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26 Athletes Who Are Rappers

Updated August 21, 2019 15.8k views27 items

You already know that these athletes can kick a ball, shoot a free throw, or score a goal, but did you know that they can also drop a beat? These athletes who rap are multi-talented! Several famous NBA players, NFL stars, and boxers are also rappers. Some of these athletes released popular albums, while others recorded tracks that never saw a proper release. One famous athlete even rapped in a Taco Bell commercial. 

Who is the most famous athlete who is a rapper? Kobe Bryant tops our list. In the late-1990s, Kobe Bryant released a rap album entitled “K.O.B.E.” Shaquille O'Neal released four rap albums in the 1990s. His debut "Shaq Diesel" was certified platinum in the U.S. Charles Barkley rapped on a Taco Bell commercial in 2010.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. released a rap song entitled "Yep" in 2007. He was later sued by Anthony Lawrence Dash for using beats written by Dash on the song without his permission. Before becoming a hip-hop mogul, Master P had contracts with two NBA teams, the Charlotte Hornets in 1998 and the Toronto Raptors in 1999. Cedric Ceballos contributed the rap track "Flow On" on the 1994 album "B-Ball's Best Kept Secret." Warren G also appeared on the track.

Who is your favorite athlete who can rap? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Rappers
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0
    In the late-1990s, Kobe Bryant released a rap album entitled "K.O.B.E."
    • Age: 42
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Rappers
    Photo: Eustress / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0
    Shaquille O'Neal released four rap albums in the 1990s. His debut "Shaq Diesel" was certified platinum in the U.S.
    • Age: 48
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics

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  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. released a rap song entitled "Yep" in 2007. He was later sued by Anthony Lawrence Dash for using beats written by Dash on the song without his permission.
    • Age: 43
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Athletes Who Are Rappers
    Photo: Gallery 2 Images / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0
    Charles Barkley rapped on a Taco Bell commercial in 2010.
    • Age: 57
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama, United States of America
    • Teams: Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Suns
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