Kobe Bryant Featured on New NBA 2K Cover and Honored in BET Tribute

NBA 2k announces new Mamba Forever Edition and Lil Wayne pays tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant in BET Awards tribute 

Toree Weaver

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: July 4th, 2020 6:29pm pst

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During times of sadness, it is important to find things that help you move forward in your healing process. One of the many mediums we can use to express ourselves, is art. Since the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, many have used visual and performing arts to pay their respects and heal from the loss.  

Recently, BET aired their first virtual award show. Included in their lineup, was a beautiful tribute to our fallen angels performed by Lil Wayne. The performance opened with Kobe Bryant speaking on his dedication to basketball. “I want to be the best, that’s why I play the game,” Bryant said on a screen before Wayne started rapping. With the number 24 lit up behind him, Wayne began his song with the same inspiring words. His powerful lyrics were accompanied by highlights from Bryant’s legendary career. Although the song was created in 2009, the artist added lyrics to honor Gianna Bryant and her family. 

“This is Black entertainment; this is Black power status. two fingers up for the mambacita I’m screaming black mamba matters, heart goes out to Vanessa and the whole black mamba family,” Wayne added. “G-O-A-T like Kobe B, Rest in power and hope for peace.” 


Vanessa Bryant reposted a clip featuring the new lyrics and expressed her gratitude. BET wasn’t the only platform to honor the great Kobe Bryant recently. A week ago, the popular video game series NBA 2K announced their Mamba Forever Edition. The organization revealed that Kobe Bryant would be the final athlete featured on the cover for their 2k21 series along with Damian Lillard and Zion Williams. The “Mamba Edition” will be available on PS4, XB1, PS5, and XBox Series X and replace the Legend edition. With a special athlete comes special cover art. Two hand-painted portraits of Bryant in his number 8 and 24 jerseys will be featured in the release.  

In addition to the beautiful artwork on the video game cover, Vanessa shared a piece of artwork she received from a close family friend Sydney Leroux. The glistening picture, displayed Kobe and Gianna with their notable game faces and angel wings. In addition to the thoughtful gift, the soccer player included a touching note. “To Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, & Capri, We Love You with all our hearts. A gift from us. We’re always here for you. Love Always, Dominic, Sydney, Cassius, & Roux,” she wrote. In her caption, Vanessa revealed that Sydney was the inspiration behind Gianna’s basketball number. She mentioned that her daughter loved Leroux and wore the number two because it was her number as well. 

We look forward to seeing more tributes dedicated to Kobe and Gianna. If you love The Bryants, like we do at AfterBuzz TV, then follow along every week for the newest updates as we remember the life of Kobe Bryant and stay up-to-date with Vanessa, Natalia, Capri and Bianka Bryant.  

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About The Author:

Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.

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