#iTunesSounds: “True To Self” – Bryson Tiller – May 26, 2017

The first article I wrote for the site in October 2015 was on Bryson Tiller‘s debut album “T R A P S O U L.” He’s back with his much anticipated follow-up “True To Self.” Tiller made real waves in the game during 2016 embarking on a sold out nationwide tour (click for our review) after the release of T R A P S O U L.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

True To Self gives us a similar feel musically though Tiller might have a hard time repeating the commercial radio airwave play that he received on his first go round. That said, the video for this album’s lead single Somethin’ Tells Me just dropped this week as well. With well-crafted samples from popular artists such Marsha Ambrosius, SWV and Wale littered throughout the album, Tiller has another hit on his hands from start to finish.

“Somethin’ Tells Me Video:

Social Media Buzz:

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.

#PSBPopCulture: “The Social Level Up” – May 25, 2017

Last spring, JD Davis challenged ourselves to step up the pictures that we deliver to the masses via our social media accounts. Part of that was about the physical shape we were in while another large part was focused on our fashion. The last part that tied it all together was the quality of the actual shot that was taken.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

Over the past 15 months, I’ve run countless miles / sprints, lifted thousands of pounds at LA Fitness, used Looklive.com so much that it’s bookmarked on my Safari browser and employed two of the best in the photography world in Ty Freeman and Larry Rhinehart.

Sidenote: Shoutout my dudes Ant Adeniyi, Adrian Potter and Justice Bramer. They’re always at the gym. I’m chasing them down!

Whether it’s snapping a picture with Bre Stewart or Morgan William to showing off the latest fashion from Asos or Lifted Anchors, it’s been a cool journey to document. I think my dude JD would approve of the growth. The challenge now is to Level Up (Fabolous voice) again. I’ll be back Summer ’18 to give you the summary.

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.

#PSBPopCulture: “The First Shall Be Last” – May 16, 2017

I often tell my PSB team that I won’t demand anything of my team that I wouldn’t ask of myself. I remember listening to Jay-Z rap those lyrics on “Justify My Thug” off of the “Black Album” back in the early 2000’s. In March, we hosted our first event of the summer. Games tipped off at 5 pm. One of our clock keepers was stuck in Atlanta traffic. I always tell our team that no job is too big or too small. In order to stay true to those words, the first must also be last.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

I believe in doing whatever it takes to get the job done for my team. We all pitch in so we all win.

Sidenote: Huge shoutout to my guys Jay Kohr and Geoff Lampe from BSN Sports who have our AnyGymIsHome apparel Collection on another level right now.

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.

#PSBAllAccess: The Work Don’t Lie – Apr. 12, 2017

I told my story of the road back to consistent personal fitness on the site in October of 2016. It’s been seven months since then and I’m feeling even better than I did at that point. One of my PSB teammates, Christian Simmons, has a quote “The Work Don’t Lie.” Truthfully, I feel that now more than ever.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

The biggest adjustment for me since the last time I checked in was adding a consistent 800 calories a day burned strictly by cardio. I measure the work with my Apple Watch and take it off at all times a day unless I’m working out. The focus has been on short sprints between 10 to 50 yards both moving forward and backpedaling. I like to get two separate workouts in a day – one mid afternoon and one at night before I start to wind down.

I’ve also added to my protein, fresh fruit and water intake with two meals a day of either lean chicken or fish with white rice. Special thanks to Flex Fuel Prep for that.

Accountability has long kept me on a path that I felt like veering off of so I gotta thank the following: Dain Pool, Keil Moore, Chris Hansen, JD Davis, Branden Mayweather, Donte Grant, Jermale Wilkerson, Taylor Johnson, Vince Smith and Carl Reed. They’ve kept me on course even when they didn’t know I was thinking about the goals I’ve shared with them.

I’m down from 210 or so at the end of 2015 to hovering around 185-188 pounds daily but more importantly, can see the shape of my body changing seemingly by the day. I’ll check back in more frequently with updates over the summer.

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.

#PSBAllAccess: “Adrian Penland All-Star Game” – Apr. 11, 2017

Through his hard work and dedication to the community, Adrian Penland has established the premier postseason game for seniors in North Georgia. I was honored to serve as a judge for this year’s Slam Dunk Contest.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

I’ve known Adrian since we played against each other in high school. He was a star at West Hall High, went on to play at Lander University and went overseas to play professionally after that. Since then, AP has taken that experience and brought it back to the streets with a series of youth camps, tournaments and his All-Star Game. Former Atlanta Falcons, Jerious Norwood and Todd Weiner, as well as Alabama forward Daniel Giddens joined me as judges. I definitely wanted to bring my fashion A Game out of respect for what AP is in the process of building.

