Rap and sports have long intertwined. But only until recently have the voices behind some of our favorite sports put their affinity for hip-hop on front street. Just last month, a Lacrosse sports announcer, excited by a goal, broke into lyrics from Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa." Inspired by the clip, XXL has compiled a list of the top five rap moments in sports announcing.—XXL Staff
Before becoming a boxing analyst, Max Kellerman was one-half of the rapping duo (alongside his brother Sam) Max & Sam. And, believe it or not, the group was actually signed to a short-lived deal under Columbia Records in the early '90s.
Sports announcer Bill Simmons called it. Taking to his Twitter recently, Simmons assertively tweeted his love for rapper Freddie Gibbs.
ESPN host Bob Ley isn't afraid to put his rap skills to the test. While reporting on the once hot beef between Lebron James and DeShawn Stevenson, Ley spoke along to a Jay-Z verse off of the track "Blow the Whistle." Sigh.
Most recently, Wimbledon announcer Boris Becker bigged-up Jay-Z, who attended a game alongside business partner and friend Steve Stoute, by referring to him by his popular moniker, Jigga Man.