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The summer is coming to an end and we all know that can suck. One thing that is great, however, is the return of some of our favorite sports. NFL football has already started, NBA basketball players will return to training camp shortly, the MLB playoffs are kicking off, and big fights are always around the corner.

As far as we are concerned, autumn is for real sports. Hip-Hop and sports have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly. Even though on the outside they don’t look like they belong together, once you’ve had them at the same time, you wonder how you went this long without them. They may or may not have actually rapped or been involved with the culture, but these next 25 athletes are undoubtedly some of Hip-Hop’s biggest inspirations, the only genre that is a contact sport.

On this week’s Wired 25, we take a look at Hip-Hop’s favorite athletes. Check them all out below.


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