10 Hip-Hop Songs That Will Get Any Basketball Locker Room Hyped This Year

  • A$AP Rocky


    "Off the Rip" Remix

    French Montana feat. A$AP Rocky, N.O.R.E. & Chinx

    This song was a smash before Rocky added a verse to it. As soon as this song comes on you and the squad should know it’s game time. French Montanta’s latest single’s message is perfect for any occasion. Coaches in any sport always preach getting off to a fast start as soon as that first whistle blows. Don’t start the game slow or play defense; hit shots and stay active, off the rip!

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  • @postmalone3

    "White Iverson"

    Post Malone

    C’mon now, you know I had to add Post Malone’s smash “White Iverson” to the basketball playlist. It’s only fitting. If you and your teammates start to channel your inner Iverson, your opponents will be in for a rude awakening. The Answer was a pretty decent player in his prime. I know James Harden has this track in his pregame playlist.

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  • Future, Drake 2016 pregame playlist



    Drake & Future

    This was a difficult decision. I wasn’t sure if I should go with the original “Jumpman” track that was released on WATTBA or the unofficial remix that someone created on SoundCloud of Drake saying “Jumpman” looped for 43 minutes. The ninth song on the Drake and Future mixtape is an absolute banger. Putting a song named after the GOAT on the playlist only makes sense.

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  • @larryfisherman

    "When In Rome"

    Mac Miller

    I’ve been riding with Mac Miller for a while now, so it is only fair that I include a track on here from his newest album, GO:OD AM. The most consistent part of Mac’s career has been his keen ear for beats. He has a great relationship with Pittsburgh producers E. Dan and Big Jerm, also known by the tandem ID Labs. The song “When in Rome” immediately stood out to me because of its bass-heavy influenced beat, perfect for a head-nodding pregame playlist. Thanks for the fire beat, ID Labs.

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  • Wiz Khalifa


    "King of Everything"

    Wiz Khalifa

    I’m a big believer in the mantra that if you say something enough times you will start to believe it. With that mentality, if you listen to this song enough times you will start to believe you are the actual king of everything. Having a confident, arrogant attitude before stepping on the court is key for every player. I’m pretty sure this could turn into LeBron’s theme song.

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  • Drake


    "Back to Back"


    I would lose my credibility if I didn’t include this track. I don’t care if you’ve heard it a million times, this song is fire and should absolutely be included in every basketball locker room, especially those Kentucky Wildcats. You know Drake reps that Kentucky blue.

    Stephen Curry and the Warriors should adopt it as well. After all they are gunning toward back-to-back championships. Sorry ‘Bron ‘Bron. I’m sure Golden State has a few other tracks on their playlist, including “CoCo” and “Choices (Yup).”

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  • Travis Scott Black Cat Air Jordan 4



    Travis Scott

    It feels like La Flame has been running the core sound of rap for some years now. The GOOD Music/Grand Hustle signee has had an influence on Kanye, Drake, Big Sean, and many more recent projects. Scott was finally able to release his own album in September and the standout track, “Antidote,” needs to be on every pump-up playlist in the country. We know James Harden will be bumping it all season.

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  • 2 Chainz Timberland


    "A Milli Billi Trilli"

    2 Chainz feat. Wiz Khalifa

    This is a relatively quiet song for 2 Chainz, especially considering Wiz spazzes on the track. I was really thinking about professional hoopers when deciding if I should add this song to the playlist. At the end of the day, we all just want a milli billi trilli, right?

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  • Fetty Wap



    Fetty Wap feat. Monty

    “SEVENTEEN THIRTY EIGHTTTTTTTTT” will be blaring from every basketball locker room this year, I promise. The relatively unknown rapper from Paterson, New Jersey, absolutely blew up in 2015 thanks to his smash song “Trap Queen,” which apparently was the second song he ever recorded. Fetty has taken the stage with pop superstar Taylor Swift, has had a handful of Billboards Top 100 songs (at the same time), and to wrap it all up, dropped a No. 1 album. It’s almost a shame I didn’t add more Fetty to this playlist. Next time.

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  • Future 2016 pregame playlist


    "Big Rings"

    Drake & Future

    I don’t even want to hear it. There is no such thing as too much Drake on a pump-up playlist. The dude makes hit after hit. Fact, not fiction. He teamed up with the hottest rapper in the game, Future, to drop an 11-track mixtape. What else are you really playing for besides a really big ring? All I know is I got a really big team and they need some really big rings.

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  • A$AP Rocky
  • Future, Drake 2016 pregame playlist
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Drake
  • Travis Scott Black Cat Air Jordan 4
  • 2 Chainz Timberland
  • Fetty Wap
  • Future 2016 pregame playlist

The Playlist God is back and I am here to help your team win more basketball games this season. My jump shot may be a bit rusty, but my selection game is on point. It is vital to get the right energy and camaraderie going before your team takes the court this upcoming season. What better way to band together than finding the perfect mix of hip-hop tracks to listen to before every tipoff?

It has been a slow summer for music as artists are on tour and performing at festivals in front of thousands of fans. Besides the surprise mixtape/project/album–or whatever you would like to call it from Drizzy and Hendrix–not much music has dropped. Well, at least not much good music. Mac Millions released a project called GO:OD AM that was certainly overshadowed by WATTBA, but it’s definitely a tape you need in your rotation. I’ll be honest, I haven’t given Fetty’s new album a proper listen yet, so I cannot give it the review it deserves. I am still not done with “679,” “Trap Queen,” and “My Way.” For immediate new music, the clouds are dry, the air is dirty, and the people are fiend-ing. Let’s hope it’s a Cole winter.

Whether you are a teenager about to play in your first AAU game or a professional NBA player in your 10th season, this is the perfect playlist for you. It has a great array of music ranging from the hook-killer French Montana to the automatic Billboard hit-maker Drake. All of the songs make sense for a pregame playlist that is sure to get your squad ready. Hear me out and listen to 10 Hip-Hop Songs That Will Get Any Basketball Locker Room Hyped This Year. You’re welcome.


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