We’re approaching the end of an era in professional basketball. On Wednesday, April 13, Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant will play the last game of his career, facing off against the Utah Jazz, and then retire. At 37 years old, Kobe has played his entire adult life in the NBA, entering the League straight out of high school in 1996. The Philadelphia native is a five-time NBA Final Champion, a two-time Finals MVP and an NBA All-Star 18 times over.
His twentieth season in, the Black Mamba announced his retirement back in November of 2015 with a poem. When he made his decision public, fans and rappers alike were quick to praise the “8th Wonder of the World” as a living legend in the game and congratulate him on an illustrious career. Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg and more shared their congrats to Bryant on social media. And as the date of Kobe’s last game has drawn nearer, Nike has made the decision to reissue every Kobe Bryant sneaker, ensuring his legacy will last far beyond his time on the court. Compton MC Kendrick Lamar even personally honored him with a send-off TV spot.
As ticket prices spike for The Black Mamba’s last game and fans flock to see him take the court for the last time, XXL wonders what rap song he’ll be bumping in order to prepare for the last professional game of his career. It’s a big decision; the pump-up playlist for a crowning moment in your life can set the whole scene. So we asked fans on Twitter what they think he’ll having blaring through his headphones tomorrow. Answers ranged from TLC to Young Thug to Drake and everything in between. Check up top to see which songs fans think Kobe’s going out on.