Knicks Chat: Shump’s Other Game

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By Kenneth Teape

Monday night the music world was abuzz with the verse that Kendrick Lamar dropped on Big Sean’s single “Control (HOF)” in which he called out virtually the whole rap game and claimed to be “King of New York” even though he hails from California. While that received a ton of buzz and still is today, another person closer to home dropped a new verse as well.

New York Knicks guard/forward Iman Shumpert released “Versace (Freestyle),” Tuesday and it happens to actually be pretty good. Listen to the track here:

http://www.hiphopearly.com/Iman-Shumpert-Versace-3Style-t19977.html

This is not the first track that Shumpert has released. During the lockout he recorded quite a bit of music and also during his rehab when he could not get on the court. He has a fun song he dubbed “Knicks Anthem” that is a play off of Big Sean’s “Clique,” song. He made another song that plenty of people would argue as a good track as well titled “Anarchy,” featuring Phlyy B.

He has made enough of a name for himself rapping that Shumpert will be featured in one of the 19 songs on Michelle Obama’s hip-hop album. More than likely she will not be heard in any of the songs singing or rapping, it will be the first time that a first lady has delved into something of this capacity. The album will be part of the effort to promote Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign in an effort to battle childhood obesity. Shumpert will be joined by the likes of DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti, Monifah and a number of other artists on the project that is sponsored by Partnership For A Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Healthy; the goal is to raise awareness through entertainment.

The track that Shumpert will be appearing on for Obama’s album is entitled “Pass the Rock,” along with Artie Green. It would appear that the angle for Shumpert’s song is for kids to remain active by playing basketball as other songs such as “Veggie Luv” and “We Like Vegetables” are more easily identifiable.

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