Here's what the Denver Nuggets are listening to
On Friday night, I had the chance to chop it up with some of the Denver Nuggets in the locker room before they completely whupped ass on the Brooklyn Nets. With the exception of my two favorite players (who evidently don't do interviews before a game, as they both tersely informed me), everybody was super-accommodating, indulging my admittedly trivial questions about their listening habits, even coach George Karl. (Random observation: The two most common things found in the Nuggets' locker room are Beats by Dre headphones and a proclivity for Drake.) Continue on to see what Coach Karl and some of his players -- Wilson Chandler, Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, Kosta Koufos and Evan Fournier -- are listening to these days.
Westword: I couldn't help but notice your N.W.A tattoos. I wanted to find out how a kid from Michigan is all about N.W.A.
Wilson Chandler: Growing up, I was close to the East Coast, but me and my sister, we were more into West Coast and down south -- N.W.A, 2Pac, Ice Cube, Scarface, UGK. It was more like that. Not too many people [that I was around] used to listen to East Coast music back then, when I was around eight, ten -- not until I got older. I was raised by my grandmother. She had thirteen kids. Her youngest son and youngest daughter lived in the house when I was growing up. He listened to a lot of N.W.A, a lot of 2Pac, stuff like that.
So what's your favorite music? What kind of stuff are you listening to right now on your iPod?
I still listen to a lot of old stuff, both east and west, a lot of older stuff. Newer guys...there's a lot of A$AP Rocky, Nipsey Hustle, Pusha T -- a lot of different stuff. A lot of older stuff. Dipset. Just everything. Nas.
Do you listen to music before games to get hyped up?
What's the stuff that kind of gets you in the mood?
Old school 50, when he was first coming up -- the mixtapes, 50 Cent Is the Future.
Westword: What kind of music do you listen to before the games to get hyped?
Ty Lawson: Right now, probably a bunch of Chief Keef, Lil' Wayne.
What's on your iPod right now?
Those, plus...let me look -- I already have it open. Let's see...Drake "Started From the Bottom," all his songs. What else do I got...J Cole "Power Trip," I've been listening to that, and a bunch of Wale. He's from home. He's from D.C., so definitely.