Russell Simmons Says He Probably Would Have Signed Shaquille O'neal As A Rapper

posted Friday August 01 ,2014 at 04:00PM CDT | 14 comments

Russell Simmons Says He Probably Would Have Signed Shaquille O'neal As A Rapper

Russell Simmons says he would have probably signed Shaq if he would have gotten the chance.

Many athletes rap, from Kobe Bryant to Clint Dempsey, but one athlete-emcee stands out as someone Russell Simmons wishes he could have worked with.

“I wish I worked with [Shaquille O'Neal] earlier when he was a rapper,” Simmons says in an interview with TMZ. "He's kind of cool." 

When asked if he would have signed him, Simmons says it would have been likely. 

"I didn't get a chance to, but I would have, probably," he says. 

Last month, Shaq was named in HipHopDX's "Top 10 Rap Tracks By NBA Players." 

Shaq released several records, including 1993's Shaq Diesel and 1994's Shaq Fu - Da Return. Both of those albums were released via Jive. In 1996, Shaq released You Can't Stop The Reign on T.W.IsM. Records. He followed this up with 1998's Respect. Throughout his career, Shaq's worked with several artists, including Warren G, RZA, Keith Murray and Erick Sermon. 


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  • Anonymous
    Andres was born the same year shaq fu was released
  • Yep
    I bet he would that muthafucka! Any nigga he can take advantage of and make money off of him its all good for him. Shaq went Platinum with every album he put out
  • Anonymous
    Can't even hate on Shaq's music, Outstanding is my shit I also love his second album, It Was All a Dream and that joint with Rakim are my favorites
  • Anonymous
    Kazaam is the genie and Shaq is the mask it wears to walk among us. 1884 genies live for thousands of years 200 is nothing
  • Anonymous
    damn since 84? the fuck 1884? lmao
  • yourdad
    1884, huh? lol... Shaq been dropping bars for a minute
    • Jacc
      LMAO and niggas still have the nerve to say he's wack He basically originated rap music, Shaq's the pioneer lol
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    Shaq is a platinum selling rapper and Rick Ross is not. That says so much.
  • jay
    that song with him & biggie was dope "I look inside your eyes and I see your shook demeanor"
  • Anonymous
    I remember listening to his albums just off the name LOL! At least those were a little more bearable than watching Kazaam and Steel, or playing Shaq Fu on the SNES LOL
  • Anonymous
    "1884's Shaq Fu - Da Return." Damn, Shaq putting out albums since Chester Arthur was president. Too Short got some catching up to do.
    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous
      LOL @ Too Short I swear y'all DX niggas ain't shit lmao