From now until the time one of them becomes extinct (which isn't likely to happen in this lifetime or the next), NBA players will rap and rappers will play basketball. It's a fact of life.
There are plenty of basketball players out there who drop a single here and there or end up featured on somebody else's album, but very few basketball players actually make definitive, listenable singles, let alone complete albums.
Of course, Shaq is the go-to rapper of reference, especially since he put up a gold and a platinum album, but to call Shaq's rapping career a success beyond the money-making aspect is a bit—well, completely out of line.
The newest wave of NBA rappers are coming in as guys like Metta World Peace and Stephen Jackson start to get older and become "veteran" NBA rappers (if such a thing can exist), and a few of them aren't bad.
Iman Shumpert is doing a few songs here and there, as is Kevin Durant and hopefully Nikola Pekovic, but for now, the guy everybody seems to be talking about is Lou Williams.
Sweet Lou isn't bad; the only problem is that he's spent his rap "career" as a featured guy and has yet to put out a legitimate single. The closest thing he's had is him rapping for a minute-and-a-half over Meek Mill's "Imma Boss" track.
Like I said, he's not bad, but the fact that he hasn't put out a single of his own keeps him off this list for now.
While we wait for Lou to drop something of his own, we can take a look at some of the other basketball players who have dipped their beaks in the rapping world.
Word of warning: A handful of these are not safe for work. Listen carefully.