The rapping athlete, or "raplete," may be the most evil yet entertaining thing in sports.
The list of terrible rapletes continues to grow and it’s as though athletes haven’t realized they play sports for a reason. They choose to veer away from what they’re really good at in order to spit rhymes and expand their brand.
However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. As dreadful as the athlete may sound while rapping, it’s entertaining for us, the common people, to laugh at their sweet, but sad failure.
In order to provide all of you with complete enjoyment, here is a list of the 25 worst athlete rappers of all time.
Warning: There’s some explicit content.
We kick off the list with boxer, Roy Jones, Jr.
Although Jones, Jr. is a champion boxer, he definitely isn’t a champion of rapping.
Jones, Jr. has numerous motivational rap songs that you can listen to as you work out.
However, that doesn't mean that they’re any good.
"Y'all Must Have Forgot" is one of Jones' cheesiest songs.
In my opinion, the “Big Diesel” isn’t that bad of a rapper, he just has the cheesiest songs.
“Shoot, Pass, Slam” is no exception.
Even though his songs are painful to listen to at times, it’s just another reason why we love the big guy.
Metta World Peace is infamous for being "out there."
I mean, look at what he has done to his name!
Because of his reputation, the fact that Metta World Peace raps is no surprise to me.
If Iverson actually practiced, he might have been a pretty good rapper. (Get it?).
Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is sadly also one of the worst athlete rappers of all time.
The strange salsa beat in the song “K.O.B.E.” only adds on to the immense embarrassment and Tyra Banks doesn’t help at all.
Now, we go old school.
In 1986, when the Mets were actually good, Strawberry rapped in a song called “Chocolate Strawberry.”
The song stays true to the '80s, but, unfortunately, it’s a poor representation.
I was so surprised when I heard Tony Parker rapping in French after the Spurs won the 2005 NBA Championship.
It just sounded weird.
The song, “Balance Toi,” justifies that and the music video doesn’t do him any justice.
In 1994, a group of NBA stars collaborated on a rap album called “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret.”
While some surprised me and were actually pretty good (Brian Shaw), others were pretty bad, including Dana Barros.
In his track, “Check It,” Barros sounds like a little kid trying to rap.
Look for a couple more NBA ballers from “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret” later on the list.
Jason Kidd could be higher on the list but I’m cutting him some slack for helping the Mavs win their first NBA title.
Like Barros, Kidd also rapped on “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret".
The beat actually isn’t that bad, but Kidd is.
This may be the most enjoyable video of the bunch.
Chief Blocka (Andre Iguodala), Fog Raw (Mo Williams), Velvet Hoop (Kevin Durant) and Ice-O (Rashard Lewis…really?) rap in a Nike commercial promoting the Hyperizer shoe.
Even though it's fun to watch, it’s kinda pitiful.
And, I still don’t understand why Rashard Lewis is in this.
Back when I used to watch wrestling, I loved John Cena. He was the total American bad ass.
As cool as his rap theme song sounded back then, it's actually pretty weak.
Chris Webber dominated college basketball while a part of Michigan’s Fab Five. He also had a respectable career in the NBA.
While “C-Webb” was known to represent a hip-hop culture while playing at Michigan, he certainly wasn’t a very good rapper himself.
Although his rap song, “Too Much Drama,” is very heart felt, it seems like it drags on and on.
Who is Chris Mills?
I really had no idea until the day I began writing this article. I guess that’s justified as he only averaged 11.2 PPG in his nine-year career.
Mills is yet another NBA player who took part in the album “B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret.”
Before you play his song, I warn you…it’s incredibly lame.
In the song, he talks about his “J” and how his song is a “groove to move to.” Kind of funny because he only shot around 43 percent in the league and the song, itself, is weak.
In the end, I guess he should be happy that no one really knows who he is. It saves him from all the embarrassment.
In 1985, prior to Super Bowl XX, the Chicago Bears recorded “The Super Bowl Shuffle.”
It became an instant hit mostly due to the fact that it’s so bad and cheesy, it’s funny.
But, hey, they won the Super Bowl.
“The Fridge” was one of the most entertaining and overpowering players in NFL history.
While his rap, “The Refrigerator Man,” reflects his entertaining personality, it isn’t very good according to rap standards.
The video is pretty funny, though.
Here’s the second boxer on the list.
Mayweather should seriously never rap again. His song “Yep” is just another example of the downfall of hip-hop.
Instead of rapping, Mayweather should put his ego to the side and fight Manny Pacquiao.
That’s something I'm sure all of us would like to see.
The Bengals mocked the Chicago Bears and recorded a song called “Who Dey.”
The video is really fun to watch but the rapping is pitiful. What’s even more pitiful is the fact that the Bengals are terrible now.
I’ve got to admit, the video game theme for Q6’s music video of “Kome Here Nikki” is pretty cool.
However, the rapping, like Mayweather’s, represents how bad the genre is these days.
Not to mention, the nickname “Q6” is pretty lame.
Charles Barkley is hands down the funniest analyst in sports right now.
His rapping in the 2010 Taco Bell commercial just represented Barkley’s entertaining personality.
However, just like his golf swing, the rap is "turrible." He has no flow whatsoever.
Deion Sanders was all about show time while he was playing in the NFL and MLB.
To enlarge his show-time persona, Sanders recorded a rap song.
While the music video of his song “Must Be the Money” represents the '90s with the large suits and the lady background vocals, Sanders’ rapping is far from good.
I was very surprised to find that “Macho Man,” one of the most entertaining wrestlers in history, rapped.
Although the rap is funny, it’s painful to listen to.
However, that was just a part of Savage’s fun loving personality. May he rest in peace.
When you type “awful rapper” into google, you will find Troy Hudson’s song, “Gangsta,” at the top of the page.
No wonder he only sold 78 copies of his album in its first week.
Stephon Marbury is known for being overpaid and difficult to play with.
Also, he’s known for loving attention.
I’m sure this video of him freestyling is another example of his desire for attention. It’s terrible.
Not too long ago, Delonte West released a preview of his lockout rap album.
I’m just going to make this quick and easy by saying that it’s horrible...absolutely horrible.
If you want to listen to West failing even more, here’s his KFC rap.
“Bend ya knees.”
The title of Milledge’s rap song automatically qualifies him as the worst athlete rapper ever.
The lyrics, the beat…it’s all wrong.