Iman Shumpert Talks His New Mixtape, His Hairstyle, and NBA Rappers

Iman Shumpert Talks His New Mixtape, His Hairstyle, and NBA RappersDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports
Who was your favorite rapper growing up?

Growing up it was Jay-Z, Kanye, Lupe. I’m a Hip-Hop dude.

Did you produce some of the tracks?

I sat in on the production, and helped find the sound that I wanted, but I didn’t actually get on the beat machine.

I saw your video. Are you going to start rocking sneakers on your head?

Nah, nah [Laughs]. People really don’t get the concept to the video. The concept to the video is that when PhlyyB is rapping, if you notice, when he is walking around everyone expects him to be me. He’s exactly the opposite. He’s a quiet dude, chill, doesn’t really say much, but when he’s rapping he’s in his element. He’s wild and he’s crazy. Me, on the flipside, I’m always wild, and talking a lot, having fun, but when I start to do something like rap I become extremely focused and I go about things a lot calmer. When I have the outfit that you think is really calm where I’m wearing the Knicks jersey the right way, with the hat on the right way and some shades on, people look at me crazy because I usually don’t do that and I usually do something wild.

What concepts are you touching on the mixtape?

It’s just something real. It’s music with substance. A lot of situational music and stuff you can ride in your car to. I touched on getting to the NBA, I touched on losing my Aunt to cancer. I have a song on there called Perfect Woman describing the type of woman I would love to run into but I never do. I have a song called "Super Fly" with Chrisette Michele. She did some fun stuff. I did a song about if I get a Maybach called "Heights." Everything on there has a purpose, nothing where I’m super wylin’.

 

It’s just something real. It’s music with substance. A lot of situational music and stuff you can ride in your car to.

 

Are you going to get a chauffeur for the Maybach or are you going to be driving?

I’m going to be driving, man. I ain’t got time to pay somebody to drive my vehicle.

So David Stern won’t be handing out any fines to you after you drop this tape?

Nah. The cursing on it is minimal, and mostly by the guys featured on the project. I get my point across with minimal cursing.

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