Lou Williams is one of the most underrated stars in the NBA. He’s been in the league for 17 seasons with no All-Star berths to his name. However, he can brag about the three 6th Man of the Year awards he owns. Outside basketball, Lou’s creating a name for himself in the rap scene. The combo guard shared how he became indebted to 2 Chainz and his idol, Lil Wayne.
Williams’ rap career
Williams collaborated with established names in the industry and has a song with Meek Mill and Gillie Da Kid, but among the stars he worked with, his song with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz would have to be the most memorable for the Atlanta Hawks player.
The three collaborated on “The Big Tuh,” and Williams shared how it came about in an interview published on the Boardroom Youtube channel. Lil Wayne is Lou's favorite artist of all time, so he knew the rapper would create something special. He asked his manager to get the song to Wayne.
“A month later out of the blue, he reached out and was like, ‘Yo, send us the beat. Wayne is on his way to the studio.' He sent it back and sent me a 24 bar-verse. 2 Chainz and I only did eights. That was major love and didn’t charge me. I was like ‘He’s gonna charge me like a half million dollars, or something crazy and I’m probably not going to do that.' He did it on the love and 2 Chainz also did in on the love.”
Lou Williams, Boardroom
Here’s the track that Lou Will, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne worked on. Don't know about you but I think this is lit.
Williams added he gave away the royalties from the streams to Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz as a gesture for doing the work for free. Honestly, Lou could have paid for it, but it’s nice that friends are willing to help, and not just in it for the money.
Rap and basketball worlds collide
Basketball players and rappers have long enjoyed beautiful friendships together. It’s about the culture shared and supporting the community. Some players released albums, and rappers have joined the celebrity games during All-Stars.
Aside from Williams, Dame Lillard, Marvin Bagley, Lonzo Ball, Andre Drummond, Aaron Gordon, and Kyrie Irving have released songs or albums.
So which ones are the best? You be the judge.