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.
Maurice Ager, Grammy Award winner. The former Michigan State and NBA guard likes the sound of that but never imagined it possible until this week. The Grammy board announced that his single “Far From Home” is officially on the ballot for nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. “It’s a pleasant surprise, a blessing,” Ager told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday. “The best things happen when you don’t expect them. It’s something I’ve worked at for a long time, I’ve put a lot of passion and energy into music. Hopefully this is paving the way for other athletes who want to get into the business.”
Tony Wroten, the 76ers sixth man, introduces team WHOP (We Handle Our Problems). The group includes Wroten and Sixers rookie guards Michael Carter-Williams, Khalif Wyatt and Vander Blue (video).
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And yes, there’s plans for his music career to continue after his playing days end. “I’ll definitely do some more,” Arroyo said. “The people have embraced the song very well back home. I’ll be honest, I’m really happy with what the song has done on iTunes. It’s been a blessing. And I’m moving forward with this.”
The Miami point guard hasn’t had much spare time this summer, what with playing for his country, working out a new deal to remain with the Heat – plus writing and recording his own music, a part-time gig that’s turning into something more. Arroyo’s new release is called “Se va Conmigo,” which translates into “She’s coming with me,” and it’s one of the hottest new songs on the reggaeton charts. “It’s my hobby, but like my wife said, at first it’s a hobby and now you’re doing music videos,” Arroyo said. “It’s a different satisfaction that I get out of it.”
Now Arroyo is looking at music as a potential career when he ends his basketball playing days. “I’ll definitely do some more,” Arroyo said. “The people have embraced the song very well back home. I’ll be honest, I’m really happy with what the song has done on iTunes. It’s been a blessing. And I’m moving forward with this.” Arroyo added that making music allows him to stay close to the culture of Puerto Rico. “Reggaeton is the music of my country,” Arroyo said. “This is what the people my age are listening to, my people. It’s what I listened to growing up. Music and basketball, it’s a great mix. “I feel very fortunate that I can go to a national team game in Puerto Rico and on the way to the game I can hear myself on the radio. It’s crazy. It’s overwhelming. It’s a blessing.”
The Miami Heat star has released a song with fellow artist Yomo called “Se va Conmigo” and is enjoying success on the reggaeton charts. “It’s my hobby, but like my wife said, at first it’s a hobby and now you’re doing music videos,” Arroyo said. “It’s a different satisfaction that I get out of it.” The track has been listed among the topsellers in the Latin category on iTunes.
How serious are you about your musical career? Carlos Arroyo: Look, it’s going very well for me in music. We’re taking good steps in the music field (…) On iTunes we’re ranked top 15 in Latino music in just one week.
Returning Miami Heat guard Carlos Arroyo has his own theme music accompaniment at AmericanAirlines Arena – El Gran Combo’s “Fiesta de Pilito.” Now he has a new single out with reggaeton recording artist and fellow Puerto Rican, Yomo. You can listen to the song called “Se va Conmigo” (“She comes with me”) below and purchase it at iTunes.