Basketball and rap. Two things that seem to go hand-in-hand with athletes and musicians alike. From the legendary bars of past greats like Jay-Z and Ice Cube, to the hot names of today like Jack Harlow and J. Cole, basketball and rap will forever coincide.
“Went from most hated to the champion god flow / I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know”“New God Flow” – Kanye West
In this article, we’ll be comparing NBA superstars to their rap counterparts based on production, to personality, to how they do it. Maybe you’ll see some of your favorites in our newest series.
LeBron James – Jay-Z
What better way to start this series than with two moguls in their craft. Longevity speaks volumes when it comes to LeBron James and Jay-Z. Since releasing his first album in 1996, Jay-Z stayed at the top of the rap game, similar to LeBron when he entered the league in 2003.
These legends both boast overly impressive accolades in terms of professional production:
|4x NBA Champion||23x Grammy Award Winner|
|4x Finals MVP||11x BET Award Winner|
|4x Season MVP||66x MTV Music Award Winner|
|17x All-NBA||7x American Music Award Winner|
|18x All-Star||3x Billboard Music Award Winner|
While putting together legendary careers on the court and stage, they are also superstars outside of their respective realms. The LeBron James Family Foundation, notably known for the 2018 opening of the I PROMISE School, is James’ philanthropy, serving over 1,400 students in the Akron-area at the school.
Jay-Z is no stranger to giving back either. Founded in 2003, the Shown Carter Foundation has paid out nearly $3 million in scholarship funds, college visits, and counseling programs for disadvantaged youth.
The Chosen One and hip-hop’s first billionaire share a lot of similarities. Will anyone come close to these superstars?
“Your money too short, you can’t be talking to me / Yeah, I’m talking LeBron, we ball in our family tree”“Clique” – Jay-Z
Kevin Durant – Kanye West
“Humble” isn’t in their vocabulary. What better comparison than the incredible careers of Kevin Durant and Kanye West?
Their professional production speaks for itself, and both will go down as legends in their craft:
|Kevin Durant||Kanye West|
|2x NBA Champion||10x BET Award Winner|
|2x Finals MVP||13x Billboard Music Award Winner|
|9x All-NBA||22x Grammy Award Winner|
|12x All-Star||5x XXL Award Winner|
|4x NBA Scoring Champion||2x American Music Award Winner|
What really stands out with these two Hall-of-Famers is ego. They’ve done more than most in basketball and music, and they know it. They’re not afraid to speak their mind and let somebody know that they’re the best.
Steve, since u decided to use ESPN to push your personal agendas, im sure your minions will run with this story for you, but if u believe this is what my career is defined by then you just a flat out hater. It’s gonna be hard to box the god in https://t.co/AUMkP8P59g— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 6, 2022
“I am a God, even though I’m a man of God / My whole life in the hand of God, so y’all better quit playing with God”“I Am a God” – Kanye West
What more do these two need to prove to be viewed as some of the best of the best? In the public eye, it may never be enough.
Joel Embiid – Tyler, The Creator
A couple of the best in the game currently; Tyler, The Creator and Joel Embiid are having as good of primes as anyone else. Known for their trolling, both of these superstars are no strangers to the social media stratosphere when it comes to sharing some laughs.
salmon and ice cream pic.twitter.com/KdJwkSRgNB— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 6, 2016
Oh I didn’t know you were married sorry @KimKardashian just saw it from the fan’s tweet… have a nice day— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 16, 2014
All jokes aside, Joel Embiid is playing the best basketball of his career over the last few years, averaging 27.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 1.5 BPG since 2018, while Tyler, The Creator went on the incredible three-album run of Flower Boy, IGOR, and CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST in the last five years.
These two are top contenders in their fields and having fun while doing it. It’s hard to argue their current greatness regardless of how their careers started or accolades achieved.
Stephen Curry – Drake
From championships to awards, winning is second nature to these two icons. At the top of the world for a long run, shattering record after record, both Drake and Stephen Curry have the flair and flavor to be the best at certain categories.
Steph and Drake changed the game in their elements. Drake introduced melodic rapping and integrated singing into his songs, oftentimes genre-bending hip-hop and RnB. Curry revolutionized the 3-point factor in today’s basketball.
“Steph Curry ruined the game!”— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 26, 2019
6 minutes of Curry knocking down deeeeep threes! pic.twitter.com/9McR5YUPhk
No strangers to breaking records, Drake and Curry hold some legendary records:
- Drake won 13 awards at the Billboard Music Awards for his album More life, breaking the record for most wins in a single show.
- Scorpion became the first album to ever cross one billion streams in the first week, with seven songs charting in the top 10.
- Drake became the first artist to ever surpass 50 billion total streams on Spotify in January, 2021.
- Curry is the only player in NBA history to win an MVP award unanimously.
- Curry is the only player in NBA history to make at least 400 3-pointers in a single season.
- Curry is the only player in NBA history to make 1000 or more 3-pointers in the NBA Finals.
The two have been making hits and hitting shots for years with no sign of slowing down. You’ll be seeing them in the record books forever.
“I gotta talk to God even though He isn’t near me / Based on what I got, it’s hard to think that He don’t hear me / Hitting like that 30 on my jersey, man, I’m gifted”“Still Here” – Drake
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