“That boy is serious man. He’s serious and not afraid of anything”
This was a quote from the late and great Kobe Bryant - a Los Angeles Lakers legend and fan of Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard - from April 10, 2013. It was Lillard’s rookie season. Bryant scored 47 points in the Lakers win, but the rook definitely caught the Black Mamba’s eye. Lillard dropped 38 points, nine assists and three steals that night at the Rose Garden.
Bryant passed away in January 2020, but his legacy will be talked about forever.
Dame D.O.L.L.A. has done just that.
When Lillard found out that he was going to be on the cover of 2K this year, he expressed his interest to do some music for the game. The creators at 2K didn’t hesitate and asked if D.O.L.L.A could drop two new tracks for the game.
The two songs featured are “Did To It” and “Kobe” and you can listen to them here.
[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest David Lucas].
Lillard knew the song “Kobe” was going to be special but wanted to add a little more L.A. roots to it.
That little something extra was Snoop Dogg.
“I was trying to think of like a figure from LA that’s a major Laker fans and major Kobe fan who I could bring in on it to make this song go over the top and I came up with Snoop. I reached out to Snoop and said ‘Man I gotta get you on this Kobe song I’m doing for 2K…”
A few days go by then Snoop Dogg came ringing. It was the first time the two had ever FaceTimed and Lillard was finishing up a workout.
Lillard then said the verse Snoop sent over was “perfect.”
You can listen to the interview with Trail Blazers reporter Brooke Olzendam below.