NBA Name-Drop: Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ Stays on Top with Drake Praising Devin Booker

The bromance between Drake and Devin Booker is real, and with Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly six months after its debut, it’s still getting plenty of play on the airwaves.

Their connection dates back to Book’s days at Kentucky. While the Wildcats were surging to a NCAA-record 38-0 start in 2014-15, before falling to Wisconsin in the Final Four, Drake was pulling hard for the squad that sent four players to the NBA as draft lottery picks in 2015: Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles and Devin.

Drizzy’s love for UK’s sweet-shooting son resurfaced in September 2016. With his “Summer Sixteen” tour stopping in Phoenix, the Toronto native came on stage at Talking Stick Resort Arena—where the Suns play their home games—wearing Devin’s No. 1 jersey.

That night, Book returned the favor with a shout-out for his “brotha” on Twitter.

Two years later, Drake put Devin on his track with Travis Scott, “Sicko Mode,” which went down as arguably the biggest hit of 2018:

Lost my respect, you not a threat

When I shoot my shot, that shit wetty like I’m Sheck (Bitch!)

See the shots that I took (Ayy), wet like I’m Book (Ayy)

Wet like I’m Lizzie

I be spinnin’ Valley, circle blocks ‘til I’m dizzy (Yeah, what?)

That particular verse features two other basketball references, including a nod to Sheck Wes (of “Mo Bamba” fame) and WNBA star Liz Cambage, who set a new single-game scoring record for the league with 53 points last season.

Devin hasn’t quite sniffed Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, though his 70-point outburst from March 2017 set a new Suns franchise high and put him on the map as the NBA’s most explosive young scorer.

That, along with his win in the 2018 Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, made Devin an apt choice for comparison when Drake opted to talk about the “shots” he’s taken in songs against his hip-hop nemeses.

And, in true Drake fashion, he managed to spin a negative about his haters into a positive about one of his many NBA friends.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.