Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is preparing to display his off-court skills by hinting at plans to hit the recording booth and piece together a possible hip-hop album.
Although mum on the details, Durant dished out his love for spitting a few bars.
“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)
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)
He also cited sports stars like Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant for wanting to fulfill their music dreams.
“It just so happens you have the notoriety and means to be able to fulfill some of your dreams,” Sanders added. “That’s where it came from. That’s what I did, fulfilled a dream. That’s what Shaq, Iverson, Kobe and many of the others did. I’m sure they just fulfilled the dream they had. Whether it’s with a basketball in your hands or a microphone.” (SOHH)
Recently, music newcomer Hazel-E hit up SOHH and discussed OKC Thunder’s James Harden and Durant’s love for hip-hop.
“James is cool. He is actually a big fan of this rapper Y.G. out in Cali. Y.G. had this record out and so he hit me up on Twitter about a year and a half ago and he said, “Yo, I like that record you’ve got with Y.G.” He has a record label and was talking about how we could get together and do some tracks. He was down in Houston a lot when I was signed to Swishahouse doing his summer camps. I would just go and hang out with him and Kevin Durant. We’d just hang out, do freestyle verses and stuff.” (SOHH Guest Star)