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“It’s therapy for sure,” Lillard says. “It allows me to put my thoughts on paper and not hold so much inside, whereas I might think about something and put it in a record. So if something is said about me, it will run in my mind and I might address it in a rhyme. Not that I’m taking a shot, but I’m just addressing what I was thinking at the time and it just came out. It allows me to take that angle and to just express myself and to share my feelings and my thoughts. When you listen to my music, you’re going to know that you’re getting the real me, my real thoughts and feelings. …
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Each morning in Santa Montica, Lillard works out for over two hours and then heads to the studio from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brookfield Duece and Danny From Sobrante, two artists off of Lillard’s record label “Front Page Music,” also camp out in the studio, steadily offering suggestions while Lillard softly recites lyrics from the notes section on his phone. Occasionally, he yells, “Run that back.” He’s a perfectionist.
“This boy got bars,” says hip-hop legend and Bay Area icon Too Short, who showed up to help assist in the narrowing down of beat options. But Lillard often takes a more cautious approach. “You just never know,” Lillard says. “It could be a top-ten song for the album today, but not tomorrow.”
What makes Lillard’s music even more unique is the absence of using profanity while maintaining an edge to his lyrics. “I mean, it’s hard,” he says. “It was harder when I first started because when I was writing rhymes before, I wasn’t putting it out so I could say whatever I wanted. But when I started putting it out, it was like you can’t curse, you can’t say nothing like that and I didn’t plan on doing it because I didn’t want to have that type of impact on kids. A lot of kids are following me.
Born, bred and college-educated in Queens, Moe Harkless has firm roots in Knicks territory, an upward-trending NBA career and is now part of the never-ending Carmelo Anthony trade cycle. Still, as the Trail Blazers forward explained to the Daily News on Saturday, he doesn’t concern himself with the persistent rumors that he’s included in trade proposals to the Knicks. There’s no benefit. “It doesn’t do anything for me to get involved with that,” he said. “If it happens, it happens.”