‘Bruce Lee’: Award-winning Rapper Compares Kobe Bryant to the Martial Arts Legend

Published 05/10/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) stands for the National Anthem before their first round NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 29, 2012. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post (Photo By AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant had his reach way beyond the imaginary walls around an NBA court. He impacted the lives of people coming from varied backgrounds and interests. From a sports drink startup to an animated filmmaker, Kobe touched and revolutionized the lives of many. No wonder the entire world mourned his death and still carries the same pain.

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Ice Cube, an award-winning American rapper, recently sat down for an interview and let out what KB meant for him.

Artist Ice Cube explained why Kobe Bryant was so important to the society

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APRIL 7, 2013 – Kobe Bryant during their to the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Black Mamba fell in love with the sport of basketball when he was just six. Since then, he gave his blood, sweat, and time to the one game that gave him fame, success, and big money in return. However, when the time came that KB could finally live like a philanthropist and give back to society, a force took him away.

Noting this loss, the 51-YO compared KB’s character to a martial arts legend and expressed, “It’s like losing a superhero. I remember having a superhero like Bruce Lee and finding out he… you know. I put Kobe in that category in a way. So it’s a great loss to our courage in a way. People like Kobe help of all of us, summons the spirit in us, you know what I mean? Be the best.” 

He further added how Kobe forced those around him to get better at their art. The star performer exclaimed, “It takes courage to go there and challenge yourself because that’s the fight nobody knows but you. To challenge yourself, to go further, get better, and be better in that, you’re good but not good enough, keep going. This is what I love about athletes like, with that spirit that Kobe, I give T.O. that spirit too.”

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How did the rapper react when he heard the tragic news about the Lakers legend?

On the dark day of January 26th, 2020, the longtime Lakers fan and an admirer of Kobe Bryant, Ice Cube learned about the crash. He obviously could not believe his ears and wasted no time to drop Mamba a text message. The notable artist hoped for a response and told his own self that KB would surely respond as he finds time.

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In a previous interview, the Check to Self fame had detailed, “Me personally, I don’t have too many heroes that’s younger than me, and that was one of them.”

Well, that was one of the many tales where the talisman in Kobe had left a profound impact on a public personality. Did Black Mamba leave any such mark on your personal/professional life? Help us know in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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