January, 2021

Wizards Score 8 Points In Final 8 Seconds To Upset Nets

The Washington Wizards upset the Brooklyn Nets 149-146, Sunday night, despite trailing by five points with just eight seconds left in the game.

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The comeback started with a three by Bradley Beal, which was followed by a steal by Garrison Mathews and then a game-winning three by Russell Westbrook. The win ends a four-game winning streak by the Nets.

The loss is emblematic of major defensive issues from a Nets team that has struggled to keep teams from scoring. They’re currently allowing 116.2 points per game from opponents.

While the Wizards went on to win the game, Bradley Beal was seen visibly frustrated throughout the night. The Wizards allowed 71 points in the first half.

Beal, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks, responded, “Is the sky blue?” when asked if he was frustrated with the Wizards season, earlier this week.

“It’s tough,” Beal continued. “I am not going to sit here and be naive. … We want to win, and I want to win. This is why I stayed. I want to win. I figured this is the place I can get it done. It’s tough. Last year was what it was. We had a lot of guys out. John [Wall] was out. It was just a rotten year. COVID hit.”

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Secret Dog – “Thumb. Middle. Ring.” (Album Review)

Secret Dog are an eclectic underground hip hop trio, coming out of the “Mile-High City”, Denver. Consisting of An Hobbes (Tyler Kreiger), Aethernaut (Daniel Culp) and Felix Fast4ward (Felix Ayodele), Secret Dog released their debut album, “Thumb. Middle. Ring.“, earlier this year. This ten track album features Damn Selene, Lex the Lexicon Artist, Hatsune Miku, Kadesh Flow and Stoney Bertz. I recently got the chance to listen to this experimental underground album and I have to say, it was quite the ride.

A standout track was “Calibration”, the production on this song was so clean! True to the projects video game theme, this song features some of the smoothest synth arrangements I have heard in a while. The live boom bap based drums, sprinkled with some smooth fills, laid the perfect foundation for An Hobbes & Lex the Lexicon Artist to ride through their verses and play with some cool flows.

“Into The Woods” is a trip! This song is story telling where the beat actually sets the scene and the rapper simply responds. This was very well done from top to bottom. The dubstep influence was an interesting twist that worked perfectly, if I am being honest. This is arguably An Hobbes best performance for me. The way he is able to place you right there with him in these dark woods, and do it with cadence, is impressive.

“Defense Monster”, this was some of the coolest composition I have heard in a very long time! An absolute production masterpiece. Not in a hip hop specific sense but on an experimental album, definitely! The different levels on this instrumental allowed An Hobbes to dance all over this track. Using flow switches like scene transitions, he makes this an interesting track in a way that maybe only he can. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” tribute to close and we have a brilliantly made cinematic ending to a pretty vivid concept project.

This album was cool. It has been a while since I have heard a hip hop group put out an experimental project like this. It is different, it isn’t perfect but I think it has it’s moments. It lacked any decent hooks, but was still somewhat reminiscent of groups like Gym Class Heroes. Cool debut gents, and all involved! Follow Secret Dog on Instagram: @secretdogtrio

Score: 6/10

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Marvin Shadex & Sam Heavens “All That You Are”

By msavino Word Is Bond

Aorta · Marvin Shadex – All That You Are feat. Sam Heavens

Belgian producer Marvin Shadex and Canadian artist Sam Heavens link for “All That You Are” single.

The contemporary R&B track provides listeners with a laid back vibe that exudes a tranquil state of being. “All That You Are” is ideal for a top-down, nightly cruise with the love of your life.

Shadex sets the tone with smooth, yet captivating soundscapes that Heaven’s vocals flow effortlessly over. Whatever beauty has his eye, she deserves all that she is.  Stream the single above and connect with Marvin Shadex on Instagram @marvinshadex.

Marvin Shadex & Sam Heavens “All That You Are”

By msavino Word Is Bond

Aorta · Marvin Shadex – All That You Are feat. Sam Heavens

Belgian producer Marvin Shadex and Canadian artist Sam Heavens link for “All That You Are” single.

The contemporary R&B track provides listeners with a laid back vibe that exudes a tranquil state of being. “All That You Are” is ideal for a top-down, nightly cruise with the love of your life.

Shadex sets the tone with smooth, yet captivating soundscapes that Heaven’s vocals flow effortlessly over. Whatever beauty has his eye, she deserves all that she is.  Stream the single above and connect with Marvin Shadex on Instagram @marvinshadex.

