Why I played hoop at three high schools? Why they ain’t respect my game? Why they had me ranking behind dudes? Why wasn’t Carolina having me scouted? Why I lead the nation scoring just to hit the league and be doubted? Why I get angry when I’m blessed to the max?
Damian Lillard is a man of many talents. While he is the All-Star point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard also dabbles in rap music. Basically every Friday on social media, Lillard manages his #4BarFriday campaign, where anyone can send him their best short rap. Lillard just doesn’t listen to others rap though, he likes to showcase his lyrical talents whenever he gets the chance to.
My life came full circle at the park was throwing left hooks/ Now I’m in the league with Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook / Took a couple bumps boy you never would see my chest shook / My heart came from a lion this path only the best took/ Lillard is a far better basketball player than a rapper but you have to give him credit for his lyrical skills.
Iman Shumpert, the Cavaliers’ mid-season acquisition known best for stifling defense and his signature hairstyle, a flat top that invokes memories of Will Smith from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has written and performed a new hip-hop song for the playoff run. Titled “The Offs,” Shumpert references each member of the roster at least once, including injured Anderson Varejao, who was lost in December with a torn Achilles. Even head coach David Blatt has a line in the song.
Now, three years later, Boozer and a few other musically inclined NBA players have joined forces with several giants of the hip-hop industry to spit bars on “Full Court Press Vol. 1,” a collection of basketball-themed rap songs that’s due to drop in early October, according to Ridley, the project’s creator. Rappers and ballers (the hard court variety, though no doubt the lyrical meaning applies as well) pair up on each song on the 10-track album. A portion of iTunes sales of the first single, “I’m a Champion” ($1.29) will benefit the ‘nPLAY Foundation’s fight against childhood obesity. On the song, NBA free agent Shawn Marion raps, “I’m like Neo, welcome to the Matrix,” playing off his nickname, while co-stars T-pain, Dorrough and Young Cash add verses.