The modern athlete and Hip-Hop go together like OJ Simpson and gloves. Consequently, there is quite a lot of cross-pollination between the two. The only thing is, rappers cannot typically cross over into sports due to the extreme physicality associated with athletics.
Then there is the other side sports men that attempt to rap. While, rapping appears to be easier than knocking somebody out or slam-dunking on somebodys head appearances can be deceiving.
One thing is for certain, both sides are the modern gladiators for our entertainment.
Here are some of the boxers, ballplayers that tried, succeeded and failed to get props in Hip-Hop.
Shaquille O'Neal & the Notorious BIG You Cant Stop The Reign
The video version:
Kobe Bryant featuring Tyra Banks K.O.B.E.
Kobe Bryant, Shaqs former team mate, took his own stab at rapping. It was short lived, but he made a splash even if it was a belly flop. Still, Kobe gets major props for rapping in Italian.
Was Nas ghostwriting?
Deion Sanders Must Be The Money
Not exactly Hip-Hop, but the swagger is. We had to included Neon Deion. He looks like hes just having fun in a Pumps N A Bumps kind of way.
MC Hammer featuring Deion Sanders Straight To My Feet
Speaking of Pumps N A Bump, MC Hammer and Deion got together to rap on this 1994 diddybop song from the Street Fighter soundtrack.
Roy Jones Jr Yall Musta Forgot
The best thing about this video was the clips, a reminder of what a great fighter Roy is. A great rapper? No so much, but his favorite rapper of all time is Scarface. Didnt forget that!
Roy Jones Jr. Cant Be Touched
Now, this song is way better from Roy. True fight music!
Allen Iverson aka Jewelz 40 Bars
When Allen Iverson same with 40 Bars he looked like he was going to be the first official sportsman to be a legitimate rap artist. He was a bit too real for the League.
Never heard this, but apparently this was Jewelz song.
Floyd Mayweather Yep
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was regarded as the best pound for pound fighter, but that was boxing. Where does he weigh-in with rap.
Terrell T.O. Owens Untitled Silly Rap
The football player named T.O. is highly regarded for his athleticism, but rap no.
Chris Webber and Kurupt - Gangsta, Gangsta
Chris Webber is really Hoop-Hop! The super star is not only known for his ball game, but he rapped. Not only did he rap, but he is an accomplished producer that has worked with the likes of Nas. The rap didnt work but hes still around.
When Shaq dissed Kobe in a bizarre freestyle rap, you just had to love it. He gave life to a new term that didnt quite catch on, but remains iconic in pop culture.