Last night, Magic Johnson was interviewed by CNN regarding the claims made against him by the Los Angeles Clippers' disgraced owner Donald Sterling. While the reaction to Sterling's remarks—wherein he said Johnson should be "ashamed" for having AIDS, which he does not have—was vitriolic, it's far from the first time the Los Angeles Lakers legend has been in the headlines. As one of the greatest NBA players of all time—and an ambassador for a disease, HIV, that has had the entire world on edge for decades—he's gotten name-checked in a multitude of hip-hop tracks. With that in mind, XXL has compiled 36 hip-hop songs that reference Magic Johnson. —Dan Rys

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Action Bronson

Song Title: "Dreamer"
Lyric: "A yo, my headband's filled with acid/Out of body/Mind trick/Mind sick like Magic Johnson's dick"

action bronson

A$AP Ant

Song Title: "See Me"
Lyric: "Brook ass elavators/Magic Johnson scales/Playing for the Lakers"



Song Title: "City Lights"
Lyric: "How many times that they told me that they was gonna get at me?/Bet it never happened just like Magic Johnson's HIV"


Kendrick Lamar featuring J Cole and BJ The Chicago Kid

Song Title: "Shock The World"
Lyric: "My screw's loose, I hate when loose change fall in them seats/Because I need every dime like Magic Johnson/Or Hugh Hefner living in his prime/Prime example of youngin' on his grind"

kendrick lamar

The Cool Kids

Song Title: "Computer School"
Lyric (by Chuck Inglish): "Brick phone still on from '96/Magic Johnson retired, I cried real tears"

cool kids

Crooked I

Song Title: "Talkin' To Myself"
Lyric: "Puttin’ snitches in the cemetery is tragic/But we all about loyalty/Like Cookie Johnson staying married to Magic"

crooked i

Xzibit featuring Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre

Song Title: "Losin' Your Mind"
Lyric: "Magic Johnson need to run for mayor/Lil Kim sold me some pussy, but I ain't pay her"

dre xzibit snoop


Song Title: "I Get Money (Remix)"
Lyric: "I'm still sick/How can I be sick this long?/And I'm still alive/Magic Johnson arise"




Song Title: "Shake"
Lyric: "Man fuck that TV, 'cause channel 9 used to shake/Couldn’t watch Magic Johnson give Isiah that shake"


Ghostface Killah featuring Supreme

Song Title: "Ghost Deini"
Lyric (by Supreme): "One of the illest since Magic Johnson/No disrespect/With metaphors that keep me out the project"

Ghostface Killah

Lil Wayne

Song Title: "Ether Freestyle"
Lyric: "Fee, this shit over/I got us that's a promise/Let's go cop two new rovers/Drop it on Magic Johnsons"

lil wayne

Hodgy Beats featuring Jonti

Song Title: "Nagoya"
Lyric: "With skintone brown like Orlando/Magic Johnson was number 32/Chamberlain off the loop/We're an obligated team to win, just shoot through the hoop"

Hodgy Beats

Hoodie Allen featuring Chiddy Bang

Song Title: "Fame Is For Assholes"
Lyric: "We don't got that in common/These bitches want the Action Bronson/I give a little Magic Johnson/Then she wanna hold my wand like Emma Watson"

Hoodie Allen

Jeru The Damaja

Song Title: "Great Solar Stance"
Lyric: "Paramedics roll up on the scene/It's tragic, don't deal with Magic/Johnson/Renegade like Charles Bronson"

Jeru The Damaja

J-Love featuring Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Killa Sha, AG Da Coroner and Take-It

Song Title: "The Night"
Lyric: "Back alley Bronson/Young Magic Johnson/Sick nigga ballin'"

action bronson

Kanye West

Song Title: "Roses"
Lyric: "You know the best medicine go to people that's paid/If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS/And all the broke motherfuckers passed away/You telling me if my grandma's in the NBA/Right now she'd be okay?"

