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