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S.P.O.R.T.S. The Book Coming Soon!!!!!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Described as The “ILLMATIC of Sports Books”. (By Jimmy himself of course).

Available November 2015

Birthed from the EXTREMELY “real” (and sometimes warped) mind of Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams, everything he says is definitely from the “IDGAF” section of his brain. But all-in-all, the way he looks at sports, culture, and life in general will keep you wanting more, and will definitely keep you laughing.


Available November 2015

Contact Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams at or @JWTheBlueprint

WRS Book Review – Sugar Ray Leonard: The Big Fight

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

by Jimmy Williams

JW Blog






I always find it amusing when people judge an athlete’s performance based on how they feel about them as a person.  I mean I get it, but it still makes no sense.   You can be a horrible human being and allegedly kill your ex-wife and her friend, get acquitted, and later be sent to prison for robbing someone of your own belongings.  That does not mean you were not one hell of a running back.  What does that have to do with Sugar Ray Leonard and his book you ask?  Well before reading this book I had a picture of Sugar Ray that has completely changed. Before starting this book I always looked at Ray Leonard (I’m not going to keep calling that man Sugar, Yo!) as a member of the Abnegation faction but now I see him as a member of the Dauntless faction.  If you’ve never read the Divergent books or seen the movie, that last sentence will make no sense to you; but if you have, you will recognize my genius.

I’ve read a lot of athletes’ memoirs and boxers seem to be the most transparent and have the most interesting stories.  Then again, someone who makes a living trying to hurt another human being while also taking punishment from said human being has got to be off their rocker to begin with.  Mike Tyson has set the bar in terms of being transparent and having an amazing story, so Ray Leonard’s book had a lot to live up to.  Although Ray Leonard’s book was released first, I read the Tyson book first.  This is no Tyson story but it is interesting in its own way (S/O to Todd Bridges for inspiring Ray Leonard to tell his story).  I grew up in the Tyson era so I knew of many of his hardships and troubles.  My opinion of Ray Leonard before this book was of someone who was articulate, athletic, marketable, a nice guy who happened to be a pugilist specialist (No Bosh).  My brother B. Austin believes that Ray Leonard is overrated in terms of his boxing ability and I’ve always disagreed.  One thing we’ve always agreed on is his image.  That image has been shattered by his honesty in this book where he speaks about faking blackouts to make weight, sexual assault, drug abuse, and his obsession with finding “talent” in various cities for the purpose of fornication.  A lot of time is spent discussing how he disrespected his first wife and how he was addicted to intercourse with all types of women.  Don’t get me wrong, all men love yoni (unless you live an alternative lifestyle, and if you do, God bless you) but boxers seem to be bigger addicts then most of us.

There are also parts of this book that make you appreciate Ray Leonard as a pugilist.  It’s obvious how serious he took his sport and how he strategized before fights.  It’s also great to hear the respect he has for his fellow boxers, especially the men with whom he had his classic bouts.  Another part of the book that made me appreciate Ray Leonard the athlete was how serious he took self-improvement and wanting to be a well-rounded person.  He worked on his speech and image.  He also talked about how many Blacks considered him a “sell-out” because he was well spoken.  I can relate to that.  Many of us have self-hatred that goes back to slavery and how systematically we were made to see ourselves as inferior (I won’t get into that now).  I remember I was once called spoiled because I knew who both of my parents were (WTF?).

After reading this, I have a completely different idea of who Ray Leonard is/was. I respect him for being open and honest about his life even though he doesn’t come off as the good guy at all.  We live in a world where everyone is judgmental and wants to hold people to higher moral standards than we do ourselves.  I’ve also read athletes’ biographies where they talk about their life as if they did no wrong and they are the perfect person (S/O to Shaq), and we all know that’s unrealistic and a bunch of cow dung.  I would recommend this book to all sports fans, especially people who are fans of the “sweet science”.   Ray Leonard may not be the man he was marketed to be but he is brutally honest and maybe someone can learn something from his story.  I doubt it though, because “The Nookie” has been making men do stupid things since the beginning of time, and some things never change.


Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of War Room Sports

Mickey Factz: 740 Park Avenue Album Review

Friday, July 18th, 2014

by Jimmy Williams

JW Blog




740 Cover

There are certain artists that I support every time they release a project.  Mickey Factz makes that list and before you question that, let me explain why.  In my honest opinion he made one of the best projects in the last decade with Mickey Mause, which was released in 2012.  That album IMO is a classic and it was an example of someone painting pictures with their words.  The two albums after Mickey Mause which were #Y, and #Ynot were dope albums but not as great artistically as Mickey Mause.  This leads me to this new project, 740 Park Avenue.


I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Park Avenue” and also read a book by Michael Gross titled “740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building”,so I was wondering where he was going with the title, considering the first song I heard from the project was “Detroit Red”.  The album starts by explaining the address of 740 Park Avenue and its wealth, but then it juxtaposes the residents’ situation to families that live close by as well as the life of the doorman who works at the apartment.  This is where it gets interesting.


I’m the type of Hip-Hop fan that pays attention to not only beats and lyrics, but also the themes, cohesiveness, and the order of tracks on a project.  I love how this album starts with the doorman explaining how he has to make a resident aware of who Malcolm X is, which leads right into Detroit Red.  Factz is a well-rounded emcee who has the ability to make concept songs, just spit crazy bars such as the song “Still Better Than You”, but I think he is at his best when telling a story such as Detroit Red. Other songs that stand out are “7-13-82 – 2-29-14”, “Just This Last Time”, “13th Disciple” and “.14”.


There are many emcees who just spit bars or talk tough and that’s cool, but it gets boring.  One thing I love about this project is that it’s not boring.  There are lighter songs that Factz still spits crazy on, but have an R&B feel to them such as “Smoke Screen”, “Just This Last Time”, and “NeS”.  “NeS” is a dope concept song that I have listened to on repeat.  BTW, I thought I was the only one who noticed how thick Chun Li’s thighs were on Street Fighter.


Another track that stands out is “Huxtables”.  When it comes to appreciating some songs, it’s about how you relate and I completely relate to this song.  I also was heavily influenced by the Cosby Show as well as A Diff’rent World.  In fact I wanted to go to an HBCU just because of A Diff’rent World, and that’s how I ended up at Lincoln University.  Eventually, I had to leave Lincoln University because I was also influenced by Mobb Deep and the Infamous album, but that story is for another day.


This is a dope ass project but there is one song I dislike and that’s “Iont Care”.  I can’t stand the song.  I don’t like the flow or the beat and I don’t get how it fits in with the narrative.  When I’m vibing to the album, this song just confuses me.  It’s like when I look for Netflix these days and I forget they changed the logo to white. (WTF did they do that for?).  I get the same feeling when I hear this song.  It pisses me off but then I realize it’s the only song I dislike and the rest of the content is dope.  The white logo pisses me off but then I realize I still have dope content.


This project is easily the best project from Factz since Mickey Mause and it will be a strong contender to make my list at the end of the year for best projects.  It didn’t move me the way the Mickey Mause project did but then again not too many albums from anyone have, with maybe the exception of Pharoah Monche’s PTSD. (As you can see I love concept albums).  Bar for bar, not too many emcees can deal with Factz in terms of wordplay, metaphors, and storytelling, but what makes his music standout is his ability to use those skills while making great songs (No Canibus).  I also appreciate each project having a theme as opposed to just dropping fifteen songs with someone just rambling about whatever comes to mind.


This project is a must download for my true hip hop fans that appreciate the art.

