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The popular news pundit Stephen Colbert broke new ground in 1995 when he released his smash hit groudbreaking documentary collaboration with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "Stephen Colbert's Hiphopketball: A Jazzebration". The documentary explored the many ways jazz and hiphop have influenced basketball. The documentary was released to rave reviews Roger Ebert was quoted as saying: "This is the most moving documentary I have ever witnessed. It has changed my life forever".
Comparisons to Michael Moore and Al GoreEdit
Colbert isn't a liberal scare monger who releases fiction and calls it a documentary. Hiphopketball is an "(h)onest documentary, an American original".
Stephen Colbert's Hiphopketball: A Jazzebration on the Colbert ReportEdit
On January 9th 2006, Stephen showed a clip of Hiphopketball on the Colbert Report in which Stephen unleashed some mad beats:
"I'm wide open so pass the ball my way / And I'll dribble that shit right up the parquet / Nothing but net as I show you how I flow / Swish motherfucker now listen to me blow"
This clip introduced Hiphopketball to a new generation and subsequently boosted DVD sales substantially.
On April 17, 2007, Stephen showed a second clip featuring himself alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on stand-up bass to protest the Pulitzer Prize Committee's snubbing of their collaborative masterwork. Sample lyrics from this clip:
STEPHEN: "And hip-hop."
KAREEM: "Some lay-ups."
STEPHEN: "A dunk."
KAREEM: "And now we will jam, like Thelonious Monk."
Feud with Kareem Abdul-JabbarEdit
There was concern that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was making a second documentary that simply stole Colbert's idea. Stephen expressed his concern for this on the January 9th, 2006 Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger (which is why the first clip above was shown). It would later be proven that Abdul-Jabbar was not simply stealing Stephen's idea after he saw Kareem's movie "On the Shoulders of Giants". The two would later reconcile and appear together in Stephen Colbert's Hiphopketball 2: The Rejazzebration Remix '06.