NY Knicks’ James Dolan is having a good week … his team is winning … and his band just landed a huge gig … TO OPEN FOR JEWEL!!! Dolan — who’s worth BILLIONS — was out in NYC this morning when he broke the big news about his band JD & The Straight Shot.
James did, however, speak to the influence hip-hop music has had on his personal and basketball life, an influence that includes N.W.A. He said the genre “has always been part of my DNA, my drive growing up.” “I grew up listening to every hip-hop artist, even as a youngster. N.W.A. was part of the shuffle,” James said after shootaround, in preparation to play Oklahoma City at The Q.
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.