Drake once said, "I swear sports and music are so synonymous, cause we want to be them, and they want to be us". Basketball and rap music have gone hand in hand for years. It's no coincidence that out of all major sports, the NBA have had the most amount of players who have tried to make it in the rap game. Every rapper has his favorite NBA team and every player promotes his favorite rapper, this can be seen with Jay-Z and the Nets, Drake and the Raptors, and many more. Athletes and entertainers for the most part have gotten along, but no two groups do it like NBA players and rappers.
Like MJ did with baseball, some people just want to show they are not a one-trick pony and that they have other skills beyond the hardwood of the NBA. The problem is, most people who dominate in something can't just decide they want to dominate in something else. There is a few exception to this, but none of these exceptions are NBA players who have tested out rapping. The NBA has produced a multitude of players who have tried their luck in rapping. In most cases, NBA rappers are laughable, but a couple of people have really showed that they can rap as well as playing professional basketball. This list is based on the quality of the actual music and the amount of sales or popularity the songs ended up getting.
Here are the top 15 NBA players who attempted rap careers.
15 Delonte West
14 Steve Francis
13 Tony Parker
12 Kevin Durant
11 Allen Iverson (Jewels)
10 Kobe Bryant
9 Iman Shumpert
8 Lance Stephenson (Born Ready)
7 Stephen Jackson (Stak5)
6 Marquis Daniels (Q6)
5 Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)
4 Lou Williams
3 Chris Webber (C. Webb)
2 Damian Lillard (Dame D.O.L.L.A)
1 Shaquille O'Neal
Shaq is not only one of the greatest NBA players of all-time, he is the greatest NBA rapper ever. Everybody loves Shaq so we would still probably think his music was good, even if it wasn't. But we aren't faced with this dilemma considering Shaq can spit bars and has record sales to show it. His debut album, Shaq Diesel (1993), went platinum and his follow up album Shaq Fu: Da Return (1994), went gold. His songs were very upbeat and he rapped like the usual early 90's rapper with using onomatopoeia. Even giving some words his own Shaq twist such as "superShaqifragilisitcexpiallidopeness". His raps were funny and he didn't talk about anything explicit and it was definitely something everyone could enjoy.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!