Shaq & Dame Lillard Foul Each Other With Diss Tracks Over Who’s The Better Rapper
Shaquille O’Neal and Damian Lillard never played in the NBA at the same time. Shaq hung up his size 23 sneakers in 2011 after finishing up with the Boston Celtics. A little over a year later, Dame laced up for the Portland Trailblazers for the very first time. Although the four-time NBA champion center and the exciting point guard play with different styles on the court, they are two of the more successful basketball superstars who can have also deeply pursued Rap careers.
However, the 47-year-old Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame inductee fouled the 29-year-old with a diss track over who’s better. This diss followed Dame’s appearance on The Joe Budden Podcast (embedded below). On episode #267, Lillard (who raps by Dame D.O.L.L.A.) said, “I think I rap better than Shaq. I’ve heard Shaq’s stuff; people wasn’t looking at it like ‘this [is] a real rapper.’ It was, ‘That’s Shaq rappin’.” Dame was implying Shaq’s clout led to his success, not his skills.
Over Dr. Dre’s “What’s The Difference,” O’Neal threw some elbows after playing the podcast clip at the top of the song. Shaq says, “Now it’s time for daddy to come out of retirement and spank one of his undisciplined children.” He begins comparing contracts and calling “Dame D.O.L.L.A. little money when it comes to Shaq / You see this flow got a lil’ Hall Of Fame on it / Dame shoot jumpers, Shaq still bang on it.” He then gets technical, “MVP candidates you are not one / Platinum plaques on my wall, go and get you some.” After proclaiming himself a Hip-Hop scholar, Shaq accuses Lillard of smoking too much Portland weed and then says that Orlando Magic teammate Dennis Scott was “the real sniper” on the court. He finishes with “Call me when you get a back-to-back-to-back-to-back / Why would I want to be a rapper? Rappers want to be Shaq.” He warns that after this spanking, real discipline awaits if this talk persists.
Shaq Diesel got a high-octane response from Dame D.O.L.L.A. He titles his reply “Reign Reign Go Away,” playing on Shaq’s “You Can’t Stop The Reign” collaboration with Biggie Smalls. “I fill up the tank up with Diesel / You jealous of me, and I see you / ‘Cause on this thing, originals just can’t f*ck with the sequel / I’m new school, got new hits / Space Jam, not Blue Chips / Hangman, your shoes sh*t,” before calling his opponent “corny” despite his great wealth. Lillard continues to go hard, saying that Kobe Bryant is responsible for the rings. Dame also says Shaq’s raps have a nursery rhyme flow. “I promise you don’t wanna mettle with me, Steel / Or your personalities, real characters could get revealed / We coulda done a track together, just pass the torch / Was lit without you, brother, I was bustin’ off the porch.”
Dame continues, “This a different era, if you the past, you the past / Said yourself that I’m a Tesla, I no longer need Diesel gas / Kinda like the Cavs ain’t really need Diesel’s ass / And even in Miami, won that on the strength of Flash / You had a moment, O.G., you’re the pioneer / But I done reached the top at this point and the climate’s clear / All my bars is colder than any climate that’s near / So if you lookin’ for the stop to the reign, you can find it here.”
Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy both stand with Shaq’s right to be upset. Ahead of Dame D.O.L.L.A’s reply, The Breakfast Club co-hosts contend that while O’Neal may not be the greatest NBA lyricist, he made the best songs, tracks that gained lasting recognition. Last week, on The Breakfast Club, Rakim recalled writing something for Shaq in the 1990s.
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.
#BonusBeat: Damian Lillard’s appearance on The Joe Budden Podcast: