Aloe Blacc brought his unique brand of soulful singing to the 2016 NBA Finals last night. The acclaimed singer-songwriter took to the court prior to the Cleveland Cavalier’s Game 7 win and proceeded to give an impassioned performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
It was announced prior to the game that the Grammy nominee would be on-hand to perform a special rendition of the National Anthem as well as to perform at halftime.
Blacc is one of contemporary music’s most distinctive voices; a soulful baritone that reaches back for an earthiness that sometimes seems hard to find in the digital age. An artist of his calibre performing on such a high profile stage is a win for music. So why was social media so tough on the guy?
“You know what #Game7 needs???? Aloe Blacc,” tweeted one user. “SAID NO ONE ANYWHERE.”
ESPN personality Jemele Hill got in a quick joke. “Have Aloe Blacc and Leon Bridges ever been in the same room together?” she asked humorously.
Others were happy to see Blacc get the shine, but there were lots of darts thrown and shots fired. What did you think of Aloe Blacc’s National Anthem performance?
Check out the tweets below.
"You know what #Game7 needs???? Aloe Blacc"
SAID NO ONE ANYWHERE
— Tanisha (@SportyByNature) June 20, 2016
Have Aloe Blacc and Leon Bridges ever been in the same room together?
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 20, 2016
I love Aloe Blacc simply because his name is Aloe Blacc. You can't get any blacker than Aloe Blacc.
— Afrikan (@Homesterkid) June 20, 2016
Lupe Fiasco and Aloe Blacc. Maybe Ayesha Curry was right.
— Micah A. (@LetMicahDown) June 20, 2016
I FUCCCCCS WITH Aloe Blacc but they should've got E-40 to rap the national anthem
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) June 20, 2016
Aloe Blacc is like musical tap water.
— Ian Karmel is a Jew (@IanKarmel) June 20, 2016
Aloe Blacc was just nervous I bet. I don't understand why people feel the need to joke others off talent?
— TasteOfHoney (@MilleniaEra) June 20, 2016
I like Aloe Blacc, but he definitely has a limiting range. That song wasn't for him, but happy he got the job. https://t.co/TZVzYgVrQK
— Lars (@OneLars) June 20, 2016