Most days, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas will start the morning with a tweet. The contents: rap lyrics, plus the phrase "I gotta go to work."





The writer of those lyrics: Atlanta-based rapper Young Jeezy, whom Bilas also frequently quotes on ESPN college basketball broadcasts but Bilas never had met ... until recently.

Yes, not long ago Vibe Magazine surprised Bilas with a visit from his hip-hop inspiration. Here's how it played out:



More World Cup featured music

June, 30, 2014
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Here is a list of artists featured on ESPN's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, along with links to listen to and/or purchase their music:

Sergio Mendes: "Magdalenha" from the “Brasileiro” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Black Eyed Peas: "Mas Que Nada" from the “Timeless” album (iTunes | Amazon)

Bloco Aiye & School of Samba: "Kontiki" from the “The Rundown” album. (iTunes)

Flavia Coehlo:
"Amor e Futbol" single. (YouTube)
"Ta Bolado" from the “Bossa Muffin” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bungalove: "So eu e Voce" from the “Samba Natural” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rosinha da Valencia: "Summertime" from the “Um Violao Em Primeiro” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Ledisi and Sergio Mendes: "Waters of March" from the “Encanto” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Matuto: "Diamond" from the “The Devil and the Diamond” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Isley Brothers: "It’s Your Thing" from the “The Brazil Connection” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Fatboy Slim: "Samba de Mundo" from the “Bem Brasil” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Daniel Haaksman: "Who’s Afraid of Rio" from the “Who’s Afraid of Rio” EP. (iTunes | Amazon)

Claudia Leitte and J Perry: "Dekole" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Pitbull, Claudia Leitte and Jennifer Lopez: "We Are One" single. (iTunes | Amazon

Monica da Silva: "That’s Not the Way" from the “Brasilissima” album. (iTunes | Amazon)


Michael Kamen and the London Philharmonic: "Central Services Office" from the “Brazil” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Banda Black Rio: "Tico Tico No Fuba" single. Amazon)

Kevin Teasley: "Mas Que Nada Stadium Remix". (SoundCloud)

Oba Oba Samba House: "Mas Que Nada" from the “Ao Vivo” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bixiga 70: "Balboa Dub" from the “Bixiga70” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bill Withers: "Lovely Day" from the “Menagerie” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Flora Matos vs. Stereodubs: "Sem Mao Na Cara and Pai De Familia" from the “Pretin” album. (iTunes)

Coldplay: "A Sky Full of Stars" from the “Ghost Stories” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Swedish House Mafia: " Don’t You Worry Child " from the “Don’t You Worry Child EP” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Astrud Gilberto: "Bim Bom (Psapp remix)" single. (Amazon)

Bebel Gilberto and Daniel Jobim: "Bim Bom" from the “All in One” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Emilio Santiago: "Garota de Ipanema" from the “Bossa Nova” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: "Garota de Ipanema" from the “Getz/Gilberto” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Hossam Ramzy: "My Brazilian Pearl" from the “Ramzy, Hossam: Sabla Tolo II” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Rodrigo and Gabriel with Hans Zimmer: "The Pirate That Should Not Be" from the “On Stranger Tides” soundtrack. (iTunes | Amazon)

I Believe That Wu Will Win

June, 24, 2014
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[+] EnlargeWu Tang Clan jersey
Courtesy Wu-Tang ClanThe Wu-Tang Clan soccer jersey features flags of the nations competing in the World Cup, all with a Wu-Tang twist -- the group's stylized W logo.
The Wu-Tang Clan did not send a team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

No, they sent all 32.

The influential hip-hop group's fashion and accessory arm, Wutang Brand, is offering a Wu-Tang soccer jersey this summer.

We think it could have global appeal, and here's why: The jersey, which comes in black and white or full color, features the various flags of the nations competing for glory in Brazil.

But those flags all come with a Wu-Tang twist -- the use of the band's stylized W logo in place of key elements in each flag. They're all clever, but the Wu-Tang style Brazilian flag is particularly inspired.

If $66 for a poly mesh soccer jersey isn't your style, there's additional offerings with the same design, including hats and T-shirts.

Yet more conclusive proof that it's still a Wu-Tang world -- the rest of us just live here.

Take a tour of Brazil's music with Rogê

June, 24, 2014
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ESPN Music has a tour guide to take you through the sounds of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Rogê, one of the nation's most popular artists.

To get started, click on the image below!



If you've been watching ESPN's coverage of the World Cup, you've likely heard Rogê's music used in features and in and out of commercial breaks. He blends his country's traditional music forms and American soul and R&B to create his own sound. And we're honored to have him as ESPN's Brazilian Ambassador.

One of the best things about the World Cup's visit to Brazil is the music. And there's so much of it: samba, bossa nova, MPB, forró and frevo, just for starters. To get you started, Rogê has curated a playlist on Slacker to take you on a musical tour of the diverse sounds from the world's sixth-largest country and the music that has influenced his sound.

Featured music from Wimbledon coverage

June, 24, 2014
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Here's a list of artists featured during ESPN's coverage of Wimbledon, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

30 Seconds To Mars: "Kings and Queens" from the "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

London Philharmonic Orchestra: "Batman: Arkham City" and "Fez: Adventure" from "The Greatest Video Game Music 2" album. (iTunes | Amazon)


Rebecca Ferguson: "All That I’ve Got" from the "Freedom" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Lana Del Rey: "Arkham City" and "Fez: Adventure" from the "Born To Die" album.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Teammate: "Don’t Count Me Out" single. (iTunes)

Here come the "Lords Of Summer"

June, 23, 2014
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It could be a very loud summer.

