“They playin bas-ket-ball, we love that playin bas-ket-ball”
The infectious intro rings in. Young, and I mean young, rap star, Lil’ Bow Wow shimmys and shakes while spitting his PG sports themed bars. ANY and ALL 90’s kids should the track I’m talking about, and because of NCAA March Madness kicking off today, what better throwback track than “Basketball” by Lil’ Bow Wow.
The year is 2002, and Like Mike, a movie starring Bow Wow himself as a kid who finds an old pair of Michael Jordan’s shoes and inherits his skills. Cinematic genius really. The movie nears its climax as Bow Wow’s character enters the NBA and the tune every kid sang along with for days, begins. Many don’t know that the track is actually a Curtis Blow cover from his 1984 track, but it doesn’t matter. The track is too infectious to not love, basketball fan or not!
“Yeah, now basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court
I keep it so fresh on the microphone
I like no interruptions when the game is on
I like slam dunk, to take me to the hoop
My favorite play is the alley-oop
I like the pick-and-roll
I like the give-and-go
In this basketball, Bow Wow, let’s go“
Anyways, reminisce and maybe stream the classic movie this weekend with a fellow 90’s kid. Personally I’ll be glued to my couch watching March Madness (I’ll take the opportunity to brag about starting 10/10 on my predictions. Thanks Purdue) all weekend. Be happy y’all, tomorrow is Friday!