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The 100 Best Songs That Reference Kobe Bryant

Here are the 100 best songs that reference Kobe Bryant. When the legendary basketball player died unexpectedly in a helicopter crash in February 2020, there was seemingly no community not crushed by the loss. Bryant's legacy reached a global scale: past his five rings, the LA Laker was an Academy Award-winner, philanthropist, and inspirational figure throughout a diverse variety of cultures. 

But, outside of the sports world, there was perhaps no cultural institution more impacted by Bryant than the rap scene. From Drake's lyrics about Kobe, to Chief Keef's 2012 hip hop track "Kobe," there are countless songs which include Kobe lyrics, and many rap songs which entirely center around Kobe Bryant. After his death, Reddit user lutang2 put together a playlist of 81 songs which reference Black Mamba, and in honor of his legacy, we've put together a list of 100 good songs that pay tribute to Kobe. 

Vote up the best Kobe Bryant rap songs below.

H/T: r/NBA

list ordered by
  • Kobe
    1

    Kobe

    Watch me hit the strip club make it rain like I’m Kobe
    Industry full of lames I play the game like I'm Kobe
    And since I think I'm Kobe my b***h don't like to know me
    This is for them n****s that be thinking they Kobe

  • THat Part (feat. Kanye West)
    2

    THat Part (feat. Kanye West)

    Beggars can't be choosers, b***h this ain't Chipotle
    N**** with an attitude, I feel like O'Shea
    Walkin', livin' legend, man I feel like Kobe

  • All Mine
    3

    All Mine

    All these thots on Christian Mingle
    Almost what got Tristan single
    If you don't ball like him or Kobe
    Guarantee that b***h gonna leave you

  • STARGAZING
    4

    STARGAZING

    Plus she know my baby mama is a trophy
    She be throwing up them B's, feel like we both bleed
    She keep my d**k jumpin' up, feel like I'm Moby
    I'm way too gold for this beef, feel like I'm Kobe, yeah

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    I lost a lot of love for missionary
    This the first time I react
    Me and top is like a Kobe and ville
    A father figure play with him you get killed
    Play with me and he will kill you himself

  • Sosa Chamberlain
    6

    Sosa Chamberlain

    My favorite player Rose, aye, money on him let's go
    We be on that bulls**t, we from Chicago
    My favorite player Kobe, you be holy moly

  • Swagga Like Us (feat. Kanye West & Lil' Wayne)
    7

    Swagga Like Us (feat. Kanye West & Lil' Wayne)

    Cause a slave my whole life, now I'm the master
    Naaaaa-na-naaaaa
    How it feel to wake up and be the s**t, and the urine?
    Naaaaa-na-naaaaa
    Tryna get that Kobe number, one over Jordan

     

  • This Is It
    8

    This Is It

    You hatin’, I’ll be somewhere slayin’ b*****s by their face on me
    Catch a fade, Kobe, with an eighth on me
    Not phased, don’t pass that s**t homie

  • Hell and Back
    9

    Hell and Back

    Time is money I ain't wasting time
    I'm feelin like Kobe I'm in my prime
    I swear I been hurt yeah too many times
    No I ain't got time for all them lies

  • Lie4
    10

    Lie4

    I'm balling now (stop)
    Yeah just like Kobe
    You calling now (stop)
    Yeah b***h you know me

  • Stay Schemin (feat. Drake & French Montana)
    11

    Stay Schemin (feat. Drake & French Montana)

    Kobe 'bout to lose a hundred fifty Ms
    Kobe my n***a, I hate it had to be him
    B***h, you wasn't with me shootin' in the gym
    (Huh! B***h, you wasn't with me shootin' in the gym)

  • Kids
    12

    Kids

    They too busy stabbing h**s like OJ
    They too busy trapping pros like Kobe
    The only thing I put before me is do re
    If you had told me the truth we'd be OK

  • Check
    13

    Check

    Call little shawty, made her f**k on my brodie
    If you don't owe me, b***h, still act like you owe me
    I promise I won't ever quit, b***h I'm Kobe
    And I whip that white, you can snow me

  • Big Stepper
    14

    Big Stepper

    I been tryna get a crib so long, now I got it, it's gated
    I been touchin' all these millions, I know they gon' hate it
    My chef cook up filet mignon, got sauce and then ate it
    N***a, I been ballin' every season like Kobe with eight

  • STAR
    15

    STAR

    I shine just like a popstar, MJ my initial
    Kobe Bryant with the spin moves
    If these n****s got issues, H-town with Beyonce
    Turn her to my prom date
    King pin like Jay Z, dance moves like J.T

     

  • No More Interviews
    16

    No More Interviews

    For ya, though, I guess I charged it to the game
    How much it cost? Around twenty88
    Going off like Kobe when he wore the Crazy Eights
    All y’all n****s looking like my kiddos wearing Bape

  • U Not Like Me
    17

    U Not Like Me

    You wanna get acquainted with me, you wanna know me
    From 3 point range with a Glock, I shoot better then Kobe
    See a n***a standing next to me, he probably my Co-D
    See a b***h getting in my whip, she probably gon' blow me

  • Ego (feat. Kanye West) - Remix
    18

    Ego (feat. Kanye West) - Remix

    I had dreams of the league
    One day I play Kobe
    I walk up to Puff and he already know me
    Coulda let the dream killers, kill my self esteem
    Or use the arrogance as a steam that power my dreams

  • Money
    19

    Money

    All my life, I had to grind and hustle
    I had to work like Kobe just to shine like Russell
    They say, "Glad you made it happen over night"
    They say, "Damn, you changed"
    I'm like, "Show you right"

  • Walk (Remix)
    20

    Walk (Remix)

    Yeah, now you boys know me, I ball better than Kobe
    Keep that .38 on me, f**k boy, so please don't approach me
    She got ash up on her knees 'cause I stand up when she blow me
    Got my first bag and took a risk, it was a car or the Rollie

  • Run Up the Racks
    21

    Run Up the Racks

    Bust down, cost a hunnit, n***a, that's a trophy
    Balling like I'm Kobe
    Shoot you like Ginobili
    Sitting on the court side, never in the nosebleed

  • The Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)
    22

    The Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)

    Rest assured, we getting festive in Miami now
    Told my n***a 'Ye I'm about to win the Grammys now
    Getting Johnny Cash old white folks know me now
    Standing close to the mic like I'm Kobe now

  • Back Like That (Remix) (feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo)
    23

    Back Like That (Remix) (feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo)

    We at the spot to chill, where the food get grilled
    She ordered the Kobe beef like Shaquille O'Neal
    Second I walked in, the whole room got still
    I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal

  • Adrenaline! (feat. Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel)
    24

    Adrenaline! (feat. Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel)

    Paid the front row seat watching Iverson
    First class air crafts what I'm flying in
    To L.A., Shaq, Eddie, Kobe Bryant and them
    Save the jokes for Chris Tucker, Richard Pryor and them

  • Life In California (feat. Jayo Felony & WC)
    25

    Life In California (feat. Jayo Felony & WC)

    I'm Kobe, you the n***a, I'm hoopin over
    Know me, big homey, the one and only
    Ice Cube don't get airplay
    Cause I'm from L.A. and rep where I stay