Hip 2 Da Games

Hip 2 Da Games

Desmond Powell was the kid with the grandest NBA dreams and in the recent years developed a similar obsession with Hip-Hop. While basketball and Hip-Hop have went hand-in-hand for years, he realized that there has never been a platform that combined both simultaneously, so he decided to create it. With its name inspired by the famous Lord Finesse song, this podcast is for you: the basketball junkie AND Hip-Hop head. The goal is simple: Desmond wants you to remember why you loved both in the first place and more importantly, realize that Hip 2 Da Games is not just a podcast, it's a lifestyle.

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February 23, 2024 51 mins
In this episode, Desmond shares his thoughts on Killer Mike's GRAMMY wins and the struggle artists and fans have balancing its prestige while acknowledging its often disrespectful shortcomings. Additionally, he reflects on NBA Trade Deadline winners and points out a couple of bright spots for the Warriors that may allow them to make a successful Playoff push.

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In a special edition of the latest song breakdown, Desmond is joined by producer, musician, & fellow podcaster J. Powell to break down their collaborative single (yes, you read that right!) "The Days" produced by E.L Summers. Dez and Jerrell provide an in-depth look into the creative process leading up to the song's release, its themes, the bars delivered in each of their verses, & much more.

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Today, Desmond is back with another song breakdown, this time showing love to the legendary Wu-Tang Clan and their iconic hit "C.R.E.A.M." He breaks down the rhymes from Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man to unpack the song's truth-filled lyrics and themes that go beyond the aspect of money.

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For the first episode of the new year, Desmond goes back to 1989, this time joined by friend of the show Martin Mowat to break down the lead single off Big Daddy Kane's sophomore album It's a Big Daddy Thing, where Kane puts on a signature master class on how to be smooth.

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Desmond is back this week as he reflects on the first ever NBA In-Season Tournament, analyzes the sudden dominance of the Minnesota Timberwolves, shares some thoughts on what he hopes to take place for the next 50 years of Hip-Hop, and more.

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Today, Desmond praises the Houston Rockets for their improved play, shares his ideas on what a Chicago Bulls rebuild could look like, and tries to uncover the struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans. Additionally, Desmond gives his take on J. Cole's recent comments regarding Hip-Hop being on the doorstep of another golden era.

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Dez is back this week to share his thoughts on Victor Wembanyama's early success in the NBA, the positive and negative effects of James Harden's trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Louisiana emcee Dee-1's recent comments on Meek Mill and Rick Ross' hypocritical lyrics. Additionally, Desmond ends the episode introducing a new segment to the show that will celebrate the NBA/WNBA's best in true H2DG fashion.

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October 20, 2023 42 mins
For today's episode, Desmond revisits the year 1996, this time to break down the title track from OutKast's sophomore album ATLiens, where Big Boi & Andre 3000 use their smooth deliveries and versatile lyrics to create a timeless, out-of-this-world track.

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October 6, 2023 59 mins
In this episode, Desmond kicks off the first Let's Talk of the 2023-24 NBA season touching on the following Eastern Conference topics:
  • Damian Lillard's fit with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Jrue Holiday & Kristaps Porzingis in, Smart & BOTH Williams out for Boston
  • James Harden wants out (again)
  • 4 sleeper teams that could snag the final Play-In spot
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September 22, 2023 41 mins
Today, Desmond comes right back with the fourth volume of "You Had To Be There," this time with co-founder of 19 Media Group, co-host of The Baseline NBA Podcast and Bleav in Celtics Podcast, and host of Dope Interviews, Warren Shaw, who gives flowers to a 80s-90s NBA player who's career unfortunately got cut short due to his passing, but left an impactful impression on and off the floor in his short time.

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September 8, 2023 55 mins
In this week's episode, Desmond is back with the third installment of "You Had To Be There" and is joined by producer of the NBA podcast "Miles and Jack Got Mad Boosties," Jabari Davis, who decided to give flowers to a 90s point guard that made a trailblazing impact on and off the court: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

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Today, Desmond brings another CROSSover to the hardwood, this time unpacking DMX's "The Convo" to encourage us to find our strength in Jesus in the moments we feel our lowest.

Enjoy and thank you for your continued support! - Dez

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In today's episode, Desmond goes back to his preteen years to dive into "Rise and Shine," his all-time favorite J.Cole song from the debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, where J. Cole used the song as a metaphor to describe his pending emergence in Hip-Hop.

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Today, Desmond is back with another song breakdown, this time diving into "Children's Story," the 1988 classic from the OG storyteller himself, Slick Rick, who delivers an intense yet cautionary tale to wake up the youth, rather than put them to sleep.

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In this episode, Desmond continues his "You Had To Be There" series, this time with help from Dylan Dreyfuss, host & creator of the Forgotten Seasons podcast/platform. And in this installment, Dylan gives flowers to his first favorite player ever; Sam Cassell. An extremely reliable point guard drafted in 1993 who went on to have a very long and consistent career with three championships to his resume.

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Today, Desmond once again introduces you to a new idea for the show: You Had To Be There, an NBA offseason exclusive where he gives flowers to NBA players near and dear to our hearts. With You Had To Be There, there is no discrimination. Role players, All-Stars, and Superstars are all welcome. And in this first volume, Desmond shows love and reflects on the career of all-around point forward Andre Iguodala.

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Today, Desmond returns with more NBA discussion, this time centered around some hot offseason topics:
  • Chris Paul's release + 2 teams that he should consider joining
  • Duos in the modern NBA - Not so dynamic?
  • Damian Lillard & The Hard Knock Trail Blazers
  • The Bulls stressful offseason ahead
  • James Harden wants that old thang back?

Enjoy! Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts! Good luck on the giveaway! - Dez

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In this episode, Desmond returns with another edition of The CROSSover, this time diving into Common's classic song "The Light" to inspire us to choose relationship with Jesus and illuminate the world through His love.

Thank You for choosing to rock with ya boy! Enjoy & share your thoughts! - Dez

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Desmond is back this week with a brand new element to H2DG: "The CROSSover," where his love for Hip-Hop intertwines with his faith journey. These episodes will connect shared themes found in Hip-Hop songs and Bible stories to help us all see how God can work in every one of us. Today, Desmond pulls from the chorus of J. Cole's "h u n g e r. o n. h i l l s i d e" to inspire us to be secure in our identity and focus on the Lord as we...
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Today, Desmond shares his thoughts on some more hot topics in and around the NBA including:



  • Prime Derrick Rose vs Ja Morant
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. and the DPOY criteria
  • Kings vs Warriors
  • The Knicks up 3-1 over Cleveland
  • What If?...Lakers in the Conference Finals?!
  • NBA makes Draft Combine mandatory in 2024---Good or bad?

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