“I swear sports and music are so synonymous/Cause we wanna be them, and they wanna be us.” – Drake, Thank Me Now (Thank Me Later)
It seems that the essence of hip hop is still alive and well around the NBA players. There are some players that have actually taken up rapping, either during the lockout last season or during their free time, and could fall back on it as a career after their playing days are over. The three most prominent rappers are Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks, and Stephen Jackson of the San Antonio Spurs.
Williams is longtime friends with rapper Meek Mill, and is an honorary member of Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group (MMG). Williams has appeared in songs with Mill, as well as Ross. and other members of MMG. Here is a freestyle to Meek Mill’s “I’ma Boss” :
Shumpert went out with an ACL tear last year in the playoffs, and has used some of that time off to further his music career. Shumpert is set to release a mix tape sometime this year. Here is his original song, “Roller Coaster Ride”:
Jackson has actually released a full length mix tape called before the start of last season called “What’s a Lockout?” Known as “Stak5,” on the mic, Jackson is working towards releasing a full album. Here is a recent release, called “Fall Out” :
Last season, Juwan Howard started a project called “Full Court Press Vol. 1″, an album that featured Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza, Lamar Odom, Carlos Boozer, Glen Davis, Shawn Marion, Josh Smith, as well as hip hop stars Rick Ross, Trina, Snoop Dogg, Birdman, The Game, T-Pain, Bun B, and Twista. Here is a look into the studio:
So, the question is: Who is the best rapper in the NBA? You decide! Comment in the comment section, on Twitter, or on Facebook, and let me know who you think the best of the three is.