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13 Basketball References In Rap Lyrics That Have Aged Very Poorly

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If you're a rapper and you pick the wrong baller to compare yourself to, "I'm like [name of player]" can very quickly switch from meaning "I'm awesome" to "I'm irrelevant, unsuccessful and probably overweight." Below, the finest examples of this phenomenon, with hat tips to Spin, Bleacher Report, and this excellent Both Team Plays Hard compilation.


7. Stephon Marbury

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"They call me the Stephon Marbury of rap, darling." —Eminem, "W.T.P." (Particularly inexplicable as this album was released in 2010, when Marbury had already washed out of the NBA.)

The lesson: rappers who want to talk about the NBA don't just need to be good at rapping. They also, as talent evaluators, need to be on their game like Gregg Popovich. (Feel free to steal that one.)


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