Damian Lillard and the Basketball Players That Need to Drop Mixtapes

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    Damian Lillard

    Sway is the ultimate co-sign. If he gives you the okay and says your stuff is hot then you are good to go. I have watched this video at least 10 times, if not more. Honestly, if you didn’t know that Lillard was a professional basketball player you could be convinced that we was a rapper. The bars are real and he is spitting better than some of these rappers. Do the world a favor and drop a project, Dame Lillard.

    LISTEN: “Sway in the Morning”

    RAP NAME: D Lill

    MIXTAPE TITLE: Do it For the O

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  • Kevin Durant

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    Kevin Durant

    No question that Kevin Durant loves rap. He has quietly been putting out material since 2012. The first song the world heard from him was in February of 2012, titled “Worried About Tomorrow.” Since then he has put out a handful of other tracks. KD is heavy in the rap game. He is a huge fan of underground rappers, battle rap, and as we all know is signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Not to mention he has been beefing with rapper Lil B since 2011. Lil B thinks he can beat Durant in a 1-on-1 basketball game, so KD needs to flip the script and out-rap him on a mixtape.

    LISTEN: “Worried About Tomorrow”

    RAP NAME: Trey 5 or Durantula

    MIXTAPE TITLE: The Real MVP

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  • Iman Shumpert NBA rapper

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    Iman Shumpert

    Out of everyone on this list, Iman probably takes rap the most serious. Maybe if he focused on basketball more and rapped less he would still be in New York. Either way, Iman, aka 2wo1one aka needs a new rap name, can spit some bars. He also has one huge advantage over the other guys on this list: He is dating a musician who happens to be signed to Kanye’s GOOD Music imprint. Teyana, give your boo some hooks and help him put together a sick mixtape.

    LISTEN: “Anarchy”

    RAP NAME: 2wo1ne

    MIXTAPE: IV

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    Lance Stephenson

    You probably haven’t seen this new Sneaker Watch interview with Lance Stephenson, but you need to. Two valuable bits of information are revealed: Lance wants to come out with an album AND wants to get Damian Lillard on a track. Everyone has watched this Sway video. The Brooklyn native needs to take baby steps in this rap game and drop a complete mixtape before dropping that album. It also doesn’t hurt to get a nice shoutout from the Queen Barbie, Nicki Minaj. He should get his boy Drake to sing the hook and then let him come in and slaughter the verses.

    LISTEN: “Hot Ni**a Freestyle”

    RAP NAME: Lance Stephenson

    MIXTAPE: The New And 1 Mixtape

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  • Lou Williams, Meek Mill rappers

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    Lou Williams

    Lou Williams needs to run with all of the current momentum he has. His story about having two girlfriends went viral. Also, Drake just dropped a mixtape and has an entire song dedicated to acting like Lou Will. The Raptors guard is very good friends with some heavy hitters in the rap game like Meek Mill and Drake and should grab a couple verses from those guys in order to drop a fire mixtape.

    LISTEN: “Imma Boss Freestyle”

    RAP NAME: Sweet Lou or Lou Will

    MIXTAPE: Brown x Blonde

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By the time you read this article, the Sway in the Morning YouTube video of Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will have eclipsed 1,000,000 views. Not too shabby for a video published on February 13, the Friday of All-Star Weekend.

There isn’t a lot of Damian Lillard rap material online — outside of his #4BarFriday IG posts — but the few videos you can find are pretty classic. In a recent interview with Conan O’Brien, Lillard let the world know he is serious about rap and has been doing it since the young age of 14. The third video you will be find is taken straight off of a cell phone and it is of him freestyling to a random girl on a beach in Hawaii. Of course it is difficult to judge his ability on three YouTube videos, but you cannot deny there is something there.

The day will come when an All-Star basketball player is equally, if not better, at rapping. One night he will be starting for the Knicks and the next night will sell out Irving Plaza. It will happen, it is just a matter of time.

In this article here at The Drop today, we’re highlighting Damian Lillard and the Basketball Players That Need to Drop Mixtapes. If Kevin Durant dropped a mixtape titled The Real MVP, you know it would break the Internets. You know the tape would get at least 100,000 downloads on LiveMixtapes. Scroll through this list of five NBA players that need to drop mixtapes and let the debates begin.

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