The final night of regular season play for both the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers set an incredible precedence for this weekend’s 2016 NBA Playoffs. Stephen Curry and the Warriors bested the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ 20-year record by one win, finishing with a historic 73-9 record. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant played his last game as a professional and mustered up 60 points for fans who had packed the Staples Center in hopes just to see him score a few buckets.
One rap star who knows a thing or two about playing basketball is Master P, who, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actual live out a couple of stints in the NBA and he paid a visit to DXHQ to give his two cents on such a legendary night on the hardwood.
“With the Kobe Bryant situation, I feel like this man has paid so many dues and it’s the last time you going to see him on a basketball court,” P says. “So you gotta think that it’s gotta be the best night for any athlete–that’s leaving the game. That’s like me putting out a platinum album and being like, ‘Bye…?’ You know what I’m saying?”
For the record, the Colonel of the No Limit tank did just that in 1998 after releasing his double-disc opus, MP: Da Last Don and entered a short-lived retirement to focus on his company’s business aspect and get athletic. During the 1998 NBA pre-season, the rap great born Percy Miller had a contract with the Charlotte Hornets, who also had a three-point marksman named Dell Curry on the roster. Unbeknownst to everyone, his son would grow up to become the league MVP and make more than 400 three-pointers in one season. All bias aside, P does feel Curry had the better night this past Wednesday.
“Steph Curry, you can’t take it away. They beat the Bulls record [to get] the most wins in the regular season, which is crazy,” Master P says. “What’s crazy is I played with Steph Curry dad and I remember seeing him as a little kid and seeing what he’s doing now, it’s crazy. Because you’ll see a little person that’s in a game where it’s supposed to be a big person’s game and he’s dominating. But look at the hard work he put it. That’s why I feel good about my team. We putting in that type of work in. We in the studio 24/7. When you do that you can’t do nothing but get better.”
During a DX Music Thursday meeting last month, Master P revealed the Charlotte Hornets general manager ultimately decided to waive him because he was told his music was “pure filth” and he couldn’t stick around in the heart of Bible Belt City.
The prime focus of Master P’s interview was to commemorate the 20th anniversary of first platinum album, Ice Cream Man, an album P tells us is his hands-down his best work to date.
Check back in with HipHopDX for the full interview early next week.