MC Shaq Rips Kobe in Rap

Suns center renews old rivalry—in rhyme
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 7:39 AM CDT
Shaquille O'Neal has never been much of a straight shooter when it comes to free throws, and now it looks like that applies to his treatment of old teammates, as well.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – Even with the Lakers and Celtics matchup over, all is not quiet on the NBA rivalry front. Shaquille O'Neal took the mic at a New York club to perform a freestyle rap suggesting that Kobe Bryant couldn't win a championship without his former teammate: "You know how I be. Last week Kobe couldn't do without me." Shaq says his (mostly unprintable) two-minute verse "was all done in fun," reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Suns center, who has recorded six rap albums, alluded in his lyrics to the accusation Bryant once made that the big man had paid women to stay quiet about his dalliances. "Kobe ratted me out. That's why I'm getting divorced," O'Neal sang. His Miami Heat took the championship in 2006; Bryant hasn't won a title since O'Neal left the Lakers.