The album was officially released on Friday (November 10) on the Maybach Music imprint, which is currently under an exclusive license with Gamma.
In addition to a collaboration with Cool & Dre (on the third track, “Go To Hell”), the album features a who’s who of Hip Hop’s finest, including Fabolous, Teyana Taylor, DJ Khaled, Wale, The-Dream, French Montana, and Future.
Take a listen to it below.
The standout track from the album is the “Shaq & Kobe” single, which features Shaquille O’Neal and Damian Lillard on the remix.
The track was premiered by Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 on October 26 before being released on streaming services on October 27.
Lillard, a.k.a. Dame D.O.L.L.A., doesn’t hold back in his delivery and proves once again that just because he’s an active NBA player, that doesn’t mean he can’t serve up a quick 16 bars.
“I felt a switch flick, noticed the power of being a misfit/ Kick, push, skated fiascos into a kickflip/ Success made my softy stiffen to a big dick/ Story of my life, bitches choosing, this shit a chick flick,” he raps over the high-energy instrumental.
As for Shaq Diesel, he flexes his own lyrical prowess that dates back to the 1990s and has made him one of the most acclaimed hoopers-turned-rappers.
“Get it custom at the dealer so I fit the wheel/ I can hear the money talkin’ like if it was Phil/ Focus on communities I wish to build/ When it’s for the unity, that’s when I drill/ They love me out in Philly like I roll with Meek/ They treat me like I’m Ricky when I’m on the beach,” he spits with authority.
In addition to teaming up on wax, Rick Ross and Meek Mill made a surprise appearance on Inside the NBA, joining Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley.
The MMG duo came bearing gifts as they gave Shaq, Ernie, Kenny, and Charles Barkley their own customized crewnecks. Shaq was also blessed with his own MMG chain, which nearly brought him to tears.
“Rick told me a story when he met me a long time ago and he gave me his tape, his CD,” the four-time NBA champion explained. “He said I was nice to him. But I [re]met him in 2006 ’cause, you know, we wanna be us. So at the time when we was winning our championship, “Hustlin’” was killing the streets and that was my joint every time I rode to the games.”
He continued: “So that song, this fella helped me win that championship in Miami. And when we would always see each other, it was love. He sent me the remix first, and I was in the studio messing around, and I just did something. I was like, ‘Please like it, please like it.’
“I actually had the same feeling I had with him that I had with Biggie because when Biggie would come to the studio, I went in there like 100 times. If he don’t like it, I’m done.
“So when I sent it to him, he was like, ‘Big fella, that’s nice.’ And I was just messing around when I said, ‘Bro, you need to sign me to MMG.’ I was just playing, but this means a lot.”