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Birdman x2 (#1 Stunnas)

Posted in Basketball, linguistics, Music, Rap on May 3, 2009 by trapperKeeper


Chris Anderson, aka the Birdman, is to jumping (blocks/dunks) as Eddie House is to 3’s.  Their specialized skill sets make effective, but limited, players if placed in the right situation.  How these two act on the court is just as important as their respective skills.  Exuding brash confidence, Birdman and House are electrifying players capable of whipping their team and crowd into a frenzy.  House brings break-dancing skills to add to the pregame antics.  Birdman brings crazy hair and a mysterious drug related two year NBA suspension.

Going to school in Detroit from 7th-12th grade, I was truly exposed to the world of hip hop.  2Pac, De La Soul, the Fugees, Outkast, Jay-Z, and Wu Tang were going strong.  Soon, the Fugees would be broken up, 2Pac and Biggie dead, and DMX and the Cash Money Millionaires dominating the airwaves.  Being young, I had a fun time listening to the Dirty South’s glamorized tales of indulgence.  Now, the music of Cash Money and No Limit, which I was never a big fan of anyways, sounds like trash celebrating hedonism and gross materialism and filled with vapid, vulgar lyricism.  Still, the collective had some hot beats, hilarious raps, and nice flows (Wayne had a magnetism even then and Juvenile’s voice was unique and hilarious).  Listening to the product of the Cash Money crew takes me back some years.

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