T.I. doles out a history lesson.
During the first episode of his family’s reality show, “Ball in the Family,” Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round draft pick, claimed he didn’t want to listen to “real hip-hop.” “That’s not gonna happen,” he said. “Y’all outdated, man. Real hip-hop is Migos, Future.”
Though it’s unclear whether he was joking, several people took his words to heart, including T.I. “My Boi u reaching like a muuuufucka,” he said. “Lakers might fuck around & piss test you behind this one cuzz @Nas Whattup wit Bruh? #LegendsNeverDie.”
— T.I. (@Tip) September 2, 2017
Lil B, who previously “cursed” NBA players like Kevin Durant and James Harden, also issued a stern warning against the Lakers rookie. “Lonzo Ball is a few seconds away from being cursed his rookie year on the Lakers,” he wrote. “Nas is hip-hop and always relevant, watch ur team.”
Lonzo ball is a few seconds away from being cursed his rookie year on the lakers, nas is hip hop and always relevant, watch ur team – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) September 2, 2017
Lonzo’s little brother LaMelo Ball, a basketball phenom in his own right, tried to diffuse the potential curse by praising The Based God. “Lil B one of the hardest rappers don’t @ me,” he tweeted. “Naw y’all think I’m kidding ask @ZO2_ I’m always playing it in the car and house😂💯.”
Lil B one of the hardest rappers don't @ me
— Melo (@MELOD1P) September 2, 2017
Although some were upset with Zo, Quavo showed support for Lonzo’s shoutout. He posted a photograph of himself and Future with the caption: “BIG BALLER BRAND.” It’s a shoutout to Lonzo’s family business, led by his outspoken father Lavar Ball.
This wasn’t the first time Zo has voiced his hip-hop opinions on Twitter. Earlier this year, he also caused some debate after saying that 21 Savage’s Issa was a better album than JAY-Z’s 4:44.
Issa > 4:44
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) July 9, 2017
Prior to that, he revealed his “top 5” list of MCs, which starts with Lil Wayne at No. 1. From there, the list includes Future, DMX, 50 Cent, and Tupac Shakur, in that order.
Top 5 all time in order…
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) May 27, 2016
The Lakers selected Lonzo with the No. 2 spot in this year’s NBA draft. At the time, Laker legend and President of Basketball Operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson labeled him “the new face” of the franchise.