At just 41 years of age, Kobe Bryant left his friends, family, teammates, and fans heartbroken because of his tragic death in a helicopter crash.
Kobe impacted not just the game of basketball but fields beyond, even the realm of hip hop.
Plenty of famous artists have dropped the five-time NBA champions' name in their tracks.
Here are some of them...
"Kobe doin' work/ 2-4 on my shirt/ He the greatest on the court/ And I'm the greatest on the verse/ Going for the fourth ring like it was his first/ Gotta get the bling."
“Hundred thousand in one pocket, I get paid like I’m Kobe/ When these f--- boys play games, man I just play like I’m Kobe."
"I had dreams of the league, one day I’d play Kobe, Or walk up to Puff and he would really know me."
Credit: Youtube/ Beyonce
"I'm way too gold for this beef, feel like I'm Kobe, yeah/ This right here is astronomical."
"Kobe 'bout to lose a hundred fifty Ms/ Kobe my n----, I hate it had to be him/ B----, you wasn't with me shootin' in the gym."
"Still every team's number one pick in the draft/ You could bring anybody, weatherman, pick a day/ I’m Kobe, KD, Kyrie, pick a K."
Credit: Youtube/Nicki Minaj
"I ball, I ball, like Kobe in the fall/ Put trophies on wall, rather trophies on my mantle."
Credit: Youtube/Dwayne James
"With a splash of Monster Kody, Shoot faster than Kobe."
"Hope you ready for that Hall of Fame/ April 13th, Mamba Day forever/ Kobe gone, but his legacy gon' play forever."