Finally, the highly anticipated follow up to last years “Too Real” J Dilla mixtape is here. From one legendary hip-hop producer to the next, I present “Attack of The Playoffs” featuring the Neptunes.
I’ve wanted to write something on the emerging trend of “positionless” Basketball in the NBA for a few years now. From Penny Hardaway to Allen Iverson, Dirk Nowitzki to Draymond Green players that don’t quite fit the basketball mold cast for them based on their size always intrigued me. These days they happen to be some of greatest prospects/talents to enter the NBA, just look at recent 76ers top draft pick Ben Simmons. Another name that comes mind (if you can even pronounce it) is Giannis Antetokounmpo better known by NBA fans as the “Greek Freak”.
The Golden State Warriors might be blowing out teams by astronomical amounts, but these days I spend more time watching the Oklahoma city thunder…. or should I say, checking their box score. It’s becoming a full time job keeping up with Russell Westbrooks Triple Doubles. Where’s that kid from the Jordan commercials when you need him?
Anyone really following this blog since it began or maybe just familiar with my VIMEO know I’ve been teasing two highlight mixes for about the past two years. One is a Penny Hardaway project and the other is the “Raging” Jordan video. Well, neither are finished. However, I do have something new to hold you while I put the finishing touches on them.
True to the title, I like to think of this video as a ‘prologue’; A sign to prepare you for what’s coming next. In this case, it’s more like the “calm before the storm”, as they say.
While looking for Jordan footage for the aforementioned Raging mix, I got immersed in the 1989 VHS documentary series, “Come Fly With Me” which you can still find in it’s entirety on youtube, thank God. That series of videos alone contain probably the best quality footage of young MJ you’ll find and for free courtesy of Clipconverter.cc. All the super slow-mo dunks, over the top narration, and even the cheesy music really inspired to remix it a piece of it -specifically the Dunk contest portion- and put my own spin on it.
Same concept as Come Fly With Me, just about 30 years later. Super slow motion dunks from as many angles as possible with a few flying symbols to reinforce the motif. Then I top it all off with some Kanye West production to give it that modern feel. Before you know it I had a decent mini mix (or two) on my hands. Then again, you be the judge.
If you like these, just wait until you see the “Raging” video mix.