Numerous heartfelt memorials from Dr. Dre and celebrities in the sports and entertainment industries will continue following the tragic losses of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26.
The late Los Angeles Lakers icon’s most famous teammate of his career, Shaquille O’Neal, has eulogized them multiple times on television, in the press, and also his latest freestyle “Kobe Bryant Tribute (Freestyle).”
It surfaced on the internet on Monday (February 17), one day after the NBA All-Star Game that also had several tributes to Bryant.
With his signature baritone flow, the Hall of Fame center rhymes over the instrumental from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s fan favorite “Bitches Ain’t Shit” from the producer’s 1992 multi-platinum classic LP The Chronic.
Shaq goes in to clear the air about their past acrimonious moments throughout their eight NBA seasons together on the Lakers.
He also appoints himself and Kobe as the most dominant duo in league history, comparing their synergy to that of Dre and Snoop and The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy, and laments that they didn’t get more than three world championship rings together.
The Diesel even concedes that in late game clutch situations, he trusted Kobe more than himself to win the game for the Lake Show.
“Fourth quarter, down by two/I’ma miss every free throw, I’ma give that shit to you/They know one-two punch, with two stones they kill us/One Black Mamba and one black gorilla,” Shaq roars on the track.
You can listen to the track above.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter will have their public memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 10 a.m. on February 24.