Music and hip-hop are kind of like Peyton Manning and funny commercials. No matter how hard you try to separate the two, it's simply impossible.
From Timbaland & Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" to Jay Z's "Empire State of Mind," player mentions are rather common nowadays.
In many ways, the correlation between music and sports is almost natural. For one, both industries are based on performance, celebrity, and superstardom.
Their achievements require both tremendous talent, sweat, hard work, and, although optional, quite a bit of swag.
With that, let's look at some of the best music/player tributes in basketball. An immortalization of sport, there's no questioning that all of these songs celebrate the game in style.
NOTE: All the songs on this list were produced organically (i.e, not for a video game)