Portland Path Blazers guard and hip-hop artist Damian Lillard, who performs as Dame D.O.L.L.A., launched the brand new music video for his track “Him Duncan” on Friday.
The title of this track is a play on NBA legend Tim Duncan’s identify however is not the one reference Lillard makes use of. Within the video, Lillard pays homage to varied celebrities each in sports activities and popular culture.
He exhibits like to the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur first, making a black-and-white model of Shakur’s 1996 album “All Eyez on Me.” He additionally gave a nod to Biggie Smalls, higher generally known as The Infamous B.I.G. Lillard recreated Smalls’ iconic “King of New York” picture by Barron Claiborne within the video.
Lillard then pays tribute to trace athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who wore black gloves and raised their fists on the medal stand through the 1968 Summer season Olympics to protest racial inequities in the US.
Dame D.O.L.L.A additionally stepped into the ring for his music video, channeling his inside Muhammad Ali. Lillard recreated one of many best photos of the late boxer — the image of him standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in 1965. He did not yell “rise up and combat sucker,” like Ali did, however he obtained the pose proper.
Lastly, Lillard channeled Renaissance artwork. He made his personal characterization of himself utilizing Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” the large mural painted on the Sistine Chapel. Within the video, he cropped his physique on Adam’s — an attention-grabbing a part of the video, for certain.
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“Him Duncan” is from Dame D.O.L.L.A’s current album, “Completely different on Ranges the Lord Allowed,” which dropped in August.