Hip Hop Go Away

Funny. When I bought my E-40 Hall of Game tape from Target on Covington Hwy back in ’96 and it opened with this skit/song/diss I was actually happy as hell to hear it.

I was waiting for a looooong time for either Goodie Mob or 40 Water to get at Rasheed Wallace for that bullshit he spat when Joe Clair interviewed him on Rap City, asking him what kind of music he listens to. He sounded just like one of those New York elitists that don’t even deserve the right to talk on camera because all they’re going to do is prove that they don’t leave their block or surroundings physically or mentally. “Voluntary Ignorance” is what I like to call it.

Anyways, nothing really happened after the song dropped. I’d like to think it was because Rasheed Wallace probably never heard the song. I mean shit, he said he didn’t “fool with no E-40′s.” Which he shouldn’t…

I mean, Rasheed Wallace is a damn basketball player. Between the NBA’s rigorous schedule and fast-paced lifestyle, he shouldn’t really have the time to get embroiled in a “beef” with a rapper. And I think the non-happenings that followed this song is what keeps the song sounding good and relevant. Plus, Rasheed knew he was in the wrong anyway. He went on Rap City talking shit about rappers. I would expect him to get angry on the flipside if 40 was to have went on SportsCenter and talked shit about him. Thus, he did just as 40 threatened advised and “stuck to basketball, nigga.”

Fast-forward to 2008 where everything is a fucking news event, we have a Soulja Boy/Deshawn Stevenson vs. Jay-Z/Lebron James conflict bubbling. In case you’ve been busy entertaining your mind and time with more important things, here is a synopsis.

Wizards guard D. Stevenson called ‘Bron “overrated”…Cavs guard and Roc affiliate Lebron says responding to Stevenson is like “Jay-Z responding to Soulja Boy”…Cavs whup Wizards ass in the first two playoff games…Stevenson invites SB to Game 3 against the Cavs and he says “Bron better keep my name out his mouth”…’Bron insists there is no rivalry…Friday night Jay-Z debuts a record going at Stevenson at DC nightclub…Cavs in attendance mock Stevenson and the Wizards…Stevenson and some Wizards feel disrespected, vow to boycott the nightclub and offer that its “going beyond basketball now.”

Now, we all know that all competitive sports have some quarrellings behind the scenes that happen off the court. You know, like that whole Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas thing that resulted in punk ass MJ threatening to not play on the Dream Team if they put Isiah on the team, hense making them choose Clyde Drexler instead. So, I’m not gonna sit here and act like things don’t go “beyond basketball” often, it’s just that we don’t see it.

But, this ‘Lebron shit is getting out of hand now. I mean, you may hate me for this, but fuck it, I like to take a break from Hip Hop sometimes. And enjoying basketball games is one of the ways I get my mind away from it. You know, it appeals to my hunger to see the best compete in an arena that I can only dream of entering. You know, watching mah fuggas do some shit that I can’t do. Hip Hop on the other hand…shied, aside from a few exceptions (they know who they are) has turned into an arena where as long as I have a myspace page and a CD burner I can enter the game when I choose to.

So, when I’m trying to watch the game and I’m subjected to hearing the sportscasters waxing poetic about this “feud” as they cut away to SB sitting in the front row, it really bothers me. It’s like damn, Hip Hop is EVERYWHERE!

Yeah, there was a time when I kinda adopted the Russell Simmons/KRS-ONE mode of thinking, where Hip Hop was universal and deserved to be recognized everywhere possible. Yeah, there was a time when I used to feel good to recognize one of my favorite rappers sitting front row and center at a game, you know, cause at the time, it felt like it was me sitting there with him on some “yeah nigga, HIP HOP is in the building.”

But when the marketing departments in the league and and labels starting having brainstorming orgies it became a lame relationship. Just because I enjoy basketball and rap music doesn’t mean I want to watch DJ Clue host a highlight show. Hell, I barely like seeing R&B singers performing at halftime, it’s their skin-tight dresses that actually save the performance. At least someone got it right during the Mariah performance by leaving Cam’Ron off.

Yeah, I thought it was cool when Iverson first came in the league and he shocked the world when he came in the Rookie game rocking braids and showing off his new tatoos. Yeah, I thought it was cool when he’d do his post-game interviews rocking the same kind of sneakers and jeans I wore to school that day. Because, it felt like I was there with him….”HIP HOP in the building!”

But now, everybody has braids and/or tatoos. So when they came with the dress code a couple years ago, I wasn’t mad. Niggas was out there looking sloppy. I mean damn, these niggas are millionares.

But back to what I was getting at. I’d really prefer if Hip Hop stayed out of my sports. Granted, you can’t just keep the two separated, being that most if not all of the generation of athletes who were born in the late-70s and 80s grew up on Hip Hop. It’s inevitable, but it can be rationed out in small doses.

