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The NBA’s best MCs are about to have a rap battle

September 22, 2017

Not since Shaq and, uh... Iverson (??) has basketball had rappers this talented.

Culturally, hip-hop and basketball go together like glue, but the relationship hasn’t really matched the output. As far as rapping goes, basketball has given us Shaq, who was technically chart topping; we got a banned Allen Iverson album, a weird Ron Artest one (pre-Metta World Peace) and whatever Kobe’s Tyra Banks accompanied “K.O.B.E.” was supposed to be. But in the last few years, there’s been promise — aside from AAU stars like Dave East blowing up, the new generation of hoopers like Larry Sanders, Iman Shumpert and Damian Lillard have proved their prowess on the mic.

Shumpert and Lillard have battled on the court for years now, but they’re about to do it in true hip-hop fashion. For years, fans have bickered about which baller was better on the mic. But now, Shump says they’re going to prove it.

So who’ll win? Our money’s on Dame, A.K.A. Dame D.O.L.L.A., whose legitimized himself as an actual recording artist over the last few years, but we wouldn’t sleep on Shump, who might have peaked on the mic in his Knicks days, has real hip-hop connects. His wife, Teyana Taylor, starred in Kanye’s “Fade” video, and is part of the G.O.O.D. Music family.

Here’s two of their songs so you can see for yourself.

Here’s Dame’s new song, featuring Lil Wayne:

Here’s Shump in his Grand Theft Auto inspired video for “Build ‘Em”

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