SIDENOTE: Congrats to #SMPMember, Taylor Anne Kelley, on winning the 3-point contest. Multiple event attendee, Hanna Grogan, won the game’s MVP as well.

HUGE shoutout goes to both Larry Rhinehart and Jordan Davis for the crisp pictures and quick turnaround time.

Here’s a breakdown of the outfit:

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.

#PSBAllAccess: “Elite Basketball Academy Camp Director” – Mar. 10, 2017

When I started Peach State Basketball, I remembering telling my dad that I never saw the camp directors who ran the ones I grew up attending except for the first hour and last hour of camp. They definitely weren’t coaching my team at camp.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

I made myself a promise to grow the game by making sure all of our campers leave feeling like they learned something from me personally. Hopefully, when they stop playing that hands on influence will help them want to give back to the same game that has raised me.

Working with up-and-coming prospects like Isaiah Reed of Fla., make me remember my days at camp and how much I took away from each experience. It’s a privilege to be in this position not a right. I take that very seriously and am grateful to be able to work with the next generation. My biggest goal is to give them a person in their life who they can look up to. Hopefully, they see how hard I work and realize they can be even more productive as an adult than I ever will be.

Hopefully, our crew is just getting started and my actions will continue to lead us all the way down the pathway to success.

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.

#PSBSportsChop: “Mind Over Body: Playing in the N.F.L. at 38” – Terence Newman – Mar. 10, 2017

It’s rare for a cornerback to survive a decade in the N.F.L. let alone 15 seasons. That’s exactly what Terence Newman of the Minnesota Vikings is in the process of doing. Most guys get moved from cornerback to safety as they age but Newman is defying the odds. He gives us a look at how he’s managed to beat the numbers:

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

Newman provides a fairly in-depth breakdown of what he does to prepare all year long. He’s the oldest cornerback in the league by five years and made 1.65 million last season so I’m definitely paying attention to how he’s making it happen. It was a good read even for me as I continue to change my way of living (exercise and food intake).

READ THE ARTICLE: Mind Over Body: Playing in the N.F.L. at 38 | The New York Times

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.

#PSBSportsChop: “The Tree” – Jeff Capel – Mar. 10, 2017

Duke associate head basketball coach Jeff Capel III has long been a favorite of mine dating back to his playing days at Duke. Capel was so talented that legendary hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur wore his Blue Devil jersey at one point. Like us all, Capel III has a family. His father, Jeff II, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Capel III took time to document the highs, lows and the stories that have defined his relationship with his father over the years in this article.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

This article almost brought me to tears. At one point, Capel is complaining about Duke wanting sympathy while starting on the No. 2 team in the country as a freshman.

Capel’s dad tells him “Man, SHUT THE F*** UP. Stop calling home and complaining. And just play.”

READ THE ARTICLE: The Tree | The Players’ Tribune

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: Trey Songz – “Tremaine” – Mar. 3, 2017

Trey Songz has elevated himself to the top of the RnB world through a combination of his music and his appearance. Songz aka “Mr. Steal Your Girl” is back with his latest album on March 24th. He’s releasing a single a week to coincide with his web series, “The Playboy.” To date, he’s released three songs and it has a feel that reminds me of arguably his most complete studio ready album, Ready (2009).

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

All three tracks are quality music. My favorite might be the most recent release, “Song Goes Off.” Listen to all three songs here:

Nobody Else But You

Playboy

Song Goes Off

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.

#FreshStyleFits: “Brandon’s Closet” – Reebok Question’s – Mar. 3, 2017

Allen Iverson is pound-for-pound one of the best guards in NBA history. His partnership with Reebok has spanned more than 20 years producing one of the best selling signature shoes of all time in the Reebok Question’s. Reebok teamed up with the retailer RUVilla to re-release the shoe in an exclusive colorway.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCulture

The Breakdown:

I own both the latest RUVilla collab and the original 76ers inspired colorway.

You can buy the RUVilla version here: Iverson “Liberty” ($129)

Here’s a look at each:

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.