Another gem from Raptorblog's Scott Carefoot, not only does the artist formerly known as Common Sense hail from Chi-town, but the Bulls with Rose, Boozer and Noah are doing their damnedest to bring back the glory days of MJ and Pippen just like this album's title. And wait...does that mean "I Used to Love H.E.R." refers to Vinny Del Negro?
On "Tha Crossroads", Bone Thugs' second album's hit record, the Ohio natives croon in their patented rap-singing about coping with death: "Oh, what can I do? / It's all about our family and how we roll / Can I get a witness? Let it unfold." Think Cleveland fans could've been singing that about a certain somebody this summer? The Cavs might not have died this summer, but it'll be a while before they truly live again.
The Tribe sophomore classic was offered up by many to describe several clubs that could be vying for a lottery spot, but Indy Cornrows' Tom Lewis beat them all to the punch. Sure, many have picked Indiana to be on the "low end" of the standings this season, but I'd also argue that Danny Granger's game is "Butter," Darren Collison's "Got the Jazz," and Paul George will throw down some dunks this year that will have you "Buggin' Out."
Outkast's classic "Atliens" was an obvious choice here but I decided to switch it up a bit. Therefore I chose the second Gangstarr album in our previews so far, the fourth in their discography, "Hard to Earn."
I thought the title spoke perfectly to the troubles the Hawks have in getting respect in the league, and their playoff flame-out last spring didn't help them gain "Mass Appeal."
Another Franchise pick, this was the one team no one could seem to find a good record to use for comparison's sake. In the end I went with a Nice 'n Smooth's "Ain't A Damn Thing Changed" thinking it spoke directly to Larry Brown's coaching and management approach, not to mention the way his teams play year in and out. .
And beyond that, this is an album that many tend to forget about despite solid jams like "Hip-Hop Junkies" and "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow." The Bobcats? They get forgotten half the time as well despite very solid contributors like Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace.
This choice was one of the first Ray, Jeff Chapman and I came up with and is probably the most perfect fit of the bunch. The title of the album says it all, and just De La, who made this their first album without super-producer Prince Paul behind the boards, LeBron James and Chris Bosh find themselves with a new team for the first time in their NBA careers.
Chalk up another for EPMD. The Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat sent this one our way and while the same album was submitted for teams like Boston and LA, we thought this was the best fit of the bunch.
During their late 80's, early 90's reign, EPMD turned out gold record after gold record and were pretty much the most consistent rap group around. The Magic have been in a similar boat averaging 53 wins the past four seasons. It's "Business as Usual" for Orlando therefore as they try to get over the hump and grab that title that has eluded them so far.
The Dipset classic was volunteered by SB Nation editor Andrew Sharp, and the title aptly sums up the Wizards and their outlook this season. As well, this album came at a time when Dipset had a plethora of talented young rappers in their stable, but weren't exactly sure how to position them correctly.
Sound familiar Wizards' fans?
Not that I'm trying to dig deeper to find similarities between Andray Blatche and Hell Rell, but tracks such as "Frustrated," "Worried," and "We Ain't Going Nowhere" sound ominously prophetic regarding this season...