Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday Throwbacks: Shaq's Rap Career (UNDERRATED)

Fu-Schnickens feat.Shaquille O'Neal - What's up Doc? (Can We Rock?) (1993)

As most of you have probably heard by now, Shaquille O'Neal has signed with the Boston Celtics.  Although he's not exactly Shaq Diesel anymore he is still going to provide some needed height and size in the paint while Kendrick Perkins recovers from his vicious knee injury for most of the year.

Combined with Jermaine O'Neal, the Celtics finally have some depth at the Center position and should be able to contain some of the bigger opposing centers such as Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum.  Even if Shaq just ends up using his fouls to beat the shit out of the other team for his 6 fouls, I'm cool with that.  We've never had an enforcer like this and it should really help out.  I'm sure he'll be able to add a decent amount of points and rebounds in his 20 minutes per game as well.
I figured for the Thursday Throwbacks post that I would reminisce over Shaq's rap career.  He's caught a lot of heat over the years for being a terrible rapper but to be honest, I think he was way better than people gave him credit for.  Early in his rap career, he definitely mumbled and wasn't super confident with his skills but he definitely got better over time.  I actually own ALL FOUR albums and think they are actually really good.  Shaq knew his limitations and kept his raps to usually 1 or 2 verses at most and then brought on some top notch talent for guest appearances.  He had some of the best rappers and producers of the 90's and early 2000's on his albums which took them to the next level.

Listening to these songs now, I'm realizing how much better he is than most of the crap you hear on the radio these days.  I don't know if that means he is better than we thought or if the current talent pool is awful but I think Shaq should at least get some credit for using his fame and money to create what was esentially some of the best "compilation" albums of all time.  Had the albums been called "Shaq Presents" I guarantee people would consider these above average albums at the least.

I don't give a shit though.  I celebrate the entire Shaq catalog.  Here are some more of my favorites:

"Shoot Pass Slam"

"I Know I Got Skillz"

"I'm Outstanding"

"Can't Stop the Reign"

"Connected" ft. WC and Nate Dogg

"That's the Way It's Going Down"

"Tell Me How My Ass Taste" Freestyle about Kobe - Addicted to Sneakers, Sports, Hip Hop and Gadgets

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