Stephen Jackson and Iman Shumpert bring an old-school versus new-school flavor to the tournament finals. But does the veteran have it in him to beat the young blood?
Both essentially engaged in a rap battle with their own versions of Kanye West's "Clique."
Shumpert's version is all about the New York Knicks, which limits his material but gets points for being centered on the NBA and repping his team hard. He does a pretty good job with the lyrics, and I especially enjoy the way he works Pablo Prigioni in there.
But Stak5's "TRILLmix" is incredible (skip to 0:35). If this guy couldn't ball, he'd probably be a millionaire from hip hop instead.
"Trillest ni— Stern let into the league, now I'm seeing more bread than lettuce and some cheese." That is pure gold.
Jackson only cares about one thing, and that's winning. And Shumpert didn't really stand a chance against him. Stak5 has Shumpert beat in discography, street cred and rap collaborators.
While Iman does things like "parkin people on 21 Shump St" (via his Twitter) and carrying himself with a hipster swag, Stak5 keeps it rough.
When Serge Ibaka had the audacity to get tangled up with Jackson's former teammate Metta World Peace (yeah, the one from the semifinals), Stak5 tweeted out something that earned him a $25,000 fine: "Somebody tel serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That's a promise. He doin 2 much" (per ESPN).
You do recall that Jackson doesn't like anyone messing with World Peace, right?
Now, Stak5 has hooked up with Trey 5 (I mean, Kevin Durant) for "Lonely at the Top." Though that track is underwhelming, Stak5 still brings his tight flow.
It could be the greatest all-NBA hip-hop duo of all time.