After announcing his move from Oklahoma City to the Golden State as a newly minted Warrior, NBA player Kevin Durant will salute hip-hop with the forthcoming release of his “Mic Drop” colorway of his latest KD 9 sneakers. The basketball phenom recently sat down with annotation site Genius to spotlight his love for the genre, even offering a peek into his pre-game playlists and getting a shout out from rappers on wax.
In one video titled “Pass The Aux Cord,” the Maryland native revealed that he bumps A Tribe Called Quest gems like 1991’s Low End Theory and 1993’s Midnight Marauders mixed with some Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West and Hov, and even soulful greats like Teddy Pendergrass and Roy Ayers. “Any given day, it could be different for me,” he notes. “There’s so many different artists and so many different kinds of music that match every situation and I just try to find it.”
For the second visual offering titled “Shout Out to KD,” the former Thunder star also discusses the MCs who have name-checked him on songs including Drake, Wale and his Roc Nation boss Jay Z. “We talk,” he says of Drake’s KD shout out on “Weston Road Flows”, “so going through that stuff with him and Meek Mill, it was entertainment for me because I’m such a huge rap fan.” He adds of the high-profile beef, “They both came with it. I think Drake set it off and went on another level. Meek came back and threw some jabs as well so it’s fun to be a part of that.” Durant also discusses getting on the mic himself for Wale’s More About Nothing mixtape.
Watch the full interview in both videos below.