Secret Dog – “Thumb. Middle. Ring.” (Album Review)

Secret Dog are an eclectic underground hip hop trio, coming out of the “Mile-High City”, Denver. Consisting of An Hobbes (Tyler Kreiger), Aethernaut (Daniel Culp) and Felix Fast4ward (Felix Ayodele), Secret Dog released their debut album, “Thumb. Middle. Ring.“, earlier this year. This ten track album features Damn Selene, Lex the Lexicon Artist, Hatsune Miku, Kadesh Flow and Stoney Bertz. I recently got the chance to listen to this experimental underground album and I have to say, it was quite the ride.

A standout track was “Calibration”, the production on this song was so clean! True to the projects video game theme, this song features some of the smoothest synth arrangements I have heard in a while. The live boom bap based drums, sprinkled with some smooth fills, laid the perfect foundation for An Hobbes & Lex the Lexicon Artist to ride through their verses and play with some cool flows.

“Into The Woods” is a trip! This song is story telling where the beat actually sets the scene and the rapper simply responds. This was very well done from top to bottom. The dubstep influence was an interesting twist that worked perfectly, if I am being honest. This is arguably An Hobbes best performance for me. The way he is able to place you right there with him in these dark woods, and do it with cadence, is impressive.

“Defense Monster”, this was some of the coolest composition I have heard in a very long time! An absolute production masterpiece. Not in a hip hop specific sense but on an experimental album, definitely! The different levels on this instrumental allowed An Hobbes to dance all over this track. Using flow switches like scene transitions, he makes this an interesting track in a way that maybe only he can. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” tribute to close and we have a brilliantly made cinematic ending to a pretty vivid concept project.

This album was cool. It has been a while since I have heard a hip hop group put out an experimental project like this. It is different, it isn’t perfect but I think it has it’s moments. It lacked any decent hooks, but was still somewhat reminiscent of groups like Gym Class Heroes. Cool debut gents, and all involved! Follow Secret Dog on Instagram: @secretdogtrio

Score: 6/10

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Marvin Shadex & Sam Heavens “All That You Are”

By msavino Word Is Bond

Aorta · Marvin Shadex – All That You Are feat. Sam Heavens

Belgian producer Marvin Shadex and Canadian artist Sam Heavens link for “All That You Are” single.

The contemporary R&B track provides listeners with a laid back vibe that exudes a tranquil state of being. “All That You Are” is ideal for a top-down, nightly cruise with the love of your life.

Shadex sets the tone with smooth, yet captivating soundscapes that Heaven’s vocals flow effortlessly over. Whatever beauty has his eye, she deserves all that she is.  Stream the single above and connect with Marvin Shadex on Instagram @marvinshadex.

Secret Dog – “Thumb. Middle. Ring.” (Album Review)

Secret Dog are an eclectic underground hip hop trio, coming out of the “Mile-High City”, Denver. Consisting of An Hobbes (Tyler Kreiger), Aethernaut (Daniel Culp) and Felix Fast4ward (Felix Ayodele), Secret Dog released their debut album, “Thumb. Middle. Ring.“, earlier this year. This ten track album features Damn Selene, Lex the Lexicon Artist, Hatsune Miku, Kadesh Flow and Stoney Bertz. I recently got the chance to listen to this experimental underground album and I have to say, it was quite the ride.

A standout track was “Calibration”, the production on this song was so clean! True to the projects video game theme, this song features some of the smoothest synth arrangements I have heard in a while. The live boom bap based drums, sprinkled with some smooth fills, laid the perfect foundation for An Hobbes & Lex the Lexicon Artist to ride through their verses and play with some cool flows.

“Into The Woods” is a trip! This song is story telling where the beat actually sets the scene and the rapper simply responds. This was very well done from top to bottom. The dubstep influence was an interesting twist that worked perfectly, if I am being honest. This is arguably An Hobbes best performance for me. The way he is able to place you right there with him in these dark woods, and do it with cadence, is impressive.

“Defense Monster”, this was some of the coolest composition I have heard in a very long time! An absolute production masterpiece. Not in a hip hop specific sense but on an experimental album, definitely! The different levels on this instrumental allowed An Hobbes to dance all over this track. Using flow switches like scene transitions, he makes this an interesting track in a way that maybe only he can. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” tribute to close and we have a brilliantly made cinematic ending to a pretty vivid concept project.

This album was cool. It has been a while since I have heard a hip hop group put out an experimental project like this. It is different, it isn’t perfect but I think it has it’s moments. It lacked any decent hooks, but was still somewhat reminiscent of groups like Gym Class Heroes. Cool debut gents, and all involved! Follow Secret Dog on Instagram: @secretdogtrio

Score: 6/10

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Drake Looks Laser-Focused During Group Studio Session

January was supposed to be a massive month for Drake as he had marked the month as the release window for his brand new project Certified Lover Boy. In the end, however, Drake chose not to release the album this month as he was dealing with too much in his personal life. For instance, the artist had to recover from an ACL injury, which led to surgery and some physical therapy. As a result, Drake decided to push back the release date and has been dedicating his time to the studio, to make up for the delay.

