NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is set to make his return to rapping in collaboration with the Ghanaian-American rapper Blackway. His new single called ‘King Talk’ will drop on May 2 to celebrate the latest edition of NBA playoffs. Shaq had initially teased the rap song through his various social media accounts, including TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram, via an animated video on February 7.
The clip, posted by the Dielsel, was a celebratory acknowledgment for LeBron James as he surpassed Kareen Abdul-Jabbar to become the all-time leading points scorer in the history of the NBA.
In his erstwhile rapping career, which started in 1993, Shaquille O’Neal had released four studio albums. His debut album, ‘Shaq Diesel’ reached number 25 on the Billboard 200 and got platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It had two songs, 'What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock),' and '(I Know I Got) Skillz' peaked in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
The second album, called 'Shaq Fu: Da Return,' released in 1994, got up to number 67 on the Billboard 200 and got gold certification by the RIAA. It had the song ‘Biological Didn’t Bother’, which got to number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100. A year later, Shaq was featured in a Micheal Jackson song named ‘2 Bad’ from the album 'HIStory.'
In 1996, he released two albums, 'You Can’t Stop the Reign,' which hit number 82, while 'Respect' charted at number 58 on the Billboard 200. Also, ‘Shaquille O’Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol.1’ was planned to be his fifth studio album, which was set to release in 2001, but got cancelled instead. Furthermore, the 15-time NBA All-Star had two compilation albums released during his rapping career, 'The Best of Shaquille O’Neal' and 'Shoot Pass Slam!' in 1996 and 2006, respectively.
'King Talk,' the current single from Shaquille O’ Neal, has been produced by Koko. It will be released via Hive Music and Position Music streaming platforms.