Women in Music 2019

Shaquille O'Neal Proposes to Nicki Minaj During Freestyle

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Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Nicki Minaj appeared on Inside The NBA yesterday for what Kenny Smith called, "the TNT Cypher." Smith, Shaquille O'Neal, and Grant Hill all took turns rapping light-heartedly -- Ernie Johnson mostly chose not to rhyme -- before Minaj ended up with the mic. Watch below.



Grant Hill had to write down his lyrics, which prompted Smith to ask, "what are you, a Republican?" Shaq, you might remember, had a rapping career -- Smith reminded viewers that he was "a platinum artist 25 years ago." During his verse, the former NBA star compared himself to the Notorious B.I.G. and then asked Minaj to marry him. She replied with a resounding "no," so Shaq adjusted accordingly: "oh man, she said no! Man, messing up the flow!"

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