On Tuesday night at the Barclays Center, for a matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets, rappers Jay Z, Biz Markie, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, and rap-rocker (is that a thing?) Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes were all on hand. So, it only seems fitting that today Andrew Keh of the New York Times would have a feature piece on Nets' head coach Jason Kidd's fleeting rap, um, career.
Twenty years ago, Kidd released a rap song called "What the Kidd Didd," featuring Money B, which was on "B-Ball's Best Kept Secrets," a record that included Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Payton, among other NBA players.
Keh wrote a fantastic piece about Kidd's track, which is a must-read for Nets fans, NBA fans, Hip-hop historians and people who, well, like good reads.
There doesn't seem to be any chance that coach Kidd will one day resurrect his rap career -- not sure if "career" is the right word here, but maybe we can call it a "hobby" -- especially now that he's a two-time Coach of the Month award winner in his first season as a head coach. But, if you listen to Kidd speak during his press conferences, you can hear the same muted, monotone rap-like vocals, but typically with less rhyme, rhythm -- Coach, any updates on Kevin Garnett? How have you dealt with the struggle? Are you concerned about Brook Lopez fitting in to your system? "Don't sweat it everything's gonna be alright, but all you really need to know is I'm tight."
I feel you, Coach Kidd. I feel you.
- Jason Kidd's Bad Rap, Now 20 Years Old - Andrew Keh - New York Times