Kanye Donda West

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Song Title: "L.A. Times"
Lyric: "I been through a lot of shit but I'm still here/Even fuck Magic Johnson bitch and I'm still here"


Scoe featuring Kendrick Lamar

Song Title: "Thank You"
Lyric (by Kendrick Lamar): "Pop a flick and blunt ashes all on the garments/Momma of off wine cooler/Magic Johnson played Jordan"

kendrick lamar

Lil B

Song Title: "I Got AIDS"
Lyric: "Magic Johnson only one that's still alive/Sittin' down all alone, it makes me wanna cry"

lil b

Lil Wayne

Song Title: "Dr. Carter"
Lyric: "Hey, kid/Plural/I graduated/'Cause you can get through anything if Magic made it"

lil wayne

Mark Battles featuring Los and Dizzy Wright

Song Title: "Ridin Slow"
Lyric: "That's some nonsense, Magic Johnson/I been sick since the 90's/Grimy"

Mark Battles

Bishop Lamont

Song Title: "Flashy"
Lyric: "And I ain't got Magic Ervin Johnson sheets/So niggas wrap it up, at least more than three"

Bishop Lamont

Meyhem Lauren featuring Gabbie Giftsz

Song Title: "Guns In The Playpen"
Lyric: "Defeatin' odds like Magic Johnson beat AIDS/Before this rap shit, we got it movin' grams of the beige"

meyhem Lauren


Song Title: "L.A."
Lyric: "Come to the hood where we do the most good/Magic Johnson be ownin' everything like he should"


Papoose featuring Erykah Badu

Song Title: "Cure"
Lyric: "If you have a lot of sex then you should have some condoms/'Cause you could live with me, ask Magic Johnson"


Pete Rock and CL Smooth featuring Grand Puba

Song Title: "Skinz"
Lyric (by Grand Puba): "I get stiff and it's hard like Charles Bronson/It's kinda fucked up what happened to Magic Johnson"

pete rock cl smooth

Rhymefest featuring Little Brother

Song Title: "How High"
Lyric: "Maybe I'm paranoid/Thinkin' bout the past tense/'Cause in the past, real love took an absence/You my Sarah Palin, baby, we mavericks/Introduce to the Johnson, Magic"


Rockie Fresh featuring Rick Ross and Nipsey Hu$$le

Song Title: "Life Long"
Lyric: "Survivin’ even though I’m sick/Magic Johnson money shit/Laughin’ to the bank, but I ain’t with that funny shit"

rockie fresh

Royce Da 5'9" featuring Bun B and Slaughterhouse

Song Title: "Nobody Fuckin' With Us"
Lyric: "I'm beyond out of my mind/If you can imagine/Usin' Magic's Johnson/Without a condom/I'm bonkers"

royce da 5'9

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Song Title: "Ever Loyal"
Lyric: "Skating from Mrs. Westlake but she bad/I should be laying with Mrs. Westlake, and we had/Copies of Shakespeare on vinyl/Magic Johnson posters but blue and orange idols"



Song Title: "Hi-Life"
Lyric (by Pimp C): "In 1996 niggas is dying from laying on some ass/First Magic Johnson got it, then Eazy-E died/And you be wonderin' why young niggas out there smoking fry"

UGK Pimp C Bun B

Vic Mensa featuring Eliza Doolittle

Song Title: "YNSP"
Lyric: "Poof/Magic, jumping like Mike/I'm Johnson meets Jackson"

Vic Mensa Ryan Muir

Photo Credit: Ryan Muir

Mickey Factz

Song Title: "The Arts (Avant Garde)"
Lyric: "A bright nerd who liked girls with nice curves/Loved Magic Johnson/Warhol? He liked Bird"

mickey factz


Song Title: "Introspective"
Lyric: "I pitch like Randy Johnson/Dudes needed work/I assist like Magic Johnson"


Tyga featuring Lil Wayne

Song Title: "Faded"
Lyric (by Lil Wayne): "Mama, there go that monster/Abracadabra/Magic Johnson/My motherfucking doctor said I need a doctor"

lil wayne

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