City of Houston & NCAA Final Four has NBHHCM 2K11 Connection
The City of Houston is the host of the 2011 NCAA Final Four. The place known to many around the country as "H-Town" will be buzzing this weekend with all of basketball world preparing for the NCAA Final Four and the Championship game to be held on Monday April 4th.
The four-teams Butler, Connecticut, Kentucky, and VCU are loaded with young players who were born during the years 1989-1993. Those were four 1/2-years that had a huge impact to hoops and hip-hop culture born in 1984 that is known today as The "Dunkadelic" Era In America.
From 1989-1993 the Final Four was dominated by two teams that embodied the fusion of hoops and hip-hop culture the 1989-91 UNLV Runnin' Rebels and 1991-93 Michigan "Fab Five." The two programs meant just as much to the culture of hip-hop as it did to the landscape of basketball.
The City of Houston and Mayor Denise Parker were one of the15 major US cities to proclaim last June 2010 as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month).
These young players have grown-up entirely on the hoops and hip-hop culture. When they were starting Elementary School in 1995, 1996, and 1997 Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, and Tracy McGrady were the rising-stars of basketball that influenced the game and more importantly the culture.
Iverson has had more impact than any other player of generation on the culture, and his imprint is seen on kids today who dribble up and down the court with the speed of a track-star. Their ability to create shots off cross-over moves can be linked to him. When a kid steps on the court with a shooting-sleeve he's giving props to A.I.
Kemba Walker the UConn star guard who stands at 6'1 has explosive moves to the basket that many say reminds them of "The Answer."
The University of Kentucky comes to the Final Four as the favorite to win it all. They also come as the only team to have team photos with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.
Jay-Z stopped by their locker-room after their impressive win over N. Carolina 76-69 this past Sunday. He told them he was proud of them and wished the team good luck.
Jay-Z released his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" on June 25, 1996 the day before Allen Iverson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first pick of the 1996 NBA Draft (6/26/96). Jay-Z and Iverson are both iconic legends to the hoops and hip-hop culture.
The 2011 NBA Draft will be the 15th Anniversary of Iverson's arrival to the big-time stage of basketball, and his mantle as the number 1 all-time player to culture of hoops and hip-hop.
This years NBA Draft will be held June 23rd at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. June 23, 2011 will also mark the 40th Anniversary (6/23/71) the San Diego Rockets moved to Houston to become the Houston Rockets (the Rockets 40th Anniversary will be honored during NBHHCM 2K11).
Jay-Z is a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets who play at the Prudential Center. Will he be in the building to wish the Rockets organization another 40-years of success, and invite them to his 40-40 club.
The City of Newark and Mayor Cory Booker were also one of the 15 cities to proclaim June 2010 as NBHHCM.
H-Town will be the DJ to the "Big Dance" this weekend. What will be the theme song for a bunch of kids who only know one-style of music that goes by two words hip-hop!