Most articles that address rapping athletes are derisive and condescending, blaspheming those who pursue artistic interests in hip-hop.
While it's safe to say J.J. Redick is no Jay-Z, and many past athletes lacked the necessary skills to succeed in the rap industry, hip-hop has undeservedly become "faux pas" for not only athlete's, but anyone who isn't as skilled as Tupac or Biggie.
Iman Shumpert said it best in a recent interview with ESPN's Sam Alipour:
If an athlete plays the guitar, they say, “That’s so cool, he can play the guitar.” But if a guy raps, they say, “Please don’t be another rapper.”
This undue prejudice has probably kept many legitimate "ballers" from aspiring to write rhymes. So, for those who didn't allow league officials and peanut gallery spectators to thwart their dreams, here's a toast.
Furthermore, to honor the players who respect the game both on and off the court, I proudly present the 2013 Rapping Athlete Hip-Hop Awards.