ESPN Music Issue Photos

Yesterday, ESPN Magazine revealed its annual Music Issue cover stars and this year, there are three covers and 6 huge stars to grace it: Kobe & Nicki Minaj, Calvin Johnson & Eminem, and CP3 & Kendrick Lamar.

Today, ESPN releases all-new behind the scenes photos of all of the above, plus Skylar Grey & Hope Solo (who actually look like they can be sisters). Scroll through the gallery of 20 photos (all via ESPN with backstory captions) to view some real nice candids, with a couple of notable favorites: Kobe playing ping pong and the Calvin Johnson & Eminem overhead photo at the famous Shelter in Detroit.

ESPN Music Issue [Covers]

The annual ESPN Music issue is on its way and it features three really dope covers merging a superstar athlete and rapper. You got Kobe & Nicki Minaj above, D-Town representin’ with Calvin Johnson & Eminem, and CP3 and Kendrick Lamar. Last year’s music issue with LeBron & Dre was a good one, and I’m looking forward to all these cover stories (and much of the names on the cover too) so I’ll be picking this up when I see it on newsstands this week.

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Eminem & Busta Rhymes collab details

In November of last year, Busta Rhymes revealed he has a 6 minute “battle” track with Eminem for his upcoming album, and today we see a new interview from the producer of that track Scoop DeVille saying that each rapper has a “minimum” of 60 bars each. Wow. I think we’re all expecting Eminem “Rap God” mode for this one, that we hope we hear sooner than later.

Eminem “The Monster” f/ Rihanna

Wait no longer — here’s the new music video for the #1 song in the country: Eminem & Rihanna’s “The Monster”. The one-minute intro certainly sets the tone, huh?

What follows in the second verse is amazing. I don’t want to spoil it, but damn, that was cool.

Enjoy!

*Tibs Fav.