3 NBA Rappers you should know about
- While the connection between hoops and hip-hop has been a mainstay for many years, not all NBA players have had a successful rap career.
Hoops and hip-hop go way back. Drake summed it up best on Thank Me Later’s “Thank Me Now”:
“Damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous. Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us.”
Other than the obvious connection that both these professions call on usually underprivileged men, the possibility of making it big in either of these fields is almost impossibly low. Thus being a champ in both is pretty insane.
This phase properly started off with Shaquille O'Neil and the mor]st recent addition to the list is Lonzo Ball. Here's a look at some players who tried their hand in the recording studio as well.
#3 Steve Francis
This story is one that is absolutely sad. Steve Francis was an amazing basketball player but it looked like his heart was somewhere else and he did not do well in that place. Francis is a former Rookie of the Year and even played in three straight All-Star games.
In his time in the NBA, he was an absolute basketball star and was on the road to the hall of fame. However, he chose a different path leaving behind his average of 18 points per game and 6 assists per game. In 2012 at 35 years of age, he put his 100% into starting his rap career and failed almost instantly.
Francis never came around to releasing a full-length project and his energy seemed to fizzle out after one song and visual combo. There was no redemption from that one song in any aspect. Had his lyrics, visuals or voice quality been any good it would have made sense to drop a perfect basketball career, but none of that even remotely existed. We hope fame comes his way soon, but unfortunately, it's almost impossible to perceive that future.