on First Take

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Ed Lover was a guest on ESPN’s First Take with Stephen A. and Skip this morning and he weighed in on the Manti Te’O clusterfuck. I pretty much co-sign everything Stephen A. says here.

Previously: Tupac Gets Himself in Trouble on Yo! MTV Raps (VH1 Rock Doc Teaser)

Video: Bun B on ESPN’s First Take

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Bun B joins Skip Bayless, Eric Mangini and Stephen A. Smith on First Take to talk about Wes Welker’s wisecrack about Belichick after Sunday’s game and the performance drop off Cam Newton is experiencing in his second season.

Previously: Wale & Stalley – Every Word Great (ESPN First Take Theme)

Video: Stalley & Wale Record New Theme for ESPN’s First Take

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Stalley performs at BET Music Matters in New York and then heads to ESPN to record the new First Take theme song with Wale, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. The new theme will debut on the show this coming Monday.

UPDATE: Preview the song here.

Previously: Stalley – BET Music Matters Tour Vlog #1

Video: ESPN 30 for 30: Straight Outta LA

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Directed by Ice Cube.

Previously: “Straight Outta LA” Animated Pics