20 Athletes That Tried to be Rappers


Sadly, there are a lot of athletes that tried to be rappers, why not stick to being awesome at sports right? It’s safe to say the most entertaining athlete that went rapper was Shaq, but check out all of the ones listed below and let us know your favorite in the comments below.

Kobe Bryant

Best remembered for the 2000 single “K.O.B.E.” (featuring Tyra Banks), Bryant’s rap career was short-lived.


Shaq put out four albums, including one that went platinum.


Metta World Peace

The artist formerly known as Ron Artest released “Champion” after the Lakers 2010 championship, receiving positive reviews from industry mogul Master P. “Champion” became the theme song of the Lakers 2010 NBA Championship.


Gary Payton

Gary Payton made a rap track back in 1994


Chris Webber

Webber has produced hip-hop records, including two songs for rapper Nas: “Blunt Ashes” and “Surviving the Times.” Webber’s album dropped to little fanfare although he did have a Top Ten rap single with “Gangsta, Gangsta (How U Do It).”


Tony Parker

In 2007, Parker released his debut album “TP.” The 11-track rap album was in his native French tongue.


Roy Jones Jr.

Jones started his rap music career in 2001 with his album “Round One: The Album” and its debut single “Ya’ll Must’ve Forgot”. In 2004, Jones formed the group Body Head Bangerz and released an album. The album, Body Head Bangerz: Volume One, featured B.G., Juvenile, Bun B of UGK, Petey Pablo, Lil’ Flip and Mike Jones among others.


Desmond Mason

In February 2007, Mason recorded a hip-hop video called “We Dem Hornets” in which he gave an inspirational roll call of the entire 2006–07 Hornets team.


Allen Iverson

During the 2000 offseason, Iverson recorded a rap single called “40 Bars”. However, after being criticized for its controversial lyrics, he was unable to release it. Going under his moniker, Jewelz, the album was alleged to have made derogatory remarks about homosexuals. After criticism from activist groups and NBA Commissioner David Stern, he agreed to change the lyrics but ultimately never released the album.


John Cena

John Cena went old school as the master of thuganomics, rapping his true feelings about The Rock at Raw on March 12, 2012. Outside of wrestling, Cena has released the rap album “You Can’t See Me” which debuted at No. 15 on the US Billboard 200 chart.


Terrell Owens

In 2006, Terrell Owens tried a hand at rapping by recording a diss track aimed at his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.


Iman Shumpert

Shumpert has been busy growing a massive flat top and piecing together a very respectable debut mixtape, “Th3 #Post90s. In 2013, he released the song “Dear Kendrick” in response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse in the song “Control” by Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica.


Randy Savage

In 2003, WWF Westler Randy “Macho Man” Savage released the rap album “Be A Man.” On it was a diss track aimed at Hulk Hogan. Savage planned to release a second album but that never happened.


Chris Johnson

The Titans running back started the record label Flashy Lifestyle Ent. with a childhood friend. During the NFL lockout he recorded “Act on Deck,” which plays to the beat of a busy signal.


Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace has done some rapping and he owns a record label.


Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather took a shot at the rap game in 2008 with his single “Yep.”


Brian Shaw

Back in 1994, Brian Shaw performed a rap song called “Anything Can Happen.” In the lyrics, he talks about the unreal turn of events in his life.


Deion Sanders

“Prime Time” was Deion Sanders’ debut album that was released on December 20, 1994 by Capitol Records via Hammer’s label, Bust It Records. Despite universally negative reviews, the album managed to make it to #70 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #14 on the Top Heatseekers. One single, “Must Be the Money” was released, but it failed to make it to the charts.


LeBron James

LeBron showed off his amateur flow in two Instagram videos where he rapped over Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as In Paris” beat. ”Yo you already know what it is … it’s the kid King James,” he said in the song’s intro.


Jason Kidd

“What the Kidd Didd” featuring former Digital Underground member Money-B was released during Kidd’s rookie year in 1994. It was part of an NBA player compilation album called “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret” that was released by Epic Records.