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It’s not uncommon for rappers to make sports references in their lyrics, but in “Certified Lover Boy,” Drake took it to a whole different level.
After the Milwaukee Bucks were crowned the 2021 NBA champions this summer, it was the season of Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he finally lifted that trophy after years of dominance.
With the glory also comes some recognition from Drake.
In one of the more immediately popular songs off his new release, “7AM On Bridle Path” — making a reference to his Toronto address — the Toronto Raptors megafan showed some recognition and skill by being able to drop a rhyme with the champion’s last name.
“Don’t move like a puto / Could at least keep it a Buck like Antetokounmpo.”
The line most certainly references Antetokounmpo’s signed before his championship, which will keep him in Milwaukee through the majority of his career, all while he could have gone and played for a bigger market under brighter lights.
This total absorption of the 2021 NBA champion into the marketing and lyrical content of his highly anticipated album is causing fans to go wild on social media.
Of course, this is not the first time an athlete’s name has been dropped into a rap lyric — even Antetokounmpo earned a spot earlier this week in Kanye West’s new album “Donda.”
One of the biggest names to consistently do this is certainly Jay-Z.
The New York rapper went from referencing NBA legend Scottie Pippen in his 2011 track “Never Change” by saying "If we stay strong, we can get paper longer than Pippen's arms" to mentioning then Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in “Empire State of Mind” and comparing their numbers: "If Jeezy's payin' LeBron, I'm payin' Dwyane Wade.”
It’s certainly an old tactic, but there are no signs of the references slowing down. Especially if Drake is able to rhyme “Antetokounmpo” and raise that bar of difficulty for everyone.
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