Although Shaquille O’Neal has been doing his share of trash talkin’ during the NBA finals, when he got into the studio recently it was nothing but love.
On “Shaq’s Tribute to the Lakers (It Takes Two),” the Los Angeles Lakers center gives shout-outs to his teammates, including Kobe Bryant, with whom he had feuded earlier in the season. Nicole Scherzinger of Eden’s Crush sings the hook on the track, which samples Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s classic “It Takes Two,” according to Shaq’s Trauma Records publicist.
The song will not appear on Shaq’s upcoming Shaquille O’Neal Presents His Superfriends album. Instead, it will be available to Southern California Lakers fans at Wherehouse music stores beginning Tuesday as the B-side to the single “Connected.” The $5 fans pay for the single will count as a deposit for the album, due September 11.
The Lakers are up three games to one in their best-of-seven series with the Philadelphia 76ers. If Los Angeles wins Friday night’s game, the Lakers will finish off with a postseason record of 15-1 — the best in the history of the NBA — and win their second consecutive title.
Superfriends will feature Ludacris, Nate Dogg, Next’s R.L., Peter Gunz, 112, Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman, Mos Def, the Roots’ Black Thought, Common, Black Rob, Trina, Talib Kweli, and Angie Stone, among others.