Shaquille O’Neal: I can say I’ve made music with Erick Sermon, Redman, Jay Z, Wu-Tang, Nas, Biggie, Fat Joe, Big Pun, DJ Quik, Snoop, the Fu-Schnickens, Heavy D, Michael Jackson, George Clinton, and Roger Troutman. That’s a hell of a discography. Like I said before, hip-hop made me who I am. So whether Shaq Diesel went platinum, gold, or wood, once I got in the studio with my favorite artists and put those songs together, I knew I’d made it. I knew I earned their respect. I want to tell everyone who took part in the making of Shaq Diesel: Thank you.
The MTV Video Music Awards was televised Sunday night from Madison Square Garden, and once you finish your diatribe about how like MTV doesn’t even play videos anymore, man, you can learn about how the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert appeared in Kanye West’s video for Fade, which he premiered during the show last night. The video stars an oiled up and barely clothed Teyana Taylor performing a Flashdance-esque dance to the song, and concludes with Shumpert, who is Taylor’s fiancé, joining her in the shower. Then Taylor transforms into a lion and she and Shumpert hold their child among a flock of sheep.
Jeremy Lin is in Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s new music video, and it’s extremely weird and wonderful. The song translates to “Turkish Ice Cream.” You can turn on the subtitles on YouTube to see the song lyrics in English, if you wish, but the visuals alone are amazing to watch. Lin plays the piano, and he plays basketball, of course. He even shows off some dance moves.
“Don’t Run” is one of the best songs on the album, and a sign that Sanders is on the right path. He spoke with Complex about how the collaboration came about. How did you connect with PARTYNEXTDOOR? Larry Sanders: I moved to L.A. about a year ago, and thought about really getting into music and learned how to produce in FL Studio. I had a couple of producers, including Seven Thomas, around me and we were messing around and there was a track that was, at first, just a sample. They were like, Let me use your laptop and add to it. Eventually the beat came about. Later, Sevn sent the beat over to PARTY. A couple months later, he sends the record back. It was exciting.
When did you know you were going to be on the album? Larry Sanders: Honestly, probably like a week or two weeks ago. You know, they do a tracklist and they told everyone who made the album, so it eventually got back to my camp. What did you feel when you found out? Larry Sanders: I mean, it’s amazing. You know me, I just started getting into making beats like five, six years ago, honestly, while I still was in the NBA. But I never had an artist that really cut a record from something I made. For a major artist like PARTYNEXTDOOR to do that, it was exciting. When I heard he put it on the album that was the icing on the cake.