Originally written on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 4/25/13
At this point in time, most people roll their eyes when they hear about an athlete or an entertainer moonlighting as a rapper. We’ve seen the shtick before and the output has been largely underwhelming. Shaq actually had some successful and somewhat decent songs back in the day (Shaq Diesel anyone?), but the list is short. “I got money, girls, clothes, and cars, and I’m better than you at basketball.’ Okay, we get it.Thus many of our favorite athlete’s forays into the rap game go largely ignored or unnoticed. Allen Iverson, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, and Ron Artest are among those who have released microphone material to little fanfare, and rap-addicted superstar Kevin Durant seems determined to add his name to the list.. Since many of these athletes share a similar background with rap artists, live a version of the hip-hop lifestyle, and have the means to make their own music, it is not surprising to see them give it a go.It is more surprising when an athlete is praised for his abili...
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