Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny has paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant with his new track, 6 Rings.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday (January 26, 2020), alongside eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
On Monday, Bad Bunny, real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, took to Instagram to share a snippet of the new track, and went on to post the full tune on his SoundCloud page, in which he sings, “I still remember the first game of yours I witnessed, the excitement and the many times you got me on my feet …
“You showed me that everything in life is done with passion. To win, you have to have a heart.”
The six rings Bad Bunny refers to in the song are Bryant’s five championship rings plus his marriage ring, as he continues, “Congratulations, you also won six rings… Five in the NBA, a marriage that gave you your daughters.
“Thinking that one left with you makes me lose control, but, nah it’s for you to have someone play with in heaven.”
In a heartfelt Instagram post after news of Kobe’s death broke, the hitmaker shared: “I would never have imagined that this would hurt me so much! I still remember the first time I saw a basketball game, at age 7 with my dad, and it was a game of this genius.
“From that day on he became my favorite player forever!! I have never mentioned it because it does not necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many ways for me to be what I am today.”