A little known fact about Kobe Bryant that many sports fans may not know is that he once tried his hand at the rap game early on in his career. The Black Mamba was managed by famed executive Steve Stoute, recorded an entire album and even had Tyra Banks singing the hook on his lead single. Needless to say, the album was scrapped and that was all she wrote for Kobe’s rap career. On the other hand, teammate and friend Metta World Peace f/k/a Ron Artest delved a bit further into Hip Hop, releasing his own album “My World,” back in 2006, which featured appearances by Diddy, Juvenile, Capone, Mike Jones and more.
World Peace recently did an interview with LA Weekly and revealed that he and Bryant once held their own rap cipher in a hotel room. Though he did not specify when this went down, it could have either happened this season or back in 2009 when the two were teammates prior. He went on to say how impressed he was with Kobe’s lyrical prowess.
He liked one of my songs, so he came to my room and we flowed. He’s so much better than me…so good with words. He ought to write a movie.
Unfortunately for us, none of it was recorded, but in the meantime, you can check out music from both Bryant and World Peace below.