As the effervescent Aubrey Graham once said "sports and music are so synonymous, because we want to be them, and they want to be us." To be quite frank, it's so true it's hard to even fathom a good argument against it. What's there to do in the offseason other than workout and make the tabloids, you ask? Streamline your inevitable rap career. For years athletes, and more specifically NBA players, have stepped into the rap game and come out to extremely mixed results. Most of us know Shaq and his handling of the mic right, Ron Artest/Metta World Peace and his Tru Warier records.

There's also Kobe's failed rap takeover and Chris Webber's venerable run. We've also recently seen guys like Iman Shumpert and Louis Williams come out with some respectable stuff with big time cosigns. We thought it'd only be right to give a run down of the history of NBA players stepping into the rap game by releasing official music. Meaning this history will only include ballers who either put out an album or pushed their single. This is the Complete History of NBA Rappers.