“Damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ ‘Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us.”

That line from Drake’s “Thank Me Now” perfectly sums up the relationship between Hip-hop and hoops, which has lasted for decades and is only getting stronger.

The two go hand-in-hand and have had several crossovers along the way.

Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Steve Francis, Kevin Durant, even Kobe Bryant and many, many more have dropped Hip-hop tracks over the years.

Sometimes, they even collaborate.

And in turn, rappers have tried to play professional ball.

Most notably, Master P who tried out for both the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors and was briefly on both pre-season squads.

There was even a pretty successful movie in 2002 called Like Mike, which starred Lil Bow Wow as a kid who finds an old pair of Michael Jordan’s sneakers and transforms into the G.O.A.T. when he puts them on.

We said it was successful, not that it made any sense.

After all of those examples, is it a shock to anyone that there’s a fresh crop of Hip-hop/hoops crossovers?

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