Jay Z, LeBron James
LeBron James relationship with Jay Z is just one of the many music related relationships King James has established (Photo: Kathy Willens/AP).
CLEVELAND, Ohio – LeBron James and music have been synonymous since King James graduated high school.
Rappers have latched on to him. Jay Z is his BFF. Drake and Kanye West have invited him on stage at concerts. Rihanna has even confessed her obsession with No. 23.
Lately, James has become an online music critic, previewing much anticipated work from Drizzy and Kendrick Lamar. Even Sisqo has gotten in on the action, remixing his class “Thong Song.”
Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com
Numerous song references (Since 2003)
Ever since James joined the NBA, he’s been referenced in more rap songs than any other active athlete. Everyone from Jay Z and Kanye West to Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj has name-dropped King James in some of their biggest songs.
On tour with Jay Z (November 2003)
Weeks after being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, a young LeBron was spotted on Jay Z’s tour bus during the “Roc the Mic Tour” run, taking part in an interview with MTV’s Sway.
XXL cover (August 2005)
During its peak, XXL was the go-to magazine for all things hip-hop. In August 2005, the mag included James on a cover featuring “President Carter’s Cabinet.” As a close friend of Jay Z’s, LeBron joined Kanye West, Foxy Brown and others in representing Hov’s reign over the hip-hop world.
‘My Prerogative’ (July 2007)
You may have forgotten this happened. But there’s video proof. James performed Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” in MC Hammer pants during the 2007 ESPYs.