21 Savage has already delivered one of the highlights of the NBA All-Star Weekendfestivities, thanks to his performance in the Ruffles All-Star Celebrity Game.
The teams comprising stars outside of the world of basketball were led by Utah Jazz governor Ryan Smith and NBA Champion Dwyane Wade. 21 suited up for Team Wade, which was coached by Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers.
He and his teammates — including Janelle Monae and Hasan Minhaj — faced off against fellow rapper Cordae, who played for Team Ryan.
Prior to the actual game, the teams competed in a 4-point challenge, in which players earned $4000 for each made bucket and a lead to start the contest.
21 Savage checked in during the first quarter and had to overcome his teammate Janelle Monae playing defense while on offense, but managed to dish an assist to tennis star Francis Tiafoe.
After serving up a hard foul and two turnovers, the “Rich Flex” rapper made one key offensive contribution with a 3-point bucket to help Team Wade take a 21-to-19 lead with a minute and a half left in the quarter.
Cordae was less active on the court scoring zero points, but enjoyed some pizza on the sidelines with his coach Fat Joe.
21 Savage scores 21st point of Celebrity All-Star Game 🏀https://t.co/LJ1ZFK9nlfpic.twitter.com/lpsIEOwZXY
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) February 18, 2023
Team Wade emerged victorious after a nail-biting end to the game. WWE Superstar The Miz sank a half-court heave that was waved off, giving Wade the 81-78 win. Seattle Seahawks star receiver DK Metcalf took home MVP honors after posting 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks on 9-of-16 shooting.
In other 21 Savage news, the Her Loss performer just settled a lawsuit brought by Conde Naste against 21 and his collaborator, Drake.
Ahead of the release of their chart-topping release in November 2022, the duo trolled fans and the media with a series of fake interview and performance clips, as well as a replica issue of Vogue, which they shared on social media.
A week later Condé Nast filed a lawsuit against the OVO hitmaker and Slaughter Gang rapper, claiming they did not “endorse” the Her Loss promo in any way.
The two parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount that will go toward “bolstering ongoing creative output, including Vogue editorial,” according to attorney Will Bowes.