When he’s not on the court for the Knicks, Iman Shumpert likes to dabble in hip hop. He’s actually pretty damn good, and is especially great at it when you compare him to the past pro athletes who have ventured into music (Shaq, Kobe Bryant, Bronson Arroyo). If you’re not familiar with his music, Shump’s YouTube page is a great place to start.
The hip-hop world has been in the news the past few days, and if you hadn’t heard, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar ruffled some feathers thanks to his verse in Big Sean’s latest single, “Control”, calling out a bunch of rappers by name. Immediately, numerous “responses” have been dropped by various hip-hop artists; even by some who Lamar didn’t actually call out in his “controversial” verse. One of those responses was done by our favorite flat-topped Knick:
There are a few Knicks references in here, to J.R. Smith (“See Swish step back”), Carmelo Anthony (“See Melo three to the temple them”) and hilariously Mike Woodson (“Woody is approachable”) in response to Kendrick Lamar’s line of “If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me”.
My personal favorite line is “I hope the Knicks spend on me so I can keep the same jersey I came in with”.
We’re with you on that, Shump.