That’s Not Your Calling Boo: Celebs Who Should Have Never Tried A Singing Career
Sometimes success in one field can lead to success doing other things. However that was not the case with these stars who thought they could switch over and become rappers and singers.
On the basketball court, Shaquille O’Neal could do it all, except hit a free throw. But then the NBA All-Star decided to branch out and try his hand at making movies and music. While he was entertaining on the silver screen, his attempts at rapping weren’t well received. However that didn’t phase the former Los Angeles Lakers star. Shaq has released five rap albums along with a compilation CD.
Eddie Murphy has made millions and millions of people laugh with his stand up routines and comedy movies. And he made even more people laugh after trying his hand at music. Partly done because of a wager with Rick James, the “Beverly Hills Cop” star released the horribly bad but infectious song “Party All The Time in 1985.” Taking his singing career much more serious than anyone thought he would, Murphy would go on to release three music albums and even recorded a duet with Michael Jackson.
Kim Kardashian became famous for being famous but a few years ago the reality star thought she could make it big as an artist. She teamed up with uber producer The-Dream and recorded “Jam (Turn It Up).” After the song was released it was immediately trashed by critics. Kardashian fans weren’t feeling the song either. The accompanying video was scrapped before it had a chance to air but it soon made its way online much to the chagrin of Kardashian.
Tyra Banks had conquered the world of modeling and was looking for other ways to occupy her time when she was ready to become a singer. In 2004, Banks linked up with producer Rodney Jerkins and they created “Shake Ya Body.” However, nobody was shaking anything except their heads at the supermodel’s weak attempt at singing and her newfound career quickly fizzled out.
Growing up, Kobe Bryant always idolized Michael Jordan and considered him a hero but after finding fame as a Los Angeles Laker, Bryant decided to be more like Shaquille O’Neal and followed in his footsteps into the world of rap. Serious about his career, Bryant spent a summer dedicated to rapping and he released the song “K.O.B.E.,” which featured Tyra Banks singing on the hook. Needless to say, fans were not feeling a rapping Kobe and he went back to basketball.
Dating a couple rappers doesn’t make you a rapper yourself. Amber Rose was best known for being Kanye West’s girlfriend before she moved on to Wiz Khalifa. And even though she was trying to get her modeling career off of the ground, the Philly native decided to step into the world of music. She lent her vocals to a couple songs for her baby daddy Wiz, but Rose also dropped two singles of her very own However, she decided that it would be best to hang up the mic and leave the rapping to her husband so she could focus on being a new mom.
Sure Terrence Howard showed off his rapping skills in the 2006 film “Hustle & Flow.” But there’s a difference between rapping on film and singing in real life. Ready to show off his musical abilities, Howard released an album showing off his softer side in 2008. He dropped the lead single “Love Will Make You Beautiful” but no one cared.
Paris Hilton’s claim to fame was being a hard-partying socialite. Even though she rebranded herself as a businesswoman and hotel heiress in her own right, Hilton just couldn’t stay away from the limelight. Hilton released her first album back in 2006 when she was still a regular on the party scene. Last year, it was announced that the former reality show star was ready to get back into the booth and she signed a record deal with Cash Money Records. Hilton released the single “Good Times” and her singing abilities were once again trashed.
Kenya Moore made a splash on the scene and certainly shook “Real Housewives of Atlanta” up when she joined the show two seasons ago. During one of her numerous fights with fellow newbie castmate Porsha Williams, Moore uttered what would become her catchphrase: “Gone with the wind fabulous.” Soon she was saying it all of the time and as soon as her inaugural season was over with, the beauty queen was in the studio recording a dance song called “Gone With The Wind Fabulous.” She made her singing debut on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” but thankfully there hasn’t been a great demand for more music from Moore.
Kenya Moore isn’t the only Atlanta peach who tried her hand at singing. Kim Zolciak was serious about launching a singing career and even had a lesson with a vocal coach. She asked her good friend Kandi Burruss to produce a song for her and soon “Tardy For The Party” was born. Zolciak has performed the song at several events but her singing career went nowhere. However she did land her own spin-off reality series “Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding.”
After proving his skills on the football field, Deion Sanders decided to try his hand at baseball. Surely thinking he could do it all, the charismatic athlete figured he could be a rapper, too. In 1994, Sanders dropped a rap album named after the flashy football player’s moniker “Prime Time.” The wannabe rapper even released the single and accompanying video to “Must Be The Money.” Despite the negative reviews, Sanders’ album managed to make it to the #70 spot on the Top Hip-Hop/R&B Album charts.
Germans love David Hasselhoff and can’t get enough of the “Baywatch” star. So perhaps they were the ones requesting to hear their favorite American television star sing. The Hoff has released an astonishing amount of albums: 17. Most of them are filled with pop ballads but he even has a few Christmas albums that are sure to be a big hit around the holidays.
Lindsay Lohan has been famous for so long she must’ve forgotten the reason why her fans liked her so much because the former child star attempted to be a singer. Surprisingly, La Lohan’s 2004 debut album went platinum and it gave her enough reason to get back in the studio and record another album. Her second attempt only went gold but her live performances were less than stellar and after getting busted lip-synching, Lohan went back to acting fulltime.