Eminem, Nicki Minaj, & Kendrick Lamar Cover ESPN The Magazine

Calvin Johnson and Eminem

The worlds of music and sports collide on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. The biweekly sports publication teams all-star athletes with music’s MVPs for its annual Music Issue.

On one of the three covers, Nicki Minaj shares the spotlight with Kobe Bryant. Looking glamorous in Galliano, a blonde Nicki sits atop a speaker with her hands on the Lakers star’s shoulders.

Eminem reps his city of Detroit alongside Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The magazine describes the pairing as “a match made in Motor City heaven.”

And despite being a Lakers fan, Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar is all smiles as he kicks it with Clippers point guard Chris Paul on a third cover.

The issue hits newsstands Friday. See the rest of the covers below.

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj

Chris Paul and Kendrick Lamar

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54 Comments

  1. RihNaj

    Nicki Minah Ft Eminem and Kendrick Lemar

    OMG that would be the end of the world! lol

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    ASDF Reply:

    I second that.

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    BowDownToBey Reply:

    @ASDF, Kendrick called Lil kim the queen incase you forgot

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    Bound2 Reply:

    @BowDownToBey, What’s a Queen to a God? Onika is no longer a Queen. She is a Rap God right alongside with
    Jay-Z and Eminem. Minaj is untouchable at this point. Sorry your 2k13 didn’t drop. Maybe you gotta wait another year just for one song.

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    KenBarbUk Reply:

    @Bound2,

    RIGHT!!!!!!!!

    I’ve been telling these bitches

    Rap Goddess, The Goddess of Rap.

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    Tina Reply:

    @Bound2, Kim fans still waiting for that mix-tape that has been coming for 3 years now? Delusion is a sickness people!! Kim could’ve bowed out nicely with her head on her shoulders but unfortunately Kim wanted war so once Nicki conquered she did what a Queen does & removed her head.

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    blaze Reply:

    @Bound2, bitch shut yo ol dumb ass up in case yo flop ass forgot just like your fav who had to give head to the whole cash money just to get a desacent 360 deal p.s. keep in mind her last attempt only sold what 36k? maybe 40k ytd #EPICFAIL a rap god is someone like nas,lil kim,jay z,foxy,missy etc people who really rap when they on the mic not making all them dk sucking voices to keep the attention off her failed lyrics so yea u failed badly…. but nice try =-) nicki will never get close to kims level lil kim hardcore mixtape alone ruins sickly triage whole fast food career XD #NEXT

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    Andy Reply:

    @blaze, SUPER COOL!!! CONGRATZ!! BRAVO!! Now get the fck out dumbass, Kim = Trash. That’s a FACT! Nicki has just rapped the fck out last year and you still want to come with her “nasal voices” and “singing” sh!t. You people make me sick.

    JHP Reply:

    @Bound2, I mean, Lil Kim in 2014 has nothing on Nicki true enough, but I don’t think I’d call her a rap god. Eminem and Jay-Z are 8 and 12 solo albums in respectively (not counting collab albums), Hov has at least 3 classics and so does Em, 13 and 17 grammys respectively, have been in the game for 15 and 18 years respectively, and sold way more albums overall. Nicki’s just 5 years in, 2 albums, no classic album, no grammys, etc. She has a long way to go before she achieves rap god status. Only the legends have that status IMO, no one in the new school yet.

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    K Reply:

    @JHP,i got mad love for Nicki but i have to agree with you, she done alot in my opinion but sh have some ways to go.

    Andy Reply:

    @JHP, Mmmm is kinda true, but she already surpassed all the accomplishes the past female rappers did, so its fairly to call her Goddess. Queen is obviously tho.

    QTiplife Reply:

    @Bound2, lmfaoo goddess hahaha that is the funniest joke ever

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Bound2, YES bitch, nice rebuttal!

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    KenBarbUk Reply:

    @BowDownToBey,

    + Eminem collaborated with Nicki in case you forgot

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    Oh Reply:

    @KenBarbUk, So. Eminem collabs with a lot of artist that doesn’t make the God

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @RihNaj, Nicki has all the stars shining in her favor this 2014. She broods in silence, but her noise will be thunderous. Imagine the many other surprises which have yet to be unveiled. Her cover with Kobe is definitely the baddest of the three. On the cover with Kobe? Which bitch you know? I think she wins.
    THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING BITCHES.

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  2. Susie

    They could’ve used a better pick of Nicki but other than that the cover is dope. I would have never guessed that she getting an ESPN cover, nice surprise!

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    Oh Reply:

    @Susie, Her UGLY ass is only cute with a face full of makeup. Those big ass dentures she bought make her horse mouth protrude. She look like a tired ho

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    Andy Reply:

    @Oh, guess you haven’t seen your mom in the morning

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Oh, have you not seen lil’ kim? I bet you my college money that kim would’ve ordered more artists to photoshop her face. but ESPN knows. no amount of money can fix her.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Susie, Don’t you dare address her so disrespectfully. Nicki looks fab. ESPN probably wanted her a little toned down in the face, and she’s giving no makeup/no filter realness. Now Kobe on the other hand looks a damn fool. Shades on? His head is as wide as his neck, that smile is goofy, and his stylist needs to be fired, but I digress. That’s just not a good angle on him, but no love lost.
    Oh, and let’s discuss those other covers shall we? Kendrick looks like humpty dump, and I damn sure wouldn’t have known who CP3 was had he not been identified. Common.
    Eminem has his standard gaze. Switch it up dude, you do it all the time, it’s b-o-r-I-n-g. And who is that again sitting next to him? Never mind, I don’t even care.
    Nicki and Kobe’s cover is drenched in star-power. While the other two covers are passive, Nicki and Kobe’s commands that you buy it, and when standing beside those other two, how could a consumer disagree?

