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    Kobe's Rap History

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...id=grantland33

    "For three weeks during the summer of 1998, Kobe Bryant lived in the New Jersey mansion of hip-hop record executive Steve Stoute. Bryant was there to try on the role of rap star, but since he was also training to be the next Michael Jordan, basketball consumed most of his time. Every morning, he'd drive to nearby Ramapo College and shoot 2,000 jump shots. Sometimes, Stoute would shuttle in streetball players from New York to help Bryant brush up on his defense. By sundown every day, though, he was tasked with absorbing "the lifestyle," a kind of initiation into the late-'90s world of rap royalty.

    That was the idea, anyway. At the time, Stoute was president of urban music for Sony Entertainment, and he'd recently signed Bryant and his group CHEIZAW1 to the label. He'd moved Bryant from Los Angeles to New York that summer to, Stoute says, be around the gilded hip-hop industry. Stoute, a marketing whiz and big-picture specialist, was reaching unseen heights in the industry, having recently orchestrated Will Smith's comeback rap album, the nine-times platinum Big Willie Style. He thought he could do the same for Kobe Bryant. Basketball came naturally to the 20-year-old. Hip-hop was going to take some work.

    But Bryant was up for it. When he wasn't playing ball, he was recording at the Hit Factory with late-'90s producers par excellence the Trackmasters and their stable of artists, which included Nas, Noreaga, Punch and Words, Nature, and a young scrapper named 50 Cent. Bryant lived it up in New York. He routinely went clubbing with Stoute2 and dined at Mr. Chow,3 the Chinese restaurant favored by the nouveau riche.

    None of that impressed him, though. Bryant was in love with the purest form of hip-hop, and he wanted a challenge: to battle the pros.

    He got his wish one night at the Hit Factory, when he teamed with CHEIZAW member Broady Boy to take on Punch and Words. Bryant, typically unflappable, maintained his composure at the outset. Upon entering the fray, he rapped: "I quantum leap into the future and battle myself." After a few rounds, Broady ran out of lyrics and the sparring session wound down. Kobe then chided his teammate.4 "Yo, you got to be in lyrical fitness, man," Bryant told Broady, referencing a well-known lyric by the rapper Canibus.

    "You could tell he was influenced by Canibus," says Words, citing the snarling MC who was then the standard-bearer in battle rap. "Kobe had a quality of lyrics. When he got into the cipher, you didn't look at him as just Kobe. You looked at him as a dude that could rhyme and if you sleep on him, you could get embarrassed."

    Click on the link if you want to read the whole thing. Long, but good.

    Not sure if it's already been discussed, but thought it was interesting considering how Kobe's rap-career was laughed at by plenty.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...fGpMiKEU#at=33

    Kobe is the first verse in this song.. He's actually pretty good in it.

    I wanted to share because I'm a nice guy and stuff. Close or merge if necessary.

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    "Don't Sweat The Technique"

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    Lol love the tag! Interesting read. Ill always remember him by the "hit me baby one more time" freestyle. Smh

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    I am a record collector also....I actually have the 12" single from the unreleased LP. Let's just put it like this...I'm glad he focused on hoops! Not that he was terrible or anything, But that just wasn't him!

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    is kobe k-raw?







    PLAN B



    SIM LEAGUE NETS

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    oh, so thats why the thread isnt closed.
    Id swear i read Kobe Rape History on the topic and said, wtf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by midwestlaker75 View Post
    I am a record collector also....I actually have the 12" single from the unreleased LP. Let's just put it like this...I'm glad he focused on hoops! Not that he was terrible or anything, But that just wasn't him!
    oh really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinylman View Post
    oh really
    Yessir, That track was produced by The Roots....IDK if it's worth anything on the collectors market, But it may as well be worth a million to me, Just B-Cuz! I got most of Shaq's records and Cedric Ceballos's too! Only in a Lakers forum would I cop to that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by midwestlaker75 View Post
    Yessir, That track was produced by The Roots....IDK if it's worth anything on the collectors market, But it may as well be worth a million to me, Just B-Cuz! I got most of Shaq's records and Cedric Ceballos's too! Only in a Lakers forum would I cop to that!
    lol...

    I am an absolute audiophile... I have over 35,000 LP's and around 5-7k 12 inch singles.... with plenty of questionable stuff mixed in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinylman View Post
    lol...

    I am an absolute audiophile... I have over 35,000 LP's and around 5-7k 12 inch singles.... with plenty of questionable stuff mixed in...
    I can dig it....It's always good to meet up with a fellow crate digger. My collection isn't quite that big....But, if you add my CD's in....I'll get real close.

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