The "Metallica by Request" tour recently stopped in Bogata, Colombia, where the heavy metal masters debuted a new song, "Lords Of Summer." Video of the new track surfaced, and the band followed that up with a "Garage Days"-style studio recording. (Think "Helpless" off "The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited" and you're in the right sonic neighborhood.)

If you're of a certain age, or if you merely appreciate the way the band the brought the goods on "Ride The Lightening" and "Master Of Puppets" in the 1980s, then you're going to appreciate this 8-minute, 20-second celebration of all things thrash metal.

ESPN will be featuring the song all summer and you can sample or purchase it on iTunes.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the song is "fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now."




'Rising Star' ascends on Sunday

June, 20, 2014
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ABC’s “Rising Star” premieres at 9 p.m. ET Sunday as a reinvention of a traditional singing competition. It allows the audience to determine in real time who advances from the beginning of the program.

Singer and songwriter Josh Groban will play host, with country music superstar Brad Paisley, pop music sensation Kesha and hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris serving as experts.

The show is different from other programs where judges or coaches determine who advances. Here, viewers will use an app to vote during performances, and competitors can see the progress of the voting as they sing. No pressure there.

Performers move on once the voting reaches a certain level.

“Rising Star” is executive-produced in the United States by Ken Warwick (“American Idol”) and Nicolle Yaron (“The Voice”).

Willie Nelson and Family visit ESPN

June, 17, 2014
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If you looked at Willie Nelson's tour itinerary for mid-June you would have seen stops in Simsbury, Conn. and Boston with a day off in between. But it was no day off for the 81-year-old country music legend as he programmed the GPS for ESPN headquarters, set up a stage in the middle of the campus and performed the title track off his new album "Band of Brothers" live on SportsCenter as seen in the video above.

He also talked about his friendship with the late Texas football coach Darrell Royal, his fifth-degree black belt and more. And he wasn't done there. Before shipping up to Boston, Nelson fielded questions from fans in a live chat.

"Band of Brothers," featuring nine completely new songs among the 14 tracks, is in stores now. (iTunes | Amazon)

ESPN celebrating 'Summer of Santana'

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
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Carlos SantanaTheana Breugem/Getty ImagesCarlos Santana's latest album "Corazón" was released in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

This summer, ESPN is celebrating the legacy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Carlos Santana with a "Summer of Santana." Here are the songs being featured, along with links to listen to and/or download:

June
"Saideira" from the “Corazón” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

July
"Yo Soy La Luz" from the “Corazón” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

August
" La Flaca " from the “Corazón” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Kairo Kingdom featured on NNL

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
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House music and electronic dubstep artists Kairo Kingdom are being featured this month on ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie." Here are links to the their music for you to download and/or buy:

"One Two" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music featured on 'First Take'

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on "ESPN First Take," along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Drew32:
"Hello" single. (iTunes | Amazon)
"Best in the World" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Azad Right: "Self Made" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Jade: "Every Day of the Week" from the “Mind, Body & Soul” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music from college baseball coverage

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's College Baseball World Series coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Florida Georgia Line: "Party People" from the “Here’s to the Good Times” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Dierks Bentley: "Sounds of Summer" from the “Riser” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Brantley Gilbert: "Small Town Throwdown" from the "Just As I Am" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Last Ride: "Get Ready" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Andy Grammer: "Back Home" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Jack White among June featured artists

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WhitePaul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesJack White released his second solo album "Lazaretto" on June 10th.
Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN programming this month, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Jack White: "Lazaretto," "High Ball Stepper," "Would You Fight For My Love" and "The Black Bat Licorice" from the "Lazaretto" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Foster the People: "Are You What You Want to Be?" from the "Supermodel" album.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Bert on Beats: "Piano Loco," "Alemao" and "Chega Mais" from the “Antenna of Tallinn” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Roge featured on World Cup coverage

June, 14, 2014
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Brazilian musician Rogê, whose blend of American rhythm and blues, soul and Brazilian samba have made him a star in his native country, is being featured in ESPN's World Cup coverage. Here are links for you to download and buy his songs and/or albums featured in ESPN's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup:


"Brasil Em Brasa, Suingue de Samba, and Pra Dancar" from the “Brasil Em Brasa” album. (iTunes | Amazon)


"Brenguele, Ole Ole, Minha Gloria, and Presenca Forte" from the “Brenguele” album. (
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"Remedio Pro Veneno" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Music from Summer X-Games

June, 13, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s X-Games coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Kanye West: "Send it Up and On Sight" from the "Yeezus" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Pretty Lights: "Let’s Get Busy" from the “A Color Map of the Sun" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Grouch And Eli featuring Pretty Lights:"All These Lights" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Gary Clark Jr.: "Ain’t Messin’ Round and Glitter Ain’t Gold" from the “Blak and Blu” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Flaming Lips: "Look… the Sun is Rising" from the "The Terror" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

FMLYBND: "Electricity" single. (SoundCloud)

Dillon Francis ft. DJ Snake: "Get Low" single.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Slightly Stoopid: "Don't Stop" from the “Top of the World” album.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Mayer Hawthorne: "The Stars Are Ours Tonight" single.
(Youtube)

Mac Miller: "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family Theme Song " single. (iTunes | Amazon)


Bad Religion: "In Their Hearts is Right" from the “True North” album. (iTunes | Amazon)


Wavves: "Sail to the Sun" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

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