Based on recent social media posts, it has become quite clear that CLB will be here sooner rather than later, and this IG post below from Theo Skudra is yet another example of this. In the image, Drake can be seen with a group of producers and engineers in the studio, where he appears to be laser-focused on the task at hand.-

A lot has happened since Drake released Scorpion back in 2018, and we’re sure he has a lot to get off of his chest with this brand new release. If you’re a Drake fan, this is an exciting time, and we can’t wait to see what kind of artistry he brings in the near future.

With a Drake project on the horizon, stay tuned for updates on the release date as we will be sure to bring those to you.

Drake

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Secret Dog – “Thumb. Middle. Ring.” (Album Review)

Secret Dog are an eclectic underground hip hop trio, coming out of the “Mile-High City”, Denver. Consisting of An Hobbes (Tyler Kreiger), Aethernaut (Daniel Culp) and Felix Fast4ward (Felix Ayodele), Secret Dog released their debut album, “Thumb. Middle. Ring.“, earlier this year. This ten track album features Damn Selene, Lex the Lexicon Artist, Hatsune Miku, Kadesh Flow and Stoney Bertz. I recently got the chance to listen to this experimental underground album and I have to say, it was quite the ride.

A standout track was “Calibration”, the production on this song was so clean! True to the projects video game theme, this song features some of the smoothest synth arrangements I have heard in a while. The live boom bap based drums, sprinkled with some smooth fills, laid the perfect foundation for An Hobbes & Lex the Lexicon Artist to ride through their verses and play with some cool flows.

“Into The Woods” is a trip! This song is story telling where the beat actually sets the scene and the rapper simply responds. This was very well done from top to bottom. The dubstep influence was an interesting twist that worked perfectly, if I am being honest. This is arguably An Hobbes best performance for me. The way he is able to place you right there with him in these dark woods, and do it with cadence, is impressive.

“Defense Monster”, this was some of the coolest composition I have heard in a very long time! An absolute production masterpiece. Not in a hip hop specific sense but on an experimental album, definitely! The different levels on this instrumental allowed An Hobbes to dance all over this track. Using flow switches like scene transitions, he makes this an interesting track in a way that maybe only he can. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” tribute to close and we have a brilliantly made cinematic ending to a pretty vivid concept project.

This album was cool. It has been a while since I have heard a hip hop group put out an experimental project like this. It is different, it isn’t perfect but I think it has it’s moments. It lacked any decent hooks, but was still somewhat reminiscent of groups like Gym Class Heroes. Cool debut gents, and all involved! Follow Secret Dog on Instagram: @secretdogtrio

Score: 6/10

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Diddy's Handwriting Gets Roasted After Gifting Chanel To Summer Walker

A gift from music mogul Diddy would be a treat for anyone, especially when it’s packaged from longstanding luxury label Chanel. That ended up being the reality for mainstream R&B’s current hitmaker Summer Walker, who recently received a bag from the French fashion house by way of Puff that included a note filled with more love than legibility. 

diddy summer walker chanel gift handwriting
Image: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Now listen, we know Diddy has a history with Chanel that goes back farther than that time he pulled up looking extra fresh at the 2005 MET Gala (seen above) that specifically featured a “House Of Chanel” theme for the night. With that said, was there no one at double C’s that could’ve wrote the note for him in a more “eloquent” typography?  On the real though, Diddy’s handwriting looks like, well, as Moesha actor Marcus Paulk put it while commenting on The Shade Room, “look like he was given her name location out to the police on 48 hours,” or like another commenter says, “it’s giving kindergarten.”

For those that can’t make out what he was trying to write, the note reads, “To Summer 1 of My Greatest Voices EVER Thank You Love Diddy,” accompanied by the brand’s Wool Tweed & Gold-Tone Metal Large Tote in purple, black and blue out of the Métiers d’Art 2019/20 collection. For those wondering, yes it costs a pretty penny at just under $5,000 USD, and yes it’s more than likely sold out. We guess when you give good presents, who cares what the gift note looks like anyway. Basically what we’re trying to say is, Diddy may not have good penmanship but at least he’s got good taste!

Check out Diddy’s Chanel-themed chicken scratch note to Summer Walker below, and let us know what you think his handwriting looks like — all in good fun, of course:

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