10 Hip Hop/Sports Crossover Acts

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In poor black neighborhoods, rap and sports offer a dream of success that might be unavailable to many young men and women, so it stands to reason that the two passions go hand in hand. Here are ten stars who crossed over, for better or worse.

Shaquille O’Neal


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When Shaq hit the mic, many laughed, but he had a lot of support within the hip hop community. He may not be on Biggie Smalls’ level, but if you listen to “What Up Doc? Can We Rock?” he’s clearly better than people give him credit for.

Roy Jones Jr.


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You’ll find champion boxer Roy Jones Jr.’s “Y’all Must Have Forgot” on a lot of worst rap song lists. Weak rhymes and little stage presence made this crossover act a flop.

Cedric Ceballos


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Rapping with Nate Dogg and Warren G in the 1994 vid for Flow On, Cedric didn’t set the rap world on fire, but there are worse rapper-athletes out there, and that groovy beat hit just the right spot.