Damian Lillard is by no means the first athlete to try his hand at the rap game. Shaquille O’Neal’s compilation Shaq Diesel is the most commercially successful sports-to-rap crossover. On Twitter and Instagram, Lillard has definitely not been shy about his interest in rapping, and frankly, he’s not bad. (See a couple of his rap video posts below).
Lillard even hosted a #FourBarFriday contest, encouraging his followers to post videos of themselves rapping. Several finalists competed in a rap battle at the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans.
The Blazers point guard intends to produce a mixtape later this year, and of course he believes it will do exceptionally well. In a recent interview with Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, Lillard said, “If my profile continues to increase, I think I can go platinum with my music. Not to knock anybody else who has done it, but I can actually rap. I have a story to tell. It’s not going to just be about basketball. I have more content than that.”
Lillard is extremely confident about his abilities both on and off the court. It will be interesting to see how he continues to balance his time between putting in work for basketball and dropping serious bars, and how far his skills in both realms can take him.