When NBA superstar LeBron James released his own version of Jay Z's and Rick Ross’s “F***WithMeYouKnowIGotIt,” most took it as an April Fool's joke. But legendary producer Mannie Fresh saw potential in King James's bars, telling TMZ that he wants to collaborate with the NBA champion.
The site reports that Fresh heard Bron's verse and had to admit, "LeBron is a lot nicer than a lot of the rappers out right now." On the track, titled "Kingdom," James spits boastful bars about docking in the South of France and having "60 racks on (his) wrist to stunt."
"He got a nice little flow," admitted Fresh. "He was a little cocky with it ... I always like that in rappers. He was like 'S**t, I'm not backing down!' LeBron took his verse to the next level when he mentioned his two championship rings. "Say what you want about the king/Got money, got cribs, got whips, and oh yeah, got two rings," an allusion to 2 Chainz' famous catchphrase.
"2 rings ... that was a dope line," said Fresh.
The track also features James's high school teammate Sian Cotton, who is pursuing a music career. James recently placed Cotton's "Almost Home" song on the NBA 2K14 soundtrack.
Fresh is hoping he can benefit similarly from a relationship with the baller. "Who knows, maybe we do this and LeBron's my partna, and I'll be sitting court-side at the NBA Finals," said Fresh, referring to the possibility of collaboration.
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