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V Exclusive: Yankees CC Sabathia Talks 'Field Of Dreams,' Real Life Fantasy Baseball Campaign

New York Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia knows his baseball. Besides hurling 90+ mph fastballs, the Cy Young winner is a spokesman for Pepsi MAX, which is giving fans a chance to vote for an 11-man Field of Dreams team of baseball legends (you choose from three players at each position, including Hall of Famers like Rickey Henderson, Rod Carew, Dave Winfield and Eddie Murray). One lucky winner and his friends—to be announced just before MLB’s playoffs—will get to actually play against his dream team picks in real life next year. VIBE caught up with CC (short for Carsten Charles) for a quick minute at MLB’s Fan Cave in NYC to discuss who would make his personal squad of all time great baseball players, as well as his penchant for fresh sneakers, ahem…cleats. —Alvin Blanco

VIBE: Who would be your top three picks for this baseball dream team?

Sabathia: Reggie Jackson…let me see that list…I would definitely pick Reggie, Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson. Ken Griffey, Jr. was my favorite player growing up. Ya know, growing up in the Bay and him being on the West coast being able to watch him all the time. He was just a great player. One of the best players of my generation that I watched coming up, so he would be at the top of my list.

Are there any players on this list that you dreamed of facing as a pitcher?

All these guys; Junior, Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, and I got a chance to face Edgar Martinez [and] Harold Baines. It was pretty cool.

You played basketball in high-school, were you any good?

I was pretty good. I got some D2 offers. We had a really good team so they could just kind of hide me. I played power forward. We had a seven-foot center.

Did you know baseball was going to be your main sport?

I played football in high-school too and didn’t really no until I got drafted my senior year what I was gonna do. But baseball always came easiest to me.

With each year you get closer in accolades to the players on this list, do you think about that?

Oh I’m not close to these guys! I mean that’s an unbelievable list. Hopefully I can be there one day. I still feel like I got a long way to go.

You got the ill Jordan Brand cleats…

I’m always trying to create different cleats in my head and different stuff that I would want to wear in some of these bigger games. Like the 11s are my favorites, and I got the Space Jams on the road. I’ma keep switching up and keep fresh. The 11s are by far my favorite. Those are my go-to.

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Future, Chief Keef, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

As the first month of 2019 winds down, a handful of hip-hop artists dropped new projects and singles. From Future to Chief Keef and Logic, we've compiled a list of Friday music releases you should be listening to.

Check out the full list below.

Future – The WZRD

Future's latest project The WZRD is finally here. The 20-track album features guest appearances from Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Gunna. It also serves as his seventh studio album.

Ahead of the album's release, Future dropped a documentary, entitled Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd, which previewed the LP and discussed his views and artistry. It also included commentary from Andre 3000, DJ Khaled, Rico Wade, Metro Boomin, Southside and others.

Chief Keef – The Leek 7

Chief Keef has delivered the seventh installment of The Leek series with  The Leek, Vol. 7. The 12-song project features only one feature from Gucci Mane on the single "Jet Li."

Listen to The Leek 7 below.

Logic – "Keanu Reeves"

Logic is paying his respects to actor Keanu Reeves in his latest single. The Maryland artist dropped the track nearly nine months after he debuted it during the Movin' On Festival at Penn State University.

"Did you know I'm mixed like Obama?/It ain't a project if Logic ain't talkin' 'bout being biracial," he brags  on the track. "When them soccer moms pull up in they van while I rid/Like, ‘Oh my God, children, it's the 1-800 guy!"

Listen to the new song below.

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Meek Mill Once Used Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" Lyrics In Love Letters From Jail

Who knew Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous 2008 hit “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” once served as a romantic catalyst for Meek Mill? The Philadelphia rapper recently admitted on Twitter that while he was incarcerated in his youth, he used the lyrics to Soulja Boy’s schmaltzy love note within letters and phone calls to girls.

This was my favorite song when I was in jail back in the day calling girls collect.... and I used to his bars in the letters I wrote them no cap lol 😂😂😂 #bigdraco pic.twitter.com/qFqgkylQtm

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 16, 2019

Amid Meek’s cheeky co-sign, Soulja Boy has been one of the Internet’s favorite topics of discussion since his latest interview on The Breakfast Club. The 28-year-old rapper spoke about his legacy in hip-hop and why he deserves more credit than he’s been given for his influence. He also had some choice words for Kanye West when he said the latter is old and "lame."

"I'm younger than you," he began. "I'm flyer than you, ni**a. Whatever. You crying on Twitter every week about Drake? You gotta stop that sh*t, bro. You look lame, bro. You look cap, bro...You up here supporting Trump and sh*t, bro. You supporting Trump? What the f**k wrong with you, bro? That sh*t's not right."

Other artists in the industry also chimed in on the situation:

I’m Not Going To Lie Soulja Boy Been Funny As Fuck

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) January 17, 2019

The internet crazy , Soulja boy reinvented himself 🤦🏾‍♂️

— zoey dollaz (@ZoeyDollaz) January 17, 2019

Soulja Boy is a legend

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 16, 2019

WE HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE, RESPECT & ADMIRATION FOR SOULJA BOY IN THIS HOUSEHOLD *cranks dat in silence* pic.twitter.com/Amacz7NQYO

— The Vibe Formerly Known As (@KARIFAUX) January 16, 2019

For nostalgia's sake, listen to "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" below.

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.

 

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@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

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