Rappers reference former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning – AUDIO

alonzo-mourning-hornetsSports and hip-hop are a match made in heaven, but sometimes an unusual reference gets used so many times over the years that it stands out.

Courtesy of an endorsement from Bethlehem Shoals, now there’s a roundup by Vancouver-based Young Braised of many different rappers referencing former NBA star Alonzo Mourning in songs ranging from 1993-2012, AVClub reports.

Unfortunately, unlike other sports references, where a name gets used because of how great, say, Michael Jordan is at basketball, Mourning is such an ever-present name-drop because he goes well in any line using the word “morning.”

That is instead of highlighting the fact that the guy got a kidney transplant, then returned to the NBA and won a title.

The tracks range from the standard name-drop in Fu-Schnickens’ “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)” which featured Shaquille O’Neal, to Wale’s “Georgetown Press,” which actually references the infamous incident when Mourning’s Georgetown coach John Thompson confronted Rayful Edmond, the notorious drug dealer generally credited with introducing crack cocaine to Washington, D.C.

It’s a wide range of songs showing that Mourning is a go-to for hip-hop wordplay, and that’s a pretty cool legacy for a relatively unheralded star of his generation.


Mourning played most of his 15-year career with the Miami Heat and won an NBA championship with the team in 2006.

In March 2009, he became the first Heat player to have his number retired and in June 2009 he became the Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat.

Mourning, who played his high school basketball at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, was named as the USA Today, Parade, Gatorade, and Naismith Player of the Year following his senior year of high school.

During that senior year at Indian River, Mourning averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 blocked shots per game.

He went on to play his college basketball at Georgetown University before being selected with the second pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Mourning appeared in 838 games (686 started), averaging 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg in 31 minutes of playing time.


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