24 For 24: Kobe Bryant Mamba Mentality Playlist

Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, was arguably the best to ever do it. With a career spanning over 20 years, his impact was greater than basketball itself, and transcended the meaning of being larger than life.

Maintaining a strive for excellence, Kobe developed the Mamba Mentality. The Mamba Mentality is about passion, mastering your craft, and being the best at what you do. Kobe’s career, and his winningness to help others along the way embodied that. 

At times, it seemed as if Kobe Bryant was a real-life superhero, and when the world was notified on his tragic passing, the world stopped in an instant.

Throughout his lifetime Kobe carried a great collection of songs to help him push him to the limit. Also, there’s been songs that have referenced him, and songs that he was also featured in. All in all, such songs curated a soundtrack that defined the life and times of Kobe Bryant, thus creating the CTRL curated playlist 24 for 24. 

24 songs to honor No. 24 on and off the court. Songs included are songs Kobe mentioned himself as his favorites, songs that reference the legend, songs that he’s featured in, and sings that embody the mamba mentality. 

Kobe Bryant mentioned Reasonable Doubt by Jay Z as his favorite album of all time, along with American Gangster in close second, also Life After Death by Biggie Smalls (via Beyond The Buzzer). The NBA star one mentioned “Power” by Kanye West as his favorite song at the moment. 

He was also a huge fan of Lil Wayne, who named a song after him about being the best. “Swagga Like Us”, a song featuring Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West (and T.I and M.I.A) references Kobe, and it’s about recognizing no one compares.

In case you didn’t know, Kobe was featured on the official remix to Destiny’s Child’s hit single “Say My Name”, which makes sense considering both Kobe Bryant and Beyoncé are Virgo’s.

Also, at one point he listened to “Don’t Stop Believin” for 2 years straight, while he had been introduced to “Imperial March”. He also was featured in a Guitar Hero commercial with the song “Old Time Rock n’ Roll” playing in the background. According to The Game, his album The Documentary inspired the late athlete. 

Kobe Bryant was a huge fan of classical music with a Beethoven classic closing out the playlist. Stream it on Apple Music and Spotify.

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