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Kobe Bryant's rap dreams go back almost as far as his hoop dreams. He made his first attempts at recording in the late Nineties, just as his NBA career was taking off. And in 2000 he was set to release a debut album on Sony. Then "K.O.B.E." happened. "What I live for basketball, beats and broads from Italy to the U.S. / Yes, it is raw." But it wasn't raw. With Tyra Banks joining on the hook and Bryant mushily mumbling his lyrics it was, in fact, quite soft.