The Best Baseball-Themed Rap Songs

Jay-Z serenaded Yankee fans last year with his New York street anthem “Empire State of Mind.” Although the song wasn’t directly about baseball, it was adopted by New Yorkers as an unofficial anthem for yet another championship season nonetheless.

You wouldn’t believe it but there are probably more baseball-themed rap songs out there than there are Yankees with World Series rings. Okay, maybe not, but there are still plenty of rap hits about America’s favorite pastime. With yesterday being the official opening day of the 2010 MLB season, XXLMag.com compiled a list of some of the best rap songs dedicated to baseball. Batter Up! —Brooklyne Gipson

MAIN SOURCE – “JUST A FRIENDLY GAME OF BASEBALL”

Toronto/New York-based hip-hop group Main Source used baseball as an analogy for police brutality in their 1991 track off Breaking Atoms.

BIRDMAN FEAT. LIL WAYNE & DRAKE – “4 MY TOWN (PLAY BALL)”

“Take yourself a picture when I’m standing at the mound/Man, I swear it’s going down/I’m just reppin’ for my town.”

KANYE WEST FEAT. LIL WAYNE - “BARRY BONDS”

West scored yet another hit with this track off his Grammy Award-winning album Graduation (2007).

THE CROOKLYN DODGERS – “CROOKLYN”

Spike Lee’s 1994 film Crooklyn served as a catalyst for the formation of this rap supergroup (originally Buckshot, Special Ed, and Masta Ace). If you listen closely you can hear that the song samples an actual radio broadcast of a Brooklyn Dodgers game. Brooklyne wins!

ST. LUNATICS – “BATTER UP”

One of the more humorous takes on the sport, Nelly’s squad used baseball to announce their arrival in the hip-hop game. Swing and a miss.

EAZY-E – “SORRY LOUIE”

Eazy delivers a sincere apology to his Louisville Slugger for having to use it to beat a fool down. Cryptic comedy.

LIL WAYNE, BOW WOW, LIL ZANE & SAMMY - “HARDBALL”

Remember that one song, from that one Keanu Reeves movie with Bow Wow, Wayne and that other kid? Yeah, we almost forgot, too. *The movie was called Hardball if anyone cares.*

JUELZ SANTANA FEAT. LIL WAYNE - “HOMERUN”

“They know I got that juice, and they just wanna taste or sip it/I be batting, they be pitching, Barry Bonds the way I hit it.”

CROOKLYN DODGERS 95 – “RETURN OF THE CROOKLYN DODGERS”

Chubb Rock, O.C. and Jeru the Damaja stepped up to the plate for the second coming of the Dodgers and took back Ebbets Field.

BONUS:

K7 – “COME BABY COME (SWING BATTA SWING)”

Somewhere before reggaeton was K7 and this hyperactive jam with just enough sexual innuendo to swing for the fences and hit one out of the park.


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  • A.K.

    I’m say Kanye and Wayne, some of them other tracks are shit and some I haven’t heard..so fuck em all, muthafuck em all

  • Phifediggy

    You forgot one of the best; “Negro League Baseball” by Natural Resource. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir08yQO-ncU Best line of the tune “The point of the song and I make it mad simple, when I be flippin this script, is that the industry is all over the mound pitchin but nobody’s makin any hits”

  • epinz

    is yall even catchin what large professor talkin bout?…….classic!!!!!!! thats a muthafuckin metaphor!!!!!!

    • UARK83

      ^Agree

    • Curtis75Black

      Nah, epinz !! They don’t have a Clue. That was the song that came to mind.

  • Mech1

    what? no jean grae??

    “baseball was never for blacks, it used to be a past time for whites. Now it has mad puerto ricans, but thats not the point of this song.”

  • oskamadison

    “Friendly game of Baseball” is one, if the illest, extended metaphor joints of all time. Classic joint from a classic album.

  • migz

    eazy-e without a doubt

  • adrian smith birmingham england

    vote eazy e no doubt eazy e allday

  • brand-new

    easy choice, main source! large pro killed it on that joint…it’s funny i was just listening to breaking atom’s yesterday for the first time in years.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Whatup y’all?

    @ epinz

    Word is bond! Large Pro killed that!

    youtube.com/watch?v=iSiNtc4_5Lk&feature=related

    ^

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Whatup y’all?

    @ epinz

    Word is bond! Large Pro killed that!

    youtube.com/watch?v=iSiNtc4_5Lk&feature=related

    youtube.com/watch?v=5gwtCEtnm6g

    ^

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Jeru murdered that verse (2:45-3:46)…we don’t talk about he used to assassinate them Premo tracks, like the ‘Return Of’…

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Before I even clicked on this link I said Main Source had better be the first one listed. Large Pro murdered that track! Haven’t heard that song in over a decade and I still remember most of the lyrics.

  • q461

    def main source and kanye’s barry bonds… those crooklyn dodger’s trax were dope too…Yall see Dre rockin the red sox jersey the other night?

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Damn XXL, you guys suck sometimes. How about “Come Widdit” Ras Kass, Ahmad, and Saafir.

  • El Tico Loco

    Main Source, Breakin Atoms is a 5/5 type album not to be fronted on.

  • No Name

    LONS “Bass Is Loaded” anyone? The title wordplay says it all. Not to mention that C. Brown went hard on that joint.

  • Anonymous

    YOU CAN TELL THERES ALOT OF YOUNG NIGGAZ VOTING LOL…………………..YOU NIGGAZ WONT KNOW GOOD MUSIC IF IT HIT YOU!

  • caino

    atleast for once XXL is educating the younglings with Main Source! Been years since l listened to it!

  • Anonymous

    What about ” Deja Vu ” by Peter Gunz & Lord Tariq that should be on this list for sure,forreal,good track too,peace….

  • Positiveid

    List is pretty tight though,good lookin’ XXL

  • capcobra

    “black baseball” by ultra magnetic mc’s.

  • Victor

    Yooo De la Soul’s “Fanatic of the B word” and Souls of Mischief’s Batting practice are both better than half of this list. The other half is tight tho.

  • Sharoyce Antwan

    That “Hard Ball” track takes me back to the middle school days.

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  • travrosty

    kid sensation and ken griffey jr. “the way i swing”

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