Run-DMC Recorded a Rap Song with Kobe Bryant
Published Jan 30, 2020Run-DMC reportedly recorded a rap track with late basketball star Kobe Bryant back in the day.
On the night of the Grammys this weeken, the same day Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, Rev Run of the hip-hop group revealed that the NBA champion had once joined them in the studio to make a record.
"Years ago, somebody connected [Run-DMC] to Kobe Bryant, and we were going to make a record together," Rev Run told Yahoo Entertainment. "We met at the studio [in L.A.], because Kobe at the time had a relationship with Adidas, and we had that big record, 'My Adidas.' So we hung out all night and discussed options of how we should make the record."
He added, "He liked to rap, we knew he was a good basketball player that wanted to rap with us, and we had a great night, took pictures. He was excited to meet us, and we were excited to meet him. It was just beautiful hanging with Kobe — and starting to record a record that we never finished."
Although they never fully finished a track, Rev Run is confident that someone will be able to unearth their one session.
Rev Run admitted he doesn't know where it is, but guessed that "maybe it's in the archives of some studio, or a demo that we made in our house that we was going to give to them to download their vocals."
"But somebody will find it," he said.
Bryant never followed in his Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal's footsteps by pursuing a full-blown rap career, but he did offer a verse on Brian McKnight's song "Hold Me." Revisit that below.