Artest Talks “Champions” Remix, Chris Brown, And Shaq The Godfather (Pg. 3)

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By: Mikey Fresh / July 1, 2010

Who would you want to get on the remix?
Actually, I’m trying to get T-Pain on the remix. Also I want to get 50 and Game … it’s sounds crazy but that’s my plan. That’s what I’m working on right now. I can’t really say nothing else about it.

I also heard that Dr. Dre actually worked on the record…
Well, Dre is my man and a couple of his writers helped out a lot on the record, but he didn’t actually produce “Champions.” Me and Dre wrote a brand new verse for the song but depending on the remix if we can get Game, 50 and T-Pain on the hook than we’ll decide what we want to do with it. Dre was just coaching me and telling me the verse was stupid. Right after the game, I went straight to Dre’s studio and recorded that new verse. Chris Brown was actually there, and I gave him my jersey.

Is Chris Brown getting on the remix?
Nah, he was just there, and he wanted my jersey [laughs].

How did you link up with Dre in the first place?
Well, I knew a lot of Dre’s people and honestly I was trying to talk to him for like five years. I kind of got lucky. One day me and my man Chalice went up to the Interscope offices with no appointment and of course we got shut down fast. But I always felt like they were the only people that could market me. They did Tupac, 50 Cent, Eminem and now Ron Artest—we are all rebels. Eventually when I did get to meet some people from Interscope and I slowly got to meet the whole staff and was finally introduced to Dre. It was a long ass process though.

So is Dre working on your album?
I mean it’s pretty much done but if someone like Dre or Polow has some ideas I wouldn’t mind taking them. He did help me out with a record or two, but he didn’t necessarily work on the whole project. He was just looking out.

What feels better- -winning your first NBA title or putting out a song that actually gets some love from the hip-hop community?
I mean winning an NBA championship is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was little kid because I was always playing basketball. But I think with my music career after I get one hit it’s going to snowball and I’m going to keep it going with the hits. The the hardest part is taking off.

Would you ever consider leaving the NBA to pursue a rap career?
I’m never going to leave the NBA. I want to coach and be involved with the league forever. But music, too. I’m never going stop either of them.

In your opinion who is the best rapper in the NBA?
I got to say Kareem Rush gets busy. But Shaquille O’Neal is the Godfather.

What about Kobe, do you think you could take him in a battle?
Kobe’s dope, and I’m not battling nobody. I can’t freestyle to save my life. I don’t even play my music in the locker room because when you’re playing ball it’s different. I only listen to music from the 1920’s, 30’s. I keep it separated between rap and basketball.

What was your Chelsea Lately appearance all about? I mean you were a trending topic on Twitter last week.
That was crazy, I couldn’t believe it but it was something that I planned, so I could get a wild reaction. Chelsea’s crazy so I knew she was going to come at me. So I figured I’ll catch her off guard and give her a taste of her own medicine. But nobody expected me to start going off like that. I got Chelsea Lately! Who can say that?