As far as I’m concerned, Kendrick Lamar is on the very short list of rappers who could be considered to be the best who’s doing it right now. He’s great and his major label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” may have just leaked a few days prior to its October 22 release date and it is also great.
And on that record sits a peculiar bonus track titled “Black Boy Fly” that contains an entire verse about Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo and how good he was in high school. Here’s a partial transcription of the verse, courtesy of Rap Genius:
I used to be jealous of Arron Afflalo
He was the one to follow
He was the only leader for seeing brighter tomorrows
He would live in the gym
We was living in sorrow
Total envy of him
He made a dream become a reality
Actually making it possible to swim
He way out of Compton with further more to accomplish
Graduate with honors, a sponsor of basketball scholars
It’s 2004 and I’m watching him score 30
Remember vividly how them victory points had hurt me
Cause every basket was a reaction or a reminder
That we was just moving backwards
In a year where 2 Chainz declares he has “money tall like Jordan” even though MJ is only about an inch taller than the rapper rapping about him and Kanye West can’t come up with anything more clever to say about Derrick Rose than that he’s “nice” in the good at basketball way, an entire verse dedicated to the high school exploits of a fairly minor NBA shooting guard is kind of amazing. No offense to Arron Afflalo, but he’s just not the type of guy you expect to show up in rap songs.
I mean, if you’d have asked Arron Afflalo in 2011 if he’d be traded for Dwight Howard and lionized for winning a high school state championship on the highly-anticipated debut from a rapper from back home in the same year, he’d probably think you’re crazy. And not just because he knows that time travel isn’t possible yet. This might be the lowest PER extended rap reference in the long and storied history of NBA raps, but we’d have to get John Hollinger to look in to it.
What’s next, a Dorell Wright concept record? One can dream.