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"Born 2 Ball"

by Christopher Suarez - Copy Editor
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 10:00 pm

This is not a sight you see every day. Usually, professional athletes do not cross over to the music industry. Notable athletes like NBA Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have put basketball on the sidelines to focus on their music. Current NBA all-star point guard Damian Lillard has also put the ball down for a mic. Now you can add Lonzo Ball that list. 

Rookie point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Lonzo Ball, is not only famous for his on-court skills, but also his outspoken father. His father holds the highest expectations for his children and always encourages them to be the best, and Lonzo took that advice when it came to the making of his debut album. 

“Born to Ball” is an accurate representation of the “Big Baller” lifestyle Lonzo lives. The album consists of Lonzo explaining his love for basketball, shining  a light on all his haters, and promoting his brand. 

One of my favorite songs in the whole album is “ZO2.” This song is named after his first sneaker that released last year for a staggering $495. The song consists of an amazing beat and clear confident lyrics by the NBA rookie. 

The song starts with, “People scared of change, we not,” which attacks those people who criticized Lonzo and his father for not signing with major sneaker brands. Instead, the family would start their own sneaker brand called Big Baller Brand. 

All the songs on the album consist of hard-hitting beats and fast lyrics, but the song titled “LaVar” stands out. The song is slow paced and takes a more serious approach. “LaVar” is a song titled after his father Lavar Ball, the most highly critiqued figure of the past year and a half. The song shows his loyalty to his father and how he will always have his back no matter what. 

In the song, Lonzo raps, “People looking crazy, asking is it hard ... just laugh cause I know they’re talking about Lavar.” 

Lonzo shows his support for his father by going on to say, “Y’all can hate him/that’s my pops though/first one that still for me once it got cold.” 

I grew respect for Lonzo after this song. On T.V., he never puts down the critics, he just seems to laugh it off when asked about his father. And Lonzo showing that his loyalty stands with Lavar shows a different side to the 19-year-old. 

Overall, this is a great album. Critics might say it’s not real music or it’s not real hip hop, but it doesn’t matter what they have to say. 

Lonzo himself said, “Real hip hop is Migos and Future,” so I was not expecting him to release anything to the level of Nas or Jay-Z. He stayed true to himself and this album portrays that. So, if you are a fan of modern day hip hop, this album is for you.

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