As the saying goes… ballers want to be rappers and rappers want to the ballers, and it’s in honor of all of those talented individuals that we present to you 10 athletes who tried rapping. This list is not to be confused with 10 athletes who should not have tried rapping, so before all of our readers here at The Sportster go off in the comments section about whether or not these tracks qualify as legitimate rap songs, please note that we are not looking for the athlete who will most likely get a major label record deal out of his hip hop pursuits. This list is mainly chocked full of gentlemen who at least gave the craft an honest attempt.
Let’s face it, rap music is a genre dominated by African-Americans, so naturally one might expect that most of these aspiring rap artists would come from sports dominated by African-Americans, most notably the NBA and the NFL. If you are assuming that you would be correct, but that doesn’t mean we’re starting off the list that way. It actually begins with a soccer star believe it or not.
Following the 10 spot, all but one position on this list features either an NBA or NFL player. Shout out to Lastings Milledge for representing the MLB. Two sports associations most notably absent from this list include the NHL and NASCAR. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you. Again we don’t mean to stereotype things here but African-American culture isn’t exactly booming in those other two sports. Before you yourself try rapping, or balling for that matter, keep in mind that these men are really talented, and also they are already famous for being good at one thing if not the rapping…so kids be smart, and don’t try this at home
11 Dishonorable Mention: Stephon Marbury
10 Clint Dempsey
9 Kevin Durant
8 Allen Iverson
7 Baron Davis
6 Ron Artest
5 Lastings Milledge
4 Delonte West
3 Terrell Owens
2 LeBron James
1 Shaquille O’Neal
Anything you can do Shaquille O’Neal can do better. He’s one of the greatest centers in NBA history and become a solid contributor to NBA on TNT broadcasts as an analyst. He’s been featured in movies and TV commercials and whether he was playing good or bad at any given moment, Shaq always seemed to shine bright in the spotlight. There is a video of him doing his thing with Bun B and underground sensation Papoose. Don’t be fooled by the fact that he’s only a complementary part of the song. Shaq gained plenty of experience being the main man in many of his own music videos.
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