Top 8 Tracks Inspired By The “Kobe” Movement

The passing of Kobe Bryant affected the whole world. During his time here the basketball legend also contributed to Hip Hop by releasing tracks like “Thug Poet” (feat. 50 Cent, Nas, Broady Boy), remixing Destiny’s Child hit single “Say My Name”, and he also contributed vocals and video appearance Brain Mcknight track “Hold Me” in 1997. He signed a deal with Sony to release a studio album (Visions) in 1999, but it was quickly shelved after his single “Kobe” wasn’t met with good reviews. But that didn’t stop the music industry from paying homage to the late star, with the Grammys, and many artists writing or performing tributes in his honor. There are many tracks that reference the star, but here are 8 amazing tracks that di it best.

In no particular order:

Chief Keef-“Kobe”

Notable Line: “Hundred thousand in one pocket, I get paid like I’m Kobe/ when these fuck boys play games, man I just play like I’m Kobe.”

Rick Ross-“Stay Schemin” feat. Drake & French Montana

Notable lines: “Kobe bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s, Kobe my nigga, I hate it had to be him, Bitch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym.” (Drake)

A Boogie Wit The Hoodie– “Still Think About You”

Notable Lines: “I shoot up and lean back on some Kobe shit/ They don’t know how to pass on some Kobe shit.”

Kendrick Lamar– “Untitled 02”

Notable lines: “Me and Top is like a Kobe and Phil/ A father figure fuck with, you get killed/ Fuck with me and he will kill you himself.”

Schoolboy Q– “That Part”

Notable lines: Nigga with an attitude, I feel like O’Shea/Walkin livin’ legend, man I feel like “Kobe.”

J. Cole– “Cole World”

Notable Lines: “I ball, I ball, like Kobe in the fall/ Put trophies on wall, rather trophies on my mantle.”

Fabolous– “Black Mamba Freestyle”

Notable Lines: “Hope you ready for that Hall of Fame/ April 13th, Mamba Day forever/ Kobe gone, but his legacy gon’ play forever.”

Lil Wayne– “Mona Lisa” feat. Kendrick Lamar

Notable line: “Chillin with the Laker, on the floor, fourth-quarter/ Four minute on the clock, Black Mamba with the ball.” (Kendrick)

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