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To read my mid-year hip hop project review click here ==>


Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of War Room Sports

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014…So Far

Monday, July 7th, 2014

by Jimmy Williams

JW Blog





Music Mix


“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

 -Bob Marley


I know many of my friends, family, and people I communicate with on the internet believe Hip-Hop is dead, or it’s nothing but “ignant” music that is used as background sounds for World-Star fight videos.  I beg to differ.  I agree in the mainstream there is no longer a balance and most of the mainstream music stinks more than the earring backs of a homeless woman.  So far in 2014 there are many projects that could have made my top five and I had trouble narrowing it down.  Keep in mind that this is subjective and you may have a different list, but my word is gospel so all of the projects I name will be powerful.  Here is a list of my favorite albums thus far with some short words about each project.


Before I start I want to send a shot-out to the Tissue in the Tape Podcast from WRSPN.Com, who recently did their Mid-Year review. 


5) The Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin











The Roots are the greatest Hip Hop band ever!  Considering I don’t know many “Hip Hop Bands”, I can safely make that assertion.  This album was short and Black Thought wasn’t on the album nearly as much as I wished, but this is still a powerful project.  I love concept albums and The Roots are great in creating these pieces of art.  This isn’t the normal “boom bap” sound I usually gravitate towards but when I sit down and listen to the album, I’m amazed at how cohesive the album is and how the sounds work so well together.  This album sounds like a play and not a wack play like “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” (How wack is the title “A Hip Hopera”?).



4) Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Piñata

Freddie Gibbs










As much as I love conscious Hip-Hop and “lyrical spiritual” emceeing, I always love a good gangsta album.  I grew up loving the Tribe but also loving the type of Hip-Hop that was so vulgar, nasty, and gangsta, that you wouldn’t dare listen to it with your mother in the car. I know people think that music like this is the reason for all the problems in the world, but FOH.  I’ve heard country songs talk about murder, robbery, rape, and all kinds of crazy things, but that’s none of my business though *Kermit Voice*.  Drake, Jay Cole, and all those sensitive light-skin dudes are cool but sometimes I want to hear something so gangsta that listening makes me feel tougher than I really am.  This album has been that for 2014 so far. I know YG had a dope project that was gangsta but this was better IMO. Gibbs is getting better as an emcee.  He makes gangsta music but it’s not glorifying the lifestyle the way a Rick Ross does.  It reminds me of the way Scarface or Ice Cube made “Gangsta Rap”.  They made gangsta music that discussed the lifestyle but also talked about the repercussions of living that life. That’s heavy praise considering those two are legends.  I’m not saying Gibbs is there but I can see growth in him as an emcee (No Bosh).  Madlib has always been amazing and this collaboration created a powerful project.



3) Slaughterhouse:  House Rules

House Rules








#Barz…………..   Yo I can’t rap to save my life but Slaughterhouse makes me want to pick up a pen and write some barz.  I can only imagine how they motivate each other when recording.  As much as I love the group I thought their second album was underwhelming , but this just reminded me how dope each emcee in the group is.  Listening to this project, I also noticed that Crooked I is murder, death, killing every beat he is on.  He must have also been underwhelmed with the last album or his crib is in the foreclosure process, because he is hungry and it is evident.  He shined the most on this project, even though all four emcees were dope.  And although I can’t rap, I bet none of those Negus can blog like me. IJS.



2) Cyhi Da Prynce: Hystori










I’m not going to lie, I always thought Cyhi was okay, but I assumed he was just the dude who rolled with GOOD music that would never do anything but write dope lyrics that Kanye would take credit for.  Then I heard Hystori and it all changed.  Bottom line is this album is dope AF and I owe Cyhi an apology.  This album has dope production, witty lyrics, and it’s also put in story form.  My only problem with this album is it was a free mixtape.  I don’t know how Cyhi will make anything better for his album.  Then again, I doubted him before so we shall see.



