Kentucky Basketball: Grading Nerlens Noel's Rap Debut on "Number 9"

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Nerlens Noel is an awfully busy man for someone who's out for the season.

Just recently he posted an update to his famous UK haircut on Instagram and now he's dropping a guest verse on a new rap track about Kentucky from local rapper Wes Grams (h/t CBS Sports).

The track starts out with Wes G on the mic, throwing around some totally not awkward rhymes about current players Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, Kyle Wiltjer and Jarrod Polson. Somehow Earl Boykins gets a mention as well.

The chorus talks about how things are straight "since we got number eight." But "now it's time that we got number nine."

Okay, Kentucky just got number eight. After 14 years since their last title. Saying "it's time that we got number nine" the very next year just seems greedy. I'm a UK fan, but that's a little ridiculous. And Wildcat fans are the only fans that could be making a rap song about winning a title in a year where it's up in the air whether they will actually make the tournament. Let's temper expectations here, folks.

But on to the main attraction, Mr. Noel. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by him. He sounds like he's done this sort of thing before. It was in rhythm, he had some personality to his voice and you could tell he was having fun with it. I'd expect nothing less from probably the most smiley recruit Calipari's ever had, with the exception of my man-crush, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

The only missteps are mispronouncing his coach's name (it's Calipari like the fruit "pear," not "par") and unfortunately trying to rhyme "Missouri" with "history."

Highlights were a quick dig a Louisville and the sweetest words of hope any Kentucky fan could hear this year "I might come back, but I don't know yet." He's probably not coming back, but that was sweet of him to say that he might.

Overall Grade: B+

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