#MusicMonday: Man of the Year

Few would argue the words, “music is the soundtrack to life.” We choose the tracks. Those tracks set the mood. Simple as that.

So let’s drop that into the basketball world. Those pregame tracks put a players head in the right space. And right now the rhymes in the Raptors locker room before they take to the court are those of ScHoolboy Q. His new album Oxymoron debuted last week in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, which includes the big buzz track Man of the Year. Last ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Timberwolves

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With just over a month left in the regular season, anything can still happen, and fans watched a similar feat tonight. The Raptors came out on the good side. They climbed to 9 games above .500 for the first time since ’06/’07 and continue drop that team ball trademark when it counts. #VictoryBaby

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Kings

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The tide turned three months ago for the Raptors and Kings and the tide turned again tonight as the Raptors locked in the big win in this hometown reunion. #VictoryBaby

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Throwback Thursday: What’s Old Is New Again

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This week, the logo for the Raptors 20th anniversary season was unveiled and it sure does have a throwback feel to it. Bringing back the purple palate that the team wore for their first 11 seasons, the lettering and design hits you with a nostalgic nudge as any anniversary in life does.

From purple pinstripes to retro bomber jackets, they’re currently circling the city like it’s 1999. Spotted on the subway or when your latest nights are the greatest nights (excuse my Drake), they’re out there left, right and city center.

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#MusicMonday: Compton Kids

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From Cali to Canada, DeMar DeRozan is one of fifteen all-time NBA players who’s hoop dreams began in parks in Compton, LA. Fellow Compton kid, Kendrick Lamar said he probably crossed paths with DeMar in one of those parks shooting hoops before life changed for the both of them.

Basketball and music collided in this Slam Online hoops and hip-hop tell all with DeMar and Kendrick.

In various interviews, they both credit their crafts of basketball and music for keeping them focused on the good road when things around them were a ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Warriors

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The ‘Curry’ curse is over. An exciting seesaw battle on home turf led the Raptors to their first win against the Warriors with Steph Curry in their line-up. The Raptors started off a March on a good note after claiming a winning record for the last three months. #VictoryBaby

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Wizards

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The longest game in franchise history still wasn’t enough time for the Raptors to scoop up their 33rd win of the season. Too many fouls and not enough healthy ankles set the Raptors back 134-129 when the final buzzer sounded in the third overtime. And the fans were in it until the end. #RTZ

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Throwback Thursday: Today Was A Good Day

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February 27th in Raptors history was a good day.

Let’s talk franchise records for a moment because they’re always exciting and that magic number 51. That is the most points scored by a player in a single game. Terrence Ross hit that number just over a month ago in front of hometown fans and the leftovers are still lingering. But as we know, original honours go to a player who’s Raptors jersey is still spotted at every home game, Vince Carter. And he set it on this exact day in 2000 ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Cavaliers

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The Raptors made it safely to the final buzzer and took the win for the second time in a week against the Cavs. The tally moves on up to 32 wins this season and a healthy 7 games above .500. #VictoryBaby #KeepClawin

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#MusicMonday: Kyle’s Hip Hop Heroes

When taking a look at genres of music, it’s evident that hip-hop plays a big role in the basketball culture. Whether amping up a players pregame ritual or keeping them company between #wheelsup and #wheelsdown tweets, the four-part pot of elements, consisting of deejaying, emceeing, breakdancing and graffiti, is commonly the choice among NBA-ers when ‘play’ is pressed.

Kyle Lowry hems and haws about some of his hip hop heroes:

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