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Published on March 13th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks


13 Hip-Hop Stars You Didn’t Know Were Former Athletes (part 2)

Rick Ross

It may be surprising to some people but the fact is that Rick Ross excelled at sports as a youngster when playing offensive lineman for the football team of Miami Carol City High School. Then he continued playing college football at Albany State in Georgia.

2 Chainz

Famous music rapper 2 Chainz was a basketball star when being in high-school. And he even played basketball one season for Alabama State. However, he quit playing this sport to focus on his rap career.

Master P

Perhaps, Hip-Hop mogul Master P is one of the rappers who are closest to achieving the dreams of being a professional athlete. He gained a basketball scholarship to the University of Houston and then even signed the NBA contracts with both Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors but in fact, he never made the cut for any of their regular season rosters.


Rapper star Stalley was a basketball athlete and once played against LeBron James when he was at high-school in Ohio. Then he earned a scholarship to play basketball at Long Island University and the University Of Michigan but had to give up his basketball dream after a series of injuries.

R. Kelly

When being younger, R. Kelly’s passion was playing basketball. The singer admitted at a 1998 interview that he gave up playing the sport after seeing girls’ reactions when he sang at a talent show. However, he could still live out his athletic dreams when signing on to play in the basketball minor league USBL in 1997.

50 Cent

Before becoming one of the biggest Hip-Hop names of the world, 50 Cent was an amateur boxer. Things got serious when he reportedly went onto compete as an amateur boxer in the Junior Olympics. But then he gave up his boxing dream to be a full-time drug dealer.

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