With LeBron James‘ move to LA, his introduction to Hollywood was inevitable. While the 15-time All Star will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, his itinerary remains packed with a handful of new entertainment ventures via his production imprint, SpringHill Entertainment. First came the announcement that the mythical, long-awaited Space Jam 2 is finally underway, and now LeBron has announced his debut rap album, King, is landing this fall, executive produced by none other than Diplo.
LeBron’s foray into the rap world makes sense—he’s made a habit of previewing massive rap cuts on his Instagram stories, he’s been known to break out a quick Milly Rock while rubbing shoulder’s with hip-hop’s top dogs, and he actually served as A&R on 2 Chainz well-received Rap or Go to the League earlier this year. His link to Diplo also makes sense. The Mad Decent head honcho is one of the most in-demand pop producers of the moment with credits working alongside Beyoncé, Madonna, Justin Bieber, and more.
Diplo has kept tight lipped about working with the Lakers forward, though he recently commented,
“Being the LeBron James of EDM is hard work, but someone’s got to do it. But when the real LeBron called and asked if I could make rap beats, I figured I might as well try. It’s been really silly in the studio and Bron’s also been teaching me how to dribble with my left hand—pretty rad.”
Look for James’ debut album, King to hit streaming platforms later this year. See the full tracklist below.
- Akron’s Favorite Son
- Rings, Bitch (ft. Adele)
- Chris Bosh Swag (ft. Big Shaq and Oliver Tree)
- April Fool’s Day (prod. Diplo & Kenny Beats)
- They Don’t Want This Smoke
- Ty Lue The Truth (ft. Kevin Love)
- Free Throws
- Cleveland Come (ft. J. Cole and Future)
- David Stern’s Ferrari (ft. Stephen A. Smith)
- In My Bag