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Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed’s ‘Magic and Bird’ Mixtape Is a Slam Dunk

In my opinion, the only combination better than hip-hop and basketball is chicken and waffles.

Reach Records recording artist Andy Mineo and Miner League label partner Wordsplayed joined the superteam of hip-hop and basketball on Aug. 4, releasing a mixtape titled Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed Present Magic & Bird.

The new record from the longtime friends evokes the nostalgia of “Basketball,” a song by hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow released in 1984. That was the year the National Basketball Association cemented its place as a premiere sports league as Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson faced off for the first time in the NBA Finals.

While Bird and Johnson are usually seen as rivals, Mineo and Wordsplayed embody the spirit of the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team,” joining forces and having fun on the summer mixtape. They wanted to make a record that was clean, fun and energetic, according to an interview with Forth District

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Adam Hubert is a recent graduate of Berry College in Georgia, and currently a part of the Greensboro Fellows Program. Adam doesn't have the skills to be a rapper, so he writes about them. Adam's work has been published on and The Odyssey Online. Find him on Twitter @_aHuby.

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