As the world continues to mourn the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, those who closely followed the late NBA legend’s ascent from the age of 17 have taken to finding comfort in cherished relics from his career, including his momentary rap run. Earlier this week, a Twitter fan account dug up some old throwbacks of Kobe rapping, including a feature on the remix of Destiny’s Child classic “Say My Name.” Additionally, songs that the Lakers legend recorded with retired supermodel Tyra Banks and R&B star Brian McKnight have since resurfaced as well.
In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment published on Thursday (Jan. 30), Run-DMC’s Rev Run revealed that the iconic hip-hop group had also cut a record with the late sports icon back around the early 2000s when he was still simultaneously pursuing music aspirations alongside his basketball career.
“Years ago, somebody connected [Run-D.M.C.] to Kobe Bryant, and we were going to make a record together. 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,’” Run recollected. “So we hung out all night and discussed options of how we should make the record.”
Unfortunately the record was never finished, and Rev Run shared that he doesn’t know where the track ultimately ended up. He’s hopeful that the record will turn up someday, however.
“[Kobe] 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,” Run reminisced. “We were running around, doing things, and maybe it's in the archives of some studio, or a demo that we made in our house that we [were] going to give to them to download their vocals. But somebody will find it.”
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