Shaquille O’Neal Takes a Shot at the Music Industry: “No Offence but DJs Making $50 Million, I Already Make 50 Million.”

Published 12/30/2021, 9:00 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 16: Shaquille O’Neal is seen at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on July 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)


Shaquille O’Neal has always been known as an entertainer. From his prime basketball days to his emerging music career, he has always been a pleasure to watch. Only a few NBA fans know that the retired legend is currently pursuing a career as a DJ and a music producer. Shaq may not have done this professionally due to the NBA, but his obsession and love for music dates back to his youth. Since Shaq did not pursue music professionally, it is clear that he is doing so now as a hobby and not to earn money. It’s not like Shaq is in any need of money.

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Moreover, Shaq is not modest about that fact. In fact, he took a not-so-subtle dig at the music industry while he was getting ready to perform at EDC Orlando last month.

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Shaquille O’Neal takes a subtle jab at the Music Industry

While talking to Dash Radio before his performance in EDC, Shaquille O’Neal said, “I’m not trying to be the best DJ in the world. Cause listen, no offense to the DJs that make $50 million, I already make $50 million.”

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Shaquille O’Neal has always been a person who lives for the people and he lives to entertain the people with what he’s good at. However, he believes that in the two crucial fields that involve him (Sports and Music); the performer has to always make the money’s worth for the people who have paid to see them.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 27: Retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal performs a DJ set at the Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at the Paris Las Vegas on June 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

Therefore, the purpose of his music venture is to entertain people and not to make money.

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What does the Lakers legend O’Neal do now?

The retired NBA legend is a business entrepreneur and investor who is also a part-time DJ. Shaq now enjoys the simpler pleasures in life. With his investments in properties and companies like Google, Shaq still earns an outrageous income.

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Other than his music career, he also engages in social work. He is well known for his involvement with The Shaquille O’Neal foundation, which has done a lot for underprivileged children. His social work includes making his own NFT collection to donate the sales proceeds to charity.

 

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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