Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  29 responses

Ron Artest Wants to Win a Grammy

Artest isn’t just looking for an NBA trophy this year, he’s also aiming for some validation in the music biz as well. From Bossip (via CBS Sports, which transcribed the quotes): “Despite the slow progress, Artest explains that he was born to ball and rhyme. ‘Vern Fleming was on the Olympic team in 1988 with [Michael] Jordan, Chris Mullin all these guys. I grew up with a basketball pro and a top three rapper of all time, in Nas … I was involved in basketball and music from day one.’ With a song on the airwaves, Artest is ready to crown himself. ‘[It's] a new breed, a new movement that’s happening and I’m kind of a leader right now of the Queensbridge movement.’ Artest admits shortly thereafter that perhaps he hasn’t yet supplanted the living legends. ‘Of course Nas is still in the game and Prodigy is home from jail, so obviously they’re going to make their run.’ Like any ambitious rapper, Artest’s eyes are on the prize. ‘I want to develop my artists and have them put the best music out, and then continue to put the best music out. I don’t want to slack off. Give 100%. I don’t want to half-ass it. If a Grammy comes with that, that would be amazing. The artists that I have, they want the Grammies, they really do,’ Artest continued. ‘I want a Grammy. Realistically, myself, I don’t know if I can get one with playing basketball. I don’t know if I have the time to create the records that I really need to create and spend the time I know I need to be in the studio to make sure that everything is right for my records. But for my artists, I can see one or two of them getting a Grammy.’”

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  • AMPduppp

    Hey, if Esperanza Spalding can win one over Drake, I’m pretty sure Artest has a decent shot

  • http://slamonline BossTerrry

    Didn’t he want to play pro football in a few years from now too?? I guess its good to have unrealistic goals.. Shout out to Gary Busey..

  • Papa Smurf

    Drake has no talent. He’ll be on celebrity apprentice within 3 years.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    no lie, his song on 2k11 is probably the best one in the game. its like the only rap song where 50% of it isn’t bleeped out

  • Yesse

    Good luck with that.

  • sounddust

    Ron Ron gets what he wants. Always.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Forget it, Rebecca Black will win every single award out there.

  • Anthony

    nas dont even have a grammy.. how u gon win won. ***** WHO U THINK U ARE lol the day u get a grammy… is the same day pappoose album come out

  • Coney Islander

    Ron stick to basketball fam. Ron has a better shot at making a superbowl than he does winning a Grammy. Drake is a great writer, he’s just acting in his starring role as “The rapper” and you hear the soullessness in his music.Esperanza Spalding’s album is amazing for the record. She fully deserved her win, she stands head and shoulders musically over her hip hop and pop counter parts.

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    she is nice but no way she should have won over drake. and im not just a drake fan. im a fan of music. but for the last two years he has been a breath of fresh air for hip hop.

  • Eldon Khorshidi

    Q6 or Ron Artest?

  • http://slamonline.com Acclaimed

    At least he’s ambitious.

  • anon

    If his singing apology for pulling down Paul Pierce’s shorts is any proof of things to come, then a Grammy is well within reach.


  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    @airs – the song by Sean P, Skyzoo and ‘em was the best, in my opinion.
    I can’t find the lyrics online and can’t access youtube or anything at work, but the lyrics are the best of any songs on there (“and you know that I’m better than whoever’s embedded up in your throwback”!)
    Skyzoo’s verse is dope (“And I do this through the pressure like my elbow hurts. King me”)
    Ron’s is up there though

  • Ryan D.

    Grow up peter pan.

  • Coney Islander

    A breathe of fresh air? Oooooo, you must only listen to the radio. I’m Drake’d out, I’m listening to Homeboy Sandman right now. THAT my friend is a breathe of fresh air.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Autotune voice, include repetitive computer generated beat, add lyrics – girl I wanna/yeah yeah girl/girl I wanna yeah girl, repeat x20, accept grammy.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Cosign Michael NZ!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    How about Jay Electronica finally drops and album and we let Hip Hop call it a day.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ron ron wants to do everything lol

  • ratguts

    Anybody who thinks Drake is a breath of fresh air should have their music privileges revoked. There is plenty of good hip-hop out there, just doesn’t have the big label backing like back in the Golden days.

  • The Latvian

    Ron Ron is starting to remind me of Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock and his dream of EGOT (emmy, grammy, oscar, tony)…

  • blakos

    Run’n'Gun219 get some f#cken music knowledge. Drake is substandard. Make is happen Walsh……..

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Haha, I can’t believe someone described Drake as ‘breath of fresh air for hip hop’.

  • blakos


  • derby

    Prodigy’s back home??? KIllUminati Vol.2 !!Go get them P!


    In other news Dennis Rodman wants to date a Tranny.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    You think i give A Damn about a Grammy? Half of you critics cant even stomach me, let alone stand me..

    But Ron, What If You Win? Wouldnt it be weird…

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    shout out to Ryan D with the wedding crashers reference.