SOHH Whatcha Think: R.I.P. Joe Frazier: 5 Of The Illest Sports Lines In Hip Hop History [Click Here & Speak]
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 11:55AM
Yesterday, 67 year-old boxing icon Joe Frazier passed away from cancer. Rap and sports have long been intertwined, with artists like Shaquille O'Neal and Ron Artest occasionally trading in the jersey for a mic and Southern rapper Master P. undergoing a brief stint in the NBA. Drake said it best, "I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ cuz we wanna be them/ and they wanna be us."
Every MC worth his weight in rap bars has, at one time or another, used a sports metaphor to get his point across. Whether comparing himself to his favorite athlete, or using the blood, sweat and tears associated with professional sports to describe the musical grind, sports and Hip Hop will always have a certain bond.
Artists such as Jadakiss and J. Cole took to Twitter Monday to salute the fallen her; in the memory of Frazier, here are a couple of classic sports-related bars. Check 'em out, then let us know, what are some of YOUR favorite rap lines inspired by professional sports?
Joe Budden - Broken Wings
"Rappers fly high, then get suicidal/imitate Jim Jones end up like Corey Lidle" - Joe Budden
Jay-Z - Show Me Watcha Got
"N*gga I am the Mike Jordan of recordin'/ You might wanna fall back from recordin'." - Jay-Z
Sean Price - F*ckin Wit A Gangster
"Jigga paying Dwayne I'm paying Gilbert Arenas" - Sean P.
The Notorious B.I.G. - Things Done Changed
"Cuz the streets is a short stop/ Either you're slingin' crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot." - The Notorious B.I.G.
Lil' Wayne - Roger That
"The blunt still wet, so pass it like Brett. Smoke more than 4 quarters, call it sudden death" - Lil' Wayne
R.I.P to Joe Frazier. Now let us know -- what are some of the greatest rap lines in Hip Hop History?
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