The ubiquitous popularity of professional sports manifests itself in various media outlets, and perhaps none is more fitting than hip-hop culture.
It's a match made in heaven: athletes and emcees alike tout meticulous, fine-tuned abilities, unquestionable motivation, a larger-than-life persona and, oftentimes, a braggadocious, flashy style.
And there's no shortage of rappers who reference sports through wordplay and metaphor. New school or old school, sports and hip-hop have fostered a mutually beneficial relationship.
Let's count off the coolest, most clever and most recognizable sports references in the hip-hop genre.