Although Shaq's debut album, Shaq Diesel, went platinum, NBA players venturing into hip-hop has largely been frowned upon by fans of basketball, hip-hop and the league alike. Consider the failed rap careers of Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant. The latter was so storied (and fucking horrendous) that it warranted a Grantland feature that chronicled Bryant's foray into rap, but still made this disaster impossible to forget.[/embed] Earlier this week, Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson freestyled over Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Nigga," and it's actually listenable. To be honest, it's pretty hard not to listen to it multiple times. Thanks to the Internet (and boredom), Stephenson isn't the lone NBA player to rap and not be laughably bad at it. Though they should all focus on basketball first, the following are the best rappers in the NBA today. Follow Julian Kimble on Twitter @JRK316