A Grade-School Terror

This was only a matter of time: the Game has already committed to wax what is likely the first of many forthcoming Miami Heat references. There could not have been a more perfect musical lab rat. This was obvious, really.

Game's fondness for the NBA knows no limits. (Listen to these, too. At your own peril.) Neither do his self-consciousness, nor his looming presence as an inexplicable outsider. There is something strange about a guy on a major label whose career was anointed by a trinity of rap folks who couldn't get more mainstream--Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent--constantly moping around on the periphery as though he were left behind. (Left behind! Holy trinity! FD is evangelical!) He loves being a victim--of circumstance, of politics, of street life. Yet, he also loves being so brash and boastful that the sad-sack routine clashes with the lyrical bravado. Game is the ultimate establishment villain in that regard. Given the opprobrium that has poured forth for LeBron since he left Cleveland, there is a fitting, albeit temporary, alliance to be found among these two.

In a more general sense, Game's latest is also an appropriate theme song for a team that now will be the most hated in Cleveland, New York, Chicago, and many other places. Miami, suddenly entrenched as the NBA's signature glamor team, also has become a public enemy. Looking past the potential for beautiful basketball that could literally transform the sport, many fans will lash out at the conquering monolith with fear and envy. The Heat will take on the role of outsiders, then, raiding and pillaging rather than merely ruling. And that, we can only imagine, will inspire many more Game verses. Or maybe a face tattoo. Or something.

"I keep three heats on me
45, Glock, and the gage
LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and D Wade
Any n***a try to stunt, get sprayed
What happened to the body?
N***a M.I.A."

This is victory music. Coming at the end of the fourth quarter to an arena near you!

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At 7/16/2010 9:49 AM, Blogger SpoonyBard3000 said...

Oh Yes.

This is exactly what the Heat need to do - embrace the role of the villain. For the longest time it feels like the NBA has lacked for genuine bad guys. I guess the Lakers counted for some people (and Boston for others), but really it was just Kobe, and anyone who cared about basketball admired them anyway.

The only way for Lebron to get over the vast mountain of bad will he's engendered is to go under it. Climb down. Make us love to hate you. Be the evil wrestler. Laugh when the little children scream as you bodyslam their heroes into the announcers' table.

In that business, when the crowd loves what you're selling them? They call that Heat.

At 7/16/2010 10:39 AM, Blogger Jordi said...

It will be interesting to see how Lebron reacts to the hate. Will he be awkward like A-Rod, or lavish in it? I love the SpoonyBard3000's wrestling reference.
As for The Game, congrats to him for being the first to name check. I suspect Lebron and gang's name will be dropped as much in the next year as the cliched "Ike beat Tina" reference.

At 7/16/2010 12:13 PM, Blogger themarkpike said...

Reminds me of this tally of name-dropping from The Documentary.


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