#FreshStyleFits: adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged – August 12, 2016

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Last month, adidas released a new version of their popular Ultra Boost shoe line called the Ultra Boost Uncaged. Here’s our take on whether adidas scored a hit or not:

By: Alli Lhamon @allilhamonn and Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

Brandon: Between the Yeezy’s and the Boost Uncaged, adidas has quietly put together a very nice 12-month run. I have multiple pair of the new release including the my favorite, the triple red (see below). The white and black are both great everyday shoes and can be found on retail shelves still.

Alli: I already know I will be spending my next Peach State check on a pair for myself. They shoes have a clean look with multiple colors that I like. After seeing Brandon with his on, they are really a must have for my closet.

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Alli Lhamon represents the next wave of PSBPopCulture.com. A fashion and music junkie, Lhamon has been on her game since Day One in 2000. She’s a genius in the classroom and might finish with more degrees than the rest of the team combined. You can follow her on Twitter @allilhamonn.

PSBPCBC100Brandon 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: “Big Amount” – 2 Chainz feat. Drake – August 11, 2016

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By: Jordan Davis @JDavisPSB and Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

It seems every time that 2 Chainz and Drake team up, they deliver a classic track. From “All Me” to “No Lie,” the two stars rarely disappoint. They’ve done it again with “Big Amount” off of the “Daniel Son, Necklace Don” mixtape.

Jordan’s Take: I have to give another assist to my boy Dante Sawyer (@BuzzSawww) for the track. Before I listened to the entire song was the snippet where Drake states, “And I’ve never seen the inside of a Marriott or a Westin!” I immediately downloaded the song and listened to it. Usually Chainz and Drake gravitate toward the club banging type beats but this beat is significantly different. However the track is easily the best on the tape with decent bars from Chainz and Drake providing his usual heat.

Favorite Line:
“I was in Juvy, they gave me community.
I had to pick up some litter.
I want it easy, please do not tease me.
I wore my Yeezy’s to dinner”

Brandon’s Take: Drake and Chainz went in on this one. Drake brought the heat and forced Chainz to up his game in the process. The result was another smash hit.

Favorite Line:
“I got a big amount, I think I’m the biggest out.
You lit and can’t even put it out.”

LISTEN TO “BIG AMOUNT”:

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Jordan Davis is a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com with a unique blend of #PSBPopCulture reviews. Davis has been rocking the latest trends since arriving here in 1995. He is currently a student at Kennesaw State, a Social Media Intern with PeachStateBasketball.com and is well on his way to being the youngest in charge sooner than later.

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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.

#PSBPopCulture: 51,000 Hours and Counting – August 6, 2016

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By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

As I enter my 15th season in the industry and 13th at the head of Peach State Basketball, Inc., my view on our success and reasons for it change by the year.

We just finished our busiest season of the calendar year. The month of July is a combination of four straight 100-hour work weeks for me as our team produces seven different team events certified by the NCAA. This allows college coaches from all over the country to attend and evaluate players for potential scholarship offers to play at the school or university. Our entire team spends thousands of hours trying to perfect our craft annually.

There is a lot of time to think about how life changes inside of a 400-hour workload during July each year. In 2016, I thought a lot about the best selling book, “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. In it, Gladwell states that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.”

***Disclaimer: Without question, there is a combination of inherent talent and continued expansion of skill training, development techniques that apply here as well.

I believe there is a truth to time on the job increasing the amount of situations seen and response time with accuracy improving as a result. I see that in the case of some of my colleagues in other facets of life as well: Branden Mayweather, Dain Pool, Sean “Sticks” Smith and Shun Williams. All of them are seeing increased success with each year that passes. I did simple math on my career to date to see where I stacked up right now in relation to Gladwell’s 10,000 hour theory. Here’s what I came up with:

14 years x 365 days (no vacations here since Day One) = 5,110 days

5,110 x 10 hours a day = 51,110 hours

Conclusion: If the 10,000 hour rule (with the applied disclaimer) makes you an expert in the field, 14 years worth of dedicated work in grassroots basketball marketing have helped shaped the current path for Peach State Basketball in a very noticeable way.

PSBPCMayDayBrandon 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.

#FreshStyleFits: Fall ’16 Style Guide by Brandon Clay – August 4, 2016

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By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

Throwbacks

I remember my man Jermale Wilkerson with a closet full of jerseys back in the day when everyone was rocking the Mitchell and Ness jerseys two or three sizes too big. I didn’t get around to wearing them at that moment but they’re back in style now.

