LOOK: KOBE BRYANT's Life In Music
On Monday, January 27 in the Philippines, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has reportedly died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. There's no question that the 41-year-old left behind a legacy in the 20 years he spent with the NBA and Los Angeles Lakers before his 2016 retirement. But Kobe's influence spans outside of basketball—he was able to touch the lives of those in the entertainment industry as well.
Few people knew about Kobe's short career as a musician—excluding the fact that he took teenage R&B star Brandy to prom back in 1996. He was supposed to release his debut rap album in 2000, but with the first single titled "K.O.B.E." featuring Tyra Banks unsuccessful, Visions was reportedly scrapped.
Still, sports and music fans alike got to witness the basketball star's rapping prowess in the track "3 X's Dope" off his teammate and fellow legend Shaquille O'Neal's 1998 album Respect. Later on, Kobe teamed up with Brian McKnight for the remix of the singer's 1999 single "Hold Me."
Kobe also made a cameo appearance in Destiny's Child's music video for "Bug-A-Boo." His most recent and probably last musical venture was in Taiwanese singer Jay Chou's 2011 track "The Heaven and Earth Challenge."
In 2017, Kobe's former rap producer Russell Howard told Bleacher Report that Kobe's rap album is still "out there." And here we are, still holding out hope that with Kobe's sudden passing, they will decide to finally share it to the world.
Heroes come and go, but legends are forever. Rest in peace, Black Mamba.