Blake's Takes

Blake's Takes

Blake's Takes brings you in depth discussions on hip hop, sports, politics, social issues, and much more. Every week, we sit down to discuss recent events and examine the broader contextual meaning behind the most talked about occurrences in today's world while also chopping it up about the best new music out. We are your one stop shop for hot takes on all things relevant to the culture.... Show More

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We had a whole lot of music to catch up on since the last time we talked new projects, so we broke it down into a few episodes for y'all! In this first part we talked DaBaby's project and his legendary ass whoopin he handed out on IG live, as well as new work from Stunna 4 Vegas, Tobi, YG, Money Man, Rico Nasty, Young Thug, J. Cole, & more!

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We're back y'all! After a brief hiatus to edit my SXSW video (go peep if you haven't already!), we're back to talk about all the drama that has unfolded in the NBA world in a matter of weeks. We talked about the Raptors victory, Kawhi's decision, whether the Warriors are done, AD's trade to the Lakers, and many more storylines that are all in play for what is already stacking up to be a crazy offseason. We also touched on some... Read more

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As some of you know, I recently had an absolutely life changing experience down in Austin for South By Southwest 2019. I got the privilege of officially covering the event for iHeartRadio and SXSW itself, and I am SO excited to get my documentary out to y'all soon! Until then, I decided that a recap more from my perspective as an acting member of the press who is actually a superfan would be a great way to offer some context on h... Read more

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As some of you know, I recently had an absolutely life changing experience down in Austin for South By Southwest 2019. I got the privilege of officially covering the event for iHeartRadio and SXSW itself, and I am SO excited to get my documentary out to y'all soon! Until then, I decided that a recap more from my perspective as an acting member of the press who is actually a superfan would be a great way to offer some context on h... Read more

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As some of you know, I recently had an absolutely life changing experience down in Austin for South By Southwest 2019. I got the privilege of officially covering the event for iHeartRadio and SXSW itself, and I am SO excited to get my documentary out to y'all soon! Until then, I decided that a recap more from my perspective as an acting member of the press who is actually a superfan would be a great way to offer some context on h... Read more

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April 2, 2019 58 min

Leader. Real. Motivational. Inspirational. These are all just words to some people, but to Nipsey Hussle living these characteristics every single day was a way of life. We lost an important one y'all. And it hurts. We hadn't planned on recording today, but we decided that turning all this energy into something productive and inspirational sounded like a fitting way to pay our respects to the legend we just lost. Some of th... Read more

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I will be OFFICIALLY covering South By Southwest 2109 down in Austin, Texas for iHeartRadio and 106.7 The Beat y'all! As I get ready to SXSW for my 3rd straight year, I thought I would give you a little taste of all the incredible events that I will be documenting! On the tentative schedule so far is "The Daily Show" team, AOC, Tierra Whack, Miguel, Nile Rodgers, The Beastie Boys, the World Premier of "Us," Zoe Saldana, A$AP Rock... Read more

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We hit a whole bunch of topics on this one! We started with our latest edition of White People Wylin' and discussed Robert Kraft's prostitution scandal, Nick Sandmann's lawsuit, the Coast Guard TERRORIST, & more. Next, we talked the newest details of Jussie Smollett's horrible attempted execution of his disgusting plot to advance his career and looked at Charles Barkley's legendary rant on the matter on Inside The NBA. Finally... Read more

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We touched on a bunch of new music this episode including work from DaBaby, Juicy J, Cardi B, Berner + Mozzy, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa + Curren$y, & more! We also stumbled into the topics Wiz Khalifa's influence, the best stoner movies, and how the UK accent in rap is funny to Trey and I.

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Jussie Smollett was arrested by the Chicago Police Department today and has been charged with a felony for lying about the alleged hate crime he was the victim of recently. In lieu of this disturbing news, we discussed the implications of this extremely destructive attempt to gain acclaim at the expense of multiple oppressed communities. We talked about how this will arm racists with ammo to dismiss future REAL hate crimes, the i... Read more

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February 19, 2019 33 min

NBA All Star Weekend always brings us memorable and historic moments, and the 2019 edition in Charlotte was no different. We talked about a range of topics from the event both on and off the court including Jason Tatum's game winner in the Skills Competition, the crazy high scores in the 3 Point Contest where Joe Harris shocked Steph, Diallo's dunk over Shaq, memorable moments from Team Lebron's victory over Team Giannis in the Al... Read more

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This episode, we continued one of my favorite new segments where we all try to stump each other with music that was culturally relevant to our respective upbringings that the others missed out on! The result is always a combination of pure comedy, cultural education, and a history lesson! You might even find yourself walking away with some new classics to bump! The songs used this time were (In order): "Hate (I Really Don't Lik... Read more

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We talked about new music this week from EARTHGANG, Jamilia Woods, Rexx Life Raj, Gary Clark Jr, DaBaby, + more! We also talked rap in marketing campaigns and how giving the artist creative control makes a huge difference in the end product!

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We discussed some of the biggest stories in the world of sports this time! We talked the NBA Trade Deadline topics including the Anthony Davis drama, if Tobias Harris to the 76ers allows them to compete with the Warriors, if Kevin Durant really might go to the Knicks, and more. We also visited some stories from the NFL including Kareem Hunt's signing with the Browns and Kyler Murray's decision to play football over baseball. ... Read more

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We discussed some of the best new music out this time including Boogie's "Everything's For Sale," Dreezy's "Big Dreez," & Julia Michaels' "Inner Monologue Part 1." We also highlighted one of my absolute favorite new artists in Samm Henshaw, reacted to Marshmello's Fortnite concert, talked about the live concert experience at different sized venues, debated the importance of visuals being tied with albums, and more!

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February 12, 2019 34 min

The Grammys always stir debate, especially in the hip hop community, and the 61st edition of the show was no different. We touched on various topics from the show including Alicia Keys' immaculate hosting, the increase in female representation, hip hop's complex relationship with the Grammys, the best performances & biggest winners of the night. and much more!

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We discussed some of the biggest social issues pertaining to massive stories in the entertainment world this time around. We dove into the detainment of 21 Savage by I.C.E, the alleged attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, Terry Crews' fighting the stigma of men being able to fight off sexual assault, & Liam Neeson's blatantly racist statements. We dove deeper as always on all these issues and talked about how I.C.E. is evil a... Read more

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We chopped it up about a whole bunch of new music this time around! We touched on projects from Future, James Blake, & Summer Walker and looked at new songs from Yo Gotti, Samm Henshaw, J Cole, Zacari, Goldlink, Berner & Mozzy, & Falcons & B. Lewis! We also revisited Mac Miller's work in wake of what would have been his 27th birthday, talked EARTHGANG's crazy level of potential, and talked the "Revenge of The Dreamers 3" sessions... Read more

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Since I am always flaming Trey for not being hip to songs that the other 7 billion people on the planet know, he was inspired to come up with a game that we will be coming back to every week! We attempted to stump each other by playing songs that were culturally relevant in our own communities that the others might have not been exposed to. We prefaced this by explaining our own musical upbringings and looked at how interesting ... Read more

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We hard a particularly important conversation on this episode in which we openly discussed the N word and it's usage. We talked about our personal experiences of how it was used and by whom, the historical aspect of its roots, hip hop's usage of it leading to communities being exposed to it that weren't before, the way it makes different people feel, and much more. We hope this encourages some understanding and dialogue between p... Read more

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