Playlist: 27 tracks where Jay-Z mentions NBA players

Jay-Z’s love of the NBA didn’t start with the Brooklyn Nets. Check the list of Hova NBA name-checks along with photos and a Spotify playlist:


Never Change – Scottie Pippen “if we stay strong, We can get paper longer than Pippen’s arms”

What They Gonna Do Part II – Scottie Pippen – “33 Os on a bitch back like Pippen”

Pump It Up – Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Harold Miner, JR Rider, Pervis Ellison and Shawn Bradley – Worry I’m not Mike Jordan
Of the mic recording
Hovi’ baby you Kobe, maybe Tracy McGrady
Matter fact you Harold Miner, J.R. Rider
Washed up on marijuana
Even worse you a Pervis Ellis
You worthless fella
You ain’t no athlete you Shawn Bradley

Blueprint 2 – Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson “I’m Big Dog, Glenn Rob”

Where I’m From – Manute Bol “Whether you’re four-feet or Manute size”

Honey – Bo Outlaw – “Take a lost rebound like Bo Outlaw, I’m so outlaw”

Hola Hovito – Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird – “I ball for real, y’all niggaz is Sam Bowie, And with the third pick, I made the earth sick M.J., hem Jay, fade away perfect” – “If you haven’t heard, I’m Michael Magic and Bird
all rolled in one”

Welcome to New York City – Michael Jordan – “Home of the World Trade, Birthplace of Michael Jordan”

Never Let Me Down – Michael Jordan “Cause every fourth quarter, I like to Mike Jordan ‘em”

Best of Both Worlds – Michael Jordan – “I’m Michael Jordan, I play for the team I own”

Ni**as In Paris – Michael Jordan – “I’m liable to go Michael, take your pick
Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6″

S. Carter – Michael Jordan – “I stay sportin, Played Jordans before Jordan”

Hova Song (Intro) – Michael Jordan – “Mike Jordan of rap, outside J working”

Ni**a Please – Michael Jordan – “I damn near beat Jordan in around the world”

Show Me What You Got – Michael Jordan and Lebron James – “Jordan or James, makes no difference
Boo I’m ballin the same I am the Mike Jordan of recording”

Empire State of Mind – Lebron James and Dwayne Wade – “If Jeezy’s payin’ LeBron, I’m paying Dwyane Wade”

Dead Presidents II – Lebron James and Sebastian Telfair – “Like LeBron or Sebastian, High school graduates, Straight to the league”

Crazy In Love – Nick Van Exel – “Soprano, the Rock handle like Van Exel”

The Prelude – Allen Iverson – “Before the answer was a 3 I was down in Georgetown with a Hoya chick”

Hello Brooklyn 2.0 – Allen Iverson – “Me and the boy AI got more in common, Than just ballin’ and rhymin’”

It’s Alright – Latrell Sprewell – “On the jewels, I blew more money than Latrell”

We Ride – Dennis Rodman – “Switch up cars like Rodman’s hair color”

Guns & Roses – Jayson Williams – “And who knew dude that played ball for the NBA
Would make a mistake on the who knew estates, throw it away
Who knew that would be his last shot, who drew up that play”

My 1st Song – Hakeem Olajuwon – “Had to make moves like Olajuwon”

Bring It On – Hakeem Olajuwon – “High post like Hakeem, got a lot of things to drop”

Some People Hate – Kobe Bryant – “Shoot faster than Kobe”

Encore – Michael Jordan – “When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 45″

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