The 50 Greatest NBA References in Rap

19. J. Cole, "Return of Simba"


Year: 2011
Lyric: "Ced said, 'Look, my niggas, we got a foot in'/Being good is good, that'll get you Drew Gooden/But me, I want Jordan numbers, LeBron footin'/Can't guard me, Vince Lombardi, John Wooden."

There's a major difference between good and great. Drew Gooden has carved out a solid career, but played for nine different teams, and is known more for his wild facial hair. To want more is only right for Cole after being in the shadow of a legend like Jay Z. We might as well call Cole the anti-Memphis Bleek.

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