Wavin’ my American flag
Even though it got “Made in China” on the tag
Used to have the GT with the mags now my face in the mags
I ain’t gotta brag, momma said, “Let other people do that”
White man still can’t jump
If I catch a fast break then I’m slappin’ the glass — Andy Mineo on ‘Magic & Bird’
For the first time in history, hip-hop has surpassed rock as the most popular genre in music.
Although it owes much of its success to the booming world of streaming services, collaborations amongst rappers along with concept albums have also been on the rise. Whether it’s Jay-Z and Kanye West giving fans Watch The Throne or Drake and Future trading bars on What A Time To Be Alive, when rappers partner on a joint effort, it elevates the culture to a higher level.
Thanks to artists like Beyoncé on Lemonade or Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly, more artists are crafting thought-provoking narratives, not only in their music, but in their visuals. The latest rappers to add their names to the collaboration list are Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed on their joint mixtape, Magic & Bird.
By the title alone, a listener would think Mineo and Wordsplayed are competing against each other, similar to the rivalry between NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. However, the 13-track mixtape shows the two rappers teaming up more like the Splash Brothers. The rappers ensure listeners are catching all the basketball references across the heavy trap production. Standout tracks such as “DUNK CONTEST” and “R.U.T.S” (a.k.a. Run Up The Score) are sure to be added to an athlete’s warm-up playlist. Magic & Bird also shows the rappers comedic side with a few brief skits, Wordsplayed mentioned, “The whole project is basically NBA Jam meets Mobb Deep meets Chris Farley.”
Mineo and Wordsplayed prove that not only can rappers come together on a joint album, but showcase their creativity with artistic concepts. They will be bringing their playbook on the road in September for their ‘Friends And Family Tour,’ but until then, stream the mixtape below. Also, here’s a list of the best workout headphones for you to listen to their latest project while feeling that burn.
Mya Singleton a.k.a. Mya Melody is a music writer hailing from the Bay Area. As the current music editor for TSFJ, think of her as the playlist virtuoso or the audio aficionado for sports fans everywhere. Although music is her first love, she occasionally partakes in any argument regarding the NBA. She’s a huge Kobe Bryant fan who’s still upset Chris Paul never became a Laker. To this day, Hardball is one of the saddest movies she’s ever watched, R.I.P. G-Baby! Follow her as she navigates to change the face of music journalism and remember, a wise philosopher once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”