13. Kobe Bryant
Namedrop: “Kobe about to lose 150 M’s. Kobe my n***a I hate it had to be him. B***h you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym!” – Drake, “Stay Schemin” Rich Forever.
The heir apparent to MJ and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, Kobe “Bean” Bryant has been a Hip-Hop staple since high school. When the flashy young guard took R&B star, Brandy, to his prom and went straight to the league out of high school, “The Black Mamba” has been a staple in Hip-Hop ever since. He’s tried (and failed) at rapping but it hasn’t stopped Hip-Hop from embracing one of the all-time great winners in professional sports.