News RnB 25/08/2007

25th Anniversary of the Pioneering Basketball and Hip-Hop Song 'NBA Rap' (1982)



Boston, MAS. (Top40 Charts/ Def Jam Records) - 25 years ago during the year 1982 the culture of basketball and hip-hop was not on the radar screen outside of urban neighborhoods. The 2 entities were becoming part of everyday life for teenage kids and young adults who were being influenced by the new sub-culture art-form and the urban 'Sport of the Street.' The culture was first introduced on wax by rap artists Hurt Em' Bad when he released the 2-track album "N.B.A. Rap" from Grove Time Records. This was 2 years before Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin formed Def Jam Records and Kurtis Blow released his legendary rap song "Basketball."

The Year 1982, Pop Culture, Sports, Facts:

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was a box office smash hit.

Michael Jackson released his mega-album Thriller (December 1), the most successful album of all-time over 100 million units sold.

Michael Jordan was a freshman at N. Carolina, and introduced himself to the world with a 17ft. jump-shot.

John Thompson of Georgetown became the first African American college coach to lead a team to the basketball NCAA Championship game. The Hoyas lost to Michael Jordan and N. Carolina defeated Georgetown 63-62.

Louis Gossett Jr. stars in the movie An Officer and A Gentleman. Gossett becomes only the 3rd African American to win an Acadamy Award. He was drafted out of college by the New York Knicks in 1958.

Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second of 5 NBA Championships during his career with the team.

Joe Montana won his first of 4 Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers.

Shaquille O'Neal the first player to bring hip-hop into the NBA was 10 years old.

Allen Iverson who would become the most influential person of The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America was only 7 years old.

Dwyane Wade (January 17) and Amare Stoudemire (November 16) were both born.

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were both born 2 years later in 1984 the birth year of The "Dunkadelic-Era."

Kevin Garnett one of the most talented and influential players of his generation is now a member of the Boston Celtics. The following numbers will prove why KG is now a Celtic.

During the 1995 NBA Draft Kevin Garnett became the first player since Moses Malone in 1974 to jump from high school to the pros. He was the 5th pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves. KG now wears the No. 5 for the Boston Celtics.

Kevin Garnett wore the No. 21 for 12 seasons for Minnesota. The numbers 21+12=33. Larry Bird wore the No. 33 for the Boston Celtics. KG and Bird are the only 2 players in NBA history to average 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists for 5 straight seasons.

KG will wear the No. 5 for Boston. His No. 21 in Minnesota minus his No. 5 in Boston comes to 16. 16 is the number of NBA Championships won by the Celtics an NBA record. In 1986 Bill Walton wore the same No. 5 for Boston. The Celtics won their last NBA Championship in 1986 21 years ago. KG wore the No. 21 for Minnesota.

Kevin Garnett is rated No 16 on the 25 Most Influential list of The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America, 1984-Present the basketball and hip-hop culture fusion time-period of the past 23+ years. 16 is the number of Championships won by the Celtics. Garnett is the first elite player of The "Dunkadelic-Era" to play for the Celtics. Boston won the NBA Championship during the birth year of The "Dunkadelic-Era" in 1984.
For more information or interview request on the 25th Anniversary of the first basketball and hip-hop song "N.B.A. Rap" or the upcoming 25th Anniversary of The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America, 1984-Present (1984-2009) contact Derrick E. Vaughan at 443-851-5244






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