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This amazing Kanye West-John Tesh mashup is dripping with ’90s nostalgia

Kanye West Mashup

For anyone who grew up in the ’90s and spent a fair amount of time on Sunday afternoons watching the NBA on NBC, the show’s iconic theme song, penned by John Tesh and called “Roundball Rock,” undoubtedly brings back all sorts of fond memories.

Looking to combine the old with the new, Mark Hinog of SB Nation recently put together a mashup featuring “Roundball Rock” with a track from Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo. When I first stumbled across this mashup, I was bracing myself for the worst, mostly because a) a good mashup takes skill and is harder to put together than most people think and b) the Kanye track chosen for the mashup was “I Love Kanye.”

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But to my pleasant surprise, the pairing actually worked remarkably well.

Hinog writes:

On a Saturday, a thought popped in my mind that Kanye West’s new song “I Love Kanye” is almost the same speed as John Tesh’s “Roundball Rock,” a.k.a. the legendary NBA on NBC theme song. So I thought, “Why not put the two together?” It turns out the two fit perfectly.

You can check out the magic below via Tumblr.


Interestingly enough, even John Tesh himself is a fan of the song.

And lastly, if you’re up for a nostalgia fueled trip back to the 90s, make sure to check out this rousing rendition of “Roundball Rock” below. The video begins with an interesting blurb about how Tesh managed to come up with the theme song in the first place.

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.