The NY Culturing of The Beard: 5 Things To Make James Harden’s 2021 A Little Better

James Harden has recently been traded from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets at the top of this new year. The hot weather of the South will be traded for the compromising cold of the North.

Why would he do that? Aside from switching from a team that in his mind was “unfixable,” life is gonna change for the Bellflower, CA native.

Many are wondering what the NBA All-Star needs to help usher this transition to Biggie’s homeland and that will help 2021 to be a slam dunk.

Music

The new year has started out with a bang. First, the world fell apart with only six days in. But peep this … while we see D.C. looking like an exaggerated episode of Scandal … Then … because life is short … Harden didn’t want to spend it not winning and so yes, a trade saved the day. But also, so can the good music dropping.

So we see that President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris released their playlist, but this wasn’t only good music dropping in January. In addition to this, Mr. Harden might want to cop the new Jazmine Sullivan’s Heaux Tales — that new jam by the Philly singer that really has the best vocal chops since an early Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, or (bow when you utter) Whitney Houston.

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Or … he could wait for new music from TDE’s latest batch of artists releases from Isaiah Rashad, SZA, and Daylyt. Travis Scott has a new project coming called Utopia and already people are saying it is as extraordinary as Astroworld. 

But then the most anticipated (and interesting) record of them all is the rumored Megan thee Stallion album with Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest.

Drinks Designed for Sports Lovers Like Him

The world knows that Hennessy has been the drink of choice for those in the sporting world. This year, the beverage company has a lock-in with the NBA with some signature drinks. Here are a couple of “get nice” drinks that we are sure that the new Nets player will love. 

The Ankle-Breaker is one of those drinks that fans (and Mr. Harden) can make at home. The recipes require the following: 1.5 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P PrivileÌge, 1.5 oz Sour Mix, 0.5 oz Chambord Liquer (St. Germain, Cassis, Triple Sec), Garnish: Lime wheel, and a glass. 

The directions require the mixer to pour Hennessy V.S.O.P PrivileÌge, sour mix, and the Chambord Liqueur into a shaker with ice. The mixer will have to shake to chill, pour into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with a lime wheel.  

The Jumpshot Ginger is another drink. 

The recipe for this one requires the following: Hennessy V.S, 2 oz Ginger Beer, 2 oz Cranberry Juice, 0.25 oz Lemon Juice, Garnish (Lime Wheel), and a glass. The directions require the mixer to pour Hennessy V.S, cranberry juice, ginger beer, and lemon juice into a rocks glass with ice, stir once to combine, and then garnish with a lime wheel.  

Battle Rap

If he is really trying to catch a competitive vibe, on the same level as his Nets debut against the Orlando Magic where he helped the franchise achieve a 122-115 win, he might want to tune into the URL’s Volume 7 where some of the cultures biggest stars will spar on Saturday, January 23 on Caffeine TV at 5 PM EST.

Volume 7 will feature Arsonal vs. Danny Myers, DNA vs. Ave, K-Shine vs. Chilla Jones, Tay Roc vs. Aye Verb, Nu Jerzey Twork vs. Jey the Nite Wing, and B Dot vs. Shotgun Suge, hosted by the Ultimate Rap League’s owner, Troy “Smack White” Mitchell.

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Video Games

The Verge reports that gamers spent a whopping $56.9 billion on video games in 2020. That staggering number actually was up 27% from the previous year. One way that can make Harden’s year pop off, even more, is for him to cop the newest and most exciting games. A few games that fans are excited to play this year are as follows:

 NBA 2K21 – Next-Gen Game 

Back 4 Blood (PC, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S) 

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) 

Resident Evil Village (PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) 

God of War: Ragnarok (PlayStation 5) 

Untitled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel (Nintendo Switch) 

Looking at his first couple of games in Brooklyn playing next to Kevin Durant, Harden seems to be settling in just right and 2021 is looking soooo good.