Rappers Can’t Stop Name-Dropping Michael Jordan

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Is Michael Jordan the most frequently made reference in rap? Perhaps. If we’re being honest, this list was initially a collection of songs mentioning Michael Jordan over time. With MJ saying that he thinks he could’ve beaten LeBron James in a game of one-on-one (but not Kobe Bryant) recently, it was the perfect time to remember how much hip-hop leans upon #23 to fit any one of the following in raps: a rhyme, a reference to “balling,” an aspiration, an elongated tongue, a slam dunk, the list goes on and on.

We’re not venturing into the subject of the Jordan shoe this time (we’ll save that list for a rainy day), but in 2013 alone, we’ve dug up 15 references to Michael Jordan from some prominent rappers in the game. Hey prominent rapper, if you’re reading this, to quote the great Lauryn Hill: “Everything you did has already been done.” In the same year no less. –KI

  • Dreadz McKenzie ▸ ←

    no “Traphouse jumpin like Jordan” ???

  • Chris

    The writers for XXL are all corny as fuck. Sometimes it seems like ya’ll barely know/care about the music you write about.

  • slobbythegreat

    Fact: Jordan win shit with out pippen! Pippen is the real bulls goat!! Google me!

  • joshuA

    this article look like you used rap genius & google for about 20 mins to right it…
    even so how the hell did you miss the obvious KENDRICK LAMAR – “Michael Jordan” [Overly Dedicated]

    • Not Mike

      Did you even read the intro? It’s the Michael Jordan references from THIS YEAR. Read a little.