11 Hip-Hop Titles to Yell at Sporting Events

I’ve never been much of a sports guy. Go ahead, rattle off your own enthusiasm about player statistics and seasonal team ranking predictions all you’d like but it’ll be less than likely to mean something to me. As sub-professional critics, my roommates spend extended periods of time intently watching games and yelling at our television in attempt to somehow undermine the referee’s foul calling abilities, often never setting foot outside of our apartment on Sunday-Game-Day. They’ll stream the most current game simultaneous to eating, studying, or even sleeping, only at the point of absolute necessity to leave our home (obviously bringing the game to mobile platform in this worst-case scenario). As an ad man and a product man, I can actually respect this. ESPN is doing one hell of a marketing job. But I’ve always felt like there’s something more important to do than be couched (or crouched depending on your sport watching involvement) for unending hours dedicated to an event I have zero weigh in.

It’s something about having no force in the outcome that brings me to feel a lack of invested interest and therefor a lack of attentiveness to any aspect of the game. My ADD wanders if there is nothing required of my own immediate psyche to create or change outcomes. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to be into sporting events — growing up I attended Lakers, Dodgers, and Kings games with my family fairly frequently, actually enjoying the experience of exploring each grand stadium and watching the game play out first-hand. During my undergrad I went to many CU Boulder football and basketball games with friends and colleagues, appreciating the highly involved social aspect of supporting our University’s teams. But looking back at my own attendance record I understand my subliminal hierarchal motives in sporting to include appreciating social camaraderie.

I could argue that I am unable to appreciate professional athletics due to my own lack of athletic skill. Maybe it is that I cannot identify with athletic precision because I do not play the sports myself. In the most widespread understanding of mainstream sports, my own diagnoses of what sporting lack-of-interest I experience is probably true. But that depends on how you define a sport.

I love backpacking. I could tell you all about my experiences hiking the John Muir Trail and pieces of both the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail for extended periods of time. I could tell you stories about being out in the backcountry of the Rocky’s and the friends I’ve made around a campfire. I also love surfing — sitting buoyant out on the water come 5:30am watching the sun peak over the horizon while bobbing patiently to claim a wave as my own — this drives my very well being. This is the stuff that’s important to me — one of a kind experience supported by a reward of positive consciousness and self-improvement. But since general society doesn’t understand this precision in widespread affluence, my passions are often considered more of hobby than sport. My lack of motivation to participate in football cult-hood is misunderstood by someone that has never slept in a tent or caught a swell.

In different direction but relation to respective interests, I love hip-hop music. I have spent time and energy studying content and genre sociology such as that a sporting fan does with a game. The simultaneous mix of music and culture is observably like a functioning combination of church and state. The projection of self-positioning and perspective within defined culture inspires original storytelling, leaving listeners to find resonance in empathy even if the message lacks personal identify. Maybe this is how people feel about watching sports? Who knows.

Anyway, I hold a great deal of information about hip-hop music and the expansive song catalogue identified in the genre — so I’ve decided to assemble a guide of sorts. Formed as a tool for hip-hop heads such as myself, this writing exercise is a list of hip-hop titles that can be verbally applied toward watching sports and the social involvement that comes with yelling at a screen. The titles I’ve listed below will legitimize your sporting commitment, even if you know nothing about the ongoing game. By yelling any of these hip-hop titles, you will portray a verbally seasoned understanding of any game streaming. Then, you can move on with your life as you so choose. Here we go:

11 Hip-Hop Titles to Yell at Sporting Events

  1. Protect Ya Neck — Wu Tang Clan (1993)
  2. Deep Cover — Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg (1992)
  3. Hold It, Now Hit It — Beastie Boys (1986)
  4. Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J (1990)
  5. Ain’t No Half-Steppin — Big Daddy Kane (1988)
  6. Watch the Throne — Kanye West, Jay Z (2012)
  7. We Tryin to Stay Alive — Wyclef Jean ft. Refugee All Stars (1997)
  8. Woo Ha! Got You All In Check — Busta Rhymes (1996)
  9. No Church In the Wild — Kanye West, Jay Z (2011)
  10. Quiet Dog Bite Hard — Mos Def (2009)
  11. Dirt off Your Shoulder — Jay Z (2003)
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