NBA legend and cultural icon Allen Iverson opened up recently about his ill-fated debut rap album while in conversation with Kevin Hart for his YouTube series Cold As Balls.
AI said that the album, Misunderstood, was a major point of contention between himself and the late former NBA commissioner David Stern.
“It wasn’t a great relationship when I did that terrible rap album,” Iverson said at the 4:30 mark. “When I did that bulls***, that’s when I had a problem with David Stern.”
He reflected on the controversy surrounding the single "40 Bars" as it was characterized as being sexist and homophobic. This led to the project eventually being scrapped due to the pressure.
“I remember going into the office, and he was reading my lyrics, Kev,” AI said. “Like, David Stern was actually reading ‘40 Bars‘ off a piece of paper, and me and (Sixers teammate) Theo Ratliff — I was trying not to laugh, because I knew how serious it was. And the shit I was saying, obviously, you know … So to hear David Stern rapping it, it was crazy. It was embarrassing.”