Lakers Star Lonzo Ball Says He 'Definitely' Wants to Get in the Studio With 21 Savage: Exclusive
Not only is Lonzo Ball a magician with the basketball, he's also adept at jotting down raps for fun. After wowing social media with his "Free Smoke" freestyle," the Los Angeles Lakers rookie is hoping to not only jumpstart his NBA career, but possibly his music one, as well.
"Ever since I was a kid I've been rapping," Ball told Billboard at Panini's NBA Rookie Photo Shoot last Friday (Aug. 11). "You know, bumping DMX and 50 Cent in the car and stuff. It's always been there, but when I get bored, I write. One of my friends, he wants to be a rapper, so I figured I'd get on his track, give him some notice, and it definitely worked out."
Ball's adoration for hip-hop has been long documented. On several occasions, the former UCLA star caused tremors on Twitter for some of his music choices. In July, he tweeted that 21 Savage's Issa album trumped JAY-Z's 444. According to the star, he firmly stands by his tweet.
"I like 4:44. It's a good album," said Ball. "JAY-Z's a great, great artist. You know, his work speaks for itself, but if it's my opinion, you know, in today's world, I feel like 21 Savage's [album] is bumping more. So I just play that right now."
His affinity for 21 Savage as an artist is the biggest reason why Ball would "definitely" consider working with him on a track. "I'm there! Without a doubt I'm there," exclaimed the Lakers star when asked if he would entertain a 21 Savage collaboration.
Ball has also hinted at possibly doing more music -- including a freestyle over Savage's "Bank Account" -- when he's given the green light by his people. "I'm gonna talk it over with my people. They got all my stuff on lock right now. So when they let me release [music], I'll definitely put something out," he said.
With Damian Lillard currently holding the throne as possibly the best baller/rapper in the NBA, Ball said he would love to pair up with the Trail Blazers star on a track "if he's with it."
Despite his innate love for music, Ball's focus remains on the basketball court. Selected No. 2 by his hometown team the Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft, he hopes to restore prominence back into the franchise as soon as possible.
"I'm trying to make the playoffs," he said regarding his expectations for his rookie campaign. "Every time I go out there, I just want to win. So if we get into the playoffs, that would be a good season."