Kendrick Lamar Rumors
However, it still came as a surprise when the Nets star was name-dropped by a rapper in his latest album. Kendrick Lamar’s comeback album “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” (which was well-received by LeBron James) featured a verse calling out Kyrie Irving, where he said: “Seen a Christian say the vaccine mark of the beast. Then he caught COVID and prayed to Pfizer for relief. Then I caught COVID and started to question Kyrie.” Of course, Irving got word of this, and had his own response to Lamar seemingly dissing him. The Nets star, on one of his Twitch streams, talked about the name-drop, saying that: “I’m not mad. I’m not indifferent. I’m just grateful. How about that?”
Jaren Jackson Jr: I’ve been rapping since I was, probably, 14. I’ve been recording for the past five years. There’s a whole difference between recording and rapping. But, if you wanna rap? Lunch table with your friends? Kendrick Lamar? That’s rapping. Recording, stopping a line and moving it, creating different vibes and melodies, you can do a lot with these machines right here. I’m blessed to have it. But it’s definitely a difference in the craft. It’s something I do in my free time and I just got addicted to it.
Booker’s digging led her to Nikuro, whose Tokyo-based creator bills the character as Japan’s first male virtual influencer. He’s a basketball fan who splits his time between Tokyo and Los Angeles. He loves music, including Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar. “He may be fake, but he has a real personality,” 1Sec CEO Hirokuni Genie Miyaji told the Japan Times last year. Like Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura, Nikuro is half Japanese, which made him an especially good fit for the team. “I just felt like that ties in perfectly with the story we’re building here with Rui,” Booker said. “He doesn’t have the millions of followers that some of the other virtual influencers do, but his story line is resonating [in Japan].”
Lamar’s talk with the Lakers came less than 24 hours after the team’s 128-119 loss in Portland and less than 24 hours before LeBron James makes his Staples Center regular-season debut as a Laker against the Houston Rockets on Saturday. “There’s so many parallels between artists like Kendrick in the music industry, actors, stuff like that,” Hart added. “Guys that hold him accountable in his own profession whether he’s doing a show, whether he’s in the booth working on a song, working on an album.”
On the same day when Lakers coach Luke Walton preached about attention to details, Lamar also talked about similar principles to success. “When he’s working on an album before it comes out, six months before he starts working on it, he starts getting into that mindset of how he wants the dialogue to go, how he wants the listener to react,” Hart said. “Obviously we’re not getting in the booth and laying down some bars. I think some of us can. But it’s the mindset that we have to get into. It’s the mindset of doing our roles, to sacrifice for the greater quality of the team.