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An Exhaustive Study of NBA Stars Who Want to Be Rappers

Some Friday bullshit to kick off your weekend

With the NBA season upon us, we got to thinking about basketball players stepping off the court and into the booth. Like Drake said in “Thank Me Now,” “Damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous / ’Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us.”

He’s right: From Shaq-Diesel in the 1990s to current Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, some of the NBA’s brightest stars have attempted hip-hop careers. And so, for your viewing pleasure, we created a list of our favorite music videos featuring NBA stars. It includes the likes of Shaq, Kobe, Chris Webber and, of course, Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest).

Go Loco!

Shaquille O’Neal

Chris Webber

Kobe Bryant

Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest)

Iman Shumpert

Damian Lillard

Lou Williams

Stephen Jackson featuring Marquis Daniels

Steve Francis