I’m just back from a nice long family fun weekend, and I wasn’t actually planning to do an OSM today, but the untimely passing of a legend forced my hand. Manute Bol passed away this weekend, and while Manute Bol has no direct link with hip hop, in the late 80′s and early 90′s hip hop and the NBA were like PB & J: chances are if you were into one, you were into both.

 

And that’s why, if you’re my age, hearing of Bol’s passing is rather sad. There’s something particularly 80′s about Bol’s improbable journey – a 7’6 Dinka warrior from the Sudan who moves to the USA to try and turn his incredible height into NBA cashola, and have it actually happen. We’re in a much more serious and cynical time right now – I mean can you imagine any NBA team playing a 7’6 dude who can barely play (I don’t think Bol ever averaged more than 5 points a game) and liked to launch crazy sling-shotted 3′s every now and again? Seems as if we’re unlikely to ever see the likes of Manute Bol in the NBA, and so for that (and his valiant efforts to help his homeland throughout his life), I salute the fella.

 

I couldn’t find much to link Manute to hip hop, but a couple references will have to do. The first is kind of fitting, in that it comes from Big L (“I got a crime record longer than Manute Bol”), who also passed much too early. The second comes courtesy of The Alkaholiks J-Ro (“You get ran on the court you dribble like Manute Bol”), which isn’t overly complimentary, but Manute wasn’t much for the dribbling. I’m sure there are others, but that’s all I can dig up for now. R.I.P. Manute.

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MP3:: Big L – MVP

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MP3:: Tha Alkaholiks – Can’t Tell Me Shit