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Black Thought Capped Off A Great 2017 With A 10 Minute Freestyle On Hot 97

Black Thought is a talented man. He’s the lead singer of The Roots, one of the most gifted and influential hip hop bands in music history. As lead singer of the The Roots, he’s also the main voice for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show house band. Mr. Trotter is also capable of doing remarkable things like this:

Black Thought Hot 97 Freestyle

I’m always fascinated by people who do things I could never dream of. I would have major issues talking for 10 minutes straight, never mind creating a coherent, entertaining freestyle. In addition to the freestyle, he also somehow pulls off the fancy hat and sunglasses look. The more I think about it, I’m not sure which feat is more impressive. Those are just a few of his many talents, and 2017 was a landmark year for the artist. He and The Roots continue to thrive on The Tonight Show, and he starred as Reggie Love on season 1 of The Deuce. Tonight Show house band, lyrical genius and starring on an acclaimed HBO show is a good career for most people. That’s just a year’s work for Black Thought.

-Ryan

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Buddy Cianci is Running For Mayor of Providence Again and He Already Has My Vote

Vote 4 Buddy Buddy Cianci, the twice-convicted felon who led Providence as mayor for 21 years, wants his old job back.

Cianci said Wednesday that he is running as an independent for a seventh term as mayor. The last time he won an election was 16 years ago — before he was convicted in 2002 of racketeering conspiracy for widespread corruption in his administration. He spent 4 ½ years in prison.

Cianci, 73, said he is not seeking redemption, but wishes to bring his experience and vision to the city to make a difference. He said Providence can’t afford to have a mayor who is getting ‘‘on-the-job training.’’

Making an announcement on his radio show, Cianci said that many people would call this an eleventh-hour decision, but that he decided to join the field after much soul-searching and reflection. He said he wants to rekindle the city’s ‘‘renaissance.’’

‘‘If the people don’t want me, they don’t have to vote for me. I realize I have baggage,’’ he said during a break in his show. ‘‘They know who I am. They know what I am. And they know what I’ve accomplished.’’

Cianci’s announcement came shortly before the 4 p.m. filing deadline; a surrogate filed his paperwork for him at City Hall. He will take a leave from the show and from his duties as a local television commentator during the campaign.

Cianci previously won office as a Republican and independent.

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Nice little feel good story to get your Thursday off to a roaring start. And if you think Cianci is losing this election you’re high. The guy is absolutely loved in Providence. And it might just take a 73 year old ex convict to have the vision to actually fix the fucking potholes in this city. The fact of the matter is all politicians are corrupt, especially the ones who serve six terms as Mayor; but the city thrived under Cianci and the people he served adored him. So he did a little racketeering – water under the bridge (stupid saying). Vote 4 Buddy.

– Ryan

Barry Switzer Doesn’t Seem to Like Johnny Manziel

SourceBarry Switzer has mixed feelings on the Heisman winner. The legendary coach who won three national titles with the Sooners and a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, joined The Morning After on St. Louis CBS Sports 920 Wednesday.

Switzer blasted Manziel’s attitude, calling his behavior embarrassing at times.

“I don’t like his antics. I think he’s an arrogant little prick. I’ve said that and I’ll say it again. He’s a privileged kid, he’s embarrassed himself, he’s embarrassed his teammates, he’s embarrassed his coaches.”

“For whatever his antics are… he’s the best that I’ve seen. I have never seen a quarterback in college football… control of the game like he does and put up the numbers he does. It is fantastic what he’s done, against good competition. Game after game after game he puts numbers up that are staggering….. He’s the most dominant, most dynamic college quarterback I’ve ever seen in a long, long time.”

Jeez Barry, tell us how you really feel. Yes he tried to save face and said he thought Manziel was a good quarterback but calling someone a prick kind of trumps that. Actually calling someone an “arrogant little prick” trumps most things. In my opinion, Switzer comes off as a cranky old man in this interview. I understand not everyone likes Manziel’s style or his off the field antics. But he just turned 21. He’s one of the best college football players in the country and he’s from TEXAS. Being a great football player from Texas must be like dying and going to heaven. Texans worship football like I worship meatloaf (the food) and Clooney. I can give him a pass for having a little too much to drink from time to time. One thing that I know for sure is that whoever drafts him has a potentially franchise changing quarterback who, above all else, will be a lot of fun to watch.

– Ryan

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