Skip to main content

“Shaq grabs it next and starts going in on me” — Elton Brand on the rumored rap battle between him, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kevin Garnett

Both guys used their opponents basketball flaws in the rap battle, and it sounds like it was epic.
Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand and Shaquille O'Neal AKA DJ Diesel,

Elton Brand and Shaquille O'Neal

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.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

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.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Bill Walton

Michael Jordan’s brilliant answer to Bill Walton’s question about his highlights plays

MJ basically explained the difference between stars and winners.

The Ringer founder Bill Simmons

“They weren't testing during the playoffs” — Bill Simmons on PEDs in the NBA

The Ringer's founder said he finds “impossible to believe no great basketball star over the last 25 years didn't use HGH and other stuff during the playoffs when they weren't testing.”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant

"Really just don't be a crybaby” — Kevin Durant shares the most important lesson he learned from Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant, who has become known for his colorful personality on Twitter, recently shared that Kobe Bryant told him not to be a crybaby.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson’s epic retort to Kobe Bryant’s loathing for the “boring” and “so simple” triangle offense

The Zen Master laid out the key benefits of the triangle offense in terms of player health and wellness.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and guard Ron Harper

"I'd have one or two of your six rings" — Ron Harper claims the Cavaliers would've stopped Michael Jordan's first three-peat

Years before he joined Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, Ron Harper was a member of the up-and-coming Cleveland Cavaliers squad.

Max Strus

Max Strus shares why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season after a disappointing start - "We have two young guys that are turning the corner of being superstars"

Strus breaks down why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season while giving high praise to Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro