AP/Pat Sullivan

AP/Pat Sullivan

Tracy McGrady has been doing what people said he couldn’t since he came into the NBA straight out of high school. After a stellar career, McGrady retired last year from professional basketball.

Not one to want to sit down for too long. McGrady decided to try his hand at his one-time love, baseball. McGrady tried out for the Sugarland Skeeters as a pitcher.

Of course most people viewed the move ridiculous, McGrady took the challenge serious. Today, he was rewarded for his hardwork over the spring.

It was announced yesterday that McGrady will make the opening day roster for the Skeeters.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this club,” McGrady said in a statement released by the team, which plays in the independent Atlantic League. “To be a part of the team means everything to me and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game, but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”

McGrady signed Wednesday after officially reporting to spring camp last week.

A seven-time NBA All-Star, McGrady has been training to become a pitcher with the team. The 6-foot-8 right-hander played baseball from age 5 until his senior year in high school, when he transferred to a school without a baseball program.

Source: ESPN

 

newsobserver

newsobserver

The Miami Heat/Charlotte Bobcat series has been tougher than anyone expected. The heat are up 2-0, but neither game has been a cakewalk for the defending champs.

Even in tonights win, the Bobcats came in swinging. Check out Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts catching Lebron in the throat with an elbow.

The series heads to Charlotte next

TONY

King Louie gave his Instagram followers a glimpse of  the artwork for his new project, Tony. Louie goes all-black everything for the cover art.

Tony is supposed to drop in a few weeks.

 

Kelis

April has been the “Month of Nas.” It makes sense that Kelis would be dropping an album the same month that he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album.

Not saying it was planned or nothing. It’s just a funny coincidence. Kelis released his album, Food this month. She’s on the promo trail right now. That trail led her to the Letterman show last night.

Kelis performed her song, “Jerk Ribs.” Check out her performance below and grab her album on Ninja Tunes

 

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Here’s some good news for the R&B world. New Orleans crooner August Alsina’s debut album, Testimony, will debut #2 this week on the Billboard charts. He grabbed the highest debut album of the week this week.

The album enters at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 selling 67,000 copies in its first week. It also claims the No. 1 spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

“Thank you guys for hearing & being apart of my #Testimony,” August told his fans. “I’m humbled. We gotta keep growing, take that #1 spot.”

He lost out to Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, which continues its reign at No. 1, selling a whopping 259,000 copies.

Also earning his first top 10 is Jason Derulo, whose third album Talk Dirty arrives at No. 4 (44,000).

Twenty years after the release of his debut Illmatic, Nas’ debut album debuts to low sales again. The 20th anniversary album Illmatic XX at No. 14 with 15,000 copies.

Chris Brown

Life just got that much more hectic for Chris Brown.

The R&B singer got the word today that his assault trial will be delayed for another few months.

Brown’s trial had been set to start Wednesday, but was delayed after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, reports the AP.

Hollosy was convicted Monday of assault. He had been expected to testify in Brown’s trial and say that he hit 20-year-old Parker Adams outside D.C.’s W Hotel in October.

Hollosy, who would be a key witness in Brown’s case, plans to appeal.

Prosecutors decided not to grant Hollosy immunity because he refused to meet with them to discuss his testimony following his conviction.

On Wednesday, D.C. Superior Court Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr. scheduled  a status hearing for Brown’s case for June 25, the same day Hollosy is scheduled to be sentenced.

“I think all of this is much ado about nothing and frankly I look forward to being able to try this at some point,” said Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos.

Geragos said the delay could cost another six months, while prosecutors claim it could take a year. No new trial date for Brown has been set.

Brown will now be transported back to California by U.S. Marshals Service.

Danny Clinch/Courtesy of Press Here

Danny Clinch/Courtesy of Press Here

April should be re-named Nas Month!

The Queensbridge lyricist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic. He’s been on many news shows discussing the albums impact. He recently stopped by NPR to speak with Microphone Check about the album and how the 20th anniversary made him more charged as an artist than ever.

Stream his interview here

 

mindbody

There’s a lot of good music coming off the West Coast right now. Between Los Angeles and Oakland, hip-hop has been blessed with some refreshing voices and sounds from the new school kids coming out the Left Coast.

Lets hope that F.Y.I. can keep everything flowing properly. His album, Yo! The Places You’ll Go, May 18th. The first single off the album, “Mind Body,” is available for stream right now.

Check out the single below and be on the look-out for his new album May 18th.

IFWT

IFWT

Somewhere, Sage the Gemini is screaming out, “Whyyyyyy” like Nancy Kerigan.

Recenlty, Kaylin Garica sparked up a blunt and decided to give Instagram a peep show. We get a few shots of the former LAHHNYC cast-mate in different poses.

Check out a few pictures of her below

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Source: Vlad TV

 TheBoyIllinois

The Boy Illinois snatched up ScHoolboy Q’s “Man Of The Year” to release a quick freestyle.  Stream his remix below and cop up his mixtape, Jean Baptiste

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