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.
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.
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.”
Here goes a fresh new pick for #TBT solely inspired by one Jalen Rose. If you’ve been up on Jalen & Jacoby pods this summer and the all-new Grantland Basketball Hour on ESPN tonite (on now, at posting time, on ESPN2 — later this weekend again on ABC, new show clips here), then you have probably heard Jalen melodically exclaim, “Not gonna be able to do it!”.
Well, I was inspired to give the inspiration of Jalen’s new go-to saying after they actually showed the clip of the music video on the aforementioned Grantland Basketball Hour. That’s right, some Double XX Posse was played on ESPN tonight. Let’s just say the new show from Bill & Jalen is off to an awesome start.
As Jalen usually professes in his pods, and throughout the entire Hip Hop Group Tournament he and Jacoby conducted this summer (won by OutKast, voted on by the people), he loves to give the new generation of hip hop listeners songs and albums that he grew up on in the Fab Five days. As a new generation hip hop guy myself, I appreciate that and check out things like this that I haven’t really heard, not having been old enough to be a part of the culture. I’m sure I’m not alone and that’s why I’m happy to pass it on with spotlights like this. So enjoy! This song, and video simply screams 90s vibes. The rhymes are slick and the song still relates to the fellas who just ended things with a lady friend. Very high “Mood” tweet potential, in fact. The mix from color to black and white was on point too. After one play, this will definitely be stuck in your head.
ICYMI, last week, Jalen & Jacoby started a hip hop group bracket pitting 32 rap groups or duos against each other. On Tuesday’s episode, the two ran through the first round of results and after recapping that EPMD went down in the first round, Jalen shed some light that he and Ice Cube cameo in the “I Saw It Comin'” video in 1994… playing Sega Genesis. Intrigued, I pressed pause (at the 43 minute mark) and a quick Google search later I see just that… Jalen & Cube playin some NBA Jam Tournament Edition, ha!
The song itself is classic 90s too — you’ll immediately be taken back to the time with the beat, PMD’s style (he does his thing here), the text graphic (!), and just the video as a whole contributing to this great, nostalgic feeling. It’s also fun to appreciate this 20 years later and for a young generation like me (I was 7 at the time, gimme a break!) to appreciate all of the in-depth 90s hip hop for perhaps the first time.
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:
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!
Royce Da 5’9″ unleashes a new track but it’s presented fairly unusually. He tabs his Slaughterhouse brotha Joe Budden and D-Town homie Jalen Rose to talk about his upcoming battle with Hollow Da Don in the video above that also contains the song. Cardiak produces.
Meanwhile the ‘Road to Total Slaughter’ hit episode 4 today. Watch that below: