2019 American Music Awards

Draymond Green Calls out Nicki Minaj for Name-Dropping LeBron James in Her Raps

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NBA player Draymond Green attends The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles. 

Nicki Minaj has gained another critic, but this time from the basketball world: In his latest podcast episode for Dray Day, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green called out the Queens rapper for excessively referencing Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James in her raps. 

"Is Nicki Minaj gonna mention 'Bron in every song?" Green said. "Every song she's released since June 2016, there's something about LeBron in it. I mean, damn -- like, LeBron is great, but Jesus Christ, at some point it just becomes... too repetitive. Jesus Christ, you can’t mention 'Bron in every song you do."

Green's comment comes after Minaj released her new single "No Frauds" featuring Drake and Lil Wayne last week. The record was aimed at Minaj's adversary Remy Ma. On the track, she referenced James to spike up her argument against the Bronx MC. "They say numbers don't matter but when they discussin' the kings/ They turn around and say Lebron ain't got six rings," said Minaj on "No Frauds." 

Minaj previously mentioned James on Jason Derulo's new single "Swalla," in a lyric that implicitly references Green himself as well: "I'm in that cherry red foreign with the brown guts/ My sh-t slappin' like dude did LeBron's nuts," she spit, alluding to an incident that famously got the Warriors forward suspended from a game in the 2016 NBA Finals. She also name-dropped James on DJ Khaled's 2016 record "Do You Mind," and DJ Mustard's "Don't Hurt Me." 

Listen to Green's podcast here.


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