Entertainment Sports Shaquille O'Neal and NBA Player Damian Lillard Trade Diss Tracks: 'Kobe Won You Them Rings' A rap beef between the NBA legend and Portland Trailblazers star began brewing last week By Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 2, 2019 06:31 PM Share Tweet Pin Email NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal ignited a rap beef with Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lilliard last week after the latter made an appearance on the Joe Budden Podcast to promote his recent album, Big D.O.L.L.A. During the episode, Lilliard — who has long been open about his pursuit of a rap career while playing in the NBA — was asked to compare his talents to those of O’Neal, who released his own rap albums in the early 1990s. “I think I rap better than Shaq. I’ve heard Shaq’s stuff,” said Lillard, 29, according to Rolling Stone. “I think he was viewed as Shaq, though. People was like, this Shaq,” Lillard continued. “It wasn’t like, Shaq and Biggie. People weren’t looking like this a real rapper. It was like, ‘That’s Shaq rapping.’ So, of course, it was a big deal.” O’Neal, who is known for not taking criticism lightly, immediately released a diss track on Instagram targeting Lillard. The accompanying four-minute-long video, which has been viewed nearly 200,000 times, features a puppet version of himself rapping behind a boom box. See All the Stars Who Came Out to Celebrate the Opening of Shaq’s New Los Angeles Restaurant Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock; Michael LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty “Take your time to respond, there is no hurry, you’ll never be Westbrook, never be Curry,” the 47-year-old TNT Sports host raps in the song. O’Neal then suggests Lillard isn’t as good as his Western Conference rival, LeBron James. “What’s in your wallet, American Express or Visa, talkin’ like your Bron, you ain’t even Trevor Ariza,” he says. DJ Diesel also known as NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal made his Wynn debut at Encore Beach Club's Nightswim Pic Courtesy of Wynn Nightlife. Shaq Buys 10 Pairs of Shoes for Georgia Boy After Learning His Mother Can’t Afford Them Lillard didn’t take long to respond to O’Neal’s diss, releasing his own NSFW track on SoundCloud on Tuesday. The track, titled “Reign Reign Go Away,” goes through O’Neal’s entire career, even referencing his starring vehicle, Kazaam, and Shaq-Fu, his ill-received video game. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in 1997. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty But the line in the song that likely cut the deepest was the reference to O’Neal’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. “We both could be working at Kinko’s and Kobe won you them rings, though,” Lillard said. O’Neal and Bryant had a contentious relationship during their time on the Lakers, which eventually led to O’Neal being traded to the Miami Heat to join an up-and-coming Dwyane Wade — who Lillard also referenced in his song. Shaquille O’Neal Dresses as Papa John’s Delivery Man to Surprise Locals with Pizza “Even in Miami, won that on the strength of Flash,” he said, using Wade’s nickname. As of Wednesday, O’Neal has not responded to Lillard’s song, which has been played on SoundCloud more than 1.1 million times.