15 NBA Players Who Took Their Hardwood Talents To The Booth

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The saying goes, rappers want to ball, athletes want to rap, but unfortunately the abilities from the hardwood didn’t carry over to the booth for many of those that tried.

Take a look at 15 current and former NBA superstars that tried to take their talents to the studio.

Lebron James – F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit

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Lebron tries to get his Hov on in his only freestyle video released. This isn’t as bad as some of the others, but still probably should have kept this for his own ears. He probably won’t be crowned King of the microphone anytime soon.

 

Kobe Bryant Ft. Tyra Banks – K.O.B.E

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Kobe was really feeling himself with this record, appropriately titled K.O.B.E. But again who wouldn’t? He took Brandy to his senior prom, and a few weeks later was the future of the Lakers, so we get it, but again, this would of been better to keep on his and Tyra Banks iPod.

 

Shaquille O’Neal – I Got Skillz

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Believe it or not, this song was a big hit on the Billboard charts at the time, and the album ended up going platinum, yes a million copies were sold. You know how many artists never accomplish that? Shaq really took advantage of his bigger than life character and cashed in. But believe it or not Shaq definitely has some flow compared to a lot of the other athletes.

 

Kevin Durant – Worried About Tomorrow

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Kevin Durant seems to just rap as a hobby, and isn’t terrible. But it seems that he hops on tracks with his artist that he signed, to help give the song some more shine being he’s KD. Can’t get mad at that.

 

Ron Artest a.k.a Metta WorldPeace – Champions

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Metta WorldPeace, aka Ron Artest, always had hip-hop in his blood since he grew up in NYC in its height of hip-hop dominance. And after winning his first championship with the Lakers, he let the world know through his song that he is the Champion!

 

Stephen Jackson – America Da Beautiful ft. Scarface

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Stephen Jackson retired from the hardwood and now lives in the booth. Unlike a lot of the one hitter rapper/ballers, he does it full time for a living now and goes by Stak5 and has collaborated with some big emcees from the south, including the track below with Scarface. His bars and concept behind this song are as real as it gets, but still needs to work on that voice complexion. He even called out his former owner Donald Sterling, for obvious reasons.

 

Steve Francis – Finer Things

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Steve Francis was once a NBA star, then just disappeared from the league. Last we heard from Stevie Franchise, he was Drunk In Love at the club, and getting his chain snatched on stage in Houston. He sure seems to know how to get caught up in the “hip-hop drama”, just not so much on actually making quality hip-hop music.

 

Lou Williams ft. Meek Mill – I Want It All

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6th man like Lou Will. After being name dropped heavy on Drake’s new song 6th Man, (and actually won 6th man of the year in the NBA in 2015). Lou has already been a “veteran” in this rap game. While playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, Lou Williams linked up with Philly’s own Meek Mill for a few collabs.

 

Tony Parker ft. Fabolous – Top Of The Game

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I bet a lot of you had no idea about this, because we didn’t. Back in the mid 2000’s Tony Parker took a try in the hip-hop game. His biggest song we could find featured Fabolous, but since TP rapped in French, we can’t tell you if the lyrics were any good, but those clothes, bring back some throwback memories!

 

Allen Iverson – 40 Barz

 

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A.I. was the king of the NBA at the time he released his rap debut. He kept it all the way streets unlike some other athletes, and to hip-hop fans, the content was nothing new, but to many media members it totally caught them off guard, and created quite the controversy in the media.

 

Iman Shumpert – The Offs

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Iman Shumpert is the reason for this whole post. He does have a few other songs out, and the concept behind a playoff anthem for his team is there. Kind of has a 3-stacks type of feel, in a way.

 

Chris Webber ft. Kurupt – Gangsta, Gangsta

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Chris Webber has been a major name in basketball since his freshman year at Michigan. His hip-hop career never really equated to that. Should of called a timeout before the beat dropped.

 

Joe Smith aka Joe Beast – The Beginning

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Remember Joe Smith, the once first overall pick? Well he is now a full time rapper named Joe Beast. Enough said.

 

Cedric Ceballos Ft Warren G – Flow On

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Cedric Ceballos, remember that name? Well back in the day he linked up with West Coast legend Warren G and made himself his own West Coast record.

 

Delonte West – KFC Freestyle

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Delonte West and his cousin got their freestyle on for 5 minutes while waited for some chicken at KFC drive through. This by far, takes the cake with ballers thinking their rappers. “He got that KFC hookup.”

Warren G Screws Up “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” At Chicago Cubs Game

Warren G is a man of many talents, but unfortunately, singing isn’t one of them.

The Long Beach rapper and producer attended Friday’s baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves and decided to treat the crowd to the classic baseball jingle “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” Immediately, Warren fumbled over his words and butchered the song in its entirety.

Based on the footage, the crowd was too busy laughing to help him sing along. We’re unsure whether Warren was serious or not; either way, the crowd was entertained. Watch the footage above and let us know what you think.

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‘Unsung’ Tonight: Snoop Dogg Remembers Nate Dogg, Hip-Hop’s Secret Ingredient

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Rapper Nate Dogg passed away in 2011, but fans can still treasure the man and his music in the upcoming episode of TV One’s Unsung.

Born Nathaniel Hale, Nate Dogg took his Long Beach, Calif. background and put it to good use when he dabbled in music. It didn’t hurt that his cousin, Snoop Dogg, was starting out in the music game either. Nate, Snoop, and Warren G formed the group 213 in 1990, and it was in the group that he perfected his lazy, laid back style that pulled their sound together.


Nate appeared on countless tracks and was nominated for four Grammy awards. He died in 2011 after complications from two strokes.

Catch a clip of Nate Dogg’s Unsung episode, and don’t miss the full episode tonight on  TV One at 8 p.m. EST.

Snoop Dogg & Ted Williams Make A “Love Connection” For Samsung

Snoop Dogg stars in a YouTube commercial for the introduction of the new Metro PCS phone, the Samsung Galaxy Indulge smart phone. The commercial is a funny rendition of the show “The Love Connection” and features Warren G and Ted “Golden Voice” Williams.

Adding two extra g’s to his name for the commercial, Snoop Dogg-gg acts as three different contestants in the show, while Warren G acts as the show host and model Brittany Dailey plays the bachelorette.

The four G’s in Snoop’s name drives the idea that “4G is the way to go if your a smart phone user.” Clever!

Check out the commercial below.

Hilarious!

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Snoop Dogg Finds Love In Samsung Commercial

Snoop Dogg has grabbed another ad endorsement from Samsung for their Galaxy Indulge Smartphone.

The ad is inspired by The Love Connection, titled The G-Connection and features Warren G and the man with the golden voice Ted Williams. You know Snoop plays too much and this time he plays three different versions of himself.  Hit the play button on the video below.

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