Basketball players are sometimes considered "poetry-in-motion" by the artistry of their bodies' movement as it contorts, jukes, and soars through the air. The offensive moves are like the grammar by which the poem is constructed. And if rap is considered another form of poetry, then the union between basketball players and rap should be pretty seamless, right?
Wrong! Current and former Warriors show us that these metaphors of "poetry" don't translate neatly on-top of their actual rhyme skills. Could any of them at least out do Nicki Minaj's pre-school raps? Click to see who did it better...
Several Warriors of the current and past generations have tried their hand at rapping, either to explore their creative side, or what Jim Rome, in his analysis of T-Hud's (also known as Troy Hudson) rapping career, sees as a post-basketball income. Probably a better investment than real estate as we've seen from Antoine Walker and Derrick Coleman's current financial dilemmas, rapping seems like a relatively lower risk.
Stephen Curry, T-Hud, and Chris Webber all tried their hand at rapping at one point in their life, but who would win a battle? I'll let you decide.
T-Hud feat. Ray J. "True Luv"
You know you're career has gone bad when you're doing songs with Troy Hudson knowing perfectly well that the album may not sell more than 78 copies. Ray J must have needed money bad if he was collaborating with decent but second tier to third tier point guards in the NBA. But T-Hud shows off his sensitive side. Did we see this sensitive-side when T-Hud was on the court with the Warriors?
Stephen Curry and Friends, "I Love Commons" ("I Love College" Remix)
Stephen Curry and his friends have some fun rapping about their favorite cafeteria on campus. Curry's monotonous raps reminds me of Ma$e circa the late nineties. I guess better to model yourself after Ma$e than Puffy?
Chris Webber feat. Kurupt. "Gangsta Gangsta"
Athletes love name dropping athletes or sports themes in theirs songs and this is no different. Webber gets props though for getting West Coast legend Kurupt to rap with him and for using the Seals and Croft sample of "Sweet Green Fields" which you can hear on Busta Rhymes "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See."
So, who did it better?