Young Money rapper Drake has reportedly received his very own University of Kentucky 2011-2012 championship ring just months after the Wildcats won the national title.
While details are still coming together, a photo of Drizzy’s Kentucky ring landed online yesterday (July 29).
The University of Kentucky basketball program apparently bestowed rapping legend Drake with a national championship ring. This may or may not be related to the artist performing after the “Big Blue Madness” ceremony held in 2009 when John Calipari was named head coach of the team. There’s probably little point in asking why, but it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that this has to be one of the dumbest gestures in recent memory. Drake? Really? Perhaps, perhaps, Tupac or Biggie if they were still with us, neither of which appeared on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” as a child. (The Big Lead)
The rapper has reportedly appeared at various Wildcats games in the past.
Drake just got his own UK ring, too–complete with a personalized “DRIZZY” inscription–from UK head coach John Calipari. He got it for…well, we’re not sure what for. Drake has been spotted at UK games in the past. And, he also performed at UK’s “Big Blue Madness” celebration a few years ago. But, outside of that, we’re not sure why the team felt the need to give him a ring. (Complex)
Last spring, rap star Jay-Z took a trip down to New Orleans and watched the Wildcats’ run to a national title.
Jay-Z was suffering from a case of March Madness this past weekend. Hova took his boys down to the Final Four Saturday in New Orleans, and the rapper was spotted outside the Kentucky locker room in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the Wildcats’ national semifinal game against Louisville. Thanks in part to his relationship with basketball power broker William (Worldwide Wes) Wesley, a consultant for CAA who reps Kentucky coach John Calipari, Jay-Z has become a big Kentucky fan. Clutching the jersey of Kentucky forward (and New Jersey native) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the hip-hop legend sat close to the Kentucky bench, not far from rabid Wildcats fan Ashley Judd and Nike founder Phil Knight. Other celebs in the crowd included Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Robbins. (New York Daily News)
Just last month, loyal Miami Heat supporter Rick Ross publicly asked Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for his own NBA Finals 2012 championship ring.
“@MiamiHEAT I want a ring too.Size 9 @KingJames @DwyaneWade my n*ggas,” Ricky Rozay tweeted June 22nd. (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
Check out Drake performing at the University of Kentucky below: