Lillard on Monday shared the song “Heat Wave” on his Soundcloud page, the first track from his debut EP, which is set to come out on Sept. 21. Lillard first introduced the basketball world to his love of rap music with the Instagram movement #4BarFriday, which encouraged amateur rappers to share their brief songs weekly on social media. He’s released six songs during the offseason and announced in early August that he had a completed rap album on the way.
In his first live appearance as Dame DOLLA, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard took the stage and performed in front of the crowd at Portland’s Holocene. Here’s a quick look at a clip from Lillard’s performance, courtesy of We Out Here Magazine and Team Lillard on Twitter.
Webster released “Disposition” last year, and like virtually everyone, I was surprised to actually enjoy his music. It’s not often that athletes release enjoyable music, but Webster’s passion for the art is evident. “I’ve had it my entire life. Like I told you about people being a part of my journey, it’s the people that you meet, the people that bring different perspectives. Life is all about evolving and changing, and that’s what we constantly do, otherwise we’d be the same people we were in high school and I think a lot of us tend to change and evolve.”
Basketball Insiders: Let’s talk about your rapping. First of all, you are ridiculously talented. Are you putting out an album and is there a timetable for that to drop? Damian Lillard: “Well, I plan on putting out a short album. I want to do it way before the season is even creeping up on us; I want to get something done early. But it’s already done. If I do put something out, it’s not something that I need to do now, it’s already done. I recorded a lot stuff. But the crazy thing is, I don’t spent a lot of time doing it. I have things that I do. I work out twice a day, I get my lift in, I hang out with my family and I’ve just been relaxing a lot. But some nights, I decide to go the studio and do some music just to give myself some balance, to put my mind in a different place and kind of put my emotions out there a little bit. I don’t spend a lot of time doing it, so it’s been kind of funny to see people like, ‘Oh he better get in the gym!’
For the past month, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has taken to releasing new songs on Music Mondays, introducing the world to his music prowess by rapping over famous hip hop tracks. Lillard, who goes by the moniker Dame DOLLA, has rapped over Future’s “F*** Up Some Commas” in the song “Soldier in the Game.” Followed by “Full Stomach,” in which he raps over Common and Kanye West’s track “The Food.” Next up, Lillard gave the world “Tell Me Why,” using Jadakiss’ 2004 track “Why” and on Monday he released “The Villains,” which uses the beat from Meek Mill’s new track “The Trillest.”
To be fair, Stephenson AKA “Born Ready” can rap, so he penned a wee track as an ode to his new city, and it’s something, we need to all come together and enjoy it. Let us go through some of his rhymes: “Out in Cali with my brothers, out in Cali with my brothers”