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Blazers’ Damian Lillard to rap during NBA All-Star Saturday night events


Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will be playing in his fifth All-Star Game in Chicago later this month, but he will also partake in the festivities on Saturday night.

Lillard–or should we say, “Dame D.O.L.L.A.”–will perform musically, giving the fans a precursor to performances from Chicago natives Chance the Rapper and Common on Sunday:

Fans might not know Lillard has released three rap albums, with his latest album featuring the likes of Lil Wayne and Jeremih.

Lillard even got “rapped up” in a beef with Shaquille O’Neal after claiming he was a better rapper than Shaq (via Shaker Samman of The Ringer):

Two words: rap beef. Three more words: Shaq and Dame. One more word: Why? Last week, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard appeared on The Joe Budden Podcast and said he thought he was a better rapper than the largest (by cubic volume) hip-hop artist of all time, Shaquille O’Neal. In his heyday, the Big Record Scratch had a respectable music career, dropping four studio albums from 1993 to 1998, with his debut, Shaq Diesel, earning platinum certification from the RIAA, and his follow-up, Shaq-Fu: The Return going gold. All four of his records charted, though it’s safe to assume they each got a significant bump in sales because of the novelty of a future NBA Hall of Famer rhyming over beats.

The two even traded barbs on Soundcloud, and their bars went viral. Of course, as with basketball, both men regarded the exchange as friendly competition. It would be quite something if Shaq decided to join Lillard on stage.

For now, Dame D.O.L.L.A. will be ready to drop bombs on the mic before dropping three-point bombs on Team Giannis.