#5 – Ron Artest
Still a year away from legally changing his name to the still hilarious “Metta World Peace,” Ron Artest was fresh off winning his first and only NBA title with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010. So what does one of the most enigmatic players in NBA history do to celebrate? Simple, get back in the booth at his very own record label and release the surprisingly catchy “Champions” not even two days after winning the NBA Finals.
Believe it or not, Artest had worked on this track for an entire year and recorded the song before he had even signed with the Lakers! He even worked with Dr. Dre to tweak the song to where it was going to be just right. Seriously. Artest’s victorious anthem for Tru Warier Records ended up making the final track list for NBA 2K11, sharing the soundtrack alongside Snoop Dogg, Drake, Big Boi, and more heavy-hitters in the rap game. While he changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011 and never won a championship after, it’s safe to say “Ron Artest” went out with one heck of a bang with “Champions.”
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