#PSBSportsChop: What Happened to Isaiah Thomas? – February 8, 2018

Last year, Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.8 points per game en route to leading Boston to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Fast forward nine months and Thomas has struggled to make his new home in Cleveland a good fit. A lingering hip injury, dip in field goal percentage after his return and recent comments about the Cavs coaching staff all resulted in the seven-year veteran being sent to Los Angeles in a trade with the primary guard swapped is Jordan Clarkson.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

How bad has Thomas value plummeted in the past six months? Clarkson is actually averaging less points per game this year than Thomas is even after missing all but 15 games so far. Longtime Laker fans Norris Grant and Sean “Sticks” Smith were upset in a group message I’m in about the Thomas addition to the roster after the trade broke earlier this afternoon. For an impending free agent, Thomas is in arguably the most unique situation in league history for a guy coming off of the season he had in 2016-17. Once again, Boston GM Danny Ainge is sitting behind his desk as a winner with Kyrie Irving wearing Celtic green and Thomas being traded yet again.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBAllAccess: Discovery HS – Business Marketing Speech – February 7, 2018

Travis McDaniel invited me out to Discovery HS to speak to the Business Academy students. My message was simple: Find your passion and make it your livelihood. I told them I’m a kid from Gwinnett County Public Schools just like them…if I can make it from here, then they can be better than me.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

We touched on multiple topics ranging from the worldwide success of local artists Migos to how to turn your passion into a nichè business. The students involved were fantastic with plenty of responses and feedback.

WATCH THE SPEECH:
***All media for this project courtesy of Larry Rhinehart of Parallels Media.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: Is Tom Brady the GOAT? – February 7, 2018

It’s safe to say that NFL megastar Tom Brady has established himself as arguably the game’s greatest quarterback. There’s room to argue about his career against a legend like Joe Montana.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

As far as current NFL quarterbacks go, Brady is in a company all by himself. He’s 40 years old and still performing at a level good enough to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player on an annual basis. Despite a loss in this year’s Super Bowl, Brady finished with 505 yards passing in the game breaking the all-time Super Bowl record. He’s best known for his day-to-day training routine and meticulous nature preparing for opponents.

Take a look at the trailer for his upcoming documentary, Tom Vs. Time:

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: “Family Feud” – Drake & Lil’ Wayne – Jan. 1, 2018

As if it were 2008 all over again, Drake jumped on an unreleased track from Wayne’s latest installment in the Dedication series. The “Family Feud” beat came from Jay-Z’s 4:44 album in 2017 and the release from Drake was timed perfectly after HOV dropped the video release on Friday.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

You can tell from some of the content that this verse is fresh out of the packaging and starts the year off right after a relatively slow musical year for arguably the best rapper in the game not named Jay himself.

Favorite Quotes from Drake in this one:

“Super Bowl goals. I’m at the crib with Puff (Sean Combs) and he got Kaepernick on the phone. He’s in a whole different mode.” — direct wordplay on how Jay starts his version mixed with Combs recent declaration that he wants to buy the NFL’s Carolina Panthers

“Tell me if TD Bank is approving loans. I’m thinking of paying Wayne what Universal owes. He spent a whole career going Platinum and Gold. He should own half the label. This is outta control.” — reference to the longstanding battle between Wayne and Cash Money founder Birdman on money owed to Wayne over the course of his career

“Somebody get Larry Jackson on the phone. I need some ownership if we pressing go. Business is boomin’ on behalf of me. I need a bite out of the Apple like Adam and Eve.” — Jackson is the streaming head of content for Apple Music. Drake has a deal with the service to the tune of 20 million but sounds like a renegotiation is in the works.

“…or too long like a sentence from a Philly judge. What’s the point in all the beefing when we really blood?!?” — sounds like a Meek Mill / Drake reunion could be on deck if Meek can ever get out of jail. #FreeMeek

“This pudding taste like the proof. If I ever see Trump, he better salute.”

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: “Corner Office” – Rich Paul – Dec. 29, 2017

I’ve been following Rich Paul‘s story since reading an article on ESPN in 2012. Paul is best known these days as LeBron James agent. Back then he was still creating waves with that announcement as very few players in league history have been in a position to empower those around them business wise the way that James has.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

To Paul’s credit, he’s taken full advantage most notably inking a deal with Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons two years ago. With the James assist, Paul is one of the NBA’s most powerful off-court players and appears to be positioned that way for years to come. One of James investment partners, Beats, did a feature on Paul this week that I enjoyed reading.

FULL ARTICLE: Corner Office – Rich Paul

THE 2012 ESPN ARTICLE: 2012 – The Story of Rich Paul’s Come Up

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: K. Michelle – “Crazy Like You” – Dec. 15, 2017

K. Michelle just dropped her latest album “Kimberly: The People I Used to Know.” last week. She is one of the go-to artists in the RnB game love the past five years and the diversity in this album shows why. “Crazy Like You” is her latest single off the album.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

Since stepping into the game, K. Michelle has shown herself to be an immensely talented artist. This is one of my favorite tracks to date. She sings and even raps fluidly to get her point across here.

LISTEN TO THE SONG:

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBPopCulture: Jay-Z and Dean Baquet, In Conversation – Nov. 30, 2017

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

There is a part at the 23-minute mark where Jay talks about rap being a young man’s game and living in the white hot space while you sit at the top. The choices you make while you’re in the hot seat determine how the game will view you forever after you depart.

LISTEN TO THE WHOLE INTERVIEW:

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Brent Faiyaz – “Sonder Son” – Nov. 20, 2017

Brent Faiyaz is a 22-year-old singer whose rise to the mainstream of RnB is directly tied to his performance singing the hook on the smash single “Crew” with Goldlink and Shy Glizzy. The song has been a mainstay on charts nationwide since the summer. Faiyaz has been recording with a 3-man group called “Sonder” thus the name of his solo project. The collective success of his music the past 18 months has propelled Faiyaz into a place where he was finally able to release his debut solo album “Sonder Son.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

The Baltimore, Maryland native is definitely one to keep an eye on. His sound reminds me of Donell Jones in his early years. My favorite three songs off of Sonder Son are:

Track 6: Stay Down
Track 8: Talk 2 U
Track 10: So Far Gone / Fast Life Bluez

LISTEN TO A FAIYAZ INTERVIEW ABOUT SONDER SON:

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBPopCulture: Jay-Z – 4:44 Tour Atlanta – Nov. 15, 2017

Jay-Z brought his 4:44 Tour to Atlanta on Tuesday night to a packed house at Philips Arena. He ran through a mix of the new songs off of his album mixed in with some of the No. 1 hits from his previous albums.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

MY TAKE ON HIS TOP THREE ALBUMS TO DATE & TIDAL (start at Minute 22):

VIDEO CLIPS FROM THE SHOW:

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: Kobe Bryant – “All Access” – Nov. 13, 2017

It’s hard to mention future first ballot NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant‘s name without mentioning Michael Jordan and these days LeBron James in the same sentence. Like most of the greats, Bryant made a living off of out preparing his competition. Add that to his superior skill set and it’s easy to see why Kobe dropped a cool 60 in his last NBA game 18 months ago.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

I ran across an ESPN True Hoop article on Bryant during his final season in the league. He talks in great detail about the recovery it takes for him to play at a high level 20 years in. I immediately thought about the same principles for a player in the infant stages of their career such as a Ben Simmons or Jayson Tatum in this year’s rookie class and what Bryant’s regimen could do for their game.

FULL ARTICLE:

KOBE BRYANT ALL DAY PROCESS

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.