Basketball and hip-hop are almost synonymous with each other. More than 30 years ago, Harlem rapper Kurtis Blow released the song “Basketball,” starting the relationship between hip-hop and hoops that is growing stronger and stronger each year.

Several NBA players have even tried their hand at the music genre – Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, Joe Smith, and Steve Francis to name a few. And in turn, rappers have tried to find success on the hardwood. In the late 90’s Master P was on the pre-season rosters for the Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors a year later. Although his NBA career never panned out, he did play for the Fort Wayne Fury in the Continental Basketball Association and for the ABA’s Las Vegas Rattlers.

Designer Patso Dimitrov recognized the close bond between basketball and hip-hop and perfectly captured the relationship by turning classic rap album covers into hoops jerseys.

Future was recently photographed wearing a specially commissioned Purple Rain jersey made by Patso, so hopefully these will be put into production soon.

Check them out:

Kanye West – “Yeezus”Yeezus

Drake – “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”Drake

Chance The Rapper – “Acid Rap”Chance

J. Cole – “Born Sinner”JCole

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Pinata”

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Wu-Tang Clan – “36 Chambers”


A Tribe Called Quest – “The Low End Theory”Tribe

Outkast – “Atliens”Outkast

Dr. Dre – “2001”Dre

N.W.A. – “Straight Outta Compton”NWA

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Nas – “Illmatic”Nas

Mobb Deep – “The Infamous”

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Take A Trip Back To 1984 And Watch How The Relationship Between Hoops And Hip-Hop Began:

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