Retired basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal also known as Diesel, has been in the spotlight before for his rapping and now DJ skills, but according to Portland Trail Blazers’, Damian Lillard also known as Dame D.O.L.L.A., his rapping wasn’t all that it was hyped to be.
It all sparked from an episode on Joe Budden’s Podcast when Lillard’s rap career was brought up and compared to other NBA players who have done the same. The Portland player commented on O’Neal saying he only had success in his rap career because of his established name from the NBA.
“I think he was viewed as Shaq though,” Lillard said. “People wasn’t looking at it like this a real rapper, it was like ‘That’s Shaq rapping.’ So of course, it was a big deal.”
I’m sure O’Neal caught wind of that fast because it wasn’t long after that the retired rapper came back to show that he had skills with a diss track for Lillard.
In the freestyle track over Dr. Dre’s track “What’s the Difference,” Shaq raps about how different the two are and can’t be compared. He says that he paved the road for Lillard while he was still in diapers when Shaq was out on the court playing for the Lakers, and in the studio with big named rappers. He also makes it known that when it comes to money, Lillard doesn’t have anything on him or the mother of his children. To end the track, he claims that this was just a “spank’” and that next time he comes with a diss track the Portland player isn’t going to like it.
As for Dame’s diss track titled “Reign Reign Go Away,” he raps about how Kobe is the one who won the rings for the Lakers and called him out for “TNT snitching.” He even said that flexing money isn’t the way to go and even though Shaq had his moment in history, Dame D.O.L.L.A. is here to reach the top and take over. He also claimed that the only reason Shaq came out to diss him is that he felt threatened by him.
Both tracks from O’Neal and Lillard are interesting to listen to and it’s definitely a big talk for the NBA right now for both the retired and current basketball player. If you had to take a side, who are you going for?