The Unbeatable Dream

Akeem "The Dream" Olajuwon & Hurt 'em Bad The Unbeatable Dream 45 (Macola, 1987)

I've got a small collection of sports songs and I don't think there is a better tune involving a basketball player than "The Unbeatable Dream." Akeem Olajuwon, one of the NBA's all-time greats, contributes just 22 words and didn't write the song. He is the subject and the novelty voice. The art of the song belongs to an obscure group called Hurt 'em Bad. What makes the song so great is that it stands alone. Take The Dream out of it and you still have very very cool electro rap. Certainly this blows away rap attempts by Shaq, Chris Webber, and Ron Artest. Is it better than the Showtime Lakers and their "Just Say No" rap? Well, depends on how much you enjoy the styling of Kurt Rambis and Pat Riley.

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