Hello and welcome to Ante Up, XXL’s podcast where the hip-hop and sports worlds collide. For the 16th episode of our sports podcast, XXL‘s Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sat down with Brooklyn native Joell Ortiz.

The trio start off their conversation in this episode speaking about the thrilling game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder, and how Stephen Curry's performance proved that his the best player in the planet right now. Ortiz also sheds light on the importance of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and the importance of their roles on the NBA Championship team. The Brooklyn MC also spoke on the chances of the Cleveland Cavaliers winning this year's NBA title and his favorite current NBA players.

The House Slippers rapper then opened up tot he guys about his love for the New York Jets and what the Metropolitan football team needs this off-season to compete with the likes of the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC. Later in the podcast, Ortiz opens up about his basketball skills and how he once played Joe Budden in a one-on-one and beat him while on tour. In addition, Joell Ortiz talks about his earlier days in high school playing ball against some of New York's finest ball players and closes out the podcast speaking on his upcoming project with coveted producer Domingo.

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