This Fabolous line from the hit “Can’t Let You Go” in 2002 still rings in my ear to this day: “There’s gonna be a clip tossed if I go back with stains from her lip gloss on my throwback.”

The difference is this time around, the trend is to actually buy jerseys that fit. For me, I’m wearing a 44 (Large) in the authentic brand Mitchell and Ness. I’m a hometown sports guy so the Hank Aaron, Deion Sanders and Dominique Wilkins were all must haves. I’ve also grabbed Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Larry Bird jerseys amongst others.

For now, I am only wearing the jerseys of retired pro athletes or the college / high school throwback versions of people currently playing professionally. Nike made a nice set of college throwbacks for some of the top football players including A.J. Green (UGA) and Peyton Manning (Tennessee). Living in the heart of SEC country, you’ll see both of those on my back before the fall comes and goes.

Here is the Hank Aaron jersey with the matching Braves New Era Cap from Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash in June:

This is Fabolous sporting the Kobe Bryant jersey in a video:

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Here is the Allen Iverson (featured image at top) from the 4th of July:

PSBPCMayDayBrandon 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: “Boyz in the Hood” – DJ Drama feat. Meek Mill and Pusha T – August 3, 2016

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By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

DJ Drama has long been one of the go-to voices from behind the turntables in the rap game. His “Quality Street Music” series returns with a smash featuring three of the hip-hop game’s premier artists in Meek Mill, Pusha T and Ty Dolla $ign.

Meek opens with a mean stanza about his time in jail last year. He drops two verses that remind me of the artist who had the nation’s No. 1 rap album of 2015 per Billboard.

FAVORITE LINE: “Sorry your honor if I was too arrogant, the money was staggering. They locked me in PC with the rats, that ish was embarrassing. 23 hours in a cell by myself, man you couldn’t imagine it. They fed me some food I wouldn’t feed to my dog, man that ish was the nastiest.” — Meek Mill

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: Will Apple Purchase Tidal? – July 1, 2016

By: Alli Lhamon @allilhamonn and Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple could possibly be buying out Tidal Music. If Apple buys Tidal, new music from artists originally signed with Tidal, including Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce, will now be available on Apple Music the day they release it. Apple already boasts some of the world’s top acts including Drake.

ALLI: The switch will be beneficial to most everyone. Most people subscribe to Apple Music because it comes with their iPhone. With that being said, no one is trying to pay for two music subscriptions. So, if Tidal makes the switch, a lot of music will be more accessible to us.

BRANDON: I’m an Apple Music subscriber. I’ll be ecstatic if this deal goes through. I don’t watch a ton of music videos but had a tough time getting the latest Kanye West album, “The Life of Pablo.” This will save us all a couple of hours in the long run. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Apple pass the cost of adding the Tidal client base to the service right on to the consumer.

Here’s a quick, easy read with more detail about the benefits: CLICK TO READ

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Alli Lhamon represents the next wave of PSBPopCulture.com. A fashion and music junkie, Lhamon has been on her game since Day One in 2000. She’s a genius in the classroom and might finish with more degrees than the rest of the team combined. You can follow her on Twitter @allilhamonn.

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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.

#iTunesSounds: “I Got The Keys” – DJ Khaled feat. Jay-Z and Future – June 30, 2016

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By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

Khaled alerted us that a major key was on the way. He’s teamed up with Jay-Z’s management and HOV returned the favor with not one but two verses on Khaled’s lead single to his “Major Key” album due out in late-July. Add Future to touch the hook and a smash is born.

Jay starts off the track with a shot at Drake.

“Brothas always asking me the key: Til you own your own you can’t be free. Til you own your own you can’t be me. How we still slaves in 2016?”

BREAKDOWN: Direct reference to Drake still being contractually obligated music wise to YMCMB though his OVO brand is taking off in other product categories.

Mr. Carter then gives us a major key of his own.

“Key to life keep a (money) bag coming. Another night, another bag coming.”

BREAKDOWN: Always have revenue coming in. In this case, Jay made the transition from the street (brown paper) bag to the executive bag.

After that, HOV lets us know he’s feeling like Deion Sanders in his prime.

“I been speedin through life with no safety belt. One on one on the corner with no safety help. I perform like Josh Norman. I ain’t normal.”

