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On Tuesday, Lou Williams dropped his first mixtape “Here Goes Nothin’.” Being that it’s August and we are starved of anything even remotely basketball related to talk about, Cole Patty and I, HawksHoop’s resident amateur hip-hop critics, had a lengthy email conversation about the mixtape. You can listen to the mixtape here. (Also, please spare us the “He should be in the gym” comments. Lou spends an inordinate amount of time in the gym. He’s allowed to have a hobby, especially when he’s good at it. AwesomeThanks)

Robby: Cole, the day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: LOU WILL’S MIXTAPE DROPPED! We’ve been talking about this for what, a couple months?! After listening to it for the first time, I must say that it was worth the wait. A 16 track mixtape was a lot more than I expected, and I was impressed by the quality of the tape top to bottom. I expected it to have a few solid tracks, but wasn’t sure he could produce a full tape. I gotta say I’m impressed.

Cole: Yea, Lou definitely picked up some of the tricks of the trade from his fellow Philly native Meek Mill. Also an interesting part of the mixtape is how these songs are grouped together. It isn’t just a random collection of songs that sound exactly like the single “Playin,” it is more set up with an album that features both tracks where LouWillville swags out and songs where we see the emotional side of Lou Williams. As funny as it was when Williams drops the “I use to rap about bitches and money and now I rap about… bitches and money” line, it was also cool to listen to him rhyme a tribute to the late Lil Snupe – which Lil Snupe was one of Meek Mill and Williams’ better friends.

Robby: I’m glad you brought up how it felt more like an album than a mixtape. Mixtapes tend to be unorganized and have one singular tone throughout. “Here Goes Nothin” had a lot more depth to its content than I anticipated, and like you said bounced around from bangers to slower, more emotional tracks.

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Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Lou Williams has had some free time on his hands as he rehabs from ACL surgery. In that free time, Williams has made his first foray into the rap game, releasing his first single “Playin Wit Dem Racks.” Williams has long wanted to venture into making rap music and has had his share of features on other artists tracks. It is well known that LouWill is a long-time friend of Meek Mill, a member of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, and Williams frequently can be spotted out at clubs with many rappers. You can listen to “Playin Wit Dem Racks” by Lou Williams featuring Anakin & Bop here.  (Warning: Very Strong Language).

My first thought was that I was relatively impressed by Williams’ flow. He clearly is influenced heavily by his boy Meek Mill as he has much of the same sound and lyrical rhythm as Meek with the way he fluctuates speed and pitch. Williams was the strongest on the track by far, and had some quality lyrics. If this is an indication of Williams’ future rap career, then he could become one of the best basketball player/rappers. That admittedly is not a difficult feat with so many awful attempts in the 90s by basketball players, but he could climb into the Stack Jack (Stephen Jackson) range. Now, onto the highlights. Continue Reading…

Pacers lead series, 3-2

IND(3-2) 106 – 83 (2-3)ATL   

Key Performers:
P. George (IND): 21 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast
A. Horford (ATL): 14 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast

That was pitiful. The Hawks had a one-point lead after the first quarter, before they remembered where they were and that they aren’t allowed to keep it close in Indiana. The Pacers followed the lead of David West (24 points) and Paul George (21 points and 11 rebounds), as they dominated the final three quarters. The Pacers out-rebounded the Hawks 51-28 (!!!!) and shot 50.7% from the field compared to Atlanta’s 33.3%. In the immortal words of Charles Barkley, the Hawks were turrible.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al had his worst game of the series in game five. Horford got bullied on the defensive end by David West, who dropped 24 on Al, and that seemed to carry over into offensive frustration for Horford. Al shot 5-of-14 from the field for 14 points along with nine rebounds and missed a number of mid-range shots that are normally automatic for him. Horford, who was the aggressor in Games 3 and 4, was outmuscled and physically dominated by West on both ends of the floor and struggled to respond. This was a disappointing effort from Horford, but I expect him to be much sharper and more aggressive in game six. 2/10

Josh Smith: Smoove got in foul trouble early on and was unable to shake it off throughout. Smith stopped attacking the basket and shot 5-of-16 from the field (3-of-7 from the free throw line) in just 26 minutes of play for 14 points and five rebounds. Smith has to find a way to get the refs out of his head and pull himself together by Friday because he will need to return to form, especially defending Paul George, for the Hawks to have a chance to even the series back up. 2/10

Johan Petro: Petro was the only Hawk to shoot over 50% from the field. So…that’s not a recipe for success. Johan’s 2-of-3 shooting night came in 19 minutes as he tallied five points and two boards. He got abused on the glass and in the post, as was the theme of the night for the whole team, which is about par for the course for a Johan Petro game. 4/10

Jeff Teague: Awful. That’s the word to describe Teague’s masterful disappearing act in game five. Jeff was 3-of-16 from the field for seven points, had just five assists, and continuously lost George Hill on defense. Teague looked disinterested throughout and was unable to jumpstart the Hawks offense when they needed him to pick them up. He, like Smoove, needs to get his act together after that awful tech he picked up in the third quarter for elbowing Paul George as we walked to the bench. Jeff will have to find some inspiration to play harder in game six Friday if the Hawks are to force a game seven. 1/10

Devin Harris: Devin took some head-scratching shots, but he was the only ATL starter that appeared engaged for the entire game. He tried guarding Paul George, and was effective at times, but George’s physical skill set proved too much. Harris was also one of three Hawks to receive a technical foul on the night. 4/10 Continue Reading…