Author Archives: Scott Phillips

Mixtape Masters: Aquille Carr

aquille carrBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

 And this week’s high school mixtape of Aquille Carr is ridiculous. 

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Video Breakdown: John Parr’s ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ videos are great

john parrBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

One of the best things about television’s marriage to music is seeing live performances of songs. This is especially true of the ’80s and in this case, John Parr.

“St. Elmo’s Fire” is probably a better song than it was a movie and when you watch these videos of John Parr completely crush it with his trademark American guitar, the song becomes even better. The movie is still mediocre, though.

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Mixtape Masters: D Rose’s high school mix is ridiculous

derrick roseBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

 And this week’s high school mixtape of Derrick Rose is ridiculous.

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The local lawyer Super Bowl ad you have to see to believe

jamie casinoBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Super Bowl commercials over the years have gotten more and more ridiculous as companies from all over the world spend millions of dollars just to grab America’s attention span for up to a few minutes.

But this local two-minute Super Bowl ad in Savannah, Georgia takes the cake for most ridiculous ad of the night. World, meet Jamie Casino, local personal injury lawyer/flaming sledgehammer-wielding bad ass.

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Poor Scholars Television Exchange: Farewell to Troy Barnes, ABC’s new comedies and Shameless’ weird turn

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BY SCOTT PHILLIPS AND BRIAN CHIMINO

During the week, Poor Scholars staff members Scott Phillips and Brian Chimino, spend a lot of time talking about the latest and greatest that television has to offer.

Here’s Brian and Scott on a farewell to Troy Barnes from Community, the new ABC comedies on Wednesday night and the new plot twists for Shameless. As a courtesy to our readers, this post contains SPOILERS.

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LeBron and Michael Beasley karaoke Juvenile’s ‘Back That Azz Up’ [VIDEO]

lebronBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

We’ve seen it a million times before: Athletes wanna be rappers and rappers wanna be athletes. Me, personally, I’d be cool with being in either category, but most of the time these crossovers — myself included — turn out with disastrous results.

This was not the case at Shane Battier’s annual karaoke event, however, as Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Michael Beasley did a duet to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” that is simply fantastic.

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Poor Scholars Television Email Exchange

shamelessBY SCOTT PHILLIPS AND BRIAN CHIMINO

During the week, Poor Scholars staff member Scott Phillips and new staff member, Brian Chimino, spend a lot of time talking about the latest and greatest that television has to offer.

Here’s Brian and Scott on a few shows returning like Shameless, Community and Justified while also talking a bit about True Detective and the other shows they are catching up on.

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Jay Z and Beyonce performing at the Grammys?

jay-z-e1358205955901BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

It would appear that Jay Z and Beyonce are performing on Sunday at the Grammys, according to a report from multiple sources including AllHipHop.com and US WeeklyAt Poor Scholars, we only cite the finest of publications, I tell you!

This would count as great news for a stagnant awards show that needs something! This year looks a bit more promising.

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Mixtape Masters: Shaquille Johnson and my favorite hoops mixtape of the last decade

Shaquille JohnsonBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Poor Scholars returns today with a new series we’re running entitled: “Mixtape Masters”.

As many of you know, I’ve covered high school and college basketball since my college days and I spend a lot of time watching mixtapes of top players.

Mixtapes are a collection of highlight-reel plays that are put together to music by dudes that obsessively follow certain players.

And this Shaquille Johnson mixtape is worthy of the hype.

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My brief and memorable encounter with Ghostface Killah

GFK2BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

Today I celebrate the 43rd birthday of one of my favorite rappers of all-time: Ghostface Killah. If you’re unfamiliar with GFK — otherwise known as Tony Starks, Ironman, Pretty Toney, Ghost Deini and many other aliases — you might know him as one of the members of the rap supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan. If you don’t know the Wu-Tang Clan, I’m not sure why you’re reading Poor Scholars, but I’ll let it slide since this is a celebration.

Anyways, Ghostface is one of my favorite emcees because he’s a vivid storyteller that gets incredibly animated during his verses. In a nutshell: It’s just fun to listen to this dude spin hood narratives with the energy he brings to the table.

So in honor of GFK’s birthday, here is the story of a college-aged me — Scott Phillips — meeting Ghostface Killah during a meet-and-greet at DePaul University prior to the release of his fifth album, FishScale.

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