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Thank Yeezus for this mashup of I Love Kanye and John Tesh's Roundball Rock

Thank Yeezus for this mashup of I Love Kanye and John Tesh's Roundball Rock


It's officially Tesh-approved

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You can't ask for much better mashup fodder than Kanye West's "I Love Kanye": it's short, spare, rhythmically precise, and unmistakable no matter the context. That's a long way of saying it's "good." John Tesh's baroque, absurd "Roundball Rock" was the theme song for NBC's NBA coverage for over a decade, and it's impossible to hear it without seeing Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen dunking on haters in your mind's eye. It's one of the greatest sports themes of all time. That's a long way of saying it's "also good."

I'm happy to report the combination of "I Love Kanye" and "Roundball Rock" — for which you can thank SBNation's Mark Hinog, who is now a certified genius — is officially "good as hell." It's a more effective stimulant than a pot of steaming coffee poured directly into your waiting gullet, and the version of the NBA logo with West's head poorly stitched onto Jerry West's silhouette should be used in an official capacity as soon as possible. (You can hear the bulk of the mashup below, and there's a longer version over at Hinog's Tumblr.) Tesh has personally approved the mashup — he's "loving this" — because he's a wise man with uncompromising taste.

Listen up, John Tesh: as a fan of both professional basketball and West's musical work, I'm also "loving this!" Depending on how you feel about @Seinfeld2000's combination of "I Love Kanye" and the Seinfeld theme song, it's either the best or the second-best "I Love Kanye" mashup. It also reminds me that I once spent at least an hour playing basketball as a virtual Kanye West within NBA 2K10, time I now treasure.

If there's a reader out there with a working copy of this game and some free time on their hands, I have a favor to ask: record yourself tooling around the court with digital Kanye with this mashup playing in the background, and put it on the internet. I can't promise you viral fame, money, or anything of value whatsoever, but you'll bring this stone-hearted content producer a little genuine joy. If you need me in the meantime, I'll be sitting at my desk pounding an imaginary piano with John-ye Tesh on repeat. Duh duh duh duh duh-duh duh-duh!