You won’t believe how good Damian Lillard is at rapping

Even though Shaq Diesel went platinum and Metta World Peace had a couple of surprisingly decent songs, most of the times athletes trying to rap turns out to be a disaster. Dame Lillard broke that paradigm when he appeared on Shade 45 with Sway and laid down some real lyrics about growing up in Oakland over Dead Presidents.




“Me being the chosen one was like a blessing in deception,
City known for homocide, majority depression
Grinding in the gym so I can live through the recession,
Real goons show me love ‘cuz they can feel how I’m connected,
Background of a street dude, mind of a scholar,
Just to pop our collar, man, we climbing for the dollar,
I mean it when I say it, bro, we started from the bottom,
Childhood friends dropping like leaves in this autumn,
Don’t believe time is money, money is time,
When you focus man, you look up and your money is fine,
I’m from a city where your friend will put a gun to your mind,
Because you eating and they envy all that glory and shine,
I swear to god it gets realer, a city full of killers,
Addicts walking around looking like the zombies off of thriller,
I’m sick of getting iller, that’s why my skin thicker,
Now you see why brothers wanna get away, grab a snicker,
My mission took me to college, where I, picked up the knowledge,
And tried to stay away from violence, inside, escape the virus,
Divided, my folks been tyrants (?), but I rise from that environment,
In my life it was perfect timing, and my drive blew me up in time,

“I’m sick of these suckers all in my bubble, though,
Critiquing me on stuff I had to struggle fo’,
This dream been a long time coming,
And my clock was forest gump, it’s spent the long time running.

“Jungle.”