LeBron James is a huge fan of Future. But Damian Lillard does not see the Atlanta-based rapper’s music as better than that of Kanye West.
Hip-hop and basketball have a strong, inextricable connection to each other. The two have gone hand in hand in terms of changing the perception of the black community. As they say, rappers and basketball players are jealous of each other, because one wanted to be the other at some point.
There are a few talented individuals who’ve been able to make waves in both worlds. J Cole debuted as a pro basketball player just this month in the Basketball Africa League. Damian Lillard, meanwhile, is one of several NBA rappers to have released hip-hop music.
Given the ubiquitous nature of hip-hop and how it’s taken over pop culture today, there’s a big discussion going on regarding the Mount Rushmore of hip-hop for the 2010s.
LeBron James and Damian Lillard offer their takes on 2010s hip-hop Mt Rushmore
LeBron James posted a ton of updates related to the latest episode of Uninterrupted, featuring Jay-Z. Ahead of the posts regarding this, James also posted a contentious Mount Rushmore for 2010s hip-hop.
Now, there are 3 clear-cut choices for most people for this honor – Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J Cole. According to James, Future is one of the top 4 rappers of the past decade.
Future Hendrix https://t.co/e2ecl8aLmh
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 28, 2021
Damian Lillard, who’s a rapper by trade and who knows a thing or two about stringing bars together, is in heavy disagreement. He believes that Kanye West is no. 4 in this discussion.
Ye… respectfully 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/KaRaM6pKfF
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) May 28, 2021
We have a feeling that Lillard counted Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in this decade, while LeBron didn’t. Future only became a mainstream rapper and charted from the mid-2010s. MBDTF, meanwhile, has often been called the greatest hip-hop album of the 20th century.
Kanye may have lost the appeal he once had, but his music remains as fresh as ever. Future may have released more music, but according to most reviewers, Ye is the clear winner here.