Unheard Verses By Nas, 50 Cent, And Black Thought On Leaked Kobe Bryant Rap Album
Written by King Flexxa on May 14, 2021
HipHopDX writes: There was a time in 1999 where NBA legend Kobe Bryant spent three weeks honing his rap skills and created a Hip Hop album tentatively titled Visions. There were plans to release the album and Kobe kicked off the rollout with the infamous “K.O.B.E.” featuring Tyra Banks as a single. The song failed to gain any real momentum and the album was shelved indefinitely.
However, yesterday (May 13), fans got a chance to hear the unreleased album as it was leaked online ahead of Kobe Bryant’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction this weekend.
A first look at the tracklisting shows that Kobe was aiming for the stars with this album. Visions is stacked with high-profile guest features from Destiny’s Child, Nas, 50 Cent, Beanie Siegel and Black Thought. Kobe putting his bars up against respected lyricists like Nas, Beanie, 50 and Black Thought is a testament to his willpower in being the best at whatever he does.
At 16 tracks long, Kobe was really going for an unquestionably Hip Hop album. Visions is peppered with samples by Rodney O and Joe Cooley’s “Everlasting Bass,” Run DMC’s “My Adidas,” Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop” and more. Kobe’s impressive wordplay is worthy of a listen too as he incorporates various topics like motivation, determination and establishing a laser-like focus.