Toronto Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan is a newly minted NBA All-Star. The road to get there hasn’t been easy, enduring losing seasons, years of hard work and the ups and downs of a rigorous schedule. But all those factors culminate in a payoff that feels totally vindicated – heading to New Orleans with big numbers on a winning team in playoff position. It almost wouldn’t be right any other way.
As a token of appreciation and recognition for the T.O. Hammer’s breakout season, Toronto emcee Crossword (of Vibonics) linked up with producer JU$TUNLTD for this tribute track, aptly titled “DeMar DeRozan,” mastered at the Kilzone by Juno nominee Fresh Kils. While Crossword is no stranger to athlete anthems (2011’s “Zach Randolph” and “Bang It Like Bautista”), this one has another layer of depth to it. In highlighting the hustle one must possess to rise in the Association, he makes constant comparisons to the life of an independent artist, on the road trying to make a name for themselves. If you peer close enough, the parallels abound.
But this isn’t about Crossword. It’s about DeMar, his grind and dedication that have let to his awesome season. Ball don’t lie.