Rappers wish they were athletes and athletes wish they were rappers. Unfortunately for us, more athletes think they can rap then can actually rap, leaving us with way too many terrible CD releases. Ron Artest, Kobe, Tony Parker, and Shaq, anyone? This, however, is an ode to the men that can play, but chose the rap game instead.
Also known as Jayceon Taylor, “The Game” played for Compton High School in the late 1990s, earning a basketball scholarship to Washington State University. Unfortunately for the 6’4’’ small forward, things didn’t work out, and he only lasted one semester. According to The Game, in high school he "averaged 14.9 points a game, 6 rebounds and 4 assists" while playing alongside future NBA stars Baron Davis, Tyson Chandler, Gilbert Arenas, and Tayshaun Prince. Not bad.
Percy “Master P” Miller didn’t just wish he’d gone pro, he actually did. Miller signed contracts with the Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors for brief periods during the late 1990s. Though he never saw any NBA regular season action, Master P still can ball: he averaged 24 points per game in 2004 for the ABA’s Las Vegas Rattlers.
Growing up in baseball-crazy St. Louis, Nelly had a passion for the game instilled in him at a young age. Starring for his high school baseball team, Nelly used the game to keep him out of trouble. Trouble is all he caused for opposing pitchers, earning MVP Honors in the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association, and getting interest from the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Growing up in Queens, 50 Cent began boxing as an 11-year old, competing in the Junior Olympics after his neighbor opened up a gym for neighborhood youths to box. Unfortunately Fiddy decided to change his career arc, opting for drug dealing and rapping instead.
Killa Cam was a sick basketball player back in the day. Playing for Manhattan Center High School, ‘Cam was a Top-25 recruit in 1994, earning attention from the University of Miami, Georgetown, and USC. ‘Cam dropped out of school and got his GED after losing in the first round of the State playoffs and the coaches stopped calling. Still stuck on the dream, Cam’ron enrolled at Navarro Junior College in Texas with the hopes of transferring to Miami a year later. Unfortunately that never materialized, but a career in rapping did.