If Hip-Hop was a sport…
For years we have noticed the direct correlation between hip-hop and basketball, the two are so intertwined it’s scary. Every basketball player wants to rap and every rapper wants to ball or did in their past. Hip-hop is just like basketball, you can shine individually and have your stats back you up despite if you win a championship or not, and in hip-hop’s case drop a classic album… or NOT! So this is where we come in. What if your favorite rapper hooped instead of gracing the mic? Who would he be? Here at ItsTheRatpack.com we decided to take a crack at it and compare artist to their basketball equivalent. Check it out!
Big L=Len Bias
Both of these guys had an untimely demise before we could see their true potential and what they could’ve become. A lot of spectators say that both could have been the best in their in hip-hop and sports, but unfortunately we will never know.
Notorious BIG = Wilt Chamberlin
BIG is arguably one of the greatest lyricist hip-hop has ever seen while Wilt is a entity in his own right and the ONLY player to ever score 100 points in a NBA game, cementing his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest scorers. Wilt won 2 champions in during his career, while BIG had an untimely death, he dropped two classic albums. They may not have a enormous catalogue of music or a hand full of championship rings, but these two are and will forever be known as game changers and the upper echelon in their respective fields.
Tupac= Rasheed Wallace
Pac and Rasheed, two of the most versatile yet emotional and passionate men their field has ever seen. Pac can give you a track like “Hail Mary” and then switch it up and talk about how “Brenda’s got a baby”. Rasheed was the same way; he could kill you in the post but also be deadly from outside the arc. Both men often times let their emotions get the best of them, but that’s also why we loved them… they were real, they were transparent and overall they are Hall of Famers.
Jay- Z = Michael Jordan
I know some of you may disagree, but seriously… how can you not compare the two? They both retired and came back to show us they still have it. These guys have branded themselves like no other. Let’s be honest here, when you think of greatness in rapping or sports these are the FIRST two names that come up and set the standard or Blueprint for you should strive to be.
Both started their careers with a strong support system, but despite Em having Dre, and Kobe having Shaq, these men proved that they can stand on their own and are truly one of the greats. Both Kobe and Em had their issues and blemishes in their career which we won’t get into, but they overcame those struggles and prevailed to new heights in their career. Kobe dropped 81 points, 5 championships, 7 finals appearances, 2 Finals MVP’s while Eminem’s latest album Recovery sold 741,000 copies its first week and went on to become the best selling album of 2010 with 5.7 million copies and the best selling digital album of all time.
Lil Wayne = Allen Iverson
Although Wayne has dropped more albums than A.I. has appeared in the NBA finals, I compare these two for several other reasons. A.I. has a MVP title, All-Star MVP, and a trip to the finals, but no championship. While Wayne has 2 solid albums (Carter I &II) but no classics! That’s right; I said it, NO CLASSICS! On top of that, I feel that they have burn themselves out in their profession, Playing too long while not delivering on a consistent basis and recording too much material to the point where he has nothing left to talk about or worth listening to.
Drake = LeBron James
The potential is there with both of these guys and so is the hype! Drake had everyone proclaiming him as great and raps “next best thing” when he dropped the mixtape “So Far Gone”. But when he released his first debut album “Thank Me Later” it wasn’t quite the classic album that we were expecting. Just like LeBron, he hasn’t fully lived up to all the hype surrounding him. Sure he has fantastic seasons, and is a two time-MVP, which is equivalent to Drake’s countless features and Grammy nomination that he ultimately didn’t win. Both have failed to deliver when it counts the most, no classic album for Drizzy and no ring for Bron. So you’re stuck asking yourself the question “When will he get a ring/drop a classic album?” Or will they ever?
J. Cole = Kevin Durant
These two are young with limitless potential. Honestly the sky is the limit! Cole drops bars like Durant drops points, but the question we have is when will Cole drop an album and when will Durant make it to the finals and will both of them come out winning?
To be continued…