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This is Not the Greatest Song in the World
July 9, 2009 6:49 PM   Subscribe

Ron Artest--now wearing #37 for the LA Lakers in honor of Thriller's 37 weeks at #1 on the charts--has dropped what should only be described as the definitive Michael Jackson tribute song. (audio possibly NSFW)

Artest is no stranger to half-crazy.

Allegedly, he appeared to Kobe Bryant in the shower after the Lakers' 39-point elimination loss in the 2008 NBA Finals, promising to deliver Bryant to the promised land.

Artest is also infamous for his melees with fans during the Malice in the Palace. (Previously on MeFi)
posted by pokermonk (39 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
WOW! Ouch. OUCH. Make it stop and go far away.
posted by vito90 at 6:53 PM on July 9, 2009


I cry for Metafilter.
posted by gman at 6:56 PM on July 9, 2009


My wife could half-hear that song coming from my computer and she asked if it was Andy Samberg.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 6:56 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ouch. Andy Samberg sounds blacker than that.
posted by rokusan at 7:01 PM on July 9, 2009


Damnit. Something got through. Is the 'filter broken?
posted by hippybear at 7:08 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is my new favorite song for today.

Andy Samberg sounds blacker than that.

what does that mean?
posted by mexican at 7:11 PM on July 9, 2009


Giant snake eggs are this man's kryptonite.
posted by Mountain Goatse at 7:11 PM on July 9, 2009


Andy Samberg sounds blacker than that.

what does that mean?


I guess it means Andy Samberg (whoever that is) would be refused entry to a certain Philadelphia private swimming pool.

What gets me is that Artest keeps saying "Mike". That has to be the first time I've ever, ever heard MJ referred to as "Mike" Did anyone in history ever say "Mike Jackson"?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:16 PM on July 9, 2009


And his nickname is crazy pills.
posted by Mountain Goatse at 7:19 PM on July 9, 2009


So I'm in Denver for a week for work, and had a margarita with dinner, OK, two margarita, so maybe my judgment is off, but this isn't good.

Go Pacers.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:31 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Artest != Artist
posted by furtive at 7:34 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


flapjax: it's not "Mike Jackson," it's just Mike. I'm sure there are earlier instances, but this tribute-ish album is entitled "The Mike We Like," from 2005/2006.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:41 PM on July 9, 2009


Allegedly, he appeared to Kobe Bryant in the shower after the Lakers' 39-point elimination loss in the 2008 NBA Finals, promising to deliver Bryant to the promised land.

I was really hoping Kobe Bryant had seen Artest in some fever vision after a game. Y'know, like one of those "I saw my dad and then moments later my mom called from across the country and he died" only with Ron Artest.
posted by graventy at 7:42 PM on July 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


Mountain Goatse... I think you just hoodalized this thread with the giant snake eggs thing.
posted by pokermonk at 8:08 PM on July 9, 2009


Heh. I've been a bit chapped by having my beloved Rockets lose his services to the hated Lakers... but maybe it wasn't such a bad thing after all.

The guy played hard here, and did the team a lot of good - but he is a volcano of crazy and I suspect he has more eruptions in his future. The Rockets have enough problems with all the @&$&@ injuries plaguing them; let Kobe and his crew be the ones to perish in a fiery Artest-ian pyroclastic flow.

Or maybe I just like my grapes a bit sour.
posted by John Smallberries at 8:11 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Actually, on the track on HIStory that the Notorious B.I.G. does a guest verse on - This Time Around - Biggie refers to Jackson as "my nigga Mike", which never gets less surreal no matter how many times I hear it.
posted by Kiablokirk at 8:17 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just added this at Sportsfilter. They needed to know.
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:20 PM on July 9, 2009


I'm sorry, I pulled my irony muscle recently. Instead of generating a feeling of smug superiority and cultural mastery, it just made me wince.
posted by LMGM at 8:22 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nike needs to start confiscating albums.
posted by phaedon at 8:31 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


JohnSmallberries, the Rockets are better of with Aziza, in the long term. The Lakers were stupid to make that change.

(Although this is all moot, with the ascendancy of the Blazers.)
posted by Danf at 8:41 PM on July 9, 2009


Ron Artest may be as crazy in real life as Tracy Jordan is on 30 Rock.
posted by tylerfulltilt at 8:50 PM on July 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


The Lakers were stupid to make that change

I am Lakers fan and boy were they ever. Ariza has a world of potential; he started reminding me of a young Scottie Pippen late this past season. Phil Jackson has experience taming crazy (Rodman), but an aging, ball-hogging bricklayer is the last thing they needed.

