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Yeah, this confused us, too. Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj are on the cover the latest ESPN The Magazine.

It’s the publication’s “Music Issue,” but when you think of Mamba and Hip-Hop, the YMCMB Barbie probably isn’t the first artist to come to mind. Other Hip-Hop acts in the issue include Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.

We’re going to guess that Bryant’s wife Vanessa was at the photo shoot keeping an eye on thing. Check out the full cover and another photo on the flip.

[Spotted at HHNM]

Photo: Matthias Clamer/ESPN The Magazine

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