2 guys in their 20's discussing the games we love and current pop culture topics, in today’s society. We also discuss memorable movies/sports games that still resonate with us, today.
Creed III Review, Michael B. Jordan's Directorial Debut and Jonathan Majors' Spotlight
1:07:06In this episode, Wellington is joined by special guest Ally Henny, Vice President of the BCC, host of Combing the Roots Podcast and also author of the upcoming book I Won’t Shut Up: Finding Your Voice When The World Tries to Silence You coming out this June. They do an exclusive review of Creed III, starring Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors and Wood Harris. They start off by discussing how this film took on a different storyline, how Michael B. Jordan performed in his first directing attempt and why this Creed film might have the most depth. Next up, they analyze the polarizing character Damian and Jonathan Majors’ endless opportunities. Finally, they do an official ranking of all Creed films and get into an extended discussion about their favorite Rocky movies.
The Intriguing Knicks, 6LACK's Significant Return and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Review
1:31:17In this episode, Wellington and Savon discuss their thoughts on LeBron’s injury and being away for several weeks plus Damian Lillard’s 71 points vs. the Rockets recently and if he’s the most underrated star in the league. Next up, they analyze the Knicks’ constant success after the trade deadline and Sacramento’s phenomenal offensive output and success. For the album reviews, they start off with Style P’s A Calm Wolf Is Still a Wolf, The Alchemist’s The Alchemist Sandwich album and 6LACK’s new single “Since I Have a Lover”. Lastly, they do a throwback review of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous and highlight how well Prodigy and Havoc delivered amazing storytelling that worked so well with lavish production. In the second half, Wellington and Savon are joined by special guest and longtime friend of the show Trenton Morales, to review Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania; starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors and Kathryn Newton. They start off by giving their initial thoughts on how this film starts off Phase 5 of the MCU with a colorful, creative thrill ride and also made people recognize how special of a character Kang is. Next up, they discuss if Ant-Man actually deserved his own stand alone films and how influential of a villain Kang will be going forward and much more.
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Clippers' Gamble on Westbrook, Don Toliver's Love Sick and Insomnia Review
59:52In this episode, Wellington and Savon discussed their thoughts on the NBA All-Star Weekend and Mac McClung’s popularity rising after his Dunk Contest win. Next up, they discuss Russell Westbrook heading to the Clippers and how this new fit will work plus Nate McMillan being let go from the Hawks. For the album reviews, they start off by reviewing Don Toliver’s Love Sick, him being more secure in his sound and also Logic’s first independent album College Park. Finally, they review Sabrina Claudio’s Archives & Lullabies and Anderson Paak/Cordae’s latest song “Two Tens”. In the second half, they review Insomnia, the 2002 neo-noir psychological mystery crime thriller directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. They start off by discussing this being a triumph of atmosphere over a mysterious type of setting. Next up, they analyze Al Pacino’s effective role and long-lasting career. Finally, they discuss Robin Williams being apart of a different role and how different it was for him.
Is Mahomes the New Brady? Plus, Kelela's Raven and Hoop Dreams Review
1:12:23In this episode, Wellington and Savon discussed the Chiefs’ dramatic win over the Eagles in the Super Bowl, if the Chiefs can be considered a dynasty yet and where does Travis Kelce rank among the best tight ends; ever? They also give their overall thoughts on Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime performance and later discuss who won the NBA Trade deadline. For the album reviews, they start off with Kelela’s new album Raven and this project having conflicted, frictional energy throughout. Next up, they review Maeta’s Habits EP, Daniel Caesar’s latest single “Let Me Go” and wrap it up with Secily’s amazing new single, “Gah Damn”. In the second half, they review Hoop Dreams, a 1994 documentary film directed by Steve James and produced by Frederick Marx, James and Peter Gilbert with Kartmequin Films. They start off by discussing how this documentary was one that was rich in backstage tension and social inequality being focused on. Next up, they discuss the documentary’s humanity being the core of its genius and taking its subject seriously plus seeing the context. Finally, they discuss the contrast of Arthur Agee and William Gates’ journey and path.
Kansas City's Dynasty Is Brewing, Suns Are the Favorites and Oddisee's To What End Review
2:20:07In this episode, Wellington was joined again by guests Greco Battles and Micaiah Albert and discussed their pre-Super Bowl thoughts with the Chiefs and Eagles. They analyzed the key factors, what impresses them the most about both teams’ offensive potency and if dynasty could be associated with Kansas City, eventually. Next up, they discussed if the Bengals or 49ers are more likely to get back to their conference championship next year and further plus Kyrie’s major trade to Dallas. Finally, they gave their overall thoughts on LeBron passing Kareem as the all-time scoring leader, if he’s the greatest ever and finally their expectations of KD and the Suns. In the second half, Wellington is joined by special guest Jamil Davis, a friend of the show and Florida State Organizing Manager at Black Voters Matter. They start off by reviewing Oddisee’s new album To What End and discuss how there’s a focus on the interrogation of the meaning and the value of the world around us. Next up, they review Wale the Sage’s EP Running From Time, Bas’ new single “Diamonds” and a throwback review and honoring of J. Dilla’s classic and monumental album Donuts.
