#4: Lil Wayne, “I Got a Question” - We don't talk, we don't fuss like, we don't bark or argue, cock back, point forward like LaMarcus Aldridge"
To clarify, "I Got a Question" is actually a YG song, but Lil Wayne stole the show. In an effort to explain that he doesn’t mess around and just gets to the point, Wayne brings up LaMarcus Aldridge, who would soon thereafter find himself on the San Antonio Spurs.
Some fans might not remember, but in his days in Portland, Aldridge was reliable with the rock and brought it up the floor a lot, hence the term “point forward.” Aldridge was a do-all player on offense who could reliably hit a turn-around jumper or play a small man’s position.
#3: Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale” - “Bring back the horns that was played in the beginning, and tell Tony Parker that I found his vision”
Is this suggesting that the best point guard in franchise history has no court vision? Absolutely not! It’s a reference to the 2012 brawl with Chris Brown and Drake that resulted in Parker almost losing an eye to a busted bottle. Unfortunate for TP, yes, but also a great line that mentions a Spur.
On top of that, the song is literally named after a Mexican dish, and the San Antonio area is one of the few metro areas in the country with a Hispanic majority, so it seems fitting to call out a Spur on this track. If only there were a Spur of Hispanic origin!
#2: Gucci Mane, “Maybe it’s the Juice” - “You in a weak crew…making checkers moves, Tim Duncan...vet moves
This song came out on Christmas Day of 2015, months after Duncan won his fifth ring. A vet to be sure, but still a productive player on the best team in the league. I love that Gucci Mane parallels Duncan’s game to chess. It’s perhaps the ultimate compliment, and comparing himself to Duncan after calling out another crew means Gucci Mane wants Duncan on his team, which is just a smart idea.
Plus, he opens the song by saying “I’m ballin’ like Ginobili,” so it’s nice to get a two-for-one.
#1: Esoteric, “Astral Traveling” - “Mad Max make your own apocalypse, poppin'...with the politics of Gregg Popovich"
It’s not often MF Doom gets overshadowed on his own song, but here we are. It’s also not often that an NBA head coach gets named dropped, so this is just very unusual. Also, verse one throws some shade at Donald Sterling, which is always a positive.
Gregg Popovich is known for being outspoken on various social issues. If you’re like me, you agree with pretty much everything the old man says. If you’re not like me, well then sorry. You’re wrong.
Coach Pop has talked at length about the gun crisis, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, and the COVID response. He is well-spoken, thoughtful, articulate, and intelligent. So is the entire track, "Astral Traveling."
Rave reviews from this NBA blogger, for what that’s worth! Popovich has been the heart and soul of the Spurs though thick and thin for well over two decades, so of course, we close any Spurs list with him at the top spot. Just because the pickings were slim doesn’t mean this list is any different.