Metta World Peace shared his top seven athletes rapper in the world on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Lakers small forward grew up around hip-hop greats. He admitted he dreamt of becoming a famous rapper. Through the power of self-expression, an unforgiving Ron Artest transformed into Metta World Peace.
Here are Metta World Peace’s 7 best athlete rappers:
7. Allen “Jewelz” Iverson
Fans mostly remember Allen Iverson for his superb basketball skills. But, he also has a passion for music. During the 2000 offseason, Iverson recorded a rap single called “40 bars”. Unfortunately, he failed to release his album after being criticized due to controversial lyrics. The album made derogatory remarks about homosexuals. Iverson changed the lyrics of the song. However, he never released the album.
6. Deion “Bernie” Sanders
Deion Sanders is a former American football and baseball player. His album “Prime Time” reached #70 on the US Hip Hop charts in 1994. Unfortunately, his career only lasted a short time. Sanders created two popular rap songs namely “Straight to My Feet” and “Must Be Money”.
5. Damian “Dame D.O.L.L.A.” Lillard
Damian Lillard is currently the star of the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard proved his doubters wrong with his first rap album “The Letter O”. After listening to his music, people started to respect his talent. Dame’s ‘freestyle’ on “Sway In the Morning” is a must-listen, causing Sway to agree that Dame is ‘better than these rappers’.
4. Iman “Shump-man Shump-man” Shumpert
Iman Shumpert is currently playing for the reigning NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers. Outside of basketball, Shumpert focused on rap music to express what’s on his mind. The music video for his single “Chiraq” garnered media attention over the eccentric visuals.
3. Stephen “Stak5” Jackson
Stephen Jackson is a long-time basement rapper. In December 2011, under the alias Stak5, Jackson released a rap mixtape entitled “What’s A Lockout?” hosted by DJ Scream of Maybach Music Group. His song “America da Beautiful” speaks social and racial in the post-Sterling era.
2. Lou Williams
Lou Williams is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams has recorded several rap tracks and was featured on Meek Mill’s single “I Want It All.” Drake used him as his subject for his song “6 man”, referencing his sixth man role with the Raptors, as well as his alleged two girlfriends.
1. Shaquille “Shaqqa Ranks” O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is an NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst. He began to compose rap music in 1993. O’Neal also experienced criticisms in the early days of his rap career. However, some critics credited him with his continuous development as time passes by. Surprisingly, his first album “Shaq Diesel” received platinum certification from the RIAA.
Photo Courtesy: Derral Chen/Flickr
Video courtesy: Youtube/killa187um, Youtube/swamphox, Youtube/SwaysUniverse, Youtube/Iman Shumpert, Youtube/Stak5VEVO, Youtube/lawrencelegions, and Youtube/ShaqVEVO