Many people have more than one dream in life, but only a few have the chance or better yet the focus to take that dream and turn it into reality. For a select few, they have done just that. In the mid 1990’s Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat released a number of hip-hop albums. Being a famous NBA player, he received different reactions from his fans as well as the media. Some accepted Shaq as a hip-hop artist and did not think much of it, while others rejected him and did not think a NBA player should become a musical entertainer. Once others realized it was possible they joined Shaq and tried a new career. One of those was hip-hop artist Master P of New No Limit Records.
Master P was at the top of his game in the music industry and looked at being a professional basketball player as not only a new challenge but also a lifetime dream. Master P became a member of the New Orleans Hornets and later joined the Fort Wayne Fury. Not received as Shapuille O’Neal, Master P did not remain in the NBA or other professional basketball leagues long. That has not stopped the entrepreneurial spirit of others athletes to make music a career.
NBA stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Richard Hamilton, Ron Artest, and Allen Iverson have all taken a chance and joined the world of music. Some have had success while others face the rejection that Master P once had. The decision for some is one that has been a dream for years while for others it is a real goal that they have produced into a career.