The Notorious B.I.G. Sports Lyrics That Still Make Perfect Sense

  • Michael Jordan NBA Finals Flu Game

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    "Victory"

    Real sick, raw nights, I perform like Mike // Anyone — Tyson, Jordan, Jackson

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    This was said to be Biggie’s last recording before his untimely demise. I don’t think people realized how powerful his verse on “Victory” was. Those lines foreshadowed a lot to come in sports. Does anyone remember MJ’s legendary Flu Game against the Utah Jazz in the Finals? If you can perform like Mike, especially with the flu, then you deserve a pat on the back. Just for the record, in case you’re wondering, Michael pounded the Jazz with a staggering 38 points.

    As for Tyson, he was an indomitable force in the ring. One punch and he would obliterate your past, present, and future. This line would be recycled and used in the club opus “N***** in Paris” by none other than Jay Z.

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  • Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant

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    "I Love the Dough"

    We hit makers with acres // Roll shakers in Vegas, you can’t break us // Lost chips on Lakers, gassed off Shaq

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    Now, at this stage of the game, I don’t think you would feel highly confident in betting your money on the Lakers. Back then, when Shaq was destroying hapless defenders with his arsenal of post moves, you could have made yourself a decent buck or two. With Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer, and those boys occupying the paint, I would feel very distraught about that. Not to knock those fellas or anything, but I think B.I.G. wouldn’t feel bad about losing money against the Lakers when they had Shaq, who was gobbling up centers like BBQ chicken.

     

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  • Ray Allen NBA Finals game-winner

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    "Things Done Changed"

    Because the streets is a short stop // Either you’re slingin’ c**** r*** or you got a wicked jump shot

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    Biggie was preaching the gospel. For a lot of kids in destitute neighborhoods, basketball was an escape and a way to get out. That’s why a lot of kids aspired to one day make it in the NBA. Rather than settle for mediocrity, many decided to work diligently in hopes of one day having a legit shot at competing in the best league in the world.

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  • Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat dunking

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    "Gimme the Loot"

    I’m slammin’ n****s like Shaquille, s*** is real

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    Shaq was a bad boy. He had an affinity for throwing it down on whoever, whenever. Biggie already knew that Shaq was a destructive force of nature. Not only was Shaq slamming it down on cats on the court, he also was showing signs of promise in the studio. For you youngsters out there, Shaq wasn’t just a terror on the boards; he also was a platinum recording artist. Once again, “Can’t Stop The Reign” was a record that both Biggie and Shaq destroyed. Obviously, Biggie must have seen something in O’Neal to consider doing the track with him.

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  • Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls

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    "Juicy"

    Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this // 50-inch screen, money green leather sofa. Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur

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    Fans and athletes all adored Biggie for his heartfelt lyrics and charisma. When he dropped his first single “Juicy,” everyone quickly latched onto the Brooklyn rapper. Every athlete who envisioned one day living that plush lifestyle recited Biggie’s infamous “Juicy.” From pregame warm-ups to practices, Biggie’s “Juicy” was a go-to record because it reminded athletes of their everyday struggle as a kid. To this day, “Juicy” still gives everyone–including your favorite athletes–the chills. Any new player who gets paid–like Jimmy Butler will be this summer–can relate to this.

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  • Alex Rodriguez

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    "Funkmaster Flex Freestyle 13"

    Got stripes in New York like Yankee uniforms

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    Despite the Yanks being marred by injuries the past couple of years, they have remained relevant since the passing of Biggie. Since 1997, the Yankees have won four World Series championships. Even though Derek Jeter traded his cleats for some Tom Fords, the Bronx Bombers have flourished so far this season since his retirement. With A-Rod belting homers, maybe the sun can shine once again over Yankee Stadium this season. Only time will tell.

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Let’s be honest, the Notorious B.I.G. is one of the best rappers to ever bless the microphone. Frank White was your quintessential rapper. The reason he was revered by many was because of his renowned lyricism. He was synonymous with style and grace. His astute lyricism and storytelling abilities catapulted him into legendary status. You wanted a party banger? “Big Poppa” was your remedy to help get the party lit. You needed something inspirational? “Juicy” and “Sky is The Limit” were your go-to bangers. If you wanted something for the ladies, you would probably play “One More Chance.” Big’s immaculate track record is one to marvel at. Whether he was dishing sports metaphors or even schooling everyone on how to sport Timbs, Big always had a story to tell.

From Jay Z to Nas to Fabolous to Wu-Tang and Raekwon, New York rappers reveled at the legacy of Biggie because he was everything that they wanted to be. Name a rapper today who wasn’t touched by his lyrics. Name an athlete today who didn’t gush at his lyrical prowess. I mean, who else do you know would get in the booth with Shaq and lay down a classic record in “Can’t Stop The Reign?” The love for B.I.G. is ubiquitous, especially in the sports world. Even today, the new school of rappers like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson pay homage to the great one because they know their history. LBJ and Kevin Durant pay homage because they know how impactful Biggie was.

Champs Sports decided to show love to Biggie on his born day and ruminate on some of his best sports lyrics that still resonate to this day. Here are the Notorious B.I.G. Sports Lyrics That Still Make Perfect Sense.

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