15 Athlete Cameos in Music Videos
Forget the awards and the millions of dollars.
Want to know when a musician can really look themselves in the mirror and know that they've made it? When a pro athlete agrees to do a cameo in one of their music videos, that's when.
And since there have been a good number of players showing face in a variety of musical promos, I'm giving you the best.
Ray Allen (Public Enemy: 'He Got Game')
While it's disappointing that Ray Allen—aka, Jesus Shuttlesworth—never actually made a live appearance on this music video, he still got some face time thanks to the director taking shots from the movie, He Got Game.
Even though Allen's cameo is limited to just a few screenshots, I'm still counting this as a cameo since the entire song and video was based around the movie the guy starred in.
Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera and Jose Reyes (Hector El Father: 'Pa La Tumba')
Although Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera and Jose Reyes may be native Dominicans, they still got the ask to show some face in Puerto Rican rapper Hector El Father's video, "Pa La Tumba."
I'm not sure if that's a slap in the face of all the Puerto Rican players who have made it to the big leagues or not, but with a ton of different girls dancing around in skimpy clothes, that's about the last thing anyone should care about while watching this video.
Ron Artest (Nas: 'Nas Is Like')
Blink and you might just miss the quick dap that former NBA player Ron Artest gives rapper Nas—seen at the 1:25 mark—but I included this cameo because of how it came to be.
Growing up in the same New York neighborhood as Nas, Artest got included in this video before he was even in the NBA—giving him serious street cred.
J.R. Smith (Young Money Featuring Lloyd: 'BedRock')
Of all the athlete cameos in music videos, is there any other player that better reps himself than J.R. Smith?
Flashing his New York diamond chain, Smith holds it down for his city—or his Knicks team—by making an appearance in Young Money's video for "BedRock."
Stephon Marbury and Kenny Anderson (Big Pun: 'Whatcha Gon Do?')
Having more of a starring role than some of the other athletes on this list, former NBA ballers Stephon Marbury and Kenny Anderson are seen hooping it up on the blacktop's of NYC throughout this video.
With rapper Big Pun doing his thing from the bleachers, I can't help but think that this best describes somewhere like Rucker Park during the summer.
Richard Sherman (Stanford Athletics: 'N-E-R-D-S')
He may be busy celebrating his team's Super Bowl and trying to get paid lots of money, but All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman has somehow found time this offseason to head back to his college roots—well, for about a split second.
That's because Sherman makes a brief appearance in a humorous video that current Stanford athletes filmed last month, rocking his nerdy frames for the camera.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick (Jay Z: 'Show Me What You Got')
It might seem like a random group to get together, but Jay Z actually had NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick make an appearance in his 2006 video, "Show Me What You Got."
With the rapper riding shotgun as Dale Jr. drove the streets of Monaco, the two chase around Danica and give her a few oncoming looks.
I guess this works, right?
Magic Johnson (Michael Jackson: 'Remember the Time?')
Even more than just showing up on set and flashing a smile for the camera, Hall of Fame guard Magic Johnson did every other athlete on this list one better by dressing up as an Egyptian guard.
What's more, is that Johnson even has a speaking part in the intro to the song, giving further proof that just because Michael Jackson asks you to be in a music video it doesn't mean it's always going to be cool.
This is one of the more cheesy cameos/videos on this list.
LeBron James (Jay Z: 'D.O.A.')
Although LeBron James' NBA career is far from over, he has already proven to be one of the greats.
You know who also happens to be at the top of the game? LeBron's buddy, Jay Z.
And while the two often share love for each other anytime James' team plays in New York, it was dope seeing them together in Jay's 2009 music video, "D.O.A."
Barry Bonds (David Banner Ft. Chris Brown: 'Get Like Me')
Barry Bonds might be MLB's all-time home run king, but he didn't just save big boppers for on the field, as he showed to have the same sweet swing off it, too.
Well, at least Bonds tried his best to put it on display in David Banner's 2008 video, "Get Like Me."
Banner mentioned that Bonds came, "fresh out of court to come holler" at him, making me think that Bonds really wanted to star in this thing—or just get paid.
Mike Tyson (P. Diddy: 'Bad Boy for Life')
Like a few others on this list, P. Diddy's "Bad Boy For Life" video featured a ton of different celebs.
There's Mike Tyson and Shaquille O'Neal reppin' the sports world and Ben Stiller holding it down for his fellow actors.
As a side note, this was probably the most played song between my sophomore and junior years of high school, so it holds a dear place in my heart.
Shaquille O'Neal (Fu-Schnickens: 'What’s Up, Doc?')
While it's not surprising to see former baller Shaquille O'Neal in a music video—considering he's a former MC himself—it's a little questionable as to why Shaq found himself in a Fu-Schnickens video?
I mean, the dude could have chosen absolutely any group on the planet to film alongside, and this is who he landed on?
Either way, O'Neal shows his rapping skills on this video, too—sort of.
Dan Marino (Hootie & the Blowfish: 'Only Wanna Be with You')
For all you '90s kids out there who truly remember how huge the Hootie & the Blowfish were back in the middle of the decade, then you know how they landed a Hall of Famer like Dan Marino in their video.
Oddly based around an entire sports theme for a song called, "Only Wanna Be With You" also included cameos from Sportscenter personalities and pro golfer Freddy Couples.
It might be a questionable direction on the video, but it worked for them.
Michael Jordan (Michael Jackson: 'Jam')
What happens when you get two of the world's biggest stars together on one video shoot?
When Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson filmed the song "Jam" back in 1992, both were still at the peak of their careers, making this one of the craziest sports-music duos ever.
Plus, it's pretty cool seeing them hoop against each other.
Numerous (M.C. Hammer: '2 Legit 2 Quit')
If you were a pro athlete in 1991 and didn't make a cameo in M.C. Hammer's song "2 Legit 2 Quit," then you probably weren't as good as you thought.
Featuring an abundance of big names from a variety of sports, such as Deion Sanders, Roger Clemens, Kirby Puckett and Isiah Thomas, Hammer proved to hang with a pretty damn athletic bunch. Keep dancing, Hammer.