You’d expect to hear LeBron James’ name on a live sports broadcast or highlight reel, but real fans know there’s another medium Lebron has made his mark on… music. Ever since Lebron entered the league, rappers have been name dropping the star athlete in their newest tracks.
At ACT, we’ve gone ahead and compiled our top seven favorite tracks to reference the NBA superstar. Read through our list below and see if you recall any of these bangers.
7. “Fitted Cap” – Rick Ross, Wale & Meek Mill (2011)
From the Maybach Music Group’s Self Made, Vol. 1 collaboration tape, this song features the talents of Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill. In the song’s hook, Ross references LeBron’s Nike sneakers.
“The Rolls-Royce, it’s all white
Foamposites, the Lebrons, I’m f—– wit’ the spikes”
6. “I’m Everything You Wanna Be” – Young Dolph (2017)
Released on Young Dolph’s 2017 album Bulletproof – Dolph references LeBron to convey the rapper’s loyalty and influence in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.
“I’m in the trizzap, posted in the paint like LeBron (LeBron) Memphis is to Dolph what Cleveland is to LeBron (it’s Dolph)”
5. “Don’t Hurt Me” – DJ Mustard feat. Nicki Minaj & Jeremih (2016)
Nicki Minaj not only references Lebron James during her portion of the track – she even sneak disses Stephen Curry!
“Even if you was Curry, b—, there’s still a LeBron But let’s face it, I’m Curry, with rings like LeBron”
4. Drake’s Tim Westwood TV Freestyle (2010)
Sure, this isn’t exactly a song – but it’s an internet classic! This is Drake rapping before he went on his historic run to become one of the greatest rappers of all time. His bar on Lebron is one of the best out there.
“I ain’t lyin to the kids, like the dentist ain’t scary
I’m what Lebron was to St. Vincent – St. Mary”
3. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z (2009)
One of Jay Z’s most popular songs of all time, the song references Lebron and former teammate Dwayne Wade.
“If Jeezy’s payin’ Lebron, I’m payin’ Dwyane Wade”
2. “Blow The Whistle” – Jay Z (2011)
Yep, Jay Z is occupying two of our top three slots – but that is for good reason. In this track, Jay declares himself the best in hip hop, while simultaneously declaring LeBron the best in basketball.
“I don’t even know y’all name
I’m too big for ya, the rap LeBron James”
1. “Lebron James” – Yo Gotti (2013)
Yo Gotti took the LeBron name-drop to another level in 2013 when he released this track. Not only is Lebron referenced throughout the song’s hook – the track is named after the superstar as well.
“I’m Lebron James, you a f—– rookie
You probably want a ticket I’mma go and book it”