The Most Important Theme Songs of the NBA Playoffs

  • Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry

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    1. Stephen Curry

    Playoff Song: FETTY WAP – “TRAP QUEEN”


    This one is almost a no-brainer. Fetty Wap’s smash hit “Trap Queen” has easily been the MVP of rap songs this year. At the time of this writing, it has been a top five streamed song for 12 weeks in a row now. The song has turned the one-eyed rapper into a star.

    It was announced recently that Stephen Curry was voted the 2014-2015 NBA MVP, finishing off a dramatic rise to stardom that seemingly came from nowhere. The Golden State Warriors point guard is also currently married to his childhood sweetheart, who is expected to deliver their second child together this year. The theme of Fetty’s song is about his significant other and with it being the No. 1 rap song in the country, Steph can totally relate to it. He’s probably bumping this in the locker room right now as a way to get himself hyped about his current situation.

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  • John Wall

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    2. John Wall

    Playoff Song: SHY GLIZZY & LIL MOUSE – “JOHN WALL”


    C’mon now. Who wouldn’t want to listen to a song named after themselves? If I was John Wall, I would be listening to Shy Glizzy’s “John Wall” before every game. It would have made sense to go with a Wale track considering he is a Wizards ambassador, but no hype Wale songs came to mind.

    John Wall has been dancing his entire career. During these playoffs, he still has a chance to dance his way to the Eastern Conference Finals while listening to a song named after himself.

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  • LeBron James

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    LeBron James

    Playoff Song: DRAKE – “LEGEND”


    Hate him or love him, LeBron James will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. We are watching a living legend in his prime. I understand ‘Bron only has two rings, but the guy has been to four straight NBA Finals, certainly an extremely difficult task for any player. I mean, LeBron James is the rapper equivalent of Drake anyway, so it only makes sense. ‘Bron is the best baller in the last five years, while Drake is the best rapper of the last five years and this particular song speaks to exactly what James is going through right now. How do you win and compete despite all of the weight of being a legend, having expectations, already sitting on your shoulders?

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  • Blake Griffin

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    Blake Griffin



    Blake Griffin is the third non-guard with back-to-back playoff triple-doubles. The other two are John Havlicek and Wilt Chamberlain, who did it in 1968 and 1967, respectively. To say Blake Griffin is going hard in the paint is an understatement. Dude is on absolute beast mode. (The way he went at Tim Duncan during Game 7 was scary.) I could have picked B.o.B. or Ludacris’ “Beast Mode” songs, but this Flocka track is perfect for a pregame playlist.

    If the Clippers are winning games without Chris Paul, as they did during Game 1 at Houston, the rest of the league is in trouble. I have the Clips coming out of the West mostly because Quake Griffin is playing better than he ever has and is hitting the glass and the paint like a man on a mission.

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    James Harden

    Playoff Song: MEEK MILL & RICK ROSS – “IMA BOSS”


    So I was reading through the Complex article about Kobe Bryant’s 15 most epic trash-talking moments and watched the video where James Harden got in Kobe’s face after a missed shot. Then I thought who does James Harden think he is talking ish to Kobe Bryant? The combination of that video with his Taco Bell commercials just rubbed me the wrong way and I came up with the conclusion that James Harden is really feeling himself, which is basically the theme to Meek’s hit “Ima Boss.” Every time I listen to that song I feel like the absolute man. I don’t see the Rockets advancing in Game 7 against L.A., but James Harden will still think he is a boss after the playoffs.

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    Chris Paul

    Playoff Song: EMINEM – “WITHOUT ME”


    This one has a double meaning. Chris Paul missed Game 1 of the second round series, but came back and has played like a man on a mission all the way up to the fourth quarter of Game 6. (I’m still in shock over that one.) The NBA Playoffs are just not the same with Chris Paul missing. He is dynamic player that makes the game look easy. It is time for the Clippers to make a serious run in this year’s playoffs. You know Chris Paul will be feeling the pressure the entire way through and he must understand how much his presence means to his teammates. Without him playing like the point god, they’re finished. With him in that role? They really could win it all. He has to play with that desperation.

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    Kyrie Irving



    This song perfectly describes the young Cleveland Cavaliers point guard. Kyrie Irving is in his first ever playoffs playing alongside one of the greatest players of all time. GOOD Music artist CyHi The Prynce’s song describes exactly how Irving feels. He is young, rich, fly, and famous. If he keeps the cool, calm, and collected attitude throughout the playoffs, this team has a legit shot at the Finals because while we know what LeBron is going to give us, Irving has to show he can continue to come through in the clutch for Cleveland, especially with Kevin Love injured.

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Music is everything.

If you really think about it, music can take you from a terrible mood and turn you into the happiest person on the planet. It certainly is an important part of my life. I listen to music while I commute, work, play sports or workout, and when am relaxing. Music tends to put me in a better mood and make me feel invincible. I am a huge rap head and rapping J. Cole while coming home from works make me feel important. Don’t ask me why.

I would say most NBA fans have a general interest in rap music. The two forms of entertainment usually go hand-in-hand. Rappers and ballers intertwine all the time. I mean, Drake partied with ‘Bron and Wade after their championship win, so they must be friends. Drake is involved with the Raptors. Wale is involved with the Wizards.

Music is also a major part of sporting events. You have the national anthem, hometown chants, and normal, everyday music to get the crowd excited. Sports wouldn’t be the same without the ability to play music.

Here at The Drop we decided to pair eight championship-bound players with their respective rap song. The hottest rap song right now has to be Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.” And who just won the Most Valuable Player award? Steph’s playoff song has to be “Trap Queen.” Scroll the list of All-Stars to see which rap songs currently represent them. I have a feeling you will enjoy this one. These are the Most Important Theme Songs of the NBA Playoffs.

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