First, some context.
Iggy Azalea, the international avatar for hip hop’s gentrification, broke up with her fiancé, Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, citing an inability to rebuild her trust. If you’re into sports, you know Nick Young for feeling himself a lot — maybe a little too much. Enough to nickname himself “Swaggy P.” (Young claims it was a title handed to him from God.) Enough to celebrate his shots before they go in, even the shots that aren’t going in:
If you’re not into the NBA, but you’re present on the internet, you’ve seen Young’s handsome mug become the international sign for “I’m extremely confused someone help pls.”
So, yes, Swaggy P and Iggy Azalea are a very meme-able couple. But, why did they break up?
That’s where uber-talented Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell comes in. In a prank so poorly conceived, only a man named Swaggy P could fall for it, Russell recorded Young admitting to cheating on Azalea on Snapchat. While we at Gradient support faithful spouses and thriving families, Young nonetheless failed to endear himself to his teammates after exposing a veteran’s incriminating clubhouse secrets via social media. The beef lasted through the season, and by all accounts, seriously harmed the team’s togetherness and chemistry.
Back to the Foot Locker ad: The new commercial features the expected first pick, Ben Simmons, asking last year’s rookies how to adjust to the NBA lifestyle. Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker provide useful, cliche platitudes. But Russell? Russell offers a suggestion with the zeal of someone familiar with the eternal wisdom of “delete your account.”
Watch and laugh at the ad, “It’s Real Now,” below:
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.