It seems strange to say, but sports and music go hand in hand. Look at the Super Bowl, the pre-game show and the half-time show are, for some fans, the highlight of the event. The spotlight it puts on the artists headlining is so bright that the NFL recently spoke about having artists pay for this premium performance spot!
The NBA All-Star game is no different! At the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend fans were treated to a bevvy of performances including Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., and Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue.
Additionally, fans saw surprise guests Busta Rhymes, P Diddy, Snoop Lion, Nelly, and Vanilla Ice! So while we can’t tell you who will be headlining next year just yet, we can get a look at the music that gets players hyped for the game and start planning our 2015 NBA All-Star Game Playlist!
Sophomores Weigh In
The days of being last year’s rookies are now well-behind them, but these ‘veterans’ weighed in last year on what get’s them pumped up for a big game. I wonder what the odds are that they’ll be singing to the same tunes this year?
Billboard.com asked five freshman from the class of 2013 about what gets them pumped:
Michael Carter-Williams, 76ers: "I mostly listen to Jay Z when I work out, or whenever. He's my favorite rapper. My favorite Jay Z song is either 'Lost Ones' or 'Beach Chair.'"
Tim Hardaway Jr., Knicks: "Before a game, I always listen to Jay Z's 'Blueprint 2.' On 'Blueprint 2,' every song is a hit, and every song gets you hyped to play. And I always listen to Meek Mill, Wale, Rick Ross and anything else from Miami. I love 'God Forgives, I Don't.'"
Cody Zeller, Hornets: "I listen to a lot of rap and stuff in the locker room and before games, but I'm a big country fan. I like Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith -- all those guys. There were probably four or five guys at Indiana [University] that listened to country as well, so all kind of stuck together and tried to get some country played every once in a while."
Trey Burke, Jazz: "Tupac Shakur has always been an inspirational artist to me. He's a guy that gets me hyped up before games, and I can relate to his lyrics. Besides Tupac? Jay Z -- his new album, 'Magna Carta,' is something I listen to before games, as well as J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' album. And Kendrick Lamar is a really good lyricist -- he gets me hyped and motivates me before games. Last but not least, I have to go with Drake. He's an artist that talks about greatness, being great and pushing yourself to that next level. All that music inspires me."
Ben McLemore, Kings: "Pretty much Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Drake, J. Cole, Wale, Rick Ross -- all those guys. I listen to them before games and they get me going."
Our Picks for This Year
We are the Champions - Queen
Hard In Da Paint - Waka Flocka Flame
Trophies – Drake
Team - Lorde
We think the titles speak for themselves, but which would you put on your playlist for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend?
See the Performers (and Starters) LIVE!
We already know that the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend will take place in—where else—New York City! Split between Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the city will play host to the NBA’s best and brightest.
Based on this year’s NBA Draft and the off-season shuffling that’s taken place, 2014-2015 will make for one of the most interesting seasons yet and we cannot WAIT to see who will earn a spot on the All-Star roster.
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