this guest post written by Matt Hall (@mattisonherenow)
I was happy to see that the other day Rick answered the question I posed with my first post. Yes, I’ve got some other ideas in the bag, but to be totally honest, the past few weeks have had me thinking a little less about music, and a little more about one of my other favorite things: the NBA.
It’s been one of the most entertaining postseasons in recent memory, and with the OKC Thunder locking up the Western Conference on Wednesday night, all the focus in on the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.
I know this isn’t a sports blog, but when I was thinking about writing a quick post this morning, I thought it would be fun to look forward to Saturday’s big game seven through the (admittedly loose) guise of listening to some tracks from my favorite Boston and Miami MCs: Guru and Trick Daddy, respectively.
Guru – The Anthem
The late Guru is definitely best known as the MC counterpart to the legendary DJ Premier in Gang Starr, but his solo albums have some really standout tracks too, like this one, “The Anthem” from his 2001 LP Baldhead Slick & da Click, which samples one of my favorite Gang Starr tracks: “You Know My Steez” (which, if you’re interested, lifts its hook and title from GZA and Method Man’s “Shadowboxin’“).
Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
I know that because of his success with Gang Starr, Guru is often associated with New York City, but as any New England rap fan will tell you, he grew up in Boston. This year’s Celtics are one of the older, wiser, and more experienced NBA teams. They have some great players and have been one of the better teams from the East for a while now. The parallels to the latter part of Guru’s career just write themselves, but I’m not going any further down this sports nerd wormhole.
Just listen to my favorite track from Miami’s Trick Daddy, “In Da Wind”, open some windows if it’s as nice out where you are as it is here, and realize that it doesn’t matter that I just wrote and erased a whole ham-fisted paragraph comparing the Miami Heat’s big three of LeBron, D Wade, and Chris Bosh with the principle members of Trick Daddy’s group the Dunk Ryders.
Trick Daddy – In Da Wind