Portland Trail Blazers goalie and hip hop artist Damian Lillard, who plays Dame DOLLA, released the new music video for his song “Him Duncan” on Friday.
The title of this song is a play on the name of NBA legend Tim Duncan, but is not the only reference he uses. In the video, Lillard pays homage to various sports and pop culture celebrities.
He first showed his love to the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, creating a black and white version of Shakur’s 1996 album “All Eyez on Me”. He also winked at Biggie Smalls, better known as The Notorious BIG Lillard, who recreated Barron Claiborne’s iconic “King of New York” image from Smalls in the video.
Lillard then paid tribute to track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who wore black gloves and raised their fists at the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States.
Dame DOLLA also stepped into the ring for her music video, channeling her inner Muhammad Ali. Lillard recreated one of the biggest images of the late boxer – the image of him standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in 1965. He didn’t yell “get up and fight the dude” , like Ali did, but he got it right.
Finally, Lillard channeled Renaissance art. He made his own characterization of himself using Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”, the massive mural painted on the Sistine Chapel. In the video, he cropped his body onto Adam’s, an interesting part of the video for sure.
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“Him Duncan” is taken from Dame DOLLA’s recent album, “Different on Levels the Lord Allowed”, released in August.