Despite only turning 20 today, Lonzo Ball is one of the most polarizing figures in sports. I can’t really remember any other rookie facing the level of criticism that he has.
Although other players have been more hyped, it’s as if a majority of NBA players and analysts want Lonzo to fail.
Most of this is probably because of his father Lavar’s antics. LaVar has thrown a big target on Lonzo’s back, but judging from Lonzo’s ice cold demeanor, he can handle virtually anything that comes at him.
People don’t fuck with Lonzo because he’s just different. He didn’t sign a deal with Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour and instead made his own shoe. His playing style is unorthodox and unlike anyone we’ve really seen before. And he seems intent on having a simultaneous rap career while in the NBA.
So, in celebration of Lonzo Ball’s 20th birthday, we decided to compile a list of his most compelling bars from his budding rap career. Shit is kiiiiiiinda hot.
And I dropped out of school ’cause I’m smarter than student
Only one year I was done with the Bruins
Slavin’ for free, I was offered to move it
Millions of dollars, I took it, I’m human
These are some very solid bars addressing the issue of NCAA players not getting paid for their labor. Lonzo left UCLA after one year, he was done “Slavin’ for free”.
Ball has an interesting point to those who criticize Lonzo and others for leaving school early, when there’s millions of dollars on the line, you’re going to take it.
“So Gone freestyle”
No Nordstrom but I got rack
More green than the Bay Packs, I’m the best and it’s evident
I swear my flow is heaven sent
Rich boy legos ‘cuz I be stackin’ presidents ‘cuz green I see it
clearly, tryna stack it to the ceiling,
like Bob I be buildin’
The wordplay is so real.
Felt the heat but I’m hotter
You a king I’m still your father
Simba nigga, I’m Mufasa
See the crown and then I conquer
Shots at LeBron? The mention of ‘heat’ and ‘king’ seem to be clear indications of subs towards LeBron, who has made fun of Lonzo’s shot. LaVar spoke in the past about LeBron, even bringing his kids into the mix. LeBron was not to pleased about that.
Gotta watch out for patrol man
Cuz them boys they be roamin’
Shooting shit, not knowing
Shooting shit with no conscience
Lonzo truly went in on Drake’s “Free Smoke” beat, this time addressing police brutality. It’s cool to see a rookie talk honestly about problems like these, Lonzo really doesn’t care what you think.
My grass is greener
My flow is cleaner
My flow is meaner, is that why you heated?
Cool, calm, collected, that’s just my demeanor
I’m hated like -er ,like back in the day
Back in the day when they said it to slaves
Lonzo relates the wild amount of hate he gets to the racist history of our country.
If you’re hating on Lonzo and the Balls, you’re probably taking things a little too seriously. First of all, kid can ball (no pun intended). Secondly, no he’s not the best rapper of all-time, but dude has some flow and solid wordplay.
He just turned 20 and has legions of haters, that’s an impressive feat in and of itself.