Allen Iverson acknowledges that his dated rap CD was just “awful.”
During a guest appearance on Kevin Hart’s Cold as Balls series, the 11-time All-Star shared his thoughts on the endeavor. Iverson said that several things, including the album Misunderstood, contributed to difficulties with David Stern, the former NBA commissioner who passed away in 2020.
At the 4:30 point, Iverson added, “It wasn’t a nice relationship when I did that bad rap album. “I had an issue with David Stern when I said that garbage,” the speaker said.
Misunderstood was intended to be Iverson’s first album as Jewelz, his rap moniker. The project, which was eventually abandoned, caused controversy before it ever came out since its lead tune “40 Bars” received harsh criticism for being sexist and homophobic.
Iverson recalled the incident when Stern started reciting the words “40 Bars” aloud.
He said, “Kev, I went into the office and he was reading my lyrics. “Like, David Stern was genuinely reading ’40 Bars’ off of a piece of paper, and me and (Sixers actor) Theo Ratliff — I was trying not to laugh because I knew how serious it was,” Theo Ratliff recalled. And the nonsense I was uttering, of course, you know… It was strange to hear David Stern rap it. It was humiliating.