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Playing Bas-ket-baaaaaaallll

October 17, 2006


This past Sunday we found ourselves sitting on bleachers, high school-style, watching old rappers play basketball against new rappers (and R&B dudes) as part of the festivities for VH1’s Hip Hop Honors. Inbetween casting sidelong glances at audience members with homemade Chris Brown sweatshirts and watching Fat Joe’s unintelligible halftime performance (word to parquet floor acoustics) a pretty good game actually went on. For the first three quarters the new school team dominated with crazy under-the-leg layups and weirdly successful unplanned fake-out passes, but in the last quarter the old school team’s slow and steady style worked in their favor, and won them the game. Highlights include Lovebug Starski’s method of charging the hoop, stopping, looking at the net for awhile and then finally taking a shot, and Pete Rock’s kinda aggressive style—surprising, considering we spent the whole game waiting for dude to run over to the bench and sample a Roy Ayers loop or something. Meanwhile, the new school had Remy Ma disregarding any conventional rules of basketball (and scoring zero points in the process), and Chris Breezy coming out as the obvious star, making girls in the audience literally cry when they saw him and scoring upwards of 30 points (he never passed!)

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Playing Bas-ket-baaaaaaallll