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LL Cool J Says He Stopped Kobe Bryant From Dropping Gangster Rap Album!

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By Mike Walters

Rapper LL Cool J just revealed one of the greatest Kobe Bryant stories of all time, and it has to do with the NBA legends brief stint in the rap music industry. It is classic!

The legendary musician sat down with Entertainment Tonight and discussed all things Kobe Bryant, including how much of a renaissance man KB really was in the entertainment industry.

But the best story by far was about Kobe's budding gangster rap career and subsequent album most of us didn't even know existed!

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Kobe Bryant Had A Rap Career?!

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For the record, if you didn't know...Kobe Bryant signed a record deal in 1999 and released a rap single "K.O.B.E."

In the interview, LL described how he discussed the album with Kobe and even got to listen to the masterpiece.

“We talked about rap. He played me this album, this gangsta rap album, and I was like, 'Kobe,' I said, 'Come on dog. That's not what you need to be doing [laughs].' He had a gangster rap album. He played me that album, we're sitting in a parking lot. I was confused, I was sittin' there like, 'What are we doing? You got endorsements, what are you doing?' LL Cool J told ET's host, Kevin Fraiser.

He added, "It had to be the funniest moment of my life, listening to him do gangster rap."

See Kobe's Legendary Rap Performance...

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LL also mentioned watching Kobe perform the one single that was released from the album at the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. Yes, Kobe performed his rap song at a basketball game with Tyra Banks!... Break out the YouTube!

"Yeah, we're not gonna pretend like we wasn't laughing," LL said.

He added, "Like yeah yeah yeah the world was laughing, that was not — but you know, he took his shot. He took his shot."

As we reported a memorial was held for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi, at Staples Center this week...where LL Cool J was one of many celebrities and fans who packed the arena.

LL Cool J Says He Stopped Kobe From Dropping The Album...

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Following Kobe's death, LL took to Instagram to speak about the late NBA star's life.

"You left a legacy that will never be forgotten. I remember us hanging out on set when you were a rookie. Rest In Peace & power great one," he wrote. "This one was NOT easy for any of us who loved you brother. But GOD has you now; and your inspiration and work ethic will inspire future generations for years to come. May the almighty embrace you, your daughter GiGi, and all the other souls that were on board," the rapper wrote.

Here Is Kobe's legendary rap performance!

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