Portland Trail Blazers All NBA point guard Damian Lillard has proven that he has skills on the mic to match his talents on the court, and he believes that his time in the studio actually helps sharpen his basketball abilities. According to Lillard, the balance between his passion for making music and his basketball training has been the key to his success and development in the league.
The 29-year old star shared the following on twitter Monday morning: "Since I started putting out music and taking it seriously I have been better as a player. It’s balance. I don’t broadcast my training or have pick up game highlights that y’all love... but when the real thing comes we see who was doing what when the cameras were off! GoodMorning"
Click here to check out our recent interview with Dame, in which he spoke about finding the time to record songs, the songwriting process, and more.
Lillard, who recently released his third album, "BIG D.O.L.L.A," averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game last season, while leading the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals and earning All-NBA Second Team honors. He recently inked a four-year, $198 million supermax contract with the Blazers, which will keep him in Portland through the 2024-25 season.
Dame and the Blazers will open up the 2019 NBA season at home against the Denver Nuggets on October 23. Click here to check out the retro court that they'll be playing on next season in honor of the franchise's 50th anniversary.
Damian Lillard Reveals Lil Wayne Will Be Featured On His New Album
Dame announces BIG D.O.L.L.A will be available this Friday.
Portland Trail Blazers All Star point guard Damian Lillard has revealed that his third album, "BIG D.O.L.L.A," will be available later this week - and it will include a track titled, "Sorry," featuring Lil Wayne.
Dame took to social media on Wednesday to announce that the 10-track album will drop this Friday, August 9, on all platforms.
Lillard has had quite a busy off-season thus far, which included a rap battle with Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III and filming for Space Jam 2. Speaking of the latter, Dame recently described some details of how it all went down on set, including how he had to shave his facial hair for the role.
"It's significant," says Lillard, according to Casey Holdahl. "It's not a cameo."
"That was different," said Lillard of shooting the movie, per Holdahl. "You all know I've always had a babyface, so this season I grew a beard out, it took me like six months to grow it. I show up on the set, they make me shave it off for the animation. That's why I look like this now. It was bare-faced for the animation, 15-hour days, showing up on the set at 6 a.m., leaving at 9 p.m. It was long."
In addition to his off-court endeavors, Lillard also inked a four-year, $198 million supermax contract with the Blazers, which will keep him in Portland through the 2024-25 season.
Last season, the 29-year old averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game, while leading the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals and earning All-NBA Second Team honors.
Damian Lillard, Marvin Bagley Release Second Diss Tracks
The NBA season may be over but it certainly doesn't feel like it the way basketball continues to dominate the sports news cycle.
For starters, the NBA Draft just took place on Thursday night and fans are still hashing out exactly what went down with all the trades. Next, we have the highly anticipated free agency period which kicks off at 6pm ET on June 30.
In the meantime, Portland Trail Blazers All Star point guard Damian Lillard and Sacramento Kings' second-year forward Marvin Bagley III are currently engaged in a rap battle. It all started on Thursday, when Bagley labeled himself the NBA's best MC and said he'd be willing to battle Dame for the NBA Rap crown during an appearance on ESPN's First Take.
Dame immediately accepted the challenge on twitter, and just hours later Bagley dropped a diss track titled, "No Debate." Naturally, Lillard responded with his own diss, using the same beat Drake rapped over on "Duppy Freestyle" in his response to Pusha T last year. Now, it's time for Round 2.
Early Friday morning Bagley released "Checkmate," while Dame dropped off "Bye Bye." Worth noting, the artwork for Lillard's second diss track is the iconic photo of him waving good-bye after hitting the series-clinching game-winner against OKC during the NBA Playoffs.
Check out both Bagley and Lillard's second diss tracks below.
Marvin Bagley Says He’s NBA’s Best Rapper, Damian Lillard Responds
"If that’s what he want ... shoot."
When it comes to NBA stars who can throw down in the studio, Portland Trail Blazers All Star Damian Lillard is widely regarded as the cream of the crop. Lillard, aka Dame D.O.L.L.A, already has two albums under his belt, including 2016's "The Letter O" and "Confirmed" which followed in 2017.
Still, there are other ballers in the league who are confident in their lyrical prowess, including Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson and Marvin Bagley III. The Sacramento Kings forward made an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Thursday, where he was asked about his rapping ability and how it stacks up to Dame.
In regards to the best NBA MC, Bagley didn't hesitate telling the hosts, “Man, me. Me, man. I love music, I love music, so I’m gonna go with myself.” Asked if he’d be willing to battle Lillard on a future episode of First Take, Bagley added, “Yeah, for sure. Whenever, wherever. I’m with whatever. I make music, it’s something I love. So we can see.”
Almost immediately after that video clip was posted online, Lillard responded by saying he won't be making any appearances on First Take, but he's definitely down to battle if that's what Bagley wants. Check out the video footage, as well as Lillard's timely response below.