Damian Lillard Gets Flagrant With Shaq On A Foul Diss Track
Last week, Shaquille O’Neal and Damian Lillard entered into a Rap battle. Two of the more successful and revered professional athletes (each in basketball) have achieved respect and recognition in the genre. In the 1990s, Shaq released four albums and collaborated with the likes of Biggie Smalls, Def Squad, Phife Dawg, and The Fu-Schnickens. Lillard, who raps under the alias “Dame D.O.L.L.A.,” has released three late 2010s albums, working with Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and 2 Chainz.
Dame recently made some comments about Shaq’s 1990s Rap career while on The Joe Budden Podcast. The words came at a time when Dame released his latest album and was gearing up for a new NBA season. Specifically, the Portland Trailblazers player charged that O’Neal’s success in Hip-Hop had more to do with his brand power than his rapping abilities. Last week, Shaq struck with a diss record. The Hall Of Fame inductee aimed to put Lillard in his place, both on the mic and comparing pro basketball resumes. Shaq Diesel also flaunted his riches and said Dame was dissing well beyond his pay grade.
Less than a day later, Dame responded with “Reign Reign Go Away.” He went to the mat, claiming to be a better rapper, accusing Shaq of riding coattails on the court, and essentially calling the commentator a jealous old man.
Dame D.O.L.L.A. isn’t done. He releases a second song, “I Rest My Case.” Rapping with precision, Dame accuses Shaq of being “a clout chaser” and discredits him for using ghostwriters. “You’re not a rapper / You’re comedy, commentary, and actor / Feed him with a slingshot, you’d better call a pastor / David and Goliath, your stature’s a non-factor / Friends really love you, they scatter and contact ya.” Dame also pokes fun at Shaq’s weight, and really drives in comparing him to giants. He warns of a harder fall than most. D.O.L.L.A. also reminds Shaq that they never played together, and “The only Dame you beat was 2000, and that was Stoudamire.” He then adds, “I think your pen kinda sketchy, you should’ve left me / Sensitive, I almost confused you with Lisa Leslie / How you swing on Chuck and then try and go be his bestie? / Love them mosh pits full of men, you be looking zesty,” he says, referring to Shaq’s famous 1999 brawl with Charles Barkley.
While Dame says Shaq wants publicity, he doubles down that this competition is sincere and deep-rooted. “I don’t wanna hear it, don’t bargain with me for peace / ‘Cause we gon’ shoot it out ’til you bow and just never speak / I mean it, I’m not the one, I don’t care about what you did / What you done lately? Don’t tell me ’bout what was then / When you was in your prime getting faded off fifths of Hen’ / I was rocking Js in my pop’s Mercedes Benz / Uh, so basically all that money not gon’ impress me / I been on the thinnest of ice and turned into Gretzky / Even if you cut me a check, you could never check me / This a epic moment in sports, I need an ESPY.” He also makes fun of Shaq for being a spokesman in the budget car insurance space.
Dame finishes by listing all the MCs who he kicks it with and who have been supportive of his music endeavors.
Shaq has already suggested that he’s got a reply underway:
Last month, Lillard released Big D.O.L.L.A., featuring Lil Wayne and Mozzy. Earlier this year, Shaq appeared on Erick Sermon’s Vernia album. Sermon broke down the making of the album in his AFH TV conversation. In another video, The Fu-Schnicken’s Chip Fu speaks in-depth about mentoring Shaquille O’Neal as an MC. We are currently offering free 7-day trials.