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Rap legend LL Cool J has revealed that he talked late NBA star Kobe Bryant out releasing a gangsta rap album.

"We talked about rap. He played me this album, this gangsta rap album and I was like, 'Kobe,' I said, 'Come on, dog. That's not what you need to be doing,'" LL told Entertainment Tonight. 

"He had a gangster rap album. He played me that album, we're sitting in a parking lot. I was confused, I was sittin' there like, 'What are we doing? You got endorsements, what are you doing?' It had to be the funniest moment of my life, listening to him do gangster rap."

Bryant occasionally turned his hand to rapping, and his efforts were mostly well-received. 

LL also recounted the time that Bryant performed "K.O.B.E." at the 2000 All-Star Game with Tyra Banks.

"Yeah, we're not gonna pretend like we wasn't laughing," LL said. "Like yeah yeah yeah the world was laughing, that was not — but you know, he took his shot. He took his shot."