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Basketball star Parker releases rap album

Actress Eva Longoria talks with partner NBA Western All-Star Tony Parker of the San Antonion Spurs during the 2007 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest in Las Vegas February 17, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

PARIS (Reuters) - French basketball star Tony Parker, an NBA All Star engaged to Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, released his debut hip-hop album on Monday, glorifying his lavish lifestyle in French.

Parker, 24, is a household name in France as one of the country’s highest-earning sportsmen and its biggest basketball star, but the softly spoken San Antonio Spurs guard has kept his music skills firmly under wraps until now.

The album, “Tony Parker,” features the captain of France’s national team on vocals against a backdrop of hip-hop and dancefloor beats.

The first release off the album, Balance-toi (throw yourself around) includes the lyrics: “What, you want to dance? No, it’s not worth it. Me, I’ll stay on the sofa enjoying the vibe by raising my arms.”

As if to ensure that Longoria, whom he is due to marry this summer in France, does not get jealous, it also features the line: “I’ve already got my woman for life.”