The Rap Game’s Starting Five

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The Rap Game’s Starting Five

What rappers would make the best starting five in a pickup basketball game? This is not a post about the five best rappers in the game, but simply the five rappers that could hold their own in a pickup basketball game.


Shaquille O’Neal – aka “Shaq Diesel”



People forget that Shaq once was a platinum rapper – his debut album “Shaq Diesel” went platinum.  Besides, who will be brave enough to tell him he’s not a rapper. And let’s not forget this:

That’s enough to put him in my starting five.


Tramar Dillard – aka “Flo Rida”




I’m not really much of a fan of his music. Honestly, I haven’t heard much, but what I’m not excited much by what I have heard. While pusuing his rap career he briefly attended the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and Barry University where he played collegiate basketball.


Jayceon Terrell Taylor – aka “The Game”




He received a basketball scholarship to Washington State University before being expelled because of drug allegations. Besides, Baron Davis is his son’s godfather so maybe some of those skills have rubbed off. We just need to make sure he doesn’t bring his gun to any of the games.


O’Shea Jackson – aka “Ice Cube”




Ice Cube has been a longtime Lakers fan and is a knowledgeable and passionate hoops fan. He plays in various celebrity basketball games and supposedly has some game. Besides Cube said it himself “Get me on the court and I'm trouble / Last week f****d around and got a triple double / Freaking n*****s everyway like M.J. / I can't believe, today was a good day”


Percy Romeo Miller – aka “Lil’ Romeo”


lil romeo


Every team needs a point guard, so why not choose a point guard? Lil’ Romeo is currently a freshman point guard on the USC basketball team. He attended the 2006 ABCD camp as one of the top 200 high school basketball players and he led his AAU team to two national titles.

Note:  Have you ever seen that father in the stands of a basketball game that knows a little bit about the game, maybe even played the game a little, and swears that he can do a better job coaching the team than the coach can?  Playing that role Percy Miller, Sr.! He shares in his son’s passion for the game of basketball, having had tryouts with the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors.


Sixth Man:  Calvin Broadus – aka “Snoop Dogg”




Known for playing in the charity basketball game hosted by Paul Pierce and Baron Davis. I found this little excerpt about his performance in the 2006 game:


Snoop, playing for Baron Davis's team, showed himself to be a monster on the boards early, including one Moses Malone-esque sequence in which he gathered four offensive rebounds in a row. While he showed some skills as a point guard, hitting Banner on two picture-perfect fast breaks, Snoop later said his true calling is at center: "I like playing like a big man. I like getting rebounds and staying hard in the paint."  Source:


Plus, he has “Hoop Dreams”. He would have to be the sixth man because I think that his “herbal therapy treatments” would limit his minutes.


Owner:  Sean Carter – aka “Jay-Z”




Who else would it be? Part owner of the New Jersey Nets.


“Yeah we use to ball like that / Now we own the ball team, holla back”


Coach:  Tupac Shakur


above the rim


There have been about 5000 new tracks since his death in 1996. If he can touch the people with new music like that posthumously, I’m sure he can give an excellent motivational speech.


If you would agree or have any other suggestions, feel free to comment.

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