On June 16, 1971 Tupac Shakur was born. His career and his life were cut short upon his murder in 1996. Regardless, Pac remains an inspiration for many rappers today beit his friends Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, or J. Cole. His influence is even felt in contemporary rap, and honored today by Joey Bada$$. While in California for his Santa Cruz show, the Brooklyn rapper visited Power 106's The Cruz Show to deliver several freestyles over Tupac's classics like "Hail Mary", "I Get Around", and "Gangsta Party" for the legend's would be 44th Birthday. Enjoy below and rest easy, Pac.
The Cavs were incompletely complete tonight.
The players that needed to step up tonight were everything they needed to be and then some. JR Smith hit early shots that kept the Cavs just slightly ahead of an ice cold Warriors squad. Shumpert, who went out early with a concerning arm injury, created turnovers stealing the ball three times, and Tristan Thompson put on a clinic on the offensive and defensive glass. Matthew Dellavedova continues to impress. This time his "grit", as James called it, showed on the score sheet as well as he racked up 20 huge points, providing much needed support for the King's one man show. Let's also not forget the key minutes by veterans, and fellow champions in their own right, Mike Miller and James Jones.
All you can do is watch Lebron go to work. Inside-out is how he attacked the Warriors defense tonight and he broke the record for most points in the first three games of an NBA Finals, take that Steph. Defensively he knew where Golden State would be before they did. Averaging 41 points, 12 rebounds, and 8.3 assists, LBJ is doing whatever he wants whenever he wants.
The Warriors are in a rut and the unfortunate part about jump shooting teams is that this "funk" can last for some time, especially when it's exacerbated by stifling defense. Before the second half, Curry was 6/29 over 6 quarters, yet he seemed to shake off some of the dust going 9/14 to end the game. Where was Klay Thompson? not to mention Harrison Barnes' 0 point game.
The addition of David Lee added height to try and combat the Cavaliers' offense, but the Warriors are playing too small, literally and figuratively, to beat a more physical team. Game 4 will be interesting because the Warriors got hot late. If they can return to form, it will be interesting to see how these two teams matchup against one another clicking on all cylinders.
Cavs in 6.
With schools letting out and Summer 2015 getting in full swing, ITR has highlighted several appropriate footwear options necessary to stay cool. Freemans Sporting Club, a lifestyle brand that celebrates American hand made goods, makes the choice simple in its latest collaboration with Vans. FSC's Tokyo location customizes the iconic Slip-On silhouette with red and white barbershop stripes, complimenting the brand's in-house barber. The eye-catching sneaker is kept simple with white-rubber foxing and white FSC branding on the heel. Purchase them here for ¥9,180 (approximately $74 USD). Do not sleep on these.
The world goes crazy when Drake drops a new song. Everything shuts down when its Drake AND Beyoncé. Between 10 and 11pm, May 20th, a SoundCloud account called "OVO Unruly" released Drizzy's new song "Can I", which features Queen Bey and an artist named Sal Houdini. Shortly after Houdini posted a screenshot on Instagram with a caption basically stating he released the song on accident. Nobody can find the SoundCloud link and it was nixed from the blogoshpere. Unfortunately, in this day and age once a leaked song hits the Internet it is there forever (especially when a snippet released earlier this week). Regardless, "Can I" could be featured on Drake's upcoming Views From the 6 album or another project, for now just enjoy it.
TGIF. A collaboration and mentorship that extends beyond their performance of "Wolves" on SNL and a surprise one in London, Vic Mensa releases his new song, "U Mad" with Kanye West. Enjoy and be on the look out for Kanye's forthcoming album, So Help Me God.
Today InTheRough begins a new concept, Notes--the destination ITR members and friends personally deem a Good worth paying attention to on a specific day.
I have a challenge finding jeans for the warm months. I struggle with my desired color, "do I go with white, indigo, or light wash," the fit, and the stress level. Spring and Summer come with a relaxed air, casual breeze, and fun, themes my clothing certainly aims to match. I trusted J.Crew's denim selection would include something to my liking, added with the brand's sophisticated-casual style. My sized 30/34 484 Kaihara Denim In Faded Light Wash jeans are the winners. They are slim with room to breathe, especially important in areas of high humidity since nobody likes their jeans sticking to their legs, and come with hand-distressed marks, one on the left knee which I have opened to a bigger hole for more air flow. The Kaihara Denim, a Japanese fabric, increases the quality and comfort of the jeans assuring that movement is not restricted. Overall these 484s from J.Crew exude the casual aesthetic I was in search of and go perfectly with a low-top sneaker, like my reverse Breton stripe Converse Jack Purcell Signature Canvas sneakers. Browse J.Crew's denim here and enjoy the visuals above!