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LeBron James raps verse over Jay-Z track in surprise studio session

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LeBron heads to the studio to work on his freestyle skills.

No, it wasn't an April Fools Day joke, but the King did have a trick up his sleeve.

A track by none other than Miami Heat forward and reigning MVP LeBron James, had an impromptu collaboration with friend and up-and-coming rapper Cotton on the appropriately titled "Kingdom". The backing track is from Jay-Z's hit "F**kwithmeyouknowIgotit" and features the first-known complete rap verse from the King.

TMZ got the exclusive audio as well as a quote from Cotton about how it all went down last summer in Ohio.

We were working out together and LeBron said 'let's get in the booth.' I said 'I'm going tonight', so he came to the studio. We were just having fun. Bron had jotted some notes down earlier, and he finished his verse in the studio.

So LeBron moved from the gym to the studio to lay this down, as transcribed by TMZ...

[LBJ Hook:]
Ugh, roll, roll with us, cause you we got it, (we got it, we got it)
roll with us, cause you know we got it, (we got it, we got it)
it's a damn shame that you ever doubted, (doubted, doubted)
come roll with us cause you know we got it (we got it, we got it)
roll with us cause you know we got it (we got it, we got it)
roll with us cause you know we got it (we got it, we got it)
it's a damn shame that you ever doubted, (doubted, doubted)
it's a damn shame that you ever doubted, (doubted, doubted)

[LBJ Verse:]
I just docked us off of France killa
Shots so bright I got a tan killa
Try to catch up it's a waste of time (waste of time, waste of time)
I grind you hard let you take mine (never, never)
AP watch drop next month (month, month)
60 racks on ya wrist to stunt (stunt, stunt)
Fall back before you fall out
My team eating, the rest of y'all drought (drought, drought)
Say what you want about the king,
Got money, got cribs, got whips, and oh yeaaa (bleeped) got 2 rings (2 rings, 2 rings)
Cribs sick, tall like, Costco's,
Gotta keep getting that Robert, DeNiro, don't fear you
I understand you can't compete bro, but you see here, is royalty,
You can't beat me, ya better join me, over at six feet, underneath (underneath, underneath)
Where my crown Shi (where my crown Shi, where my crown Shi)

[LBJ Hook:]
Cause you know we got it (got it, we got it)
Rolls with us cause you we got it (you know we got it, you know we got it)
Come roll with us cause you know we got it (you know we got it, you know we got it)
It's a damn shame that you ever doubted
It's a damn shame that you ever doubted

Some of it is clearly directed at his critics but there's clearly plenty of swagger from someone who had just come off back-to-back MVP and NBA Championship seasons.

What do you think of LeBron's rapping skills? We've heard them before last year and at the 2014 Battioke event but this latest foray might be teasing the fact that music might not just be a hobby for LeBron anymore...

Or not.