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OKG Newsletter


Topic: thunder

Hoopin' and painting

After playing on the court with the NBA, Desmond Mason now plays with canvas as an artist.


Kids

Emily Summars
Saturday
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vick not Durant's pick


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Gazette staff
It’s a good bet that Michael Vick won’t be sending Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant flowers, and it’s a safe wager that KD probably didn’t select the Vickster for his fantasy football team.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HOOPS! (There it isn't)


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Gazette staff
The NBA’s first work stoppage since 1998 isn’t stopping a slew of headlines raining down from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Back canvas


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Gazette staff
Chicken-Fried News readers might remember this summer’s earlier revelation of OKC Thunder forward Kevin Durant’s tattooed torso.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Surfing stalk-arazzi


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Gazette staff
Blake Griffin has expressed his interest in playing overseas, and he’s also interested  in playing in the sea.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Without Thunder

Life will go on. We promise.


Features

Matt Carney
The forecast for this lockout is Cold War, in more ways than one.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lockout lookout

How the NBA’s work stoppage could affect OKC’s baseline.


News

Clifton Adcock
As the NBA and the National Basketball Player’s Association continue to negotiate a deal that would allow teams to play ball, concern is growing that the regular season may be affected by labor stoppage.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What’s good, KD?

The first in a series, wherein I evaluate the Durantula’s music evaluations.

With the outlook for a full (or even halved) NBA season growing bleaker and bleaker, I’ve realized how weirdly unhealthy my obsession with Kevin Durant is.

I constantly refresh his Twitter and Facebook pages on the regular, hoping to catch a few loose links to videos of semi-pro games he’s dominating, or news about the movie he’s shooting, or awesome photos of him repping Oklahoma. Heck, I even bought a pair of his shoes, just for playing pickup ball.

In all this, I’ve noticed how much this guy cares about music (exclusively hip-hop and R&B, from what I’ve seen), as he’s constantly talking and arguing about what he’s listening to. Just a few days ago, Durantula defended West Coast mixtaper Dom Kennedy via Twitter, after arguing with @waldorfsfinest (apparently a friend?) between Pusha T and Young Jeezy the night before. He’s also been pushing Big K.R.I.T., an upcoming Southern trunk rapper/producer, extensively the last couple of weeks.

So I thought it might be fun to tune into No. 35’s Skullcandy headphones and analyze what he’s saying about it. Here’s your first installment of “What’s good, KD?”

Let’s consider his recent brief assessment of Clipse member and Kanye collaborator Pusha T. From Durantula’s Facebook, around about 2 a.m. yesterday:

“Now playin on my Skullcandy's: ‘open your eyes’ - Pusha T. MEEEAAANN track!!!”



Clipse’s 2006 street-rap manifesto “Hell Hath No Fury” set a high bar for mean hip-hop, and Pusha’s work since then’s been similarly aggressive. He loves to set your expectations much lower with especially playful beats and samples (the “Bohemian Rhapsody” sample on “Open Your Eyes” is textbook), then skewer them by comparing himself to, say, the genocidal Hutu tribe, as he does on “Fury”’s “Wamp Wamp (What It Do).” It’s one of the reasons he’s been so great with Kanye, who’s been similarly aggressive and graphic lately.

I’d be inclined to agree with KDTrey5 here then, except Pusha doesn’t really hit you that hard lyrically, and certainly not in the same place. On “Open Your Eyes,” he’s more earnest about his drug-dealing past, and proud of his success (“bigger homes, with bigger guns and better cameras”) than he is aggrandizing. It’s less intimidating, especially when you compare the track with his recent “Fear of God” mixtape (from standout song “My God”: “I gotta voodoo doll / Every time I pin the verse / Not only do they say they feel it but they say it hurts”).

This seems to me more like post-game wind-down music than a really gritty, mean, pre-game warmup track. So KD, while I do love that you’re into Pusha T, dig into some of his other work for stuff that’s truly “MEEEAAANN,” and you’ll instill the “fear of God” within the heart of every three-man in the league this season.
by Matt Carney 10.06.2011 2 years ago
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Not OK in OKC?


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Everything was coming up roses last season as the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Now things are in limbo with the lockout, and one report is raising questions about the inner workings of the big league franchise.
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fans lose in lockout


Commentary

Jonathan Willner
There is no question that the arrival of the Thunder has been a boon to basketball fans in Oklahoma. Having wrangled roughly $180 million in subsidies out of the city and state, we find the main beneficiaries of this largess at odds with each other.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
 
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