Iman Shumpert’s Freestyle Can’t Be Faded. Dame Lillard Has Company (Video)
Almost 25 years after B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, there’s a whole host of new hoopers with Hip-Hop hops. For several years now, Portland Trailblazers’ all-star Damian “Dame Dolla” Lillard has become the NBA’s apparent rapper laureate with albums, and a fair share of standout freestyles. Now, Iman Shumpert wants in. He appears on Funkmaster Flex’s freestyle series, and the Cleveland Cavaliers champion raps with the confidence and swagger of somebody who’s earned a ring.
The instrumental selection is Kanye West and company’s “Grammy Family.” Although the mood in the studio is a bit somber, Iman’s rapping is high-energy. “They got my head spinnin’ like ‘Melo off the jab with the left hand / They treat me like a stepson, like ain’t no sweat on my headband / They ain’t spilled blood when it matter / They still vivid on the cameras like I’m supposed to have manners / My nephew steady askin’, ‘Why you got your shirt off?’ / ‘Cause I been with the field ni**as, I can’t get the dirt off / I been with the real ni**as, dice and Olde English,” he raps at one point, while also shouting out some of the same Chicago neighborhoods that Common repped on Resurrection. He also raps getting jewelry without paying for it (his championship ring), calls out rappers who don’t freestyle when asked, and quite a few references to his wife, G.O.O.D.-ess Teyana Taylor—making the beat selection all the more fitting.
Last week, Flex put on The Hoodies—a brotherly duo that featured one MC barring up at 12 years old, and his older brother rippin’ it in his early twenties.
#BonusBeat: Shaquille O’Neal recently reminded Heads (especially Lavar Ball) that he’s got bars long after he hung up his Shaq Attaqs: