Alex Kennedy: Here’s another track from @Damian Lillard called “Solider in the Game.” Looking forward to the new #DameDOLLA album! (Video by @thealanly): pic.twitter.com/cNFdZj9k9u
Boston Celtics rookie wing Jaylen Brown had a tall task in this past season’s Eastern Conference Finals: guard LeBron James. He was nervous. Guard the greatest player of his generation in the playoffs? During his rookie season? If he didn’t somehow mitigate his pre-game anxieties before tip-off, he’d have already lost half the battle. He finally settled on an unorthodox solution — to create a three-minute, 31-second rap song that he rapped, produced and composed himself, one that would boost his self-esteem and get him past the urge to vomit before games in nervousness. Brown listened to the song, entitled Building Blocks, several times before all five games of a playoff series in which he held his own against James defensively.
The Los Angeles Lakers know that point guard Lonzo Ball is good at basketball. It’s why they drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick this past June. But what might be more surprising to them and the rest of the NBA is Ball’s musical talent. The 19-year-old graced the airwaves with his debut rap single titled “Melo Ball 1” on Friday. And, no, the lyrical flow is not about New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Rather, the two-minute song is a tribute to his younger brother, LaMelo, who just became the first high school player to have his own signature shoe. Released by the Big Baller Brand, LaMelo’s kicks are called the “Melo Ball 1s.”