Spin created the incredible list of current players named in rap songs, and the Pistons check in with two:
Tayshaun Prince: "Posted up with something long as the nigga Tayshaun / And I’m off probation, so I’m back in the kitchen…Raekwon" — The Game ("Daytona 500")
Rodney Stuckey: "I wouldn’t fuck another girl out of the club / I was Rodney Stuckey, wasn’t giving my number up" — Wale ("Goodbye")
Both should get points for creativity rather than just name-dropping – though, which established rapper would really name drop Tayshaun Prince or Rodney Stuckey? – but I’m preferential to Wale’s verse. It cuts to an issue that has sat beneath the surface for years, and it shows Wale’s acute attention to not only the NBA, but interpersonal relationships, belief in symbols and our society’s difficult grasp of fairness. The Game, on the other hand, just needed a word that rhymed with Raekwon.