Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant graces the first issue of Champ Sports’ SWAG e-zine and reveals what hip-hop artists and R&B singer he would sign if he had his very own record label.
Sticking to the young guns, Durant picked a range of artists including Young Money’s Drake and close friend/hometown comrade Wale.
“If I started a record label today I would sign Drake, I would sign Wale and Rihanna,” said KD. “Drake, just because he has that icon type of status now. Wale, hometown guy on the come up. Just like me, a young guy that’s trying to find his way. Rihanna is just — she’s like the new thing for the women side of what she does and she’s doing a phenomenal job.” (SWAG)
Recently, Durant hinted at possible plans to hit the recording booth and drop his own hip-hop album.
“I enjoy doing a lot of different things. I’m a basketball player. That’s what I do and what I love but that’s just not all who I am. I’m talented in a lot of different areas. Rapping is one of those things I just enjoy doing. I have fun doing. [Basketball player] Stephen Jackson is pretty good. He’s a nice rapper. It’s a privilege to be on a song with him. It’s not one of those songs where you’re just talking about how much money you got. It’s one of those inspirational kind of deals. … I think I’m going to do something. I have some resources and some nice people that’s going to help me out. I have a studio in my house already. Maybe I might put out a little something and have a little something.” (Washington Post)
In August, the NBA superstar’s Team USA teammate Carmelo Anthony applauded G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks‘ latest mixtape.
Carmelo Anthony NY Knicks star & two-time Olympic gold medal winner — took time out to congratulate Lloyd Banks for the platinum success of his latest mixtape, V6. “Big shout-out to the homie Lloyd [Banks] for going platinum on V6. Holla at your boy.” (HHRFD)
Last summer, retired NFL super star Deion Sanders talked to SOHH about the popularity of athletes, including himself, trying out the music industry.
“I think there’s a commonality that athletes and [music] entertainers share,” Sanders told SOHH. “Athletes have a dream about being an entertainer. We want to entertain in some form or fashion. And then you have a lot of [music] entertainers who dream about being an athlete. That’s why you see a lot of them playing in these celebrity charity games. They want to show off their athletic skills because they never made it into that realm and we never made it to the other side.” (SOHH)
Check out Kevin Durant’s SWAG interview below: