Over the weekend, Rick Ross delivered “Port of Miami 2,” his tenth studio album and the sequel to his debut album, “Port of Miami.” In sports, Rick Ross is the Miami Heat’s resident celebrity fan. He even has a Heat tattoo on his face. Rap and sports are often synonymous, so we spun Ross’ new album to catch all the sports references. Here they are:
“He got a Rolex and you know it’s new, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.”
On “Act a Fool,” Ross mentions boxers, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. Holyfield and Lewis are considered two of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. The two fought each other twice with the first resulting in a controversial draw in which many thought Lewis should have won. In the rematch, Lewis won via unanimous decision.
“Miami Heat, I rep like my name was Udonis.”
On “BIG TYME,” Ross references his loyalty to the city of Miami as comparable to Udonis Haslem’s loyalty to the Miami Heat, the only team Haslem has played for in his 17 NBA seasons.
“Court side, goin’ viral when them punches thrown.”
On “Rich N**** Lifestyle,” the late Nipsey Hussle raps about the 2018 Rockets-Lakers fight involving Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, and Brandon Ingram. Nipsey was sitting courtside when the fight occurred and fans joked how he appeared ready to join in on the fight prompting the image to go viral.
“Rich n*****, dirty game, I’m talkin’ Nick Saban.”
Later on “Rich N**** Lifestyle,” Ross indirectly mentions the NCAA and college football while directly mentioning Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. Saban is the highest-paid coach in college football and many believe that NCAA sports are unfair and considered dirty since the student-athletes are not being compensated financially. The NCAA also applies strict rules to their student-athletes regarding earning money off their likeness.
“Quick step, then I plant, just like I’m Durant.”
On “Running the Streets,” Ross references Brooklyn Nets forward, Kevin Durant’s dangerous quick jab step. Durant is widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA players of his generation and one of the best scorers of all-time.
“Peyton Manning with the poems, go look at the stats.”
On the very next line in Ross’ verse on “Running the Streets,” Ross compares his discography to Peyton Manning’s NFL career. Manning is considered to be one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time holding various different passing records and being a two-time Super Bowl champion.
“They back on the rampage, like Quentin.”
In the final verse of “Running the Streets,” Florida rapper Denzel Curry uses MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s nickname as an innuendo to describe the violence in Curry’s home county of Miami-Dade.
“I really needed Doctor Sebi dealin’ with these seizures, Junior Seau, concussion, suicidal every season.”
On “Vegas Residency,” Ross mentions his on-going complications with seizures and references former NFL linebacker, Junior Seau. Seau played in the NFL for 20 years collecting 12 Pro Bowl nominations, eight First-team All-Pro seasons, and ultimately was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Seau committed suicide on May 2, 2012. In 2013, it was revealed that Seau’s brain had shown definitive signs of CTE.
“All smiles, Kevin Durant trials, had to blow it on the court, I must have blew a milli’, I’m walkin’ on all charges, that’s my new Achilles.”
Kevin Durant once again is mentioned on the album, this time by his frenemy Drake on the song “Gold Roses.” Drake uses wordplay to compare Durant’s Achilles tendon injury sustained during the 2019 NBA Finals to his numerous legal court battles.
Did we miss any? Which lyric is your favorite? What is your favorite sports lyric of all time? Let us know!