It is well-documented that, after basketball, Damian Lillard’s other passion is music and he is prolific at it. Last week, he released his latest track “Home Team” and it started to get traction rather quickly.
The five-time All-Star announced the release of his new track on his social media platforms. The beginning of the promotion ended speculation during early days of the NBA’s COVID-19 stoppage that he was working on new music and he was planning on releasing a track this year.
This announcement was made while Lillard, who turned 30 on Wednesday, was with his team preparing for the restart of the season in the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Home Team Release Announcement
In “Home Team,” a track produced by Nonstop de Hitman, he features the artist The Homie Dreebo. It’s now available on all major music streaming platforms. Lillard, who is on the cover of NBA 2k21 decided to talk about “family, friends and loyalty” in this track.
He expressed how happy he was with the song and talked about the sentimentality in it during a Thursday evening Zoom call in which he addressed the media.
‘Home Team’ is one of my favorite songs that I have written. It’s just about my family. That’s what I’m most invested in right now, it’s not creating the fortune for myself to have to take care of people, it’s holding my family accountable to figure out what it is that they want to do, what type of career they want to have. What they want to do, so I can sponsor that and try to help them move into a better direction of what they want to do.
Lillard Interview with Nardwuar
Lillard was involved in many other interviews over the past week talking about music and his influences as well as his career in rap. One of the more viewed interviews was one he gave YouTube personality Nardwuar just last week.
These types of projects have helped him give a spotlight for many people close to him. The Oakland native explained how that desire was shown in the video for this song. He talked about one of his best friends being a head coach at the high school level while his brother coaches some of the top football prospects in all of Oregon.
In his music video, he shows them doing what they do on a daily basis.
“They literally are my best friends from childhood or real family members, not just an entourage of people that’s around because I may be a player. … I feel like it’s important to show that. … I want to highlight the fact that they are all college graduates and they all work for themselves,” he added.
His current “family” is his team within the bubble and he is focused on basketball more than music, as his current surroundings would reflect. As Blazers captain, he is focused on making this trip to Orlando as productive as possible and seeing his team extend its stay as long as possible.
Portland currently finds itself ninth in the West with a 3.5-game deficit. Under NBA restart rules, the Blazers need to be within 4.0 games of the No. 8 seed to force a play-in for the final playoff spot. The team is aware that the margin of error is reduced significantly and that have to make up ground almost immediately as they face the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies on July 31.
That being said, the fact that the star point guard finds himself in the middle of a playoff hunt does not mean that he will not be working on music. On his Instagram page, he shared with the world his musical studio in “The Bub.”
Despite their current situation, many are looking at the Trail Blazers as “dangerous” or “sleeper team” come playoff time. The way the team is coming into this bubble with all their players healthy and with the return of key players like Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic, one could see them as a team that could cause many problems for any and all comers.
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