"DUNKARIZED" the New Poster Term from the Creator of Dunkadelic
February 6, 2012- Back in February 1997 Derrick E. Vaughan of Baltimore, Maryland was watching a college basketball game that featured the University of Kentucky and their star guard Ron Mercer when he was hit by a thundering bolt after seeing a highlight-reel dunk by Mercer. That bolt was the creation of hoops/hip-hop term "Dunkadelic."
Almost 15-years to the month later Vaughan was hit by another bolt this was after the monster highlight dunk by Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin. "DUNKARIZED" came to his mind just like "Dunkadelic" did 15-years earlier.
Vaughan had been listening to George Clinton's "Parliament Funkadelic" a few days prior to creation of the Dunkadelic terminology in 1997.
Derick wanted to create a one-word term that would define hoops and hip-hop culture and Dunkadelic was it.
The inspiration to "DUNKARIZED" can be linked to term "Posterized." There is also the connection to the late rap-icon Notorious B.I.G. and his smash hit "Hypnotize."
Vaughan says, "when "DUNKARIZED" came to me after Blake's dunk on Perkins I had been listening to Biggie. He's one of my favorite rappers of all-time (Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Rakim, Jay-Z, and Tupac) and time-to-time I find myself going to You Tube and watching his music videos. Biggie's "Hypnotize" was indeed an inspiration for "DUNKARIZED."
"Vaughan continues, Biggie makes you Hypnotized, and Blake can get you DUNKARIZED"
Will "DUNKARIZED" get to the same level of success that Dunkadelic achieved. It was the name of the sneaker (ATR Dunkadelic) that Allen Iverson wore for the last played NBA game of Michael Jordan's career on April 16, 2003.
NBA Inside Stuff published the Special Collector's Dunkadelic Issue Dec/Jan 2005 with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Vince Carter, and Tracy McGrady on the cover.
LeBron had the "Dunk of the Year" a day earlier than Blake's when he soared over John Lucas III.
Dunkadelic made it all the way to the White House (White House Dunkadelic) was the headline title of the Miami Heat when they visited President George Bush 5-years ago in February 2007.
The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America, 1984-Present is the headline title of the hoops and hip-hop culture era born in 1984 that continues today. It is the foundation to June being selected as NBHHCM National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month.
Kendrick Perkins the player that got "DUNKARIZED" by Griffin was born in 1984 the birth-year of The "Dunkadelic-Era."
Blake Griffin can be proud that he is the inspiration to the term "DUNKARIZED" and help usher in a new dunk term to the world of basketball.