The 50 Greatest NBA References in Rap

Hot lines and rhymes about your favorite NBA players and teams.

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The NBA and rap have crossed paths many times throughout the years. We always hear the classic adage that NBA players want to be rappers and rappers want to be NBA players, so there are bound to be rappers that use some NBA references in their lyrics. These dedications, references, and shout-outs to the NBA come in different forms. There are entire songs dedicated to the NBA like Kurtis Blow's "Basketball" and there are quick and witty references like Drake's memorable line about Kobe Bryant's marital issues on "Stay Schemin'." From The Notorious B.I.G. to Kanye West, here are the 50 Greatest NBA References in Rap.


Sugar Hill Gang, "Rapper's Delight"

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Fabolous f/ Red Cafe, "I'm The Man"

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Public Enemy, "Rebel Without a Pause"

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Big K.R.I.T., "Sky Club"

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Ghostface Killah f/ Cappadonna, Method Man & Redman, "Buck 50"

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Ice Cube, "When Will They Shoot?"

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Pharoahe Monch f/ Showtyme, Mela Machinko & Tower of Power, "Push"

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Black and Brown, "LOL"

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Kanye West, "Can't Tell Me Nothing"

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Beastie Boys f/ Q-Tip, "Get It Together"

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Wale, "Mama Told Me"

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Roc Marciano, "Tek to A Mack"

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Beastie Boys, "B-Boys Makin With The Freak Freak"

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The Cool Kids, "Pennies"

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Rick Ross f/ Andre 3000, "Sixteen"

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Too $hort, "Just Another Day"

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Young Jeezy, "24-23"


Wale, "Barry Sanders"


Joe Budden, “Something to Ride To”

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Jay Z, "Open Letter"

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Jay Z, "Excuse Me Miss Again (La La La)"

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N.O.R.E. f/ Nature, Jadakiss, Styles P & Big Pun, "Banned From TV"


Big L, "Let 'Em Have It L"

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Danny Brown, "S.O.S."

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French Montana f/ Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross, "Pop That"

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Wiz Khalifa f/ Juicy J, "Errday"

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Action Bronson, "Set It Off"

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The Notorious B.I.G., "Gimme The Loot"


Kurtis Blow, "Basketball"

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A Tribe Called Quest, "The Infamous Date Rape"

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Lloyd Banks, "It Blows My Mind"

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J. Cole, "Return of Simba"

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Diddy f/ The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, "Victory"


Kanye West f/ Pusha T & Ghostface Killah, "New God Flow"

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Jay Z, "Hola Hovito"

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Beastie Boys, "Tough Guy"

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Lil Wayne, "Show Me What You Got (Remix)"


J. Cole, "I Got It"


Beanie Sigel f/ Jay Z, "Raw and Uncut"

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Jay Z & Kanye West, "N****s in Paris"

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Big Pun, "The Dream Shatterer"

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Heavy D, Biggie, & Tru Kula, "Jam Session"

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A Tribe Called Quest, "Baby Phife's Return"

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Drake, "Thank Me Now"


The Notorious B.I.G., "I Got A Story To Tell"


Kanye West, "Cold"

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Jay Z, "Encore"

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Jay Z, "Pump It Up (Remix)"

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Rick Ross f/ Drake & French Montana, "Stay Schemin'"

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Ice Cube "It Was a Good Day"

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