Apart from being a Hall of Famer and a four-time champion with multiple All-Star appearances, Shaquille O’Neal is also regarded as one of the best rappers in the NBA. Not too many players have been as celebrated as Shaq in that category, but some NBA ballers can also spit bars. One of them is two-time All-Star Elton Brand.
Elton is no stranger to the rap game
For those who didn’t know, Brand has a couple of friends and connections in the rap game. However, E.B. said he has “always been underground” and was just rapping every now and then for his own amusement.
“I just did it for fun, but I was friends with a real producer, LT Hutton. He produced songs for Snoop, Pac, TI, Ashanti, Rick Ross, and many more,” Brand told Slam in 2015. “Ron Artest stole one of the songs we did at the studio and put it on his album—that’s the closest the public will ever hear my flow, unless it’s a joke for a dad with a mini van or something.”
A freestyle battle with Shaq
Brand also said that the rumored rap battle involving him, Shaq, and Kevin Garnett sometime in the past did happen. According to the 17-year NBA veteran, it occurred during the offseason when they were at a jam-packed event in Toronto.
Based on Brand’s recollection, it was a wild night, and he wasn’t sure “if drinks were flowing” at the time or if KG dropped a few rhymes too. However, he still vividly recalls how he and Shaq went toe-to-toe in an epic freestyle battle.
“Maybe drinks were flowing, maybe not,” Brand recounted. “A few ball players grabbed the mic and began to freestyle, it was all in fun. I had a few bars about L.A. and the Clippers. Shaq grabs it next and starts going in on me, the Clippers, my lack of rings, and it was pretty good off the head. I had a ‘Shazam’ rebuttal, free-throw joke and changed the topic.”
Brand continued and admitted that O’Neal won the battle, but he’s down to run it back.
“Big [Shaq] definitely won that battle, he’s the best ball player to ever do it,” he continued. “I had actually cooked up some lines if I ever saw him again, but never had the chance.”
After hearing Brand’s revelation, it’s safe to say that another rap battle may take place once he crosses paths with Shaq again.