It’s a well known fact that rappers want to be ballers, and ballers want to be rappers. And while Biggie or Drake couldn’t cross-up a pylon to save their life, you’d be surprised as just who in pro sports can pro rap. There are dudes in the NBA and NFL that could totally set your new playlist, they’re that good at rapping. But don’t take our word for it. Take a true connoisseur of both basketball and hip-hop – the one and only Metta World Peace. Formally known as Ron Artest, Ron’s been in the NBA for almost 2 decades, and he’s seen, and heard it all. And being from Queensbridge, Ron knows a thing about the street, and who’s got game – in both ball and rap. So get your Soundcloud ready, load up YouTube in a tab, and have a listen on who’s the best pro-athlete rappers of all-time – according to Metta World Peace that is.
Ok, so not sure what Metta’s thinking here. Shaq’s rapping is almost as embarrassing as his movie Kazaam. And even more embarrassing when he appeared in Kazaam as a rapping genie. But hey, this is Metta’s top 10 list, and if he puts Shaq at number one, who are we to argue with a man 6’8” and 265 lbs?
Perhaps it’s because Lou is Metta’s current Laker teammate, but don’t cry nepotism just yet. If you didn’t know Lou was a baller, and just listened to him talk, you’d be convinced he was an up and coming rapper about to blow up on the scene.
Stephen Jackson was one of the few true NBA tough guys. So when he raps hard, you know it’s for real. While I’m not personally a fan, I never knew his VEVO page was so full of professionally produced videos. Plus, he’s high on Metta’s list so it’s worth checking out.
Channeling Big Daddy Kane and Kid N’ Play with his hightop fade, if nothing at all, Iman just looks like he could rock the mic. You definitely need to check out his video where he’s walking around with a Melo jersey on backwards, while wearing a shoe as a hat. It’s totally sick.
Now here’s the best rapper on this list (IMO). Have you heard Damian Lillard’s verse on Sway in the Morning recently? Check it out after. You’ll quickly be swapping out your playlist the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Kanya once you hear Dame.
Deion is perhaps the only true multi-sport athlete. He was just as sick on the baseball diamond as he was on the football turf. And don’t kid yourself, he could totally ball too. So it’s not surprising that Neon Deion would also try his hand at rapping. While I can’t say his raps are better than his interceptions, Deion definitely knows how to put on a show in his video Must be the Money.
The Answer’s album was never released because the NBA wouldn’t allow it. Having one of their biggest stars rapping about shooting people just wasn’t really the image the league wanted to create. And to this day, Allen is happy about that decision as even he himself is embarrassed by his lyrics. Although, they’re not as ugly as his crossover on Antonio Daniels.
Surprisingly absent from Metta’s list is former teammate Kobe Bryant. Perhaps he’s trying to re-ignite the Shaq Kobe beef here – if just for fun. Either way, we don’t blame Metta. While Kobe’s game is still the talk of the league, his rapping should never be spoken of again.