You know, playing a rap song during the intros, warm ups and time outs. Nothings wrong with that. Kurtis Blow making songs about basketball, nothings wrong with that. Rappers aspiring to be ball players, I guess that’s okay, ONCE!

Ball players aspiring to be rappers? Eh, I guess if it has a jammin little beat, it can be okay. Ball players being inspired by rappers, I guess that’s okay. But unless it’s of this quality and a rapper wrote it for you, no thanks. “Stick to basketball, nigga.” You too A.I.

I guess at the end of the day, I’d really not prefer to have to be brought up to speed on a rap “feud” when I’m trying to watch a game. That’s what sites like this are for.

[P.S., what's up with Jay? When he said he "walked like a ballplayer" I didn't think he actually wanted to be one. The nigga roommates with Larry Johnson, recording diss songs against basketball players and shit. Ain't it enough that you are part-owner of a team? Sit down and relax cuz.]

  • Mr. Skull Game

    First!!

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Yo, son I used to hit up that white church across the street from that Target on Covington Hwy. Glen Haven Baptist on Austin Dr. During the 96-era I was up there once a week. Used to hit up the KFC on the corner like twice a month, yo. Peace…

  • http://myspace.com/killuminatti1_23 eTHEReal Dark Caesar

    sums this bs rather nicely.. Hovi is next to done…

    Someone ought to tell him to:

    “Swithch up ya flow shit is gabbage/
    now u tryin diss ballaz..?!!?

    HaHa

    But know props on the , I think it sums up this chicanery rather nicely.

  • POLO DIZ

    so….

  • Detroit P

    Uhhh…Did you even listen to the Jay-Z song..he didn’t even reall diss anybody..he poked fun at the situation at the most..and used it as an analogy of how rappers try to come at him(you know how he loves those basketball analogies) other than that it was just a regular harmless freestyle..Damn the nigga can’t talk about current events..If he mentioned something about Sean Bell, would you be like “Why is He getting involved, that has nothing to do with him”..I think not cus…I think yall just took shit and ran with it..comparin that E40/Rasheed stuff to this is just overkill

  • nobody

    So what you are saying is you matured and got old?

    • http://www.therezidue.com Maurice Garland

      um, i guess? wasnt really saying that…but i will say that after while, you kinda dont want to see hip hop everywhere you go…eventhough its inevitable in some instances…i just rue the day that going to a basketball game turns into going to a rap concert…

  • jeff

    Nigga i was sellin’ tapes out the backa my car when you was runnin round drinkin similac. Hall of Game was dope, not like In A Major Way though.

  • LaShawn

    its ridiculos really. I was expectin SB to maybe release a track dissin bron but JAY dissin STEVENSON. I mean DAYYYMMM. its like 2pac dissin kwame brown!! kwame brown the former number1 draft pick, played for the lakers till he got shipped out. i mean cmon now, jay is suppose to be a top executive, why he goin dissin a small irrelevant fool like stevenson?? its like now jay is lebrons body guard, wats up wid dat???

    u damn right wen u say ‘hiphop stay away from my sports’ i feel the same!! i love you both but sports is sports, ball is ball and hiphop is hiphop. keep them separate

  • Michael JorDan

    You must b one of them bitter pissed-on/piston fans…For the record Isiah was the bytch in da situation…if you knew what you was talkn bout you would know that Isiah was the punk from day one…it started with the allstar game in the 84-85 season and carried on with the “JORDAN RULES” (you know kinda what the wizards are tryin to do to LeBron only the pistons were more gangster/deadly wit it) then Isiah came home after the season was over and he was no longer the man in the CHI, Jordan took his broad and his city..and lastly let us not 4get the infamous walk off after that azzwhoppn…I wouldnt play with his azz either…when some of you cats speak and sound madd young-n-dumb…so next time b4 you disrespect Mike, know what ya talkn bout….oh yeah Jay-Z going at D. Stevenson=Madd Gay…

    • http://www.therezidue.com Maurice Garland

      Pistons fan? Hell no! Hawks fan to the core, been down since ’84 (didnt mean to rhyme that). But my man, you pretty much agreed with me in what you said if you didnt notice. I know exactly what I was talking about, thats why I brought it up. I guess me calling MJ a “punk” is what set you off. But thats not coming from a Piston fans mouth…thats coming from a ‘Nique/Hawks fans mouth. But I gotta give it to you ChiTown cats…yall dont let anyone say anything slick about MJ or R.Kelly…”character issues” and all, you still love them, thats family.

      • Michael JorDan

        You’re right, your blog was spot on, but that MJ comment did get to me(read. caused a reaction/comment from me),…While some of us cats do defend MJ to the end…its not the same with that R Kelly nigga……That nigga plum nuts!!! ..Keep up the good work!

  • Gina T!

    Jay-Z is weak for even responding — so wack of him!