Sadly the baseball world lost a legend this past weekend with the passing of Lou Brock.
And while Brock was undoubtedly a MLB all-timer, the first thing that came to the Lil’ Dogg’s mind when hearing the sad news was actually the voice of Q-Tip rhyming:
“Got the scrawny legs but I move just like Lou Brock with speed, I’m agile plus I’m worthwhile…”
Along with being on the Mt Rushmore of greatest rap groups, A Tribe Called Quest excelled at dropping sports references in their rhymes, perhaps better than any other group. Here are 5 of their best.
Hi-Topper Top 5 ATCQ Sports Reference Lyrics
5. “Comin’ with more hits than the Braves and the Yankees” – Phife Dawg “Award Tour”
The Braves- sure. They had a great run in the early 90s. But not so much for the Yankees. Those were dark days for the pinstripes.
4. “I’m out like Buster Douglas” – Phife Dawg “Vibes and Stuff”
A bit obvious but still a killer.
3. “these trials and tribulations yo I’ve been affected and to top it off Starks got ejected” – Phife Dawg “8 Million Stories”
It’s the mid 90s. Of course John Starks got ejected from the Knicks game.
2. “Footin’ up and down like a UNLV Rebel” – Q-Tip “Footprints”
In 1990 at the time of ATCQ debut album Peoples’ Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm the biggest thing in the world of Sport was the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV. Larry Johnson. Stacey Augmon. Greg Anthony. Anderson Hunt (Lil Dawg’s personal fave). And of course the unforgettable George Ackles. If you were gonna foot up and down like anyone, anyone with style that is, it had to be like a UNLV Rebel. I’m not sure anything in the world is absolutely perfect but this rap line by Q-Tip comes damn close.
1. “Your styles incomplete same as Vinny Testaverde” – Phife Dawg “The Chase, Pt. II
There’s a case to be made that this is the greatest rap lyric ever written. Full Stop. It certainly gets this pup’s vote. This Testaverde diss by the Five Foot Assassin is laugh out loud, spit out your coffee, damn he just said that, funny. Man I miss Phife Dawg. Nobody ever has nor ever will rap like Phife. RIPIP.
That’s it. That’s the list. Facts and facts and the fact is no one dropped a great Sport reference like the Questers.