— Coming fresh off the release of his third studio album, Big D.O.L.L.A, Portland Trailblazers All-Star Damian Lillard has shared his desire to win a Grammy award.

As the saying goes, “ball players want to be rappers and rappers want to be ball players”. The bad news is that most people on either side lack the actual skills to cross over to the other. But, every once in a while, we get a talent such as Damian Lillard, A.K.A Dame D.O.L.L.A, and we have to legitimately give credit where it’s due. Dame is easily one of the most elite players in the NBA and he’s also got BARS… but are they Grammy worthy?

In a recent interview with TMZ, Dame stated that when all is said and done, he’d love to have a Grammy under his belt, or at the very least, a performance at the BET Awards. Lucky for us, we get to see a current showcase of his musical talents since his latest album, Big D.O.L.L.A, was just released this past Friday.

 

Big D.O.L.L.A was released through Dame’s independent record label, Front Page Music and includes features from well-known artists like Lil Wayne, Jeremih, and Mozzy. The album also features his own artists Brookfield Duece and Danny from Sobrante.

Check out the full album right here and tell us, do you think Dame D.O.L.L.A can reach his goal?

This year Frank Ocean released 2 albums (“Blonde” and “Endless”) that fell nothing short of the profoundly brilliant masterpiece that we expected. However, somehow the singer missed the deadline to submit the album for Grammy consideration and will not be eligible for nomination. Well, there is no longer a mystery as to how this happened– Frank doesn’t want a Grammy!

Ocean explained via interview with The New York Times (his first interview since 2013) that he feels that, although the Grammy’s evoke positive feelings of nostalgia, they still fail to properly represent who he is or where he comes from. He further explained how only a handful of Black artists, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Ray Charles have won album of the year. So, this year he plans on taking a different course of action than he has previously, as he stated,

“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated…I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammy’s than sit there in the audience.”

Based on Ocean’s sudden disappearance from the noticeable music scene, he surely would have no problem watching the Grammy’s from a distance if it interests him enough. Nonetheless, because of Frank Ocean’s cult-like following, his removal of himself from the Grammy Awards may spark some necessary discussion.

We’ll see how this affects the Grammy’s this February, but in the meantime, make sure you check out Blond and Endless which are both available now at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/frank-ocean/id442122051.

written by Devin Robinson Jr.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/arts/music/frank-ocean-blonde-interview.html?_r=0

http://www.mtv.com/news/2955035/frank-ocean-skips-grammys-colin-kaepernick/