Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard recently proclaimed himself as the best athlete rapper of all time. Claiming to be a better artist than his biggest competition in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal, Lillard revealed a range of details about his favorite artists.
Speaking on the BACKONFIGG podcast, Ep:108, Lillard was also asked to select two of his worst rappers, from a lineup of the best artists of all time that included: Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and 50 Cent. He ended up choosing the likes of Kanye West and 50 Cent, after quite a bit of struggle.
Lillard claimed that nobody else takes music as seriously as he does. Having recently released the Dame Dolla album in August 2023, Lillard claimed that he was making a lot of music, and claimed to be taking the art more seriously than Shaquille O’Neal.
Regardless, when asked to choose his two worst rappers from a list of some of the best rappers of all time, Lillard was left confused. He initially asked whether he should choose on the basis of music, or sheer ability to rap. Lillard was told that he simply needs to decide which two rappers will end up “going away”:
“Like the actual ability to rap, the ability to rap, or their actual music? If I’m saying the ability to rap, two gotta go, I am gonna say Kanye and 50 Cent. Two in general, I am gonna say, I mean Eminem one of them for me. I am gonna say Eminem, and… that’s tough. I like some Eminem songs but I ain’t listening to bunch of Eminem songs. ‘Stan’ is one of my favorite songs ever. I listen to all of them on the list, regularly, but I ain’t gonna listen to bunch of Eminem as much as I respect his s–t.” said Damian Lillard
You can watch the interview below: