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5 Successful Athlete-Rappers We Would Listen To

With The Game cosigning Serena Williams rapping skills, we take a look at a few other sports lyricists that we'd D/L on our iPods.

The crossover (aka "The Nicki Minaj Effect") is in full swing as trapstars and actors are all considering getting into the music game. If the rap game was the crack game years ago, it's now about having that Molly for the party, as everyone is trying to crack the Billboard 100. Most recently, tennis megastar Serena Williams announced her newest hobby would "be another step in branching out," and The Game quickly gave his two cents. While it's no secret that not every champion athlete is prone to great marathons of lyrical exercise (see: Kobe Bryant), Serena's latest diddy makes us upset that we'll never get to see her star in her own music video.

We all know what happens when Serena gets in front of a camera, right?! Hopefully you all can take your mind out of the gutter long enough to cross the goal line with us as we list the 5 Successful Athlete-Rappers We'd Listen To. —Kevin L. Clark

5. Cam Newton —

The charismatic QB for the Carolina Panthers already has the ready-made package that Madison Avenue loves. His rookie season is much like the praise a certain Toronto Argonaut received when he entered into the rap game. To commemorate his lauded efforts on the field, the New Age Killa Cam can easily use his Colgate smile to spit buttery flows all over the M-I-C. If his hook game is like his throwing arm, then you got someone who could rival Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brett Favre as the most entertaining rap-lete in the NFL.

4. Russell Westbrook —

It's easy to forget sometimes that the Oklahoma Thunder's starting point guard is only 23-years-old. He's quick like Isiah Thomas, brash and a determined leader on the floor. But after that clip of Westbrook crooning Nicki Minaj's pop ditty went viral, we can only imagine the Olympic gold medal winner would want his true rap self to reign through strong! Maybe the speedy PG could drop double-time raps over Tyga's "Rack City"...? Or he could go throwback and rehash a Big Daddy Kane classic? No matter what the future Western Conference champion may choose to rap over, as long as he stays away from those Roman Zolanski cuts he'll be a certified rap all-star.

3. Alexander Ovechkin —

Tired of everyone using his name in songs and not getting no credit, the captain of the Washington Capitals set off to show how icy he was on the mic by rapping on his own. At the beginning of 2012, Ovechkin provided a guest rap in Russian rapper Sasha Belyi's "Champion," and even appeared in the music video. Now looking to make a Stoli-like sweep of the U.S., the Calder Memorial Trophy winner could easily call anyone in rap to hip-hop into the booth with him for a quick song. Our hope is for an Ovi and Yela collaboration! The two gritty grinders may surprise folks with just how sharp they are on thin ice.

2. Gina Carano —

The mixed-martial arts fighter is equally as deadly as she is devastating. Her awesome star turn as Mallory Kane in Haywire managed to place the spotlight on Carano, making her the "Face of Women's MMA," and a possible threat to female MCs. Okay, we're only kidding about that last part, but it's not out of the realm of possibility to see Conviction Carano becoming an American Rap Gladiator. Her first single could be a throwback of the days of Crime Mob, as Gina delivers a destructive 1, 2 K.O. punch to the industry alongside co-stars Diddy and Waka Flocka. Let's hope her raps aren't as stiff as her dialogue delivery!

1. Floyd Mayweather —

With or without 50 Cent by his side, the undefeated champ and his Money Team could be just the shake-up the rap game needs. Sure you have crews like Young Money, Slaughterhouse and those MMG guys, but Mayweather's foray into hip-hop's squared circle would shake things up. As the first pugilist rhymeslinger with a reality TV show on HBO, Floyd and his cavalcade of characters could rival DJ Khaled for most dopest studio guest appearance. If anything, we can at least expect Ray J to sit this one out on the bench!

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Man Who Recorded Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery Arrested

A third man has been arrested in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who recorded Arbery’s murder, was taken into custody on Thursday (May 21), the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced.

“The family is extremely relieved,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, said in response to Bryan’s arrest. “We didn’t know if this was going to happen, but we all knew that it should happen.”

Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, while out for a jog. It wasn't until two months later that his story went viral prompting an investigation by the GBI after the local D.A., who was previously over the case, declined to make any arrests.

According to jail records, 50-year-old Bryan was booked into the Glynn County Jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan made his first court appearance on Friday (May 22) where his lawyer filed a motion for a speedy trial.

Bryan accompanied father and son, Gregory McMichael, 64 and Travis McMichael, 34, as they followed and cornered 25-year-old Arbery before the younger McMichael shot him to death. The McMichaels claim the shooting was self-defense.

Father and son were arrested for aggravated assault and felony murder earlier in the month. All three men are being held at the same jail.

The mugshots of Gregory and Travis McMichael, who have been charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. pic.twitter.com/O0M6vPMs1Q

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Merrit noted that Arbery's family hopes the men will be convicted. “Well obviously we want to see the arrests lead to a formal indictment then a vigorous prosecution and conviction. But there are other people we believe were involved. We spoke with the DOJ earlier today about their investigation into the corruption that delayed these arrests in the first place.”

An attorney for the elder McMichael claimed that the pair are victims of a  “narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts.”

“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family -- a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life -- this case does not fit that pattern,” attorney Frank Hogue said. “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

The murder remains under investigation by GBI in partnership with the District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

See more on Bryan's arrest in the video below.

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Quavo Talks Earning His High School Diploma At 29

Quavo officially belongs to the class of 2020. The 29-year-old Migos rapper announced that he graduated from high school on Friday (May 22).

“Finally can say I graduated high school class of 2020,” Quavo captioned an Instagram post of himself sporting a blue cap and gown.

 

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Finally Can Say I Graduated High School Class Of 2020 We Lit 🔥 Now What College Should I Go To? 🧐 And To Celebrate We Gonna Drop SMASH TONIGHT 🔥🌊 BERKMAR HIGH NAWFSIDE BABY

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Now that he's a high school graduate, the Georgia native is considering attending college, as he shared in an interview with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio alongside Migos members, Takeoff and Offset. During the talk with Tunechi, Quavo expounded on his decision to get his diploma.

“I was doing stuff for the community and schools… always involved and just me being considered like a dropout you’re not really like an alumni,” he said before explaining that one of his former high school teachers is now a principal and encouraged him to get a diploma. “He hit me up like 'you should go back and get it.' I went back and got it.”

Quavo added that Weezy was, “definitely one of my inspirations for going back to school.”

The rapper, whose birth name is, Quavious Keyate Marshall, attended Lilburn’s Berkmar High School, where he was the starting quarterback for the 2009 season. Quavo dropped out of high school in his senior year.

Peep the Migos’ Young Money interview below.

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Disney World Could Help Revive What’s Left Of NBA Season

The 2020 NBA season could be headed for a revival. The league is in talks with Disney World to potentially restart what's left of the 2019-2020 season this summer, the NBA confirmed on Saturday (May 23).

“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said in a statement.

“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”

The NBA was forced into cancellation amid the COVID-19 outbreak, specifically after Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, contracted coronavirus and exposed several other plays to the disease, including teammate Donavan Mitchell.

Since then, several former and current NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, the most recent being basketball great Patrick Ewing.

“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said upon announcing his health diagnosis over the weekend. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

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