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There’s a natural synergy between the N.B.A. and hip-hop dating at least as far back as Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball.” You pretty much get an annual reminder of that natural pairing during All-Star Weekend, and 2017 was no different, with all manner of MCs, producers, and moguls temporarily setting up shop in New Orleans for the N.B.A.’s annual midseason showcase. 

Sideline mainstays DJ Khaled and Fat Joe respectively made their presence known during the dunk contest and the celebrity game, but here are a few other notables who were spotted enjoying the action.

Given his hoops background and heavy involvement with the Atlanta Hawks, you knew 2 Chainz would be around.



A post shared by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on Feb 18, 2017 at 7:33pm PST

Issa King. 21 Savage snuck in a photo opportunity with LeBron James, who seemed to be everywhere.

Hov told Jay Electronica what we all have been saying: "Let's put this album out."



A post shared by Sovereïgn Society ™ (@sovietcode) on Feb 18, 2017 at 9:35am PST

Travis Scott got to showcase some bars for the GOAT...on his birthday no less.


Performed for Jordan on his bday Check off the list #gang

A post shared by flame (@travisscott) on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:01am PST

Is this proof of A Tribe Called Quest's presence at Dave Chappelle's #NoPhonesAllowed Juke Joint?


KDxJW Dope pic huh? Lol

A post shared by Jarobi White (@jarobiwhite) on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:14pm PST

LeBron officially redeemed himself for "The Decision" by reuniting a portion of the Hot Boys.

You already know celebrity game hooper and sneaker enthusiast Fat Joe was in town.


MOGUL TALK with my brother @djkhaled Slam Dunk contest. another body #allstarweekend2017

A post shared by FAT JOE (@fatjoe) on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:08pm PST

Chance the Rapper and Dwyane Wade made sure Chicago was properly represented.

Let's see Instagram really get lit when folks start showcasing game worn jerseys and player edition kicks next week.