Brian Shaw's 1994 Rap Track Is Just As Amazing As You'd Think

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 28:  (L-R) Assistant coach Brian Shaw and head coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers look on against the Miami Heat during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Denver Nuggets finally nabbed Brian Shaw, and with him comes an immense knowledge of basketball learned under the likes of Phil Jackson and Frank Vogel.

Oh, and an ability to spit out a few bars.

Back in 1994, a group of NBA players were rounded up to collaborate on the classic B-Ball's Best Kept Secret.

While Cedric Ceballos and Dana Barros arose as the best of the early days of NBA rap, and possibly the best ballers-turned-rappers since.

Everybody on the album takes a lighter approach to their tracks, from Dennis Scott's "All Night Party" to "Ya Don't Stop" featuring Ceballos, Barros, Sadat X, AG, Diamond D and Grand freakin' Puba.

However, Shaw's "Anything Can Happen" is a bit more heavy and heartfelt, dropping lines about the death of his mom, dad and sister in a car crash, and the support he got from his aunt, uncle and girlfriend.

If you were to come and listen to the track having no idea who's singing, there are a few hiccoughs here and there with clunky wording and a rushed pace. But for an amateur to the rap world, Shaw put together a pretty solid track.

Not only did it have the perfect stereotypical synth track to date it to the early '90s, but the laid-back flow and West Coast sound is definitely what was hot in hip hop at the time.

Combine that with the background singers crooning that, "Aaannnyyyythaaanggg can haaapuuuuun" and Shaw's got himself one of the best tracks on the album.

Perhaps strangest about B-Ball's Best Kept Secret, Jason Kidd, who was hired for the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job over Shaw, had a track on that album as well with the hilariously self-promotional "What the Kidd Did."

What I can tell you right now is that if hip-hop skills translate to head coaching ability, Shaw is going to wipe the floor with Kidd. Plus, I'm ready to hear Jackson drop down a few bars if that's true.

Shout out to The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman for digging this bad boy up.