Basketball

Album: Ego Trip (1984)
Charted: 71
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  • This is probably the most famous song written about the sport of basketball. Kurtis is a huge fan, and wanted to pay tribute. Over the years, many basketball players have tried to rap (Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant), and some rappers have even tried basketball (Master P, Snoop Dogg). This was the first song that made a strong connection between basketball and rap.
  • In the mid-'80s, the NBA contacted Kurtis and had him do some shows after games. These games would often sell out as fans came to see the concert after the game. This was a great experience for Kurtis, and he got to meet players like George Gervin (The Iceman), Dr. J and Dominique Wilkins.
  • Lil Bow Wow recorded a new version for the 2002 movie Like Mike, where he starred as a 14-year-old who joins the NBA after finding a pair of magic sneakers that give him tremendous game.
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  • Mason from Prior Lake, MnLil' Bow Wow covered this.
  • Abdul from L.a., CaAccording to Russell Simmons (who used to manage Kurtis Blow) Kurtis got his name because he used to sell coke before becoming a full time rapper. And even when his rap career started to take off, he was still dealing. "Blow", as you may know, is a nickname for cocaine.
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