NBA Name-Drop: Too $hort’s ‘Dub Nation’ a Resounding Championship Anthem for Warriors Fans
The Golden State Warriors are back at Oracle Arena in Oakland with their sights set on evening their series against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. With Kevin Durant still working his way back from a calf strain and Klay Thompson coming off a hamstring injury, the two-time defending champions will need all the support they can muster against Kawhi Leonard and a formidable Raptors squad.
Fortunately for Stephen Curry and company, they’ll have plenty of backing from their beloved Dub Nation, including Too $hort. The Los Angeles-born, Oakland-raised rapper has long been a fan of the Warriors, and even went so far as to pen his own anthem, entitled “Dub Nation,” for his Hella Disrespectful: Bay Area Mixtape after his team took home the title in 2017:
Game over (Game over)
Raise ‘em up (Get up outta here)
Who’s the champ? (We are)
They say it’s us (Dub Nation)
Who got the trophy? (Dub Nation)
And all the women? (BITCH!)
Next season we’ll still be winnin’
We’ll still be pimpin’, we still gon’ kill ‘em
Once the chorus is through, the song begins in earnest with Too $hort taking down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who succumbed to the Warriors in five games during the 2017 Finals after emerging with a stunning seven-game victory in 2016:
Whooped yo’ ass, it was so much fun
Made it back to the Finals, and we won
You love LeBron? You wanna get you some?
I say ‘Fuck the Cavs’ ‘cause we number one
The West Coast hip-hop icon acknowledges that KD gave his team an unfair edge:
Yeah, we got K.D., we don’t play fair
Don’t cry little bitch, we real players
Later on, he shows love for all four of the Warriors’ core All-Stars:
Yeah, we got Steph and Klay
Come to Oakland, every team we play
The whole NBA, we can beat it
We damn near undefeated
Draymond Green, Kevin Durant
And that bench—they don’t know how to quit
The Dubs will need to summon some of this same spirit to take to Toronto in the coming games. Some better luck with health for Kevin, Klay and the rest of the roster would be huge, too.
But with Too $hort in the building, Golden State should have no trouble finding reminders of their glorious recent past to fuel a push through the immediate future. And if the Warriors triumph en route to their third straight title and fourth in five years, perhaps the rapper will have another track ready to help celebrate.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.