NBA star guard Damian Lillard is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, but he’s also skilled with a microphone. When he’s not torching teams with his limitless shooting range, Lillard is putting in work on his music as Dame D.O.L.L.A, and it looks like he’s about to embark on the next phase of his music career.
During a recent interview with Ebro Darden on Apple Music, the six-time All-Star spoke on his upcoming album and revealed who’s on it as well as the proposed release date.
“It’s a self-titled album, the next one,” Lillard told Ebro. “I’m going to drop it in August probably, and on that, I got Q-Tip on there, Blxst, Jane Hancock, I got my boy OG Tree from Oakland too. I think this album I went much deeper.”
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He added, “I went from making it fun, or trying to have people like it, but I went more into like I got more information now, more understanding of how successful I am and what it means to have the experience I have, and why it’s valuable in the business that I’m in and why I can carry things this way.”
Rappers are taking notice of Dame D.O.L.L.A, such as J. Cole, who recently sampled him on his latest album, The Off-Season. On the track “punchin’.the.clock,” Lillard’s postgame interview following his 61-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA bubble on Aug 11, 2020, was used on the song.
Before he can officially focus on the rollout for his upcoming self-titled album, though, Dame has to worry about Team USA’s lukewarm performance during the 83-76 loss to France in the basketball group stage opener at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The team faces Iran on Wednesday (July 28) and the Czech Republic on Saturday (July 31), two games they need to win if they want to move on to the quarterfinals.
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