Bad Bunny is the latest artist to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant through his song titled, “6 Rings.” The Latinx music star dropped the new all Spanish track on SoundCloud late Monday night, just one day after the sudden loss of the NBA legend.
The song begins with sound bites from Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 and transitions into Bad Bunny singing about Bryant’s rings – all six of them: five NBA championships and one for Bryant’s wife Vanessa and their four daughters.
“Y felicidades, tú también ganaste seis sortijas / cinco en la NBA y un matrimonio que te dio tus hijas / Pensando que una se fue contigo me decontrolo/ Pero nah, eso es para que en el cielo no juegues solo,” Bad Bunny raps. Translated, “You won 6 rings, 5 with the NBA and one in a marriage that gave you your daughters / Thinking that one of them left with you, got me outta control / But nah, it’s so you don’t play ball alone in heaven.” The song ends with a sound bite from Kobe Bryant’s retirement speech after his final game at the Staples Center, where he spent his entire career as a Los Angeles Laker. “And from the bottom of my heart, thank you. […] What can I say? Mamba out.”
Bad Bunny’s song comes after his emotional Instagram post Sunday following the news of Bryant’s death.
“I would’ve never imagined that this would pain me so much!,” he wrote in Spanish. “I still remember the first time I saw a basketball game, at age 7 with my dad, and it was a game of this genius, and since that day he became my favorite player forever!! I have never mentioned it because it does not necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many ways for me to be what I am today... Rest in PEACE!! ”
Kobe Bryant died on Sunday morning when his helicopter crashed near Calabasas. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven other passengers on board also perished.
That night, the Grammys honored Bryant’s life at the Staples Center, home of the Lakers and many Kobe memories, with a performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men.
Kanye West and Chance the Rapper also paid tribute to Kobe during a midnight Sunday Service.
Over the years many other artists have referenced Bryant in their lyrics, including Lil’ Wayne, J.Cole, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.
In less than 24 hours since its release, “6 Rings” has received over 2.2 million listens on SoundCloud.
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