Michael Jordan Had Real Love For N.O.R.E, According To Alex Thomas

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PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 24: Michael Jordan attends a press conference before the NBA Paris Game match between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks on January 24, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: N.O.R.E. attends the Summer 16 After Party Hosted By Future at Club Aces on August 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Despite claims that he hates rap music, Michael Jordan was apparently a big fan of N.O.R.E's "Nothin."

N.O.R.E infamously stated that Michael Jordan hates rap music, even though he's one of the most commonly referenced athletes in the genre. During an interview in 2016, he explained that he ran into Jordan when he witnessed the NBA legend say “F*ck rap.” “We were all sitting there waiting to speak to Michael Jordan. N***s said, ‘Yo, Redman and Method Man is here.’ [MJ] said, ‘F*** rap.’ I seen the n***a say that,” he recalled, adding “He only spoke to Hov...that’s without a doubt.” MJ’s reps vehemently denied the claim but N.O.R.E shared a photo suggesting Jordan wanted no part with the rap community.

Perhaps, there’s some credibility behind Michael Jordan’s denial. Comedian Alex Thomas recently spoke to HipHopDX where he shed light on Jordan’s apparent appreciation for N.O.R.E’s catalog. Thomas, whose claim to fame was introducing “Tatalicious” to the masses, said Jordan actually recognized him from his appearance in Noreaga’s “Nothin” music video.  Thomas said he ran into Jordan in Chicago at a party. “Michael Jordan walks up to me and straight up looks me in the face and goes… ‘Tatalalicious! Tatalalicious!’ Man, when I tell you a small tear came out my eye. I couldn’t believe that guy knew who I was,” he recalled.

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Former player Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls addresses the crowd during a 20th anniversary recognition ceremony of the Bulls 1st NBA Championship in 1991 during half-time of a game bewteen the Bulls and the Utah Jazz at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Apparently, Michael Jordan loved the song that he listened to it nearly a dozen times during the day. “He’s like, ‘Man, that shit’s so funny. That’s my favorite song. I’ve seen that video 10 times today.’ I was like, ‘Michael Jordan, can you sign my shoes?’ I took a shoe off and put it in his face. He signed that bitch right, and everybody was on the floor dying,” he recalled. Thomas confirmed that it was a pair of Air Jordan.

“I don’t know if he was a fan of N.O.R.E. or if he was like every other human being who turned on the TV that year,” Thomas continued. “If you were watching BET or MTV, the song played 10 times every day and you saw that video.” N.O.R.E’s claims aside, it seems as though Jordan doesn’t actually hate rap music. After all, Air Jordan has worked with everyone from Terror Squad to Drake and Travis Scott in recent times. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.