Fresh off the screen from his cameo in Kanye West’s well-received music video for “Fade,” Iman Shumpert is looking to ride this new wave of fame a little longer. The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard debuted his new track, “Glory” Tuesday (Aug. 30).
The new single seems to mix a bit of electric, retro sounds, as Shumpert raps about material things, and escaping the struggles of fame. “Ya’ll gonna pay for my struggle/ People love a true story,” he raps. “But people want you to suffer/ Cuz they ain’t never been in your glory/ They ain’t never had no money/ They can’t understand no shoppin’.” The basketball-player turned rapper also makes a reference to his love for Game of Thrones.
At the top of the year, Shumpert first introduced fans to his rapping chops with the release of his mixtape, Shumpman: The MD, which featured the single, “Shumpman” modeled after Drake and Future’s original track, “Jumpman.”
The Breakfast Club’s Charlmagne The God was vocal about his disdain for Shumpert’s lyrics. However, after Teyana Taylor’s jaw dropping performance in “Fade” the talking head vowed to be easy on Shumpert.
Can’t slander Iman Shumpert’s rhymes no more. He got a ring this year and Teyana Taylor. He won at life…..
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) August 29, 2016
Let’s see if he keeps his word. Take a listen to Iman Shumpert’s “Glory,” below and see what you think.