Ron Artest, who inspired a so-called "basket brawl" in Detroit’s Palace of Auburn Hills last year, is fighting again on the hardwood.
This time, however, the Indiana Pacer, known in Queensbridge, N.Y. as Ron Ron, is mixing it up on a yet-to-be-titled video game, according to mtv.com.
The unveiling of the idea comes a month after Artest and three of his teammates were sentenced for their involvement in last November’s fight in the Detroit Pistons Palace of Auburn Hills. All four received fines, community service and probation time.
On Nov. 2, Artest and the Pacers open their season against the Orlando Magic.
Artest explained that his game would involve NBA players other than himself. But he did not divulge details about who he was working with to design the game and what console systems it will be designed for.
"It’s boxing and basketball; it’s crazy," Artest, whose suspension for fighting just ended, explained of the record to be tentatively released in 2006. "If you wanna get into a little scuffle, but you can’t fight ’cause you might get suspended, you go to the boxing ring. And it’s not any NBA players, its ‘hood legends. The ‘hood be fighting with each other. After you knock somebody, you go back and play."
In the meantime, Artest said he also planned to release his album, "New York," from his own label, Tru Warier Records.
"It’s predicted to sell at least five million records worldwide," he said, tongue in cheek.
Whatever the case, Artest will have the help of a long cast of artists.
"Mike Jones is on the record, Big Pokey from Houston, 112, Nas, Havoc," he said, giving the album’s roll call. "Prodigy, Nature. The album is crazy. It’s called "New York" cause I’m just reppin’, keeping it simple. The first single is the one with Mike Jones called ‘Get Low.’ It’s a ‘hood ‘Rocky’ type joint. It’s gonna get you amped up, get you ready to throw a couple of punches. I got another called ‘Oh Yeah.’ I got tracks for the ladies, for old people. I got tracks for [Latino] people. And you know I got tracks for the ‘hood."
In addition to being star studded, Artest also said it would be controversial. But he added that it’s not likely to raise the ire of Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson’s 2001 record.
When the undersized warrior released "Misunderstood," some women and gay people protested that what they termed misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. (Under pressure from the NBA, Iverson did not release the record.)
"It’s crazy. I got records people not gonna like. It’s controversial. Some people don’t like me when I rap. They say I shouldn’t rap, but I’m gonna spit some bars. My songs is gonna be crazy and blend in right with the industry, and they not gonna like that," said Arest.
"Nothing like A.I’s music," he continued. "But A.I. is my man. I love him to death."