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.
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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.
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Snoop Dogg | L.A. Lakers
Snoop, a devoted West Coast fan, spreads some Laker love with fellow rapper Don "Magic" Juan.
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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."
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Fat Joe | New York Knicks
Like Spike Lee, Fat Joe is a Madison Square Garden regular.
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Nelly | Charlotte Bobcats
Part-owner of the Bobcats, Nelly brings a little Southern Hospitality to Michael Jordan's team.
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Q-Tip | New York Knicks
Q-Tip, an acclaimed rapper, producer and actor out of Queens, performed before the start of Knicks game.
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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.
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Will Smith | Philadelphia 76ers
"West Philadelphia, born and raised ..." Go on. Finish it. You know you want to.
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Jermaine Dupri | Atlanta Hawks
Essentially what we have here is a Hawks fan sharing popcorn with a Bobcats fan/owner. Um, is that allowed?
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Lil' Jon | L.A. Lakers
No, Lil' Jon does not just scream "Yeah!" at the Lakers game.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Akon, The Dream, Young Jeezy | Hawks
Young Jeezy (left), Akon (middle) and The Dream sit courtside to see their Atlanta Hawks.
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Ja Rule | New York Knicks
'Memba him? Ja Rule and his raspy voice love them some Knicks. And some Paris Hilton, apparently.
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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.
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