WNBA Draft Day: 10 Picks Share Their Playlists

WNBA Draft Day: 10 Picks Share Their Playlists

The musical tastes of the WNBA’s newly minted players are just as diverse as their basketball skills. Following the draft at Nike’s New York City headquarters (April 12), first round picks like A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Mitchell as well as second round pick Monique Billings plus seven other ballers built a playlist off top. The song selections may surprise you.

A’JA WILSON
Las Vegas Aces

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: Crime Mob “Knuck If You Buck” Ft. Lil Scrappy
GYM JAM: That’s a tough one. Anything Migos. “Walk It Talk It” Ft. Drake
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: “Sandstorm” [by Finnish DJ Darude]. That plays before every game.
​SONG THAT BEST REPRESENTS YOUR COLLEGE CAREER: Something lit like “Juice” by Yo Gotti
SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A LIFE HURDLE: “God Has A Blessing” (Sings) “God has a blessing with your name on it.” You just gotta know that no matter what, God’s got a blessing for you. You can’t force it, just know it’s gonna come.
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: BlocBoy JB “Shoot” and “Look Alive” Ft. Drake
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: Sara Bareilles “Love Song”
SONG YOU WOULD DEDICATE TO YOUR FANS: Beyoncé “Countdown”
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: Cardi B “Bodak Yellow”

KELSEY MITCHELL
Indiana Fever

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: [The first song that came into my head] was from this rapper named YFN Lucci. Couple songs — “Unstoppable,” “Everyday We Lit” and my other one was [Drake's] “God’s Plan”
GYM JAM: Old school. 50 Cent “Many Men”
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: ”Dreams & Nightmares” by Meek Mill
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: “God’s Plan”
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: Meek Mill “Dreams & Nightmares”
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: I love R&B so “Can You Stand The Rain” by New Edition and Anthony Hamilton “Point Of It All.” Love it.
SONG CURRENTLY ON YOUR ROTATION: [Lil Dicky Ft. Chris Brown] “Freaky Friday” ’cause they switching bodies when you see the video. [Lil Dicky] says a lot of stuff that people wouldn’t think to say, let alone put in a song.
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: Post Malone “Psycho” Ft. Ty Dolla $ign
SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A LIFE HURDLE: Another song that uplifts me is Luther Vandross’ “Power Of Love”

DIAMOND DeSHIELDS
Chicago Sky

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: [Drake's] “God’s Plan”
GYM JAM: Any Migos song. Talking Culture II. “Walk It Talk It”
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: My mom always sang Whitney Houston around the house so “I’m Every Woman”
SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A LIFE HURDLE: When I’m in tough times, I listen to like Lauryn Hill and real timeless music. They just bring me back to a centered place so “Ex Factor”
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: ”Twenty-One” by Corey Smith ’cause he’s a country singer
FIRST SONG YOU EVER HEARD: It was probably some TLC “Waterfalls”
SONG YOU WOULD DEDICATE TO YOUR FANS: Eminem “Not Afraid”
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: Michael Jackson “Thriller”
SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: “Everyday We Lit” by YFN Lucci Ft. PnB Rock

GABBY WILLIAMS
Chicago Sky

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: I hugged my mom and said “We Did It” so [Drake's] “Started From The Bottom”
GYM JAM: Definitely something by Travis Scott or Young Thug. I’m gonna say “Liger” by Young Thug
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: ”Feelin Myself” by Mac Dre. I listen to that song before every game since middle school. You play that song, it’s lit
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR UNDERGRAD CAREER: I would say “Trophies” by Drake
SONG THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: Tyrant” by Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: ”Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: ”Automatic” by AlunaGeorge and Zhu
SONG YOU WOULD DEDICATE TO YOUR FANS: ”This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: BEYONCÉ “All Night”
EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM: “Future People” by Alabama Shakes. Every time I hear that, I’m like let’s go

JORDIN CANADA
Seattle Storm

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: “Best Life” by Cardi B and Chance The Rapper
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: ”California Love” by 2Pac
GYM JAM: “Light It Up” by Big Sean and 2 Chainz
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR COLLEGE CAREER: BEYONCÉ and Nicki Minaj “Feeling Myself” I graduated, I accomplished all I can do and now I’m feelin’ myself
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: Soul For Real “Candy Rain” That’s my all-time favorite song
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: I like Spice Girls songs so I like “Saturday Night Divas”
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: I enjoy Alessia Cara “Here.” That describes my life
SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: Macklemore “Can’t Hold Us”
EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM: BEYONCÉ “Formation”

