kobe bryant, nicki minaj*What an interesting pairing!

Athletes and rap music artists are teaming up for the latest of ESPN Magazine.

Nicki Minaj and Kobe Bryant rock the cover of the music issue of the magazine.

Minaj sits on top of a speaker — giving her some height for Bryant to be positioned right next to the speaker at eye level contact.

Everyone finally knows what her “top secret mission” is now. Last week, she said she was on a mission when she posted a pic of her outfit on Instagram.

But Minaj and Bryant aren’t along… when it comes to covers, that is.

Kendrick Lamar and Chris Paul, and Eminem and Calvin Johnson team up for two more alternatives covers.

Check out their covers below:

calvin johnson, eminem


All three covers  hit newsstands Friday, Jan. 24.