Hip Hop Reacts To NBA Boycott: ‘The Power Of Unity’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 26: An empty court and bench is shown with no signage following the scheduled start time in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Milwaukee Buck have boycotted game 5 reportedly to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Hip Hop Reacts To NBA Boycott: ‘The Power Of Unity’

A number of rap luminaries are joining NBA players to take a stand against the social injustices that plague the Black community.

Published August 27th

In a show of solidarity, a number of hip hop stars have taken to social media to send their support to NBA players amid their boycott. 

  1. Yesterday (Aug. 26), in the thick of playoff season, the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers, as well as WNBA team Atlanta Dream opted to call off their scheduled games out of protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, a 29-year-old man from Wisconsin, was reportedly shot in the back multiple times by a police officer in Kenosha, on Sunday (Aug. 23). His family has since disclosed that he was left paralyzed from the waist down by the incident.

    In turn, the league announced in a statement via Twitter that the Wednesday games would be postponed and rescheduled. 

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  2. The news sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community, who reacted on social media. 

    Moments after the announcement, Diddy took to Twitter to salute the players, writing, “the power of unity! This is dope to see.” Styles P applauded their unified efforts as well. 

    “Shout out to all those young gentlemen in the NBA,” he tweeted out. “Stand tall young men y’all have the power and salute to the grand move!!”

    Lecrae also chimed in through the platform where he spoke out against people upset by the players’ decision, writing, “if you’re more upset about the athletes boycotting than you are about the death, division, and discrimination in our society...your priorities are wrong.” 

    Likewise, Ice Cube penned, “I applaud all the NBA players who decided that now is not the time for sport and play.”

    Over on Instagram, Snoop Dogg reshared Lebron James’ emotionally-charged tweet demanding an end to the senseless violence and acts of police brutality against Black people. He followed that up by sharing an image of the Milwaukee Bucks’ logo in a second post with the raised fist emoji.

    RELATED: Beyoncé Sends Her ‘Prayers And Thoughts’ To Jacob Blake And His Family

  3. It does seem that  the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers might not finish out the remainder of the NBA season. The Athletic journalist Shams Charania tweeted out that the league held a meeting later the evening to address the issue. While the Lakers and Clippers voted in favor of canceling the remainder of the season, the other NBA teams voted to resume games.

    Reactions to events have continued to pour in from across social media. Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Plies, Bas, Zaytoven, and more from the hip-hop community are lending their voices in support of  the NBA players amid their boycott. Check out their reactions below.

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