Kurtis Blow – Basketball Anniversary

Kurtis Blow released his single “Basketball” back in 1984.  The track was produced by Robert Ford Jr and JB Moore and was featured in Kurtis Blow’s fifth studio album “Ego Trip” along with “8 Million Stories” and “AJ Scratch“.

The track is probably the best “sports themed” rap song in Hip Hop History.  The song has a cult following and was remade by Lil Bow Wow in 2002.  Kurtis rhymes are not complex but has that old school feeling that everybody my age loves.  He drops names like Dr J, Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Larry Bird and Darryl Dawkins who had a monster dunk!  “To the hoop yall!  Swish!”

They’re playing Basketball,
We love that Basketball,
They’re playing Basketball,
We love that Basketball

Basketball is my favorite sport,
I like the way they dribble up and down the court,
Just like I’m the King on the microphone, so is Dr. J and Moses Malone,
I like Slam-dunks, take me to the hoop,
My favorite play is the alley-oop,
I like the pick-and-roll, I like the give-and-go,
Cause it’s Basketball, uh, Mister Kurtis Blow,


I used to go to dinner, and then take the girl,
To see Tiny play against Earl The Pearl,
And Wilt, Big O, and Jerry West,
To play Basketball at it’s very best,
Basketball has always been my thing,
I like Magic, Bird, and Bernard King,
And number 33, my man Kareem,
Is the center on my starting team,

(To the hoop, ya’ll, Watch out, Watch out
In yo’ face, now here comes the rest)

Clyde, Rick Barry, and Pistol Pete,
Now these players, could never be beat,
Isiah, and Iceman too,
Just give ’em the ball, and then you talk up too,
Dantley and Wilkins are on the scene,
And Ralph Sampson is really mean,
Bill Russell didn’t take no junk,
and Darryl Dawkins got a monster dunk,
Tell me, were you in the joint?,
The night Wilt scored 100 points,
Or when Celtics won titles back-to-back,
And didn’t give nobody, no kind of slack,
Or when Dr. J shook the whole damn team,
With moves that came right out of a dream,
Or when, Willis Reed stood so tall,
Playing D with desire, it’s Basketball

I get the ball then I go and play Like the superstars in the NBA The forwards, the centers and all the guards, the one’s you see on the bubblegum cards Me and homeboy would go one-on-one
Cause playing the game is a lot of fun
Sit by the TV and watch ’em all
Cause Kurtis Blow is rapping basketball

As for the video, the Fat Boys and Whodini make a cameo appearance!  We salute you Kurtis Blow!

-Al E.

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