Tuesday April 1st, 2014

LeBron James; Jay-Z LeBron James (left) on stage with Jay-Z in 2008. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Entertainment)

It's safe to say LeBron James is better at rapping than Michael Jordan was at baseball.

But that's as far as I'm willing to go when evaluating the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player's ability on the mic. Thanks to the fine folks at TMZ, you can do that yourself.

TMZ has posted the audio (below) of LeBron dropping his own original rap verse to the Jay-Z song "F**kwithmeyouknowigotit" off the album Magna Carta Holy Grail. In the song, the two-time champion alters the hook to a more PG-13-friendly "Roll with us 'cause you know we got it" and adds some pretty good lines along the way, including this one (transcribed by TMZ):

Say what you want about the king, 

Got money, got cribs, got whips, and oh yeaaa (bleeped) got 2 rings (2 rings, 2 rings)

LeBron recorded the remix last summer in Ohio with childhood friend Sian Cotton, an aspiring rapper who released a mixtape earlier this month. The two titled the song "Kingdom."

"We were working out together and LeBron said 'let's get in the booth," Cotton told TMZ. "I said 'I'm going tonight', so he came to the studio."

This isn't the first time we've seen LeBron live out his musical dreams. Back in January, we saw James and his Heat teammates perform at Battioke 2014, a charity kareoke show put on by teammate Shane Battier, singing songs like "Get Low" and "Blurred Lines." LeBron isn't the only NBA player to dabble in music recently. On Monday, DeMarcus Cousins teased the release of his R&B album, "Boogie Smooth."  OK, that was an April Fool's Day joke, but it's still worth checking out the fake promo video.

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