25 Hip-Hop Lyrics That Name-Drop Dwyane Wade
After 16 seasons in the NBA, Dwyane Wade ends a Hall of Fame-worthy career tonight—a career that includes three championship rings, Finals MVP honors, 13 All-Star game appearances, two scoring titles and dozens of lyrical shout-outs from some of the game’s most popular rappers, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar.
Over the last decade and a half, very few NBA players have had as much impact on the game as the man they call Flash, who many consider to be an all-time top five player at his position. The Miami Heat on-court exploits have also put him near the top of the list when it comes to being name-dropped on wax, an achievement most modern-day athletes hold in high regard.
The Chicago native and Miami Heat star was sent off in style on Tuesday (April 9) in his final home game, after which he reflected on his NBA tenure. "It's meant everything," Wade said in the post-game interview. "To be able to come [to Miami] and be embraced, to find a home, to be able to grow. I think that's the one thing. When I was on the court early on and Stan [Van Gundy] let me grow, as a player, to whether it was mistakes I made in life to whatever it was, this city has allowed me to grow. I hope they are proud of what they have helped me become."
In honor of D. Wade leaving the game for good after an illustrious basketball career, XXL compiles a list of some of rappers’ best lyrical name-drops of the NBA great.
“I am Dwyane Wade of recording/You more like Kobe Bryant with no endorsements”
“Me? I gotta plug Special Ed, 'I Got It Made'/If Jeezy's payin' LeBron, I'm payin' Dwyane Wade”
“I ball hard like LeBron James/And Rozay D. Wade nigga” – Meek Mill
“You could catch me courtside in Dywane Wade house/With a high yellow thick bitch wit' her legs out”
“They want that union, they want that D. Wade/I tell a ho just be happy they getting leeway”
“It two years, Dwayne Wayne became Dwyane Wade”
“I been serving bricks since like the first grade/I been counting bands, balling like I'm D. Wade”
“Open my eyes, yes sir this is what I'm made for/To go hard in the paint like D. Wade or D. Rose”
“Yeah, I'm back on the Forbes, shit crazy (Yeah)/I make more than Dwyane Wade, baby (Pop it, pop it)”
“And last party we had, they shut down Prive/Ain’t that where the Heat play? (Yeah)/Niggas hate ballas these days (Yeah)Ain’t that like Lebron James?/Ain’t that just like D. Wade? Wait”
“40 cal under the passenger seat/Like D. Wade, since day one been riding with the heat”
“Ooh hey, word on the streets, Khalifa's a beast/Shit, 'bout to go D. Wade, hit 'em with the heat”
“You could be Gina and I will be Martin/And you can be Gabrielle and I’ll be Dwyane Wade/I know you very well and we want the same thing”
“Get my nut then fade to black, Damier the greater black/On the road we got the heat just imagine D. Wade in black”
“Look, here shawty if you wanna ball (woo)/In my D. Wade jersey so who wanna war”
“I make that pussy feelin' like it's mac n' cheese/Like Dwyane Wade, I be packin' heat”
“Posted, in the cut, low pro, Nate Robinson/Ballin, D. Wade, Chris Paul, A.I., and I'm hoopin” —Like
“In the gym but it's not the ‘nastic/D. Wade shit, got to flash it”
“Catch a fuck nigga slippin', run up on then wait/They don't want me, Allen or D. Wade”
“Swept up with that broom nigga, hit his ass with that T-Pain/That auto'll tune niggas, that Heat with me like D. Wade”
"'Til some overrated lames in the game got in the way/I'ma have to take it over, James and D. Wade”
“Poppin’ bottle like I’m D. Wade/Tell them bring me like three Spades”
“If you gone put me on this, you know I number three on this/That's Dwyane Wade boy you better put some D on this” —Dom Kennedy
“Look nice, but act ghetto without the clean fade/M-V-P me like D. Wade” —Hodgy
“The sun shining these niggas looking for shade/Streets hottest youngin got more heat than D. Wade”