Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso, is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn-up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn
In this generation of NBA stars, fans are seeing more ballers dabble with skills off the court and on the mic. During the NBA offseason, Damian Lillard, a.k.a. Dame D.O.L.L.A. is no stranger to dropping new tunes. This summer's been no different as the Portland Trail Blazers star returns with his third album Big D.O.L.L.A. and one of the project's standouts is the Derrick Milano-assisted track, "Beach."
Dame took a little more time to work on Big D.O.L.L.A. since his last album Confirmed dropped in 2017. When fellow ballers and hip-hop lovers talk about athletes who rap, Dame is one of the few who comes to mind. It also helps that he's received co-signs from a number of veteran artists such as Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and Raphael Saadiq. This album followed his formula of working with the some of the best artists and producers in the game, and it seems to be working in his favor.
On "Beach," Dame and Milano glide across a smooth production from Nonstop Da Hitman, a Grammy-Award winning producer who's known for working with artists such as Cardi B and Drake. With Nonstop behind the boards, Dame spitting bars and Milano singing the hook, the track beams with a summer love vibe. "Beach" is an anthem for the ladies as Dame raps about giving his love interest the finer things in life:
"For a little bit of time, I'll be your everything / Move you in the mansion, we can celebrate / Designer the bezels and get whatever chains / Had to get you up to speed, we ahead of things."
Dame is simply saying all he needs is time from that special someone and he could give her the world. If the weekend calls for a hip-hop love track, put Dame D.O.L.L.A.'s "Beach" in the rotation and be sure to check out this week's pertinent reading material:
The Gut Punch of Jay-Z's New NFL Deal - Playboy (Alternatively, if you're looking for the best online NFL gambling sites then we have you covered with a timely recommendation ahead of the upcoming season)
Missy Elliott, Culture-Shifting Visionary, Is Your 2019 VMA Video Vanguard - MTV
Keep Shooting: The Effects of Winning & Losing in Hip-Hop - DJBooth
Welcome to Bon Iver, Wisconsin - Pitchfork
Happy birthday to Kurtis Blow, the original 'King of Rap' - The Undefeated
Mya Singleton a.k.a. Mya Melody is a music writer hailing from the Bay Area. As the current music editor for TSFJ, think of her as the playlist virtuoso or the audio aficionado for sports fans everywhere. Although music is her first love, she occasionally partakes in any argument regarding the NBA. She's a huge Kobe Bryant fan who's still upset Chris Paul never became a Laker. To this day, Hardball is one of the saddest movies she's ever watched, R.I.P. G-Baby! Follow her as she navigates to change the face of music journalism and remember, a wise philosopher once said, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."