The Big Baller Brand is in full effect. Months after the Los Angeles Lakers made him the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Lonzo Ball pulls up with his debut rap single “Melo Ball 1.” The track is basically a shout out to his younger brother and fellow basketball phenom, LaMelo Ball.
The artwork for “Melo Ball 1″ features a cartoon rendering of LaMelo driving a black Lamborghini, which he was just gifted as a present for his 16th birthday. With his perceived brazen style of play, highlight reels and outspoken father, Melo’s had sort of a target on his back over the last year or so. His big bro Lonzo—rapping under his new rap name, Zo—has his back.
“See my lil brother, he just doing him/You can check the ‘gram, he got a million fans/Got his brothers, he don’t need no fans/He swagged out, he a walking gem,” Zo spits over a trap-inspired beat. Singer Kenneth Paige chips in for the hook.
Zo drops a few bars on the track, but there’s a decent chance that won’t get him out of hot water with the rap purists of the world. Recently, Zo Nas, who is universally regarded as a rap legend, irrelevant.
“Y’all outdated man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas no more,” Lonzo says in an episode from his new reality TV series, Ball In The Family. “Real hip-hop is Migos and Future.”
For his trouble, Zo also landed himself in trouble with Lil B, who threatened him with his famous BasedGod Curse. “Did lavar ball really say something about nas that was not of the highest respects concerning hip hop? You have been warned #cursed – Lil B,” the rapper tweeted, mistaking Zo for his father, Lonzo Ball as his dad, LaVar Ball. “Lonzo ball is a few seconds away from being cursed his rookie year on the lakers, nas is hip hop and always relevant, watch ur team – Lil B,” the Bay Area rapper wrote in another tweet. Zo doesn’t sound worried, though.
Listen to “Melo Ball 1″ below. If you’re looking for a semi-throwback, check out his earlier freestyle over Drake’s “Free Smoke.”
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