Rapper Jay-Z dropped “4:44,” his 13th studio album last Friday and set the music world in a frenzy. Among many topics discussed, a Chris Paul namedrop was noticed in the song “Smile,” where Jay raps, “We drinkin’ Cristal in, yeah/Kept the tray (trey) on me like Chris Paulin’.” While it wasn’t Jay-Z’s first time shouting out a famous athlete, it brought back memories of the countless times that musicians have name-dropped athletes, a daily reminder that rappers revere these professionals, and vice versa. This “Namedrop Series” is the first of many playlists where you can find your favorite artists acknowledge your favorite athletes, from Brandon Jennings to Michael Jordan.
“Can I sport a couple in this, play for bucks, that Brandon Jennings.” – Isaiah Rashad, Brad Jordan
“Are these people really discussing my career again/Asking if I’ll be going platinum in a year again/Don’t I got the s*** the world wanna hear again/Don’t Michael Jordan still got his hoop earring in?” – Drake, Over My Dead Body
“Now we at the top, MJ, 88/And I ain’t ever gonna stop” – Wale, 88
PRODAY Playlist – “The Namedrop Series: Vol. 1”