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Ballers want to be rappers but which NBA players actually have bars?

All Star Weekend in LA has arrived & Lonzo just so happened to release his first major music piece as a rapper. Coincidence much?

We don’t think so. Well done BBB.

The long awaited debut of Zo is here, and we aren’t that impressed. He does sound a bit like 21 Savage, which can speak to his Issa Album > 4:44 banter last summer.

In a day and age where rappers want to be ballers and vice versa, we dug up some NBA ballers that can rhyme.

Peep some of the game’s NBA ballers below.

Shaquille O’Neal

We can’t talk about NBA rappers if we don’t mention Shaq, right? The Diesel has managed to dominate almost everything he’s touched from a young age.

He recently jumped in the booth again, dropping a diss track about the comedian Big Shaq. He obviously isn’t a fan of rappers using his name and felt mocked.

While he isn’t the best, he’s got bars and has even ventured into DJing

Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace aka Panda’s Friend

Who else remembers when Ron Ron dropped a track fresh off his championship with the Lakers in 2010?

He went on to release a few more singles but none top his banger “Champions” with a memorable visual.

The video is flames.

Lonzo Ball

So not only did Zo manage to seed wifey on his most recent trip to the IR, but BBB let the world know his first concert will take place in none other than…wait for it…Lithuania.

While the cover art for his debut mixtape Born 2 Ball is straight fire, the mixtape itself is not.

Hopefully his performance in Lithuania is better than his brother’s play out in Europe.

Maybe his jump shot continues to improve as well.

Dame Lillard

Dame D.O.L.L.A. is the undisputed best rapper in the league right now. Just peep his debut album CONFIRMED and see why.

If you’re a fan of his or the NBA in general, you’ll recall his #4BarFriday trend that took off on social. Draymond Green, Paul George and even Bron jumped on the wave.

Dame, hailing from the West coast, earned his third All Star spot this season and dropped his debut album last fall.

It was well received an we’re a big fan of Dame’s hustle. He’s proven himself on the court and in the booth & should only get better with time.

Iman Shumpert

Founder of the #KnicksTape wave, Iman has always had the old school vibe. If you couldn’t tell, his flat top on the Knicks said it all.

He’s release his own work along with some freestyles and the dude can flow.

Iman has even went as far as calling himself a better rapper than Dame, which is a complete dub.

When it comes between these two, Iman can’t hang with Dame but he’s pretty nice with it.


Honorable mention goes to KD & Bron, as we’ve heard rumors that they jumped into the booth together once upon a time.

A snippet of the track dropped but the two are keeping said song under wraps…for now.

The two are teaming up in this weekend’s ASG and have been rumored to potentially link up in free agency this summer.

Maybe they’ll drop the track then? Who knows.