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You Have To See These Classic Rap Album Covers Recreated With NBA Stars

Hip-hoppers and hoopers connect.

The basketball and hip-hop worlds have collided many times. We've seen NBA stars like Shaquille O'neal rap and we've also seen plenty of MCs, including Master P, show that they could hoop. We've even imagined rap stars as NBA players. Now, those worlds are coming together again thanks to artist Jesse Nuñez.

According to Complex, Nuñez created a project in which he re-created classic rap album covers using NBA stars. "Part parody and part curiosity, this personal project was simply about fusing both music and sports," Nuñez said on his BeHance account. And the fusion also works as a clever take on the players that are featured in each cover.

For instance, Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks star who's often criticized for not having a championship under his belt, appears in a remake of 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. His tagline? Get a Ring Or Die Tryin'.


Derrick Rose, a Chicago Bulls guard often scrutinized after a series of injuries, appears on the cover of Tupac Shakur's All Eyez On Me.


Rose and Anthony are also joined by Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star who's gearing up for his final year in the NBA. He appears in a remake of Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready To Die cover. That title was changed for Kobe as Ready To Retire.


When you talk about classic rap albums, you definitely have to mention Nas' Illmatic. That cover was recreated with Steph Curry, a Golden Gate Warriors guard known for his precise shooting. For him, Illmatic became Automatic.

He's got a few more gems, of course, like J. Cole's Born Sinner as Dwyane Wade's Born Winner, and Dr. Dre's The Chronic as Kevin Durant's The Sonic.

With stars like Nelly, Drake and Wale closely working with NBA teams, it seems the hip-hop and hooping connection will remain strong.