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    Damsel Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, DAMN MANDELA, CAN I GET AN INVITE TO YOUR ROAST? Smells delicious. I definitely liked Nicki’s the best to.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Damsel, All in a day’s work.
    Thank you.
    Love.
    #TeamMinaj

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    Eihn Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, Grill these hoes Mandela!

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  3. pills

    we aint crying for a dead press you got some DOPE for us some deca maybe shooting testo in the legg some PILLS ESPN style so you got the revolver HAHAHHAHAH

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  4. pills

    next episod of the batman’s pill stand HAHAHHAHA this pills transform you you got muscle lika aaaaaa

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  5. Candy

    Another Nicki magazine cover for the collection.
    When will her success stop? Never Bitch.

    I’ve also heard a that Nicki is going to be performing at the Grammys & Nicki did tweet the initials GP which could mean Grammy Performance when a asked about her special surprise. 5 minutes later she deleted it so it might be true.

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    BowDownToBey Reply:

    @Candy, Go and buy roman reloaded, It is yet to sell platinum

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    Tim Reply:

    @BowDownToBey, Actually it has sold 1 million copies in the us & almost 2.5 internationally.

    Starships has sold over 7 million, Pound The Alarm nearly 2 Million, Beez In The Trap is gold (over 500 thousand copies. Those are Factual Roman Reloaded Numbers.

    Pink Friday has sold 3 million, Super Bass 8 million, Right Thru Me is gold (500 thousand) Moment 4 Life has sold over 1 million, Did It On Em’ is gold (500), Romans Revenge was never released as a single yet it has sold 900.00 plus records.

    I’m not going to even talk about her feature sales because here all day. So I’ll give you a simple equation: Nicki+Haters(You)=Success

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    blaze Reply:

    @Tim, bitch stfu that shit hasnt even sold 300k go check riaa dumbass #FAIL AND YEA WHO CARES WHAT SINGLES HAVE SOLD AT THE END OF THE DAY SHE IS STILL AND ALWAYS WILL BE LIL WAYNES HEAD FLOP SO…… ROMAN RELOADED WAS RATED WORST FEMALE POP FLOP WANNA BE RAP ALBUM IN HISTORY. -_-

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    KenBarbUk Reply:

    @blaze,

    You’re embarrassing yourself babe,
    Nickis got you all heated up i see

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    K Reply:

    @KenBarbUk, yup nicki have that effect on her haters.

    Oh Reply:

    @BowDownToBey, LMAOOOOO Roman Reloaded THE RE-FLOP still STUCK at 800K+ Sales after 2 YEARS !!!
    Nicki IS A FLOP!! None of her 2013 features have been Top 10 on Billboard. Nobody cares about this wack bitch no more

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    Tim Reply:

    @Oh, Name a rapper who’s had more success than Nicki at this present time?? You cannot compare Nicki too other rapper (Males Included) in terms of success. Also Nicki has done all of these features back to back just to prove that she can still rap & her recently released verses prove just that (Dope Dealer, I Wanna Be With You, Love More, I’m Out ect..) So quit with all the hating and watch Nicki have another international successful Number 1 Album..

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    Oh Reply:

    @Tim, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Drake too many to name. Nicki hasn’t had success since Starships LMFAOOOOOO

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    Pmm Reply:

    @Candy, no, GP were the initials of one of her new songs

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  6. KenBarbUk

    i wish nicki didnt have to do it with that ugly ass dude

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  7. kate

    Eminem is so hot

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  8. Yeezus Christ

    kendrick LAMEar overrated

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  9. Deon

    I’m feeling Kendrick’s cover and Eminem’s covers!

    That’s All!!! Queen Bee Bitches, remember your crew member followed my queen’s lead no matter how you put it, it’s a fact. No hate to Nicki, but it’s a fact. Still got love for Nicki but do your own thing without copying Lady Gaga, Lil’ Kim or Rihanna’s moves, we see you!!

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    K Reply:

    @Deon,so you adding Rihanna to the mix of people Nicki so-called copied d-mn i wonder who next y’all are going to ad next.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Deon, Lame.

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  10. Os

    Nice i like, she looks good

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  11. Andy

    Don’t like it :/

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  12. Andy

    But notice how Ms. Minaj, as per usual, is the only talked topic in the comments. Queen, pardon: GODDESS

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  13. King Dick

    The 2014 Reign has Begun. Let’s be clear ROMAN RELOADED IS AT 900k in the US. 1Mil + WW. Lol you haters just don’t get it. NICKI RUNS THIS SHIT. Just buckle ya seat belts, it’s time for takeoff.

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    Oh Reply:

    @King Dick, She isn’t running shit with those Album sales. How are you a QUEEN when you RE-RELEASE your album to only sell 50K and STILL not GO Platnium…

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    nicko Reply:

    @Oh, Nicki sold 6M albums n 30M fts in 4 YRS. btw the re up sold much more than 50k n PFRR is plat in the US n nearly sold 2M WW. stop hatin on the most successful female rapper of all time, ugly krimlin

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    nicko Reply:

    @nicko, i meant 30M solo hits + 30M features

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  14. thedon

    Nicki looking whiter than Em.. CRAZY!

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  15. nicko

    Queen Nicki M. tbh

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  16. nicko

    ignorant krimlins hatin on NICKI MINAJ aka THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE RAPPER OF ALL TIME tryna call her a flop :’) lmao Nicki got over 30 certified singles/fts ;) it only took her 4 yrs

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  17. nicko

    @Oh Are u retarded ?

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  18. NICKI MINAJ

    If Nicki Minaj is a flop, I want to flop like her too.

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