LeBron James Says These Two Nas and Jay-Z Projects Are His Favorite Albums Ever
LeBron James has said it's nearly "impossible" to decide what his favorite album is, and gave shout-outs to Nas and Jay-Z for coming so close.
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LeBron James has said it’s nearly “impossible” to decide what his favorite album is and gave shout-outs to Nas and Jay-Z for coming close.
Following the Los Angeles Lakers media day earlier this week, King James, who is a notable hip-hop and that’s even dabbled in being an A&R for 2 Chainz – was asked by NBATV to speak on his favorite projects.
“Favorite album of all time? Oh my goodness, wow,” LeBron said in a video response uploaded to Twitter from NBATV. “I can only have one album, that’s almost impossible.”
He was then asked to list out his top three, but instead said, “It Was Written by Nas and The Black Album, Jay-Z.”
King James has good taste. The Black Albumdebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it dropped back in 2003, selling 463,000 copies and marking Jay’s sixth number one project. As for Nas’s 1996 sophomore effort, It Was Written also debuted at No. 1 and was a critical and commercial triumph, moving 270,000 copies in its first week and kickstarting Nas’s mainstream popularity.
This also isn’t the first time the Lakers power forward has given props to Hov and Escobar. He previously listed those same two records when asked to speak on his top 5 back in May. In that conversation, he also threw in Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death for good measure.
As previously mentioned, LeBron James served as A&R for 2 Chainz’s fifth studio album Rap Or Go To The League. The ballplayer is also a devoted Jay-Z super fan and helped honor the New York MC during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He also had the highest praise for Jay’s critically lauded verse on DJ Khaled’s “God Did,” which even ushered in a response from the rapper himself.
“My only goal is to make the real ‘ones’ feel seen, forgive me that’s my passion talking… haa,” wrote Hov in response on Twitter.