ESPN’s Highly Questionable has been money with the rap guests all year and this time, Lil Wayne joined Le Batard, Bomani Jones, and Papi out in Miami.
There are no sports opinions from Wayne on the interwebs just yet, but we do get this great outtake of Weezy and Papi rapping HYFR, substituting coughs for swear words. I got a good chuckle outta this. Hope you do too:
In an interesting interview with ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Royce Da 5’9″ broke down a few stories that haven’t totally gotten huge pub over the years. As such, much of it was new info for me.
Royce first explained what partying and shooting a music video with Jerry Stackhouse was like back in ’01.
That was just the beginning as Royce then moved on to talk about the “Hi Rihanna!” shoutout that got some buzz in the 2011 BET Cypher and if they had seen each other since.
Then, most touching was the recalling of reconciling with the late Proof after a run-in with each other in Detroit led to an arrest and a night in the slammer. Interesting times back then and it’s good they made amends before Proof’s untimely murder.
Last thing: diggin’ how Bomani Jones, Dan Le Betard (and Pablo Torres filling in), and Papi are getting these hip hop interviews on ESPN. These are never really not fun.
Wait, what? A John Starks mention on GWHH? Especially given that we’re such big Bulls fans? Haha, well, the latter will never truly matter and this story is just too fun and it was brought up again with Bomani Jones & Dan Le Batard on ESPN’s Highly Questionable.
The story, a great #TBT by the way for the youngest generation of hip hop fans, stems from 1996 and Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got A Story To Tell”. Press play above and listen up. Biggie describes a seemingly true account of sleeping with a Knicks player’s girl and then robbing said Knicks player when he came back to the house. In the song, Biggie casually mentions he was 6’5″, which eliminates someone like star Patrick Ewing of course.
But since the song’s release, it was assumed the player in question was John Starks, one of the Knicks’ main guards in the 90s and a hard-nosed, sometimes loose cannon player who embodied the team’s toughness. Starks tells Bomani & Le Batard that it wasn’t him and that he’s actually 6’2″. He also indicates there’s some truth to the story though but stays close to the chest about who Biggie’s actually referring to, inspiring some great reactions though from the hosts. 2:02 mark
At the very least, this lets us relive, or hear for the first time, a Biggie song on this TBT day with a story that ultimately doesn’t mean too much today. If you are that intrigued to figure out who this Knicks player is, this blog titled What Would Oakley Do? (great blog name) has about as detailed a breakdown as you want.