LaVar Ball is a man of a certain age, so it’s reasonable to expect his music of choice would differ from that of his young sons. But as a lifelong Los Angeles resident, the patriarch of the Ball clan appears to have slightly better taste in Hip-Hop than Lonzo Ball.
In an interview with XXL, Lonzo Ball covered a few subjects such as his family’s reality series Ball In The Family and adjusting to life as both a pro ball player for the Los Angeles Lakers while dabbling in rap himself. The hoops star got folks heated when he said 21 Savage’s Issa Album was better than Jay-Z’s 4:44 and even took a shot at Nas, who’s just a few years younger than his dad after his recent 44th birthday.
When the conversation switched to music, Ball broke down how his father got him into music and what was rocking in the Ball vehicle en route to school and such.
You mentioned earlier that you grew up listening to rap music, so who put you on to hip-hop? Was it your dad or was it your friends at the time?
It was definitely my dad who put me on. I remember going to pre-school, you know, rolling out in the Suburban and my dad bumping all types of rap, so he introduced me to it and from there I just loved it ever since.
Who are some of your dad’s favorite rappers? And who does he listen to?
Oh, my dad listens to a lot of 2Pac, Ice Cube and WC. That’s what he was listening to a lot when we were growing up. He’s always been a fan of hip-hop.
So now that you’re starting to rap, what does your dad think about your skills on the mic?
[Laughs] He likes them. I see him vibing to the records but I feel like he’ll support whatever I want do, so that’s cool.
Check out the rest of the XXL interview with Lonzo Ball by clicking here.
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