1)      Pharoahe Monch: PTSD










I know many will disagree with this because this is an acquired taste, but I’m a Hip-Hop nerd and I appreciate the art-form as well as great writing.  Pharoahe Monch has created a piece of art with this project.  Yes it’s a concept album, and no it doesn’t have radio singles, and no there are no “club bangers”, but from a pure lyrical standpoint, this is the best album thus far.  This album may not be considered cool and it would make for terrible background music on a World-Star fight video, but it’s powerful.  Monch is a cerebral emcee and it seems to take him years to create a project, but it’s worth it.  He touches on mental health which is something never discussed in the Black community, although we know it’s some crazy Negus in our community. This album made me look at stress and PTSD in particular in a different light.  I always associate PTSD with a soldier coming home from war but I’ve never thought about it from the standpoint of an everyday person dealing with it.   The sequencing on this album is perfect, and the skits fit perfectly as well. Songs like “The Jungle”, where he juxtaposes the literal jungle with the urban jungle, or “Broken Again”, where he talks of a relationship with a woman as a metaphor for heroin, and then there is “Rapid Eye Movement” with Black Thought.  This album should be number one for Rapid Eye Movement alone.  Black Thought >>>>>>>



 (Other Favorites)


Like I said there are so many dope projects thus far and many more on the way.  Here are a couple other standout albums IMO, and they are in no order.


Skyzoo & Torae: Barrel Brothers


 9th wonder: Jamla Is The Squad



Step Brothers: Lord Steppington

Step Bros 


Open Mike Eagle: Dark Comedy

Open Mike 


Army Of The Pharaohs: In Death Reborn

 Army of the Pharoahs


Those five albums could have easily made my top five but it’s just that many dope projects out there.  If you haven’t heard any of these albums, make sure and check them out.  Let me know if you disagree or if there was anything that made your list that didn’t make mine.



Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of The War Room, for War Room Sports


WRS Book Review: The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

by Jimmy Williams

JW Blog







Should college athletes be paid?  That is a question I hear at least once a week these days as I spend my time trolling on the internets.  I do believe there should be some sort of compensation but I’m not exactly sure if it should be, in the words of the prophet Randy Moss, “Straight Cash Homey”.  I have read essays and listened to speeches that fall on both sides of the argument and I understand how complicated of a situation it is.  Unlike most internet trolls I try to do as much research as possible and form my own opinions.  Where I come from there is a “sign on the door that says no biting allowed”.  This is how I came across this book “The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA”.  While reading essays and listening to interviews and speeches, as well as watching documentaries, this book was constantly referenced.  So I went on to my Kindle (I don’t do regular books because I’m saving the environment and what not) and purchased this book.


Taylor Branch does a great job of discussing this concept of “Amateurism” and how it is a bunch of “mamba-jahambo”.  One of the more interesting stories in this book is the journey of Walter Byers, who was the first executive director of the NCAA.  He was there from 1951-1988 and once he was ghost he spilled the beans.  He started making statements such as:


“The college player cannot sell his own feet (the coach does that) nor can he sell his own name (the college will do that). This is the plantation mentality resurrected and blessed by today’s campus executives.”

-Walter Byers


There are many reasons he feels this way and those are discussed in detail in this book, such as the mentality of coaches and administrators, to the legality of providing workmen’s comp, to the overall hypocrisy of the NCAA, etc.  This book gives a detailed history and lays out a serious argument.


