Hip-hop and basketball go together like peanut butter and jelly. Playing a hot jam over the P.A. is a great way to hype up the crowd and it's incredible exposure for an artist, especially if the game is televised nationally.
Macklemore, however, isn't too happy that the Oklahoma City Thunder has been using "Can't Hold Us," his song with Ryan Lewis, to get the crowd going during their home games.
The rapper is from Seattle, the city that was home to the Thunder back when they were called the SuperSonics, before they pulled up stakes and move to OKC. Macklemore recently expressed his displeasure by responding to a fan's tweet about the Thunder's use of the song.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 13, 2013
He also re-tweeted Detlef Schrempf's tweet in which the former Sonic proclaimed the song is Seattle's, not Oklahoma City's.
It could all be a non-issue after tonight – or at least until next season -- as the Thunder is down 3-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies and could be done for the season, unless they pull out a win tonight at home in OKC.
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are doing just fine without the Thunder's help. The song, which also features Ray Dalton, is at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for its second consecutive week.
The Seattle rapper has close ties to the sports scene in his hometown. He wrote "My Oh My" in honor of the late voice of the Seattle Mariners Dave Niehaus and performed it live at the team's 2011 home opener, sporting a Mariners jersey.
He's also pals with Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll and made a surprise appearance at We Day Seattle, a concert event co-chaired by Carroll to which students gained admittance through their commitment to their school and local and global activism, according to KING5.com.
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