Drake told us, sports and music is synonymous; we wanna be them and they wanna be us. Luckily for fans, both realms have the revenue to accomplish both dreams, and some of them can make a solid crossover.
From Shaq, Kobe, Damian, Iman, Tony Parker (yes, I know) and countless others, fans have had the pleasure of seeing their favorite athletes adopt a new identity in the rap game. Some are successful, like Deion Sanders who not only played in a Super Bowl and World Series, but Sanders also made it to the charts with his album, you guessed it, Prime Time. Most athletes do it for fun or because they started hanging out with Drake and mysteriously think he rubbed off them, but there are others like JaVale McGee who is dedicated to not only making a dope record but a career.
JaVale McGee recently released his new album, Pierre, and from reviews, and my personal opinion, you might want to give this a few spins. McGee exceeded my expectations of what I expected this album to sound like. The album name Pierre originated from the name of his alter-ego who produces Hip-Hop, R&B and techno music. And Pierre isnt looking for undeserved credit; He wants to work for your loyalty and collaborations.
According to Billboard, McGee states:
I spoke to Drake about it before, but I really just dont think people take me seriously,” he says. “And Im not the guy to keep hitting people, like, You want to? You want to? Just nah. Id rather have it come out and everybody hears my music, and now they wanna work with me. Its better to build a relationship that way.”
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As a self-taught producer, McGee has been working tirelessly on this album, giving it just as much dedication as being a 7 foot center for the reigning NBA champs. From working in-between practices, building a studio in his home and of course, between playing Call of Duty, McGee knows that building a rap name is just as hard as defending a national title. And I know what youre thinking, Hes probably doing this for more money or fame but honestly, from his demeanor as a player and interviews from his YouTube series, McGee isnt that type of guy; he gives his beats away for free,
Its just like, I dont need to be selling them right now. I just give them out to the artists who want them or put it out myself. I feel like I dont need to sell the beat unless Im selling them to somebodys whos major. Its more about relationships for me. Im not worried about upfront sales.
Stand-up guy, right? Whether youre an NBA fan, a music lover or an artist, McGee deserves a spin in your ride this weekend; the weather calls for it. If you want a personal favorite, Dangerous bangs in the whip and Sold is definitely for the ladies.
Also, we now know whos in charge of the aux cord in the Warriors locker room. Check out Pierre here.