WE GOT HIM!
A part of me thinks Elton Brand is kind of a jerk by telling the Clippers, “Hey, I’m opting out of my contract so you can restructure my deal in order to get me help, maybe….my good friend Baron Davis?”
The Clippers say, “Elton, baby, we love you! We’re getting the Bearded Blazer right now, baby!”
The Clippers actually sign Baron Davis, who blogs and dyes his beard and talks about forming a championship team with Brand and Cat Mobley and Kaman and Eric Gordon….
And then Elton Brand signs with the 76ers!!!!
I’m overjoyed that this team FINALLY has a low post player who play with his back to the basket, who can rebound, block shots and who wants to play East Coast style basketball. But a part of me thought, “Man, Elton Brand totally screwed the Clippers over.”
And then I realized that since Barkely left in ’93, I’ve had to watch Armen Gilliam, Clarence Weatherspoon, Sharone Wright, Tim Perry, Tony Massenburg, Ed Pinkney, Derrick Coleman, Derrick Alston, LaSalle Thompson, Mark Hendrickson, Tyrone Hill, Kenny Thomas, Corie Blount, Keith Van Horn, Brian Skinner, Monty Williams, Zendon Hamilton, Lee Nailon, and Alan Henderson attempt to play the 4 position.
Sorry Clippers, but clearly we’ve been tortured in that regard. Elton Brand will do! Here’s Phil Jasner’s piece in the The Daily News.
I saw this on Mikey McFly’s blog and didn’t really pay attention at first because Q-Tip comes out every year with a song or two from an album that will never see the light of day. But goddamn, THIS TRACK IS OUTSTANDING!!! “Getting Up” is the song I’ve been waiting to hear from the Abstract since The Love Movement. It’s got a summery Steve Wonder-like piano, a nimble bassline, and those 1-2 drums Dilla made his signature. The strings are a nice touch on the hook. This is the type of song Common keeps trying to make and fails admirably. Tip’s one of the few non-lyrical rappers who I can listen to all day: he isn’t swaggeriffic or shallow or flow-heavy. He doesn’t stress wack punchlines. He goes just to the edge of being overly righteous/scientific/loverman cliche and just pulls back. He’s a master songwriter who happens to rap. And I’ve blatantly ripped him off many times on my upcoming projects, the mixtape Bring Me the Head of Zilla Rocca!!! and the LP Fall Back Friday.
TO ALL MY NYC HEADS…….
Beat Garden will be in the building tomorrow night, Thurs. July 10th, 2008 @ the Knitting Factory. Nico The Beast will be making his solo debut in the Big Apple. Show starts at 9pm, all ages, $5. Nico will be going on around 11pm. I’ll be handing out Nico sampler CDs and we’ll be selling copies of No Beast so Fierce as well.
This is our first show in NYC since last December at Don Pedro’s in Brooklyn and we rocked a crowd straight after they watched a guy do some “ukelale hip hop” (for real), so imagine what’s gonna happen tomorrow!
Here’s some free Nico MP3’s just ’cause:
“Wanna Rap, Wanna Rhyme”
produced by Alex Wood
from the album No Beast So Fierce
“Philly Codes” f/ Zilla Rocca and 2ew Gunn Ciz
produced by Alex Wood
from the album No Beast so Fierce
“Dey Know Freestyle”
from Feed the Beast Week 2