Damian Lillard keeps hearing the calls from fans on social media to work harder in the gym instead of rapping. This summer, it looks like he did both.
Lillard announced on Thursday that he would be dropping his first album, titled “The Letter O”, with features from artists like Lil’ Wayne and Jamie Foxx.
The Portland Trail Blazers point guard has come out with a few songs here and there, but this is the first full-featured album of his career. The album comes after Lillard performed at the Crystal Ballroom in July, a premiere concert hall in downtown Portland.
Oh, and about that whole “stay in the gym” thing? Lillard answered that too.
“I recorded the entire album in L.A. and it took me one week,” said Lillard. “So I was there for five days and from 12 noon to 12 midnight I was in the studio. I’d workout at 8 am and then I’d go lift and then I’d go to the studio, 12 to 12, five days straight.”
The Letter O is a tribute to Lillard’s heritage — Oakland, Ogden, and Oregon — the three places that are the mileposts of his basketball career. During lineups, Lillard is announced as “Wearing the letter O” before every Blazers game.
You can The Letter O on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes.