On Sunday, Jan. 26 the basketball world suffered an unthinkable tragedy when Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant passed away in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that claimed the lives of eight others, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who was close to the verges of hoops stardom.
Those also lost in the incident include John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan, who was piloting the helicopter.
If you were unaware before, it’s been well-documented in the aftermath of Bryant’s death that he briefly dabbled in rap early in his career. Not only was he featured on tracks with Destiny’s Child and Brian McKnight, but he also recorded an album that was eventually shelved by Sony Entertainment due to “creative differences” between Bryant and label executives.
In an attempt to honor Bryant, we here at Basketball Society curated a playlist consisting of our favorite songs that reference and or were inspired by the Black Mamba. Kobe has been mentioned in hundreds of rap songs, so we’d be remiss not to put some together for everyone to enjoy as we continue to mourn the death of an icon.
This month’s playlist was thrown together by BJ Boyer (@wcb94) and Aram Cannuscio (@AC_Unit_), who picked some of their favorite tracks that mention the late Bryant, including “THat Part,” by ScHoolboy Q, “Stay Schemin’,” by Rick Ross and Drake and “Cole World,” by J. Cole.
Each month, we will be providing a playlist for you to use when you are working out, preparing for a game, or just going to shoot around/play some pick-up ball with your friends. Enjoy, feel free to give us feedback on the playlist as well as artists you’d like to see included in future editions and rest in peace to Kobe Bryant and all of those lost in the helicopter crash.