During his latest promotional stop at Complex with Meek Mill on Wednesday (November 8), the MMG boss revealed that he was nearly a T.W.IsM. Records signee.
“Many years ago I met with Shaq,” he explained. “He was launching his T.W.IsM. Records. We met in Atlanta somewhere. We met in a restaurant. Then we went in the back, in the kitchen. I spit a few bars for him. He gave me his contact, [and] we stayed in touch for a little bit. But, you know how that go.”
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Rick Ross reveals he almost signed to Shaquille O’Neal "many years ago"
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However, Rick Ross not signing to Shaq’s label didn’t jeopardize their relationship, as Shaq appeared alongside Damian Lillard for the “Shaq & Kobe” remix, which dropped last month.
Lillard, a.k.a. Dame D.O.L.L.A., doesn’t hold back in his delivery on the track, proving once again that just because he’s an active NBA player, that doesn’t mean he can’t serve up a quick 16 bars like a floater in the paint.
“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 (Huh!),” he spits with authority.
In addition to teaming up on wax, Rick Ross and Meek Mill made a surprise appearance on Inside the NBA on Thursday night, joining Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley.