Personal Foul: Athletes Releasing Rap Albums September 27, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, MLB, NBA, NFL, Sports.
With singles like “K.O.B.E.” featuring Trya Banks, and “Thug Poetry”, I just knew that Kobe Bryant’s album was going to be horrible. As a fan, I just hoped he wouldn’t go through with it, but…
Deion Sanders releasing a rap album really didn’t surprise me. When he released his video for the single, “Must be the Money”, I thought the video really captured who Deion Sanders really was. Those dance moves were horrible though. Click here to watch the video.
It’s important to note that a decent rap artist will sell about 200,000 copies the first week. Ron Artest’s “My World” only sold 343 copies the first week. I’ll just leave it at that.
I have to be honest, Roy Jones Jr. isn’t that bad. He’s not good, but he’s not bad. His first album, “Round One: The Album” had the single “Yall Must’ve Forgot”. In this song, Jones answers to all of his critics. Click here to watch the video.
Tony Parker, released a rap album entitled “Top of the Game” in March, 2007. The album was in French and some of his teammates appeared in the videos. If it wasn’t for the international appeal of the album, I think this album would have sold less than the album released by Artest.
If anyone has the street cred to release a rap album, it has to be Allen Iverson. Iverson went by the name Jewels as a rapper. He didn’t officially release the album, but a lot of songs leaked on the internet.
Note: Shaquille O’neal was omitted from this list, because believe it or not, he has had success rapping. Shaq’s first album went platinum and his second went gold.