Did you know that LeBron James and Kevin Durant made a rap song during the 2011 NBA lockout?
The powerful duo made the rap song, and it’s now viral. The song features lyrics from King James and Durant. The full version was kept under wraps until now..
Ohio-based producer Franky Wahoo released the full rap song, and talked to Noisey about its true origins. He also gave the reasons he had to release it now. Wahoo also noted that LeBron’s agent Rich Paul thought of the idea of using it in NBA 2K19.
“There was nothing I could do, a lot of celebrities retweeted it, comedians retweeted it, Ellen retweeted it. So I was like, I can’t feel bad now. It kept going viral and Paul finally called back saying “yeah don’t leak it we kinda wanna do something with” it because there’s a 2K game coming out [with LeBron on it] and there are different things we could implement this in without actually putting the track out. So they may have put it in a 2K commercial as background music but they didn’t want the song to be downloadable or streamable,” Wahoo told Noisey.
“So for two years, they went back and forth with me. They’d come up with an angle like ‘oh we’re gonna try to do it on this blase skit’ and weeks of email with them and I’m like ‘what the hell man.’ Then I’d see Cleveland DJs playing it at clubs. So I talk with my manager and he’s like ‘there’s no paperwork on this that they bought this off you or anything.’ The big thing was like one of the friends [of LeBron] that’s a DJ here, we were scared that they were gonna publish [the remake] without crediting me, which could easily happen,” he added.
We all know that LeBron has great chances of making a boom in the world of rap music. Will that be his next shot?