Topic: Hip Hop

May 21, 2013

Alonzo Mourning is not necessarily the most hip-hop NBA player of his era, or in general. But he's got a great and punny name, so 'Zo's got a solid two-decade footprint in hip-hop history.

February 15, 2013

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?

April 26, 2012

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?

March 6, 2012

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.

March 5, 2012

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.

February 27, 2012

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."

February 8, 2012

It's fine to be excited about Jeremy Lin, because the Jeremy Lin thing is great. But please, everyone, let's exercise caution in the quickie YouTube tribute raps that we make on his behalf.

January 6, 2012

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!

December 19, 2011

The Bears athlete-kingpin could set off a long overdue rap lyrics trend. 

December 15, 2011

Roy Jones Jr. is still fighting, in part because he lost a ton of money on his record label. Why does this keep happening? Beyond the obvious good-at-boxing ≠ good-at-rapping thing, that is.