Burrowhead Loses Traction, Kyrie Wants Out, Lil Yachty's Let's Start Here. and Tàr Review
1:30:34In this episode, Wellington and Savon are back to discuss the Chiefs’ thrilling AFC Championship win vs. Cincinnati, analyze how much the Burrowhead noise from the Bengals motivated KC and how much officiating influenced the outcome. They also discuss the Eagles’ dominant win vs. the 49ers in the NFC Championship, how injuries messed up San Francisco’s chances, also Brady’s second retirement announcement and Sean Payton heading to Denver. Next up, they discuss the breaking news of Kyrie wanting a trade from Brooklyn, what team would best fit him and the controversy of Lebron’s no-call vs. the Celtics recently. For their album reviews, they start off with Lil Yachty’s latest album Let’s Start Here., analyze the differences in it and if they liked it plus Reuben Vincent’s debut album Love Is War. Finally, they review Naomi Sharon’s “Another Life” and “Celestial” songs, J. Cole’s “Procrastination (Broke)” song and a throwback review of Little Brother’s The Listening. In the second half, they review Tàr, the 2022 psychological drama film written and directed by Todd Field and starring Cate Blanchett. They start off by discussing how this movie immediately focuses on the complex nature of composer Lydia Tàr. They also analyze how Cate Blanchett put on a masterful performance and has been one of the defining actresses for the last decade and more. Finally, they discuss what could have enhanced the film if another supporting actor had an elite performance and was focused on a little more and try to figure out why artistic movies and films focused on composers are hard to make.
Divisional Round X-Factors, Skyzoo, The Other Guys' The Mind of A Saint and Nanny Review
59:37In this previously recorded episode, Wellington and Savon discussed how the Wild Card round for the NFL playoffs wrapped up and their initial expectations for the Divisional Round. For the album reviews, they start off with Skyzoo, The Other Guys’ The Mind of a Saint album, Declaime, Madlib’s In The Beginning (Vol. 3) and review Logic’s new single “Wake Up” feat. Lucy Rose. Finally, they give their honest opinion and disappointment with PARTYNEXTDOOR’s single “Her Old Friends” and discuss the new A$AP Rocky song “Same Problems?” and why his new album is one they’re anticipating in a major way. In the second half, they review Nanny, the 2022 horror film written and directed by Nikyatu Jusu. Starring Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls and Morgan Spector. They start off by discussing how this film was bolstered by Anna Diop’s strong central performance and this movie intricately weaving a tale that may be similar to other films but not in its main character. They also analyzed how Nanny was very grounded in its approach to mental health and awareness plus why this movie may not be as rewatchable based on how it was distributed.
Damar Hamlin’s Unprecedented Situation, Is Georgia the New Alabama? Plus, Robert Glasper’s Black Radio III Review
56:19In this episode, Wellington and Savon are joined by special guest Johnny Meads, a former linebacker in the NFL for the Houston Oilers and the Washington Redskins. They start off by discussing the major scare and unprecedented concern of the Damar Hamlin situation and how this has impacted perspective on players’ health. They also gave their thoughts on the CFP, what’s the next move for Jim Harbaugh and if Georgia’s dominance can reach the peak of what Alabama did. Lastly, they discussed the disappointing USC loss in their bowl vs. Tulane and the way Caleb Williams ended his Heisman season. In the second half, Wellington and Savon reviewed Robert Glasper’s Black Radio III and analyze how he was able to aim for music of comfort and solace. Next up, they review C.S. Armstrong’s album Let The People Decide, Trevor Jackson’s Show Me Diamonds EP and Kota the Friend’s latest album MEMO. Lastly, they gave their thoughts on New York Times naming Kendrick Lamar the greatest rapper of his generation and their thoughts on who else should be in that conversation.
Is Lamar Jackson Staying in Baltimore? Plus, Redveil’s Learn 2 Swim Review and Everything Everywhere All at Once
1:08:20In this episode, Wellington and Savon discussed Georgia’s complete domination vs. TCU and historic win. Next up, they discussed the disappointing end to the Packers season and thoughts on the uncertainty of Lamar Jackson’s future in Baltimore before giving their thoughts before Wild Card weekend. They also discussed Gervonta Davis’ win vs. Hector Garcia before the mega-fight vs. Ryan Garcia in April. For the music reviews, they started off with Dende’s Before We Crash EP, Sara Diamonds’ latest project SaraX and finally Redveil’s phenomenal Learn 2 Swim album. In the second half, they review Everything Everywhere All At Once, the 2022 comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. They start off by giving their initial thoughts on this film being one that had comedy included in it, science fiction, fantasy and martial arts. They also analyzed how impressive Michelle Yeoh’s career has been and this film dealing with real-life family issues that transcended a typical film.
The Luka Chronicles, Ab-Soul's Herbert Review, Top 3 Favorite Albums of 2022 and Pride Review
1:18:21In this episode, Wellington and Savon are joined by special guest Tyler Burns, Lead Pastor at All Nations Worship Assembly and President at The Witness: A Black Christian Collective. They discussed Luka’s record-breaking performance vs. the Knicks and how the Mavericks can improve going forward. They also analyzed the reason for the Nets’ recent success and of Denver is the most complete team in the West, so far this season. Next up, they gave what their favorite sports moment of 2022 was and then for the album reviews they discuss Ab-Soul’s latest project Herbert and Little Simz’ No Thank You before giving their Top-3 favorite albums of the year. In the second half, Wellington and Tyler review the movie Pride, the 2007 biographical film based upon the true story of Philadelphia swim coach James “Jim” Ellis. Starting Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac and Kimberly Ellis, they discuss this film containing a stellar performance from Terrance Howard and how this movie encapsulates characters with a deep sense of flawed humanity and a redemptive quality. Finally, they discuss this being a very underrated sports film but one that should be discussed more in black communities and brought more to the mainstream film conversation.