Kobe Bryant’s rap career is often joked about these days – Nick Young even had a laugh the other day when reminded of Bryant’s track with Tyra Banks – yet it seems that the Black Mamba was actually a better rapper than we all thought.
According to a Grantland article on Kobe’s rhyming career, he used to get into rap battles in Philadelphia and a lot of people thought he had the tools to make it in the industry.
In 1998, Bryant spent the summer in New Jersey, working out in the day and recording in the studio at night – he was definitely serious about this rap thing. He even appeared on Shaquille O’Neal’s ’98 album “Respect”. Under the name of K-Raw, Kobe opened up the track ”3 X’s Dope” and absolutely killed O’Neal on his own song (Kendrick Lamar style).
Here’s what Grantland had to say about the “secret” moment in Kobe’s rap career:
That song, which is called “3 X’s Dope,” appears on O’Neal’s 1998 album Respect. It features the female rapper Sonja Blade, wh