Friday, July 28, 2017

Miami Dolphins Ranked NFL's Third Best Offensive Arsenal by ESPN

NFL's best (and worst) arsenals: 32-1 offensive weapons ranking

Tier VIII: The final frontier

It has almost become parody, but there's a staggering amount of potential among the Dolphins' collection of skill-position talent. There's not a more exciting trio of young receivers in the game than Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills, each of whom are 25 or younger. Parker might loom as the most devastating of the three, and if he takes a leap forward in his third season, it's hard to figure out how anyone is going to cover these guys.
Jay Ajayi | #23 | 6' 0" 220 lbs | RB | Miami Dolphins [Nickname: J-Train]

Miami got lucky at running back, where it sensed some weakness and tried to sign C.J. Anderson to a hefty offer sheet in March 2016 before bringing Arian Foster in over the summer. The Broncos matched Anderson's offer and Foster retired, turning the job over to Jay Ajayi, who announced his arrival with back-to-back 200-yard games against the Steelers and Bills before putting up a third 200-yard game against Buffalo in December. Ajayi was a little more dependent upon big plays than you might like, but there's still a starting back here with plenty of upside.
If coach Adam Gase can get something out of Julius Thomas, who scored 24 touchdowns in two years for him in Denver, this offense could be unstoppable. They're not all going to break out unless the Dolphins get to play with two footballs, but there's so much talent to go around that Miami won't have to depend on any one player to have a big season. — Bill Barnwell | ESPN

Thursday, July 13, 2017

XXL Freshman Class 2017

The 2017 XXL Freshman Class has had the internet talking for nearly a month now thanks to this year’s class showing out in their freestyles and opening up about their respective movements in interviews.

With this year’s roster marking the 10th anniversary of our Freshman franchise, fans have been more vocal than ever about who did and didn’t make the list. This year’s XXL Freshman—A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Kyle, Ugly God, Aminé, Kamaiyah, Madeintyo, Kap G, Playboi Carti and the 10th Spot Winner XXXTentacion, all bring something different to hip-hop culture at the moment and definitely aren’t shy about showing off their skills in the XXL Freshman cyphers.

Check out the full five-minute Freshman cypher below directed by Travis Satten and produced by Team Satten Productions.

— Kyle, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Aminé —

After Kyle, Aminé and A Boogie’s cypher dropped on Monday (July 10), next up is Playboi Carti, Madeintyo, Ugly God and XXXTentacion. These four performers vibe off each other’s energy to create one insane match-up.

With producer Sonny Digital on the ones and twos, Playboi attacks the beat first. Hopping around in a Supreme varsity jacket and backpack, while exuding the same confidence with which he delivered his hit single “Magnolia,” Carti keeps things light and fun. “Ben Baller, no Johnny Dang/All my niggas blood gang/All my niggas gangbang/Aye, what? Ya, aye,” spits Carti.

After Carti, Madeintyo takes over and does his signature dance while rhyming about his jewels. “Tokyo, Tokyo that cool thang/Probably take her out to Blue Flame, uh/Yeah diamonds when I walk/Diamonds when I walk/Diamonds when I talk/Yeah,” Tyo rhymes at the end of his verse. Ugly God picks up right where Tyo leaves off by spitting those same bars as an ad-lib for the beginning of his own verse.

Ugly then dives into his own hilarious verse, bringing his snarky, childish attitude to the mic. “Look at my wrist, goddamn/Look at my bitch, goddamn/Look at my dick, goddamn/Talk shit and get hit, goddamn/Pull up on your block/Nigga you a bitch/I might fuck yo’ bitch/I might hit a lick,” spits Ugly through his own laughter.

Playboi Carti, Madeintyo, Ugly God & XXXTentacion

Finally, XXX adds an unexpected dose of drama to the cypher by having Sonny cut the music to deliver his eerie verse a cappella. “And if the world ever has an apocalypse I will kill all of you fuckers/Feel with be plentiful, death will bountiful/I will spare none of you peasants,” raps X while bending down on one knee directly in front of the camera.

Last, but definitely not least, was PnB, Kap G and Kamaiyah. Each came with some solid rhyme schemes, a few quotables at least, serving as a fitting into this year’s edition of XXL Freshman cyphers.

Check all three of them for yourself below, and in case you missed them, watch the individual freestyles here: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Playboi Carti, Ugly God, Madeintyo, Kyle, Kamaiyah, Kap G, Aminé and XXXTentacion. — XXL

Friday, July 7, 2017

HBO's The Defiant Ones: Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre Documentary

The Defiant Ones is a four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre -- one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - -- and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.

— Premieres July 9th, 2017 at 9pm via HBO —

The Defiant Ones

Set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades, The Defiant Ones tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre -- one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton -- and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. From director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) this revealing, compelling and often-gritty story takes place in recording studios, in humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power.
Partners in Crime — Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine
Hughes shows how decades of defiance and determination helped Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre build a few empires, make a series of American dreams come true and transform two American street kids from different tough neighborhoods into a global force to be reckoned with. This epic look at America shows how you can consistently defy conventional wisdom and even logic, and still win big.

Allen Hughes of The Hughes Bros. fame
The four-part documentary event is told with the help of many of the most notable artists and figures of our time, reflecting Hughes' unfettered access to Iovine, Dre and the remarkable cast of figures who have been a part of their success story. In addition to extensive interviews with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who speak frankly about their highs and lows, the show includes interviews with such music icons as Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Jon Landau, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen and The series also features never-before-seen footage from a multitude of recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, JJ Fad, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and U2, among others.

The Defiant Ones is a Silverback 5150 Pictures Production in association with Alcon Television Group; executive producers, Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Jerry Longarzo, Michael Lombardo and Gene Kirkwood; written by Allen Hughes, Lasse Jarvi, Doug Pray; edited by Lasse Jarvi, Doug Pray; music composed by Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne; producers, Sarah Anthony, Steven Williams, Fritzi Horstman; directed by Allen Hughes. — The Defiant Ones | HBO
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