Starting Five, Dead or Alive – If Rap Was a Sport Who’d Be MVP?
SMALL FORWARD: Andre 3000
(Larry Bird’s versatility/Jamal Wilkes effortlessness)
Amidst a cluttered sea of rappers who compete for the shiniest chain, Andre 3000 turns heads verse for verse. It seems to come natural for the man. I mean, go listen to “Da Art of Storytellin’, Pt. 2” or “A Day In The Life of Benjamin Andre” if you need examples. Forget the pudding and the vodka, the proof is in the message. His thought process is a damn near deconstruction of what the genre sounds. Every team needs an in-game thinker and strategist in real time—something LeBron lacked in Cleveland.
POWER FORWARD: Ghostface Killah
(Clyde Frazier’s flair/Rasheed Wallace’s temperament)
Looking for the cagey veteran? Ghost is your man. Strong-arm attitude with the presence to provide what the team needs in crunch time. Listen to any Wu-related track and try to tell me it doesn’t sound better once Ghost spits a verse. He’s the perfect team player. The one who will take a charge, jump into the stands for a loose ball, rally the troops or be in the referee’s ear all game—or flip him the bird after picking up his sixth foul.