Growing up in inner-city Philadelphia I know many people who wanted to, and still want to play big time college athletics.  They feel like “You either slanging Crack Rock or You Got a Wicked Jump Shot”.  This is a sad mentality but it’s real.  The sad part is this book shows how although many “Student Athletes” are given scholarships, those scholarships have no value based upon the current system in place.  When you look at the big time programs you see most “Student Athletes”, even down to back up punters, believe they are going pro.  This is sad when according to Branch, “Approximately 1 percent of NCAA men’s basketball players and 2 percent of NCAA football players are drafted by NBA or NFL teams”, stated the 2001 report, basing its figures on a review of the previous ten years, “and just being drafted is no assurance of a successful professional career”.   The student athletes don’t take the college experience seriously nor do they take their studies seriously.  I didn’t play big time college sports but I initially didn’t take my studies serious because I wanted to become a professional Yam Farmer, so I dedicated my time to trying to master my craft.  The difference is I had professors and old-heads that reeled me in and made me focus, and eventually I finished Magna Cum Laude (Not to be confused with Magna Garbage Holy Fail).  A lot of these student athletes aren’t forced to take their studies seriously because they are being used to generate revenue.  And the sad part is there are some professors and faculty that try, and they are punished if they push too hard and it interferes with the athlete’s ability to produce on the field/court.  There are many examples of this also in the book.


“But thanks to Reaganomics, prisons turned to profits
Cause free labor is the cornerstone of US economics”

-Killer Mike, “Reagan”


I’m not saying the current system of college sports is similar to the prison industrial complex but if the shoe fits…….


So if you are a fan of college sports or interested in creating a system to take advantage of others while making massive amounts of scratch, you should read this book.


Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of The War Room, for War Room Sports

WRS Book Review: “Wilt: Larger Than Life”

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

by Jimmy Williams







wilt book


The great John Wooden once said, “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability”.  As a person who loves great quotes (Just go to any social media site and look up #Jimspiration), this quote always comes to mind when discussing two NBA players.  These two players are Wilton Norman Chamberlain and Shaquille Rashaun O’neal.  These legendary giants of the game seemed to be judged on a curve when it comes to their legacy.

As a native Philadelphian I can attest to the many stories passed down from generations about Wilt as not only a great basketball player but as a great overall athlete and lover.  In fact these stories are so beyond belief that my brother B. Austin says “Wilt never existed because his feats just aren’t possible.”  The legendary Philadelphia basketball icon Sonny Hill just looks at what Wilt has done and says “No Human Being Can Do That!”.

Wilt was a polarizing figure and this book gives details as to why he was and remains that way. The book also does a tremendous job of providing context.  Many Wilt detractors look at his lack of success (or should I say his TEAMS’ lack of success) against Bill Russell and the great Boston Celtics teams of that era and label Wilt a loser or act as if he was a selfish player who played against inferior talent.  Both of those assessments would be incorrect.  People tend to make judgments based on bad information that is just spewed over and over, or they speak on facts without giving context.  This book goes through each series and gives context to Wilt the player as well as context to Wilt the ladies’ man.  Many players of his day hated Wilt because of his success in hoops, financially, and with the ladies.  They were upset Wilt got to practice “Yam Farming” while they lived the life of an uxorious man.  Speaking facts without context is sometimes deplorable.  The Sixers just finished the 2014 season by beating the Miami Heat and I actually heard a Sixers fan bragging about beating the Heat.  Well let’s give that game context.  LeBron nor Bosh played.  Now was that game really something to brag about after the season the team had?  Yet when you look back 30 years from now all you will see is a W in the column for the Sixers.  This is what I mean by context.  And for you Sixers fans bragging about that win, I hate you more than Joffrey Baratheon.  You bragging about beating the Heat without their best players is the equivalent of a man bragging about sleeping with a beautiful woman that gave him A.I.D.S.  Maybe that’s extreme but you get the point.

This book does a great job of painting a picture of Wilt the athlete and also Wilt Chamberlain the man.  What I appreciated most about the book was it seemed to be fair but also critical.  Sometimes biographies on star athletes read like a blumpkin in the narrative.  I would definitely recommend this book, especially for anyone who loves the history of hoops.


Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of The War Room, for War Room Sports

WRS Book Review: Shaq Uncut

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

by Jimmy Williams







Shaq Uncut


As a huge fan of basketball aka “This Thing of Ours”, Shaquille Rashaun O’neal aka Shaq, aka The Big Aristotle, aka Wilt Chamberneezy has always been a larger than life figure (No Skittles).  Since first watching him dominate at LSU, Shaq has always been a polarizing figure. This is not just because of his game or size (Naw), but he was always full of personality.  Shaq has always been an entertaining celebrity and he delivers in this book. Now because I’ve read so many biographies I must admit this isn’t a great book but it has many great stories. What is missing from this book is transparency.

Now I don’t personally know Shaq but I know he is human (at least I think he is), and as a human being we all go through struggles. One of the great things about reading biographies of great athletes is a chance to get a look at not only their triumphs but also their tragedies. I’m not saying Shaq should have given us a chapter on “Superhead” (although I would have enjoyed it) but this read more like a commercial for how great Shaq was/is. Shaq did give us insight into the relationship with his step father which I found amazing but overall I’m left feeling like there are many stories which would have given us a better idea of who Shaq is, that were left out.

The stories of the various games Shaq played at every level are amazing. I might overrate the book because of them. What was missing about his personal life is made up by great stories of games and championship runs.

This book was a good read primarily due to the basketball stories but it gets comical at times because it really reads like a commercial for the Shaquille O’Neal brand and not a biography. Maybe I am being too harsh because I have read so many biographies on athletes who are open and honest about their demons, so I have come to expect a lot of “Worldstar” moments. The great thing is Shaq is still creating his legacy and building his brand these days, so maybe in the future we will get another book with some “Worldstar” moments, or at least a chapter on “Superhead”.


Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of The War Room, for War Room Sports

WRS Book Review: Dr. J: The Autobiography

Friday, January 24th, 2014

by Jimmy Williams







dr j.


“There ain’t no back in the day Nicca…Ain’t no nostalgia to this sh*t here. There’s just the street and the game and what happen here today.”   – Melvin ‘Cheese’ Wagstaff


When talking hoops with people these days, it’s sad because the legends of the past are often forgotten.  And that’s the case when talking professional ball or street-ball.  You watch TV and you would think that the game was played by only Magic & Bird in the 80’s, followed by Jordan in the 90’s.  Growing up in Philadelphia I know better.  One of the most popular figures of my childhood was Julius “Dr. J” Erving.  He was larger than life in the city.  He was also a legend in street-ball.   Most of the older men in my neighborhood wanted to be him and all of the older ladies would have given him their love canal if they had the chance.  Not only was he considered a great ball player but he has always been considered someone who carried himself with class.

The great thing about biographies is the chance to hear stories and learn details about someone’s life you had no knowledge of.   The Doc was an amazing ball player and he did carry himself with class but he was far from perfect.  This book is not only filled with amazing stories of legendary games and players but it also talks about his shortcomings and his personal struggles.  If you are a hoops fan and love the history of the game, this is a must-read.  The stories of playing one on one with Pistol Pete and George Gervin are amazing.  His relationship and thoughts on other legends such as Kareem and Bill Russell are also great.  There are also stories of Moses, Barkley, Magic, Bird, and many more.

Much was made of his story of fathering a child with a woman who was not his wife.  Not because he cheated but because in the words of Jadakiss, “It’s no way she gonna have a baby out of her mouth”.  Doc said she only became pregnant because she couldn’t give him a twirly due to getting braces and they had “traditional” sex only one time.  Now when I first heard about that excerpt I laughed and said, “damn, Doc was foul for talking about the mother of his child that way”.  When reading what he said and putting it into context, it doesn’t come off the same.  Don’t get me wrong, Doc is still a creep, but he was being honest and transparent when telling his story.

As a hoops fan and one who loves the history of the game, this book was amazing.  I may overrate it based on the fact that I’m a hoops junkie.  This was a great story that dealt with race, poverty, basketball, business, family, and making love to a lot of women.  That will always be a recipe for a great book in my opinion.


Jimmy “The Blueprint” Williams of The War Room, for War Room Sports