Well, that didn’t take long. After challenging Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard on ESPN’s First Take and subsequently releasing a diss track, No Debate on Soundcloud, Sacramento Kings power forward Marvin Bagley III just added even more fuel to the fire. Both Bagley and Dame are fighting for supremacy as the NBA’s best rapper.
When Bagley released his first diss track of Dame on Thursday, it only took Dame only three hours to respond with a song of his own.
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Lillard’s song MARVINNNNNN!!!??? has set Twitter ablaze with some top-notch disses of the Kings power forward. Dame started the track by saying, “amateur bars, man,” referencing how he perceived Bagley’s original diss to be unimpressive. Dame went onto rap, “I’ve never seen Floyd spar with amateurs, so this the one and only time I’m picking up the phone.” Bagley may have started a losing fight because they don’t mess around in Oakland, which is where Dame is from.
However, it didn’t take much time at all for Bagley to respond to the response. The saga continued early Friday morning when Bagley released a response to Dame’s track in the form of another song.
In the artwork for the song, a Photoshopped picture of an adult Bagley holding an infant Lillard is an obvious diss in and of itself. The song title Checkmate is likely Bagley’s attempt to end the rap battle. Based on Lillard’s song, it doesn’t seem like we’ll get a fourth diss track, but the NBA is crazy these days so it’s entirely possible. Responses on Twitter seem to indicate that there’s a clear cut winner to this whole thing: Dame Lillard.
Bagley’s still just 20 years old, so he has time to catch up to Lillard. Time will tell who becomes the king of rappers in the NBA, but as long as there’s competition for the title, we’ll probably be getting diss tracks from more and more players.