Kevin Durant And Other Basketball Players Who Rap

Earlier this week, Kevin Durant appeared on a new rap track titled "Whole Life." It wasn't the Oklahoma City Thunder forward's first foray into rap, and as a matter of fact, it's wasn't that bad either.

Rap and basketball have a long history together that goes back to the days of Shaquille O'Neal's Shaq Diesel. Many other ballers have followed in the Big Cactus' footsteps too. Here VIBE takes a look at the relationship between rap and b-ball through the years.

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Shaquille O'Neal His Taking His Music Talents To Miami

Shaquille O’Neal is coming out of retirement, and we're not talking about basketball. Actually, the four-time NBA champ is heading back to Miami to showcase new music. Shaq will reportedly be one of the headliners at the upcoming Miami Music Week this month.

The sports commentator will bring "Shaq's Fun House" to Miami Music Week. The performance will showcase his DJ skills.

"Performing to me is my Game 7," O’Neal, aka DJ Diesel, told The Associated Press. "Game 7, down by one, the city needs you, everybody needs you, the crowd’s going crazy. When you do these music festivals, the kids, they come to do two things — relieve stress and have a great time. Sports and music relieve stress, and I happen to dominate both."

Shaq's passion for Dj-ing dates back to the early 2000s. His "fun house" has previously made appearances during the Super Bowl festivities earlier this year and in Miami in 2018. Shaq is also a platinum-selling rapper. His first studio album, Shaq Diesel, sold one million album units in 1993. His next three studio albums also performed well on Billboard's US R&B chart.

As far as his Miami showcase goes, Shaq said that he isn't worried. "There’s really no pressure," he said. "I was taught since an early age, if people pay to see you perform, just give them a show. When it comes to playing music, you just have to pick the right songs the kids can groove to. Give them some new stuff, give them some old stuff. And when I get up there and I see the bouncing, I just go into the zone. Music and sports are the only things that get me into that zone."

Shaq will join several celebrity guests during Miami Music Week. DJ Diesel will hit the stage in Miami on Mar. 29.

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There May Be A TLC Musical Coming To Broadway

Would you see a TLC musical? Whether or not you'd spend your money to see a play about the iconic girl group, there's a chance that their story will be coming to Broadway.

In an interview with Chatter, Chilli discussed the possibility of bringing a musical about her group to the Great White Way. She noted that the musical would be centered around untold stories of the group.

“We didn’t tell everything. We have so many stories to tell," she explained. "We didn’t tell it all in our biopic we did with VH1. A lot of good stuff. It’s gonna be very emotional but a good ride.” She also noted that there will be new music written for the musical as it comes to fruition. TLC recently announced they will be on tour with Nelly and Flo Rida for the summer.

Biopic/jukebox musicals have been all the rage. Motown: The Musical pertained to the legacy of the legendary record label, and was nominated for four Tony Awards in 2013. More recently, a musical featuring the legendary hits of Donna Summer hit the stage, however, it closed in December 2018. Currently, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is heating up and delighting audiences.

Check out her interview above.

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Buku Abi Fires Back After R. Kelly Posts Birthday Video

Buku Abi has seemingly responded to the media attention surrounding R. Kelly's birthday video message to her earlier this week. Buku requested that no one, including her father, refers to her by "Joann."

"My name is BUKU ABI. Not Joann, not dojo, not '[space] daughter,'" Buku insisted. "Nothing besides Buku will work for me. If you don’t know me personally, please don’t call me anything but Buku or Buku Abi."

While Buku didn't address anyone directly, the message was likely in reference to R. Kelly's video in which he used Buku's government name, Joann, in his birthday wish.

This wouldn't be the first time that Buku Abi has emerged on social media to address the controversy surrounding her father. In Jan. 2019, Buku released a statement amid Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, referring to him as a "monster." During his viral interview with Gayle King, Kelly suggested that Buku had been manipulated by his ex-wife, Drea Kelly, into believing he was a bad person.

Check out Buku Abi's message below.

 

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#RKelly’s daughter has something to say amid her father’s birthday wishes to her 👀😩

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