In 1936, Homer Marshman founded the Cleveland Rams as one of the eight initial teams from the two-year run of the American Football League.
In 1973, DJ Kool Herc began playing records in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.
Here are the five greatest intersections of the two ever since.
#5 - Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q Attend LA Rams Training Camp
This is one of two new entries and the weakest of the list. No actual rapping. No Rams jerseys. Just two of the biggest names in the 2016 rap game at camp.
Honorable reference #1: Subtle Rams-but-not reference from K Dot in Q’s “THat Part (Black Hippy Remix)”
"I quietly had to hold this tool reminding me of the block I repped, the turf I stepped" - @kendricklamar just gave us the TST motto— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) July 20, 2016
Honorable reference #2: Rams CB E.J. Gaines is Kendrick Lamar’s doppelganger
Finkle is Einhorn.
#4 - YG rocks a Todd Gurley jersey in “Why You Always Hatin?” video (EXPLICIT)
The 2:51 mark is what you’re looking for.
Should YG turn out a bigger career than what he’s on now or Gurley see his NFL fortunes rise, this could end up higher on the list.
#3 - Nelly, Country Grammar, Orlando Pace and clothing direction
The first look is at 1:02, but cuts are throughout the video...Nelly wore a backwards Orlando Pace jersey at some performance that made it in to the Country Grammar video.
So yes, this tops YG for Orlando Pace, NFL Hall of Famer and St. Louis-thanker, but also for wearing a jersey backward.
From Kris Kross to Nelly to the next pioneer, we here at TST salute artists who don’t feel compelled to wear clothing that adheres to a directional bias.
Be free, Rams fans. Be free.
#2 - Ram It
Oh, you thought this was an automatic #1? Sadly, no.
No, the most well-researched Rams rap crossover of all time comes in #2 on the list.
There’s a good chance that Ram It, this goofy 1980s song that is quite clearly too heavy handed in its sexual innuendo that is not Todd Gurley and not Jeff Fisher, is the most popular thing related to the Rams of the last few years.
#1 - Rams WR Tony Horne was a backup dancer in Nas’ “Oochie Wally” (EXPLICIT)
Tony Horne was an undrafted free agent rookie out of Clemson who passed by the 1998 NFL Draft joining the Rams in the buildup to the Greatest Show on Turf. Horne featured for three years primarily as a kick returner, though he did have two touchdowns (on just four receptions...) as a receiver in 2000.
But Horne, a native of Queens, New York, apparently was a childhood friend of famed rapper Nas before walking on at Clemson:
@Nas Happy B-DAY BIG HOMIE. BRING THAT ILLMATIC FLOW BACK TO THE STREETS, NINJA'S NOT READY, YOU THE KING. GET @ ME CUZ-O— Tony Horne (@TonyHorne82) September 14, 2011
In June 2000, Nas released what is quite possibly his worst song, “Oochie Wally” as a remix with the Bravehearts, a group Nas helped promote featuring his brother, Jungle, and two other rappers from Nas’ home, the Queensbridge housing projects: Wiz and Horse.
In the video for “Oochie Wally”, a song in which each rapper boasts about their sexual prowess before referencing their sexual prowess but not before accentuating their sexual prowess culminating in an ultimate declaration of their sexual prowess, the rappers are flocked by various women in various locales helping to demonstrate the full extent of the artists’ sexual prowess. At various points, you can see Horne in the background...well, just kinda being in the background.
And so it was that Tony Horne, he who gave the Rams a scoreboard-flipping 21-14 lead over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoffs with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half, leaned in to the camera just months later as Nas’ brother opined he would “hit her where she doodie at.”
Ladies and gentlemen, your greatest rap-related Rams moment of all time.