Kobe Bryant officially retires from the rap game

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Kobe Bryant has officially retired from the rap game, he told ESPN.

Speaking on the set of ESPN magazine, where he was taking part in a photo shoot with singer Nicki Minaj, the Lakers star was adamant he would never sing in public again.

Asked if his rapping days were behind him, he had this to say:

"Oh yeah for sure,

"One good thing about that though, it really put me in tune with the creative process."

Bryant was part of rap group CHEIWAZ in high school, a collective that was actually signed to Sony Records.

And he infamously released the single 'K.O.B.E' in 2000 - a song that featured model Tyra Banks and can be heard in all its glory here

Unfortunately his rapping talents were not quite as well received as his basketball ability and he was dropped by Sony records later that year.

Since then he has been an elusive figure in the rap scene, choosing to focus on winning championships with the Lakers, and more recently recovering from injury:

"I don't write songs anymore, I've written quite a few commercials but the hip hop writing - artist thing is well behind me," he explained.

Those hoping for a Kobe tour in the near future have just had their dreams crushed.

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