I'm hoping he blows up and they dump him by mid-season.
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:39 PM on July 9, 2009


And his song is just terrible. He sounds like he just drank half a bottle of Nyquil.
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:43 PM on July 9, 2009


Artest to the Lakers and 'Sheed to the Celtics. There's a huge demand for crazy out there. The only question now is: when will Jayson Williams get out of prison and will the Maloofs offer him the mid-level exception?
posted by Mountain Goatse at 9:43 PM on July 9, 2009


Beautiful song...song shows mad respect. Translation for those who apparently need it (it's in the 'tone'...listen) "Michael you my nigga" = "Michael you are my brother and I lay down mad props to you..." for those that need THAT translated...ummmjeeeummm...neva' mine...It's all in the tone. Some a 'yall still don't get that? Wasn't that even on Seinfield? Nothing but love and sadness and pride in Artests voice. Think a higher thought.
posted by Muirwylde at 10:49 PM on July 9, 2009


Y'all just gotta pile on that word 'nigga' dont'cha?...:::yawn:::
posted by Muirwylde at 10:51 PM on July 9, 2009


Beautiful song...song shows mad respect.

The song may display one guy's (claim to have) great respect for the other (though where was he when Jackson was alive and it wasn't cool to say you liked him?), but it still sucks ass.

Artest is an entertainer, but in a completely different branch of the entertainment industry, and there is reason for that.
posted by pracowity at 11:23 PM on July 9, 2009


This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.
posted by anazgnos at 11:30 PM on July 9, 2009


From the Artest crazy files: In Chicago, during his first or second year, the Bulls were, as usual, getting destroyed. At halftime, instead of letting the coach talk, Artest stood in the middle of the room, firing chest passes off the walls and back to himself, directly over the heads of the other players. Not saying a word. Just two hand chest-passing the ball as hard as he could, for something like 15 minutes. No one said a word, no one challenged him, or got up to walk out, mostly because they were wary of just how crazy he was.

Then again, this is the same guy who got a part-time job at Circuit City during his rookie year to get a discount on electronics so he could continue to afford giving his family and friends all of the things they were requesting. When the coaching staff found out, they sat him down, told him he couldn't do the part-time thing, and gave him the lecture about dealing with people demanding things.

Then again, he did ask for a leave of absence during the season (in Indiana) so he could spend time promoting his record label, the name of which he occasionally shaves into his head.
posted by Ghidorah at 12:12 AM on July 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


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posted by scrowdid at 12:25 AM on July 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


Ron Artest is what the NBA needs. Otherwise it is a boring bland corporate sports entertainment product with two tiered rule sets and about as much reality as wrestling. I love the game. I used to love the league before David Stern and company turned it into acceptable pablum where the entire lower levels of the arenas were filled with biz knobs who may or may not show up to take their company seats

I wouldn't invite David Stern to a party but I'd love to have Ron Artest (and his sidekick in crazy Gilbert Arenas) show up. Chris Bosh could blog it.

Stay crazy Mr. Artest.
posted by srboisvert at 2:59 AM on July 10, 2009


I like to call him Mike Jack.
posted by box at 6:06 AM on July 10, 2009


awwwww! does anybody have another link to the video :(
posted by liza at 7:25 AM on July 10, 2009


Yeah, it's gone all no-worky.
posted by ob at 7:50 AM on July 10, 2009


damn youtube... a new standard site should be found
posted by Blasdelb at 9:09 AM on July 10, 2009


Why didn't they let him sing it at the MJ memorial? That would have been sweet.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:12 AM on July 10, 2009


I thought he chose #37 after watching Clerks.
posted by aGee at 9:15 AM on July 10, 2009


Here is a link where you can download an mp3 of Artest's MJ tribute.

For what it's worth, this isn't the first time Artest has chosen a uniform number to honor his favorite music. While with the Sacramento Kings, Artest wore the number 93 in part to honor "'93 'Til Infinity" by Souls of Mischief.

Another infamous Artest moment: during a post-game conference during this year's playoff series against the Lakers, Artest talked about how he saw a kid get killed with a chair leg during a pick-up basketball game back in New York. Most people thought he was bullshitting, but the story turned out to be true.
posted by kalimotxero at 9:35 AM on July 10, 2009


Here's a link to streaming mp3 version that seems like it'll have more permanence.
posted by pokermonk at 9:56 AM on July 10, 2009


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