Jalen & Jacoby talk Straight Outta Compton

It’s been awhile without a dope pod to step to from Grantland’s Jalen & Jacoby. Hey, it’s the dog days of summer. No complaints here. Especially when they come back and give the lead to Straight Outta Compton.

The first 20 minutes above are dedicated to the N.W.A. biopic and throughout the entire entertaining convo, Jalen reveals he was actually at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the famed concert where N.W.A. was arrested by the police. Jalen confirms some of the reports that came out after the movie about some of the factual details of that night, and in general, just speaks on living that experience as a teenager in the late 80s. Great stuff, as always, from these two.

Beef Special: Jalen & Jacoby

With all the beefing that’s been going on this week, it’s only right that Jalen & Jacoby pop the trunk and give the people what they want!

I don’t miss an episode and felt the heavy hip hop crossover here was definitely worth sharing below. Again, look at the beefs: Ghost vs. Action, Meek vs. Drake, Taylor vs. Nicki, and even in the NBA — Serge Ibaka vs. Matt Barnes, and Shaq vs. Scottie Pippen. Whoo! Enjoy this 30+ minute pod for your Fridays.

50 Cent on Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen & Jacoby is flat out one of my favorite podcasts out.

Now that we’re in the heat of summer and a natural lull in major sports, namely basketball and football that they cover, Jalen & Jacoby will be producing special pods for the foreseeable future.

What a way to kick it off with this 45 minute sit-down with 50 Cent.

They cover a variety of topics — the timely promo for Southpaw, 50’s starring role and EP credit on Power, and being in the headlines in the wake of his bankruptcy news on Monday (which, he’s not really bankrupt… just a business move to not spend more money.)

Music-wise, the trio discuss a lot too. 50 shouts out Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Adam Levine for various moments, movements, and songs of theirs. He also talks about his favorite diss track (a classic) and analyzes how the content for many of these street anthems turned radio hits (like “Trap Queen”, “CoCo”, “Hot N****” is much more aggressive now. This leads to some priceless advice for new artists: “they need to be street team marketing.” The music portion of the talk starts at the 25 minute mark if you’re in a rush. There’s an Eminem story at the 38 minute mark too. Otherwise, just press play, let it run, and enjoy! 50’s mature mentality is somethin we can all find pieces from too so be sure to lend a close ear.

POP THE TRUNK!

“Everytime something happens…journalist will write it one way, then they will write it another. Of course the negative way goes first because it travels fast. When you look at the news, 90% of what you see is negative and then it’s work for them to put the good stuff in there. Because of legal issues, I can’t really get into the depths of it.”

“We live in a period where the lines are getting blurred between what a star is vs. a celebrity. Those platforms are so effective that they could be earning the same, so they can maneuver and have publicists to put them in position where they appear to be as big as the artist…In all my travels, I try to analyze why people are so passionate about Americans and it’s because they can’t see the separation between the bricks in the projects and the red bricks in a high-rise condo. So it looks like America is the better option no matter what.”

Jalen & Jacoby’s Hip Hop Group Bracket

I listen to 3 podcasts religiously: Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report (since it started years ago), The Bulls Show (in the previous post), and Jalen & Jacoby.

The latter has started a fun idea that all our hip hop heads here will appreciate: a 32-act “Hip Hop Group” Bracket! Jalen & Jacoby are two true hip hop fans who came up on the old-school classics that influenced the art form today. You can simply tell as they each recite lyrics anytime any artist is mentioned above. So, to also bring some more sizzle to an otherwise dry summer of sports content, Jalen & Jacoby decided to curate the fans’ suggestions for hip hop groups and duos in the previous couple of episodes and then unveiled the actual bracket. Who moves on is solely up to us — voting has begun and is a simple few clicks to do so at jalenandjacoby.com.

Here is the bracket:

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Most of these 1st round matchups are obvious, save for the 4-5 matchups (naturally), yet this is really going to be a fun debate as we get into the Sweet 16. My prediction on who comes away with the win: Wu-Tang Clan. Gotta be. Having said that, my personal fandom aligns with The Roots and OutKast on the top tier so I’ll be voting for them especially. Black Star, too.

Note: You may be wondering why a duo like Gang Starr is absent from the bracket. Jalen & Jacoby explain some of the parameters like that in the podcast above.

And hey, as an appetizer for the Bracket talk, Jalen & Jacoby start it off with some Derrick Rose on Team USA talk. That’s right, I just set you up for the next 2 hours with podcasts on D. Rose, Classic Hip Hop, and D. Rose again — #GTGTPWTW!