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San Antonio Spurs reserve player Matt Bonner recently found himself in Austin, TX with tacos and no one to share them with after being stood up by rapper Riff Raff. No worries. Bushwick Bill to the rescue! The Geto Boys MC joined the 3-point ringer and amateur beatboxing Bonner in the first edition of the web series "Wrappin' With The Red Mamba."

Drake to host ESPYS

April, 11, 2014
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Circle July 16, 2014 on your calendar: That's when multi-platinum rap artist Drake will host the ESPY Awards.

The Grammy-winning rapper will be front and center at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater, entertaining guests, introducing presenters and doing other award show host things that award show hosts do as top athletes and entertainers celebrate the year's best moments in sports and raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Drake is a natural pick for the job, given his interest in sports:

He's a global ambassador for the NBA's Toronto Raptors, his home-town team.

Drake Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty ImagesBeing the Raptors' global ambassador comes with perks, like hanging out with coworkers at games.


He performed at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa in 2012.

Drake Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesAs a native Canadian, Drake is in tune with the national sport.


He befriended and hung out with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel last summer.

AP Photo/David J. PhillipDrake mentored Johnny Football when controversy was swirling around the Heisman winner.


And who was that in Kentucky's locker room at the Final Four after the Wildcats beat Wisconsin? If you said "Drake," you're catching on.

DrakeAP Photo/David J. PhillipBig Blue Nation appreciated Drake's support at the Final Four.
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Pitbull unveils 2014 World Cup anthem

April, 9, 2014
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The official song of the 2014 World Cup Brazil, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)," has been released and it features Cuban-American rapper/entertainer Pitbull as well as megastar Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Caludia Leitte. The song is one of 17 that will appear on the official FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil album to be released May 12, exactly one month out from the start of the tournament. Ricky Martin, The Isley Brothers and Sergio Mendes are just a few of the additional artists involved in the project.

Is "We Are One" as catchy as Shakira's 2010 anthem "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" which has amassed 640 million views and counting on YouTube? Watch both videos and judge for yourself. The World Cup will air on ESPN June 12 through July 13.


Courrier, Chromeo featured on ESPN

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured this month on ESPN, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Courrier: "Your Eyes Shine In The Darkness" and "The City At Night" from the “Cathedrals of Color” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Chromeo: "Come Alive (Feat. Toro Y Moi)" and "Somethingood" from the “White Women” album. (iTunes

Fito Blanko: "Meneo" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wisin: "Que Viva La Vida" from the “El Regreso del Sobreviviente” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Diafrix, INTL on ESPN's 'First Take'

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
11:16
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "First Take," along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Leagues: "Mind Games" from the “You Belong Here” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

INTL: "Ruckus" from the “The Young International” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Diafrix: "Running It" from the “Pocket Full of Dreams” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Chic, Kid Ink on 'Numbers Never Lie'

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
11:15
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s "Numbers Never Lie," along with links to the artists websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Chic: "Good Times" from the "Risque" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kid Ink: "The Movement" from the "My Own Lane" album. (iTunes | Amazon)
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Alice Cooper classic on Gruden's QQ Camp

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
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"No More Mr. Nice Guy" was a hit for Alice Cooper in 1973 and remains a staple of classic rock radio playlists.

It's also the music you'll hear introducing ESPN "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden's QB Camp segments ahead of the NFL draft. You can sample and download the song here from his Greatest Hits album: (iTunes | Amazon)

Music featured on MLB coverage

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
11:07
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s MLB programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Kevin Rudolf: Here's To Us single. (iTunes | Amazon)

American Authors: "Best Day of My Life" from the "Oh, What A Life" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bastille: "Pompeii" from the "Bad Blood" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Young The Giant: "It’s About Time" from the “Mind Over Matter” album. (iTunes | Amazon)





Music featured in ESPN promos

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
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Here's a list of songs used on ESPN's promotional segments this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

MLB

Sam & Dave: "Hold On I’m Coming" from the “Best of Sam & Dave” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Roger and Zapp: "California Love" from the “Greatest Hits” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Etta James: "Steal Away" from the “Tell Mama” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

2014 FIFA World Cup

Os Mutantes: "Bat Macumba" from the “Os Mutantes” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

NBA

Pitbull: "Timber" from the “Global Warming: Meltdown” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Women's NCAA Tournament

Jason Aldean: "The Only Way I Know" from the “Night Train” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

College Lacrosse

We Came As Romans: "Hope" from the “Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music featured on IRL programming

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:18
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s IRL programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

The Winery Dogs: "Elevate" from the “The Winery Dogs” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Imagine Dragons: "On Top Of The World" from the “Night Vision” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Los Lonely Boys: "Can't Slow Down" from the “Revelation” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

One Republic: "Counting Stars" from the "Native" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

American Authors: "Best Day of My Life" from the "Oh, What A Life" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bastille: "Pompeii" from the "Bad Blood" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fall Out Boy: "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" from the “Save Rock and Roll” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

SleeperStar: "Restart" not available for sale.

Chase Rice on ESPN NASCAR coverage

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:12
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The title track from country artist Chase Rice's album "Ready Steady Roll" is being featured this month on ESPN's NASCAR programming.

To hear a sample or purchase the song and/or album, click here: (iTunes | Amazon)

Dig The Kid, G Love on lacrosse coverage

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:11
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s college lacrosse coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Dig The Kid: "Showdown" and "On A Mission" from the “Colours” album. (Bandcamp)

G Love: "Come Up Man" from the “Sugar” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Young The Giant: "It’s About Time" from the “Mind Over Matter” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

We The Kings rocking the Frozen Four

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:09
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Florida-based rock band We The Kings are being featured on ESPN's College Hockey Frozen Four programming this month.

To hear and/or purchase songs from their album "Somewhere Somehow," including the song "Any Other Way," click here: (iTunes | Amazon)

Veridia featured on NCAA softball

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:06
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s NCAA Softball coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Kat Graham: "Power" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Veridia: "We Are The Brave" from the “Inseparable” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Babi Mac: "Shut It Down" not available for sale

Sean Paul heard on college baseball

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
10:04
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s College Baseball programming, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Sean Paul: "Turn It Up" from the "Full Frequency" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kongos: "Come With Me Now" from the "Lunatic" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bye Bye: "This Is Our Time" not available for sale.

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