Ron Artest plans to release mixtape during NBA All-Star weekend
The anticipation surrounding the 2011 NBA All-Star game goes beyond seeing Jerry West's statue unveiled outside Staples Center, wondering how many points Kobe Bryant will drop in front of the hometown crowd and whether Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom get a spot on the West's roster.
It also involves what Ron Artest's mix tape will sound like, which he says will make its debut during All-Star weekend. Considering his "Champion" single included some hefty production from none other than Dr. Dre himself and that Snoop Dogg gave a shout out to Artest in Purp & Yellow, it's safe to presume Artest's tape should feature a number of legit artists. But those wanting a sneak peek will have to wait.
"There's going to be a bunch of celebrities on it," Artest said. "I can't say the names yet, but there's going to be a bunch of people on there that you wouldn't believe that would rap or sing. A lot of athletes, a lot of rappers and a couple comedians."
Well, we can play the guessing game. Sign up Dre and Snoop. Maybe throw in Ice Cube, considering he attended the Lakers' practice on Monday. And as far as Lakers players? You have to include Kobe Bryant, considering R&B singer Brian McKnight said at Magic Johnson's championship party last summer that Bryant would likely be the Lakers' best singer simply because "he's smooth and he's right there and doesn't let anything affect him." Throw in Lakers guard Shannon Brown since he recently married R&B singer Monica and even appeared in one of her music videos. And add Odom, since he'd likely go with the flow and the experience would make for a good bit in his upcoming reality show with wife Khloe Kardashian.
There's one player, though, that's safe to exclude -- Pau Gasol.
"He's definitely not on it," Artest said of Gasol. "I would like him to, but he probably wouldn't. He has good rhythm."
In turn, Gasol acknowledged his shortcomings in the rap industry. When El Spaniard was told he could play the piano, he joked that probably wouldn't mix well on a rap song.
"I don't have any freestyle lines unfortunately," Gaosl said. "I wish I did. But I haven't been working on it. But we'll work in it. I have no problem with it. I love challenges."
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