Artist recreates hip-hop albums with NBA players

Have you ever imagined what it would look like if your favorite NBA stars had their own hip-hop album covers? Well, thankfully, New Jersey artist Jesse Nunez has. You can check out the full series here, but we couldn’t resist sharing a few with a selection of lyrics:

Stephen Curry — “Automatic”


“It ain’t hard to tell, I excel, then prevail.” -Nas

NAS’ “Illmatic” was recreated for the MVP candidate. Nobody is excelling at draining 3s and breaking ankles quite like Curry this season. Dare we say he makes it look automatic? We think NAS will approve.

Kobe Bryant — “Ready to Retire”


“It was all a dream.” -The Notorious B.I.G.

Everybody knows Kobe is true to the West Coast, so seeing him on a Biggie cover might be slightly unsettling. However, we’re trying to look past that minor technicality. Kobe is one of the greatest to ever play the game, but is it finally time for a new era in L.A.?

Carmelo Anthony — “Get a Ring or Die Tryin”


“Would you love me if I was down and out? Would you still have love for me?” -50 Cent

It’s no secret the Knicks have fallen on some hard times, but Melo’s not throwing in the towel on getting that elusive ring anytime soon. What would have happened if 50 Cent gave up on his music career before “In Da Club”? Exactly.

Russell Westbrook — “No Hesitation”


“I gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly.” -Kanye West

Kanye’s “Late Registration” being recreated for the triple-double machine seems oddly fitting. Could it be his fashion-forward tendencies and unapologetic attitude that remind us of the hip-hop mogul? Perhaps. Ever since Durant’s injury, Westbrook hasn’t hesitated to put the team on his back. See what we did there?

Kevin Durant — “The Chronic”

The reigning MVP? Dr. Dre? Why not. Sorry to resurface painful memories, Sonic fans. Maybe this cool KD album cover can serve as a consolation prize.

Well done, Mr. Nunez. Catch the rest of the series here.

Written by Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra is a co-founder of Joey is a boxing and basketball journalist who attends USI as a post graduate. Joey grew up in the New Rochelle Area of the greater New York City area, and is a cousin of the famous singer, Frank Sinatra. Joey also writes for the Boxing Globe.