BREAKDOWN: Norman, who just inked a massive deal with the Washington Redskins, is arguably the NFL’s premier cover cornerback capable of guarding the league’s premier receivers one on one

S. Carter then goes back at Drake again.

“Y’all know it’s one of one as soon you hear the uh uh (signature Jay call before a verse). Y’all know the difference between rap facts and rap fiction, right? Real life, I’m like HOV (the God of the rap game). Real life, I’m life goals. Real life, they like me? Real life , I’m like no!”

BREAKDOWN: Direct reference to Drake’s line in Summer Sixteen that says “I used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella (Jay’s record label) then I turned into Jay.”

Jay continues with a bounce during the second verse is that of a man in the prime of his career not one who hasn’t released an album since 2013.

“My swag different, that (money) bag different. My wife Beyonce, I brag different.”

BREAKDOWN: Net worth of over 550 million and well, we all know Beyonce.

WATCH the video here:

Here is a post from Future’s Instagram…

@DJKHALED #IGOTTHEKEYS🔑 the video prem right after B.E.T awards

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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.

#iTunesSounds: “Ready For It” – Dame D.O.L.L.A. (Lillard) – June 29, 2016

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By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

This isn’t the first time NBA All-Star point guard Dame Lillard has stepped to the mic. That said, it is one of his most complete tracks to date. He teamed up with Jahlil Beats and Brookfield Duece to give us a track to start the NBA off-season with.

ASSIST: Fellow point guard Jasmine Jenkins with the alley oop on the link…

Here’s my favorite Lillard rap to date from Sway in the Morning (February 2015)…

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.

#EntertainmentPSB: The Bachelorette Episode Three and Four – June 20, 2016

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By: Taylor Johnson @KTaylorPSB

This week we got a double dose of the Chad Bear (no seriously he calls himself that) with two episodes back to back. Double the episodes, double the drama, and double of JoJo’s amazing wardrobe. Here’s the best of the two nights!

Chase gets the first one on one date of the episodes. The date is a weird hot yoga class that the producers clearly strategically picked because without all the yoga weirdness and Chase in weird tights, the date would be pretty boring because Chase is so normal. The most exciting thing for me was learning about Chase’s massive tiger tattoo on his side. I personally love Chase and I am still campaigning for him to be the next Bachelor.

The group date that follows might be my favorite group dates in Bachelor history. Tension between Chad, Alex, Evan, and Jordan where Chad says his favorite line over and over, “You guys want to go?” I have no idea where they were going to go but Chad really wanted to go there. The guys have to stand up and tell an audience embarrassing sex stories so obviously Evan, the erectile dysfunction specialist, is pumped. Evan takes the opportunity to tell a story about a steroid raged jerk who basically needed to visit Evan’s clinic. Chad is so mad he tears Evan’s shirt. In Chad’s defense Evan’s shirt was way too tight in the first place, but Evan demands Chad to pay for his $20 shirt the rest of the episode. IT GETS BETTER GUYS. Chad goes on stage and refuses to tell an embarrassing story on stage and instead calls JoJo up there to try to make out with her in front of the other guys. JoJo denies him and the guys (mainly Alex) stand up and cheer. By the end of the date Evan is giving JoJo an ultimatum – Chad goes or Evan goes. Evan its only episode 3 and you’re not staying for many more episodes so don’t be dramatic. Evan ends up getting the rose and Chad laughs out loud like America. By this point the guy’s obsession with Chad is getting a little weird and they must be really bored in the Bachelor mansion.

The result of this awesome group date, the mansion hires a security guard to follow Chad around and even watch him while he sleeps. Dramatic, but hilarious.

James Taylor gets the next one on one date and he is a big dork. Being from Atlanta we have a little inside scoop on James. James apparently hangs out at the pool everyday and picks up girls when he is playing at bars and emails them his songs. No really, someone forwarded the email to me and they are TERRIBLE.

Episode one ends with Evan being a tattle tale. Suddenly Chad doesn’t seem so bad because Evan and Alex are being annoying. So Evan tells dad (aka Chris Harrison) that Chad is being mean so Chris makes Chad say he’s sorry. Chad stomps over and we leave with that amazing four year old fight.

Episode two is the beginning of Chad making people bleed without touching them, he’s that’s scary. First it was Evan then it was James Taylor that experienced that Chad mysterious injury. JoJo shows up to the rose ceremony in an amazing two piece sparkly number that is my favorite rose ceremony dress yet. Essentially what happened at the rose ceremony was that Chad got a rose and Christian, Ali, and Santa didn’t, and the guys are pissed. Chad an the boys pack their bags and head to the amazing and beautiful…Pennsylvania? The travel money must have gone to JoJo’s wardrobe.

