Although Jay-Z isn’t keen on trying to influence Lebron’s decision to come to New York, but several of his hip-hop peers don’t care … they want King James in their city.
On a new mixtape track called “I Am The Man,” off of the Don Cannon-hosted The Choice Is Yours, rappers from several different cities plead their case as to why Lebron James should rock their city’s jersey next season.
Among the artists featured on the mixtape song include New York rappers Jadakiss and Uncle Murda, Los Angeles’ Nipsey Hussle, Cleveland’s Chip Tha Ripper, Florida’s Brisco, and The Cool Kids’ Mikey Rocks from Illinois.
Some of these cities are rumored to have interest in Lebron during the off-season.
In the opening verse, Jadakiss spits: “Come to the city where the ball drops on New Year, you win one chip it’s like you won two here / you love playing in the Garden, you run through there, just picture LeBron in the orange and blue gear.”
Then later, fellow NY rapper Uncle Murda tells King James to forget about Cleveland because it can’t compare to the Madison Square Garden.
“Ain’t nothing like playing at the Garden, LeBron you’re a star, but New York is a different level of stardom,” Murda spits. “You’re the truth, but the Cavaliers ain’t. Tell Cleveland you’re never coming back. Their city ain’t bright enough, keep their contract.”
While Murda and Jada want him in New York, and so do many others in the city, Chip Tha Ripper wants James to stay put in his hometown, rapping as if he was Lebron himself.
“Everybody want me to come help their team / bring gifts to my feet because they know I’m the King,” Chip spits.
Then, Chicago’s Mikey Rocks gives his plea, saying the Chi is “where champs get made.”
“You need a ring on your finger … come to Chicago, we’ll trade (Luol) Deng, every day same thing, wake up a King, get your name on Sears Tower / Cleveland just ain’t it, Miami got a nice beach, N-Y is filthy / United Center box seats, this is where champs get made if you’re the King come play just no more rings for LA.”
Nipsey Hussle chimes in at the end, telling Lebron about the LA lifestyle he should be living: “On my way to Cali, but I’m not talking Biggie / LA state of Mind, but I’m not talking Nipsey / I just want the trophy, and you should want with me / I’m on my way to Staples, tell the Cavs they can…”
Cannon, the host of the mixtape and producer of the track, loves how the project turned out.
The tape’s host, Don Cannon, loves how the project turned out and how each rapper came with it.
“I liked the concept,” Cannon told the New York Daily News. “I like how each rapper dug into their towns.”