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The NBA Season is under way, and 76ers kick off their season Oct 30th against the Miami Heat. XXL chopped it up with Sixer’s rookie Nerlens Noel. Noel discuss Nothing Was The Same, pre-game music, of course, The Answer. Here are a few excerpts from the interview below.

What’s your favorite hip-hop album?


I’d probably say Jay Z’s most recent, Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Just the style that he brought to the game; he’s very diverse and the things he raps about arereal. It was just very overall a good album.

What are you listening to now?


Drake, Meek Mill, Moufy, Wale, and Kendrick.

What’s your pregame music tracklist like?


Before the game I listen to a lot of Drake, then transition into Meek Mill right before the game to get my adrenaline going.

What’s your thoughts on Nothing Was The Same?


Oh yeah, it’s definitely his best by far. All the different styles he brings to it, like singing—which he always does—and rapping, just straight rapping is nasty. I’d definitely say it’s one of the best albums of the year. My favorite song is probably “Furthest Thing” or “The Language.”

Allen Iverson retires in Philly Wednesday. Have you ever spoken to him?


I spoke with him on the phone over a year and a half ago, and he was just giving me some tips and advice and things to watch out for. But I haven’t met him face-to-face yet.