Top Five Worst Rapper-Athlete Collaborations
Ever since Shaq flung the doors wide for athletes to satisfy their microphone dreams, many have tried to follow in his steps. The athlete-rapper experiment usually works, as long as the athlete leaves all the rapping to the rapper.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with these five songs. In honor of NBA All-Star Weekend, welcome to the wacky world of weird rapper-athlete collaborations.
5. U.T.F.O. & Darryl Strawberry, "Chocolate Strawberry"
"When I'm runnin, all the players make space/ I run, I slide, and then I'm safe," rhymed then-Mets slugger Strawberry in 1987. Strawberry caught flack with the Mets organization for his side gig. The bigger crime, however, was "Chocolate Strawberry," which sounds like the stomach rumblings of a dog.
In his prime, All-Star center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. was one of baseball's most prolific home-run hitters. But his hitting prowess didn't exactly translate to the microphone when Junior teamed up with Seattle rapper Kid Sensation on 1992's "The Way I Swing." "Ken Griffey is a swinger, not a singer," he bragged, as if anyone would ever argue otherwise.
3. The Fat Boys & William "Refrigerator" Perry, "Chillin' with the Refrigerator"
The Fat Boys (Kool Rock Ski, Prince Markie Dee and Buff Love "the Human Beat Box") were literally three fat dudes from Brooklyn. Chicago Bears defensive end William Perry was nicknamed "Refrigerator" for his towering figure - an intimidating 6'2', 380 pounds. So it only made sense that they would join forces on a rap song. "Over 300 pounds of human flesh/ And at my point of view, he's the best." The track's sole redeeming point is the brilliant beatboxing.