It’s been a few days now since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, Gianna and everyone else who was aboard that helicopter that day. It still doesn’t even feel real. Some people are just larger than life and Kobe was one of them.
As a diehard Celtics fan til this day, Kobe was a player I had to deal with more so than appreciate early on. This man was a frustrating act to have to face. His dedication to greatness showed up each time we faced him in one of sport’s greatest rivalries. Kobe and the Lakers broke my heart in game 7 of the 2010 finals, as he did so many other times, preventing a back to back championship run for my favorite player of all time Kevin Garnett and the rest of the C’s.
Though he may have earned quite a bit of ire from me in my youth as his career continued on I had no choice but to respect him. Even in the latter stages of his playing time when injuries started to halt him he just displayed such greatness. When it was all said and done I was right there with everyone else watching him scratch his way to a 60 point performance to close his career out.
Respect grew into pure admiration as his retirement shed light on a different side of Kobe. It was then he became more of a public mentor for much of the young talent he also inspired in the NBA and WNBA. Off the court his devotion to fatherhood was something to marvel at. It was just a few weeks ago I was watching him on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s “All The Smoke” podcast. Hearing him speak about Gianna and his family was so touching. Kobe seemed to be in such a place of joy currently.
Nothing about this is right. Kobe had more to give to us. That being said though we must take what he already has given and let it inspire us. There is no way we could properly honor his legacy but in tribute to all he has done I took the time to list out my 8 favorite rap lines mentioning Kobe Bryant. Check them out below:
“My mansion sitting on 40 acres, who the neighbors? Kobe Bryant from the Lakers, now that’s paper!” – Juicy J “Who Da Neighbors?”, 2011.
“When it comes down to this recording, I must be LeBron James if he’s Jordan. No, I won rings for my performance, I’m more Kobe Bryant of an artist. Same coach, same game, been starting. Same triangle offense.” – Lil Wayne “Dough Is What I Got”, 2007.
“We hit the spot to chill with the fuji grill. She ordered the Kobe beef like Shaquille O’Neal.” – Kanye West “Back Like That (Remix)”, 2006.
“Nigga with an attitude, I feel like O’Shea. Walking, living legend, man I feel like Kobe!” – Kanye West “That Part”, 2016.
“They say G.O.O.D. Music like the new Miami Heat. Sh*t, comparing them to us, man, they gotta add Kobe.” – Big Sean “See Me Now”, 2010.
“Yo it’s my time to shine, so I’m checking my Rollie. A bet with the Lakers, I bought a necklace off Kobe.” – 2 Chainz “Money Machine”, 2012.
“Kobe bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s. Kobe my nigga, I hate it had to be him. B*tch, you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym!” – Drake “Stay Schemin”, 2012.
“Call little shawty, made her f*ck on my brodie. If you don’t owe me, b*tch, still act like you owe me. I promise I won’t ever quit, b*tch I’m Kobe and I whip that white, you can snow me.” – Young Thug “Check”, 2015.
In keeping with honoring Kobe here is the unmixed/unmastered dedication track to Kobe from Mississippi’s Dear Silas “8.24”.