Megan Thee Stallion’s $250K Paycheck to Future Provokes Shaquille O’Neal to Reveal Unheard Fact about Billionaire Rapper

Published 08/23/2022, 9:00 PM EDT
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Shaquille O’Neal revealed a few untold stories about some of the most legendary rappers of all time in the most recent episode of his Big Podcast. The Big Diesel also opened up on his experiences working with iconic artists like Jay-Z, Nas, and The Notorious B.I.G. In addition, Shaquille O’Neal also revealed how he got features from these legendary rappers in his tracks completely free of cost.

During the podcast, Shaq learned about the fact that pop star Megan Thee Stallion paid $250 million for a few verses from the rapper Future. Subsequently, the Lakers legend proceeded to drop the bombshell that he never had to pay a penny to get a feature from a famous hip-hop personality. However, he did have to prove himself worthy first.


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Shaquille O’Neal reveals how he got Jay-Z, Biggie and Nas’ features for free

Apart from his tremendous success on the basketball court, Shaquille O’Neal has left his indelible mark in different avenues. One of them is the world of music. During the early years of his career, the 7’1″ giant took music extremely seriously.

In fact, he released decent albums featuring some of the greatest rappers of all time. Feature artists in Shaq’s albums included legendary names like Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, and Nas.

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)

However, perhaps the most astonishing fact regarding this is the four-time NBA champion didn’t have to pay a penny to these iconic artists. “Everybody just did it out of love and respect for me,” revealed the former Lakers center.

However, Shaq did have to prove himself first. In other words, he had to showcase his hip-hop talents to get past the threshold. “But they all put me through tests,” said the 2000 MVP. “I had to freestyle in front of mostly everybody that I’ve done records with.”

Everybody can sit at home and rap. But that don’t make you a rapper,” he added.

Shaq’s music

Incidentally, Shaq released his studio album ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ in 1996. The eponymous song featured Biggie.


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The fifth song of the album, ‘No Love Lost’ featured Jay-Z, Nas and Lord Tariq.

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Meanwhile, Shaq claimed, in the middle of his podcast, that he is the greatest athlete-rapper of all time. With such legendary names attached to his oeuvre, it is difficult to counter the NBA legend’s claim.




Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.