Wired 25: Hip-Hop’s 25 Favorite Athletes
6. Shaquille O’Neal
Namedrop: “Still ballin money stack taller than Shaq now, Still push a button to let the roof on the ‘Lac down” – T.I., “Bring ‘Em Out,” Urban Legend
Shaquille O’ Neal has been around forever. The Big Aristotle has more nicknames than your favorite rapper and has been name dropped in more songs than he’s missed free throws. As a metaphor for doing it big, Shaq Diesel not only was revered in rap, he succeeded in rap. Widely regarded as one of the only basketball players to successfully have a rap career by having an RIAA certified platinum album and rapping with The Notorious B.I.G. (no made up s**ts), the original Superman will always be the starting center on a Hip-Hop starting five.