Attempting to Overcome Vanessa’s Annoyance, 36YO Rapper Drops 20,000 Bait for Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant Honor

Published 09/27/2023, 8:59 AM EDT

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In the annals of NBA history, an all-time great duos list usually sees a few common names. Whether it be the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls cohort Scottie Pippen duo or a certain Los Angeles Lakers pair. So, to make a song honoring Kobe Bryant and partner-in-crime Shaquille O’Neal needs an all-time great music pairing as well. As a result, a legendary hip-hop duo is making a comeback.

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However, with prior hostilities involving Vanessa Bryant, can the two deliver? They certainly think so, even offering an early leak by way of bait.

Does the Kobe Bryant & Shaquille O’Neal song get an early leak?


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A reunion for an all-time great duo like Rick Ross and Meek Mill had to be for something special. Thankfully, it does not get much more special than honoring all-time greats Kobe and Shaq. But, the two have made clear how confident they are in their abilities. Taking to Instagram, Meek made a big-time claim. Sharing the cover art for the single, he had an interesting opportunity for fans of the duo.

I need you to leave a comment if you miss that MMG SOUND OF RAP MUSIC… because labels saying rap dying … 20,000 comments I’ll leak #KOBE AND SHAQ B4 Friday.”


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With their confidence at a high, the latest promises to be a banger. From these two, anything else would be a disappointment.

The combination of Rick Ross and Meek Mill has given the music industry many all-time hits. Whether it be Ima Boss or Wale, the two have given the world some absolute classics. However, their last collaboration came a long time ago.

After rumors of disputes and alleged bad blood between the two, the pair is finally back together. And, what better way to come back than by honoring two of the greatest in NBA history? From one all-time duo to another, the song promises to be a banger.

However, will Vanessa be okay with the song’s content after previous issues with 36-year-old Meek Mill?

Vanessa’s anger about Kobe Bryant’s lyric


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A year after Kobe Bryant‘s untimely demise, his name was up in a particular controversy.

A leak from Mill’s album with Lil Baby had a particular lyric that the Mambacita took offense to. “And if I ever lack I’m going out with my chopper, it be another Kobe.” 

Clearly not the best idea at a tribute, Vanessa was immediately in her displeasure of the matter. However, it seems like the two are on better terms now with Shaq even endorsing the album. Due to the duo’s claim of the Lakers pair being like “father figures”, optimism is high for their collaboration.


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Let’s see if fans can reach the 20,000 barometer. Either way, the world awaits a future banger.

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Priyanshu Choudhary is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. Basketball has been his favorite sport for over a decade, and he has written close to 300 articles. If asked what he loves about the sport, Priyanshu would cite the technique, the breakdown, the ebb and flow and the theatrics that have endeared him since 2009.
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