As the world continues to mourn the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, artists are beginning to assist in the healing process with the release of touching musical tributes. Among the first to drop a track in memory of the Black Mamba and his daughter Gianna, was R&B singer and Los Angeles native Tinashe. Taking to her Soundcloud, the young songstress uploaded the original version of her single “Hopscotch” noting that it was the “KOBE LA version.”
Initially found on her recently released album Songs For You, the album version hears her singing “L.A., like I’m Bronny,” but now — on the original version of the song — Tinashe reveals the lyric originally paid respect to the five-time NBA champion Laker.
Tinashe, like the rest of the world, was shocked at the passing of the iconic Lakers passing and took to social media to express her devastation. Joined by other artists such as Drake, Chris Brown, Kehlani and Beyoncé, who all posted their own personal tributes to Kobe and his family, the starlet connected with her followers about the passing by tweeting “I’m gonna thrown up. Life is wayyyy too short and unpredictable, tell people you love them. This is so crazy.”
Take a listen to the original version of “Hopscotch” below and if you’re interested in donating to support the other families affected by the tragedy, Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, returned to Instagram to reveal how you can help. Check it out below.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️