The Greatest Basketball References in Hip Hop Songs


Most basketball fans are also fans of rap music which is why there has been countless Hip Hop/Rap songs that reference the great sport of basketball. But when it comes to mentioning basketball and the star players of the sport in a song, it doesn’t get better than these lyrics.


10.  Song Title: “Jam Sessions”

Artist: Notorious B.I.G.

Release Date: 1995

Lyrics: Rebounding, outstanding, no one surrounding. I’m screaming and doing like I was Ewing. The only one soaring and scoring is Jordan, he must have had his wheaties this morning.”


9. Song Title: “What Means The World To You”

Artist: Cam’ron

Release Date: 2000

Lyrics: “Top balla in every state. In Chi i’m Mike, Boston I’m Kenny, in Miami i’m Timmy and Phoenix I’m Penny.”


8. Song Title: “Put Ya Hands Up”

Artist: Jadakiss

Release Date: 2001

Lyrics: “And y’all scared I can tell that I’mma get Bucks like Milwaukee, cause like Sam I ca’sell.”


7. Song Title: “Encore”

Artist: Jay-Z

Release Date: 2003

Lyrics: “As fate would have it, Jay’s status appears to be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye
when I come back like Jordan, wearin the 4-5”


6. Song Title: “The Greatest”

Artist: Futuristic

Release Date: 2015

Lyrics: “I feel like Jordan in his prime, I feel like Magic Johnson 1980 Lakers, I’m the motherfu***** greatest”


5. Song Title: ” Steph Curry” ft. Devvon Terrell

Artist: Futuristic

Release Date: 2015

Lyrics: “Yo, I’m Balling, swish. Got a team of shooters, homie, you know we don’t miss. Daddy was a baller, always knew i’d be a baller too. Both went pro from living dreams, that’s something they don’t often do.”


4. Song Title: “Sports”

Artist: Lil Dicky

Release Date: July 10th 2013

Lyrics: ” Took her back to my Eddie House, And this fine a** bi*** takin off her blouse. And then ma D Rose quicka than a Bull at the garden, Di**  like James from the way that it Harden”


3. Song Title: “Off Off Off”

Artist: Lil Wayne

Release Date: June 9th 2016

Lyrics: “The city on his shoulder like barbell on strings but ain’t no place like home. That rope ain’t too long and they gon pull it off, the king want his crown back, he never took it off”


2. Song Title: “New God Flow” ft. Pusha T

Artist: Kanye West

Release Date: 2015

Lyrics: “I ain’t trying to stunt, man but these new Yeezys jumped over the jump man went from most hated to the champion god flow I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know”


1. Song Title: “Basketball”

Artist: Kurtis Blow

Release Date: 1984

Lyrics: “Tell me, were you in the joint?, The night Wilt scored 100 points, Or when Celtics won titles back-to-back, And didn’t give nobody, no kind of slack, Or when Dr. J shook the whole damn team, With moves that came right out of a dream, Or when, Willis Reed stood so tall, Playing D with desire, it’s Basketball,”

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