A little over 30 miles from Hollywood on Tuesday night (July 17), the star power at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif. rivaled the Walk of Fame.
A breeding ground for young athletes that boasts five basketball courts, the 100,000-square-foot sports and fitness facility -- which was rebranded under and named after NBA legend Kobe Bryant last year -- hosted the celebrity-filled Huncho Legends basketball game, where hip-hop hitmakers Quavoand 2 Chainz led each of the opposing teams. Held in partnership with streetwear brand Legends, the game also supported Bryant’s Mamba Sports Foundation.
Following fan activations and an impressive showcase of talent during the High School All-American game (where Team Quavo played against Team Huncho, coached by Quavo), the big names crowded Court Number 4. On the sidelines, notable attendees included Quality Control Music founders Kevin "Coach K" Lee and Pierre "Pee" Thomas; Grammy-nominated singer and new mom, Kehlani; Basketball Wives L.A. star Laura Govan; entrepreneur Karen Civil; and social media influencer Liane V. NBA stars were also in attendance, like 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (who even attempted a Milly Rock with Elena for the ‘Gram at one point) and Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker.
Quality Control’s DJ Durel soundtracked the evening, playing anthems like Jay Rock’s “Win,” 2 Chainz “2 Dollar Bill” and Migos “Walk It Talk It.” (Quality Control Music’s strong presence at the game was the perfect set-up for the label, who, hours later, announced the Aug. 16 release of the label’s second compilation album, Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2.)
The atmosphere inside the Academy was buzzing like an auditorium the night of a school play as locals, fans, media and young players alike craned their necks to catch a glimpse of the talent in uniforms. Donning all white, Quavo’s squad dominated the majority of the night thanks to solid performances from NFL star Keenan Allen and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, the latter a last-minute addition to the roster. TDE rapper Jay Rock, Dan Rue (also known as @dancingdan), master dunker Chris Staples, rapper Christian Combs, actor Frankie Delgado, MTV host Steelo Brim, baller BdotAdot5, Internet personality Jake Paul, influencer MarQuis Trill and actress/host Brittney Elena also showed out. Machine Gun Kelly and YG brought the tenacity, despite heckling comments from the night’s master of ceremonies, who teased MGK for not knowing how to dribble.
With her washboard abs and clipboard in tow, surprise guest coach Teyana Taylor wasn’t afraid to hit the hardwood, run into huddles and call out plays while strategizing with Huncho. With his towering 6-foot-4 frame, California rap legend Snoop Dogg also made a special appearance to ball in laced-up Chuck Taylors.
While he only hooped during the first half, fans were protective of the Doggfather, with one even yelling from the sidelines before a foul, “Don’t touch Uncle!” Still, Snoop helped with the team’s ball movement -- at one point, he caught a rebound and passed it to Staples, who threw the rock to Mayweather and scored.
While Quavo’s team carried the music streaming power, 2 Chainz’ crew was stacked with real-life ballers. Viral hooper Tristan Jass and streetball player Larry “Bone Collector” Williams went hard in the paint while Matt Barnes served as the team’s guest coach. Rapper BlocBoy JB looked alive throughout the second half, getting consistent points for the squad in black. Suited in black, Team 2 Chainz possessed had a mixed bag of talent, including Diplo, model influencer Don Benjamin, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, reality star Melody Rae Kandil, sports comedian Famous Los and Internet personality Logan Paul.
They did not fall far behind Team Quavo. At halftime, both teams were tied at 44 points apiece. After a decent dunk contest, the gap widened during the second half despite persistent efforts from NFL Hall of Famer, Terrell Owens, who frequently had possession of the ball.
In the end, it came down to bucket-getting. With the final score 100-92, Quavo’s team took home the championship belt and celebrated with a squad photo. “We All Champs And MVPs,” Huncho later wrote in the Instagram caption. “Look At My Squad!!! U Got To Love This Gang!”
Catch some higlights of the action below.