We’ve seen it a million times before: Athletes wanna be rappers and rappers wanna be athletes. Me, personally, I’d be cool with being in either category, but most of the time these crossovers — myself included — turn out with disastrous results.
This was not the case at Shane Battier’s annual karaoke event, however, as Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Michael Beasley did a duet to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” that is simply fantastic.
Battier holds an annual karaoke event — titled “Battioke”, which is a fantastic name — that raises money for charity and this year’s event included LeBron, D-Wade and Udonis Haslem performing Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, Greg Oden and actor Ken Jeong doing an N’Sync song and Chris Bosh doing Tom Jones.
And, of course, this amazing rendition of “Back That Azz Up”. I’m just proud that LeBron and Beasley did the uncensored version of the song and also their handshake at the end is just extraordinary.
Do you think Michael Beasley proudly told friends that a No. 1 pick and No. 2 overall NBA draft pick shared the stage for this duet?
And why isn’t “Battioke” a televised event? ESPN3 does a lot of great things covering college sports and other events, why couldn’t they run this? Poor Scholars has no money to sponsor this proposed televised event, but we pledge to do whatever it takes to help out in making this happen.