Hip-Hop's Greatest Hockey Moments
Sticky Fingaz in Onyx's "React" video.
Despite a long-lasting lockout that vivisected this season, hockey is hotter than ever as this year's Stanley Cup Finals have become the highest rated games in history. In anticipation of tonight's game six between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, we've assembled the five most memorable moments of hip-hop and hockey intersecting. From the trend of hockey jerseys in rap videos to 50 Cent's first video appearance from a penalty box, rappers have hit the ice in some fantastic ways. Here's our picks for Hip-Hop's Greatest Hockey Moments.
5) Nelly Debuts with his St. Louis Roots
The beauty of rap being a regional-based genre of music, is how distinctly each of its artists sound with their lineage of influences easily traceable to their surroundings. When Nelly brought the St. Louis sound to a national audience in 2000, he made sure there was no confusion about where he was from. Along with a Cardinals jersey, Nelly proudly rocks hockey team St. Louis Blues' jersey. When you rep your city enough to rock several teams' jerseys in your debut video, you know you've done your hometown proud.
UGK's Pimp C and Bun B
4) UGK and the Quack Attack is Back, and They're Supposed to Bubble
When it came time to take promotional photos for Texas legends UGK's hugely under-appreciated sophomore album Super Tight, the late Pimp C decided to rock a Mighty Ducks jersey. Years before they were forced to become the Anaheim Ducks, the Disney-owned California team captured the magic of the movie in their on-ice attire. Super Tight came out the same year as the film's sequel D2: The Mighty Ducks, but unfortunately the chance for the trillest cross-promotion in history was sadly never taken.