After four months of uncertainty across the sports world and beyond, the 2020 NBA season is officially back.
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to run rampant, many fans and players were unsure if the season could continue or be a bust. Thanks to the best sports league, the organization seems to have things under control as teams are isolated in the NBA bubble in Orlando. On opening night alone, we got Zion Williamson alley-oops and LeBron James hitting a game-winner, what more could you ask for?
Since the games don’t have the energy from fans to cheer the players on from the stands, music is a great way to keep players pumped up and TSFJ has you covered on proper selections. Here are five songs to add to your Bubble Vibes playlist as we welcome the NBA back to our TV screens.
J. Cole, “Lion King On Ice”
Could fans be getting a new album from “Mr. Went Platinum Without Any Features?” It certainly seems that way as J. Cole recently released two new songs including, “Lion King On Ice.”
For Cole fans who have been following him since his mixtape days back in 2007, the title of the track comes as no surprise as the rapper has often referred to himself as “Young Simba”, an ode to the classic Disney character. It seems Cole is coming to terms with taking the title to sit on top of the hip-hop throne amongst the greats. “Lion King On Ice” finds Cole reflecting on his life and the challenges he’s faced throughout his career. It’s highly likely this Cole track is on repeat for LeBron James. Long live the king!
Travis Barker feat. Run The Jewels, “Forever”
Rock and hip-hop is never a bad combination! Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Run The Jewels prove just that on their fiery single, “Forever.” The song comes as a follow-up to their previous 2014 collaboration, “All Due Respect.” With Barker’s production, “Forever” beams with his signature drums as RTJ’s El-P and Killer Mike spit bars effortlessly across the beat, proving the trio’s magic touch. As the hook finds the MCs repeating lines, “This the jungle,” the enticing lyrics and hard-hitting production seems like the song could easily fit in an NBA promo commercial.
Hit Boy and Dom Kennedy feat. Nas, “City on Lock”
Dom Kennedy is an artist with a loyal fan base that is constantly asking him about dropping new music. Well, the Westside rapper is back with a collaborative album alongside super-producer Hit Boy. The two have worked together in the past, but on their latest standout track “City on Lock,” they teamed up with Nas as they talk about their upbringing, loyalty, Black ownership, and hustle mentality. The NBA players may take a liking to this song as they’re resuming the season to put on for their city with hopes of bringing home a championship.
DJ Khaled feat. Drake, “GREECE”
Drake and DJ Khaled collaborating on a track is like playing at a live dealer casino and getting dealt an ace and a king, it’s the ultimate pairing. Fans have seen it many times on songs such as “For Free” or “I’m On One.” Well, the two got another one on their latest single “GREECE,” as Drake croons about treating his significant other to the finer things in life such as luxurious gifts and vacations. With a pandemic looming across the world, “GREECE” has listeners reminiscing about lavish getaways to different countries and islands. Until the world (especially the United States) can get a handle on the pandemic by creating its own bubble, people will continue to dream about enticing travels.
Nyck Caution feat. Flipp Dinero, “More Than I Deserve”
Perhaps listeners are familiar with Nyck Caution collaborating with artists like Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, or Flatbush Zombies, while others have been patiently waiting for the Pro Era rapper to drop a follow-up to his 2016 album, Disguise the Limit. Well, Caution is back with his latest five-track EP, Open Flame. On the Flipp Dinero-assisted track “More Than I Deserve,” the two rappers spit rhymes on taking their careers to new heights. Concentration and knowing one’s self-worth are key factors for anyone to elevate through life as they say:
“There’s a time to play / And a time to work / Got to find your way / Got to find your purpose”
What other songs does your favorite NBA player need on their Bubble Vibes playlist? Let us know in the comments!
Mya Singleton a.k.a. Mya Melody is a music writer hailing from the Bay Area. As the current music editor for TSFJ, think of her as the playlist virtuoso or the audio aficionado for sports fans everywhere. Although music is her first love, she occasionally partakes in any argument regarding the NBA. She’s a huge Kobe Bryant fan who’s still upset Chris Paul never became a Laker. To this day, Hardball is one of the saddest movies she’s ever watched, R.I.P. G-Baby! Follow her as she navigates to change the face of music journalism and remember, a wise philosopher once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”