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The Warriors’ DJ shares a player-by-player playlist

From Chance the Rapper to Remy Ma, DJ D Sharp knows what the the team and the fans want

Steve Kerr missed the first 43 games of the season while recovering from back surgery. He’s blessed. The Golden State Warriors won an NBA-record 73 games. They’re blessed. Warrior Stephen Curry’s daughter Riley, she’s blessed. Her dad, the two-time MVP? Of course he’s blessed as well. And DJ D Sharp knows that more than anyone.

The Warriors’ in-house DJ, who hails from Oakland, California, has been with the team full time since 2012 — three years after Stephen Curry was drafted — and has come to admire the defending champs’ superstar. Religion plays a major part. “His faith in the Lord is so strong, and he’s been blessed these last two seasons with some pretty dope accomplishments,” D Sharp said. “I keep telling folks … ‘With him, God is pleased.’ ”

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So when D Sharp — who’s been DJing since the early 1990s — was tasked with choosing songs that best represent the 15 members of the Golden State roster, Chance The Rapper’s “Blessings” — from his recent, critically acclaimed Coloring Book —was the easy choice for Curry. The other 14 players? Well, even for a man who once had to wait in Tokyo for five hours for singer Lauryn Hill to make it to rehearsals, that was tough.


Leandro Barbosa — “Watch Out For This (Bumaye),” Major Lazer

“You really need to watch out for him. He’s dangerous to the opposing team. The rhythm of the song reminds me of his style of play. He’s quick. He’s speedy.”

Harrison Barnes — “Everybody,” Yo Gotti

“He’s ‘The Senator,’ he’s for everybody. He’s for the people.”

Andrew Bogut — “Hard in the Paint,” Waka Flocka Flame

“Ah, man, he’s the one I can’t gauge.”

Ian Clarke — “Money Longer,” Lil Uzi Vert

“He likes all the new hot trap stuff.”

Festus Ezeli — “All The Way Up,” Fat Joe featuring Remy Ma

“He gets up, man.”

Draymond Green — “Push It,” O.T. Genasis

“He pushes players to their limit. Draymond is not a dirty player. He’s just really competitive and passionate about his game.”

Andre Iguodala — “King Kunta,” Kendrick Lamar

“Even if I had to pick a song — and not knowing he likes that song — I would still pick this song. When he hits that court, he really commands respect. Like a king.”

Shaun Livingston — “Hard Knock Life,” Jay Z

“He came back from that injury — and everybody counted him out. He came to Golden State, and he found his home. When you look at that, it’s like rising from the ashes.”

Kevon Looney — “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar

“I think he’s going to be all right and get through this injury.” (NOTE: Looney underwent hip surgery in August 2015 and played in only five games this season.)

James Michael McAdoo — “Still Here,” Drake

“When he comes [off the bench], he does his thing … He goes hard. He’s still here.”

Brandon Rush — “I Don’t Get Tired,” Kevin Gates

“He’s a beast. When [he] comes off the bench, he steps up for us and gives us some good minutes.”

Marreese “Mo Buckets” Speights — “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” Notorious B.I.G.

“He be going. He’s a cool spirit.”

Klay Thompson — “Flicka Dat Wrist,” Chedda Da Connect

“For obvious reasons … look at the flicka dat wrist! His shot and form — one of the best in the NBA.”

Anderson Varejao — “Mack Attack,” Too $hort

“When he hits the court, he makes an impact. He attacks the boards, and he’s a big body out there.”

You can find DJ D Sharp’s full Warriors “warm-up” playlist here.

Martenzie is a senior researcher for The Undefeated. His favorite cinematic moment is when Django said "Y'all want to see somethin?"