News: Maino Buys Into NY Knicks Lin-Sanity, "First Time I Seen Him I Was Like, 'Who The F*ck Is This?'" [Video]

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 8:28AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Brooklyn rapper Maino is letting it be known he plans to ride with his New York Knicks all the way to a possible NBA Finals appearance, co-signing the team's overnight sensation Jeremy Lin.

In Maino's eyes, the Harvard graduate-turned-NBA star is exactly what New York needed.

"I feel good about it. We needed that energy, we needed that energy in the city," Maino said in an interview. "Part of inspiring people is you need that energy to make them feel proud, make them feel worth, feel their worth and seeing Lin out there dishing the rock -- they're doing their thing. It's bringing this proudness back to the city. ... The first time I seen him, I was like, 'Who the f*ck is this?' ... The first game I caught was when they played against the Lakers. That's when he cracked on Kobe [Bryant]. That was the first game I caught." (All Hip Hop)

Prior to Lin's explosion as of late, fellow BK rapper Red Cafe said the Knicks were missing toughness.

"I'm a hometown guy. I'm a neighborhood guy. There were a lot of great years I saw the Knicks do some explosive things. John Starks, Ewing, Sprewell. I liked it. We were tough guys. It was nice to see them match up with guys who had more talent. I just love the Knicks. They break my heart all the time," Cafe said in an interview. "You gotta win the game before you get on the court. You have to take their heart. I think [Carmelo Anthony] can do it. [Amar'e] Stoudemire can do it. They just have to make the decision. We're in New York City. Coming into that Garden, that's a big deal. Other guys go on that stage and they know they gotta show up. We need [expletive] Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley right now. Those guys came in the game and took hearts, asap." (The Post Game)

As of late, he has captured the attention of hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne, who is not buying into the hype.

"Jeremy Lin has been added to Rising Stars Challenge game for All-Star Weekend after recent Lin craze," Weezy said, reading from a report. "Now, everyone got the Lin fever and everybody doing the Lin -- I don't, I'm trying to figure out what I call him. Well, he beat my Lakers. So ever since that game, I hate him. So I call him Lin Laden. Yeah, that's what I call him. Lin Laden. Trend that. That's what y'all need to start calling him. Lin Laden. But for tonight, Lin Laden was defeated by the Hornets. So seems like Lin couldn't beat New Or-Lins. Ha! Score for me." (Weezy's Sports Center)

Former Ruff Ryders rapper Jin recently penned a tribute record in his honor.

"I saw this interview about a year ago. Maybe it's the Asian American connection combined with the fact that at the time I was taking steps on my own spiritual path as well, but I was just super inspired. Later on, as Jeremy landed a spot on the Warriors, I had the notion to work on a song inspired by him. Interesting how God works.. The Warriors track never got released cause I couldn't get it to a point where I was comfortable with the overall direction of the song.. and next thing you know J gets released from the team. As he continues on his path to Houston and then ultimately the Knicks, I think it's safe to say that countless amount of us are continuously inspired and uplifted by what God is doing in this brothers life.. His story and I'm sure many of ours can attest that like the song says, "HE always come thru in the nick of time."" (Channel APA)

Check out Maino's interview below:

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