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LL Cool J Remembers Telling Kobe Bryant Not To Drop Rap Album

LL Cool J took a stroll down memory lane following Kobe Bryant’s home going ceremony.

LL Cool J shared his personal memory of his longtime friend Kobe Bryant’s rap career, and he said it ranks as one the funniest moments in his entire life. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and seven others who died in a helicopter crash last month, were honored in a public memorial ceremony, “A Celebration of Life: Kobe & Gianna Bryant,” on Monday afternoon. Thousands of fans and A-list celebrities poured into the Staple Center to attend the memorial to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

The afternoon included a heartfelt eulogy by Vanessa Bryant, speeches from close friends, including Michael Jordan and teammate Shaquille O’ Neal as well as performances by Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys.

LL Cool J was among the many guests in attendance—shortly following the ceremony, he spoke with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier, where he shared his personal memories of Kobe’s “rap” career. We bet many fans didn’t know their favorite athlete [Kobe Bryant] was also a gangsta rapper, well almost a gangsta rapper, according to LL Cool J.

Kobe, who lent his vocals to several rap singles throughout the years and signed a record deal in 1999, wanted to release a gangsta rap album, something LL Cool J said was a big no-no for his career.

“He played me this gangsta rap album and I was like, Kobe, come on dog. That’s not what you need to be doing,” recalled LL Cool J. “I was confused, I was sitting there like, what are we doing? You got endorsements, what are you doing?”

He reflected on the heart to heart moment, “It had to be the funniest moment of my life, listening to him do gangster rap,” joked LL Cool J.

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A month ago I was sitting in a restaurant talking about how great you were. Now although you’re physically gone, your spirit lives on. You meant so much to so many people worldwide. We watched you grow from boy to family man. We watched you overcome adversity. We watched you tap in to your GOD given talents and potential. You inspired us to dig deeper and strive to go higher. You showed us metaphorically what was possible. And although I always move in the spirit of humility; there aren’t many men who could inspire me to write these words. You truly represented greatness to me. Although I’m sure you would have preferred that you all lived. I’m also sure you would have preferred to be there with your child at the end of her life; rather than to have her transition alone. I believe that deep in my heart. Real men and women understand that. So I salute you my brother. And I pray that you, your daughter, and the other victims reside peacefully in the next dimension. God bless you 8/24 !!! You’re forever great!!! Vanessa, you and your girls stay prayerful and as strong as you can. May God bless you ??

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