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If you are a REAL Kanye West fan, you know that he was a basketball player in his past life. From his many on-the-court references, to his Jordan drops, Kanye mentions “ballin” (in the athletic respect), in too many of his rhymes not to notice. To celebrate and adorn this exclusive to GIANTlife.com artwork by @technodrome1, here are a few of our favorite Yeezy basketball references…

RhymeFest Ft. Kanye West – “Brand New”

The survey says — by the streets according
Kanye’s just important as Michael Jordan
Was to the NBA when he was scorin’

Kanye West – “Power Remix”

I’m ’bout to hit that Jeff Gordon
Michael Jordan, the only one more important
But I be feelin’ like Jordan when I’m recordin’
‘Cause every time I record, I duck to slap the boards

Kanye West – “See me now”

The World of rollies and everyone families
Stay Jordan Fresh suits and Ferrari’s
Cute your shorty watch Barney, we at the barney’s

Kanye West – “Last Call”

I be doin like, just beats for local acts
just to try to keep the lights on, and then to go out and buy
get a Pelle Pelle off lay-away, get some Jordans or something
or get a TechnoMarine, that’s what we wore back then

Kanye West – “Gorgeous”

Penitentiary chances, the devil dances
and eventually answers to the call of Autumn
all of them fallin’ for the love of ballin’
got caught with 30 rocks, the cop look like Alec Baldwin

Kanye West – “This way”

My white girl wanna move back to Michigan
I’m pullin girls off the bench like a 6 man

I wanna a good girl she want a gentleman
we sayin’ the same thing like a synonym
I wasn’t really spittin game I was scrimmaging

Kanye West – “New God Flow”

Hold up, I ain’t tryna stunt man
But the Yeezy’s jumped over the jumpman

Kanye West – “Mercy”

“Now everybody is movin’ they body
Don’t sell me apartment, I’ll move in the lobby
Niggas is loiterin’ just to feel important
You gon’ see lawyers and n***as in Jordans

Kanye West – “Make’m Say”

And I heard em say, nothing’s ever promised tomorrow today
From the Chi, like Tim it’s a harda way.

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