Following reports of Kobe Bryant's death, we're revisiting his brief rap career.
In the midst of Kobe Bryant's 20 season NBA career, the five-time Lakers champion was working on his lyrical fitness. Rewind to 1999/2000 when the then-Sony Records signee was following in the steps of esteemed basketball vet/occasional DJ and rhymer Shaquille O'Neal's size 22 kicks. Led by the single "K.O.B.E." (which he performed and debuted at the 2000 All-Star games with super model collaborator Tyra Banks), Bryant released his debut (and only studio effort) K.O.B.E.
Below are some of the stand-out releases from his short rap catalog during the days he rocked the No. 8.