KU Mailbag: Jayhawks get a shoutout from rapper Jadakiss?

10/25/2013 11:32 AM

10/25/2013 11:32 AM

It’s time for another Kansas mailbag … but first, yes, we saw that KU was referenced on the latest song from rapper/producer DJ Khaled. The song “Never Surrender” is pretty “not suitable for work,” so we won’t link to it here. But it features Meek Mill, Scarface, Akon and veteran Jadakiss, who drops in the KU line. “You could feel the picture, you don’t need to see the canvas… that (censored) Jay’ll Hawk you, he don’t even play for Kansas.” Jadakiss also used the line “family over everything,” a phrase co-opted by former KU standouts Marcus and Markieff Morris … and which has now become sort of an unofficial rallying cry with fans. So yeah, he might be a fan. So does a name-drop from Jadakiss mean anything? My friend Mark, a noted rap historian, says Jadakiss is probably something close to “the Quentin Richardson of rap” — at least the Quentin Richardson who was a solid complementary player for the Clippers a few years back. So it’s not as if KU just landed a name-check from Kendrick Lamar or Drake. (Though with Andrew Wiggins around, that Drake reference could come sooner than later.) My friend Mark also reminded me that rapper Lil Wayne, back in 2009, gave a shoutout to KU quarterback Todd Reesing in Brisco’s song, “Young (censored).” So there’s that. Let’s get on with the weekly mailbag: • Where does this Kansas-Duke game at the Champions Classic on Nov. 12 rank on the list of most anticipated non-conference games of the Bill Self era at Kansas? — Email from Ryan L. Let’s see: Two of the four winningest programs of all time. Mike Krzyzewski and Bill Self. Two freshmen who have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated (Duke’s Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins). The added intrigue of Chicago being Parker’s hometown. And the fact that Self is 0-3 in his career against Duke. Should be a decent game. I sent out a Twitter query on Thursday … and here’s our ranking of the most anticipated nonconference games of the last 10 years. Remember, that’s difference than the best nonconference games. For now, we’ll rank the Kansas-Duke game ahead of every game on this list besides Kansas-Florida in Las Vegas in 2006. 1. No. 10 Kansas vs. No. 1 Florida in Las Vegas, Nov. 25, 2006 After losing to Oral Roberts in the second game of the season, the sophomore trio of Julian Wright, Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers knocked off the defending champs. 2. No. 9 Georgia Tech at No. 2 Kansas, Jan. 1, 2005 Keith Langford hit a twisting shot in the lane with three seconds left as KU avenged an Elite Eight loss from the previous season — while playing without All-American Wayne Simien. 3. No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 2 Kentucky in New York, Nov. 15, 2011 The inaugural Champions Classic featured a preview of the eventual NCAA title game in New Orleans. Kentucky’s freshman-dominated lineup outgunned a KU squad rebuilding behind Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor. Honorable Mention: Kansas at Kentucky, 2005; Kentucky at Kansas, 2006; KU at Arizona, 2009; Kansas-Duke, Maui Classic, 2011.

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