“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.
— Spider Studios (@SpiderStudiosOH) June 5, 2017
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.
— Jamar Johnson (@CBLBasketball) November 12, 2015
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.
— X92.9 (@X929) April 7, 2017
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?