As avid Blazers fans know, Damian Lillard likes to rap.
That's not unique among NBA players, of course, but #0 takes it a step further. Ever since he came into the league, Lillard has helmed a weekly online rap battle, 4 Bar Friday, in which participants upload short verses to Instagram, with the winner chosen by the point guard himself. At last year's All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, he hosted a live version. This year, in New York, the two-time All-Star stopped by Sway in the Morning, the Sirius XM radio show hosted by the titular MTV personality, to spit a few bars (alongside, strangely enough, Heather B. of The Real World Season 1 fame).
And, despite looking a bit nervous, he crushed it.
"You're spitting better than these rappers, man," says a genuinely impressed Sway, turning to the in-studio camera to address the "professional" rappers in his audience. "He's doing it as a pastime, and he's beating you. Step your game up!"
You can check it out in the video below (Lillard comes in around 2:40), and see Lillard—along with the now-starting LaMarcus Aldridge—in the All-Star Game Sunday night.
Your move, Lance Stephenson.