Lil Wayne, Juvenile Featured on Damian Lillard’s ‘The Letter “O”’ Album
Damian Lillard may be a baller, but he's playing no games when it comes to his debut rap project. The Portland Trailblazer tweeted out today (Oct. 20) that his long-awaited debut album drops tonight.
"Oakland, Ogden, Oregon. My debut album #TheLetterO drops tonight @ 9 PST/midnight EST on @iTunes @AppleMusic and @Spotify! #DameDOLLA," tweeted the 26-year-old point guard along with cover art for the LP.
Although there's no track list for the album yet, in a later tweet, Lillard revealed that he's enlisted some of music's heavy hitters for the occasion. The album will feature Lil Wayne and Juvenile as well as crooners Raphael Saadiq, Jamie Foxx and Marsha Ambrosius. Just last week, Lillard dropped the song "Hero" featuring Saadiq, a tell-tale sign that his album was ready.
This debut has been a long time coming for the athlete goes by the rap name Dame D.O.L.L.A. Fans first discovered that Dame had hip-hop aspirations and the talent to back it up in 2014, when he freestyled at release event of his new Adidas sneaker. That same year, Dame also got into a mini rap battle while on vacation in Hawaii. By 2015, Lillard was getting serious about rap and people were definitely taking notice. The Oakland native spoke with XXL at the end of last year. The 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year was confident about his storytelling on the debut.
"I wanted to put it out now because it’s stuff that I’ve already recorded so it’s stuff that I’m happy with," said Dame. "[It’s about] what I’ve experienced from my childhood ’til now so I think there’s a lot that’s worth sharing. I feel like my story, kind of my bottom to where I am now story is what I want to share, so that’s why I want to get it out there before the season."
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