The first one on one was with Luke. Luke is a complete gentleman and America loves him, but really loves looking at him because he is lacking in the personality department.

The group date is a football date, and another opportunity for Jordan to tell us that his brother is Aaron Rodgers. I guess this works in Jordan’s favor because he got to play quarterback for both teams for the highlight of his football career. With that being said, Jordan’s team won (shocker) and his team got more time with JoJo while the losers are sent home to hang out with Chad and Alex as punishment.

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Enough about the boring stuff. Chad and Alex have the two on one date that everyone has been waiting for. Before the date Chad threatens to come find Jordan after the show and hurt him. Chad digs his own grave with that one because threatening Jordan, Aaron Roger’s brother, and JoJo’s favorite is a big no no and Alex obviously tattles to JoJo about this. Alex wins the two on one and the guys give him the title of hero. Just when I was sad about not having anymore hilarious Chad moments, we are left with a cliff hanger of Chad making his way back to the mansion running his finger nails down the glass door. That being said more of the Chad Bear next week so stay tuned!

Taylor-Staff-PicTaylor Johnson serves as Brandon Clay’s personal stylist and is one of the most fashionable people in Atlanta. She’s also the resident expert on Hulu and Netflix. While attending graduate school at Georgia State, she’ll contribute to various categories throughout the PSBPopCulture.com site. You can follow her on Twitter @KTaylorPSB.

#iTunesSounds: Four to Know – June 15, 2016

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By: Jordan Davis @JDavisPSB and Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

1) “All The Way Up Remix” – Fat Joe and Remy Ma with Jay-Z

Jay-Z came in on what’s been one of the hottest songs in the streets this summer nationwide and gave it additional juice.

“You know you made it when the fact that your marriage made it is worth millions. Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is.” — Jay-Z

BREAKDOWN: Jay touches on the rumors of infidelity helping Beyonce come with huge sales of her album and subsequent tour. The Lemonade line is actually a Gang Starr rap lyric reference from the 90’s.

“I was up top seven winters and six summers. Cuffed. They on me on that bus all the way down now I’m all the way up.” — Remy Ma

BREAKDOWN: Remy has been quite a while locked up in New York but like Gucci Mane, she’s home now.

2) “Money Made Me Do It” – Post Malone feat. 2 Chainz

My boy Post Malone is back with a dope new track! Now, I wouldn’t consider it to be on the same level as his hit single “White Iverson”, but this is definitely something good to follow up with this. Post Malone sticking with his singer type rapping vibe on this track while 2 Chainz actually delivers a couple solid bars. One of my favorite producers FKI also does a great job on the production of this track. Assist to my boy Dante (@BuzzSawww) who reposted it on Soundcloud and I had to grab it. – Jordan Davis

CLAY: I love this one. I’ve been on it since JD tossed me the lob at the rim a couple of weeks back.

“Rest in peace to Bankroll, you in a better place bro.” — Post Malone

BREAKDOWN: Shoutout to up-and-coming rap artist Bankroll Fresh who was killed earlier this year.

“Bandana round my neck, like Bankroll Fresh. Pocket full of street money, count my blessings. One hundred, one thousand, 100 K, one million.” — 2 Chainz

BREAKDOWN: Chainz takes the Bankroll tribute and throws his spin on it. Well played.

3) “New Level” – A$AP Ferg feat. Future

If you’re looking for the perfect song to get that last set out in the weight room, finish that last mile on the treadmill, or a pregame track, look no further. This song immediately gets me hype when the beat drops because of that A$AP Ferg presence and delivery. Not to mention this is right in Future’s lane, who has been making some of the hypest tracks since “March Madness”! Both Future and Ferg do a great job of killing the beat lyrically without trying to do to much.  – Jordan Davis

CLAY: “A$AP, A$AP…that call on the intro is the coldest part of the song to me.”

4) “Major” – DMK

Keep an eye on the Detroit based RnB group. Their first single, “Major,” is a radio-friendly track that I actually caught on Sirius XM in late-May. Check their self titled “DMK” EP.

J-Davis-PSBPopCulture Jordan Davis is a contributor to PSBPopCulture.com with a unique blend of #PSBPopCulture reviews. Davis has been rocking the latest trends since arriving here in 1995. He is currently a student at Kennesaw State, a Social Media Intern with PeachStateBasketball.com and is well on his way to being the youngest in charge sooner than later.

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.