Many things need to come together for a really successful photo shoot. Most of these—great photographer, the best equipment, perfect lighting, fabulous clothes—are easy to see in the end result. What can’t be seen, but in many ways is just as important, is the music played on the set.
So, how do you build a playlist for Kobe? Forget that he's a future Hall of Famer and one of the greatest who has ever played the game, the man knows music. We started by asking who some of his favorites are (Jay-Z, Kanye), and we went from there. Here's the result:
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Kid Cudi: "Make Her Say," featuring Kanye West, Common
Jay-Z: "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…"
The Beatnuts: "Se Acabo," remix featuring Method Man
Black Star: "Definition"
Fugees: "Nappy Heads"
Cee-Lo: "I'll Be Around (Club Mix)," featuring Timbaland
Jay-Z: "Brooklyn (We Go Hard)," featuring Santogold
The Roots: "The Seed (2.0)"
John Legend: "Alright"
Jay-Z: "Run This Town," featuring Rihanna, Kanye West
Handsome Boy Modeling School: "If It Wasn't for You," featuring De La Soul, Starchild Excalibur
A Tribe Called Quest: "Award Tour"
Common: "The Corner," featuring the Last Poets
Danger Mouse (Jay-Z/Beatles mashup): "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
Rihanna: "Hard," featuring Jeezy
Kanye West: "The Glory"
Jay-Z: "What We Talkin' About," featuring Luke Steele
Main Source: "Fakin' the Funk"
Talib Kweli: "Get By"
Ol' Dirty Bastard: "Shimmy Shimmy Ya"
Kanye West: "Get 'Em High," featuring Talib Kweli, Common
Notorious B.I.G.: "Juicy"
Kanye West: "Good Life"
T.I.: "I'm Back"
Jay-Z: "Thank You"
The Roots: "The Next Movement"
Q-Tip: "Vivrant Thing"
Kanye West: "Gone," featuring Consequence, Cam'Ron