Shaq Diesel is back!
Shaquille O’Neal, the man of many hustles has returned back to his rapping persona as he has released a new hip-hop song titled, “King Talk.” The latest single features a Ghanaian American rapper named Blackway.
For those old enough to remember, the former NBA player released a platinum album, Shaq Diesel, 30 years ago in 1993. In his desire to get back on stage to utilize the microphone in a different way, he spoke to The Holywood Reporter several months ago when he teased his return to hip-hop.
“It’s like being in a basketball game and having people come and cheer you on and support you,” he told the media outlet in February ahead of his performance at Shaq’s Fun House. “I just want everybody to have a good time.”
The song was produced by Koko and released specifically for the NBA playoffs which is taking place now. According to People, Shaq Fu incorporated afrobeat and hip-hop artist, Blackway who captured O’Neal’s ear before they started working together on this song. In a written statement to People, O’Neal said that he and Koko had been “sending beats back and forth for a minute now,” and after hearing “King Talk” initially, “I knew I had to jump on it,” he stated.
Blackway had a song placed in the movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse in 2018, “What’s Up Danger” which featured Black Caviar. Blackway is working on his own EP and recently released his latest solo single “Lion” last month on March 10.
“I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment for a collab with Blackway and this was it. This is the type of record that gets me hyped like I’m walking out for Game 7 of the finals,” says O’Neal.
“King Talk”’ will be released on streaming platforms via Hive Music/Position Music. O’Neal’s collaborator is no stranger to being heard. His song “Heavyweight” was used in an NFL promotion during the season for its Songs of the Season campaign. The song was a part of other emerging recording artists who have also had their work incorporated into broadcasts throughout the football season.
When O’Neal released his platinum offering, it featured two gold-selling singles “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)” featuring Fu-Schnickens and “(I Know I Got) Skillz.” Both songs were also placed in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
No word on if an album is on the way.