Bethlehem Shoals wrote an interesting piece about NBA players and music today in The Baseline. The story documents hoopsters’ awful attempts at producing music in recent years. Shoals reveals that Wilt Chamberlain was the pioneer of NBA players experimenting with song.
Here is Wilt performing “By the River” in 1960. My dad probably has this on vinyl:
It doesn’t really sound like Chamberlain, but it’s not too bad as far as oldies/early R&B goes.
That was then, this is now:
I admit that I downloaded the entire album. I also admit that it’s garbage, thanks to boring production and disconnected lyrics. It’s still much better than anything 50 Cent has done.