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Dame D.O.L.L.A.'s Debut Album 'The Letter O' to Drop Thursday at 9PT

by Cody Sharrett

With a stop in the Bay Area to wrap up preseason, perhaps there's no better time and place for Damian Lillard to drop his full-length hip-hop debut under the moniker Dame D.O.L.L.A. Titled 'The Letter O' for Lillard's homes of Oakland, Ogden, Utah (where he attended Weber State) and Oregon, features guest appearances from heavyweights Lil Wayne, Marsha Ambrosius, Jamie Foxx, Juvenile, Adrian Marcel and Raphael Saadiq. 

The announcement came along with a longform feature and music video on Bleacher Report. Written by B/R's Bonsu Thompson, the piece looks at Lillard's rise from Oakland to mid-major college hoops to eventual lottery pick, Rookie of the Year, All-Star and franchise player in Rip City. But it's Lillard passion and talent off the court that will set him apart from other players who have flirted with the music industry in the past, writes Thompson:

"Rest assured that Dame D.O.L.L.A. is no A.I. or C-Webb or, even, Diesel with the pen. Just check him belie rookie rapper status with impressive storytelling on the collegiate biography “Wasatch Front.” But is being the best rapper in the NBA enough to win over hip-hop? “I watched [HBO’s]Any Given Wednesday with Nas and Kevin Durant last night,” begins Lillard, staring over the balcony as the photo team packs up. “[Bill Simmons] asked Nas who’s the best athlete to ever rap and he was like ‘Shaq’ cause Shaq had a platinum album. As far as ability, I know I’m the best hooper to ever rap. But KD was like ‘Dame Lillard.’ So when I come out I guess we’ll see.”"

The coverage of Lillard's announcement wasn't limited to Bleacher Report and social media, however. At Genius.com, an online archive of lyrics and "crowdsourced musical knowledge," Lillard debuted the lyrics to the Ogden-inspired "Wasatch Front." Billboard also took notice of the point guard's dive into hip-hop. 

Stay tuned for more coverage of Lillard's release here on Trailblazers.com.

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