8. LeBron James
Namedrop: “Hood phenomenon, the LeBron of rhyme. Hard to be humble when you stuntin on a Jumbotron” – Kanye West, “Devil In A New Dress,” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Just like 80s babies have a hard time remembering basketball before Michael Jordan, like it or not, 90s babies will have a hard time remembering basketball before LeBron James. He’s been a legitimate superstar since he was 16-years-old. It’s been nearly a decade since LeBron first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as “The Chosen One” and since then he’s always repped for Hip-Hop. From running with Jay-Z and throwing up the ROC sign at any chance he gets, to placing Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West on his movie soundtrack for “Forever,” to arguably being one of the main reasons for the rise of 2 Chainz, LeBron is Hip-Hop.