AZURA STEVENS
Dallas Wings

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: “Blessings” by Lecrae
GYM JAM: I like “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar. All of his beats I really like but I really like ["HUMBLE"]
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: Phillip Phillips “Home”
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR COLLEGE CAREER: Drake “God’s Plan”
SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A LIFE HURDLE: Kesha “Praying”
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: ”Juju On That Beat” and “Rolex”
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: It’d probably be a country song like “Wheel Wagon” [by Darius Rucker] is one of the few [country] songs I like
EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM: BEYONCÉ “Run The World (Girls)”
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: “I’ll Find You” by Lecrae. I really like Lecrae. [I've never met him] but hopefully I will soon.

VICTORIA VIVIANS
Indiana Fever

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: Today, it would be “Drip” by Cardi B
GYM JAM: One song that pumps me up is “Put On” by Jeezy
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: ”Tennessee & Whiskey” [by Chris Stapleton] You know I’m country but it reminds me of home
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR COLLEGE CAREER: ”Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A LIFE HURDLE: I would say the gospel song by Le’Andria [called] “Better Days”
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: Right now, it’s “Top Off” by DJ Khaled, BEYONCÉ, Future and JAY-Z
SONG YOU WOULD DEDICATE TO YOUR FANS: ”All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: Chance The Rapper’s “Blessings”
EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM: Every time this song comes on, you know every girl gon’ get up and do a dance to it. “Diva” by BEYONCÉ
SONG THAT BEST REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: I need something with “hot” in here because the Indiana Fever is hot. Let’s go with Nelly’s “Hot In Herre”

LEXIE BROWN
Connecticut Sun

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: Drake “God’s Plan”
GYM JAM: ”Glow Up” by Meek Mill
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: Migos’ “Bad and Boujee”
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR UNDERGRAD CAREER: The song is called “You & Me” by Marc E. Bassy and G-Eazy
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: Playboi Carti “Magnolia”
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: I really like old Miley Cyrus, that “7 Things” song ’cause when it came out, there was a boy that I just couldn’t stand but I loved him and hated him, and was like that song’s my life. I was 12.
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: I like Cardi’s new song “Best Life” with Chance The Rapper
SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: I’m gonna say “Turn Down For What” because they go crazy for women’s basketball [in Connecticut]
EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM: BEYONCÉ “Run The World (Girls”)

KIA NURSE
New York Liberty

DRAFT DAY ANTHEM: “I Was Here” by BEYONCÉ
GYM JAM: “Nice For What” by Drake
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: ”Good Morning” by Chamillionaire. My dad loves that song. I don’t know why.
​SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR UNDERGRAD CAREER: “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled
INSTANT TURN-UP SONG: ”Lemon” [by N.E.R.D."] and “Single Ladies” and “Crazy In Love” [by BEYONCÉ]
SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW: “Pretty Girl Rock” by Keri Hilson
SONG YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN: SZA “Broken Clocks” I just really love the way she sings it because then I sing it in the shower. By the time I’m on my fourth encore, I have to bring her back in for some more.
SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: “Dreamer” by Chris Brown. He talks about dreamin’ or “Empire State of Mind” [by JAY-Z and Alicia Keys] because I’m in New York

MONIQUE BILLINGS
Atlanta Dream

PERSONAL VICTORY ANTHEM: JAY-Z and Kanye West “Who Gon Stop Me”
GYM JAM: I like a lot of Kendrick Lamar. I’m weird, though. When I’m in the gym, I like to vibe. I listen to like SYD or H.E.R.
SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF HOME: Growing up, my dad would always play music, like a lot of old school music, like Prince or Michael Jackson. Maybe “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson
SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A LIFE HURDLE: Logic “Metropolis”
SONG THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON A RUNWAY: ”Blow” by BEYONCÉ
SONG THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW YOU LIKE: Probably “Our Song” by Taylor Swift. It’s very catchy and me and my teammates used to make fun of it, but it kind of became “I kind of liked this song”
SONG YOU WOULD DEDICATE TO YOUR FANS: Chris Brown “Thank You”
SONG THAT REPRESENTS YOUR NEW BASKETBALL HOME: Anything Migos. “Pipe It Up”
EMPOWERMENT ANTHEM: I like Noname “Diddy Bop”

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