Stuart Scott passed away on January 4th, 2015 after a long fight with appendiceal cancer. The ESPN Sportscenter anchor is the most notable face of the network and has clearly changed the culture of sports analysis in his two decades of work. Scott was always and will always be “cooler than the other side of the pillow” — introducing a style that combined both hip-hop and popular culture referenced and vernacular despite his commentating facing heavy criticism at first. Fast forward twenty years later, it’s no secret that the hip-hop heavy slang that Scott once was hated for using is now the norm for most sports analysis. “Boo-Yah!”
“Yes, he brought hip-hop into the conversation, But I would go further than that. He brought in the barber shop, the church, R&B, soul music. Soul, period.” – ESPN Anchor Jay Harris
See our tribute to Stuart Scott below!
Here’s a hip-hop tribute to Stuart Scott featuring lyrics referencing him and tweets from top cultural figures.