Singing, Sports, and Popular Culture are Related

In music it is very commonplace to use professional athletes in an artist’s song. Here are my Top 5 examples of how an athlete can have an impact on current popular culture at the time when a new song is being released.

5.  Jay-Z rapping about professional basketball players Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.

“City it’s a pity, half of y’all won’t make it
Me, I got a plug Special Ed “I Got It Made”
If Jeezy’s payin’ LeBron, I’m payin’ Dwyane Wade.” -(“Empire State of Mind”2009)

4. Kanye West rapping about professional basketball player Magic Johnson.

“Old folks talking about back in my day
But homey this is my day.
Class started 2 hours ago, oh am I late?
You know I already graduated
And you can live through anything if Magic made it.” -(“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”2007)

3. Drake rapping about professional basketball player Michael Jordan.

“Yeah, I learned the game from William Wesley
You can never check me
Back to back for the ni**as that didn’t get the message
Back to back like I’m on the cover of Lethal Weapon
Back to back like I’m Jordan ’96, ’97.” -(“Back to Back”2015)

2. The Fugees singing about professional boxer Mohammad Ali (Cassius Clay).

“I refugee from Guantanamo Bay
Dance around the border like I’m Cassius Clay.” -(“Ready or Not”1995)

1. Simon and Garfunkel singing about professional baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

“Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio,
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson.
Jolting Joe has left and gone away,
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey.” -(“Mrs. Robinson”1968)




Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole

On March 11, 2016, President Barack Obama will have the chance to voice his opinion on why the world needs a collaborative album with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. You are probably wondering, “Why does Barack Obama want to put in so much effort for a couple of rappers?” The truth is, Kendrick Lamar’s hit “How Much a Dollar Cost”, was Barack Obama’s favorite song of 2015. Thanks Obama. You’re the man.

You can read more about this story by clicking here.

Top 5 Music Scene Cities

“Since you pretty much never go anywhere anymore without headphones blasting music into your ear holes, a city’s music scene ranks pretty close to its restaurants and bars in terms of cultural goings-on. Some cities birth entire musical genres and hordes of artists, while others act like magnets that bring in eclectic acts from across the nation. Which is why we factored in local acts, historic venues, and explosive festivals to produce this indisputable ranking of the top 5 American cities for music.”-Thrillist

Check out the official “Power Rankings” Here.

The Breakfast Club, Yeezy V.S. Nike

Kanye West vs. Nike

Kanye West cuts ties with Nike saying that “He doesn’t receive royalties from the company because he’s not a professional athlete.” He has decided to cut ties with Nike and instead partnered with rival Adidas. In addition, in Kanye’s new album release, The Life of Pablo, the song, “FACTS”, quotes that he has now “jumped over” Brand Jordan. It is ironic that Kanye has created a diss track towards Michael Jordan as Jordan is the face of basketball shoes and was the one who helped Kanye to get into the industry. You can find the article here.