future by August Prum September 1, 2017
The Ball family continues to get people worked up. Yesterday, LaMelo Ball released his signature shoe (retailing for $395) despite being 16. Then his older brother got hip-hop heads all upset with his music opinions.
On the new Facebook exclusive reality series Ball In The Family, Lonzo was on a trip to New York City when someone off camera claimed they would get the Lakers point guard to listen to some “real hip-hop.”
Lonzo wasn’t interested, claiming the notion of “real hip-hop” is a thing of the past,
“Y’all outdated man. Don’t nobody listens to Nas no more… Real hip-hop is Migos and Future.”
"Don't nobody listens to Nas no more. Real Hip Hop is Migos & Future." – Lonzo Ball https://t.co/gSp03nUKjC
— Unsolicited Opinions (@UnsolicitedOpns) September 1, 2017
So, there’s obviously two parts to this statement. First off, chill with the Nas slander, that’s a legend. But it’s understandable how a 19-year-old from Southern California in 2017 might not exactly identify with Nas. But yeah Lonzo, you should listen to Nas.
The second part about Migos and Future is absolutely correct. I mean, whatever your definition of “real hip-hop” is, Migos and Future are some of the most popping artists right now. If you find yourself upset by these claims I recommend stepping outside, going for a walk, maybe having a cup of tea, it’s gonna be ok.
This family really just has a way of getting under people’s skin. Earlier in the summer Lonzo claimed that 21 Savage’s Issa was better than Jay-Z’s 4:44.
Issa > 4:44
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) July 9, 2017
I’m not here to debate the validity of this statement, but I will say that Issa has been the soundtrack to my summer, but that’s neither here nor there.
But the fact that people bugged the fuck out over this tweet just shows how wildly polarizing the Ball family is.
Why would anyone care what a 19-year-old rookie’s opinions about music are? Why are people losing their shit over his little brother having a shoe deal? Everyone just relax.
LaVar Ball has the right attitude. He’s putting his sons on and marketing them excellently, dude is a damn genius.
When he was asked about LaMelo possibly losing NCAA eligibility over his new kicks, as it most likely violates rules about amateurism, he told ESPN that it doesn’t matter,
“We’ll worry about it when we get there. Who cares? If he can’t play, then he can’t play. It doesn’t mean he’ll stop working out and getting better.”
Who cares indeed.
LaVar and his kids are so divisive because they defy our expectations of athletes and the people around them. The dad is not supposed to be on First Take telling Stephen A. Smith that he could beat Michael Jordan and say it doesn’t matter if his kid can’t play in college.
I guess 19-year-olds aren’t supposed to say Migos and Future are real hip-hop and high schoolers aren’t supposed to have shoe deals.
To all that, I say fuck it. Keep doing your own thing, Ball family. I’ma go listen to Future.