Rappers Who Are NBA Fans
Lil' Wayne | Miami Heat
November 4, 2010 will go down as a memorable day in hip-hop history: Multi-platinum rapper Lil' Wayne (who also answers to Weezy, Weezy F. Baby, Young Carter, Birdman Jr. and Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), was released from prison after serving an eight-month sentence on weapons charges. In honor of his release, and as a prelude to his celebration in Miami, we thought it'd only be fitting to show what a loyal sports fan the Stunna has been over the years. After all, he loves his Miami Heat. Here's a look at some other rap stars who are big NBA fans.
Jay-Z | New Jersey Nets
Brooklyn's Finest Jay-Z is friends with many NBA superstars, like LeBron James, but because of his Empire State of Mind, he decided to invest in the Nets, of whom he's part-owner.
Snoop Dogg | L.A. Lakers
Snoop, a devoted West Coast fan, spreads some Laker love with fellow rapper Don "Magic" Juan.
Ice Cube | L.A. Lakers
The South Central L.A. native once told CNN: "I was a Lakers fan in the womb. My mother screamed at a Lakers game for Elgin Baylor or Jerry West and I was a fan from there. I go to every game. It's an experience."
Fat Joe | New York Knicks
Like Spike Lee, Fat Joe is a Madison Square Garden regular.
Nelly | Charlotte Bobcats
Part-owner of the Bobcats, Nelly brings a little Southern Hospitality to Michael Jordan's team.
Q-Tip | New York Knicks
Q-Tip, an acclaimed rapper, producer and actor out of Queens, performed before the start of Knicks game.
T.I. | Atlanta Hawks
Clifford Joseph Harris was born in the Riverdale neighborhood of Atlanta. So it's only right that he's a Hawks devotee.
Will Smith | Philadelphia 76ers
"West Philadelphia, born and raised ..." Go on. Finish it. You know you want to.
Jermaine Dupri | Atlanta Hawks
Essentially what we have here is a Hawks fan sharing popcorn with a Bobcats fan/owner. Um, is that allowed?
Lil' Jon | L.A. Lakers
No, Lil' Jon does not just scream "Yeah!" at the Lakers game.
LL Cool J | New York Knicks
Queens-born LL Cool J (also known on as "The Nanny" and Ladies Love Cool James) can always be seen donning some sort of New York sports hat. He's also often spotted at Knicks games.
Eminem | Detroit Pistons
Mr. 8 Mile may have put on the Show of the Century with Jay-Z and friends at Yankee Stadium this year, but he stays true to his hometown Detroit.
Common | Chicago Bulls
Common can often be spotted at Miami Heat games, but his roots go back to Chicago. He landed a job with the Bulls while he was a teenager living in the Windy City.
Bow Wow | Every Team
Some days he's a Cavs fans, occasionally he's rocking Lakers gear, later he'll be spotted at a Heat game. Dude, which is it?
Drake | Toronto Raptors
Drake is boys with LeBron James, but as a Toronto native -- a rarity in hip-hop -- he is "a Raptors fan to the death." His words.
Akon, The Dream, Young Jeezy | Hawks
Young Jeezy (left), Akon (middle) and The Dream sit courtside to see their Atlanta Hawks.
Ja Rule | New York Knicks
'Memba him? Ja Rule and his raspy voice love them some Knicks. And some Paris Hilton, apparently.
Diddy | Every Team
It's without fail: No matter the team, no matter the location, Diddy (the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy) will somehow always be sitting courtside with at least a couple other famous people. In this shot, those lucky others are Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio.