Lazerbeak isn't just Doomtree's top producer/DJ -- he's also the local hip-hop crew's No. 1 sports nut. Fresh off a bangin' Rock the Garden set last week, the real-life Aaron Mader took time to rap with us about his sports fandom. His latest solo album, "Lavabangers," dropped earlier this year.
Q: Do you have faith in the Vikings current Ponder/Frazier regime?
A: I'm worried. I'm always worried with those guys, though. I love Leslie Frazier, I just don't know if he's gonna be able to pull it off with Ponder. Right now, the Vikings just seem a bit lost.
Q: Favorite sports memory?
A: I was at Game 7 at the Target Center when the [2003-'04] Wolves beat the Kings and advanced on to the Western Conference finals. That was the craziest sporting event I've ever been a part of, just people running into the streets and high-fiving each other out of their cars. It was the most chest-bumps I've ever received or dished out.
Q: Who do you like in the current Heat vs. Thunder NBA finals?
A: I actually loved the SuperSonics as a kid. Shawn Kemp was my favorite basketball player. I like Oklahoma as a state, I like Durant and Westbrook and then Harden came along. I didn't think [the Thunder] would get past San Antonio, and when they did I didn't think it'd be a breeze but, even with Bosh back, I thought they'd be able to outlast the Heat. After watching Game 3, I don't know what they're gonna do.
Q: What's your favorite episode of ESPN's "30 for 30" series?
A: My all-time favorite -- probably because it's the only happy one out of all 'em, it seems to me -- is "Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks." I hated the Knicks -- I hated Reggie Miller, too -- and it's awesome to see those guys interviewed all those years later.
Q: What's a DJ's emotional equivalent to a home run, three-pointer, etc.?
A: Getting called out for a legitimate encore, not one you've already planned, that's pretty tough to beat. Especially when it's at First Ave, which is the venue you've always dreamed of playing.