Shaquille O’Neal Shares Rare Footage of John Cena Spitting an Insane Freestyle Rap at a WWE Studio That Will Leave Fans in Utter Disbelief

Published 05/02/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement on in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is one of the best entertainers in the world. He has tried his hand at different things like wrestling, rapping, movies, etc. Even though Shaq is retired as a player, he is always in the limelight with endorsements, talk shows, collaborations, movies, etc.

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Recently Shaq and John Cena were on ‘The Today Show’ with host Hoda Kotb for the release of John Cena’s new children’s book. And they had a hilarious arm-wrestling matchup to find who’s stronger. After not being able to find a winner, Shaq said that John Cena is very strong. 

Also, John Cena himself is a man of many talents. And now, Shaq has shared a video of John Cena doing a freestyle rap as an Instagram story. You have got to watch it to believe it. And the fans can’t get enough of it.

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One fan commented, I hear voices in my head, and see a mic flying. What is this post? And the caption is a click bait. There’s no Cena”. While another said, “That s**t was off the dome no prep. 90% of you rappers ain’t got the gall”.

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The Lakers legend himself was a Platinum-selling rapper. An encounter between Shaquille O’Neal and John Cena, either in a wrestling ring or in a rap battle, would be something to behold.

Shaquille O’Neal’s rap career

The Orlando Magic selected Shaq as the #1 pick in 1992 and he won the Rookie of the Year. In 1993, Shaq started writing rap songs. His first album ‘Shaq Diesel’ sold over one million copies and got the Platinum certification. 

In 1994, he released his next album ‘Shaq Fu: Da Return’ where he worked with other rap icons like Method Man, RZA, and Redman. Notably, Shaq featured alongside Michael Jackson as a guest rapper on ‘2 Bad’ on Jackson’s 1995 album ‘HIStory’.

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Then Shaq released his third album ‘You Can’t Stop The Reign’ in 1996 which had guest appearances from Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G.  O’Neal’s fourth album ‘Respect’ was released in the year 1998. 

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O’Neal has also acted in multiple Hollywood movies. His first movie ‘Blue Chips’ was released in 1996. In the movie, Shaq and actual teammate Penny Hardaway acted as the team’s star players. 

In the year 1996, his second movie ‘Kazaam’ was released, and in 1997 Shaq’s next movie ‘Steel’ was released. He then had several cameo appearances in movies throughout the years. Recently, Shaq had a bigger role in the movie ‘Uncle Drew’ with Kyrie Irving and other former NBA players.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

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