The Knicks Are to Basketball As Q-Tip Is to Rapping


When the Knicks take the court tomorrow night for their season opener, they’d like you to forget the franchise's last regime or two ever happened. And since a winning season before 2010 isn’t too likely, they’ll instead do so by unveiling a new version of their nineties-era team song, “Go NY Go,” to be performed live by rapper Q-Tip. In a way, it’s a perfect match: Q-Tip last released a solo album in 1999, approximately the same time the Knicks were last relevant, and with a new album out next week, the long-dormant rapper is poised for a comeback — no easy task in the fickle world of rap music.

Plus, you likely think of them in much the same way: You may have been a fan at some point — perhaps you have fond memories of “Vivrant Thing”/Larry Johnson’s four-point play — but you hadn’t thought much about them for a while. Then they reunited with A Tribe Called Quest/replaced Isiah Thomas, and you decided to give them another chance. We also like the idea of a team tailoring its musical entertainment to the good times they’d like to recall, even if, let’s be honest, Q-Tip probably wasn’t their first choice. At least that would explain the mystery of why the Islanders, who haven’t won a playoff series since 1993, had Seven Mary Three perform at their Opening Night this year.