Artest hopes new rap CD softens bad-boy image

Updated: October 20, 2006, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Ron Artest sat backstage with his entourage, wondering if the audience would approve of his upcoming performance.


He was prepared for extra scrutiny after being tarnished by his unpredictable, out-of-control behavior over the past few years in the NBA. And he knows that many already have stereotyped him as another athlete-turned-rapper such as Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, who didn't excel in the music industry.

Still, Artest believes he ...

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