Chris Paul and Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar and Chris Paul Talk Music and Sports with ESPN The Magazine

Kendrick Lamar sat down with Chris Paul for the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Music Issue. The Grammy-nominated rapper and L.A. Clippers guard, who originally connected on Twitter, went one-on-one to discuss the relationship between music and sports.

While Kendrick is a diehard Lakers fan, he still has love for the Clippers. He also revealed that if he could have any job in sports, he would be a referee “’cause the referees get to be on the court with those players for every game.”

“I can’t play ball, so I’ll be a referee,” said Kendrick.

Chris, who listens to Kendrick’s music to get pumped up for a game, admitted that he envies the Compton MC. “I play basketball and I love what I do, but when I went to Kendrick’s show and saw him on that stage, I was envious. I’m envious of the audience he’s able to touch,” he said.

Chris shared his dreams of being a rapper (He once recorded a song to a No Limit beat) and Kendrick revealed his hoop dreams. “I got game on the court … I just didn’t grow tall enough,” said K-Dot.

The issue, which also features cover stars Nicki Minaj and Eminem, hits newsstands on Friday.

Read the full interview on and go behind the scenes of their photo shoot below.

Chris Paul and Kendrick Lamar