Damien Lillard Is Becoming More Than Just A Basketball Player
When the average NBA fan hears the name Damien Lillard, one may immediately jump to the deep three point shots the Portland Trail Blazers star guard takes. His hooping skills are a master of a display on Sportscenter, but his off the basketball hobby is bringing him just as much fame. When Lillard is not working on his basketball skills, he turns to recording music.
The All-Star point guard turned to rap under his persona Dame D.O.L.L.A. He began to receive attention after 22 participating NBA teams went to Walt Disney World Resort to participate in the NBA bubble. From there, Lillard turned part of his suite into a min recording studio. While he strives to one day deliver an NBA championship to Portland, he is hoping that his rap persona takes off just as high.
Laying The Foundation
Lillard nearly defied the Royal Panda Casino odds when Portland defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs. However, the Lakers ended up winning the next four games on route to winning the 2020 NBA Championship. Lillard gained tons of respect for his play in the NBA bubble, but he has also earned renowned respect through the hip-hop community as well.
D.O.L.L.A. stands for Different On Levels the Lord Allows. He has recorded songs with some of the largest names in the music world such as Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and Jamie Fox. Earlier in the year, Lillard performed with Lil Wayne during NBA All-Star weekend. Lillard recently released a song called “Goat Spirit,” which featured Raphael Saadiq, and it received great praise for addressing police brutality towards unarmed Black people.
Black Lives Matter
Following the death of George Floyd, while he was in Minneapolis police custody, Lillard felt the need to send a message in response. The song was the beginning of Lillard using his platform to express his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. While in the bubble, Lillard had the words “How Many More” stuck on his jersey. Before music and movements, Lillard was not typically an activist, but with music it was a way for him to express the good and negative feelings.
Not all of Lillard’s music addresses societal matters though. In the summer, Lillard released his latest song “Home Team,” accompanied with a music video. The song stayed away from political thoughts, and was more of a tribute to his family and close friends.
Dating back to 2017, Lillard has produced three albums and has over 550,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Lillard will turn 31 years old next year and is still in the prime years of his NBA career. From what we can tell, Lillard will likely continue to focus on music on the side. However, one day all NBA players must find their next calling in life. Luckily for Lillard, he has grown his side hustle over the three years and it appears it could be fully off the ground by the time he retires.