Until the End of Time : Remembering Johnny J

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March 27, 2001. It has been a little over four years since rap icon Tupac Shakur was fatally shot and killed in the Las Vegas Strip, and his third album since his death is released. Until the End of Time a wonderfully crafted double CD features songs like Letter 2 My Unborn ; where Tupac speaks to his offspring on growing up in the ghetto and lead single Until the End of Time in which Tupac raps about his internal struggles of the sinful life he leads and coming death.

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19-year old Toronto rapper Rezzi paving his own way to the top

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Afternoon Soul by Gramatik played out of the car stereo, its soulful rhythm and lyrics playing a background harmony to the man speaking in the front seat. 19-year old Toronto rapper Rezzi, fresh off his latest single The Eulogy begins to unwind about his attachments to the city. “I heard it all, Toronto rapper Rezzi the next Drake” he says. “I don’t like it, why compare me to another person, so now I have to overcome that.”

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Martavis Bryant must avoid falling into Santonio Holmes’ footsteps

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The similarities between the two are uncanny. Both wore #10, both entered the league as deep threats and both enjoyed highlight reel catches in a playoff game for the Steelers. Unfortunately, the similarities do not end here; Martavis Bryant and Santonio Holmes also share the same off field issues as well. Bryant is serving a yearlong suspension for failing and skipping multiple drug tests. Something Holmes knows too well about.

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Strength of AL East Found in Bullpen not Offense

In a division with lineups featuring hitters such as reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Dustin Pedroia, Alex Rodriguez and Evan Longoria it would be almost insanity to say offense is not where the strength of the AL East is located. This begins to sound even more absurd when just last season the Blue Jays video game offense led the Majors in runs scored (891) with the Yankees finishing right behind. “Good pitching shuts down good hitting” is a quote made famous Continue reading

Steelers Expected to Sign Free Agent Tight End Ladarius Green

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent tight end Ladarius Green after a visit earlier today. The terms of the contract are 4yrs/$20mil with a $4.75mil signing bonus.

 

The former San Diego Charger tight end Green was allowed to test the market, following the news of San Diego’s re-signing of long time tight end Antonio Gates.

Green looks to fill in right away as starting tight end for the Steelers following the retirement of Heath Miller. Although his blocking abilities are not his strong suit, Green should have no problem getting the attention of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In 47 career games, Green has caught 77 passes for 1,087 yards and seven touchdowns.

Another aspect that Green brings to the Steelers offense is a height mismatch, standing at 6’6, Green has the ability to outreach cornerbacks and out run linebackers. This gives the Steelers the opportunity to replicate the recent NFL trend of utilizing a tall athletic tight end, something that was not possible with Heath Miller.

To see what Green brings to the table, here he is snagging a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals showing his excellent body control and concentration.
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Steelers Come to Terms with Robert Golden on 3 Year Deal

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Jan 3, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Robert Golden (21) celebrates his team’s victory against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Browns 28-12. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have come to terms with pending unrestricted free agent safety Robert Golden on a 3-year $5million dollar contract.

 

Golden started 3 games at safety last season and recorded a career high in tackles (40) with 4 passes defensed along with 1 interception. Golden is in the conversation to become the Steelers’ starting strong safety for 2016 as it is unlikely that the team re-signs veteran Will Allen.

The 25-year-old Golden has risen up the depth chart throughout his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. First entering the league as an undrafted free agent, Golden spent the 2015 season as the team’s Special Teams Captain and has shown strides of improvement each season.

Where Does the Best Hip Hop Come From? A Look at Previous Grammy Winners

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An often argued topic among hip hop heads is where does the best hip hop or rap originated from? Is it from the swagger rap from the east coast such as Nas, Jay Z or Eminem? Or is it from the gang influenced struggle rap from the west coast such as Tupac, Snoop Dogg or Dr. Dre? Perhaps it is from the overlooked “Dirty South” with Continue reading