He’s the first NBA player to ever finish a season in the top 20 in all major statistical categories. He once dunked by jumping over the New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. He was voted to be the captain of the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 17. And he’s the star player on the winningest team in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks.
But the most telling sign that the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a basketball great: all the rap song shout-outs.
From superstars like Lil Wayne and Travis Scott, to Milwaukeeans DC the Don and IshDARR, scores of rappers have dropped Giannis’ name in their tracks to symbolize greatness. And as the Greek Freak’s career continues, there’s bound to be a lot more.
‘Big Bad Wolf,’ Lil Wayne
We know Weezy’s been a lifelong Packers fan, but lately he’s been cheering on the Bucks, too, evident by this 2018 track.
The shout-out (the 3:22 mark): “I got a Greek freak, she call me Antetokounmpo”
‘Toxic,’ Public Enemy
Most rappers offer a lone reference to Giannis, but the infinitely wise Flavor Flav does four here.
The shout-out (first reference at 0:58): “Savage, they/Say we can’t stop it/Flav, PE, rock it/Antetokounmpo/No, Mutombo I blocks it”
‘Dangerous World,’ Mustard featuring Travis Scott
YG’s also on this track, but before he shows up, Scott drops an allusion to Antetokounmpo.
The shout out (0:26): “Park the Lambo’, took the Brinks truck/Become a Greek Freak when you see bucks“
‘Vacation,’ Flatbush Zombies featuring Joey Bada$$
Guest Joey Bada$$ is the one with the Giannis love on Zombie’s 2018 single, and he offers more than a simple name drop, alluding to the Greek Freak’s offense and defense skills under the basket.
The shout-out (1:45): “Like (expletive) the cops, uh, posted on the block like Giannis/
I promise, they call me Mr. Brooklyn’s finest”
‘Chrome (Like Ooh),’ Rapsody
The Grammy-nominated rapper included a Giannis mention on the third track for her first album on Jay Z’s label Roc Nation.
The shout-out (3:11): “Called Mama/Told her ‘bout my summer reign/She thought ‘bout Carl Thomas/I said no no no, no no I more like Giannis”
‘Irishman Freestyle,’ Action Bronson
Besides being a rapper, Action Bronson’s a TV host, published cookbook author, star of an upcoming Martin Scorsese film and, evidently, a Bucks fan.
The shout-out (0:22): “I caught a DUI coming out the Trey Songz concert/(Expletive) was bonkers, Bronson slam like Giannis”
‘Outwork You,’ Zauntee
The Christian rapper equates Giannis with the definition of incredible success.
The shout-out (2:06): “My friends is Jesus, my family, and all these dead presidents/Wrist on ice cream, like Giannis I’m balling”
‘MF Czar,’ Czarface and MF Doom
Bonus points for also sliding in a reference to a former Bucks great, Jack Sikma, who played from 1986 to ’91 (although Sikma’s peak achievements happened before then, when he was on the Seattle SuperSonics).
The shout-out (1:41): “Keep it a Buck like Giannis or (expletive) Jack Sikma”
‘Beloved,’ Dave East and Styles P
On the title track from this collaborative album, it’s Styles P showing Giannis some love.
The shout-out (2:17): “Not Milwaukee but I get to the bucks like the Greek Freak.”
‘Winter,’ Money Man
Living up to his stage name, Money Man made waves when he actually bought out his contract with Cash Money Records. This three-month-old track has 1.1 million YouTube views and counting.
The shout-out (2:28): “Balling on (expletive) like Antetokounmpo/White-collar dollars, I found me a loophole”
‘Floating Goat,’ Vinnie Paz
At this rate, Giannis would have a shot at a GOAT consideration (as in Greatest of All Time). Here the Italian-born, American-raised Paz praises his ability to score close to the rim.
The shout-out (1:48): “Fire at close range pal, Antetokounmpo”
‘Greek The Freak,’ DC The Don
The California-based up-and-comer was born in Milwaukee, which might explain why he has a song named after Antetokounmpo (and another named after Jeffrey Dahmer).
The shout-out (first reference at 0:36): “I’m ballin’ like Greek the Freak/I blew 30 bands a piece”
‘Dumb Playing,’ IshDARR
As far as we can tell, the Milwaukee-based breakout is the first rapper who name-dropped Antetokounmpo in a song way back in 2016, and the Bucks even let him film the music video on the court. How things have changed in two years: Not only was this shot at the Bradley Center, but IshDARR also drops a reference to Jabari Parker, who left the Bucks and signed with the Chicago Bulls this past offseason.
The shout-out (0:25): “Switched my career and told my mama I’m gonna innovate/Giannis to a Parker, told them all that I’m about to fade.”
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