“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant
Over the past 24 hours, we have reflected and remembered the GREAT Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away at 41, alongside his daughter Gianni, 13. As a part of the forever expanding Black Culture and sports world, Kobe was (and forever will be) acknowledged and honored by our favorite athletes and rappers. So it comes as no surprise how popular references to Kobe have become.
Comparing ourselves to Kobe on any level meant we acknowledge that he is the greatest to ever do it and we view ourselves as such. Over the years, rappers such as Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Future, and so many more have paid homage to Kobe with their art, a practice that will continue for years to come.
Here are 10 memorable Hip-Hop references of Kobe Bryant:
“Okay K-Kobe doin’ work, 2-4 on my shirt, He the greatest on the court, And I’m the greatest on the verse, Goin’ for the 4th ring like it was his first.” – Lil Wayne, Kobe Bryant
“I just took a perc now I’m on another level, Tasting on the molly got me dancing with the devil, Poured an 8th of Kobe Bryant mixing purple with the yellow, Got these racks on demand it’s hard to keep this shit together.” – Future, Jump Out The Face
“When I speak about them things I never said it’s my shit, I said it’s ours nigga and when you’re ready we’re gonna ball nigga, Like Kobe Bryant, Metta Peace and Gasol, nigga.” – Meek Mill, Cold Hearted
“I’m better than Michael, yep better than Jordan, Matter of fact I’m the Kobe Bryant of recording, You ain’t important, I am the man, Do it all again homie, that’s the plan.” – Chamillionaire, Keep Hating PT. II
“All black hoodies what in rocking in this cold streets, Now in pulling up to the staples center getting floor seats, I hate the fact to see Kobe Bryant retire, You did it for Los Angeles Kobe I do admire.” – King Lil G, Fifth of May
“Like that, you fuckin’ with the Kobe Bryant of rap, With a Mack 11 cocked back ready for sure, ready for war.” – Kurupt, Dogg Pound Gangstaville
“If Jigga Jordan, You can call me the Kobe Bryant of this rap shit, So go get more practice.” – Field Mob, Can’t Stop Us
“I’m better than Michael, yep better than Jordan, Matter of fact I’m the Kobe Bryant of recording, You ain’t important, I am the man, Do it all again homie, that’s the plan.” – Kendrick Lamar, The Heart PT. 2
“The haters confuse love, Love is what makes Tiger Woods go on the green, Love is what got Kobe Bryant stuck in the gym, Love is what Denzel kill em in every movie.” – Dave East, Love
“I must be LeBron James if he’s Jordan, No, I won rings with my performance, I’m more Kobe Bryant of an artist.” – Lil Wayne, Show Me What You Got