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My dude Jeter aka Player of the Decade! Rockin’ 3’s! GQ snubbed him on that 25 coolest athletes of all-time list, by the way.

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Kanye, LeBron: A Theory

Naw, not Kobe, LeBron — Kanye, Lebron. Jay-Z has declared himself the “Mike Jordan of rap” on numerous occasions, and for the most part, it’s a pretty accepted comparison. Both Mike and Jay took their respective games — basketball and hip-hop — to otherworldly levels, excelling in branding themselves, transcending cultures, and becoming the absolute best at their jobs. (Though some may argue Biggie or Pac or whoever, Hov’s longevity is undeniable.)

Beyond that, however, it’s hard to come up with another equally strong basketball-hip-hop analogy. At one point, I thought it could Kanye and Kobe, but I’ve backed away from that. It sounds nice at first, but in terms of their actual skills, Kobe is closer to Mike than Ye is to Jay.

So now, I have a new theory/basketball player to hip-hop artist comparison: LeBron is Kanye. Seriously, think about it.

Both have a number of detractors who label them arrogant, selfish assholes. King James has taken extreme heat (pun intended) for joining up Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami. Much the same way Kanye did for his actions at the 2010 Grammy’s. In a recent interview (below) — in which he made handful of great points, by the way — West’s comments sounded as if they could be coming straight from the mouth of James. “I’m in front of the social, the media tank,” said West.

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“…Being public figures, you can’t choose to be the number one rapper in the world. People choose you. And you have a responsibility at that point to represent their feelings, and if you show a lack of compassion or something, there will be an outcry,” Kanye continued.

Kanye was talking about stealing Taylor’s shine; when keepin’ it real goes wrong. But Plug the word basketball player in instead of the word rapper, and it’s the LeBron story. People (particularly those of Cleveland, but the despise has come from all over) “chose” him, and when he, in their minds, let them down, there was a vicious backlash.

In choosing to join the Heat, LeBron, essentially, cut off Taylor Swift. He pissed off a lot of (white) people and stepped on a lot of toes.

Both James and West were publicly castrated after their controversial decisions. Does each still have his loyal followers and fans? Of course. But both took huge public hits. And that’s not to say that before their “moment” everyone loved them. Plenty have long hated Kanye or hated LeBron, but the intensity of that hate rose ten-fold after they “acted out”. So much to the point that racist, bigot language was spewed at them like it was 1960.

“Oh you want me to be taken off earth? Like, for real? Like, ‘Die Nigger Die like what said on Twitter? Word?,” probed Kanye.

Remember some of those tweets LeBron re-tweeted? “You are a big-nosed, big-lipped bug eyed [racist word]. Ur greedy, u try to hide ur ghettoness,” said some ignorant fool. Sounds familiar, right?

The similarities continue. Check this out: “Minutes before nine, James arrives,” recalled J.R. Moehringer in a cover story about LeBron in the September 2010 issue of GQ. “With him are his advisers; his girlfriend, Savannah; and Kanye West. Kanye West? (italics his). While James is dressed casually — gingham shirt, dark jeans, beige basketball shoes — West is a hip-hop Hef. Black blazer, black pants, multihued bedroom slippers.”

“His black sunglasses are so dark he can’t possibly see the person to whom he’s talking,” he continued. You know, the kind LeBron had on that same night.

So how about that? On the evening of LeBron’s huge decision, who, ironically, is in the building as well? Mr. West (where the above photo is from). Kanye’s “Power” often reminds me of LeBron. “No one man should have all that Power.” Well King James exercised a whole lot of power this summer, as he had the League and every owner in it eating from the palm of his hand. Many will argue that for athletes in general, regardless of sport, he took the power back from the owners. He called the shots, from forcing teams to meet on with him only on his terms all the way to the TV special. “King” James is, well, King James. Kanye donned a crown in the “Power” SNL performance.

LeBron had an hour-long TV special and turned ESPN into L(eBron)SPN. Kanye had a 30+minute mini-film broadcast simultaneously on MTV, VH1 and BET, followed by hours of interviews and discussion.

As far as what they actually do, Kanye and LeBron are very much alike as well. Kanye is not the greatest rapper ever, something he would likely admit. At that same token, LeBron is not the most skilled basketball player, something he should likely admit. But both present something never seen before in their respective lanes. We’ve never seen a physical specimen do the things Bron does on the court: 6-10, 270 with the speed of a point guard. He passes, he rebounds, he scores, he runs guys down for highlight-reel blocks, puts guys on posters.

Kanye is not the most skilled MC. But like Bron, he’s something completely new in the genre of hip-hop. While maybe not the best at any one particular thing, he is the best “artist”. The epitome of rapper/super-producer, he spits dope rhymes, makes amazing beats, directs videos and, like LeBron, has a hand in every single aspect of his brand — himself.

LeBron and Kanye are amalgamations unlike any other person on the court or in the studio.

Both have cut some so deep that it will take weeks, months, years, to fix their image. In the case of Kanye, that process has already started. He disappeared for months, until popping back up in July, and smacking us in the face with G.O.O.D. music ever since. As an athlete, an NBA player, LeBron hasn’t had the luxury of pulling the same disappearing act, but even he fell back a bit after the initial sting. His most recent commercial then looked to address the issue his decision (whether it truly did so or not is another question).

Kanye has won many back over by simply putting out the best product — G.O.O.D Fridays. LeBron can restore his image  — what is left of it —  in that same fashion: by winning games, and, ultimately, championships.

I’m still not sure who Kobe is, but LeBron is definitely Kanye.

MTV/FNP Top 10 Hottest MC’s of 2010

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Last week, MTV released their Top 10 MC’s list. Above is the final debate (Check out the other parts, as well). I’ve looked forward to their list ever since its inception a few years ago, mainly because I have mad respect for their panel — Shaheem Reid, Jayson Rodriguez, Rahman Dukes, etc. — and the way they break down each of their picks — (BET, take notes).

The entire list was as follows:

  1. Eminem
  2. Jay-Z
  3. Kanye West
  4. Drake
  5. Rick Ross
  6. Nicki Minaj
  7. Lil Wayne
  8. Waka Flocka
  9. B.o.B
  10. Ludacris

Obviously, I had some issues. Namely, Eminem being number 1, and the exclusion of Wiz Khalifa (remember, it’s HOTTEST not best. The Taylor Gang movement cannot be denied), not best here. Below is the more accurate list FNP Top 10 Hottest MC’s of 2010:

  1. Kanye West
  2. Rick Ross
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Nicki Minaj
  5. Eminem
  6. Drake
  7. Lil’ Wayne
  8. Wiz Khalifa
  9. B.o.B.
  10. Waka Flaka

I’m Sold!

“E’ryday, E’ryday, E’ryday…”

FNP Radio 9.28.10

Fresh-N-Proper kicks off at 10 PM CT tonight. By now, you should already know what to expect, and if not, then tune in and enlighten yourself. N.E.P.H.E.W. sliding thru in to chop it up about his brand new project, Pressure.

Listen Live @ Radio DePaul. TUNE IN FOOL!

Tonight On Fresh-N-Proper Radio:

FNP Radio kicks off at 7:30 PM CT tomorrow night on Radio DePaul. In addition to goin’ in as usual, Al Dilla will be checking in at 8 PM:

And then at 9, Chrisitian Rich should be sliding thru…

TUNE IN FOOL!

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