For the last nine years, three friends have made painstakingly crafted, fully comprehensive rap songs dedicated to the NBA All-Star Game and its participants. Is it impolite to ask why and how they keep doing this?
Years after his last moments of basketball relevance, Steve Francis is back on the scene. If "the scene" is a place where a former NBA guard kind of raps about his nice vacations in a faintly Ja Rule-ian style and then makes a video with his kids in it. Is that the scene?
This was inevitable. Although that in no way gets South Carolina rapper Lul'Devoo off the hook for making the first hip hop song to deploy Sam Hurd—the (allegedly) yay-slanging NFL special teams ace—in its chorus.
Master P and the No Limit Soldiers have much to teach us about improving the NBA's All-Star Weekend, if only we listen to them. Or... actually you can still learn these lessons if you watch "Make 'Em Say Ugh!" on mute. Maybe do that.
Even in his weird basketball afterlife, hip-hop is a long way from done with Allen Iverson. If you only listen to one song today that uses as its chorus some choice samples of Iverson's most Iverson-ian moments, you should probably make it Don Trip's "Allen Iverson."
Slim Thug. Paul Wall. A guy named ZRo. And also a giant bearded left tackle and a mean-mugging Brian Cushing. Yes, it's more sports-rap from the hardest working dude in the sports-rap business. We give you "Houston," with an actual video!