ESPN Music: DJ Steve Porter

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Allen Iverson's famous "Talkin' about practice" rant with DJ Jazzy Jeff's song "Practice," featuring J-Live, from his album "The Return of The Magnificent," which brilliantly samples Iverson as the chorus.

And lest we ever forget, here's the transcript of AI's dissertation:

"If a coach say I missed practice, and y'all hear it, then that's that. I might've missed one practice this year. But if somebody says, 'He doesn't come to practice -- it can be one practice, out of all the practices this year -- then that's enough. ... But it's easy to talk about, it's easy to sum it up when you just talk about practice. We sittin' in here, I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talkin' about practice. I mean listen, we talkin' 'bout practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game. We talkin' about practice. Not a game, not a, not a, not the game that I go out there and die for, and play every game like it's my last. Not the game. We talkin' bout practice, man. I mean how silly is that? We talkin' bout practice. I know I'm supposed to be there, I know I'm supposed to lead by example. I know that, and I'm not shovin' it aside, you know, like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I do. I honestly do.

"But we talkin' bout practice, man. What are we talkin' about? Practice? We talkin' about practice, man. [Reporters laughing] We talk -- we talkin' bout practice. We talkin' bout practice! We ain't talkin' bout the game, we talkin' bout practice, man. When you come into the arena, and you see me play, you see me play, don't you? You see me give everything I got, right? But we talkin' bout practice right now. [Reporter: 'But it's an issue that your coach raised.'] We talkin' bout practice. Man look, I hear you, it's funny to me too. I mean, it's strange, it's strange to me too. But we talkin' bout practice, man. We not even talkin' bout the game, the actual game, when it matters. We talkin' bout practice."

DJ Steve Porter takes on Red Sox music

May, 4, 2012
Fenway ParkGreg M. Cooper/US PresswireDJ Steve Porter offered some alternates to the at-bat music choices of the Red Sox lineup.
Of all the problems that plagued the Red Sox out of the gate, their walk-up music hardly ranks high on the list. Still, under Bobby Valentine’s notion that every little thing counts, we asked each hitter why he selected his music, then asked sports fan DJ Steve Porter, who is from Massachusetts, to run through the starting lineup and replace their tunes with songs that might put some more swing in their swings. Maestro ...


His pick Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey: “I just like classic rock.”

Porter’s pick Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa: “It’s time for Salty to push it and become the leader behind the plate that the Sox need with Tek gone.”


His picksGet Up/Levantate” and “Bon, Bon” by Pitbull: “My two songs are Spanish and English, so they touch where I come from.”

Porter’s pick Step It Up” by Stereo MCs: “His play has been subpar. In order to regain his true form, he’s gonna have to — you guessed it — step it up.”


His pick Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band: “One of my buddies picked it for me.”

Porter’s pick Power” by Kanye West: “The Laser Show is below his average but tied for third in team home runs. If he ends the season with the lead, we’ll switch this to ‘The Power’ by Snap!”


His pick To be determined: “I’m still working on it.”

Porter’s pick I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2: “Can Youk find his former Yoooouuuk?”


His pick Rocketeer” by Far East Movement: “This song gets me relaxed in the box. When I first used it, I started hitting well, so I couldn’t change it.”

Porter’s pick The Bomb!” by the Bucketheads: “Mike has been great at short, a position that was one of the biggest questions going into the season.”


His pick Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z: “Listen to the whole song and you’ll understand why I picked it.”

Porter’s pick Funk Dat” by Sagat: “Darnell should take one look at his stats and say to himself, ‘Funk Dat!’”


His pick Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi: “I like the way it starts. I’ve used it before, and I decided to bring it back this year.”

Porter’s pick Strike It Up” by Black Box: “Cody needs a song to remind him that he’s leading the team in whiffs.”


His pick I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas: “When I was in Oakland, I walked out to rap music. At Fenway Park, there are a lot more fans when you come up to the plate, so I needed something a little different.”

Porter’s pick Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty by Nature: “There’s definitely reason to cheer for Ryan’s solid early numbers.”


His pick King of Diamonds” by Rick Ross: “When you go to hit, you want to look mean. This song gets you going.”

Porter’s pick Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z & UGK: “Big Papi is pimping a serious average and leading the team. He needs to have some more fun on that walk to the plate.”

Vote for DJ Steve Porter's Tebow mashup

April, 26, 2012

DJ Steve Porter's "First Take" mashup created the ultimate Tim Tebow tribute, "All He Does Is Win," which featured Skip Bayless and appearances by Stephen A. Smith, Cris Carter, John Elway, Lil Wayne, Hugh Douglas, Nelly and Hulk Hogan. The video earned a nomination for a Webby Award for online film and video remixes and mashups, and Thursday is the last day to vote.

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