Mentalidad ng Mamba: Third Flo’ releases a tribute single to Kobe Bryant

On August 23, Kobe would have been 42.

Fans from all over the world took that day to pay tribute to the late NBA superstar, who passed away in January this year due to a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, and seven others were also on board when the accident took place.

Athletes posted their own messages honoring the Los Angeles Lakers star, including Vince Carter and LeBron James. The NBA also did its part commemorating the Black Mamba.

Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, posted on Sunday a heartwarming birthday message dedicated to her husband and her daughter.

“To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
“I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”

Third Flo’ feat. GFAB – Mentalidad Ng Mamba (Tribute to Kobe Bryant)

As a basketball-loving nation, Kobe Bryant was one of the most idolized foreign athletes in the Philippines. In terms of fanbase size, we could compete with other countries; he was an idol and an inspiration to millions of our countrymen especially to a lot of local athletes today.
Third Flo’, a rising local rap artist, is a solid member of the Mamba Army. Kobe’s famous ‘Mamba Mentality,’ a mindset that encourages everyone to try to be the best version of themselves, is basically his mantra, both as an avid basketball fan and as a music artist.
On August 24, 2020, a day after Kobe’s posthumous birthday, Third Flo’ dropped a song called “Mentalidad ng Mamba,” featuring Gfab. It’s essentially his way, as an artist, of giving back to his idol for inspiring him to strive harder in many aspects of life.
Hailing from Tondo, Third Flo’ is a member of the group 187 Mobstaz and 727 Clique. He shares that he was once in the process of writing another song that included the line, “Mentalidad ng Mamba,” which is a direct Filipino translation of Mamba Mentality. Struck by creative curiosity, he figured that the said lyrical phrase could stand alone on its own, hence the creation of his latest single.

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“Mentalidad ng Mamba” is out now on Spotify and all digital streaming platforms. Third Flo’ has also released a music video that sees him performing his song while being intercepted by real footage of Kobe Bryant’s legendary moments in NBA. The MV was directed by JC Echanes (Flight Films/Up&Up) and shot by Arpee Turla (Frame Up MNL). Check it out below!

Read more: Even In Death Kobe Bryant Leaves Us With One Last Lesson

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