It Sounds Like Lonzo Ball Is Taking This Rap Thing Pretty Seriously

Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball is set to drop new music soon. Ball, who's made headlines recently with his 21 Savage and Jay Z comparisons, opened up about his musical ambitions in a new interview with XXL. Ball discussed his early musical influences, the importance of Lil Wayne, and his future plans.

As a kid, Ball revealed, he listened to “a lot” of 50 Cent and DMX. “Those were probably the two main rappers I was listening to when I was young, but my favorite rapper has always been Lil Wayne,” Ball said. As for why Weezy stands tallest among his influences, Ball said he feels the Young Money boss has remained consistent with his output. “Lyrically, he's definitely one of my favorites to do it,” he said. “I need him to be free so he could put that other album out for me, but he's already put a lot towards the game.” Ball credits his father, a devoted 2Pac fan, for introducing him to music.

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As for his plans to follow his debut single “Melo Ball 1,” Ball revealed he's currently working on new music. In fact, the next Lonzo Ball release will be backed by the family-owned Big Baller Music Group. “I won't be able to to do so since I'm focused on the NBA season ahead, but definitely one of my dad's close people that he works with will handle the record label,” Ball said. So far, Ball hasn't enlisted any guests for the mystery project.

Ball also noted what he's been listening to the most recently, including 21 Savage's Issa Album and Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2. Check out the full interview here.

Ball turned a few purists' heads earlier this month with his Nas comments. Nas, however, apparently has no idea who Lonzo Ball even is.

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21 Savage’s ‘Issa Album’ Is Finally Here

After what feels to his fans like an eternal wait, 21 Savage's debut Issa Album is finally here. The 14-track project features previously-teased songs like “Close My Eyes and the Metro Boomin-produced “Bank Account,” as well as plenty of new material.

The rapper announced the album's release date only a week ago. His recent single “All the Smoke” does not appear on the project. 

21 Savage released two successful mixtapes, The Slaughter Tape and Slaughter King, in 2015. He followed that up with a collaborative EP with Metro Boomin last summer. But Issa Album is the 24-year-old's first studio album. He has lately been in the headlines for his love life, since he was spotted out in public with Amber Rose

In addition to the album, 21 Savage is also introducing his ISSA lifestyle brand via an online shop at Issa.shop powered by Cap That. The launch will present three initial unisex capsules: Slaughter Gang “Flock together,” ISSA Album collection designed by SomeHoodlum, and SAVAGE Box. 

Slaughter Gang will consist of joggers, coach’s jackets, T-shirts, hats, and a Levi’s denim jacket embroidered with “Savage” on the chest and a “Savage Eagle” on the back. Prices for this capsule range from $25 to $250.

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The Issa Album Collection will deliver a batch of tees inspired by the project’s cover art. Each design was created by SomeHoodlum, a graphic designer who’s worked with everyone from Lil Uzi Vert to Schoolboy Q to Migos. Each piece in the Issa Album range is priced at $25.

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The Savage Box Collection offers an additional nine T-shirts with the word “Savage” featured on the front. The design is very similar to Supreme’s iconic box logo, which was inspired by artist Barbara Kruger’s work. Each of these tees will cost you $25.

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All of the items come with a digital copy of Issa and a sticker of the album cover. Once you've gotten your fill of the merch, you can download Issa Album over at iTunes and stream it on Apple Music. You can also check it out below via Spotify.

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