Chidera Anamege, also known as "Chiddy" from the hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang, knows his sports. He grew up following and watching basketball, playing for his high-school team.
While he also lists Jay-Z as one of his biggest musical influences, Chiddy isn't happy with Jay-Z helping the Nets move to Brooklyn next season, which will leave Chiddy's hometown of Newark, N.J., without a professional basketball team.
"Hov, I love you, and I get you're trying to bring it to your hometown and stuff, but how do you think everybody in New Jersey feels?" said Chiddy, addressing Jay-Z by Hov, one of his many nicknames. "Now we don't have a basketball team. You got bread and you want to move the team. That's cool, I guess. Me, personally, I'm from New Jersey, and I'm going to feel a certain way about it."
But Chiddy, who formed Chiddy Bang, with Noah Beresin in 2008 while they attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, has a contingency plan once the Nets move.
"The Sixers are doing real good right now, so I might just take them over and make them my team," Chiddy said of the surprising Sixers, who lead the Atlantic Division. "And I can do that because we don't have a team anymore."
There's no NFL team Chiddy calls his own, but he supports the New England Patriots because he went to boarding school in Boston for two years and knew Bill Belichick's son through a friend. That's why he dropped a Patriots freestyle over Chiddy Bang's single, "Ray Charles," before the Super Bowl.
After rhyming about the skills of Belichick, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, Chiddy finishes the freestyle with: "That goes without a question, we're about to get that revenge for 2007/Yeah, and the truth is cold, Indianapolis, the Pats got the Super Bowl."
"I want to see the Pats do it because I feel like everybody hates on the Pats," said Chiddy, whose group's album, Breakfast, releases Feb. 28. "Spending time in Boston I saw Patriots pride at its peak."