The cover art for Lonzo Ball’s first rap single, ‘Melo Ball 1’: Photo: Lonzo Ball/YouTube


Just a week removed from dissing a hip-hop legend, Los Angeles Laker rookie Lonzo Ball has released his first rap single “Melo Ball 1.”

The single is a tribute to younger brother LaMelo Ball who turned 16 just a few days prior. Much like his brother LaMelo is a basketball savant, considered to be one of the top young prospects in the nation.

“Melo Ball 1” is the ultimate shout-out to LaMelo. Lonzo praises his little brother in every imaginable way; from his skills on the court and personal style to his Instagram account. Lonzo emphatically boasts in the opening verse:

See my little brother?
He just doing him
You can check the ‘Gram, he got a million fans
Got his brothers, he don’t need no friends

The Ball family are masters when it comes to self-promotion, so it’s no surprise that LaMelo has a shoe called Melo Ball 1, the first high schooler to have his own signature shoe. Much like Lonzo’s, LaMelo’s shoe is set at an astronomical price ($395), which is par for the course for the Big Baller Brand.

Lonzo is one in a long line of basketball players who have tried their hand at rapping. He can now join others in the hall of shame including Tony Parker, Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant.

As it stands, though, Lonzo isn’t the worst of the bunch, but he has a lot of work to do if he’s going to be the next Damian Lillard. The Lakers better hope Lonzo can dish out assists better than he can bars.