As it turns out, nothing is getting blown out of proportion. When Los Angeles Lakers rookie, novice rapper, and reality television star Lonzo Ball made those questionable comments on Nas’ relevance in the rap game, he meant what he said and said what he meant.
It was in the first episode of the Ball family’s new television series, Ball With The Family that the already controversial Lonzo stirred up a pot when he scoffed at family members who were trying to get him to expand his musical preferences
"Y’all outdated man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas no more,” Lonzo said in the clip, eventually closing out his statement with, “Real hip-hop is Migos and Future.”
Naturally, the comment didn’t sit well with most of the Hip-Hop community, which isn’t especially fortunate for someone trying to get their foot into the rap game themselves. But, we’re willing to bet that the air of contention surrounding Lonzo Ball will likely find a way to overshadow this misstep sometime in the near future.
Nevertheless, in a recent sit down with Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington of ESPNLA, Lonzo attempted to clear the air on his comments, but ultimately ended up reinforcing his initial thoughts.
"They told me that the goal for the next two months was [to get me to listen] to real hip-hop, I replied that's not gon' happen, and the first person who popped into my head was Nas, because obviously he's real hip-hop,” he began to explain, seemingly signaling a recanting of his statement.
"So I'm like, nobody listens to Nas no more, which I think is true, because of my friends ain't nobody bumping Nas no more, no disrespect to him. He had his time, I just think it's a new time. And then the next question was, what is real hip-hop to you? And I said real hip-hop is Future and Migos, so that's how it all went down."
"Everybody went crazy with it, but that's my side right there,” he concluded.
Since Ball’s comments first aired, he’s come under fire and been subject to much scrutiny from the likes of the King of The South, and even faces the threat of an egregious curse from the Based god himself.