With the NBA on hiatus right now, players are suddenly finding themselves with a tremendous amount of time on their hands that they aren’t accustomed to having. With no access to team facilities, basketball activities have all but ceased as most players don’t so much as have a basketball hoop at their home, and as such they’re finding other ways to fill the time.
Video games are a favorite choice of many to help get through hours of being home alone, while others have turned to their musical interests. We’ve seen a number of players showing off their musical talents (or, in some cases, lack thereof) during the quarantine period and it’s no surprise that the man considered the best MC in the league would be among them. Damian Lillard, aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. is using some of his downtime to work on new music and also bring back an old favorite in #4BarFriday.
Lillard used to do Four Bar Friday on social media, posting a video of him dropping four bars on a track and then having fans send him their best verses in response. With a lot of time on his hands, Lillard is bringing it back, but in a more structured format as he’s partnered with Genius to bring Four Bar Friday to Instagram Live, bringing in big names from the world of hip-hop and sports to join him.
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Shoutout to @camarcher for winning my first @genius x #4BarFriday IG Live cypher yesterday. He went crazy! I’m gonna be doing this every Friday while we are on lockdown. Shoutout to @cthagod @realsway @traeyoung @manniefresh and @robmarkman for stopping by and giving commentary on the cypher. And shoutout to @camarcher, @teezysodope, @ryan_western, @tnealofficial777, @justusraps, @lalanashea and @shodmock for all the bars and @nonstopdahitman for the beats. I’m picking 8 new MCs and another producer for next Friday’s battle. More details soon. Also, if you want to be a part of the #4BarFriday community, follow @4barfriday. 🎤
The first edition happened this past Friday and they’ll be back on April 10 at 5 p.m. ET for the second edition of what will be a weekly series. It’s the latest in artists and athletes using Instagram Live to connect with others and allow fans a chance to join in the fun and watch as they bring a little home entertainment to a world that desperately can use it.