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Rappers: What Are Your Final Four Picks This Year?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Uzoy, Eskabel, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, D-Risha and John Dew

Not Invited: Nostradamus

This Week's Prompt: With bracketology 2011 in full swing, who are your picks to make the Final Four at Reliant Stadium next month?

Uzoy: I know nothing* of college hoops [laughs].

*Wonderful. Uzoy will probably be the one to fill out her bracket perfectly. Two years ago our wife crushed our bracket simply by picking the teams that reminded her of things she liked. In fairness, we filled out our bracket by picking which ever team had the meanest looking mascot.

Eskabel: UConn, Duke, Ohio State, Syracuse. Ill be there*!

*We spent three or four weeks bothering Eskabel on Twitter to make a Black Sabbath-themed mixtape. He did not, but he says he may have a Black Sabbath-themed song on his forthcoming tape. Given his talent for hijacking beats - he has to rate as no less than the third best rapper in the entire city when doing so, behind Killa Kyleon and maybe Chamillionaire - we're amped for it.

Renzo: Let's see, college basketball: I say the Bulls, the Ravens, Flipmode squad and the Tea Party*.


Kyle Hubbard: I put $1,113 on it being the Red Team, Blue Team, Rockets and the Monstars* from Space Jam.

*These guys are goddamn comedians this week.

John Dew: Man, honestly, I'm not really a big college b-ball fan. Just glad we get a little love on it. Good for the scene.

Rap Round Table: Okay. So just say any four teams and that'll be perfect. That's how most people pick any way. Kyle Hubbard picked the goddamn Monstars from Space Jam as one of his choices.

JD [laughs]: Okay, here I go. Duke, Prairie View, UCLA, and Tennesee State. Sound convincing?

RRT: That might be the worst selection of picks we've ever heard. You've really outdone yourself this time, Summertime Johnny.

JD [laughs]: You think that was bad, you shoulda saw my FIFA picks.

D-Risha: Im going with Duke, Kentucky, Penn State, and Kansas to be in that thang.

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