Lonzo Ball Stands His Ground on Controversial Nas Statement
Hate it or love it, Lonzo Ball is going to be a name you are going to hear for a while, whether it be because of his play for the Los Angeles Lakers, his obnoxious father or his wholehearted attempt at the rap game. The NBA point-guard has already ruffled some feathers within the hip-hop community over statements he made about Nas. Now, in an attempt to clarify his quote, the Ball brother is still doubling down on what he initially said.
As previously reported, during the first episode of his family's new reality TV series, Ball in the Family, Lonzo scoffed at the idea of listening to “real hip-hop” as opposed to what's in his playlist. “Y’all outdated, man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas no more,” Lonzo said in the clip downplaying Esco's relevance. Eventually he follows it up by saying, “Real hip-hop is Migos and Future.”
In a new interview with Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington on ESPNLA, Lonzo tries to get people to see things from his side. "They told me that the goal for the next two months was [to get me to listen] to real hip-hop, I replied, 'That's not gon' happen.' And the first person who popped into my head was Nas, because obviously he's real hip-hop," he said, changing up his initial thoughts slightly.
"So I'm like, 'Nobody listens to Nas no more,' which I think is true, because of my friends ain't nobody bumping Nas no more. No disrespect to him," he continued. "He had his time, I just think it's a new time. And then the next question was, what is real hip-hop to you? And I said, 'Real hip-hop is Future and Migos.' So that's how it all went down."
He added, "Everybody went crazy with it, but that's my side right there."
A number of people have taken exception to Ball's statements including, T.I. and Lil B, who threatened to curse the rookie.
Ball just dropped his first official rap single, "Melo Ball 1" and the internet is already weighing in on if he has what it takes to make it in the industry.
We know one thing, he definitely doesn't want that ether from God's Son.
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