What we learned from Lil Wayne’s interview with Damian Lillard
It is always a treat when one of the best rappers in the game interviews the best rapper in the NBA game.
On Saturday, June 13, Lil Wayne brought on Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on the eighth episode of Young Money Radio. The two discuss everything from the issues surrounding police brutality and racial injustice, the NBA season returning, the next Dame shoe dropping and a possible music collab in the future.
If you missed Dame D.O.L.L.A.’s performance featuring Lil Wayne during last year’s NBA All-Star weekend, be sure to check it out here.
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Speaking out on racial injustice
With a nationwide outcry against systemic racial injustice in the USA, police brutality and the death of George Floyd, NBA players across the nation have taken action on social media and been seen demonstrating in protests around the country.
Damian Lillard joined the Black Lives Matter protests on June 4.
“Now that I’m older and we experiencing all these situations, I feel connected to it. Me just posting and being a part of the outcry, I feel like I needed to be off the Internet and in the action. If it bothered me the way it bothered these people that’s out there protesting and standing up for what they feel is right, behind all these injustices, I feel like there is no reason I shouldn’t be out there doing the same thing if I feel the same way.” — Damian Lillard
Photo by: Mimosa Mariah
The NBA postseason
Much has made headlines regarding the NBA’s anticipated return to the court following the season’s suspension back in mid-March.
In the last few weeks alone, we now have a return date and a format for play, both which include the Portland Trail Blazers who will be fighting for that eight seed in the Western Conference standings. And good news for the Blazers as they will be near full strength when play resumes.
“I think we got a chance to make some noise. We just got to show up. We just got to have our minds right and it could be done. But it’s not going to be easy because everybody else going to be thinking the same thing.” — Damian Lillard
Dame 7's release date
When Damian Lillard entered the league back in 2012, just a kid from Weber State, he never thought that he would have his own signature shoe (with Adidas).
Let alone six different designs.
According to Lillard, expect the seventh to drop by the end of 2020.
“When I got drafted, I wasn’t even planning on having a signature shoe. At the end of this year, I’m going to be on number seven.” — Damian Lillard
New music, GOAT Spirit
This week, Dame D.O.L.L.A dropped his latest track, ‘GOAT Spirit’ and just like his other music, this was once again money.
Lillard discusses the artwork behind the track as well as the inspiration.
“As much as I believe in myself and I’m confident, I think my spirit is of that level more so than what I am as a basketball player or as a rapper and I think a lot of that is like where I come from and the kind of stuff I was raised around and who I was raised by. I don’t feel like there is a lot of people that get to where I am now that come from that and experienced that.” — Damian Lillard
It’s all about the mentality.
Kobe’s advice to young Damian Lillard
January 26, 2020 is a day that will be difficult for most to forget. It was the day not just the basketball world but the world mourned the death of Kobe Bryant, Gigi Bryant and six others who passed away in a helicopter crash.
Kobe was a mentor to so many basketball stars in the league, including Damian Lillard.
After Lillard’s first All-Star appearance in just his second year in the league, Kobe was already giving advice to young Lillard and even gave Lillard his line.
“He was so available and just right there and just giving it to me straight up. I was like ‘Who else got this line?’ I know everyone seem like they’re tight but you never really know who is tight.” — Damian Lillard
That was just the guy Kobe was. Ready to give it all back to the game and to the people.
Lillard and Lil Wayne performed together on Feb. 15th during All-Star weekend where D.O.L.L.A sported a “Mamba Forever” jacket. It also sounds like D.O.L.L.A and Lil Wayne are working on another collab...