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XXL: Ante Up

Where Hip-Hop and Sports Collide

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Ante Up: Episode 8 -- Week of Jan. 4, 2016

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with 2 Milly to discuss the his love for the game of football at an early stage in his career and his thoughts on NFL players doing his hit viral dance, Milly Rock. 2 Milly also speaks on the impact of his smash single, and relives his favorite memories from last year. This is the eighth episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

12mins

7 Jan 2016

Rank #1

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Ante Up: Episode 3 -- Week of Nov. 2, 2015

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with President of Conglomerate Records, Shaheem Reid to discuss the Kansas City Riyals championship win against the New York Mets, Kobe Bryant’s career, the 2015-16 NBA season, Week 9 of the NFL and more. This is the third episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

1hr 8mins

5 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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Ante Up: Episode 12 -- Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Ante Up: Episode 12

52mins

4 Feb 2016

Rank #3

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Ante Up: Episode 11 -- Week of Jan. 25, 2016

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with Rich and Tate to start the podcast off by discussing the each of the MC’s favorite sports. Rich The Kid broke down his love for basketball while Tate Kobang spoke on his love for the WWE and this year’s Royal Rumble . The guys are then joined by duo Tk-N-Cash, who talked about their love for the NFL and the NBA. All four MCs later give their Super Bowl 50 predictions, with most predicting the Carolina Panthers taking the Super Bowl trophy back to North Carolina. This is the eleventh episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

20mins

28 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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Ante Up: Episode 6 -- Week of Nov. 30, 2015

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with Curren$y to discuss Kobe Brayant’s retirement annoucement, the Golden State Warriors undefeated streak and his New Orleans Pelicans. Spitta Andretti also speaks on the impact the New Orleans Saints have had in the city since the devastating Hurricane Katrina and he also shares with the XXL members his time as running back playing park football. This is the sixth episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

25mins

3 Dec 2015

Rank #5

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Ante Up: Episode 5 -- Week of Nov. 16, 2015

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with iLoveMemphis to discuss the his love for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady’s legacy and the controversy behind Cam Newton’s dabbing in the NFL. iLoveMemphis also speaks on the impact of his smash single, “Hit The Quan” and relives his favorite sports memories during high school. This is the fifth episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

30mins

19 Nov 2015

Rank #6

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Ante Up: Episode 26 -- Week of July 11, 2016

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with Cousin Stizz to discuss his love for the sport of basketball. Stizz speaks on his love for NBA legend Kobe Bryant and the past NBA season, which saw the Cleveland Cavaliers raise up the Larry O'Brain Trophy. Stizz also talks to XXL about the love for sports in his hometown of Boston and wraps up the interview speaking on his latest mixtape Monda. This is the 26th episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

28mins

15 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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Ante Up: Episode 21 -- Week of May 9, 2016

XXL's Manny and Roger sit down with Lil Durk and DJ Bandz to breakdown the NBA Playoffs. They compare who's a better player between Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook and if the Oklahoma City Thunder can beat the Golden State Warriors in a seven game series. Lil Durk and Bandz go through the Chicago Bulls roster and evaluate what the team needs to do to become a top contender again. Durk discusses what rapper is good at basketball and DJ Bandz shares detail about the celebrity basketball tournaments that's happening this year. This is episode 21 of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

27mins

13 May 2016

Rank #8

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Ante Up: Episode 17 -- Week of Mar. 21, 2016

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with Iamsu! to discuss his love for the Los Angeles Lakers and the 20-year legacy of The Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant. Iamsu! also speaks on the impact of the Golden State Warriors in the Bay area and the difference between Oakland and San Francisco. Su also talks to XXL about his newest project Kilt 3 and his upcoming tour. This is the 17th episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

32mins

24 Mar 2016

Rank #9

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Ante Up: Episode 16 -- Week of Feb. 29, 2016

XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sit down with Joell Ortiz to discuss his love for the sport of basketball. Ortiz speaks on the incredible run the Golden State Warriors have had thus far this season and the impact Stephen Curry has made the last two years. Ortiz also talks to XXL about his New York Jets and what his team needs to reach the NFL playoffs next year. Ortiz wraps up the interview by speaking on his early basketball career. This is the 16th episode of XXL's sports podcast, Ante Up.

1hr 2mins

3 Mar 2016

Rank #10