Damian Lillard's quest to be recognized as both a legitimate rapper and NBA superstar continued with him taking on one of the only NBA players to do both successfully. 

Lillard wasted no time with his response to Shaquille O'Neal. Dame posted a response to SoundCloud, where he used the viral meme of Shaq on Hot Ones for the thumbnail of "Reign, Reign, Go Away," which is a play on Shaq's 1996 album title, You Can't Stop the Reign

"New school got new hits/Space Jam, not Blue Chips," Lillard raps in reference to his role in Space Jam 2. He went on to mention one of Shaq's infamously bad films. "Do it for the fam/No Magic, no Kazaam." Lillard also dismantles Shaq's accomplishments. "You flexing ain't really a thing bro/we both could be working and kinkos/and Kobe won you them rings, oh." Listen below.

 

Damian "Dame D.O.L.L.A." Lillard
Image via Adidas/Damian "Dame D.O.L.L.A." Lillard

The exchange was sparked by Lillard's appearance on the Joe Budden Podcast when he was asked if he thinks he's a better rapper than Shaq. Mind you, Shaq is a platinum-selling artist that has worked with hip-hop legends like Biggie Smalls, Phife Dawg, and more. Despite this, Lillard gave the only answer you're supposed to give as a rapper/competitor. "I think I rap better than Shaq," Lillard said 12 minutes into the clip. "I've heard Shaq's stuff, I think people like him as 'Shaq.'... People wasn't looking at it like, 'That's a real rapper' it was 'Shaq rapping.'"

The Diesel caught wind of Dame's comments and decided to respond by returning to the booth. Shaq begins his diss track with a clip of Dame on the Joe Budden Podcast before ripping into the All-Star. O'Neal reminds Dame of his platinum plaques, four rings, and massive bank account.

"You see this flow it got a little Hall of Fame on it/Dame shoot jumpers/Shaq still bang on it,” he raps. “MVP candidate you are not one/Platinum plaques on my wall go and get you some/Lyrically, I’m three-time Finals MVP/I can’t believe some clown is testing me." Shaq capped off the track playing into his larger than life figure, "Call me when you get a back-to-back-to-back-to-back/Why would I wanna be a rapper/When rappers want to be Shaq?"