It’s high time : Space Jam: a new legacy, with an NBA star James lebron, finally arrived on July 16, seven years after it was announced. So far compared to the original classic 1996 film starring Michael jordan, the long-awaited redesign has drawn mixed reviews on social media, ranging from wonder at the dazzling animation to “heavy” appearances from other Warner Bros. characters. But regardless of the version, this certified classic will forever have such a big imprint that rappers of all generations refer to it in their lyrics.
Ahead of the film’s official release last week, a soundtrack featuring the voices of Lil wayne, little baby, 24kGold and many others have been tagged to enhance the visuals. Even the Evil Monsters have struck home for some like Childish Gambino, who proclaims himself as such on his 2014 song “Late Night in Kauai”.
Cartoon characters aside, a lot of rhymers seek to achieve as much greatness in the booth as Mike did in the field. Stuffed on BrockhamptonThe track “Follow” from 2017 are memories of Kevin Summary telling his mom he wanted to be like the bald man he saw on screen. Many people who came to the end 90s also wanted the coveted pair of retro-themed Jordan 11s that he rocked in the movie. Many rapper bars have come from painting pictures of wearing these icy soles, as evidenced by the Fabulous‘2003 song “Why Wouldn’t I Want” with Paul Cain.
It is common for Space jam references to jump into hip-hop. So, with all the talk about the new movie, which actually features a Walls-written rap battle won by Porky Pig, XXL highlights some of the best over the past 25 years. Discover the best Space jam hip-hop references below.