“Ya’ll think I’m Spelling Iverson when the Beefs all Done,
Cause you’ll be on IV in the ER, SON.”
Rappers have been linked to basketball ever since the earliest days of hip-hop when giants like Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow blessed the mic with hoops related lyrics.
Nowadays, the NBA and rap go together like groupies and 80s hair bands. Almost every rapper has made some sort of basketball reference in his lyrics. Some of the most common refer to Michael Jordan, the L.A. Lakers the New York Knicks, sitting courtside, slamming like someone or equating taking shots (hoops) with taking shots (guns).
I researched hundreds of songs that mention basketball and put together a list of the 21 greatest lyrics that make reference to current and former NBA players. A brief comment about the lyric and its selection appear below each entry.
The selection process was based on creativity, originality, accuracy, word-play and overall song quality. Overly profane language has been starred out (***) and a particular word not worthy of mention has been altered to “sucka” everywhere that it appears.
There were heaps of (James) worthy lyrics that I wish I could have included, but in the end, I had to narrow the list down to a manageable number. Please feel free to include any feedback or entries you feel could have been included.
(Note: Didn’t include the headline rhyme because it is not from a song but just a freestyle.)