ESPN allows the worlds of music and sports to collide for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Music Issue. The issue, which releases later this week, features three covers, each pairing a star athlete with a star musician.
Nicki shares her cover with Kobe Bryant, sitting on a speaker to get on the same level as the NBA superstar who sports his latest signature sneaker, the Nike KOBE 9 Elite.
Eminem reps for Detroit, appearing alongside Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron. ESPN describes the pairing as “a match made in Motor City heaven.”
And finally, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar walks a hallway with L.A. Clippers star Chris Paul for the third cover.
ESPN The Magazine’s 2014 Music Issue hits newsstands Friday (Jan. 24).