Hello and welcome to Ante Up, XXL’s podcast where the hip-hop and sports worlds collide. For the kick-off episode of our new sports podcast, XXL's Manny Maduakolam and Roger Krastz sat down with Harlem's own, Skizzy Mars.

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In the first episode of Ante Up, Roger, Manny and Skizzy speak on the incredible playoff run of the New York Mets, as they head into their first World Series in 15 years. The young New York MC also shares his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the men's Louisville Cardinals college basketball team, the Tristan Thompson's new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the rift between Doc Rivers and the Golden State Warriors. They also tackle the NFL, as all their Week 7 picks.

Skizzy Mars wraps up the interview speaking on his upcoming debut studio album, Alone Together, his forthcoming tour and his next show alongside Ty Dolla $ign at Highline Ballroom in NYC on Monday, Oct. 26. Check out the very first episode of Ante Up podcast above. Subscribe to Ante Up here.