10 Of The Best NBA References In Hip-Hop

18 January 2019, 17:15

Drake, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne are all NBA regulars.
Drake, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne are all NBA regulars. Picture: Getty Images

From Drake and Jay-Z to Rihanna and Pharrell, rappers and singers have long made themselves known as fans of the NBA. Here, we present the best basketball-based lyrics in Hip-Hop.

Hip-Hop and basketball have long been intertwined, and the influence one has on the other is well documented throughout music.

No NBA season would be complete without a star-studded roster of rappers and singers sitting courtside supporting their favourite teams, while friendships between musicians and players are also hard to miss.

Your favourite sports stars' playlists are drenched in Hip-Hop hits, and, likewise, artists from Drake and Lil Wayne to Rihanna have all referenced basketball within their music.

Here are some of the best NBA references in Hip-Hop - cop these for your next Insta caption.

  1. Drake - 'Nonstop'

    Drake - Nonstop

    "Catch me 'cause I'm goin' outta there, I'm gone
    How I go from 6 to 23 like I'm

  2. Lil Wayne - 'Fireman'

    Lil Wayne - Fireman

    "They ball when they can and I'm ballin' by nature
    Addicted to the game like
    Jordan and Peyton"

  3. N.E.R.D. & Rihanna - 'Lemon'

    N.E.R.D & Rihanna - Lemon

    "You can catch me, Rih, in the new La Ferrar'
    And the truck behind me got arms
    Yeah, longer than
    Just waitin' for my thumb like The Fonz"

  4. Kendrick Lamar - 'The Heart Part 4'

    Kendrick Lamar.
    Kendrick Lamar. Picture: Getty

    "Tables turned, lesson learned, my best look
    You jumped sides on me, now you 'bout to meet
    Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you"

  5. J. Cole - 'I Got It'

    J. Cole.
    J. Cole. Picture: Getty

    "But I'm hoop dreamin', hangin up pictures of my idols
    Jordan was like Jesus, SLAM was like the Bible
    I used to read it twice and cut the pictures out
    Had the
    Jordan free throw dunk tongue stickin' out"

  6. Future & Drake - 'Jumpman'


    “I just found my tempo like I’m DJ Mustard, woo
    I hit the Ginobili with my left hand up like, woo”

  7. Jay-Z - 'The Return'

    Jay-Z. Picture: Getty

    "Losers lose, so when we does what we do, we win
    And win again, like deja vu
    Then we win again, like
    M.J. do
    Three-peat, then we retreat to waters that's blue"

  8. Drake - 'Thank Me Now'

    Drake. Picture: Getty

    "And that's around the time
    That your idols become your rivals
    You make friends with
    But got to A.I. him for your survival"

  9. Kanye West - 'Can't Tell Me Nothing'

    Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing

    "No, I already graduated
    And you can live through anything if
    Magic made it"

  10. Jay-Z - 'Empire State Of Mind'

    Empire State Of Mind (Explicit)

    "If Jeezy's paying LeBron, I'm paying Dwyane Wade"